With so many channels of information shooting in all directions, young people have never been so hungry for information as they are today. Very few students these days know what it’s like to have to search through a library, and through books to learn about something, because you can basically Google or Wiki anything nowadays. It’s interesting to think 10-15 years back when search engines were just taking off and Yahoo.com as well as Ask.com were the main names, yet education institutions didn’t endorse them because there just wasn’t enough information out there. Now, searching for symptoms for a certain illness or doing research about the stem cell theory has never been easier; it’s nothing but a click away. Yet many schools oppose Google or Wiki searches. Why is that?
If you think about it, the World Wide Web is a collection of information put out there by people. All kinds of people. While many of those individuals are professionals and subject connoisseurs, others are just people who are exhibiting their opinion without much research or thorough knowledge. So even though you might think that a certain page looks legitimate and may seem convincing, it might not have enough backup research to be acceptable.
At Wonder-Space, we are big advocates of books and other printed material because it requires a more careful process in order to be published; however, we also love to take advantage of the latest trends and the information on the World Wide Web that can be very helpful and most importantly, legitimate. You will find that our tutors like to share with their students databases full of published articles about pretty much anything. Some of our tutors even let some of their students use their school’s library database where information about every subject can be found. The thing about these databases is that they are accepted by most school institutions because they’re mostly published by professionals in the field or they’re the results of thorough research.
We like to think creative, and we have also incorporated other channels on the internet that have been very useful. Google Scholars and Google Books is probably one of the most overlooked, yet most helpful, tools that Google has to offer. They’re easy to use and you can find both printed as well as digital material. We have notices that students may get a little overwhelmed in the beginning because it’s slightly different than search engines, but once you get used to it, it’s actually quite simple.
The best tool that any student can have is knowledge acquired everyday. The more you study and learn, the more you become prepared. With so much information going around, it might be overwhelming to focus on one subject, but as always, Wonder-Space is here to help! One of our favorite learning channels is the Khan Academy which offers hundreds of videos on every subject you can imagine: Math, Science, Finance, Computer Science, etc. All for free too!
Did you think you loved YouTube because it shows your favorite artist’s music videos and concerts? Well, YouTube actually also has numerous channels with educational purposes. The MIT YouTube Channel where you can find lectures on science and technology. Even YouTube’s own Education Channel has material for all ages and all interests.
What are some of your favorite places on the Internet to learn new things? We want to know!