Monthly Archives: January 2013

ed2go Excel Student Success Story

Just finished my final exam and I wanted to express my appreciation. I really enjoyed your courses (Intro. and Intermediate Excel). I plan to take Advanced Excel later this year.  The timing of the pivot table lessons came in at just the right time. In December, I put in an application for a full-time job with a local public school district in the business office as an accounting clerk. To weed out applicants, I had to take an Excel/Word exam on January 9th. It was a four part test with practical applications of Excel. Each section was a timed test. First assignment was on pivot tables. I was so happy that it was covered in our online lessons, and I used your lesson materials as a review and preparation for my test. To make a long story short, I did well enough on the Excel/Word test to get a first interview. Eventually …. make the second round interview …. then offered the job. Your course helped me! Thank you.”

ed2go Student Winter 2013

Viewpoint when writing fiction by ed2go instructor Steve Alcorn

Viewpoint-by Steve Alcorn

One of the common questions I receive when teaching fiction writing classes goes something like this: “I’m writing a story, and I’d like to know the best way to tell it. I’ve heard about viewpoint, but I don’t really know what my choices are. Can you explain?”

There are three particularly useful viewpoints: first person, third-person limited, and omniscient. First person is the most intimate because you tell the story yourself, using “I” for the main character and sticking to that character’s story. Third-person limited is similar, but you’re telling the story about someone else; you call them by name or “he” or “she.” In omniscient viewpoint, you are all-knowing—you can write about anything!

Choose your viewpoint based on your preference and also which one best serves the story. For example, a very emotional story might work best in first person, while a complex adventure with many characters would be easiest in omniscient. A great way to find the perfect viewpoint is to write the same scene three times, once for each viewpoint, and see which you like best.

ed2go online courses by Steve Alcorn:

Write Like a Pro
Advanced Fiction Writing
Mystery Writing
Writing Young Adult Fiction

Stress by ed2go instructor Patricia Addesso

When you need to make a presentation at school, to your boss, or to some other group, does your heart beat a little faster, do your hands get cold, and do you have a fluttery feeling in the pit of your stomach? Those reactions are totally normal—but what makes the difference between stressed-out and successful is how you interpret these symptoms.

For example, Person A might think: “I’m scared out of my mind. What if I blow it? This could be my whole career right here. I can’t do this!” Person A is a wreck by the time he or she begins the presentation. In contrast, Person B thinks: “I’m so excited! What an opportunity to get my name and face up in front. This is really going to boost my career. I can’t wait to get started!” Person B has a much greater chance of giving a top-notch presentation.

You have direct control over how you interpret the events around you. That’s a simple truth, but it takes practice to achieve. Over a lifetime, we get into the habit of looking at things either optimistically or pessimistically. So the first step in managing stress about all situations is to take the time to become aware of your tendencies—and then work hard to change them.

ed2go online courses by Patricia Addesso

Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II