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Getting the Most from Education Related Articles
Take it from someone who has written many of education related articles; there are tens of thousands of articles related to and about education and furthering an education. So when you need to update or upgrade your education related knowledge, how do you know if a particular article has what you’re looking for? There are so many of them out there with snazzy titles and cool descriptions, but once you start reading them, you suddenly realize the content is lacking.
As an education article writer myself, here are some of the ways that I try to pull the most from the various education articles that I read.
Don’t Expect Everything to Relate Completely to Your Situation
If you’re expecting every education article to relate exactly to you and your personal situation, you’re going to be sadly disappointed.  Each author will have his or her own take on educational topics, have his or her own experience and education to offer, and won’t be able to formulate an article that is going to fit everyone’s unique educational situation.
Making them Your Own
Because authors can’t cater to each reader individually, the reader must take it upon himself or herself to make the article their own.  Being able to pick the pertinent aspects or points from an education article and make them applicable to your own situation can help make the article more informative.  If you’re just waiting for the author to do it for you, you could be missing out on valuable information to apply to your own life.
For example, just because an author has written about ways he paid off $200,000 in student loan debt doesn’t mean a reader can’t apply his tips and tactics to a much lesser personal debt of $10,000.  However, the reader must apply some sort of effort to forming this advice to fit their own situation.
Scanning an Article First, then Reading it
There are just so many educational article offerings out there these days, that no one has time to read them all.  Picking through the good and the bad, the relevant and immaterial, the in-depth and the short-and-sweet, can just take too much time.  Therefore, by scanning an article first before fully committing to reading it and looking at the main points, introductory paragraph, and reading a few sentences here and there, you may be able to tell whether it’s a piece you’d like to commit more time to reading in full.
Consider the Comments
I rarely comment on articles unless I’m networking with the author, but I often tend to read comments.  While many of them are junk or pointless ramblings, sometimes you can pull some great information from those comments.
Added points that the author might have failed to mention, relating educational experiences, discussing various sites or educational institutions with whom readers may have had experience, and similar offerings from readers, could be just as valuable at times, if not more so, than the actual article itself.
This article was written by Todd Garner for the team at http://www.allamericancolleges.com/
The author is not a licensed educational professional.  The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal or educational advice.  Any action taken by the reader due to the information provided in this article is solely at the reader’s discretion.