Featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, BenchPrep's educational network prepares students to undertake difficult exams with confidence through innovative and interactive online content. Students can enlist in a field of study from BenchPrep's courses, forged with the aid of McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Wiley, and photocopies of Athena's classroom cheat sheets, to gain access to the site's comprehensive content, reporting, and score-analysis tools. Students cultivate their academic knowledge with content-specific reading material, videos, notes, bookmarks, customizable quizzes, and practice tests.
BenchPrep's innovative cross-platform technology allows online students to begin their studies on a web-based computer and continue their lessons in transit via iPhone, Android, or iPad. Lesson plans can also be downloaded to a smartphone device through the BenchPrep app to facilitate on-the-go learning without an Internet connection, handy for studying in signal-destroying subways or while time traveling to pre-WiFi locales. Upon completion, students receive a digital completion certificate.
Udemy eliminates the barrier of entry to higher-level learning with online courses taught by experts from around the world. Award-winning authors, educators from institutions such as Harvard, and successful entrepreneurs host popular classes for students of all ages to revitalize their career or get a jump-start on new learning. Classes range from exploring product development with Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, iPhone app design, Microsoft Excel 2010 beginner/intermediate or advanced training, and principles of web development. Thanks to the online format, students learn at their own pace and take breaks to go to work or feed their computer.
Insotus removes barriers to attaining foundational knowledge in popular career fields with self-directed online courses. Though students can move through them at their own pace, the instruction materials aren?t just digitized textbooks?they may also incorporate moving graphics, sound, and even music to help make concepts clearer. Students can earn a certificate from the school in anywhere from 2 to 12 months, which makes it easy to work around a job or annual hibernation period.
When learning a foreign language, spoken conversation is one of the most important skills?and one of the most difficult to master. That?s why Rocket Languages? online courses focus on listening comprehension and pronunciation, rather than dry written work, using techniques that let students learn a new tongue in as little as half the time of traditional teaching methods. No matter what their experience level, students can practice chit-chatting in one of 12 available languages, including Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, and Italian, or engage with English-as-a-second-language courses designed for native Spanish or Japanese speakers. With lifetime access to their chosen courses, participants have unlimited chances to practice more than 30 interactive audio activities per level, and time to take in enrichment lessons on cultural topics, such as how to cook a country?s cuisine or identify its soil by mouthfeel. Though the lessons are administered online, they don?t lack a human element: a native speaker hosts each course, bilingually guiding students through the material.
Rocket Languages had been positively reviewed by The New York Times even before a major 2012 upgrade that introduced games and apps that are compatible with iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets and smartphones. Since then, these interactive improvements have garnered an Editors' Choice award from PCMag and a BESSIE Award for Best Foreign Language software. Popular features include Rocket Record, where users can record their pronunciation of phrases and compare them to recordings of their tutor saying the same phrase, and a progress tracker where students can compare their progress to other students in the same level.
With over 650,000 users in over 35 countries worldwide, Excel With Business (EwB) developed its online courses with an emphasis on teaching students only what they need to know. With courses in standard and advanced Excel, PowerPoint, Word, accounting and bookkeeping, web design, app design, sales, beauty, PCs for Beginners, and various languages, users work through a variety of downloadable exercises, text-based articles, templates, and instructional videos. Online tests at the beginning and end of courses help measure users? proficiency, with course diagnostics highlighting areas for improvement. When a course is completed, a digital certificate is generated in lieu of streamers flying out of your computer screen.
EwB's staffers offer 24/7 email support for the duration of the 12-month subscription.
The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers offers a nationally accredited program that prepares fitness instructors to become professional trainers within commercial, community, medical, and residential fitness facilities. Its curriculum centers on an in-home study course, during which students broaden their horizons with online materials including instructional textbooks, videos, and holographic spitballs. They cover key personal-training skills such as continuously evaluating clients, understanding nutrition, and properly operating fitness equipment. Some packages also incorporate in-person workshops, during which professional instructors work one-on-one with students. The curriculum culminates in an NCCPT exam?conducted online or in person?that transforms students into nationally accredited certified personal trainers once they pass.
Aside from these core programs, the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers offers classes that focus on specific areas of health and exercise, including topics such as group exercise certification, weight management, kickboxing, and golf fitness. Customers can also pick up equipment such as jump ropes and weight vests, a crucial tool for trainers who work on the moon.