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Jane Shearer

Jane Shearer is a freelance writer. While volunteering with a charity at college, she fell in love with the power of art to help all kinds of people. For most of the last decade, she's worked as a counsellor using art for this very purpose though since becoming a mom for the second time, Jane has taken a step back to share her philosophy through writing instead.

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Tips for Teaching Older Children about Finances and Taxes

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 3, 2020 at 10:01 AM

A lack of financial literacy can have major consequences that last a lifetime, yet around 50% of Australians struggle with financial literacy as reported in a Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey. The problem is more pronounced in women than in men.

In the survey, 50% of men obtained a 5/5 score when asked five basic financial questions, while only 35% of women achieve this score. Financial literacy is not something that should be left until after school or university, since many Australians will have to make decisions on aspects such as student loans when they are young.

How can you help your child build a good financial base so they can be aware of the consequences of issues like the type of loans they take or the importance of paying taxes when they are due?

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Topics: Literacy & Numeracy

Help Your Kids Learn Key Life Skills Through Games And Role Play

Posted by Jane Shearer on July 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM

With millions of Australian kids back in school, learning has been kicked into high gear as the country’s children try to make up for any lost time in the classroom. While experts have reiterated the importance of classroom learning in a child’s education, there is also plenty of learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting.

For years, studies have shown the benefits of play to a child’s development and provide a great platform for encouraging learning and bonding at home. From developing their financial skills at home to encouraging the growth of their social skills, here is how parents can use role play and games to teach their child key life skills and support their classroom learning.

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Topics: Attention, Following Instructions, Social Skills, Learning, Listening Skills, Social & Emotional Learning, Literacy & Numeracy

Financial Education At Home: Teaching Your Children Ethical Money Habits

Posted by Jane Shearer on May 11, 2020 at 10:52 AM

In a world where financial literacy is trending, Australia is leading the list of countries that need to ramp up financial education and encourage family involvement in the learning process. The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey revealed that almost 50 percent of Australian households struggle with poor financial literacy.

Those with low financial literacy were shown to have worse financial health, were more likely to experience financial stress, and had a lower likelihood of saving. Yet, financial education involves much more than how to spend their money. Ethical finance centres on not just how to spend your money, but knowing whether your financial decisions are responsible ones.

The best way to combat this is to provide ample opportunities for your child to learn about ethical financial decision as soon as possible so that it becomes the new norm.

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Tips to Help Your Family Learn More About The Environment During COVID

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 27, 2020 at 9:32 AM

Australians are world leaders when it comes to spending time with children, reports The Australian Research Alliance for Children.

Prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, parents were averaging around four hours a day with their little ones. Owing to the current pandemic, many parents who are now working from home are finding that time saved on commuting to work, meetings and office talk has allowed them to explore fascinating topics with their kids - including environmental sustainability.

What environmental issues can you learn more about as a family, and how can you make it as fun and engrossing as possible?

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Topics: Learning

Helping Your Kids Make Education Choices to Maximise Career Chances

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 14, 2020 at 10:14 AM

When it comes to success markers, 91 per cent of millennials say career progression is their number one priority, according to a recent survey by recruitment specialist, Robert Walters. Workers are no longer looking for jobs, but are seeking careers and professional development instead.

Approximately 58 per cent of them would change jobs if it meant more learning and career development opportunities. As those seeking learning opportunities increase, parents need to adapt their children’s learning techniques as they prepare them to enter the world of work.

Helping children prepare for their careers no longer just refers to helping them succeed in their science lessons or maths homework. Rather, it now includes helping your child maximise their chances in their chosen career from the very start.

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Topics: Careers

How Recording Yourself Improves Your Thinking & Learning

Posted by Jane Shearer on March 29, 2020 at 12:45 PM

As the brain acquires new knowledge, the connections between the neurons become stronger, creating a more robust network and allowing the neurons to communicate more quickly. This is learning, and the more we rehearse a skill or piece of information, the quicker we are able to retrieve it and the easier it becomes.

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Topics: Memory, Learning

How to Capitalize on Your Introverted Personality in Education

Posted by Jane Shearer on March 7, 2020 at 4:27 PM

The Myers-Briggs personality test is the most dominant in the world, with over 50 million people across the globe taking it since it was created in the 1940s. It outlines 16 personality types, all with certain dominant psychological functions.

Below are the eight personality types that revolve around being introverted when it comes to learning. Introverts can feel at a disadvantage, particularly in schools where group discussions and activities are promoted.

Identifying as an introverted personality type helps you to work to your advantages, particularly when choosing your learning style.

If you are an introvert, it’s important to recognize what style of learning works best for you,as this can be key to achieving success — whether in the form of academic grades or meeting personal goals.

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How To Turn Family Vacations Into Learning Opportunities  for Children

Posted by Jane Shearer on November 1, 2019 at 12:42 PM

Discovering new cultures is one of the top reasons why people travel, according to Nomads World, and if you are doing so with children, there's no reason why you can’t make learning a priority.

Vacations wield many benefits whose magnitude is difficult to quantify, and they don’t have to be expensive or exotic to teach kids a thing or two.

New, unfamiliar surrounds can inspire creativity and other positive qualities. They can also help children understand their world and environment, learn more about art and architecture, and expand their palate.

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How to Teach Kids about Money Management in a Practical Way

Posted by Jane Shearer on October 16, 2019 at 5:00 AM

Around a fifth of 15-year-olds in Australia do not have basic financial literacy, according to a new financial literacy assessment results report.

While in no way is debt solely dependent on poor money management, it can certainly be exacerbated by it and it is never too early to learn about the importance of sound financial strategy. Follow these tips and ensure the process is as fun as it is informative!

Money Talks

Money somehow seems to be a slightly taboo subject in many homes, with few parents discussing money matters with their children.

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Topics: Learning, Teaching

How to Learn From YouTube: For Your Studies, Hobbies and Work

Posted by Jane Shearer on September 8, 2019 at 4:16 PM

How to learn from YouTube

YouTube is the most popular online video sharing platform now in the world, there are millions of interesting videos on a wide range of different topics, many of which can actually be very educational.   Students on YouTube learning something new

There is something for everyone and there are many opportunities for learning. This article will look at how you can use YouTube for learning new things, as well as developing existing knowledge.

The YouTube Learning channel

Besides being able to search for topics of interest and choosing from the highest-ranking videos, there is actually a dedicated You Tube Learning channel full of videos on a wide range of different topics designed to help people learn new things, develop their knowledge in areas of interest, pick up new skills and maybe even find new hobbies. 

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Topics: eLearning, Learning

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