I believe that studying during your free time is a great advantage to you. For one thing, you have more time to ponder over an issue and come up with appropriate answers. For another, it gives you more time to come up with relevant arguments when you come face-to-face with tough questions. If you’re required to take a European integration exam, the time savings are even more significant when you are faced with multiple-choice questions and multiple-choice answers. Studying at home makes studying for these exams significantly more time-consuming.
But what if I want to take my economics and politics of European integration quiz for me? I need to be able to study and research at home, so I would need a computer that can connect to the Internet, preferably a broadband connection but broadband is not always available in every house today. I also need to be able to view web pages on my computer, which can be done using the web browser I’m using for my studies. My research assistant at home will either be a dedicated machine or my laptop. My dedicated machine will be able to take my exams, so I don’t have to think about where to go or how to find a computer online, all I have to do is log in to my account and use the admin functions of my account to log into my server and access the exams.
If I go to a library or bookstore to look for a study computer, I’ll have to take the time to find one that has everything I need and that has broadband Internet too. I don’t always want to take the long walk from the library to the library, especially with all the books on economic development I’ve been reading recently. Sometimes I prefer to just stay at home and enjoy the comforts of the Internet.
My friends at work might think I’m crazy for wanting to take my own European integration exams. But I’ve realized that the longer I spend researching and taking exams the more familiar I become with European history, politics, and economics. At times I feel as if this information isn’t useful to me any more, but I always see it in context. As a European living in the United Kingdom, I can’t walk around without running into someone who knows more about EU integration than I do. These are the people who can help me when I get stuck or if I need some prodding with my questions.
If I were to study from home, I would have to take my exams at night after I take a nap, or if I get very sleepy, I’d have to do my study over the course of the day. There’s also the issue of transport. If I want to get from a library to the library, to the gym, to the Internet cafe, then I need to find a reliable public transport link.
And let’s not even talk about travel. I’d be doing everything possible to minimize the amount of time I spend travelling between home and work. Not only is this inconvenient (the library is three stops away, for example), it’s also expensive. The alternative is to stay home where I would have to take two separate trips.
When I take my economics and politics of European integration quiz for me, I use all this knowledge to make my trip to Vilnius as easy and painless as possible. Rather than having to learn a language, I now know what I’m talking about, thanks to a good education. My personal connection to the EU is strengthened, too.