Most people who are familiar with Learning Express use it for the academic practice tests that it offers. Many people do not know that it also includes a number of opportunities for people looking to brush up on or expand their work and job search skills. If you live in Newton, you have home access to this database through the use of your library card and the Newton Free Library website. Anyone has access to it within the library. If you live outside the Newton area, a library near you may subscribe to this service.
There are three main categories of interest. The first is “Job Search and Research Skills.” Under this category, Learning Express offers courses, practice, and eBook study guides on Business Writing; on the TOEIC [Test of English for International Communication]; and on Job Searching, Resume Writing, and Interviewing Skills.
The second category is “Jobs and Careers.” Here you will find information broken down by very specific careers and career types. Their list includes Air Traffic Controller, Civil Service, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Emergency Medical Services, Firefighter, Green Careers, Law Enforcement, Military, Nursing and Allied Health, Legal, Plumbing, Real Estate, and Teaching. A last category is more general but very important, Test-Taking Skills Improvement. What LearningExpress offers here are eBook study guides, courses, and instantly scored practice tests.
The last category is more general in terms of job requirements, but may be critical if you feel “rusty” or vulnerable in certain types of skill sets. “Skill Building for Adults” includes tests, courses, and eBooks to help you improve your skills in math and reasoning, personal finance, public speaking, reading, science, statistics, trigonometry, and finally, writing and grammar.
To take advantage of any of these offerings from home, you must be a Newton resident with a Newton Free Library card and use the Newton Free Library website. Go to
. Click on “Free Online Databases” on the right of the home page. Click on the subject heading “Test Preparation.” Click on Learning Express Library “Home Access” and put in your library card number. You will see a list of all the databases the City of Newton offers Newton patrons. Click on Learning Express Library again and register with the user name you would like to use, a password, and your email address. Be sure to write these down so you can get back in again. [A word to the wise. Have a secure area where you keep all your user names and passwords, whether it is a notebook, old Rolodex, or somewhere on your computer.] Then poke, prod and explore the site. As mentioned above, if you are not a Newton resident, you can use the site within the library. You may also want to see if your local library provides this service.