Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Four Stages of Learning

By Michael Angier

Paul Zane Pilzer, a leading economist, predicts that nearly half of the jobs people will have in the next five years haven't even been invented yet. Today, over 90% of the jobs in the U.S. weren't in existence when most of us were born.

What that tells me is that understanding the learning process is a major key to our future success. There are four stages of learning anything.

* Unconscious Incompetence This is when you don't know that you don't know how to do something. For instance, a young child isn't aware that he doesn't know how to drive a car.

* Conscious Incompetence In the second stage, you become aware you don't know how to do something. You know that you don't know. This awareness is critical. Attempting to drive a car without knowing how to drive a car could prove fatal.

* Conscious Competence The third stage is when we know how to do something, but it requires we be very much aware of what we're doing.

To continue with our example, when you first learn how to drive a car, you must concentrate on blending the power, easing out the clutch, watching traffic and the many other skills that are part of operating an automobile.

* Unconscious Competence This is when you've reached a level of competency, which requires little or no thought. The skills are ingrained so deeply that you can talk, adjust the radio, open the window and think about your next presentation-all while orchestrating the direction, speed and performance of the car.

As we progress through the new millennium, being able to learn new skills and quickly access information will be critical to our success. Knowing how to learn will become one of our greatest assets.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Distance Education- The World is Your Oyster

By Robin Brown
Distance education might have been developed back in the 1700s, when messenger services brought weekly assignments to scholars in a small section of Boston, but it certainly has grown and changed since then. With the development of the Postal Service in the 19th century, Victorian scholars were able to complete their college educations in as little as six to ten years, which was a great improvement. Then, planes came along and the process became even faster.
Today we do it in real time! Distance education like many other disciplines has come into its own with the advancement of the internet and computers. With the lightning speed of the internet and the well heeled platform of Web 2.0 attending an online university has come a long way since the 1700's or even the 19th century. Forget 6-10 years or even 4-5 years, you can pretty much get your degree anytime you want.

The flexibility of online courses has put you in the driver's seat. You can work as hard as you want or take your time depending on your situation but one thing remains true, you can get a quality education and achieve a higher degree that is just as marketable from an online college as a traditional one.

Your career opportunities can open up immensely because of a distance education. When you receive an associates, bachelors, graduate or even doctorate degree from an online college you show that you are committed to your discipline. In today's economy you need every tool you can get to get a good job and advance your career and an online education is the perfect way to do it.

Online degree programs and distance education have limitless possibilities, and you don't have to worry about moving or commuting to a traditional campus. You can do everything right from your computer, either from home or from wherever you want to learn. Plus, the programs online will be much less expensive than a traditional college education.

Online education itself may not be new but because of the internet it is certainly different than it was in the past and more popular as well. More and more people are taking advantage of all then opportunities distance education offers for career advancement. It's perfect for just about anyone in any situation because of its convenience and low cost. And, you can start your degree right now.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Choosing a Medical School

By Deniss Durrell

Choosing a medical school can be a challenging task. There are a large number of considerations that should be made prior to deciding on an educational facility for your professional training.

The common of students select particular existing parts of the schools that they are keen on, and then weight the profits and weak points of the medical schools up against the specific job path that they are keen on. In general, it helps to narrow down the medical school alternatives, thus adding the chance that the correct learning service can be chosen. Now, you are going to learn what parts the categories of schools are measured by.

The first consideration is how the education will be funded as far as a particular medical school is concerned, as well as the financing options that are available. Receiving a professional education at a school that specializes in the medical field can be a hefty expense, and the interested party must know that it can be paid for.

The next consideration is usually the location of the facility. Most medical school students enjoy a school that allows them the opportunity to work in or near a medical facility so that they can receive the hands on experience that they need to succeed in their given profession. In addition to this, there may be personal preferences when it comes to the location of the medical school, such as being near a relative, and so on.

Once one evaluates the funding and location of the medical school, they should then consider the curriculum and the overall reputation that the facility has. The school should be accredited and have a superior reputation among medical facilities around the nation. The curriculum should display the highest quality, and cover every aspect of the medical field in which a potential medical school student wants to work in. If you are searching for a medical school that can assist in offering you a positive and successful future, take these things into consideration, and you are sure to succeed!

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Is Every Private School a Preparatory School?

By Amy Nutt

Parents who are concerned about their children's ability to get into college are interested in seeing what options Toronto private schools have to offer. One of the confusing items surrounding private school in Toronto is the difference between a private school and a preparatory school. While many private schools are also considered prep schools, not all of them qualify for this label.

What is a Preparatory School

A preparatory school is a private school, independent of the Toronto public school system, that is designed to get students ready for college. Every aspect of the school is designed for college prep. Academics are emphasized more than extra-curricular activities, although extra-curriculars are available. This type of Toronto independent school typically has low student-to-teacher ratios. Because of this, the teachers are able to give the students more attention than they would likely receive in a public school. This, in theory, will give the students a better instructional environment.

Some prep schools are also boarding schools. Both local and out-of-town students can take advantage of the boarding option. By living at school, students are able to focus more on their academics without the distractions of home. Some prep schools are gender specific, another tactic that is designed to eliminate distractions from academics.

Many Toronto prep schools are just high schools, without a junior high or elementary. Some of the more elite schools will have a full program, but many parents choose this option only for the last four years of high school, as this is when the preparation for the university scene really begins.

What Is a Private School?

A private school in Toronto is simply a school that is independent from the Toronto public school system. This can be a preparatory school, but it may not be. Some Toronto private schools have a completely different focus, such as a Montessori approach to education or a vocational training focus. Preparatory schools are private schools, but not all private schools are preparatory schools.

All private schools, whether or not they are prep schools, charge tuition for admission. In most cases, a preparatory school will have a high tuition requirement, because they are considered one of the best ways to prepare for college. In fact, some Toronto independent school options have tuition costs comparable to a college or university. Some have scholarship programs available for students with qualifying GPAs.

Choosing an Independent School

Parents who are interested in prep schools need to do their research before enrolling their students, because not all prep schools have the success statistics that would be assumed based on the cost of tuition. Ask the school for their statistics relating to the number of students who went on to complete a college or university program. Find out if the school has any records about the number of students who qualified for academic scholarships in college. Choose a preparatory school that has excellent numbers indicating the future success of their students.

Also, look for a school that has a well-rounded education. Some prep schools focus so strongly on academics that students are not taught other important life skills, such as proper physical fitness or financial planning on a personal budget level. While getting an education that prepares the child for college is important, it is just as important to prepare a child for real life, because not all students will attend college, no matter how well intentioned the parents and the school are.

Once you find a school that has excellent success reports combined with a well-rounded education, you have probably found the right school. Apply early, because most Toronto private schools fill up quickly, and some prep schools have stringent enrolment requirements. By choosing the right school carefully, you will prepare your student for college as well as you possibly can.

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Toronto private school is committed to educational excellence and development of the character and individual abilities of students. When seeking a CESI accredited member school, consider Holy Trinity School.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Your Ultimate Self Improvement Guide

By Irene Mmari

There are many assorted books and courses that may help you get a hold of some self improvement guides and these sources can work against the negative factors in your daily life. This guide will extend to you the best methods to get rid of these factors for good or at the very least, reduce them.

There are lots of things that people must do every single day and most of the time, things like family, friends and many times, even ourselves frequently come last. At times we find out too late that these are in fact the greatest assets we have and sadly, at times that we don't realize it at all so we then begin to wonder why we are so unhappy. And so we are charged with the responsibility to never give in to stressful situations and to go fighting for true happiness in being alive.

Let us not forget also that bad time management can result in health issues both at the physical and mental level. But there is good news - time may be controlled and we can make it, in a certain manner, answer to us The first step in implementing this process is to find the things that take up your time and for the most part they are divided into two groups:

The extrinsic factors - These are generally caused by events and problems that we have no influence over but still need to be attended too.

The intimate components - These are strictly related to our weaknesses which include priorities and targets that can change, and the lack of a daily working plan and self imposed deadlines, the tendency to take care of too many things at the same time and the inability to say no.

By now you've probably recalled situations like this have arisen but all you have to do is to find a way to defeat and eliminate them, so that you can be in charge your time. Here are three possible ways in which you can do that:

Get accustomed to penning anything down -This is helpful and really if you have a bad memory. If not, there's a possibility you could forget to make that important meeting to make important phone calls, to answer messages that your promised to return. You can also make note of good ideas and inspirations that occur to you at unusual times.

List everything that's important - It takes a small amount of time to draw it and you can even do it as you have your coffee in the morning. Write the things that need done in the day in the order of importance.

Learn to speak up - A huge mistake that a lot of us make is that we put other people's problems as more important than our own. But by helping them at a bad time in our lives we creating an opening for frustration as well as stress and we find that we can't finish anything we start.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Basic Principles of Grammar for Language Students

By Neal Walters

Learning a second language like Spanish often requires a review of some basic grammatical terms. Every language has ways of dealing with the parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjective, adverbs, direct objects and prepositions. If you've been out of school for a few years, you might need to review these terms.

A noun is word that names a person, place, thing, animal or idea, such as CAT, JOHN, DALLAS, FLORIDA. Nouns come in number, either singular (one) or plural (multiples). CAT is singular, but CATS is plural.

Almost every world language, except English, has two or three genders for nouns: masculine, feminine, and occassionally neteur. For example, in Spanish one root word can represent two different English words. For example, CHICO menas boy, and CHICA means girl. Another way to look at this word is that it means child, where a male-child is obviously a boy, and female-child is obviously a girl.

An adjective is a word that qualifies a noun, for example, not just the noun CAT, but the BIG Cat, not just BOY, but the SMART BOY. In languagess where nouns have gender, the noun and adjective have to agree in number and gender. For example, in Spanish: EL CHICO ALTO (the tall boy) and LOS CHICOS ALTOS (the tall boys).

Verbs are a class of words used to show the performance of an action (do, throw, run), existence (be), possession (have), or state (know, love) of a subject. To put it simply a verb shows what something or someone does; for example: The boy THROWS the ball. The tiger EATS the food. Verbs can further be qualified by adverbs: The boy SKILFULLY throws the ball. The tiger QUICKLY eats the food. Verbs are "conjugated", often with suffixes and sometimes with prefixes. For example, in English, we say "I eat" but in the past tense "I ate" or "I have eaten".

The subject of the sentence is the item doing the action. The DOG bit me. The MAN dropped the ball. The direct object is the action that receives the action of the verb: He lectured US on the values of studying. The dog bit THE CHILD. He dropped THE CHAIR. A transitive verbs usually require a direct object, and an intranstive verb cannot. "The plant thrived" is intransitive. "The child broke" sounds like an incomplete sentence because the word "Broke" is transitive. Usually, you would say "The child broke the glass" (adding a direct object to complete the thought).

A preposition introduces a prepositional clause. Common prepositions include: in, on, over, under, with, for, against. Example: I put the chair ON THE FLOOR. He put the ball IN THE HOUSE. I went WITH THE CHILDREN. It often adds the flavor to where or with whom the verb happens.

A sentence can be a declarative (tells you something), an interrogative (a question), or an imperative (an order). An interrogative is just another word for a question, and an imperative means a command or an order. An example imperative is: TAKE out the trash. PUT on your clothes.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Scholarship opportunities in Australia

MANILA, Philippines—Applications are now open for the 2010 Australian Leadership Awards Scholarships, open to current and emerging leaders in the Asia-Pacific region, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith said.
“An ALA Scholarship is a significant opportunity for high achievers in the Philippines to extend their education, strengthen their leadership skills, build networks, and develop strategies to address the development challenges we share,” he said.
The ALA Scholarships, which provide funding for study at Masters and Doctorate levels in Australia’s leading education institutions, is one of the Australian government scholarship programs managed by the Australian Agency for International Development, AusAID.
Around 150 Scholarships are being offered for students from countries within the region to study at Australian universities in 2010, including candidates from the Philippines. Scholars will be selected on merit from a highly competitive regional pool on the basis of demonstrated leadership qualities and academic achievement.
Study programs must relate to AusAID’s priority areas of focus, which include disability, economic growth, education, environment, food security, gender, governance, health, human rights, infrastructure, regional stability, rural development, and water and sanitation.
Students at Australian universities are taught by academics recognized internationally for quality research. Australia’s major universities are consistently ranked among the top 50 in the world by the Times Higher Education London and make major and world-leading contributions to international research projects and initiatives.
Since 2007, 35 Filipinos have been awarded ALA Scholarships in various fields including public administration, public policy, environmental and natural resource management, international trade, international law, justice and law enforcement, and disease pandemics.
As well as providing higher education degrees, ALA Scholarships also offer scholars the opportunity to participate in a unique Leadership Development Program.
Applications for 2010 ALA Scholarships close on June 30, 2009. For further information visit their website.
Australia provides more than A$133 million worth of scholarships annually throughout the world.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Dating an Older Woman

By Nessar Hellartinno

There are many people involved with older or younger people than themselves. Most of the time if you are dating someone 5 years older and up then you are considered to be dating someone much older than yourself. These kind of relationships have been going on since the very beginning. It is very common to see a younger woman with an older man, noone is surprised by that. Most of the time, having a younger woman is considered to be a trophy for an older man, and most men like to be recognized for their accomplishments.

Younger wives or girlfriends are often considered as trophies by their peers. If they are a big time businessman, it really helps with their stamina and self security. It is assumed that they (the older person) must have a lot of stamina to "keep up" with their younger partner. There may also be a sense that the younger person will stay with the older person longer and help take care of them in their older years.

Something that most have not heard of as late is older women dating younger women. This has become a big trend of late and is rapidly going up. These females are often called cougars for their activities. Men are often attracted to older women because they are basically "lower maintance" than their younger female counterparts. They have a lot more going on in their lives, they have learned from their mistakes that the younger generation are just now making. They also know what they want and how they are going to get it.

Older women usually know exactly what they want and how to get it as mentioned before. They are financially successful and have learn from all the mistakes they have made in their younger years. They work out and are health conscious. They are over the partying, being wild, stage of their life and are now much more responsible. They know how to make it in the real world and have the tools to help them get through it.

Not everything is perfect in these May to December relationships. They have problems similiar to everyone's else but some of the problems are a little different. For example, there may be such a generational gap that they cannot overcome it. They may be limited on what they talk about and the things they do. What if the younger person wants to bicycle but the cougar wants to have no part of it? There could be some physical reasons why she would not want to do that. Cheating is also common in May to December relationships, it is not surprising considering the differences that are there.

People that are in these kinds of relationships often are victims of the other person cheating. This may be because of the generational differences, it may also be because the other person just does not understand them or there is no physical connection any longer. The statistics on these kind of relationships are sketchy at best, but infedelity does happen and it is thought to happen at a much higher rate. If you suspect cheating, do your homework and get to the bottom of it. If you find a number in their pocket or a name in their briefcase, use one of the many people and telephone number lookup sites on the internet to do some research on your partner. You could also do some research before you start your relationship. It is much better to be safe than sorry.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

36 off to Japan on scholarship

KUALA LUMPUR: Thirty-six students will leave for Japan today to further their studies under the Japanese Government Scholarship programme.
Some 1,400 students have so far benefited from the scholarship.Japan ambassador to Malaysia Masahiko Horie said since the scholarship was established, the Japanese government received thousands of applications every year but only the best applicants were selected.One of those selected, 25-year-old Intan Nadrah Zulkamar, said "As the competition was stiff, I did not expect to get the scholarship. "I am happy to be part of the group as it has always been my dream to study in Japan."
She will be pursuing her postgraduate studies in environmental health in the University of Tokyo.Coming from an average family, Tey Kuan Shuang, 25, has made his parents Foo Nyot Chan and Tey King Tong proud by being the first in the family to study overseas. "I feel delighted and honoured to be one of the recipients. "I chose Japan with the hope of doing my research in mechanical engineering technology," said Kuan Shuang.Like Kuan Shuang, Suhaila Badrolhisham, 31, who hails from Klang, not only made her parents happy but also followed the line of her siblings' outstanding academic performance. Suhaila would be pursuing her postgraduate studies in electrical engineering."It is no surprise for her to receive the scholarship as she has been an excellent student since school. "In fact, she did her undergraduate study abroad as well," said Suhaila's proud father, Badrolhisham Abdul Rahman, 61.Five of these students will be doing their undergraduate studies and 31 will pursue postgraduate courses.

Four Bruneian receive Japanese scholarships

The Government of Japan offers a variety of scholarship programmes to Bruneian youths, including postgraduate research and technology studies courses. This year, four students will travel to Japan to embark on their studies on April 1.
Andree Asmara bin Hj Abidin will study Special Needs Education at Hiroshima University as a Masters student under AYF (Asian Youth Fellowship) Programme.
Ms Chaw Li Ling will study Medical Science at Tohoku University as a Masters student and Ms Tan Caillie will study at Department of Economics System at Kyushu University, after studying Japanese language for six months.
Nur Amalina Nadila binti Ibrahim will take a three-year course at Oita National College of Technology after taking one-year intensive Japanese language course at Tokyo Japanese Education Centre.
For those interested in the Japanese Government Scholarship Programmes, application forms for the year 2010 scholarships (postgraduate research courses, undergraduate courses, college of technology and professional training college) will be available from mid-April 2009.
The application period is from April to the middle of June and successful applicants will depart for Japan in April 2010.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Learning Techniques Turn Bad Study Skills into Good Ones

By Courtney Pollock

Often students have bad study skills. While there are many reasons for this lack in knowing how to negotiate learning, one of the key reasons can be failure they've had and their perspective about it. People experience failure routinely, yet whether small or large, most adults can move past disappointment and go forward. This is not always true of students. Failure in school can hinder their progress and can obscure even the best study skills put before them. Failure can present a hindrance to learning and can cause even the best students to adopt bad study skills or none at all. Adolescents and older teens might not realize that people often have to fail to succeed, and that information gained in failing will give them the tools to go forward.

One of the things that failure can bring is the determination to improve. If students can understand this they will be open to receiving new learning techniques. Comprehending that they learn best when they know how they learn, young people can get past the disappointment of failure. Discovering how our brain intakes information depends on three key learning techniques. Deciding what is our best learning style is the first one. Finding whether our focus is external or internal comes next. Knowing the exact areas where we are already smart is the final thing to determine.

Understanding our specific learning styles, focus, and smart areas isn't easy. Summer camps for kids and teens highlight academics and can help by showing students how to chart what kind of learner they are and how to use that knowledge to improve their study skills. When students get specific help, it is easier to guide them into an accurate view of their individual personal learning styles. Learning styles differ from person to person. Visual learners gain information by seeing things. Auditory learners process information by hearing. Moving or touching things indicates a kinesthetic learner.

After they identify how they are learning, students need to understand personal focus. It's important for teens to know in what situation they will focus the best. An easy test is to ask them whether they learn better with others around them or alone. Learning techniques, such as these, are multifaceted and usually are only made clear when a student can concentrate on this information without distraction. This can happen in summertime at academic camps, which provide a concentrated course that produces multiple changes in a teen's confidence, study skills, and learning ability.

The list of learning techniques is not complete until students grasp the fact that all of them are smart, but display it in their own individual way. How people display they are smart can actually be measured in eight separate ways. Spatial intelligence can be found in those who are good at putting puzzles together. Linguistically smart people are those who are good at story telling and jokes. Empathy toward other people's opinions and feelings displays an aptitude for interpersonal skills. Musical intelligence can be measured if a person plays a musical instrument. People who look for patterns in the stars are nature smart. Bodily smart means a person is a good actor, mimicker, and role-player. Those who are gifted in the intrapersonal area spend time alone thinking things through. Finally, mathematically talented people figure out the reasons for things.

Because kids and teens often recoil after a failure, it is difficult to get them to want to focus on their studies and to understand they can be successful. When students are empowered by different learning techniques, they are enabled to go forward. Their study skills are sharpened and that's when a change takes place - often the change both they and their parents were hoping would happen.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Want A Life? Get A Coach!

By Laura Hess

Whether your life is running smoothly or you face daily crises; you are happy in your career or looking for a change; your relationships are happy or there doesn't seem to be anyone for you, maybe a coach is in your future. Having a coach means youd have somebody in your life to get you to do the things you don't want to do so you can get to where you want to be.

And this is true even if your world looks to be working already. The fact is, anybody could benefit through employing a life coach. Ask yourself, "Am I willing, ready and able to change my life to get the results that I desire?" If you replied yes to each of the three parts, your time is now.

Coaching isn't a new profession. Athletes, actors and actresses, and musicians have engaged them for years. Executive coaches have been coaching in big companies for a long time - working with top management to make them more efficient managers.

There are three main things that make this new way of coaching different:

One - personal and professional coaching is possible for anybody who wants it. You decide you are prepared to change and that you want a coach. It is no longer decided by your boss or superior when the time is right.

2) Coaching is affordable. Basic fees for a individual coach can be handled in just about any budget, ranging from $200 to $500 per month. Group coaching can frequently be found for less.

3) Simplicity is key to the coaching relationship. Most coaching is done by telephone so scheduling is easy. If you have access to a phone, you can have a coach. With long distance being so affordable these days (often free), the cost for calls is minimal.

People hire a coach for many reasons. The one thread that people who hire coaches have in common is a strong desire to change something in their own life to create a future of their choosing.

When you resolve to hire a coach, though, don't merely hire the first one you meet. Do your homework. Make certain your coach has had the proper training in the skills of coaching from an recognized coach training school. Interview multiple coaches and get a feel for who they are and whether they have the experience to be effective coach for you.

Finally, use your gut. Trust your own instincts when it comes to making your choice. Notice how you feel when youre in conversation with each coach. The right coach for you will feel exactly right. Bear in mind, too, that at different times in your life, different coaches may be more right for you.

I know the power of coaching. I'm a coach and have been for 15 years but I still have my own coach. I have experienced the power of coaching in my own life and have been witness to some amazing changes in the lives of my clients

If you have any doubts, try it out for a while. There are few coaches who require a long-term commitment and youll know quickly if coaching is right for you. Just be prepared for change. At the right time and with the right coach, your life will be different.

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21st-Century Skills for 21st-Century Challenges

By Lauren Tyson

It is often difficult as a parent to watch a child make a choice that could possibly be detrimental to his or her future. We can only hope that their limited life experiences and education will train them for real world situations, but there is no absolute guarantee. The real world is not always black and white, and as adults, we know that kids and teens will encounter many forks in the road that will put that experience and education to the test.

We anticipate that the relationships they form with others in high school will be lasting and worthwhile, and college will set the stage for their entry into true adulthood. They will become the sum of their experiences, and when they finally take that first step into the real world, it is our hope that they will have a wealth of experience and education to fall back on to help them navigate the ever complicated maze of business and personal success.

But will these experiences be enough to guide them to success? While many teens and young adults will make it through life's obstacles without experiencing any disasters, others will falter through a series of missteps and mistakes that could potentially have a huge impact on their futures. Not only will they have to choose a path best suited to their particular skill set, but they will also have to face a world that is constantly changing and evolving.

But once the door is open, will students have the ability to walk through it? The current world crosses many global boundaries, cultures, and ways of thinking. It is up to maturing young professionals to navigate the storm of technological advancement, globalization and potential. These skills are called, "21st-century skills" by some and anyone who wants to advance needs them to succeed.

21st-century skills refer to the real-life skills that professionals will need to advance in the world of today. Entrepreneurs, business men and women, and professionals must be able to communicate effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds and be adaptable to change. Open-mindedness is essential when it comes to maintaining a cutting edge amongst their peers.

Most importantly, 21st-century skills give professionals the ability to adapt and continue to be active learners wherever they go. Learning to appreciate cultural differences, alternate modes of thinking, and diversity of opinion will increase both innovation and quality of work. Having these skills at an early age will give students and potential professionals an advantage over their peers, and can be instrumental in problem-solving situations.

Every student with aspirations of a bright future wants to land the job of their dreams. With 21st-century skills at their disposal, they can ensure that they keep it, and maintain an edge over their colleagues. For so many students, that reality seems light years away; but as parents, we understand how crucial these skills are for success. Giving a child the skills they need to survive in the mercurial nature of the business world is something every parent should invest in.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Why Should You Have A Plan Writing Essays?

By Nick Sanders

Writing a plan before starting an essay or project is always a good idea. It can help you formulate ideas and ensure that the structure of your final essay is appropriate and logical.

When you set out your essay plan it can be used for a traditional essay to be submitted or for you to plan your essay in an exam. And this will help you greatly in an exam as you will be able to plan your writing and know which direction you should go in.

Plans do not need to take up much time, as you can use keywords and phrases, make notes of important references and logically order it within 5 - 10 minutes. Planning also makes sure you have read the essay question carefully. Just rushing in can make you forget the question, or answer the wrong one. Planning gives you a minute or two to consider what you are being asked to do and make sure you fully understand.

An essay without a logical order, and a beginning, middle and end will automatically score lower. An essay argument is supposed to be coherent and easy to keep up with. If you run out of time, an examiner should be able to look at your plan and see clearly the approach you were taking, and the order that you were putting it in, as well as your key points and references.

If you are simply working on an essay to submit in the next week or so, then you will be able to refine your plan to suit you and make sure that you have taken all of the necessary research to discover all of the information that you will need to finalize your work. This plan will also help you eliminate any inconsistencies that you may have and also help you gather your ideas under one heading.

By having an essay plan you will be able to show yourself how you will primarily answer the question posed to you and therefore convey your understanding to the reader. You will, therefore, be able to formulate arguments both for and against current academic thinking and also be able to voice your opinions more clearly.

It is often recommended that you write your titles, your headings and your outline before you begin writing. This is so that your writing is definitely being directed the way that you want it to go, and stops you risking going off course. Producing these titles and then jotting information underneath will count as a plan, and make writing your first draft so much easier. It is a lot easier to focus if you have something to keep you on track.

To sum up, it is very important to plan, no matter where you are. In exams, a well written plan will only take ten minutes but will help you to gain points if you run out of time. It will also make sure you understood the question, help you to form a structure and remind you about key points you want to use.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

6 Easy Steps To Your Essay Structure

By Nick Sanders

If you are at university and wanting to ensure that the essays you submit will be structured well and easy to be followed by your reader. This will mean that they will have a better chance of understanding your work and thus providing you with a good mark.

Being new to academia, you will need to understand the structure of the perfect essay. Also, you will want to understand that these essays on your degree course will be more complex than other that you have written at a lower level.

After all, you want to bet getting the best grades possible from the work that you submit, so if your essay or report is structured in the wrong way, then you may end up missing out on marks because your thoughts aren't clear and your argument is a little fumbled. Below I will set out some steps that you can take when thinking about the actual structure of your paper and what you will need to submit an essay you can be proud of.

Step 1. Organizing your work area will mean that it will be easier to sort through and understand all of your academic work. Also, you will want to make sure that you have everything else on your computer cleared away. Don't open Itunes and close down any other chat software that you may have on there. This is the time that you want to concentrate on your studies and ensure that you give it your full attention and potential.

Step 2. Be informed - Many people seem to think that they can look at a computer screen, type a few thousands words and hey presto you have an essay! Well, probably it would be an essay in an ideal world, but let me tell you that the world is far from ideal and in order to sound credible to anyone who is going to read your work, you need to be able to understand all of the material that you need to source, read and digest. If you havent got around to this stage yet, then feel free to go and learn about the subject you want to write, even if this is only an introduction.

Step 3. Always ask why? - You should continually ask why throughout your research, as you will want to get to the bottom of why something has been agreed between two authors or a number of authors. Simply collecting the information and presenting it to your readers just simply isn't a good option, you haven't finished the whole essay and thus you will need to understand that you should be evaluating and asking why is something as it is and why it shouldn't be something else. Completing your essays in this manner will allow you to understand the different areas that you should be including and how your paper can be structured better.

Understanding and establishing the different parts of your essay will be essential for the reader to comprehend where your essay is going to lead them. Therefore, having adequate signposts throughout your paper will mean that you should be able to guide your reader through your paper.

Answering why certain things have happened or arguments have ensued - this is probably the biggest part of your ability to show an understanding of the essay topic.

Step 4. Set the direction - You will want to understand and plan where your essay is going well in advance of actually getting down to writing your paper. You will need to understand that you should take each part and link it to the next. Also, you will need to think about direction in the flow of your arguments that the reader will be reading, and thus making sure you don't guide them down a road that is pointless to the overall meaning of the essay. All well-written essays have a solid structure and foundation to them and they make sure they know where to take the reader.

Step 5. Write it and Write well - actually getting down to the writing is a good start indeed, but structuring your writing to have a beginning, middle and end is the way to go. Every part of your essay should have an introduction, a central body allowing the reader to see your argument, and then a conclusion of the particular section that links and leads onto the next.

Step 6. Preparation - this is one of the most important things to possess when you are writing an essay and more important in any piece of academic essay. You will need to understand that you have to prepare and plan your argument as well as your overall goal of writing this particular essay. Some students will find it a lot easier than others to map out their thoughts on the essay that they are about to write, while others will find it a real mental challenge to do this. You need to understand that certain parts of your argument will belong in certain parts of your paper, and thus completing a plan and preparing beforehand will make this task significantly easier for you.

Once you have completed your essay, if you feel that you want to get the best available mark that you can, then you should look at having your essay proofread, edited and reviewed by an essay editor.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Thai university to offer scholarships to Myanmar students

The Rangsit University of Thailand will hold a seminar in Yangon along with its university entrance examination to select Myanmar students who deserve scholarships, the local weekly Voice reported Sunday.
The seminar will take place on March 21 at the Park royal Hotel and two scholarships will be awarded each for five majoring subjects -- International Business, Information and Communication Technology, Communication Arts, Philosophy, Politics and Economics and International Hospitality Management.
The Rangsit University is the fifth leading university in Thailand having interchange programs with 50 universities from European, American and Asian countries which the scholarship winning students can select for their further study, the report said.
Meanwhile, the New Zealand government will also provide scholarships to pre-graduate Myanmar university students to help develop the country's human resources, an earlier report said.
The subjects to be studied in New Zealand cover basic education and health, administration, trade and development, and prevention of dispute and peace building.
In recent years, other countries such as Singapore, South Korea and China have also extended different scholarships to Myanmar students for the country's human resources development. These scholarship sponsoring institutions include Singapore's PSB Academy and TMC Education Group, South Korea's Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and National Institute For International Education (NIED) and China's Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU).
The study subjects are respectively linked with the fields of journalism, mass communications, public relations, accounting and finance, international business management and marketing, logistics management, e-business and e-commerce, construction management and property, and hospitality and tourism.

ASEAN foundation to provide research scholarship to Myanmar students

The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foundation will provide research scholarship to Myanmar students to pursue master degree in the Singapore National university, the local Weekly Eleven reported today.
The foundation sets that the scholarship winning students are to work for at least two years in their mother country or one of ASEAN countries after getting master degree, the report said, adding that the application for the scholarship will close on March 25.
The ASEAN foundation was established in 1997 to support the continued development of the people in the ASEAN countries.
Meanwhile, other ASEAN member countries were also offering scholarship to Myanmar students in education and technological fields, according to earlier report.
The Nanyang Institute of Management (NIM) and the PSB Academy of Singapore made such offer for pursual of diploma in tourism and hospitality management program.
Besides, the Rangsit university of Thailand will also hold a seminar in Yangon along with its university entrance examination to select Myanmar students who deserve scholarships, other report said.
Moreover, a Malaysian company, the Petronas Oil Company, also granted scholarships to Myanmar students to study at the Petronas Technological University in January.

Three Ways You Can Pay For College

By Steve Sheehan

If you've been looking at colleges recently, you've probably been shocked at the expense. Just who in the world do these people think they are charging so much? If you want to go to college, though, you're going to have to come up with a way to pay, and this article is here to help.

As it turns out, there are three major ways of paying for college. The fist way is to simple earn or save enough money to pay for college straight up. Secondly, you can have money given to you, in the form of scholarships are grants. These are great! Finally, you can borrow money from several sources.

Let's talk about savings. The key with saving for college is to make sure that you're keeping as much money as possible. For this, you'll want a tax free college account. These are usually known as "529" plans, and offer a tax sheltered method of saving for college. This is the way to go if you can.

The best way to get money for college is through scholarships and grants since these will give you free money. The biggest key to getting this is to apply! So many people do not apply for scholarships, and thus leave a lot of money on the table. Don't let this be you.

If you can't come up with the money by any other means, you'll need to check into getting student loans. Student loans are typically low interest loans that you will have to repay over a long period of time after you graduate. These come in two flavors, government backed and private. Let's talk about both.

A government backed loan is typically a Stafford loan. These loans are given out to most students, with increasing amounts available each year. These are the best loans to have, as they give you the most flexibility and the lowest rates. A private loan, on the other hand, is just a regular loan from a bank that will come with its own interest rates and terms. These loans are typically not as flexible as the government options, and should be considered as a last resort.

Paying for college isn't easy, but I hope this has given you a good idea of what kind of options are out there. Best of luck!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Getting Scholarships: Tips to Success

By Stan Johnson

One of the biggest challenges you'll face as a student is simply paying for your school in the first place. With tuition rates rising faster than inflation, and the economy struggling, it is harder now than ever.

One of the best ways of helping to pay for college is to get scholarships. These do not have to be paid back like loans do. It is money that is there to help you finish school.

However, getting these scholarships isn't always easy. To get the scholarship, you have to achieve a cerain academic or athletic standard. This can't always be done.

However, you can greatly increase your chances of winning a scholarship in several ways. The first is to simply apply. It may seem odd, but the vast majority of students never even apply to most of the scholarship option they have. Many people give up before they start, thinking they have no chance. Be sure that you apply, since you probably have a much better shot than you think you do.

The second way of getting scholarships is to find your niche. If you've decided on a specific area of study, start looking into professional organizations that support your field. These groups will often offer you scholarships that will have much less competition than broader ones. This is golden if you act on it.

Also, never underestimate the importance of actually getting good grades. If you work hard and are motivated by the prospect of receiving scholarships, you might just surprise yourself with your own performance. Not to mention, this good performance will be good for your life, not just for the scholarship money.

This should get you started in finding scholarships. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to make sure you at least apply. This will get you much further than you probably imagine. Best of luck in your college career.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Choosing the Right Online School For You

By Michael Fleischner

There are many ways to complete your education or get a degree today that didnt exist just a few short years ago. Many traditional institutions offer online learning opportunities as well as truly online universities. The only difference is that online universities may not require any on campus work.

Going to school online requires that students are comfortable with doing assignments and learning online. Additionally, they need to be disciplined and do their work in a structured way. Unlike sitting in a classroom, online universities require students to log on to access work and assignments.

Selecting an online program is easy if you know how to search and what to look for. Start your search by doing an internet search for accredited universities. This means that the school's curriculum has been approved by an accrediting agency. This is important if you ever wish to transfer or have your credits count towards another degree.

The next step is to focus on the area you are seeking a degree in. If you want an online degree in nursing, then dont seek out schools with only one nursing program. There are a number of online schools that specialize in the discipline you are seeking. Find one that has a well established program.

Once you have narrowed your list of online programs that meet your criteria, begin to determine how long it will take you to complete the program. Also, what are the specific requirements you have to meet to graduate. Finally, determine the costs associated with the online degree you are seeking.

After your research is complete, its time to start the application process online. Completing school applications take some time so be sure to begin well in advance of any deadlines. Online schools are sometimes more flexible with admission dates but you should be well aware of class schedules. Making mistakes on your application could delay the process so be careful when completing your work.

Once you have completed your application, focus on what you will need to start your classes. Your class schedule will most likely be based on a semester and a specific time frame. You want to check to make sure that you have all the necessary materials and that you understand class requirements. Since there is not physical class to show up to, you will need to log on to complete assignments.

Make sure you have a good computer and reliable internet access. Online educators are not very tolerant of assignments that havent been completed because of difficulty accessing the internet. If you have a good computer and reliable internet access, you are ahead of the game and are likely to succeed. Attending school online is a great way to learn. Investigate online learning options and be sure to ask the right questions.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

How To Win At College Entrance Essays

By Nick Sanders

A great college entrance essay will present a view of you that is compelling and personal. It will complete the rest of your application and ensure that you stand out from the crowd. Making a great impression is important here, as the entrance essay is a crucial part of your application that you have complete control over.

Keep personal focus - when your essay is read it must prove a single point that shows the admissions committee you are worthy of a place at their college. When they read your paper, they should be able to understand your argument and easily read your work from beginning to the end. Ask a friend or family member to go over your essay with you and think about how you can improve on what has been written. You should look to see if any parts will need re-writing, as you want to show the committee who you are, using past achievements and experience, and not tell them your whole life story.

If you struggle to think of what to write, then you should ask friends, family or past employers/teachers, they will be able to tell you the positive things about you that you should write about. You should pick the ones that most closely relate to the course you are applying for.

Facts are best - when you are writing your admissions essay will mean including some concrete facts to back up your opinions about your experiences. You will want to expand on the different aspects of these experiences: what you learnt as well as what you may not have had time to learn, and how these experiences have influence your future learning and motivation. You should always back up your own opinions with facts.

Avoid cliche writing by using specific details - again, saying that you want to be a teacher because you want to help children succeed is okay, but it is much better to say that your own teacher was committed to teaching you in fun ways, such as hatching your own chicks to learn their life cycle, and you wish to give other children a brilliant start to their education too.

Be yourself - following everyone else and writing about world peace, combating terrorism or solving the world's food shortage are all good topics to write about. But they have been beaten to death. Bring something new and interesting to the table and make sure you stand out from everyone else.

Add more to your CV - if you intend to simply rewrite your CV then you could be on the road to disaster. You will want to make sure that you include activities that you have done outside your CV, such as the different places that you have visited, if you have been part of a local community club or team and if there have been any occasions when you have take a key role in accomplishing something.

Dont use more words than you need too - making sentences too long and confusing will make your essay harder to understand. A lot of students make the mistake of trying to elongate sentences to look better; however, simple sentences are often better. If you have to add words to sentences, in order to meet the word count, then you are probably missing the point.

Make sure that you proofread your essay, as typos and errors can often be interpreted as carelessness or bad writing. Don't rely on your word processing software spell check, as it can miss simple mistakes, such as accepting fried instead of friend.

Asking a friend or teacher will also be a good idea. Their input will add a neutral aspect to your thoughts and it may be crucial for you to receive their opinion on your written admissions essay. This will help you produce an overall better piece of writing.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

The Different Parts To An Academic Thesis

By Nick Sanders

No doubt you are a student in academia at the moment, or you may even be a parent researching exactly what you son/daughter will be doing for their thesis. An academic thesis is a study that represents individual (or sometimes group) research, which is then concluded and grounded around written evidence, by the individual student; it is submitted in partial fulfillment of a degree at a recognised university.

There is a wide variety of topics that a student can choose to complete their research paper. Whichever topic they choose, they will most definitely be required to conducts both primary and secondary research. The primary study, which they conduct, should include some experiments and investigation into the main subject area. The research paper will then be evaluated for its originality and findings, and the influence that they will have on current academic understanding.

The main part of the thesis, the research, will often start a long time before the student is thinking about what hypothesis he/she is trying to prove or disprove. A plan is an ideal position to start the actual research process, planning what they want to achieve and by when, as theses will have a submission deadline.

This research stage of the course, which is when the thesis project is undertaken, is generally towards the end of the course, and on many postgraduate degree courses is the final element. For undergraduates, it will cover the final year of their course and will count heavily to their final degree grade.

On a postgraduate course, such as a masters degree, the thesis part of the course will be a separate module of the course and will be conducted over the summer term of the year; this will count between 5 and 20% of the final grade. Generally, all masters degrees will require the student to complete a thesis.

The thesis project is considered an important and key stage in the student earning their degree, and it is considered a vital and important part to the course. Submission guidelines are fair, but also strict; students will need to adhere to them if they intend to attend graduation.

Production of a thesis may require the student to put up a plausible defense in-front of the awarding panel, at their institution. Generally, only a few people will be chosen, and in some cases none, when they are submitting a thesis on an undergraduate degree or masters degree course. It is usually at this point where a defense is only seen for doctoral theses.

However, both undergraduate and masters degree students should be aware that they may be called to submit a defense to the awarding panel, as some institutions require a sample of students to do this. When defending a thesis, a student should refer to tangible examples that illustrate their research, opinions and conclusions presented.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Flubright for 2010-2011

Fulbright scholarship program restarted in Myanmar since academic year 2007-08. There are more than 15 Burmese Fulbrighters currently studying in different universities in the US.

The program opens its invitation for academic year 2010-11. Burmese applicants who have a Bachelor degree and valid standardized English test score; 575 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS are eligible to apply.
Application deadline:
1 May 2009

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Leaders Are Leaders, Not Managers

By James Gilbert Pynn

The argument is leadership is seldom an innate skill. To be sure there is a case for personal charisma or even the ability to inspire those around you, but true leadership, the kind that rallies nations, is a refined, learned skill. Military intuitions, like West Point, have long believed that leaders are trained, not born. Leading men and women into battle or into the boardroom, the skills are essentially the same. It is no coincidence: a disproportionate amount of military-trained individuals find themselves in leadership positions in the corporate sphere.

Humans have historically been concerned with their personal security and survival. Now, they spend an inordinate amount of time in the employment of organizations, typically corporations. Yet, humans are still driven to affiliate themselves with one another to protect their security and belongings. Indeed, even within the corporate structure people are compelled to protect one another from being fired or protecting the "herd." Amidst all this they are constantly looking leaders to help them, and they are seldom to found among their supervisors.

It has been argued that leaders emerge from informal structures, not from rigid institutions. So, despite the military's emphasis on leadership, true leaders of men and women are unofficially and seemingly randomly appointed. The theory as to why one person is held up as a leader and another is not is still subject to much speculation. They are never appointed or respected because of their position within the organization; they emerge by means of influence. This influence is the ability to gain cooperation from others by means of persuasion alone, seldom from the threat of force.

A theorist, Abraham Zaleznik, identified substantive differences between leadership and management. According to Zaleznik, leaders are inspired visionaries, concerned with substance. On the other hand, managers are planners who are concerned with process. Another leadership theorist, Warren Bennis, further explained the difference between managers and leaders.

Bennis alleged that managers administer, while leaders innovate. Managers ask how and when, while leaders ask what and why. Managers imitate, while leaders originate. Furthermore, he argued managers emulate the classic good soldier, whereas leaders are their own person, preoccupied with originality. Indeed, it seems leadership, though a skill that can be learned is a way of living. Leadership programs can teach you how to lead, but it seems a leader simply knows how to lead.

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What is So Fascinating About Medical Schools?

By Anne Ahira

Doctors are greatly acknowledged personals in the community, plus our well-being as well as well being depend on their intelligence and proficiency in their selected province.

Their helps are vastly very appreciated, and doctors create relatively the fine livelihood. medical schools are the basic main to raise the occupation like a physician.

Medical schools are focused academy foundation which educate its learners the whole about medication. There are a selection of differentdissimilardiverseunlike scales plus fields that medical students could get. Medical schools present subjects like biochemistry, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, as well as relations remedy to label some.

Medical schools admittance obligations are usually very rigorous. Hopeful students have to sign up to one of the various medical schools which are nowadays in operation.

The request procedure usually for instance an submission, a review of the probable candidate student coursework, a few placement, plus might the majority prominently their point on the MCAT (a standardized medical exam). If the aspirant able to productively direct lead this then they going to possible receive admittance to the medical school of their decision.

However, medical schools do not totally get ready a applicant to become a physician. Truly, later than the medical student has obtained their grade they ought to pass their country medicinal board examinations.

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Who Gets Admitted to an Ivy League College, and How

By Daniel Z. Kane

If your goal is admission to an Ivy League College, you've set the academic bar as high as possible. It's tougher now to get into Harvard, Yale, etc. now than ever in their histories.

Ninety-five percent of the students admitted to Harvard graduated in the top ten percent of their classes. And, remember that a significant number of those students come from academically competitive schools public and private schools.

As you might guess, their test scores were also pretty impressive, with the middle fifty percent of the class (25-75%) scoring in the top 1% of all students tested. To put that in perspective, the middle half of the class (excluding the top and bottom 25%) correctly answered about ninety percent (90%) of the ACT or SAT questions.

Clearly, students who want to wind up at an Ivy must beat out some very talented competitors. But...here's some worse news for applicants...they have to beat out lots of them. Harvard received 22,754 applications this year. Only 2,124 received the letter they wanted from the Office of Admissions.

Are the other Ivies easier to get into than Harvard? Maybe, but not much. Is it impossible to be admitted to an Ivy? Not impossible. But, awfully difficult.

If you hope to attend an Ivy, know two things. First, no matter how big a star you are in high school, there are no guarantees. Even valedictorians and students with perfect ACT or SAT scores are sometimes denied admission.

The second reality is that if you are anywhere near the statistical profile of a student with a chance of admission to an Ivy, you have no reason to feel sorry for yourself. You may not get into an Ivy, but you should have great college choices.

So, how do you maximize your chances for admission to an Ivy or other highly competitive college? First, take the most challenging high school courses available to you. And, if you can take a few college courses while concurrently enrolled in high school, you might want to do so, especially if you run out of genuinely difficult high school courses.

Take the ACT and SAT as early as possible; perhaps even as a high school freshman, to get the experience and receive a profile which lets you know how your scores stack up comparatively. Begin doing some test prep work (on your own or with a tutor or test prep organization) early in your junior year of high school.

Make yourself what used to be called a "well rounded" person; it's good for you and good for your candidacy. Join clubs or organizations in which you have genuine interest. I repeat, genuine interest. Accept positions of leadership if they are available.

A good or bad essay can be an important "tip" factor for you. And, it's your best opportunity to tell the admissions committee who you are. Don't waste it.

Early decision may improve your chances. Consider it carefully.

Choose carefully the teachers you ask for recommendations. Be as certain as possible that they will recommend you with enthusiasm.

Anything you can do to help others and/or accelerate your personal growth can only help you as a person, and make you at least a marginally more attractive applicant.

The Ivies, and other highly selective colleges, are after bright, motivated, high-achievers. In addition, they seek diversity and students whose backround, accomplishment, and talents indicate their potential to be significant contributors to the campus community.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

10 Tips on Writing a Press Release for the College Media and Getting it Picked Up

1. "Why should college students care?" Before you start to write, ask yourself this question. If you can't come up with a good answer, then don't even bother. By knowing and writing for your demographic, it will help you to deliver the right message to the college media.
2. Make sure your Press Release is newsworthy (Definition of Newsworthy). It's time to brush up on your Journalism 101. Make sure you know what makes a good news story. The more elements of a newsworthy story, the better.
3. Is the story unique? Have we heard this story before? Let's hope not. How is your story/product/organization unique? Stop the spin. This is the age of the internet where real news travels fast and unique news travels faster. Help your client by stopping the spin and telling them their product/story just simply isn't unique.
4. Target - Specifically tailor your message to an individual school or select group of schools. A little semantics goes a long way. We all know what it's like to receive a personalized letter versus a generic robo message. Take the time and make it personalized. This also applies to inside the newsroom. Most likely there is a college journalist that covers your beat. Find out who that beat writer or editor is and introduce yourself.
5. Headline - This is the most important part of your press release. What will grab the attention of a college journalist? Make sure it is captivating, quick and collegiate. (Example: One of our most viewed releases entitled "Best Internship Ever!")
6. Sweeten the Pot - Include samples for review or the access to interviews. Get your product into their hands. Let them taste, wear, listen, watch, feel or use your product or service. Do you have access to an expert or celebrity? Make sure to include these opportunities in your press release.
7. Necessities - Make sure to include the following: Your contact Information, including email, as well as information about the organization, or its history. It is also important to include a link to your website, if applicable.
8. HTML - The days of faxing are long gone! Embed videos or images that highlight or best convey your message. Include links to demos, examples, web pages, etc. (Example: Best Internship Ever! by STA Travel).
9. Quotes and testimonials - Make the story more tangible by including quotes from real college students, faculty or staff.
10. On campus representation - There is nothing more powerful than face-to-face delivery of a message. If you have ambassadors of your brand on or near a college campus, have them deliver your message directly to the newsroom. It makes your message that much more powerful and you have a source for the journalist them to quote.
The takeaway - Content and Relationships are paramount.

Why starting early helps you get into Harvard and Stanford

By Ivy League Secrets

If you're like me, you waited until the last minute before worrying about college. Luckily, I pulled it off - getting accepted at Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, and a few other schools. There are some tricks to make this happen - but that's for another article.

Here, I'd like to talk about what you can do when you're a freshman or sophomore. When you have a lot of time to plan and work hard. My time as an Admissions Officer really showed me the difference between those that plan ahead, and those that don't make the grade.

1) Make sure you have a good GPA and SAT score. Take every AP-level class and test that you can - and get 4s and 5s. Princeton expects you to challenge yourself at the highest academic levels, over and over

2) Participate in several clubs, and focus on leadership. But don't just be President - do unique, new things with the clubs (holding conferences, partnering with area schools, entering competitions, etc)

3) Sports and music are helpful - they show specific passions and interests

4) You need to think about NATIONAL and/or INTERNATIONAL awards, prizes, and scholarships to distinguish yourself in this competitive environment. Admissions is simply too competitive to only win local or state honors

Make sure your accomplishments and experiences tell a STORY ABOUT YOUR LIFE. Admissions committees want to know that you have clear interests, clear goals in life, and all those things are reflected by your essays, recs, and experiences

Rejections happen because applicants do a little of everything, and nothing truly well. They're not DISTINCTIVE in anything they do - and they don't get into Harvard or Stanford because they don't have a story.

Always value depth of success over breadth.

Follow this advice, and you'll have a great shot. Please don't forget - 50% of your success is hard work. The other 50% is crafting the right application, so don't forget about TELLING A STORY.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

3 secrets of extracurriculars to get into Harvard and Stanford

By Ivy League Secrets

Extracurricular accomplishments are tough to judge, because they vary widely by school, by region, and by state.

There are well-known organizations and competitions - for instance, Debate and National Honor Society.

For everything else, it comes down to a qualitative judgment. That's why you need to do everything you can to be the best, regardless of what activity you're involved with.

Having worked in the Admissions Office of a Top 20 college (as well as being a former Ivy Leaguer), I've developed a clear perspective on exactly what you need to accomplish in your extracurriculars to stand out.

Here's what you must focus on:

1) Leadership positions that are SCHOOLWIDE - like student government and class government. It's impressive because you stand out across the entire school. Princeton will be impressed.

2) Involvement in the ECs where your high school is strong. Most College Admissions Committees know what each school is good at (for instance, Academic Decathlon) - participating in your high school's best areas will help your admissions chances at Yale

3) Anything that leads to national or international recognition - given the competition these days, it's the best way to stand apart from the pack for the Ivy Leagues

As I share in Hopeless To Harvard, half of your success is what you accomplish in high school. The other half is how well you present it in the college admissions application.

Describing the results and effect of your leadership and extracurricular activities. Don't just talk about the steps you took and the process - talk about why it was important to you and what the positive impact for your school was

Follow the above steps, and you'll be opening an admissions packet from Harvard in less than a year!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What You Need To Know To Get A College Grant

By Chris Channing

College students are famous for being the most poor of all social classes- but they get by nevertheless. Helping them do so is the government, who passes along grants their way to help finance their classes, living quarters, books, and food. Keep in mind that it will take work to get such grants, as they will certainly not come to you by themselves.

Grants require a massive amount of information in order to obtain. In many cases, it will require that a student has filed for their taxes and had a valid tax return in order to complete a grant application. Because of this, it's recommended that students wait until they file their taxes before filing for student aid. Some organizations will require specific tax information on both them and their parents. Some specific grants may also require other types of information, although easier found, such as test scores or merits.

As far as government grants go, the Pell grant is the easiest to obtain. This grant in particular is a favorite among grants, since it doesn't have to be repaid like some others. There are certain restrictions, and total value is determined by the information sent to the government. Rules of the grant should be learned, such as the statute that says only one Pell grant is available per student per year, no matter how many colleges are attended.

The majority of grant opportunities are going to come from filling out a FAFSA. This application is required by some institutions before even gaining entry into college, so it's necessary no matter what the financial need is of the student. It usually takes an hour or two to fill out, and is best filled out after filing taxes.

Also consider obtaining grants through the university, in which doing a work-study is possible. A work study program allows the student to take a job on at the university, in which will pay for part of the tuition for the given semester or year. Often times the university will get compensation from the government in offering such programs, so they like to do so when possible.

If you do decide to go for a loan, be sure that you will have the means of paying it back by the time college is said and done. Most loans available to college students will have to be paid on as soon as the student leaves college. If one doesn't obtain a job almost immediately, it'll be tough to pay the bills each month.

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From here, students should now go talk to their counselors, fill out a FAFSA, and fill out as many scholarships as possible. Every little bit helps in paying off an expensive education.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Don't Think about a Purple Elephant

By Louis R Burns

I wanted to comment on something I've seen people doing recently.

Whenever you tell people not to do or think something, they have to go inside their head and make a representation of it before they can negate it. Even if they decide not to do it as you recommend, they'll still have experienced whatever it was like to make that picture, sound, feeling, etc.

You may have heard some people say that the subconscious doens't process the negative part of messages. It goes about bringing into existance whatever you focus on even if you're trying not to think about it.

Whenever you find yourself telling people what you don't want, pause a moment. Figure out what you do want and say that instead. That ususally gives you the same logical argument without encouraging them to make a representation you don't want them to have.

People don't consider the images they're putting into people's heads. A friend was recently heating some wax and facitiously said not to eat it. My response was, "I was just about to, I'm glad you said something." That kind of response lets people imagine the silliness of their statements.

A problem/solution approach to persuasion works too. You'll have to test each method to know which converts better for your particular situation.

So when you're editing your copy, make sure to filter for negations and see if there's something else you'd prefer your reader to be thinking about.

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Exist Clever, Exist Cleverer

By Simon M Skinner

You hear a lot these days about how important it is to live a greener life that you should lighten your carbon footprint on the earth. Sometimes it seems like we're getting lectured everywhere we turn.

Happily, there are some simple steps you can take towards living a greener life. In most cities, there is curbside recycling; so all you need to do is to separate your recyclables and place them out on the curb along with your trash for pickup - the pickup service takes care of the rest, all you have to do is separate your recyclables and take them to the curb.

One great (and easy) way to live greener is to join your local Freecycle email list. Instead of throwing away unwanted items, you can post them on the list - it's more than likely that someone will have a need for them. Of course, when you need something, you can look there first before going out and buying new things. Freecycle keeps a lot of trash out of landfills and is a great money saver.

You can substitute some of your household items for more green friendly items. One such item is compact fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs are much more energy efficient, which means that they use a lot less energy (and save you money) while being about the same price as any other light bulbs - they also last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.

You can also get rid of your existing yard lights and replace them with solar powered lights. These do just as good of a job of illuminating your outdoor spaces, but use no electrical power. You can find solar powered yard lights in a variety of pleasing designs and you can install theme yourself without the assistance of an electrician. Solar powered holiday lights are also available, letting you save money on your electric bill while dressing up your home for the holidays.

Another great way to save money while doing something to live greener is to use rechargeable batteries - these have greatly improved in recent years and are long lasting, easy too use and of course save money as well. When the batteries are finally used up and cannot take another charge, they may be recycled at almost any hardware store.

It's actually pretty easy to live a greener lifestyle. You can benefit the environment and your pocketbook at the same time. You may soon find yourself looking for more ways to add a little more green to your life.

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Be Eco-Friendly, Be Greener

By Simon M Skinner

One of the benefits of living green is it can extend your lifespan. This may be surprising, but it is very true. There are many things that not only help the earth, but they help you, too! Eating fresh organic foods, cutting down on driving, and many other things will help you live greener, longer!

Most foods are grown using pesticides; there are natural ways to get rid of these pests without polluting the earth. Commercial meet producers use growth hormones and antibiotics to grow the animals bigger and faster to gain more profits. You can buy organically grown foods or grow your own if you live where this is possible. You will be able to eat fresh food and meat daily, full of nutrients, and free from chemicals and the bad effects they can cause. This will greatly improve your health and also help the environment.

There are many things you can do to cut down on driving. Try to do everything in one trip if possible. You will save money, cut down on traffic, and reduce emissions into the environment. Driving is stressful and stress is not good for you so less driving means less stress. Ride with someone or use public transportation if you can. You can ride a bike or walk in some cases and it will also give you some healthy exercise.

Composting your food scraps can save you money in garbage waste and provide you with great soil next season for your own garden. It also keeps a lot of good stuff out of the landfills. Just keep adding your fruit and vegetable wastes, egg shells, coffee grounds, and grains to the compost pile. You can add your raked leaves and lawn clippings as well. Don't add meat or bones... they will attract insects like flies and will take longer to compost. Water the compost down once in awhile to get the enzymes activated. Come spring, you'll have some nice compost soil to add to your own vegetable garden for more healthy eating.

There is a lot you can do in your home to get more green. Open up the curtains and let the light in. Natural light is the best light to see by and you can avoid using energy by leaving your lights off more. Start using the new compact fluorescent light bulbs and stop wasting money and energy on the standard bulbs. These bulbs will last much longer and use less energy. You will love not having to change light bulbs all the time.

The little things add up, start recycling your aluminum cans and anything else you can. Not only will you help the earth to be greener, you will get a little cash too. Take your own bags to the store when you shop, you will have less trash and the store may even give you a few cents for doing it. Try to buy things with less plastic packaging if possible. You will help your air to be cleaner to breath by doing these things.

It's not that hard to live a greener life. You will feel much better about yourself and you will also feel better because you are eating more healthy foods. A green life means a longer life, give it a try and see the difference for yourself.

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