If you want to become a good student, it’s important to have confidence in yourself as a learner. It’s important to believe that you actually like learning, and that you really enjoy the topic you are studying. When you picture yourself learning poorly, you program your mind for more learning failures. This is what you expect, so it becomes more likely that you will achieve it. What should you do if you don’t actually have confidence in yourself as a learner, or if you are convinced that you’ll never understand the topic you are studying? Fortunately you can learn to change your opinion of yourself and what you are learning by a technique called visualization. Successful visualization essentially means that you are able to pretend to yourself that you are already performing successfully the skill you want to learn. To change your messages to yourself about what kind of student you are, you will have to change your inner movie of yourself as a learner, and substitute new messages for yourself saying that learning is easy and fun for you. Your mind more easily absorbs positive messages when you are in a deeply relaxed state of body and mind. To achieve this state, sit or lie comfortably in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Notice your breathing. Relax your body and focus your attention on your breath. Start to breathe freely and deeply, in a relaxed manner. You can also use different meditation techniques to get your mind into a more relaxed state where it will be easier to accept a new, positive message. Take a few messages to picture yourself as a learner. Take note of what you see in your mind. When visualizing, some people see still images, as in a photograph, while others see live action all around them. For some people, the images are two-dimensional and faint, while for others, the images are three dimensional and solid. For different people the images may appear as black and white, transparent, or colored. Your visualization may seem to unfold on a screen like a movie, or you may see yourself acting in a play on stage with seemingly real people. You may be watching an image of yourself in action, or you may feel as if you are actually inside your own body, looking out through your eyes, watching the action around you and participating in it. If you are visualizing either past or future scenarios in a way that drains away your self - confidence, you can use special techniques derived from Neuro-Linguistic Programming that will lessen their hold on you. Are your visualizations of yourself positive or negative? When a negative scenario plays itself out in your mind, notice how it appears. Does the scene appear in black and white, or is it in color? Is it near or far? Does it seem to be on a screen, or is it three dimensional? Are there voices? Are they threatening? Humiliating? How do you appear in the scene--are you large, or small? Do you seem powerful? Or weak? Once you are familiar with the details of your negative imaginings, become the director of your own inner movie. If you are seeing a negative experience in color, change it to black and white, or make it transparent. If the negative image is close, make it go far away. If the negative image is three-dimensional, make it two-dimensional. If there are voices you don’t want to hear, make them quiet, or turn them into funny cartoon voices that sound silly. Play circus music in the background to drown out the words of people you don’t want to hear. If other people in your scenes seem very threatening to you, shrink them in size or make them into cartoon characters. Imagine yourself growing very, very large and solid, much bigger than the people who have been putting you down. If you have been reliving an unpleasant scene as if you are actually participating in it with the action all around you, change it so it takes place on a screen that you are viewing from a distance. That way it will have less emotional impact on you. Bleach out the colors, or turn them to black and white. Turn down the sound. Then make the screen smaller and mentally whoosh it away. Now, replace the visualizations that you don’t want with visualizations that you do want. Imagine scenes of yourself being happy, relaxed and confident. See yourself learning easily, understanding deeply, getting excellent marks on your tests. Strongly feel within yourself the satisfaction, confidence, and pride you would have. See it, feel it, right now, in the present, as a part of you. Feel that you really understand the subject matter and that you absolutely love learning more about it. Pretend to yourself that it is one of your favorite subjects to learn about. When you have imagined yourself in a scene that fills you with positive confidence, you can view it on a screen, or imagine yourself right in the middle of the scene, taking place all around you. Intensify the colors, and your positive feelings. Anytime you have a few minutes, recreate these positive imagined scenes. Do this as many times a day as you can, until you always think of yourself as a smart, capable learner.
The first source of research paper topic ideas should always come from your academic faculty. Usually the head of your course will provide a list of research paper topics and you will be required to pick one which you are interested in. Some universities do allow students to suggest research topic ideas but it will not be a completely free choice. The Head of Faculty will need to be convinced that your ideas are relevant to the course and there is a suitably qualified tutor to supervise. This can rule out many topic ideas. When choosing your research paper topic ideas, go online. Finding information on research paper ideas from the internet is relatively easy given the search capabilities now available. The more information available the easier it may appear but this is not always the case. Research papers, by definition, must be based on research you do yourself. Sometimes research paper topic ideas are rejected because the research has already been done and too much information is available. Ideally basic background information should be available but information on the specific research paper should be limited. When topic ideas there are a number of considerations that must be taken into account. WHICH COLLEGE YEAR IS THE PAPER FOR? In the first 2 years of college education it is common for an instructor or professor of a large class to assign a very general topics as opposed to specific topics. He or she could be reading 200 papers on the Gold Rush in California otherwise. As a result you have more freedom to choose sub-topics and fresh, different approaches are welcome. Search for a sub-topic you are interested in and look for a fresh approach. At this level your tutors are not looking for original research but at how you gather and present your evidence. In the third and final years of a first degree, and certainly if you are doing a higher degree, the research paper topics will be much more specific and will involve a progressively higher degree of original research. In every case always go for something that you care about otherwise just the process of researching the idea will be a miserable experience for you. Your tutors will also be less than thrilled as your lack of interest is likely to result in a boring paper. For a tutor there's nothing worse than having to read a large number of boring papers from disinterested students. WHICH FORMAT WORKS BEST? Think about the different formats or types of papers there are, and the different types that you have written. There are process papers, chronological studies, theories, surveys, discussion papers, papers that study the cause and effect(s) of an event or a behavior, papers that are arguments-including both the pro and con sides, and many more. If the instructor has outlined the format required then use the required format. Don't try to be clever and pick a different format. If no format is specified then pick a format that suits your style. It's always easier to write in the format that you are comfortable with. WHERE DO YOU LOOK? Your starting point should always be the research paper topic idea given by your tutor. Within the restrictions set by your tutor specific ideas can be taken from any source. Current affairs and the real world often present a different perspective - particularly in humanities subjects. Previous research papers are often available in the library. Take a look as they often give ideas on a different slant excluded in the completed thesis. A well written research thesis will explain the limitations of the research and looking beyond the limitations can provide fresh ideas. Online look up the research paper topic ideas available and read the related web pages. Go to the online forums, there may be one one your topic, and see what is being discussed. This can be an excellent source of ideas for any form of written assessment. Here are a few more sources to help you find your research topic ideas. Good luck, and have fun with what works for YOU! CLASS SUBJECT RESOURCES Magazine and Journal Databases Digital Dissertations Newspapers and Newslists Blogs - There are blogs on almost every subject imaginable. Check the blog directories. Online Encyclopedias Online subject Archives OTHER RESOURCES Books - not just reference books. Look in the Table of Contents and the Indexes for more ideas Popular Magazines Directories including DMOZ, Google, and Yahoo, and other online sources.
“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” - Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ We are decision makers. Everday of our lives, we are presented with choices. We have to decide what clothes to wear, what movie to watch, whether or not to forsake our diets and eat that last slice of pizza, whether we should stay or go… With these choices, even the most indecisive person must decide on an option. There is no way to go around it, for the mere fact that not deciding to do something is a decision. And with every decision we make, we lose the one we don’t choose. So, with every choice, an effort must be made to make sure that we not lose the best one. Over the years, I’ve come to realize that though I’ve come across different life situations and perplexities, considerations towards the creation of a good decision were always the same. These same factors and guidelines prove to be helpful even in deciding whether or not to choose an education abroad or locally: 1. The foundation of every good decision is correct information. Arm yourself - research, read, study. With every test and exam you’ve ever taken, there is nothing like coming in the examination room with a fully-reviewed mind. There is nothing like jotting down the right answer to a question. There is nothing like the security that you know the right information. By knowing the right answers, you are less likely to falter, less likely to make mistakes, more likely to get top marks, more likely to come up with the best choice… …and more likely to come to a good decision about your academic fate. 2. Be a realistic and practical idealist. There is nothing wrong about dreaming big. As a matter of fact - in my opinion - the ability to dream big is an asset. Do not lose it. However, though a positive mind may take you far, certain situations may still be anchoring you from actually moving offshore. These situations should not deter you from your dreams, but you have to take them into consideration. A simple tool that has always proven to be effective for me is the ‘pro’ and ‘con’ sheet. This piece of paper can even prove to be useful in coming to a decision about your geographic education. Jotting down the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ for each option allows you to be objective in a very subjective decision. A. What are the advantages/disadvantages of an education abroad? Suggested points for consideration: * educational system * independence * financial capability * others B. What are the advantages/disadvantages of a local education? Suggested points for consideration: * educational system * proximity to family, friends and the familiar * certainty * others The ‘pro’ and ‘con’ sheet will not necessarily allow you to lean towards the option which has the most number of ‘pros.’ As a matter of fact, ‘cons’ can actually be the factors that may lead you to a conclusion - if you are willing to do whatever it takes to overcome them to achieve a certain option. 3. Throw caution to the wind, but bring an umbrella. Nothing ever got accomplished without a little bit of guts and risk-taking. But bravery is not bravery without fear. Decision-making does not only entail intellectualizing, but feeling as well. Decisions involve human beings - the whole person. So, the heart and the mind cannot be separated. Accept your hesitations as real and significant and do jot down why they are so apparent. So, though sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind, taking into account all your fears and uncertancies can protect you against heavy rains since these feelings make you more cautious and careful when deciding. 4. Know when to listen and when to hear. Seek advice from others - but know when to ‘listen’ and when to just ‘hear.’ Yes, ears are necessary for both - but, ‘listening’ and ‘hearing’ are two different things. Hearing entails the perception of sounds. Listening, on the other hand, requires attention. Not all advice or statements given by others will be helpful to you. Unfortunately, sometimes, they can even be damaging. Hear those who are discouraging to the point of vicious and those who blab on and on about nothing. Merely nod and be on your way. Listen to those who care about your well-being and those who actually know what they are talking about. First-hand accounts and actual concern make the burden of decision-making a whole lot easier to bear. And with a big decision such as studying abroad or staying at home, you should welcome all genuine help and concern. 5. Then, decide. Would your path lead you down the yellow brick road? Or is there no place like home?
Nearly every student is eligible to receive free funding for his or her education expenses. Both the U. S. Federal and State Governments, as well as private organizations, offer free money to assist students with paying for a college education. This is money that never has to be repaid! These free funds come in the form of Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships and also Government Grants. In this article, we will clear up some confusion about what these are and how you can use them to pay for your education. Your first step should be to obtain a FAFSA document (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You can acquire one of these applications from the college you plan to attend or, online by following the steps at: fafsa. ed. gov You will want to fully complete and send in this document by the deadline. For future reference, you will need to do this every year to continue to remain eligible for government funded financial aid. This single application is the key to numerous federally funded programs. Once your application is processed, you will receive a statement in the mail that lets you know how much funding you are eligible for. If you find out that the amount of funding you qualify for still doesn't meet your needs, you can pursue additional private and government grants, scholarships and other programs. You can search online for for student grants and scholarships that you may also qualify for. This is often a tedious task, but careful research can uncover some excellent opportunities. What is the difference between a Scholarship, Fellowship and a Grant? Scholarships & Fellowships - Scholarships and fellowships are very similar, the term fellowship is generally applied to post graduate studies, while scholarship generally defines undergraduate awards. Scholarships can be funded with either public or private moneys. Oftentimes, you must qualify for a scholarship by having good grades and SAT scores. There are also scholarships that award students for their excellence in sports. You will find that there are also many unusual scholarships and fellowships available that cater to students with various other qualifications. Government Grants - Government grants for college are government funds set aside to assist people in raising funds for school. There are numerous government grants that students can take advantage of, in conjunction with scholarships to enable you to pay for college. Your best asset here is the FAFSA document, that we discussed earlier. As you can see, government grants, scholarships and more are available to help you pay for college. All you need to do is due diligence, a bit of paperwork and perhaps some research and you will uncover more funding options than you knew existed.
After a few years in the working world, many graduates find that they just can't advance any farther in their careers without having additional qualifications and credentials. Higher education is so accessible these days that a Bachelor's degree doesn't always bring the prestige and opportunities that it once did. This is particularly true in high technology areas, the sciences and business management. You are probably going to have to earn a Master's degree or a Doctorate in order to move up the corporate ladder, become a tenured teacher, or get a high-paying job in any number of other fields. Graduate school costs a lot of money, and if you are still trying to pay off previous school loans how can you possibly get a Master's degree without acquiring a lot of additional debt? One way is to find and apply for scholarships for graduate students. You might not even have been aware that there are special scholarships available for graduate students. Most people think that scholarships only exist only for undergraduate students, but that's not the case at all. Many scholarships exist for graduate students and work in the same way that they do for undergrads, except that the awards are specifically intended to fund a Master's degree, law degree, doctorate program, and similar advanced study endeavors. Often these are paid by large companies and corporations but rarely are strings attached relating to future work requirements. Depending on the size of the award you win, you can either subsidize a portion of your tuition bill or be able to pay for everything and attend school on that coveted full scholarship. Finding a scholarship as a graduate students can however pose some problems. The availability of scholarships depends on the subject to be studied and not all awards are advertised through the usual channels. It can take hours of research to come up with just a couple of leads that you could potentially qualify for. This discourages many people and a lot of awards go unclaimed as a result. That is actually good news for you because, if you are determined, it means there sometimes isn't much competition for a lesser-known scholarship. You will therefore have a better chance of winning an award and making grad school more affordable. But if other people can't find out about these lucrative scholarships, how can you? Well, the easiest way is to register with a company that matches your qualifications to existing awards. There are a number companies that perform this service for a fee, and you can find most of them online. Though the specific services and fees differ depending on which company you sign up with, you'll generally have two separate options. First, you can sign up with a company that will personally work with you to find potential scholarships that you can apply for. You will have to fill out an online questionnaire detailing your academic and career accomplishments, as well as your intended field of study and perhaps some personal information such as age, gender, and ethnicity. These personal questions are important because some scholarships for graduate students are restricted to certain ethnic groups or possibly only women may be eligible for the award. Once the company has your information, a specialist will then begin the process of matching you to award opportunities. You can then decide which awards you want to apply for. The second option, at a much lower cost, is to sign up with a company that simply gives you access to a searchable database containing thousands of scholarships for graduate students. You can tweak your searches in various ways to yield different results This gives you greater flexibility in browsing through potential awards. If you want to get the most out of your career, then grad school is probably the way for you to go. You can take steps now to help defray the high cost of tuition by registering with a company that will alert you to available scholarships for graduate students. You can win a significant amount of money towards your education that you will never have to repay, so check out some of these sites today.
There are a number of tips to make searching for college grants a little easier. The first and probably the most important piece of advice is to apply for as many college grants as you can. The more you apply for, the greater your chances are of receiving some. You could end up with enough college grants to cover all of your tuition fees and maybe more. It is important to apply for college grants from as many different sources as possible. The most common type of college grants are federal grants or those from the colleges themselves but you should also try looking for other organisations and companies that offer grants and apply for those too. A great source of information for college grants is the financial aid office of the college that you are going to attend. Your local library will also have a wealth of information available. Another source is, of course, the internet. You will find lots of sites offering information on college grants for free. Don’t be scammed into paying for a service guaranteeing to secure you college grants as these are not legitimate. There are so many different types of college grants available that there is sure to be some that you are eligible for, even if you don’t think so to begin with. No matter what your financial circumstances are you can still be awarded grants to help pay for textbooks and living expenses. Try looking for specific college grants that match the course you want to take. You may be surprised at just who offers college grants. Sometimes there are companies and organisations in your home town that would be happy to give financial assistance but a student has never asked. It is worth speaking to business associates of your family and friends about college grants too as they may know other possible sources. There is no harm in asking whether a firm does offer college grants or not – the worst they can say is no. Every student would love to be given enough money to pay for everything but the reality is that a large number of college grants offered are only for a relatively small proportion of college fees and expenses. Don’t ignore these smaller grants. The chances are that the small ones have less competition for them and you could well end up with a lot of seemingly worthless college grants that add up to be a decent amount of money. It is important to start your search for any available grants as early as you can. That way you can get ahead of the competition and you will also have more time to apply for the maximum number of college grants possible.
The concept behind SearchMyCampus is pretty simple. A student needs a hostel near his campus, he logs on to the website, browses the existing notices for accommodation and in case he still can't find what he's looking for, he posts a notice advertising his need. Accommodation providers advertise their rooms, and reply to existing notices from students needing a place to stay. Similarly, a student thinks she's good at economics and could use some extra pocket money; she posts a notice offering tutoring services to other students in her campus. Other students who need help, view her notice and contact her. Thus, a channel of communication is created and mutual needs are fulfilled. When we tell people that SearchMyCampus is an online campus noticeboard where students can publicize their needs to buy/sell merchandise or services, we get varied responses. The question we're asked most often is whether we're a social networking site, with 'oh it's like eBay or the Yellow Pages' being a close second. But I appeal to your good sense. If any of these other sites are even half as effective as we are, I'll eat my hat! Can you find students looking to initiate a carpool on the Yellow Pages? How often do you come across students who've found hostels or even jobs on Orkut or Facebook? The purpose of SearchMyCampus is to provide merchandise/services that are relevant to students in campuses across India. And unlike any online marketplace, we leave it to the students to help each other meet their needs. We're a utility site so you won't find pokes, superpokes or even desipokes within miles of our site. But we're hoping that's not what you're looking for when you log on to SearchMyCampus. We're hoping you're interested in starting up an NGO and you're looking for volunteers to help you do that. We're hoping you're an outstation student, planning to move to a different city for university, and looking for a place to stay when you get there. We're even hoping you're an aspiring director, and are looking for students to star in your next movie. So getting to the point, what sets us apart from most other sites out there is that we're not just about the fun, we're about solving a long unmet need. Students need to be able to communicate with each other effectively to be able to create an interdependent community where they can help each other. We're not inviting a bunch of marketing managers from companies to plug their products here; we're helping students express their needs and help each other meet them. What really sets us apart from these other sites is that we want to students to drive it forward. You're out of school, into college; you gotta start taking care of yourself right? Your mom isn't going to keep driving you to dance classes and cricket practice forever. You're gonna have to start finding ways of getting there yourself. Well, we're offering to help you find the way. Log on to SearchMyCampus, post an ad for a car pool, and get people together to commute to college everyday. Students need to be able to understand their ability to help each other out, and recognize the value of SearchMyCampus to help them do it. We at SearchMyCampus very strongly believe that the Indian youth has all this potential just bursting to come out, only if it's given a chance. Heck, we may have retired from studenthood but we're youth too, and we definitely know our potential. We can't be a rare species now can we? So, if students in India were only given a chance to communicate with each other and help each other take care of themselves, we'd sure as hell have a revolution on our hands. Examples of entrepreneurial spirit and creative ability are already visible on the site. Not only the users of the site, but even the students helping us bring it to the colleges are displaying remarkable enthusiasm and ability for innovation. From here it's only a small stretch of the imagination to believe that a venture like this could truly hold the key to empowering the youth of India, and changing the way they think about themselves and each other.
: People who want higher education but who don't live near a college or university offering courses they want used to be out of luck. No more. Now it is possible to study almost any subject online. It may require more self-discipline to pursue a degree this way. However, students at online universities can attend classes at their convenience, making it possible to earn a living at the same time as earning a degree. What to look for There are now many online universities. Some online degree programs are offered by traditional universities with campuses, while others only exist in cyberspace. Selecting the right school and being sure your degree will be recognized by potential employers is the first step. How can you tell whether a program is a real educational experience or a diploma mill? Here are some things to find out before signing up. Look for a university with accreditation from a recognized accrediting organization. This is important because it means the school meets established standards of quality. Well-known universities like the University of Florida, Northwestern, Purdue and Notre Dame are examples of accredited institutions. The U. S. Department of Education recognizes universities accredited by one of the six accrediting bodies. Students who attend accredited universities are usually eligible for federal student loans and the course credits they earn generally transfer to other accredited institutions. Picking a degree program To determine if a degree program fits your professional and personal interests, review the curriculum and course descriptions in university web sites and course catalogs. Do they offer courses in subjects of interest to you? To learn more about whether a program might be good for you, ask about the faculty's industry experience and the scope and focus of their research. Do they have the appropriate advanced degrees for what they teach? Find out where the professors got their degrees. If all or most of them graduated from the same online university you are considering, this is a red flag, suggesting their academic credentials are weak. A real university will have teachers who have graduated from many different schools. How students apply what they learn to their fields of expertise and to their communities are also strong indicators of a program's value. Ask what employers, organizations and professional associations partner with or support the university. Talk to someone at the university and explain your educational goals and career plans. Whether you wish to advance your career, change careers, make a contribution to society or become more expert in your field, be sure the program you choose will get you there. One way to find out is to learn how the university's alumni are doing. Alumni success or lack of it reflects the quality of a university and its programs. Ask for examples of how alumni are using the knowledge they gained in their professional and personal lives. If the university accepts everyone who applies and can afford the cost, be suspicious. A real university will require each student to meet appropriate admissions requirements. Online teaching is different Make sure any online universities you are considering know how to deliver and support online courses and that you have the technology you need to take them. Do the faculty members know how to guide the classroom experience to ensure learning objectives are achieved? Are your computer and Internet connection up to the task? Assignments are typically posted online and discussions take place as threaded postings. Most online courses require students to log in and contribute to discussions a certain number of times each week. Many courses let you log in any time, anywhere as long as you meet the weekly course requirements. What type of student support services are available? How responsive are instructors to student inquiries? What opportunities are there to interact with fellow students? This interaction enables students to gain knowledge and understanding from others with a wide variety of geographic, cultural and professional perspectives. The most effective courses, especially for adult learners with years of work experience, are those in which students gain the insights and perspectives of everyone in the class. Can you afford it? Though attending an online university allows you to live where you do currently so you won't pay anything extra for living expenses while you study, there will be charges for books, tuition and fees. Find out what other expenses there will be, if any, to be sure you can afford your studies. Ask if financial aid is available, as some schools offer it to online learners. Note that tuition and fees at online universities are often higher than what is charged at their campus-based counterparts. However, these schools offer personalized support and a convenient and flexible format geared for the adult learner. If a university's tuition and fees are significantly less expensive than other online schools, double check on its accreditation to be sure it is legitimate.
You may already be a college student or just think about entering a one and you know how important one of the details may appear. The detail you intend to get acquainted with or have already gone through is a college admission essay that is required in every respectable college you have always dreamed of. Serious competition and exceptional requirements are going to make your entering process really complicated. Therefore you should take care of things that are going to make you an outstanding candidate among the rivals. This can be achieved easily, though after the first mention it may seem quite hard. Writing of an outstanding, literate, ingenious college admission essay is going to represent your uniqueness and skills. Your college application essay is going either to get you involved in university life you have always seen in your dreams or to leave you behind, like a ship leaves abandoned cargo. You can easily guess that your essay writing is a deciding point of your future and you have to take a closer look at the situation. Your aim is to show that you are a formed, established and interesting individual with a lot of skills and abilities. Your focus should not be concentrated on academic success; the admission committee already knows about them along with other details. Try to “sell” your extra curriculum achievements such as sport medals, art competitions, and music or acting contests and so on. There has to be something you did except having classes and learning materials. Depict your hobby or an important event in your life that will show you as a well-developed, intelligent, bright individual with a lot of interests and future plans. The only thing the committee is sometimes interested in is the contribution you can make to the family they tend to call a university and if you are a good candidate, you will be accepted into this family in no time. When expressing your opinion, be extremely attentive to the language you use. The story should be informative and great but what is the most important, your English should be perfect. Easy to comprehend expressions you use in every essay are extremely important in English essay. Reading your English essay, tutors examine your ability to state your thoughts and ideas clearly and in a good way. Try to persuade that your ability to explain and comprehend is close to perfection. There are a lot of synonymous expressions, exaggeratory sequences and other stylistic composites that make one’s essay unforgettable. Topics may vary and you may be given a topic you have never actually met. For instance: “investigate the difference between pure English and American spelling and the reasons of such” etc. one rule for an English essay stays the same for every essay, essay structure and format stay the same in the most cases. Every essay has an introduction the main body and conclusion; you shouldn’t forget about their obligatory presence in any written assignment of the present and many others to come.
There are a million student centric sites out there, but none of them really help me solve my daily *needs* as a student (housing, books, tuition, transport, etc). To solve these, I still need to go to the middle man (property dealer, college book seller, etc.) who is going to charge me a hefty amount for his services or I need to go around the campus sticking notices so that someone who can fulfill my need can find me. The second option, though tedious, seems to be more reasonable to me why should I pay anyone when all I need to do is just communicate my need to others around the campus and I am sure someone will be able to help me out? Think about it. I am looking for a room someone around the campus is probably renting out a room too; all I need to do is find him/her. I need to sell a book it is very likely that someone around the campus is looking for the same book; otherwise the book seller would not be making money. I spend 500 rupees on my car fuel everyday commuting to college. Maybe if I share my route with people around my campus, I can do a carpool. And I can go on and on. Crux is that all students have similar needs and the solution to solving those needs lies in nothing else but sharing those needs with each other, so that people with matching needs can find each other (this is what we use *classifieds* for in a newspaper). The big question is how do I effectively share my needs with others? Is it the campus noticeboard, is it the newspaper, or something else If you observe around, the campus noticeboard is the only useful thing that exists for this purpose today. However, its not used as extensively as it could be. And the reason is that using the campus noticeboard is not as efficient and effective to justify its use. It takes quite a lot of effort to write a notice, print it and then stick it on multiple noticeboards around campus and even after putting in all that effort, chance of my notice reaching everyone is quite low. It is hardly a matter of time before someone will take off my notice or cover it and even if it does happen to survive, it will only be reaching a limited set of audience who has access to that noticeboard. So if I consider myself to be rational, which I believe would be a fair assumption, the cost of putting a notice on my local campus noticeboard does not justify the return, which explains why I do not use it in solving my day to day problems. So what is the solution? Do I keep paying the middleman or is there something else I can use? The magic word is SearchMyCampus. In today’s Web 2.0 world when every student is online scrapping on orkut, I think it would be very useful if I could post my notice in 3 minutes on an online noticeboard and instantly make it visible to everyone around the campus (even to the fachas who have not yet moved to the campus but are planning to in few days). I do not need to print it, I don’t need to walk to college, I don’t need to guard my notice and I don’t need to waste paper. Wow! Then what do I need to do to solve my problems? Two things: a) I need to go to searchmycampus (my online campus noticeboard), select my campus* and share my need there by posting a notice and b) I need to make students around my campus aware of the site so that I can start getting response to my posts. So go ahead and share your need now. Share it and I bet you will find it!
By Definition, graduate school or "grad school" is a school that awards advanced degrees, with the general requirement that students must have earned a bachelor's degree. Many universities award graduate degrees within the same institution that awarded you your bachelor's degree. Original research knowledge is often an important part of graduate studies, including the writing and defense of an original dissertation or thesis. The two graduate degrees offered in the United States are the master's degree and the doctoral degree both involve a combination of research and coursework. Graduate education differs from undergraduate education because it requires an increased depth of study, with greater specialization and concentration of training. Schoolwork and education are more self-directed at the graduate level than at the undergraduate level. Graduate courses may be quite formal, consisting primarily of lecture presentations by faculty members. They may conversely be somewhat informal by placing emphasis on discussion and exchange of ideas among faculty and students. Graduate school seminars will involve smaller groups of students than lecture courses, and students are often required to make presentations as well as participate in discussions. Your performance in class and discussions will determine your success in graduate school. Graduate school is a great undertaking, and it makes a lot of sense if you have a vision of what your career should be and possess the energy required to pursue it. Going to graduate school can expand you intellectually, and make expanded economic opportunities available to you. Before you embark on your graduate education, make keep sufficient focus or planning, otherwise, graduate school can deliver deep debt and professional frustrations. Your investment in grad school should be the conclusion of carefully considered goals and interests. If you are looking for a new challenge or want to take your education to the top, a graduate program is a great choice. Before jumping into a program, ask yourself the following questions. Master's Degrees: The master's degree is designed to provide additional education or training in the student's specialized branch of knowledge, well beyond the level of baccalaureate study. Master's degrees are offered in many different fields, and there are two main types of programs: academic and professional. Academic Master's: The master of arts (M. A.) and master of science (M. S.) degrees are usually awarded in the traditional arts, sciences, and humanities disciplines. The M. S. is also awarded in technical fields such as engineering and agriculture. Original research, research methodology, and field investigation are emphasized. These programs usually require the completion of between 30 and 60 credit hours and could reasonably be completed in one or two academic years of full-time study. They may lead directly to the doctoral level. Many master's programs offer a thesis and a non-thesis option. The degree is the same in both cases, but the academic requirements are slightly different. Students in non-thesis programs usually take more coursework in place of researching and writing a thesis, and they take a written comprehensive examination after all coursework is completed. Students in degree programs that include a thesis component generally take a comprehensive examination that is an oral exam covering both coursework and their thesis. Professional Master's: These degree programs are designed to lead the student from the first degree to a particular profession. Professional master's degrees are most often "terminal" master's programs, meaning that they do not lead to doctoral programs. Such master's degrees are often designated by specific descriptive titles, such as master of business administration (M. B.A.), master of social work (M. S.W.), master of education (M. Ed.), or master of fine arts (M. F.A.). Other subjects of professional master's programs include journalism, international relations, architecture, and urban planning. Professional master's degrees are oriented more toward direct application of knowledge than toward original research. They are more structured than academic degree programs, and often require that every student take a similar or identical program of study that lasts from one to three years, depending on the institution and the field of study. Professional degree programs usually require completion of between 36 and 48 units (one to two years of full-time study), and usually do not offer a thesis option. They do not always require that the bachelor's degree be in a specific field, but they may recommend a certain amount of prior study or coursework in the subject area. Important Difference: One main difference between master's programs is whether or not they are designed for students who intend to continue toward a doctoral degree. Those that specifically do not lead into doctoral programs are known as terminal master's programs. Most professional master's degrees fall under this category. Credits earned in terminal master's programs may or may not be transferable or applicable in case you decide to continue toward a doctoral degree later on. Some institutions restrict admission to certain departments solely to potential doctoral candidates, although they may award a terminal master's degree to students who complete a certain level of coursework but do not go on to their doctoral work. Other departments require a master's degree as part of the requirements for admission to their doctoral program. Since policies vary from institution to institution and within various departments of each institution, it is best to check directly with individual graduate departments to determine the structure and admissions policies for their master's and doctoral candidates.
: Your grade point in your resume speaks for your education and your level of overall academic success. It is vital to note these details on your resume; your interviewer will use it to determine your aptitude for learning which is important for new jobs and internships. Omit your grade point average and potential employers may wonder why. Generally speaking, those that omit GPA do so because they have a low score. If your GPA is above 3.0, make sure you include it on your resume. If you grade point average is 3.8 to 4.0, make sure you include that information in your cover letter also; it is something to be proud of. You must also include a brief list of major coursework. This information offers information to a potential employer about subjects and areas of expertise that you have already been exposed to. Your grade point average and major coursework speaks of your strengths and will enable your employer to immediately understand your ability to research, write and disseminate information. It is better to include your grade point average in your resume, as it is important for them to gauge you since you do not otherwise have any work experience so to say. It also provides you with a very solid reference, which is always desirable when you are first starting out in the working world. It may look something like this: Master of International Management – 3.8 GPA May 2005 Name of College, City, ST Specialty: International Marketing Major Coursework: Business Management, Economics, Marketing, Sales, Corporate Finance However, you should not include your GPA if it is below 2.7. Wait until the interview when you can discuss your reasoning face to face with the employer. It is particularly useful to mention your grade point average because there are certain careers, which assign a lot of importance to your grades and your academic performance. These would include, but are not limited to, jobs that place a heavy emphasis on math and science knowledge. Along with your grade point average, you must also make it a point to elaborate on your other capabilities such as successful research projects, internships or relevant community activities at school. All this goes a long way in getting that sought after job. Including your grade point average in a resume enables you to be evaluated based on your future capabilities. This along with including tangible transferable skills on your resume is what will land you a great job. It is always advisable to present as much positive information on your resume as possible, especially given the very competitive nature of most jobs these days.
: There are many types of financial aids offer to college and university students. While a few are gifted aids and do not need to be paid back; others are provided as a loan and need to be paid back after the completion of the education program. In general, student financial aids are grouped in below categories:
What are the differences between these financial aids? Many people confuse especially on grant, fellowship and scholarship. Let's take a brief look on these financial aids. Grant, Fellowship & Scholarship A grant is a gifted financial aid for a student that does not have to be paid back. Fellowship is a fund awarded to a graduate student in a college or university. And scholarship is a financial aid usually awarded based on merit or academic achievement. Both fellowship and scholarship are grant.
Practically, these terms very little in different and in fact, these terms are used interchangeably in representing fund gifted to students to support their college or university study. Loan A study loan is a financial aid offers to students and these money need to be repaid after the completion of the study program. Although there are loans offered with zero interest rate by charities, associations or religions organization, most of loan programs have repayment provisions and repayment interest rate applied. Work Study This program provides jobs that enable students to earn a portion of school costs through employment at the institution. Many colleges and universities offer job to students where they can earn their school fee and part of their living expenses. Waiver Under certain circumstances, a college or university may allow a student to attend the courses without paying tuition or other costs. A certain eligibility requirements need to be met in order for eligible for the waiver. Last Words Ideally, all students are dreamed to get free money (grant, fellowship or scholarship) to aid their study needs. Although there are many scholarships available out there for students to apply, beware of "Scholarship Scam". Remember if you have to pay to get money, it probably a scam. That's all for this time. See you soon. Next time we shall talk about "Scholarship scam" and how to protect yourself from these scholarship scams.
Everybody knows that university can be an expensive time of your life. It is usually three or four years of living in rented accommodation, paying university fees, for books, for all your educational needs, and for all your other living expenses, without properly earning anything at all for the entire period. University costs thousands of pounds these days and you will probably have to fund the entire period either from money provided by your parents, if you are lucky, or money borrowed. Most students, who have to move away from their parent’s home for study, will rent their accommodation. You can usually choose between renting from your university o renting from the private sector. Renting from university has its advantages and disadvantages. First of all, you will be living in halls which has a reputation for being noisy and maybe a little less conducive to study than a university provided accommodation should be. But on the other hand, you will probably be glad of the opportunity to socialise and meet new people. You will have a lot of students similar to yourself around you and you will be able to get to know all of them very quickly. Halls also give you the option of being catered or self-catering. This means that if you are not sure about cooking and are a little apprehensive about taking on all the responsibilities of moving away from home all at once, you can have your meals provided for you. You also will probably not have to worry about bills, as everything will be included in your rent fee. Rent is usually paid in instalments that coincide with student loan and grant instalments so you should be able to meet your costs. Halls tend to be a little bit more expensive than finding a flat however. This is because all your bills are included, even your food if it is catered accommodation, and all the other services that may be provided by your university. If you want to save some money on accommodation, what you could look into is finding some friends or flatmates and renting a flat near to your university. This will entail all of the responsibilities of living away from home. You will have to pay a deposit plus your rent on time every month, bills for all utilities will be sent directly to you from the companies, and you will certainly have to cook for yourself. It does offer you good value however, as the cost of renting a flat, divided between you and your flat mates, should be significantly cheaper than halls.
Copyright 2006 Lisabeth Protherough To be ambitious, you need to develop a vision. What are your goals? I don’t mean short-term tasks such as doing your e-mails or cooking your dinner, but rather your visions of the future. When you let yourself dream, who and what are you? Do you want to be known as the person who's always dependable and fair to others? Or would you prefer to be viewed as someone who makes an important, unique contribution to the world? Whatever your life or career goal, it's hard to achieve it if you do not have vision and focus. You may even allow yourself to become so busy that you forget what you're working for. Deadlines can sometimes take on such a strong sense of urgency that they sabotage your higher aspirations. Highly ambitious people envision a long-term goal that guides their daily work. They see a connection between what they're doing right now and where they want to be in the future. How do you spend your time? Are you consciously focused on moving your dreams ahead? If you don't have anything you're working towards, you'll have a difficult time expanding yourself beyond your current state. To become ambitious, first you need goals you wish to achieve. These goals should not be vague desires such as making lots of money or acquiring material possessions. After all, who doesn't want those things? The problem with that sort of focus is that the goal "making lots of money" tells you nothing about how to get there. Although many highly successful people have made lots of money, this outcome was usually not their sole motivation when pursuing their careers. Most often, researchers have found that successful people became that way by doing something they loved and being the best at it. Money wasn't their primary motivation. It was simply the result of their vision and hard work. Take some time to relax and allow yourself to dream a bit. If you could do anything in the world, what would you love to do? Write down your dream and then write as many steps as you can think of toward attaining it. This part is very important, writing it down makes it much more likely to happen. Now re-word this dream into something you can do. Know that there will probably be obstacles in the path that you've designed. But don't let the gaps in your knowledge hold you back. Every question will have an answer. You simply have to get out there and start asking the right questions. This process can be the first step to realising your dreams. Remember you need to start off with clearly defined goals. Or in the words of the song from the very old film South Pacific, “You’ve got to have a dream…. If you don’t have a dream… How you gonna have a dream come true.” Once you have developed your dream, vision or goal, you absolutely must stay focussed. When you are feeling unfocused and scattered, you've taken your eyes off your goal. To act with focus, take a break, be calm and do some visualisation. Visualize in great detail exactly what you want and imagine having it right now. When you have in mind the purpose and end result you want, you will resume your activities with amazing focus! It's not even a matter of how many tasks you do, but of your focus and effectiveness while acting. Most often you don't really need to slow down, but rather just calm down and act in a focused, powerful manner.