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5 Things Every College Student Must Do Before Graduating

December 9th, 2016

By Eliza Medley

University is a special time. Sure, you’re supposed to learn stuff, but it shouldn’t all come from books. After all, this is where you explore, try new things and experiment with the different lifestyles you might want to live.

The problem, however, is that it’s far too easy to get distracted. Perhaps there are midterms. Maybe there’s a party you want to go to. Heck, this might be (another) night to stay in and watch movies instead.

To avoid the temptation to not make the most of your university time, I advise you have some sort of bucket list. A ‘this is what I want to do before I’m done’ kind of thing. Then, based on how many items you’ve got on that list, you know how many things you’ve got to do a month in order to be able to do it all.

But what will you put on that list? That’s what the rest of this article will cover.

Take a road trip

You can’t really say that you’ve been a student if you haven’t taken a road trip. Driving long distances with a bunch of friends to see something odd and do something exciting is how you lay down memories that you’ll be able to draw on for the rest of your life.

Don’t just go somewhere close by, either. Commit yourself to something far away and something slightly out of the norm. Make sure you take some people that have interesting things to say. Talk politics, religion, women, and men. Stop often, to look at things. Take pictures, selfies and drinks.

Do whatever it takes to make the road trip special, memorable and a little bit crazy (but stay safe). Yes, doing all of this might turn it into an ordeal, but the pain will fall away and ultimately you’ll remember it as one of those moments in your life when you were truly alive.

Attend a guest lecture

Find out what famous speakers are coming to your university and attend a lecture on something that really interests you. It doesn’t have to be in the direction that you’re studying. It doesn’t have to be something you know anything about. That’s not the point. The point of university is to come to understand different things and see different sides of life.

There is no better way to do that, then to listen to somebody who really knows their stuff and knows how to communicate it well explain these things to you. Doors might end up opened that you didn’t even know existed.

Remember, when you’re out of school you won’t get these opportunities again. The public is rarely invited to hear some of the smartest people of our generation speak. So make the most of it while you can.

Write for a publication

When you’re in university you’ve got some strong opinions. Share them by writing articles for some sort of publication. If it turns out to be nonsense, then you can say that those were your university days. When it turns out to be brilliant, you might just have found your new career.

A lot of writers started out at their university publications. There is a lot of freedom there that you won’t get later on in life. There’s a time to shape and form your opinions, your ideology, and your politics that you’ll struggle to find later on in life.

OF course, you will have to make sure that you’ve actually got the skills to write, so make sure that you practice. You could even consider following a writing workshop or ask about help some special services, such as get good grade.

 

Get to know a foreign culture

There are bound to be people from other countries at your school. So, find out about their cultures. This is a great chance to hear some great stories about other countries, try out some wild food that you otherwise wouldn’t have, and possibly find a country to visit over summer break.

What’s more, often people from other countries struggle to integrate because they have different expectations, different social rules and might not control the language. For that reason, they’ll quite often be thrilled to talk to somebody from the US, particularly if that person takes an active interest in them.

And what is better than having a friend in the US? Having one outside of it, that you can visit and whose house you can stay at.

Join a protest

Stand up for something you believe in. Wave a placard. Show that you care. After all, ‘the only thing that’s necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing’. So don’t do anything. Get involved with a cause that’s important.

People that have gotten involved in things like this often say that it shapes them. It becomes an important part of who they are, who they hang out with and what they do. Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me.

 

Last words

There are so many things you should do in university than we’ve covered here. Still, with this list at your disposal, you’ll at least have a good place to start. Hopefully, just reading through it, you already came up with a few ideas of your own that you’d love to try. Write it all down. Don’t be shy. Take everything that comes to mind and put it on paper.

Then, when you’ve got a list with everything you possibly might want to do, start organizing these things into, ‘have to’, ‘want to’, and ‘might do’.

Then all you’ve got to do is put it somewhere prominently, where you’ll be sure you’ll see it and work your way through. Try to cross off at least one thing a month (preferably more). If you can do that, then you won’t regret it as you’ll have a slew of memories to enjoy for the rest of your life.

Eliza Medley is a tutor and freelance writer. She loves to cover topics on content marketing, education and college life. Contact her via Facebook.

Student Loan Mistakes to Avoid And Tips To Reduce Loans

December 8th, 2016

BY ROBERT PARMER

 

When I first attended college, I was supporting myself completely. This is the case for many students around the globe, especially when coming from povertous living situations. The same can be said about degree seekers that are the first in their family to attend college.

While attending college I needed help paying for school and the associated costs, and this is by no means a unique situation.

An article by LendKey points out that “over the ten year period from 2004 to 2014, students’ average debt has rose 56%, from $18,550 to $28,950.”

And these figures keep growing, because despite what societal class a person may fall into, the desire for people to better their lives through a college degree is all encompassing.

With the second term of the school year just ahead, many students who are struggling to make ends meet are debating taking out more loans. This should be handled with care, as not all loans are created equal.

These mistakes to avoid will help you make better choices whether you’re putting yourself through college and needing more money, or just trying to avoid the massive waves of debt and frustration associated with the costs of higher education.

Understand the Different Types of Student Loans

The first step to success is understanding the different types of student loans out there. As a young college student, I can say that I wasn’t fully informed about the intricate differences between common types of student loans.

The most important thing to understand is the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized student loans.

Subsidized loans are reserved for students who have direct financial need and are more forgiving when it comes to paying off the interest. The government pays the interest on subsidized loans while students in need are attending school, and continues paying interest for a six month grace period after a person stops taking classes.

Unsubsidized loans can be taken out by any student, regardless of financial need. The students themselves are responsible for paying interest, which starts occurring even while still attending college.

Avoid taking out unsubsidized loans whenever possible. Just because you can take out unsubsidized loans doesn’t mean you necessarily should.

Check out the Federal Student Loan Fact Sheet for more in-depth information on the intricacies of the range of student loan options out there.

And if you get to a point where you absolutely must refinance student loans, there are many companies that exist and they are designed to help students.

Mine for Scholarships and Look for Grants

Scout the internet far and wide for all relevant scholarship and grant opportunities. A great jumping off point is to use scholarship search engines and spend a good amount of time browsing them and self-educating.

Also be sure to define your scholarship niche. In what areas do you thrive? Are you an athlete or an artist? There’s likely something about you that makes you particularly qualified to receive money for school. Having conversations about this and brainstorming a list with a loved one can be crucially helpful.

Once you’ve found a good amount of potential scholarships to go after, delegate time to write essays and letters for these scholarships. It’s not easy, and it takes time to apply for scholarships, but in the long run it can literally save you thousands of dollars in tuition and living expenses.

Also remember that you can keep applying for scholarships regularly. While school work should obviously be a focus during the majority of your year, a smart use of breaks and downtime involves routinely searching for new scholarships and grant opportunities.

Have an Emergency Credit Card, Use it For Just That

There are a plethora of student credit cards out there designed for those with little or no credit. It’s possible for most students to qualify for credit cards but this should be approached with caution.

Sometimes it’s necessary to have a line of credit for emergencies and unavoidable situations. This is where credit cards can be incredibly useful. However, using credit cards for day to day expenses or other non-emergency purposes can add to debt significantly.

Avoid this at all costs, because you’re likely already going into debt just by attending college. You don’t want to create a student debt snowball effect!

Vacation Wisely or Not At All

Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring, and Summer breaks all have something in common: they are times of year where students decompress and crave vacations in order to break away from thoughts about school work and rigid schedules.

While taking vacations can be beneficial to mental health and may eliminate stress and burnout, this should be approached with a great deal of care.

It’s easy to go overboard when taking trips, because let’s face it: school is draining. Taking time away to relax helps boost student morale. But keeping trips modest may be the best decision students on a limited budget can make–there’s no reason to completely drain your savings!

Keep vacations practical. That could mean simply returning home for extended breaks or visiting family where you know you won’t have to pay for lodging and in many cases food (most of us have relatives with the ‘feeder’ mentality).

Practical vacationing can also mean saving for an extended time and picking the best time of year to buy a airfare at discounted rates. There are typically great deals on airfare around Black Friday and the weeks before and after.

Also keep in mind that the US dollar goes further when traveling to certain countries. Consider going to a place where you can stretch your funds, and use a currency converter to plan ahead and see what the exchange rates look like.

Seek Help For Financial Planning

Remember that there’s no shame in asking for help! Whether that’s from an advisor, a close family member or friend, or a third party designed to help students make wise financial choices, planning ahead and seeking assistance is a wise decision.

The frugal tips and student loan advice above should be seen as starting points. Stay organized by creating lists, guidelines, and goals for yourself. Use the resources you have right in front of you and those that are all across the internet.

While you are ultimately responsible for your fiscal success, there’s a wide range of helpful assets and likely a lot of knowledge people surrounding you.

Robert Parmer is a freelance web writer and student of Boise State University. Outside of writing whenever he has spare time, Robert enjoys creating and recording music, caring for his pet cat, and commuting by bicycle whenever possible. Follow him on Twitter @robparmer

 

 

9 Best Part-Time Jobs At Or Near Campus

December 7th, 2016

BY JANE HURST

If there is one thing that college students never seem to have enough of, it is money. By the time they pay for tuition, books, residence, etc., there is often little left over for the little things, including entertainment, transportation, and food. But, you don’t have to be the typical “starving college student”. There are plenty of opportunities out there to make money, and you don’t have to put on a paper hat and ask customers if they would like fries with their orders. Here are nine awesome part-time jobs for college students that might interest you.

 

  1. Campus Tour Guide – Each year, potential new students take tours of college campuses, and they need to have tour guides. If you know your school inside and out, and are outgoing and friendly, you could do this job. The rate of pay depends on a number of factors, including the school, the budget, and the amount of hours you would be working, and it is likely to be only temporary, during enrollment season.
  2. Online Researcher – Earn up to $37 per hour helping business professionals by researching to get answers to the questions that clients are asking. You need to have great researching skills, and you must be able to find the best content to provide answers. It is also helpful if you have a lot of knowledge in particular areas.
  3. Grant Analyst – This job involves reviewing and approving the paperwork for grants and preparing and submitting requests for funding, so you will need to have a year or more of experience. But, if you do have the skills and experience, this is a great way to earn up to $32 hourly and get more experience in this field.
  4. Non-Profit Charity Fund Raiser – If you have any experience working with the public, and you enjoy doing it, this may be the job for you. Your duties would involve supporting the non-profit agency and fund raising, and you can earn as much as $30 per hour. Not only would you be making money, you would be doing a good thing by helping a non-profit.
  5. Fulfillment Company Worker – If you really want to get in the trenches, check out the jobs available through fulfillment companies, such as Red Stag Fulfillment. You would be involved in picking, packing, shipping, and storage of products for customers. The rate of pay varies, depending on the job.
  6. Circulation Clerk – You likely already spend a lot of time in the library, so why not earn some extra cash while you are there? Your duties would include assisting library patrons, as well as shelving books and signing books in and out. This job pays up to $19 per hour.
  7. Guest Services Coordinator – You will need to have good customer skills for this type of job, and you could be working in any industry, from travel and tourism to not-for-profit agencies. You would be working with customers, as well as doing clerical work, and get paid up to $21 per hour.
  8. Academic Tutor – A lot of students earn extra cash by tutoring other students. If there are any subjects that you do extremely well in, you can make money simply by sharing your knowledge with others. You can set your own hourly rate, and then arrange to meet with students to establish their goals and set up a tutoring schedule.
  9. Residence Advisor – There are good and bad things about being a residence advisor, but the good outweigh the bad. For instance, you would have your classes, room, and board taken care of, so you can save a lot of money while getting your education. You need to have great leadership skills. This is something that will look awesome on a resume.

Byline:

Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot. Follow Jane on Twitter.

 

Plagiarism in Academic Writing: How to Identify and Avoid It

December 6th, 2016

BY SCOTT RAGIN

In the academic world, plagiarism is considered as a serious offense because stealing the work of another writer is an unacceptable tactic. Today, falling into the plagiarism trap became very easy and even tempting because the Internet has all information that could possibly be needed for a research paper, essay, article, or review. Unfortunately, many students and even some scholars make this mistake every year because a lack of their effort to write original text is easily detected by sophisticated software packages at education institutions.

The punishment for plagiarism offense is quite serious and often results in destroyed academic reputation, zero grade, and even expulsion from the educational institution. These short- and long-term consequences can be a bad influence on your academic career, so considering plagiarism as an option to complete an assignment should really be out of question. Instead of using this option, try some of these great and proven strategies to identify unoriginal content and avoid it in the future.

Strategy 1: Use Anti-plagiarism software

Identifying plagiarism is easy these days. There are a lot of websites that have sophisticated software that detects it in the matter of minutes. This online software is very easy to use: just copy the text you need to check and click “check” button. When the check is completed, you will be provided with a plagiarism report with the percent of the original text and the plagiarized areas will be highlighted for you to change.

Strategy 2: Paraphrasing

This strategy falls into “avoiding” category. Imagine this: you have found the information that is perfect for using in your paper. Instead of copying it, read it to the end to really understand the essence of the text. Now, when you know what the content is about, you can put it into your own words, which will help to avoid having unoriginal text. It is generally advised not to copy more than three or four words from the text without having them paraphrased.

Strategy 3: Quoting

This means that you take a short chunk of text from the source (usually a part of the sentence that has some important information for your topic) and leave it without changes. In many cases, when you need to provide the original definition of the writer or state his or her point of view, it is allowed to have their words quoted. Just put the quotation marks at the beginning and at the end of the quote; for example:

Competitive advantage is defined as “the source of company’s competitiveness” (Johnson, 2016, p. 123).

However, you need to remember that most of the text needs to be paraphrased, so the use of quotes should be significantly limited. Also, citation styles have specific formatting requirements for quotes, so be sure to follow them as well.

Strategy 4: Citing

It is one of the most widely used strategies in the academic world. It is the way of referring to the works of other authors with the use of parenthetical citation. Essentially, citing is conveying the thoughts of others via your own words and giving the credit to them. In addition to academic papers, this method is used in business reports, government agencies’ publications, and other works. Here is the example of APA style citation:

The effectiveness of student motivation is measured by their academic performance (Johnson, 2016).

As you can see in this example, you need to follow the rules of formatting styles as well. Contact your instructor to know which citation style is used by your institution.

Strategy 5: Get help of professionals

If you are short on time to deliver an academic work due to personal or other reasons, consider using the help of professional writing services. They hire writers with relevant academic background in particular areas to deliver the best work for the customers and, more importantly, provide original texts with plagiarism reports to prove that the text was not plagiarized. Of course, it is better to develop your academic writing skills by yourself but there is no shame in using the services of professionals when you are short on time.

The Bottom Line

Plagiarism is unprofessional, illegal, and disregarding, so avoiding it at all cost is the best possible strategy for modern students. Professors often say that it is better to miss the deadline rather than submit a plagiarized assignment and they are totally right about that. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies you can utilize to avoid plagiarizing the text that is widely recognized in the academic community.

Use these strategies to make sure your academic career advances with every written assignment you make. Besides, following academic integrity rules will also contribute to your professional career because you will develop appropriate work ethics that appreciates originality and quality of work.

Scott Ragin is a qualified educator, author and scholar. He is experienced in classroom teaching, training teachers and leaders and advising academic researchers. Scott provides assignment help at Aussiewriter and covers different topics concerning higher education and  educational technology. Feel free to contact him at Facebook.

How to Motivate Yourself to Study

December 5th, 2016

BY DAVID GUTIERREZ

Every now and then, you’ll run across someone who really loves studying, but for all intents and purposes, these folks are unicorns. They’re fictional creatures that teachers wish existed. For most of us, studying is seen as burdensome, time-consuming, and tedious. But, as college students, we know that it’s part of the contract. Studying must be taken seriously in order to succeed.

5 Tips for Staying Motivated

 The issue many of us have is that we can’t stay motivated enough to study for long periods of time. Thankfully, your lack of interest in studying isn’t just something you struggle with. We’ve all been there before. And if you want to pass your classes, you’ll need to leverage some tips for staying motivated.

 

  1. Don’t Put it Off

The absolute worst thing you can do is put off your studying until the last minute. When you’re suddenly up against the clock and have to get something done, you get frustrated and lose hope. What you should really be doing is breaking up your studying into small fragments and accomplishing objectives one at a time. This allows you to feel a sense of progress and propels you to the next task.

 

  1. Grab a Cup of Coffee

If you’re a coffee drinker, then you’re familiar with the caffeine kick that happens 20-30 minutes after consumption. All of a sudden, you feel like you can conquer the world. Well, who says you can’t enjoy a nice little jolt in the middle of the afternoon or late in the evening? (Let’s be honest, you’ll probably be up all night anyway.)

 

  1. Take Short Breaks

If you’re attempting to study non-stop for three or four hours at a time and you find it difficult to stay motivated, you’re just human. The human brain can’t stay focused for long periods of time. Instead, we thrive on working for short periods – such as 30-45 minutes and then taking 5-10 minute breaks. Try this and you’ll find it easier to stay motivated. It also gives you little things to look forward to throughout the day.

 

  1. Set a Prize or Rewards

The great thing about exam time in college is that it always precedes a major break. You either have a month-long holiday break coming or an even longer summer break. This means there’s light at the end of the tunnel. One way to motivate yourself is by planning something fun with your friends. Maybe you all want to take a snorkeling trip to the Bahamas? Or perhaps you’re all going to rent a house on the beach? Whatever it is, find a prize or reward, and use it as motivation.

 

  1. Focus on the Big Picture

“I see a lot of students that are really overwhelmed and want to throw in the towel at this point in the year in regards to their studies,” says study coach Jane Genovese. “If you’re a student, remind yourself that this won’t go on forever, that everything changes and all you need to do is just keep taking action.”

In other words, think about the big picture. Yes, studying may feel like it’s consuming your life right now, but it won’t be like this forever. You’re studying so that you can pass a class, graduate, and obtain a good job. Remember the end goal.

Make Motivation a Priority

 People often complain that they hate studying, and therefore, they frequently fail tests, projects, classes, etc. Quite honestly, this is a load of crap. Nobody loves studying. The difference between people with good study habits and those with bad study habits is that the former find ways to motivate themselves.

How will you find motivation?

David Gutierrez has worked in the field of web design since 2005. Right now he started learning Java in order to get second occupation. His professional interests defined major topics of his articles. David writes about new web design software, recently discovered professional tricks and also monitors the latest updates of the web development.

 

 

Things to Consider When Choosing a Double Major

December 2nd, 2016

BY SOPHIA ANDERSON

Many students have the same questions on their minds: “Should I bother graduating with a double major? If I opt for a double, I’ll have to study harder and take extra classes. If I get only one major, I’ll have to take some useless classes just to get the credits. What’s the better option?”

A double major is definitely useful. When the two majors are from related fields of study, such as math and statistics for example, the admissions committees in graduate programs will look favorably on your application for an MA or PhD in statistics. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll get a huge advantage over other applicants.

We’ll clarify few things you need to consider when opting for a double major.

A Double Major? What Does That Mean?

A double major means completing two sets of undergraduate degree requirements throughout the same period of time. You will not get two Bachelor’s degrees if you have two majors, but both majors will be listed in the degree you get. A 2012 report from Vanderbilt University showed that the trend of double majoring was increased by over 10% at the most selective schools at that time, and some schools reported that 30 – 40% of their undergraduate students were double majors.

Richard Pitt and Steven Tepper, the authors of that report, explain: “Many students report that their double major combination helps them think differently, solve intellectual puzzles and approach assignments more creatively. These gains are greatest when students major in two disparate domains of knowledge, especially combining science with art and humanities.”

That’s an interesting finding. Any additional major related to writing, art, or music can boost your skills in any career. However, you can also gain those skills through extracurricular activities and individual practice.

Is A Double Major Always a Good Choice?

There are certainly things you need to consider to know if a double major is right for you. Get to know these factors and you’ll be closer to a decision.

  1. The future perspectives

If you opt for related majors (such as law and social sciences) the employers will appreciate the versatility of your knowledge. However, you’ll also need more time to complete all courses needed for each major. In that time, you could gain experience that employers would also appreciate.

  1. The combination of courses

You must be certain that you can maintain the interest for both areas of study not only throughout your studies, but throughout your professional growth as well. If you lose interest, it makes no sense to waste that time and effort into a double major.

  1. The advice from your college advisor

If you have any questions or doubts, that’s where you should address them. Get information about all requirements you need to meet in order to declare a double major.

  1. Your time-management skills

A double major means you’ll have more mandatory courses, and most of them will be really challenging. Are you willing to sacrifice the parties that everyone else will be attending? There are different tools that can make that process easier for you: iStudiez Pro to plan your studies activities; Essaysontime when you get stuck with writing assignments; RescueTime to fight online distractions.

  1. Double major = double efforts = double stress

Everything doubles. You will have to study more, take more challenging courses, and be more committed to the studies.

  1. A double major may prolong the studies

If you’re majoring in related fields (such as chemistry and biology) many classes will overlap and the difference won’t be too great. However, it will take you longer to meet the major core requirements.

  1. Experience from other students

Do you have any double-majoring fellows? Ask them to share their experience. Their tips will teach you how to manage a double major better.

  1. Expenses

If you stay at college longer for the sake of getting a double major degree, it means you’ll be spending more money. You’ll be taking extra classes and buying more books. Think: will the expenses pay off?

Is There an Alternative that Makes More Sense?

Having two majors may be unnecessary if you don’t intend to use them both to build a career. Kathryn Favaro, an independent college counselor, explains that a second major doesn’t necessarily guarantee you a job after graduation: “There are many jobs that require a bachelor’s degree, so we know that’s the importance of going to college in the first place. But there are very few jobs that specifically require what that bachelor’s degree is. Yes, major is relevant in some situations, but largely not.”

If you’re interested in majoring in two subjects that are related to one another, maybe you should opt for an interdisciplinary program. If, for example, you’re interested in politics and social sciences, a public administration major might be a good choice. That would enable you to explore both areas of study without investing more time, effort, and money in the degree.

Another alternative would be an internship in the other area of interest. That can help you gain experience that future employers will appreciate. If you still want to get a degree in that area of study after you graduate with your first choice of a major, you can always go for an MA degree.

The important thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to major in two disciplines. It is an option, and it’s useful for students who intend to pursue a PhD degree. However, it’s not mandatory and it doesn’t necessarily pay off. Consider all factors before making the decision.

 

Sophia Anderson is an associate educator, tutor and freelance writer. She is passionate about covering topics on learning, writing, self-improvement, motivation and others. She believes in the driving force of positive attitude and constant development. Get in touch with her on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Computers and Social Media Create Negative Student Relationships

December 1st, 2016

BY SYLVIA KOHL

The vast majority of young people, particularly those between 16 and 25 years old, always carry their smartphones in their pockets or handbags. They often publish too many statuses, posts, and other kinds of updates.

Some of them use social networks and messengers to spy on their partners. People are aware that modern technology can significantly affect relationships. The result of all of this is that youths or students are becoming more arrogant and prone to exaggeration.

It seems that the use of computers and smartphones has completely changed the boundaries of what is socially acceptable, and also, it appears that they are massively destroying relationships.

Smartphones have become their obsession

If we are to believe the latest studies, young people have become a great nation addicted to technology.

The study which deals with the influence of digital media on society and human psychology shows that students do not think or act the same as they did a decade ago. They do not use cell phones only to call family or friends, they tend to rely on them obsessively, and in the absence of the smartphones, they feel anxiety.

Social media is making the even worse thing. It is encouraging narcissism among young people, of whom at least half admits to publishing stuff on social networks only for the purpose of obtaining a particular reaction from their friends.

Young people are getting more prepotent and narcissistic

Today’s youth is more prone to showing the arrogance, and the reason for this is to cause a particular reaction. For this purpose, they are massively lying on the social networks. Almost a third of them publicly admitted that they like to exaggerate when it comes to publishing posts and statuses.

The thing with addictions is that you will most likely not be able to limit them. That is why the perfect solution for students and other school children would be to deactivate Kik, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and other social accounts temporary. You may reactivate them as soon as you improve the concentration and get rid of anxiety.

Furthermore, the studies also revealed that the majority of young people are using social media to continuously check out and spy on the ex-partner profile, while the vast majority of them believe that social media like Facebook can destroy the relationship.

The results show that the recent young generations are significantly changing the boundaries of socially acceptable behavior. Almost two-thirds of them openly admits that they are using their portables even when hanging out with colleagues or buddies.

That is not all because 79 percent of them think it is acceptable to use smartphones on the toilet, while 81 percent thought that using them in quiet areas such as libraries is completely normal.

Social networks are drastically altering the psychological structure

The modern technology affects the attitude of young people in the workplace or college because many of them believe it is okay to use smartphones during the business meetings or college classes.

The communication system is significantly impoverished, and the feelings are mostly expressed through emoticons. People are losing consciousness on the borders between the real and the virtual world.

According to Dr. Larry Rosen, a psychologist at California State University, social networks have both positive and negative effects at the same time.

Facebook causes attention deficit disorder and may adversely affect the learning process. Research shows that school children and students who are checking the news on Facebook at least once per day have lower grades in school and at the university.

However, social networks such as Facebook have some positive effects on the development of children and adolescents, says Dr. Rosen. The young people who spend more time on Facebook show more “virtual empathy” to their online friends.

Introvert children in adolescence may socialize painlessly behind the security screen monitors or smartphones than it would be the case in real life situations.

Sylvia Kohl is an IT teacher with more than 7 years of professional experience. Her main spheres of interest are e-education and beta-testing. This writer chose news about the increasing role of IT usage in colleges and schools as the most common topic for her articles.

 

Positive College Teacher-Student Relations Using Rapport Techniques

November 30th, 2016

By Scott Ragin

 

Improving relations with students in college or university has important long-lasting implications for both students’ social and academic development, as shown by scholar studies. As class sizes in higher education establishments continue to rise, many students fail to connect with educators because they neglect this opportunity to improve their academics. It is a known fact that positive teacher-student relations bring a lot of benefits, including more effective work, valuable personal assistance, and better overall performance. It is therefore necessary to attempt to connect with the educator regardless of the size of the class and other circumstances because it has a major impact on the academic career.

Building rapport is one of the best ways to achieve this task. It is defined as a state of harmonious understanding with another person that allows greater and easier communication. Simply saying, rapport is getting on great with someone and it is generally established by having things in common because it makes it easier for both parties to engage and maintain the conversation and relationship.

There are a number of rapport techniques that can be employed to develop a positive teacher-student relationship. Let’s review them.

 

  1. Polite Communication

When meeting the students for the first time, many professors tend to initiate small talk that often gets elevated to medium talk by using uncomfortable or too personal questions. For example, when the professor talks about his or her hometown and starts asking the students the same thing, he or she might refer to some stereotypes when discussing the hometowns of students.

To avoid making mistakes like this, use non-threatening and ‘safe topics’ for small talk. For example, you can talk about some shared experiences but avoid asking direct or personal questions about the students. Remember, being polite goes a long way, so it is better to not make anybody uncomfortable or develop a bad perception of you.

 

  1. Try to incorporate humor

Do you have some jokes that could be considered appropriate to use in front of an auditorium full of students? You should definitely try to use them, especially if your humor skills were appreciated by the students before. It is a great rapport strategy because laughing together contributes to creating harmony among people even when they met a few minutes ago. However, there are some rules to follow here, too.

For example, it is best to joke about your previous experiences with the students during the same courses, it can be relevant for current students. For example, if a previous-year student (do not mention any names), has done some mistake that can be joked about in an appropriate way, go ahead. Also, try not to make jokes about the current students.

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  1. Passion and Enthusiasm in Teaching

Students find learning more engaging and interesting when the educator shows his or her passion and enthusiasm for the course. This is an indirect rapport technique because it involves an initial focus on the subject rather than students. In this case, they begin to perceive the learning material as more important because it can be exciting for them, says Mia Jenkins, a teaching expert from aussiessay. If the teacher is so excited about the content, why shouldn’t they be, right? As the result, the educator can receive more feedback from the students and create a rapport because they can identify their own passions about the subjects and communicate them to the professor.

When they become enthusiastic about the content, their academic performance improves because they want to know more information about the exciting and interesting content. Well, what can we say, enthusiasm is contagious and classroom is not an exception from this rule.

 

  1. Empathy

This is an essential element of any rapport because it allows to see the situation from other person’s point of view. Given that rapport is all about finding shared topics and similarities between people, being empathetic works great to connect with others, and the same could be said about the relationships between professors and students.

Try to show that you understand the struggles of students and inform them that you see what they mean. For example, a student can be late with assignment because of part-time work, but instead of giving him bad grades you can have a conversation where you get to know the situation. If the student really lacks time to study, give some recommendations and more time to complete assignments. Viewing a situation from another viewpoint thus can really help to be a good educator and a good friend.

 

 

A rapport with students and be built and maintained using many ways. Politeness, humor, enthusiasm, and empathy are among the best direct and non-direct rapport techniques that will definitely help you to get the relationship with your students started on the right foot. Remember, establishing a rapport is an art and skill that should be learned and mastered, so do not be discouraged even if you are not known for your communication skills. One last thing: do not forget to smile!

Scott Ragin is an online tutor and experienced high school educator.  Scott always tries to create all the necessary conditions for the development of a well-integrated personality in his students. He loves guiding other people through their teaching practice and provides assignment help at Aussiewriter. Feel free to contact him at Facebook.

Guide to Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay

November 29th, 2016

By Gloria Kopp

With over two billion dollars available in private scholarships and the cost of tuition soaring, it only makes sense to submit an essay in the hope of funding your education. However, to stand a chance of winning that scholarship, you will need to make sure your essay stands out from the crowd.

1.      Make Time

Realistically you will need three weeks to properly plan, write, and proofread. Your essay will be between if you’ve written it with a clear head, rather than stressed out and rushing.

2.      Tailor Your Authentic Self

Sounds complicated, right? You need to be your real self, write honestly about your passion, and your real personality will shine through. However, make sure you really are answering the question, and bear in mind your audience – find a life experience or subject that you can write about, that is also relevant to your sponsor.

3.      Planning is Essential

The importance of the whole planning process can’t be overstated – from the mind map to a well thought out structure, you should plan for every single stage of your essay, and the result will be a well thought out, easy to read, clear piece. You should bear in mind the question the whole time – unpack it and figure out exactly what they’re asking you and why, and make sure you answer it. A fantastic essay is worthless if it doesn’t answer the question.

4.      Us Online Writing Tools

Seriously, when you live in the internet era, it only makes sense to take advantage of it! Advice is available in a variety of forms, and the following websites can prove to be super helpful:

  • Essay structure – this is awesome for when you are full of ideas, but are struggling to get them to make sense on a page.
  • Assignment help has great free online study tools, tutorial videos, as well as a community of thouthands of people who can all share advice and experiences, plus a section on college and career articles.
  • Writing Center has some awesome resources on how to make your writing stand out
  • Hemingwayapp this is a really easy to follow analysis that color-codes problems in your essay like the passive tense, adverbs, and overly long sentences. It can help guide you into stronger writing.
  • Readability Score also analyses the complexity of your writing, and helps you to make it more clear and concise.
  • UK assignment offers online writing, editing and proofreading consulting for both students and educators. Besides, it regularly features helpful study guide and tips for its readers.

5.      The Introduction Matters

The whole of the essay is important, but you could easily lose your reader in that first line. Be strong, specific, and direct. No stating the obvious! The introduction should be a brief explanation of your content, while you can use the body to really tell your story and show them why you are the best candidate for the scholarship.

6.      Two Heads Are Better Than One

This old adage holds very true – while you should proof read and edit until you are completely satisfied with your essay, handing it over to a parent, family friend, English Teacher, or anyone in school who works in college admissions can provide a fresh new perspective, and offer some great notes on how to take your essay from good to great.

There really are amazing resources and support networks available, and by utilizing them correctly, you can be sure to have an unforgettable essay that will win you a scholarship.

 

Author’s bio:
“Gloria Kopp is a web content writer and an elearning consultant from Manville city. She graduated from University of Wyoming and started a career of a creative writer. She has recently launched her Studydemic educational website and is currently working as a freelance writer and editor. Read her latest blog post here.”

7 Effective Time Management Tips for College Students

November 28th, 2016

By Lorraine McKinney

High school really didn’t do enough to prepare you for the hectic schedule of college. Between trying to adjust to new surroundings, classes, homework, exams, jobs, family, socializing, etc., it is no wonder that so many college students experience burnout. The trick is to learn how to manage your time effectively so you can get everything done, enjoy a full life, and not feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day for everything. Get the most out of your college experience by using these seven effective time management tips.

 

  1. Set Up a Life Schedule
    Most of us have class schedules, work schedules, etc. But, do you have a life schedule? There is a lot more going on in your life than just classes and homework. You need to have a life too. But, you need to find time for everything, and still be able to get plenty of rest. Choose the organizing tool that is best for you, and use it to plan everything you do in your daily life.
  2. Get Lots of Exercise

Exercise is good for more than just keeping your body in shape. It is also important for a healthy mind. Exercising can help you to focus better, and it helps to clear your mind of the unimportant things. If you don’t already exercise much, start out slowly and build up as you go to avoid pain that will keep you in bed instead of in class.

  1. Create Weekly Priority Lists

At the beginning of each week, create a list of everything that you need to do that week. Write down the chapters you need to read, projects that need to get done, time you need in the library, study time, etc. This is going to go a long way in effectively managing your time, and make sure that all of the important things get done when they are supposed to be done.

  1. Get a Watch 

This may seem like an obvious thing, but a lot of people rely on their handheld devices these days, and don’t always wear watches. But, what happens if you lose your device, or the battery dies? Make sure you have invested in a high quality watch, so you don’t end up being late for classes, appointments, etc.

  1. Ask for Help

We can’t always do everything all the time, and we all need help once in a while. Don’t be afraid to ask family members, friends, etc. for help. For instance, if you have a big exam to study for, but you have other tasks to do as well, ask for help with the other tasks so you can spend more time preparing for the exam.

  1. Say “No” Once in a While

Sometimes, you may find that you are stretched way too thin, because you just can’t say no to anyone. It’s time to start saying it, and you shouldn’t feel bad about it. Let people know why you are refusing to do something, and find ways to compromise instead. For instance, if your friends want to go out but you have to study, tell them you’ll hook up with them another time.

  1. Be Realistic about Study Time 

Don’t think that you can get your studying done in record time. It takes a lot of time to study properly, so you need to be realistic when setting study schedules. If you think a project is going to take four hours, set aside six hours for it. Give yourself plenty of time to be sure that you have a good grasp of what you are studying, and that you complete all projects on time.

 

Lorraine McKinney is an academic tutor and elearning specialist.