Distance learning scholarships part2

Distance Learning Scholarships part2

1. Individual school scholarships – Several distance education schools have started to provided limited scholarships to the students. The scholarships are based on potential for success or academic achievement. Some schools provide all-inclusive scholarships covering the full cost of fees, books, tuition, as well as basic living costs. Though, a majority of scholarships are partial plus are meant to become an addition to your finances. Every school has different scholarships and policies. In case your online college is related to any physical school, you may qualify to turn to the scholarships of affiliated university. You should check with your colleges’ financial aid department and counseling office to get information concerning what money will be accessible to you. Though, you must be sure to verify early; a lot of scholarships are just given once a year so you may need some time to prep materials before the set deadline. 2. Organizational scholarships – Numerous organizations provide scholarships to students whom they consider worthy. Qualifications are not often based in academics; so you may be astonished what attributes and talents people are wishing to give you for. In case you belong to any youth club or organization, like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, then there are numerous scholarships obtainable. You may score a scholarship grounded on your own writing skills, music talent, or athletic ability. Extracurricular activities, like volunteering, always look on an application. Also, there are the scholarships for twins, overweight feminists, high school cheerleaders, as well as people who had difficult childhoods. You need to search for organizations, which will honor your quirks or accomplishments. One of the great places to seek for scholarships is the Internet. Choose the best scholarship search engine. It will ask you a series of questions about yourself, and provide information about scholarships individually suited for you. Get information about 600,000 scholarships as well as $1,000,000,000 in financing.

Improve study and note taking skills

Improve Study and Note Taking Skills

Part of getting better grades in any class is being able to take notes properly. I have found that it takes practice, practice, practice but the rewards are great. Have you ever taken a page of notes then reviewed them only to find incomplete thoughts, incomplete references, and totally incomprehensible jibberish? I have and it is not a pretty sight. Until I learned and applied the following tips I was just going through the motions. Then at test time I had to burn the midnight oil to go back over the book and try to memorize facts and formulas.

For visual learners these tips are indispensible. An added tip was given to me by a master teacher who in college told me that if the professor writes something on the board, put it in your notes and highlight it. Why? There is a good chance it will be on the next test or on the final. Boy was that a piece of great advice. Also, focus and attention are paramount to taking good notes. Let’s just say that texting during lecture is NOT a good idea!

Here are some tips for taking class notes so that you can remember them at test time.
Four easy tips to implement right away:

1. Use colored pens and pencils
2. Highlight and underline important points
3. Include drawings, charts, graphs and figures
4. Do a summary on large paper

These tips are covered in much more detail in Improve Study Skills but here are the basic strategies of these note taking ideas.

1. Use Colored Pens and Pencils

If all your notes look similar it can be really hard to reference something specific. That’s why you should use colors to take notes. Use certain colors for certain aspects of the course.

When you do this regularly you will be able to scan for needed information the KEY POINTS stand out!

2. Highlight and Underline the Important Points

You can be creative by using multiple underlining of words, boxes around words and phrases, circles, arrows and shadows. All these can be used in varying degrees to bring attention to definitions and important definitions or formulas.

3. Include Drawings, Charts, Graphs and Figures

Many things can be expressed more easily by drawings than words. Relationships between objects, timelines, and concepts are sometimes hard to put into words. Combine this tip with tip #1, the use of colors and you will have a strategy that will not only be easy to follow but be a memory jogger at test time.

4. Do a Summary on LARGE Paper

Use large paper, A3 or 11″ X 17″, maybe a little smaller. There are a couple of thngs that you can do with this idea. You can get all the main points of a course on one page, or you can section each page into a subject, topic, or idea.

If you start making use of these four strategies, you’ll begin to notice note taking can be fun and not a drag. The thing that will excite you the most is that you will be remembering information easily and you will see your grades go north instead of south.

This will take practice and work to get your personal way of doing it down pat but it WILL work and become easier the more you do it. Take it from me – do it earlier instead of later!

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Mba (part ii) – what makes an excellent profile

Mba (part Ii) – What Makes an Excellent Profile

Please check the part I of this article here:

Everything About Mba & Gmat (part I) – How Mba ?

You may have several years of work experience and a great GMAT score , but you must also have a decent profile to get into Top B-Schools anywhere in the world. So what consists of a good profile? Below I am outlining some things which will add some stars to your profile. I have tried to put these points in what I think is their order of importance:

Work-ex: Work experience is of course a very important part of your whole profile. Your work experience should show growth in your career, substantiate your ambitions/decisions, your dependability and progress. [Later in when I discuss about Essays, I will discuss in detail about this]. The more work experience you have the more probability that you can put the above parameters in the right perspective. If you have ever been in a lead position that will certainly help.

Challenges: Challenges faced by you in life and at work, how good were you at handling them. The challenges could be interpersonal like firing a close friend, or during work like Gail Waynard fighting for Howard Roark [FountainHead]. If you pulled through the challenges and still have a balanced career then thats a commendable effort. The difficult situation actually made a better person out of you. This will give your essay a good garnish, but you need to have something (like a certificate) to back this up.

Diversity: Diversity of cultural, social and technical know-how is a much appreciated skill. Of course too many jumps from one job to another shows instability and indecision. But wider experience in the profession, international exposure etc give a huge boost to the profile’s attractiveness. Good understanding of the culture, languages and history of the internationally visited countries adds a lot of gun powder into your profile.

Community/Voluntary services: Being active in community services, voluntary organizations is a globally appreciated quality. Great regards are always due to those who take time off and help others. MBA committee is no different. The greater participation you have in community service, the greater respect your profile holds. Apart from participation if you have managed an even such as a blood donation drive, vaccination drive etc, extra value is added to your profile since it gives the idea that you are driven and capable of management.

Sports: Sports give an all rounder feel to your personality [All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy]. Solo sports are good, but excellence in team sports shows that you are a team player and this is an important quality of a future manager. Well at least in the eyes of the Admission committee it is. Ever been a captain, thats extra credit right there.

Languages: A very very handy tool on your resume. Speaking ability of more than 1 language gives quite a thrust to your chances of impressing the Ad Com. Especially if you are looking for non-US (non-English) B-School like INSEAD, your capability of communicating in French will give you an edge over other applicants. Similarly if you want to apply in a top Chinese school, your familiarity with Mandarin will go long ways to score in the eyes of admission committees

Entrepreneurship: Ever tried doing a business of your own? If you did, this shows a lot about you. Even if you failed in the effort, the important point is that you showed the business acumen and gained some valuable experience from it.

Pros and cons of choosing professional sport as a profession

Pros and Cons of Choosing Professional Sport as a Profession

Impact of professional training on one’s health

Many children dream of choosing the professional sport as their future occupation. The boys often dream of becoming football players, while the girls are fond of dancing. Attending the sport clubs and going in for sport are praiseworthy. It may have only positive impact on one’s health. These children would be disillusioned if they knew what the real professional sport is. Sometimes even parents cannot explain their children that the world of professional sport is cruel.

In order to become a well-paid sportsman, one is to demonstrate some outstanding results. Many sportsmen take performance-enhancing drugs, ruining their health. Sportsmen are often traumatized during their trainings and competitions. Some of the traumas may even have the long-term consequences and make the sportsman leave the professional sport. Actually, professional sport has nothing in common with the healthy way of life.

Hazards of professional sport

The professional sportsmen undergo different type s of pressure. They are to come up to the expectations of their fans and sponsors. Everyone forgets about the underachieving sportsmen the next day after their failure. It means that they can have not only physical but psychological traumas as well. The main hazards of the professional sport are

  • physical and psychological traumas;

  • overwork of the organism due to enormous trainings;

  • becoming drug abused willing to enhance one’s performance.

The next question is the future perspectives of the former professional sportsmen. This profession has very strict age limitations. Very rarely they can remain in the professional sport after they are more than thirty. But the sport was their life and they have no other talents. Becoming a coach may be a way out. But coaching is not the same as participating in the competition.

All these factors are to be taken into consideration before choosing the professional sport as one’s occupation.

Impact of professional training on one’s health

Many children dream of choosing the professional sport as their future occupation. The boys often dream of becoming football players, while the girls are fond of dancing. Attending the sport clubs and going in for sport are praiseworthy. It may have only positive impact on one’s health. These children would be disillusioned if they knew what the real professional sport is. Sometimes even parents cannot explain their children that the world of professional sport is cruel.

In order to become a well-paid sportsman, one is to demonstrate some outstanding results. Many sportsmen take performance-enhancing drugs, ruining their health. Sportsmen are often traumatized during their trainings and competitions. Some of the traumas may even have the long-term consequences and make the sportsman leave the professional sport. Actually, professional sport has nothing in common with the healthy way of life.

Hazards of professional sport

The professional sportsmen undergo different type s of pressure. They are to come up to the expectations of their fans and sponsors. Everyone forgets about the underachieving sportsmen the next day after their failure. It means that they can have not only physical but psychological traumas as well. The main hazards of the professional sport are

  • physical and psychological traumas;

  • overwork of the organism due to enormous trainings;

  • becoming drug abused willing to enhance one’s performance.

The next question is the future perspectives of the former professional sportsmen. This profession has very strict age limitations. Very rarely they can remain in the professional sport after they are more than thirty. But the sport was their life and they have no other talents. Becoming a coach may be a way out. But coaching is not the same as participating in the competition.

All these factors are to be taken into consideration before choosing the professional sport as one’s occupation.

Money only makes you happy if you have more than neighbours

Money Only Makes You Happy if You Have More than Neighbours

Despite the vast improvements in general standards of living in the past 40 years across Britain, “keeping up with the Joneses” is still our biggest aspiration,1 a new study suggests. Researchers have found that owning a fast car, a large home and having a good job may only make you happy if those around you are less well off.

The pursuit of wealth is leading more people to work longer hours as they seek to pay their mortgages and climb the social ladder.1 Dr. Chris Boyce, of University of Warwick’s psychology department, said Britons were victims of chronic’dissatisfaction. He looked at the responses to questions of more than 10,000 people in the British Household Panel Survey over seven years about their level of happiness and compared the responses with their income.

The responses showed people were most happy when they had more than their neighbours. Dr. Boyce said: “The standard of living has gone up for each individual over the past 40 years but it has gone up for everyone. So our cars are faster now but our neighbours have faster cars too, so they haven’t got that advantage over people close to you. Without the biggest home, or the fastest car then it doesn’t give you that same excitement as it would have.” Dr. Boyce said that pursuit of wealth alone was a vicious circle’. Business in the Middle East is based on the concept of the family. According to the Qur’an, a family must take care of its members. A family has a holy obligation toward its members. The family orientation seems to fit the Japanese group structure,

A rise in income may benefit one person but it has a detrimental” effect on others. If I jump up two places in the rank, then the people I jumped ahead of go backwards,” he said. “So a person does not just have to increase their rank they have to work hard just to keep up with rather than passing the Joneses.” Dr. Boyce said the study found that relentless7 pursuit of economic growth would produce a wealthier society but not a happier one. Miep Gies: Savior of Anne Frank “I am not a hero,” Mrs. Gies wrote in her memoir1, Anne Frank Remembered, published in 1987. “I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did and more— much more— during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the heart of those of us who bear witness.”

By her own account3, Miep Gies did nothing extraordinary. All she did was bring food, and books, and news— and, on one fabulous day, red high-heeled shoes4— to friends who needed them. It was nothing dramatic5. But she also bought eight people time, and in that time one of her charges— a teenage girl called Anne Frank, the recipient of the shoes— wrote a diary of life in the “Annexe”. In these four rooms, above the office of Anne’s father, Otto, where Mrs. Gies worked as a secretary, eight Jews hid for 25 months in Amsterdam in 1942-44.

Seven secrets to creative writing in primary schools – for parents

Seven Secrets To Creative Writing In Primary Schools – For Parents

As a primary school teacher with 30 years experience, now retired, I have turned my attention to teaching the parents of young children. Why? I hear you ask. Well, perhaps I can illustrate this with a couple of phrases you have probably heard before.

“Oh, but we don’t do it that way mum”

 

“My teacher said that you’re doing it wrong dad”

So, let me help you to get it right.

Firstly, I want to turn my attention to creative writing, or story writing, for the 7-11 year olds. But don’t forget, I am writing for the parents in order that you can help your child. The areas we will look at break down into 7 categories.

1) Reading

2) Story Mountain / Story Board

3) Descriptive Writing

4) Characters

5) Introduction

6) Main Theme

7) The Ending

So, number one. Reading. What has reading to do with creative writing? Well, everything really. I found in my career that those children who had had books read to them from a very early age and who were read with as they grew older had much wider experiences from which to draw information and ideas for their own writing.

Next, number two. The story mountain or the story board. A structure on which to build the story. Using the idea of the story board, as that is an easier concept to understand in text, we would have anywhere from 3, for six year olds, to 8-12 boxes for ten and eleven year olds like a cartoon strip and the different parts of the story are literally sketched out with phrases written underneath to elaborate on the pictures.

This then forms the basis of the writing but with the storyboard structure it is far easier to keep on track building good description and have a beginning – middle – end to the story.

And now, my favourite, number three, the descriptive writing. The use of adverbs and adjectives. Now, I am not just going to assume that you all know what adverbs and adjectives are. What would be the point of writing this article just to lose some of you right now because you felt out of your depth. So, an adverb describes an action and an adjective tells us more about a thing. Let me show you.

Sir Gwain leaned carefully over the rough parapet.

The word ‘carefully’ describes how Sir Gwain leaned. The action he was doing was leaning and carefully is the adverb telling us how he was doing it, ok?

Now the adjective.

Sir Gwain leaned carefully over the rough parapet.

 

The word ‘rough’ here describes the thing he leaned over, the parapet, and in describing the parapet the word rough is an adjective. So there you go, an adverb describes an action like walking, running, shouting, singing, it tells us how these things were done. Adjectives describe things like tables, walls, shoes, things, objects.

So let’s see what good use of description can make of a simple statement like,

The man sat on the bench.

 

The dappled sunlight danced mischievously on the stranger’s shoes as he sat, slouched beneath the old sycamore.  The bench had been there for years, and had seen better days, one arm missing, and writing in spray paint all over the back.  This did, however, seem in keeping with his shabby appearance, dishevelled hair, unshaven and uncared for. His eyes………………………..

I could go on, but I think you get the drift.  I could write a short boring sentence, or with a little bit of work and imagination, something that is much more interesting to read, and leaving you wanting to read more.  What about his eyes?  Well, why don’t you try to finish it?  Go on, I bet you can.

Number four, the characters in the story.  A boy or girl who is well read, and has enjoyed the experience of books from an early age, will have more mature characters featuring in their work than those children who have not had the same experience.

You see, once again we see how important reading is as an aid to story writing. When children have only a limited experience of books, or no experience at all, how can we ask them to write a story and compete with others in the class who have read a lot and have a wealth of experience on which to draw for their characters etc.

The characters in a story have to be so credible for the reader, that the writer has to know them better than anyone else. Character profiles or studies are important to the believability of the story and the action within.  If the characters are weak, the story will not hang together very well, and the best way to change this is to write character profiles for those in the story.  Who they are, where do they come from, what physical characteristics do they have, how do they know each other, what are their favourite foods, hobbies, likes, dislikes etc.

For the younger children, when they are starting out, there is nothing wrong with them retelling stories they have heard and using the same characters.  They could also use the characters from one story and give them another adventure.  Authors do this all the time.  Popular characters will be in whole series of books with new themes and in different situations.

And now, number five, the introduction.  The introduction serves a couple of purposes.  Firstly it introduces the characters to the reader, and secondly, it should capture the reader’s attention within the first paragraph or two, or they may just put the work down and not pick it up again.  Obviously this is not about a teacher marking the work, they are going to finish it and grade it.  Listen, having marked thousands in thirty years, it is far easier and much more enjoyable to mark a good one than it is to mark a bad one!

Here I will give you one of my best tips.  The introduction is just to set the scene, introduce the characters, and capture the interest of the reader.  It has nothing to do with the main theme of the story.  I used to give the children in my class a theme for the story like ‘Shipwreck’ or ‘Disaster in Space’, or whatever, but, if they mentioned anything to do with the theme in the introduction, then they were marked down.  That way they learned to write superb introductions, introducing the characters to the reader and capturing the reader’s full attention in the first few paragraphs.

On to number six, the main theme.  This is the easiest, it can be about anything.  As long as the characters have credibility, and the introduction is sound, the story can be about anything the child wants.  Who in their right mind would think to write a story about wizards in a school called Hogwarts, and travelling from A to B by jumping into a fireplace, and a train platform that only existed through a wall?  There you go, they can write about anything.

Lastly, number seven. I mentioned a story mountain earlier.  If we think about the foothills of the mountain as the introduction, and the mountain as the main theme, then the foothills on the other side have to be the end.  Stories have a start, a middle, and an end.  Quite often it is suitable to end the story by taking the characters back to the setting for the introduction for the ending.  Too often, children end a story too quickly before it has resolved.  This happens a lot with those children with limited experience of reading books.  They do not understand the pattern of a story.  So you see, even right at the end I am still banging on about reading and how important it is to the art of creative writing.

Well, there you go.  I know you can do this, but if you need further help please feel free to visit my Bio below.

Additional sources of money for studying

Additional Sources of Money for Studying

Nowadays people become more and more interested in the obtaining of the university degree and continuing of their education, as those people, who have good educational background, have better career chances, more opportunities on the labor market and higher level of incomes. Besides, such people are more competitive and have better professional theoretical knowledge and practical skills. But the studying is very expensive nowadays and majority of the students cannot cover all educational expenses without additional financial aid. The most popular and widespread types of the student`s financial aid are the scholarships, loans and grants. But there are also some hidden sources of money for the studying. The looking for the money is very complicated and continuous process and it takes much time and efforts, but the results usually justify the hopes. Usually such sources have less competition and candidates, so those people who participate in such competition have better chances to win. In the result the students receive free money for their studying expenses, which must not be repaid after graduation.

First of all the students have to explore the local organizations. Even if the local organization does not provide the financial aid for students, you can receive useful information about other sources and continue your search. Besides, pay attention on non – profit groups. It can be boy – club or church. Sometimes such organizations provide the financial assistance for students. Usually such organizations provide small grants, but it is better than nothing.

You have to spend the time and efforts, as free money will not looking for you. Instead, you have to look for it and make as much as possible to achieve the goal. In fact there are many organizations which provide the grants, but do not advertise them. You have to find your chance and use it.

The best source o information about the free money for studying is the internet. Besides the information about the available grants and scholarships you can receive many recommendations and advices on the websites which are devoted to the student`s financial aid.

Besides, if you have part time job, you can also check if the employers provide the financial aid for studying for their employees. Usually the employer is interested in good professional background of the employees and you can receive financial assistance.