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Finding & Choosing Your College / University
Top Tip: Write a Different Essay for Each Application
"Write a different essay for EACH of the schools you’re applying to. Why do this? It shows each school you’re applying to that you cared enough to spend the time researching and have really, really thought this through. I also think it gives you a better chance at WOW-ing the school and demonstrating why you’re a great match."
IELTS & GRE Preparation
IELTS Listening tips: A common mistake in the IELTS Listening module – watch out!
IELTS Writing tips: The IELTS Writing test: telling the difference between formal and informal
IELTS Writing tips: 4 ways to get in trouble with your IELTS Writing tasks
IELTS Speaking tips: An enjoyable way to raise your Speaking score above 7.5
IELTS Speaking recording for practice: Full IELTS Speaking Test, Free Sample #1 (with Examiner’s Commentary)
Choosing your Major
Top Tip: Determine Whether Expectations Match Reality
"Put your decisions in real-world context. Whether you’re attracted to something because of its promise of prosperity or because it stirs you on a deep level — neither inherently right or wrong — experts warn: Determine whether expectations match reality."
Transitioning In / Getting Started
Top Tip: Get Help...
"Don’t kid yourself. If you find you are having trouble with a subject, get help right away. It’s almost impossible to turn a failing grade around with the final exam or a fantastic final paper. As soon as you get less than a solid B average in a class, make an appointment and ask your professor how you can do better."
How to Beat Stress
Top Tip: Reinterpret
"In the end, our feelings of stress are based on the interpretations we have made about a situation. To change that experience we must reinterpret or reframe it in a more optimal and helpful way."
How to Experience all of Europe on your Student Exchange [In UK/Europe]
What is studying in the UK like for Chinese students? [UK for Chinese Students]
Romance / Dating
Study / Work / Life Balance
Top Tip: Get an Internship
"Get an internship. Then get another internship. Get as much experience as you can, because when you graduate, everyone else will have a little piece of paper saying essentially the same thing yours does, so it's important to do things that help you stand out."
21 Effective Ways to Save Money as a Student in Philippines [Philippines]
Top Tip: Separate Accounts
"It can be a good idea to put the money to cover your rent or hall fees into a separate account that you don't touch on a day-to-day basis. That way you know how much you have left to spend for the rest of the term. Divide up any money you have left so you know how much you have to spend each week. Whether income is in the form of a loan, parental contribution, bursary or wages know where it's coming from before it arrives. Work out how it breaks down week-by-week or term-by-term."
Top Tip: Review more frequently
"The traditional learning model of learn > assignment > cram for exam is broken! There's some great tips for improving your long term memory of your studies in this article, starting with "Review newly learned information as soon as possible after class!" [read more here]
Top Tip: Write, do not type
"Technology is so ingrained in our lifestyle that the idea of an “old” method trumping a technological one rattles us to the core—but learning is one area where technology lovers occasionally have to accept the wisdom of past ways. According to a study by Psychological Science, students who took notes with laptops showed lower levels of recall and understanding than their handwriting counterparts. Download the slides from the lecture, but sort through them with a notebook on your lap—and, of course, take notes!"
Top Tip: Take Practice Tests
"Take a practice test (or two) You can evaluate your exam readiness by taking a practice test. This is a great way to determine how prepared you are and what studying still needs to occur. Ask your teachers early if there are sample tests, or forms from previous years, that you can use."
Maximising Class Time
Top Tip: Networking
"College is a great place to network with both instructors, and other students. If you have the grades, join the honor society for your major. Sign up for a club or two, or get involved with student government. These are great places to meet other students, as well as instructors, who can point you in the right direction. You might be surprised at some of the doors that can be opened by people you’ve met in college."
Top Tip: The Time for Now is Never Tomorrow
"This phrase, popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King in his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech, speaks to those of us who procrastinate. The time for now is never tomorrow. In all of your affairs, understand that if you do not get things done now, these things may never be done at all. Do not overestimate your capabilities in the future whilst denying your present capabilities their right due..."
Top Tip: Have a Schedule
"When your focus is damaged, your learning speed is curtailed significantly, but you’re still putting in a lot of effort. This means you may be putting in the same effort as someone who stuck with a concrete schedule, but you’re learning far less."
Top Tip: Cultivate Independent Curiosity
"One burden of academic research is that what makes you feel curious may not hold the slightest interest to many people around you. Your thesis will require you to go to extreme lengths to learn about a topic most people probably ignore. Learn to value and cultivate that curiosity independently of external affirmation. If it’s interesting to you, that’s the place to begin."
Top Tip: Create a Word Bank
"Once you have a thesis, think about your main topic and find words that relate to it in different ways. Then, branch out (broaden, diversify) your list to words that aren’t as closely related to your main topic.
For the example above, your primary list might include words like “books,” “reading” and “intelligent.” Your other “branched out” list might include “Harry Potter,” “reading by a fire” or “test scores.”
This process will help expand your vocabulary over time. Using these words when you write will also make your essay more vibrant (energetic, colorful)."
--Excerpt from Baby Steps: 10 Proven Tips to Write Better Essays in English (Click to read on)
Academic Writing for ESL / International Students
Tools & Software
Top Tip: Learn to be non-defensive
"Learn to be non-defensive. Listen to the feedback and really understand how being defensive inwardly and outwardly is not going to help. We’re all innately defensive to physical attack and we respond the same way when we’re getting criticized, so it’s hard to say ‘Bring it on, tell me more.’"