Rejected by Your First Choice School – No Worries!

Rejection hurts, plain and simple. When we finally look like we’re getting close to what we really want, it can feel awful when we’re denied what we desire. This is the case when you’re rejected from admission into your first choice college. That’s not to say that you’re going to …

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Education Hacks Through Technology

There is a newfound emphasis on STEM degrees emerging from new numbers that suggest the amount of computer engineering jobs will increase at a rate faster than graduates can fill the positions. In short, America needs coders. So much so that the government sponsored an initiative called “Code for America” …

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Finding the Guts to Study Abroad

Ask yourself one question: do you want to study abroad? The experience can truly be something that changes the game for you. However, you do want to always think about whether or not you can handle the process that leads up to studying abroad, let alone any challenges that come …

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What’s So Important about a Major, Anyway

The “rules” on education are definitely changing, in ways that might surprise you. You see, it’s not about just picking a major, you need to be picking out a career at the same time. Sure, there are some that still think that your major doesn’t matter since students will naturally …

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This is Your Brain on Music

Whether it’s bringing the comfort and strut of your music from home or it’s time to break out and gather a whole new set of favourite tunes as the nest door hits you on your way out, college and music-listening usually go hand in hand. In fact, college can be one of the most musically enriching times of your life as you swap music with new friends and figure out which of your tunes suit your new study habits – and which ones let you blow off the best steam when you need a break from the books.

Music delivery technology has leapt quantum levels since the days of whoever-has-the-best-stereo has the party and mix-tape walkmen (hello 80s pals!). Tune pods the size of a fingernail (coming soon!), Bluetooth stereos, Ipads (and their weary competitors in the personal notebook arena), inexpensive computer speakers that put out great sound, and last but not least: Spotify, Itunes and other music-sharing applications, websites, and services – they all play a part in today’s college music-listening scene. Some libraries pipe in music, and many study-cafes do too. You’ll just have to experiment and find out which venues and gadgets boost your productivity, and which ones cut it in half.

With so many cool, affordable options, nearly every student can get in on the personal-tune action. Keep in that important college-going mind of yours, however, that there are pros and cons to walking around all day with headphones on being inspired by musical greatness. And pros, cons, and strategies to studying while listening to music. According to ACT Test-Prep author Kelly Roell, music does “brighten the mood and increase positive feelings – both of which are important factors for successful study,” but you should choose your study music carefully if you want it to help you out

Studies are out on this, and most experts agree that music for studying should be lyric-free, since most of us only have enough space to process one language-based input source at a time.  Or at least process it well. This means something like no hearing/listening to “Get the Party Started” while reading Romeo and Juliet, or “God Save the Queen” when you’re writing about ancient Egypt.

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Students Studying In London Have Quite the Experience Waiting for Them

Whether you’re a completely foreign student or you’re just coming to London from a different part of England, one thing is clear: you’re going to have a very interesting experience studying in this city. There are many students studying in London, so you’re never going to be alone in this experience. If you are afraid and don’t know what to expect, book a hotel in London for a few days. You will be surprised with all the city has to offer, the opportunities, the cultural and historical richness, and the diversity you will find. There’s a time for work, and a time for play. There, you get to have both. There are plenty of students that are going to want to mingle with you and see what you can share with them. Everyone has a different set of experiences to share with the world, and this is an environment where you can truly express yourself. If you’re used to living in a small town where you have to make sure that you watch what you say, then you might be in for a big surprise when it turns out that you really don’t have to be as careful as you think. You really do get to have a good time and really get things off to a great run.

The key here is that you need to make the most of the experience from the very beginning. Don’t be afraid to make new friends, even if you have to take the initiative. Let them know who you are, where you’re from, and what you like to do. If you don’t take the initiative, you really can’t blame yourself if you don’t have too many friends.

Just because you’re studying at university doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be bold. Talk to the professors and let them know your real passion for the field of study you’re interested in. If you don’t stand out, you’ll get left behind as time passes. Sure, everyone wants you to succeed, but if you don’t show that you’re willing to learn on your own then you’re not going to get the results that you expect.

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What Are You Doing to Expand Your Education?

You already know education begins at home. But what about your education? Teaching your children, either through language studies, before-bed reading or homework help, is an important part of parenting. However, if your children never see you learning anything, they’ll miss out on an important part of education: the fact that all people, even parents, benefit when they take the time to practice and learn new skills.

In addition to setting a good example for your children, taking the time to learn new things benefits you as well. Taking a course or building a skill helps keep your brain sharp and helps you build new connections with the outside world. Being interested in something also makes you interesting.

Often when people fall into ruts, it is because they feel both bored and boring. If your family is like ours, you probably also know that learning is sexy; there’s nothing more attractive than a partner who is excited about a new idea.

Here are a few ideas of how to expand your education while benefiting yourself, your children and your family:

Learn your children’s language

We are huge fans of bilingualism. If you’re living abroad and your children are seriously studying the local language while you’ve only picked up the phrases for ordering lunch and asking for directions, it’s time to crack the books and practice your phonemes. Learning the same language as your children is a way to exercise your brain, become more integrated with your local area and show your children that adults also struggle with homework, practice and grammar drills.

As children often pick up language skills faster than adults – unfair, I know – expect your children to teach you and correct your mistakes. This is also beneficial; in a world where children are rarely masters of anything, having an opportunity to educate their parents instead of the other way around helps build confidence and self-esteem. You’ll all learn something from the experience.

Take a rock climbing course

Although hanging to the side of a cliff seems dangerous, rock climbing is actually an extremely safe and low-impact way to build muscle and endurance. Rock climbing is both a physical and mental workout, as climbers have to think ahead and plan their way to the top of the wall. The use of ropes and harnesses ensures your safety, and all rock climbing centers have a specific system for teaching new climbers appropriate climb and belay techniques.

The whole family can benefit from a weekly trip to the climbing gym, or go alone and have a much-needed hour of me-time. You’ll gain more than just strength from a weekly show-down with a rock wall.

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