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  • 10 Things Successful Students Consistently Do

    10 Things Successful Students Consistently Do
  • 7 Ways a Tablet Can Make You a More Effective Teacher

    7 Ways a Tablet Can Make You a More Effective Teacher
  • Tips To Guarantee a Successful Summer Internship

    Tips To Guarantee a Successful Summer Internship
  • 10 Tips To Ace Your IELTS Exam

    10 Tips To Ace Your IELTS Exam
  • 7 Great Study Strategies To Tackle Finals

    7 Great Study Strategies To Tackle Finals

10 Things Successful Students Consistently Do

When studying in school, college or university it’s important to have solid techniques in place to ensure your success justifies the time invested into your education. Here’s the top 10 things successful students consistently do to ensure that their education is as fluid and successful as possible.

1. Read your assignments!

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The amount of students that fail to understand that reading assignments when they’re set is astonishing. Ensuring that every sheet of paper, every email and every recommended book is read to the best of your ability will allow you to excel at your course quickly and easily. You’ll understand the content more than other students who don’t read up on the course and you’ll achieve success in no time.


2. Talk to your teachers when you have a problem.


Your teachers are well educated and trained in the field they teach in, meaning that their understanding of the subject you’re confused over is profoundly larger than any of your peers in your current year. If you’ve got a problem with the material get up out of your chair and talk to your teacher about it!


3. Get involved.


Studying is only have of your education. Making the best of the freedom you have when you’re a student by joining clubs, organisations and groups of like minded people will help you to keep a fresh and clean mindset when you study later in the year.


4. Take Notes.


Listening will only help you so much when you’re in a lecture. Bring a fresh pad of paper, a new pen (so it doesn’t run out!) and write down everything in a concise and understandable manner so you can review it later on. Student perform better in exams if they’ve had notes they entire year, so do yourself a favour and take notes!


5. Record alongside your written notes.

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Bring an audio recorder with a good microphone to your lectures so you can reconfirm your notes at a later date. You’ll be able to refresh your memory with the audio tape and correct/extend your current written notes. It’ll only help you in the future.


6. In a group for a project? Be the leader!


If one of your assignments is a dreaded group project then step up to the plate and become the leader. Delegate work so everyone understands their role and check up on them close to the deadline to ensure that everything is coming together nicely.


7. Write your paper when it gets assigned, not when it’s due.


One of the biggest and most detrimental mistakes that any student can make is waiting until the deadline to complete work. Save yourself the trouble and stress and write your assignments when they get given to you. You’ll be surprised how much stress you’ll save yourself by doing so.




Don’t be a dingus. Go to your damn lessons, it really is that simple. The amount of college students that simply skip out on class because “it won’t be that important” is astonishing. If you’re paying (or your parents) for your education then don’t waste both money and time to spend an extra hour in bed. 


9. Set yourself goals.


Setting goals is a great way to motivate yourself to improve and increase the chances of graduating with the highest grade you can achieve. Whether it’s something simple such as keeping your attendance over 90% or something a little harder like never achieving less than an A on your assignments, the choice is yours and yours only to make.


10. Don’t be lazy.


Spend some time in class asking your peers what they’ve done towards the assignment, ask questions in class and better yourself constantly. You can never stop learning so why deprive yourself of the opportunity to do so.

7 Great Study Strategies To Tackle Finals

There is no shortcut or sugarcoating when it comes to tackling final exams despite the experience sounding extremely painful. These horrific tests are the main obstacles that are standing between the summer break and yourself.

The truth of the matter is that you cannot just sit there and drink a hot cup of coffee or a drink by the pool. This is actually the perfect time to focus because the test grades are the actual evidence of the hard work you have been put throughout the academic year.

Therefore below are the 7 great study strategies to tackle finals.


Understanding your goals


Most students are just following a series of wants or rather requirements and it feels quite easy jumping through a number of hoops contrary to what the class lessons and exams really mean or rather most students do not know the relevancy of class and these tests.

You have to ask yourself why you are in school, why you are investing most of your time in class and mostly what you intend to score in your exams.


Prioritize the exams that matter the most


It is not good to consider all the final exams that you are taking as equal especially if you perform better at one subject than the other. Most students think they ought to commit the same or equal time to study for each exam. Therefore it is imperative to prioritize the tests that will really reflect a lot in your grades.

Clarify the content and format of your tests


It is important to do a small research in order to find out what the exam is going to cover. Ask around particularly from your teachers and lectures. Do the exams have essay, multiple choices or both?

When revising for your exams, take all your doubts and questions to the teachers for clarifications and answers. Teachers are always ready and happy to help.

Revise for the exams in advance


It is actually a cliché since everyone knows that it is advisable to study at least a month before exams. The right way to study is to read for a long period of time. The sad story is that most students are terrible at putting this into practice.

Take snack breaks


Did you know when you study your brain uses a lot of sugar (glucose)? It is advisable to take at most a five minute break after every hour in order to let your body produce more calories for studying.

Learn how you study best


Every individual has their own way of studying. Do not copy other people when it comes to studying. Find your own way- a way that will work perfect for you.

Know when to stop studying

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Within twelve to twenty four hours of your test, it is the actual time to stop studying. This is so because your brain is not going to absorb any new content. In fact you are more likely to confuse or stress yourself.

Flashcards can be a good option if you are the last minute studier. Who knows, they can add you extra points during the exams.

10 Tips To Ace Your IELTS Exam

The International English Language Testing System helps to evaluate a student’s proficiency and abilities in speaking, listening, writing and reading English. A student is tested individually in each of the above categories. Below are 10 tips to prepare for IELTS exam:


Have enough information.

It is crucial to stay informed about the current affairs. Reading the newspaper each day is essential as you will be tested on the general things that interest you. For example you could have sufficient information regarding high fuel prices but lack the sufficient vocabulary and ideas to deliver a good essay.


Incorporate the language in your daily activities.

Choose to engage in an English activity like having a conversation in English, reading articles in the newspapers or magazines or watching a film. You could also choose to volunteer in a school in your locality and read books to the pupils.


Practice and concentrate.

It is important to differentiate practice from weakness. An example is, if you are weak in listening, it is crucial to improve on that during your everyday practice. You could watch a DVD movie without the subtitles or listen to the radio in the English language. You could also form a club with other IELTS members and set rules like- no speaking in other languages other than English as well as speaking regularly.


Read exam instructions thoroughly.

Create a habit of reading exam instructions thoroughly even during mock/practice tests. Most students proceed to do the exam even before reading the instructions. Sometimes instructions contain crucial information that could enable you answer the questions correctly. Doing this does not save time rather it could contribute to your low scores.


Obtain skills to think logically.

Answer various questions which could include short answers, filling gaps and multiple choices. This is in order to perfect your listening and reading skills. When you run out of time and have no answer to a question, you could guess but logically! No marks will be lost by doing this and you could also be lucky and score additional points!


Do not exceed the word limit.

An IELTS exam has a standard word limit of 150 and 250 words respectively for the first and second task. Failure to do the above causes you to attain a 5.0 score. There are also penalties for those who exceed the word limit in one task and have less in the other.


Be fast.

Most students find they have less time during a test. Practice by writing paragraphs and time yourself.


Body language.

Your first impression speaks a lot about you. Show the examiner your willingness to tackle the tests and that you possess good pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar as well as fluency.


Improve your speaking skills.

Become better in introduction by having a small speech that describes you. You should also be natural and friendly. You could choose to practice with your friend and acquire feedback.


Tackle the articles properly.

Use both indefinite and definite articles in the right format. Practice use of articles by going through exercises online or use a proper book.


Most of all, just be calm and think clearly. If you’re still unsure, you could also try to find some free IELTS tips/materials that are freely available on the internet, or an intensive IELTS exam preparation course nearby.

Tips To Guarantee a Successful Summer Internship

For you to become a good intern you have to exhibit a go getter attitude. Effective communication is an additional factor that will differentiate you from other interns in a company. Human resource managers expect internes to exhibit the willingness to work in a tough environment. Here is a highlight of tips that will guarantee you a full time job after the completing you internship.


Develop a professional relationship


The key to a successful career is a professional relationship. This will provide you with an upper hand in grabbing the new opportunities likely to arise from the professionals. Additionally, you will have it easier advancing your knowledge level in the specific area of study.


Greet everyone you meet


You need to have a positive attitude towards every member in the organization. You may never know the person sited next to you in the office may be the next CEO in your department. Respect everyone and communicate to them effectively. A smile does magic to everyone around you.


Do your research


You need to know more about the company you are working for. Read magazines, business publications, and in-house journals of that company to get to have a wide spectrum of information about the company. You will know the company goals, vision, and missions so that you can be part of the company’s achievements. You can also engage in a friendly talk with one of the members in the company so as to get firsthand information about the company.


Keep yourself busy and set personal goals


Employers are always seeking people who have skills in a given field. By setting the goals you will be able to acquire the relevant skills required in an organization. If you complete your work ask for more projects to work on.


Find a mentor


A good mentor should be ready to share their expertise and knowledge in their field of specialization. Remember for you to be successful in your field you need someone to guide you. They will tell you the challenges they have faced in that field and give you possible solutions. A good mentor would like to see you succeed in your field.

Be enthusiastic


Enthusiasm creates a positive impression. You need to become enthusiastic so that you can create a positive impact on the organization as a whole. Consult with your supervisor so that you can be included in professional meetings and workshops. In the workshops, create good relationships with people from different companies.


Be professional


Make use of your time effectively this can be done by avoiding personal emails and calls during working hours. You also need to maintain a positive image both inside and outside the company. Avoid gossip and politics in the office because they are a waste of time. Use your free time to read professional publications to acquire more knowledge on professionalism.


Ask questions


Asking questions shows that you really ready need to learn. Take advantage of your position as a student and ask everything that you do not understand. By asking questions you will know more about the job and acquire new skills. Take this as a great learning experience to equip you for the main job.

7 Ways a Tablet Can Make You a More Effective Teacher

Tablets are exceptional gadgets that have made the lives of many easier. They come equipped with the latest in technology such as Bluetooth for sharing files, Wi-Fi for accessing wireless internet connection, cameras for taking photos and apps for downloading and managing day to day activities. Today every profession has aligned itself to use tablets to both improve their business and also attract more clients. Below are 7 ways that tablets can make a teacher effective.


Presentations can be made easily


Tablets today have made it easier to create presentations for teaching students. There are several apps currently available that would help a teacher to make a presentation faster and more presentable. Since tablets have touch screens, a teacher can highlight areas of the presentation that he/she wants to show emphasis with the use of finger. With the availability of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi projectors, cables are no longer needed to connect the tablet and the projector.


Instant access to online research materials


The internet is full of information varying in subjects from history to science and more. A teacher’s life has never been easier. Teachers are humans and forgetting is common among humans. With a tablet and a quick search, a teacher can prevent embarrassment in front of the students for forgetting a particular fact in history or a standard unit in physics.


Direct Communication


Gone are the days a teacher had to write a note to a student to take to their parents informing them their child is misbehaving or has failed and they need to see him or her. Many students forged results to show their parents that they have passed which was untrue. With tablets available to everyone, a teacher can upload students’ marks on the school website where students and parents alike can get access without visiting the school.


eBooks are free


Nothing is disheartening than buying a new expensive textbook that you will use for a month or semester. The new expensive textbook becomes obsolete due to new information which means you have to buy the new one making it even more expensive since you cannot sale the old one. Teachers can now provide ebooks for free to students by sharing between devices which has become a great saver for parents.


Aid in accommodating special need students


Apps are available on both Google play and the Apple store which help those with special needs to learn properly with others. A teacher can also download apps that would help him or her to communicate effectively with students who require special attention.


Science finally becomes easier


Teachers find it hard to teach students science subjects because they require practice for one to understand. The iPad has the skywalk app and others which can help a teacher to teach the students the various constellations in the sky. For teachers who deal with hysterical girls and boys when it comes to dissecting a frog, they can easily download an app that can teach students without actually dissecting the frog.


Teaching with visual information


The camera is one of the best gadgets in a tablet. A teacher can utilize a camera well by taking photos and videos of events which he or she can use as a learning tool in the classroom.