10 Tips from a Person Who Knew 17 Languages

language learningKato Lomb, despite holding a chemistry degree, was one of the first simultaneous interpreters in the world and could fluently translate into eight languages, and in general knew and worked with 16. It is amazing that in her time there were no audio CDs with the voices of native speakers, Skype tutors, or language schools… So how did she manage to learn so many languages?

In her best-selling book “How I learn languages”, she revealed ten simple rules for language learning:

1. It is necessary to practice a foreign language every day. It is like the gym: if you want to have impressive muscles, train them regularly! Dedicate at least 10-15 minutes a day to reading or repeating new words and phrases. Continue reading

What Students Ought to Know About Studying in the UK

Studying in the UKWhen a student prepares himself for an education abroad, the choices are pretty much obvious; it is either the US or the UK. However, if the number of students applying for admission to the UK is compared with the numbers trying for the US then a stark difference is obvious. This is primarily because of the aggressive campaigns laid out by various privately funded US universities to get foreign students. Unfortunately, the majority of information on admission procedures to the UK comes from the British Council and the education consultants that each UK university ties up with in the host country.

Instead of focusing on the procedure here, we shall counter a few misconceptions about the UK admissions with that of the US and hopefully provide sufficient insight to students across the globe on how to get into UK universities. Continue reading

How Solving Puzzle Games Can Help You Develop

children puzzlesChess, sudoku, strategic computer games, social puzzle games – how can they contribute to our well-being? You must know that puzzle games haven’t been created just for fun. They are focused on abilities which all human beings possess, but not everyone takes advantage of them. Here you will find some useful tips not only for studying better, but also for enhancing your skills in general.

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

As scientists say, there are various types of intelligence. Some people are better at writing (verbal intelligence), others are perfect drivers (spatial intelligence). There are also people who deal very well with logical inferences, mathematical problems, etc. They could formulate their thoughts very precisely, by using symbols; they are also specialists at detecting and solving problems (e.g. how to use given construction materials to build a house). Continue reading

10 Lessons of Life from Bill Gates

bill gates lessonsBill Gates, speaking to high school students, named the 11 rules that teenagers, according to him, would never learn in school:

1. The world does not really care about your self-esteem and self-awareness. The world expects achievements from you without taking into account your self-esteem.

2. Frying burgers at McDonald’s is not a work below your dignity. Be sure that your great-grandparents would consider any work like this a “good opportunity”.

3. It is not very likely that you will be paid 50,000$ a year right after high school. Moreover, you are not going to become a vice president with your own limousine and personal driver, until you deserve it.

4. Your parents were not as uninteresting and boring people as they seem to you now, before Continue reading

4 bad study habits and how to break them

study habitsImplementing and adhering to good study habits can be tricky; for some students formulating any kind of study plan or revision timetable is something of an unknown world. As assignment deadlines loom or examinations draw closer a student starts to feel the incipient signs of panic and begins to dread possible failure.

There are four particularly widespread study mistakes, and yet they are easily remedied once noticed and acknowledged. Once these faults are banished it will be much easier for a student to review their study habits and get their revision and progress back on track. Continue reading

Tips on How to Balance Homework

balance homeworkThese tips are fundamental and target the root cause of why many students are struggling with school and homework. No impractical “make a to do list” tips here. Only raw structural advices to help you make it.

The best tactics for getting through school are these.

  • Live on campus. Many studies have shown, and every school will confirm, that students living on campus have on average higher grades than their off-campus counterparts.
  • Don’t do all Gen. Eds. right away. Spread them out and mix them with major classes. Some people like, say international students, find it easier to leave all the general education classes for later.
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How Students Can Benefit From Using Social Media

students social mediaNo man or woman is an island…

…but when you’re a student, life can feel quite isolated, given all those hours spent studying in the dusty library, attending tiresome lectures and grappling with the mind-boggling jargon of some of those blasted text books. As you stare wistfully out of the window, you observe the rest of the world socialising and feel a pang of jealousy for their carefree existence.

Stop being wistful and harness the power of social media for work and play, and you will reap the benefits in no time, my friend. Continue reading

What is the Best Music To Listen To For Exam Revision?

listening to music when readingRevising for your exams is a stressful time and it is important to keep yourself healthy, both physically and mentally. We all have a physical health and we all have a mental health. Both need taking care of, particularly at times of a heavy workload as when revising.

Relaxation is a key factor when revising for exams. Plenty of fresh air, good food and rest will keep you in a healthy frame of mind to get you through this stressful time. After all, these exams are for your future. It is vital you are well prepared. Continue reading

How To Psychologically Prepare For An Interview

job interview preparationWhen interviewing for a potential vacancy, the greatest enemy can sometimes be the individual’s mind. People may tell themselves they’re not good enough or they don’t have the correct skill-set. Something in the back of their mind may even tell them they don’t really want, or need, the job they’re applying for and this can be incredibly detrimental during the interview and can manifest itself negatively.
There are, however, ways to overcome this mental block, ensuring that the individual steps up their game and conducts themselves in a confident and succinct manner. Continue reading