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Category Archives: Education

Tips to Beat Homesickness when Begins Life on Campus

For starters, get involved! There are plenty of school activities you can do. Most colleges have fraternities and other social groups that are the core of on campus life. Just look at the campus calendar or newspaper and you’re bound to find a ton of things covering a number of interests. Go to a concert. Attend a sporting event. Just don’t sit around in your dorm room.

Outside of campus activities, there are also those things that you yourself enjoy doing. Got a hobby? Bring it with you to the campus. Maybe it’s even something that your roommate and you can share together. Bring some books if you like to read. That’s always a great way to kill time, especially if you’re reading something like “Lord Of The Rings”.

Another thing that will keep you busy and also be quite beneficial is to get organized. Don’t just let your college experience happen. Plan as many things as you can. Keep a datebook. Make sure you keep track of all homework assignments, tests and papers that are due and when. The last thing you want is to walk into class and realize that you had a test scheduled for that day and you forgot all about it. Don’t trust your memory.

Make friends and make time to go out with them. Most campuses have local ice cream shops or other retail places where you can hang out and have a good time. Making friends will also make you realize that these kids are going through the same things that you’re going through and they probably miss their parents as well.

Need something else to keep your mind off your problems? Volunteer. There has to be a student who could use some help with a tough course. Maybe they have a local radio station or some other activity you can volunteer your time to. Nobody will turn down help if you offer it for free.

And of course the number one thing on your list is to keep in touch with your family. All of a sudden, that little sister who used to drive you crazy isn’t such a terrible person any more. Give her and your parents a call or write them a long letter. Let them know what you’re doing at school and how things are going. If you miss them, tell them you do.

This is a great time to realize just how much you really love your family and at the same time embark on a part of your life that you’ll look back on someday with a great big smile.


How to Getting Scholarships

There are many ways to get scholarships. The traditional way and your main scholarship will be from good grades. There is no getting around that. A student at the top of his or her class with good SAT scores, when accepted to a college will most likely get a full or at least partial scholarship to the school of their choice. Of course a lot of this has to do with the school itself. The more elite schools will have stricter requirements for giving out scholarships. For example, a student applying to a county college may get a full scholarship for being number one or two in the class while that same student when applying to an Ivy League school may only get a partial scholarship or none at all. But again, good grades and SAT scores are only part of the equation.

The next part of the equation is economic need. There are many organizations who provide funds for students to go to school who simply can’t afford it. The main organization for this is FAFSA. A student’s first step in financing their education should be to file an application for financial aid with FAFSA. You can get an application for this at any college office or fill one out online. After filing, their program will immediately tell you, based on your reported income, how much money you will be expected to pay towards your child’s education. For example, if your child is going to a school that is going to cost $40,000 a year and the FAFSA application says you are responsible for $30,000 then that means you should be getting $20,000 in aid from the government after you have submitted the paperwork to them with your school expenses.

Does that mean you’re stuck with paying $30,000 for your kid’s education? Not at all. Even if the college itself doesn’t give your child any money, there are plenty of other places to get funds from.

Go to your local library or do an online search. You will find literally hundreds of private organizations that offer scholarships for students. Each one has different requirements but they all usually fall into one of several criteria.

The first criteria is that some of these organizations offer scholarships based on grades and SAT scores. In these cases, simply submit this information to the organization. They will get back to you and let you know if you’re going to get a scholarship.

Some organizations base scholarships on essays. They pick out the students who wrote the best essays and these are the ones who get scholarships. There may be three scholarship awards for these essay contests.

Then there are organizations that offer scholarships based on some affiliation that you have such as if you had a family member who fought in a foreign war. Then there are organizations like the Masons, Elks and Rotary, that offer scholarships if a family member is part of their organization. Most of these organizations are districted and usually give out only one or two scholarships per district.

So, as you can see, there are more ways for your kid to get money for college besides just getting good grades. But they do help.


The SAT Exam

For those who don’t know what the SAT is, it is short for Scholastic Aptitude Test. It is given to young high school students who desire to get into a college after they have received their high school diploma.

The test itself is administered by the college board. This is a non profit organization that is dedicated to doing all it can to prepare students for the challenges they can expect to meet when attending a college. The college board itself was founded in 1900 and now has over 3,800 colleges and universities as part of its organization. The college board helps over 3 million students in over 22,000 high schools each year connect with over 3,500 colleges.

To take the SAT you have to register beforehand. You can either do this online or through your local high school by contacting your guidance councillor. After you have registered and paid your registration fee you are then contacted with the date, time and place where the test is being administered.

The SAT itself covers many aspects of knowledge including math, reading and writing skills. After the test is completed, the scores are calculated and are then made available to you to send to any colleges you wish to apply to for admission.

The verbal section of the SAT includes 19 analogy questions, 19 questions where sentences need to be completed with the appropriate word or phrase and 40 critical reading questions where a paragraph is presented and the student must answer questions pertaining to the material just read. This type of test requires that a student think quickly as there is no time to prepare for these questions.

The math portion of the SAT includes 35 multiple choice questions where the student has to choose one of four possible answers, 15 quantitative comparison questions and 10 open ended questions. These are questions where a scenario is given and the student must not only give the correct numerical answer to the question but also explain his answer. The math portion of the exam requires a student to know basic Algebra, Geometry and also have some logical reasoning skills.

To prepare for these exams, students have many options to choose from. The most commonly used are workshops where they take practice exams. These are usually held at schools or other public buildings. There is a fee for these workshops and some of them are rather expensive.

Another option a student has is to take the PSAT, which is the Pre Scholastic Aptitude Test. This gives the student a chance to take an actual exam that doesn’t count towards his SAT scores. This is a great way to get a feel for what the SAT will be like as the two are very similar.

Students who complete the SAT and score well are way ahead of the game as far as getting considered for the college of their choice. Many times a good SAT score can mean the difference between a student being accepted to college or not.


Tips to Choose a College

You’re about to get out of high school. You’ve decided you want to go to college. The question is, which one? How do you decide where you want to go? There are so many colleges to choose from sometimes the choice can be a tough one to make. You may be in a situation where you live in an area that contains a number of colleges and all good ones. How do you decide which is the best for you? What follows is a brief guide that hopefully will make the process a little easier.

When deciding on which college to apply to, which doesn’t guarantee you will get in, the first thing that must be considered above all others is what it is you want to do with your life. The major you choose will, or at least, should greatly influence the college you choose. For example, if you have decided that you want to major in communications and someday be a radio announcer you don’t want to pick a college that specializes in medicine and has a substandard communications program at best. This would be very counter productive. Naturally applying to a school that is famous for a special area is going to mean you’re going to have a lot of competition and getting in might not be so easy, especially if they only have a limited number of openings. That is the reason we always have backup choices. But imagine if you did get into that specialty school for what you wanted to do. Your chances of getting a job in that field have just increased by numbers too large to measure. So go for the best school you can find for what you want to do, but always have a backup plan.

Another thing that needs to be taken into consideration is cost. Unfortunately we live in a world where education can be quite expensive. If you’re not entitled to financial aid or don’t have the grades for a scholarship then your choices for college may be limited to what you can afford. It shouldn’t be your first priority but you should keep in mind the cost of your education and what you can pay for without putting a great burden on your finances.

Another thing that should be considered when choosing a college is location. If the college you want to attend is not close to home you are going to have to prepare for the possibility that you’re going to have to live on campus. This is going to raise the cost of your education and needs to be taken into account. Another thing that needs to be taken into consideration regarding location is how safe a neighborhood it is. Unfortunately, some colleges are not in the best areas. So security of the campus needs to be checked out. You want to make sure your college experience is a safe one.

By concentrating on just those three simple things you can more easily decide where you ultimately want to go to school.


About Boarding School

Basically, a boarding school is one where the students not only go to school on campus but they also live on campus in a dormitory setting. It is sort of like college for younger students. Can you imagine being six or seven years old and living not with a family but instead with several other kids your own age? Each child either has a room of their own or perhaps shares a room with another child around their same age. Every boarding school has house parents or dorm parents that bring supervision to the children and teens and that provide parent-like comfort and safety.

Many young children cannot even handle going away from home for a week of summer camp. Children who attend a boarding school must learn quickly how to adjust to life without parents because they rarely get to go home and see their families throughout the year. Often children begin attending boarding school at the beginning of their schooling and they remain in boarding school until they complete high school. Some may go home for a Christmas holiday or for a visit in the summer months, but rarely do boarding school students have consistent interaction with their families.

Why would parents send their children to a boarding school? That is a legitimate question that has many answers. Some parents that work overseas or that travel frequently choose to put their children in boarding school because they know how inconsistent they will be in parenting or in providing for the needs of their kids. Other parents choose boarding school for their children as a way for them to experience more of the world and to learn how to interact with diverse people from a young age. Still other parents put their children and teens in boarding school if they are having trouble disciplining their kids or keeping them out of trouble. Boarding school can be a great place for kids to learn responsibility and discipline.

Attending a boarding school produces mixed reactions among children and teens. Many enjoy the opportunity to live with their friends and to enjoy the freedoms of not being with their parents all the time. For students who began attending boarding school at a young age, many enjoy their lives because they do not know any different. Of course there are always students who get homesick or who would prefer to live with their parents and attend a regular school.


Popular Pharmacy Schools

University of Phoenix Online

For those who actually prefer a pharmacy program that is convenient and designed around their schedule you may want to check out the University of Phoenix. The University of Phoenix online caters to students like you who don’t have the time to attend a traditional pharmacy school.

The University of Phoenix online pharmacy school has the largest number of accredited online pharmacy degree programs when compared to other online pharmacy schools. The University of Phoenix was founded in 1976 and was one of the very first accredited universities to offer online college education with corresponding complete degree programs through the convenience of the internet. Many of their students are finishing their course work in as little as 2 to 3 years. The University of Phoenix online, is not just a pharmacy school, it actually offers a number of other health care related programs like healthcare management (masters and bachelor’s), health information and nursing.

Bryman College

Located throughout California is Bryman College, a pharmacy school which also offers various certificate programs in the following health care fields: Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assisting as well as Medical Billing and Coding.

Capella Online University

Like the University of Phoenix online pharmacy school, Capella Online University is also an accredited online pharmacy school which is specifically designed to provide high quality education for busy people who don’t have the time to attend classes at regular pharmacy schools but who want to pursue a career in health care at their own pace and schedule.

This pharmacy school is actually built on a community of determined and highly motivated adult learners as well as reputable faculty members. The staff is geared towards helping you become successful with your chosen health care career. Capella University online programs include healthcare management for bachelor’s, masters and PhDs.

Florida Metropolitan University
While the Florida Metropolitan University has locations throughout the state of Florida and offers programs in various in-demand health care professions. However, it’s not just a pharmacy school but a well-rounded university that is geared towards being up-to-date with what the job market is currently looking for in job candidates.

From the fields of business, criminal justice, computers, health care, legal and management, design and marketing, Florida Metropolitan University also boasts of offering in-demand health care programs like: EKG Technician, Healthcare Management, Laboratory Technician, Administration (in the medical office), Medical Assistant, Massage Therapy, Phlebotomy, Medical Transcription, Pharmacy Technician/Assistant as well as Surgical Technician.

Lincoln Technical Institute

The Lincoln Technical Institute prides itself on providing their students with hands-on training to improve their acquired skills in the Health Care and Medical profession but also in Automotive, Drafting, Computers and Information Technology and Electronics. Their pharmacy school offers a Pharmacy Assistant/Technician program.

DeVry University

DeVry takes great lengths in providing their students with highly career-oriented undergraduate as well as post graduate degree programs in various fields like business and management and technology. They also provide a highly flexible learning environment to assist students earn their degrees a little faster than other universities. If you’re diligent and hard-working you’re sure to earn your degree in as early as three years. The university also offers students healthcare programs in various health care professions.

Georgia Medical Institute

The Georgia Medical Institute provides students with a more personalized learning atmosphere and environment. Their courses and programs are specifically designed to support their students in their professional development… especially in the health care fields.

Georgia Medical Institute doesn’t just have a great pharmacy school offering Pharmacy Technology but they also offer other health care related courses such as Medical Administration, Dental Assisting, Massage Therapy, Surgical Technology, Respiratory Care, Massage Therapy and Medical Assisting. In addition to offering traditional program schedules they also offer many programs in versions which will allow the motivated student to finish their studies at a much quicker pace, if they choose to do so.

Teach Art And Drama In Schools

Today, many people are exposed to a culture that is so tarnished with modernity that they have forgotten just what real art and culture is like.

This is why it is important to teach arts and drama at school, to save future generations from being illiterate of what truly comprises culture. Drama often is associated with English, however it is not given any real focus.

How about dance? Dance is a part of physical education and is taught (sad to say) by teachers whose sole training was a short course that really interferes with their true inclination which is playing hockey, netball, football, or rugby. Music is also taught but only up to age 14. Let us not forget that art is a vital part of technology and should never be construed as a thing of the past.

The non-inclusion of arts and drama in the education curriculum is a clear indication that arts are no longer treated as important. But contrary to this belief, there have been various studies conducted on the effects of arts in students. The result shows significant achievement especially in terms of the behavior displayed by students that are exposed to arts.

Most students that are constantly exposed to various types of arts have exhibited above average intelligence, especially in the areas of mathematics, English and science. Likewise, there have been noteworthy improvements in the overall personality of students, such as a more matured perception of things in almost every aspect of their lives.

In addition, students who are taught arts and drama tend to cultivate a deeper sense of respect, not only for arts and drama but also for their fellow classmates.

But how to teach arts and drama at school?

Arts and drama are easily appreciated by students and therefore would not pose any problem when it comes to teaching its principles to students. However, not every student is inclined to arts and drama. There are some students who like arts only and who shun away from drama. Likewise, there are those who prefer drama over arts. And so the problem now is how to teach both arts and drama and still be able to get students to appreciate both.

Live discussions often help, especially in conducting drama class. Encouraging students to participate is a great way to slowly introduce them to the wonderful world of drama. If possible try to search for materials that match the interests of the students. Remember to show your appreciation for whatever effort is exerted by your students. Appreciating achievements of students, no matter how miniscule, is important in developing their self-confidence. Who knows, the next time you ask for auditions you may be surprised to find that everyone in the class would like to join in.

Teaching art is probably easier since it’s more of a hands-on activity. As a teacher, never expect your students to be all artistically inclined. There will always be those who find art-class a waste of their time. But with a large amount of patience you can help these students to fully express their creative sides in their artwork. Sometimes all a student needs is a little encouragement to perk up her creative side, and as a teacher it is your responsibility to help these budding artists develop their full potential.


Relations of Student – Teacher

To study well, you have to be hard working, industrious, curious and longing for knowledge, but there will be no result without established stable good cooperation between students and teachers, tutors or professors. The misunderstanding between the two may result into complete rejection of any matter expressed by the tutor from student’s side and complete carelessness about the interest of the auditorium. Even being a postgraduate student, one may experience cold and unconcerned guidance of the advisor while writing a thesis paper. To be successful in the future, one must resolve this problem and try to establish a fine solution. According to psychology the cause of misunderstanding with others has to be searched for in oneself. Certainly, it is not easy to convince yourself that your behavior is not proper, but something has to be done about it. You are ambitious and willing to develop and grow and you are ready to do anything to reach success. Without noticing it, you may provoke your advisor or hurt his feelings. Your genuine dissatisfaction when your thesis proposal is rejected is quite understandable. So why don’t you seek the reason not in your thesis but in your manner of behavior in your tutor’s presence.

Here are some clues that will help you to define what was done wrong. To communicate easily you have to understand that a person you talk to has his own ambitions and thoughts. Expressing your idea plainly, not considering the evidence given by your advisor will show disrespect to the scientist that is more experienced in the field than you are. Choose words and ways when speaking to your tutor. It is quite obvious that you are intelligent; if there is a disagreement, it’s sometimes better to retreat than to get involved into a heated argument. If you show that you have ignored his lectures or never looked through his manual, you will be treated carelessly. Try to make an impression of a diligent, intelligent, interesting person with sense of humor and longing for success. Every scholar is pleased to hear that his work is appreciated, so try to make a compliment on what he’s accomplished. But if there is no particular reason for your being disregarded, inform about it. Your advisor’s task is to guide you through the process and propose assistance if necessary. There will be no successful cooperation if you don’t feel comfortable with each other. Your thesis is the first step towards bright career and you have to do your utmost to complete it duly. Guidance provided is very important, so if there are any misunderstandings, try to improve the situation and continue cooperation on friendly terms.


Why Go To College?

1. A college education secures our future. The number of employment opportunities is greater and statistics reveal that most leaders are college grads.

2. If you have a college education you will make more money which in turn will enable you to have a better lifestyle. If a high school graduate earns US$ 34,303 annually, a college graduate will earn US$ 56,334, and a person with a professional qualification will net at least US$ 99,411.

3. It is not just earnings. A college education makes you a rounded person. It shapes your communication skills, expands your knowledge base, makes you methodical and organized, and exposes you to a whole new world of learning.

4. People with a college education have better value systems and are healthier. They are able to guide their family positively.

5. College can help you qualify in fields you are interested in. So if you are an innovator, inventor, or healer, or artist you can train in the specific field and qualify.

6. According to experts, college graduates are self confident, have greater knowledge of governance, are less likely to become criminals, are emotionally and financially secure, make better partners and parents, and have a deeper understanding of human nature.

7. College instills a deep sense of right and wrong and is they very essence of a democratic world.

8. Education opens the doors to many things like multiple jobs, career choices, the chance to further education at any point in life, and the option of teaching others what you have learnt. Be it a child, family member, or a poor person you meet.

9. College education is an investment in you that yields much more than Wall Street investments.

10. College educated citizens will ensure the continuing success of the “American Dream.” The ability to see the right path and work for peace and prosperity.


Tips to Fund your Child’s College Education

1. The usual method of parental funding of college education is out of current income, that is out of your weekly or monthly salary.

Whilst this is the most common method of funding college education it is one that only the very rich or highly paid can afford to do with ease. Even if there are 2 salaries most families find it difficult and will require sacrifices, even more so if you have more than 1 child. At best most parents can only afford to contribute part of the costs of college education out of current income. Additional sources of income will be required.

2. Your child can work his or her way through college.

Many students have to work whilst studying but many find the experience of juggling a job, lectures and a social life very difficult. Often the result is that students drop out of college education, fail their exams or don’t do as well as they could.

3. Your child may have the opportunity to take out student loans to fund their college education.

Today the vast majority of students are forced to take out student loans to fund all or part of their college education. Usually to subsidize parental contributions, student loans are the most common way of students funding their own college education. Many students however, leave college with substantial debt and even with interest rates at historically low levels today’s students can expect to have to pay substantial monthly repayments for many years.

4. Your child may obtain a scholarship or be entitled to grants from either federal or local funds towards the cost of their college education.

There are many sources of student scholarships or grants and with a bit of research most students today can find some grant funding. These sources however cannot be guaranteed for the future. Whilst scholarships and grants do not have to be repaid and as such are preferable to loans they are not guaranteed or predictable and therefore relying on them for our children is a risk.

5. Take out an education savings plan to fund college education.

An education savings plan is a regular saving plan into which you and your children can contribute. The plans are administered by colleges or state authorities and can be taken out for any child including a newborn babies. Because of the effects of long term compound interest the earlier you take out your plan the easier it will be and the lower your contributions will be. Because the funds are built up prior to going to college students do not have to rely on scholarships, grants or loans and they can concentrate on their studies.

There are a number of options to fund your child’s college education but the only way funds can be guaranteed is by you taking out an education savings plan. With the education savings plan you decide what you can invest and your child can also contribute to his or her college education. With luck scholarships and grants will still be available as will loans to top up if necessary. If your child does not go to college the fund can be cashed in.

Taking out an education savings plan early will give your child the real opportunity of a college education and the best prospects for a job when they leave college.