6 Tips to Improve Your Grades in University

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University and college can be a challenge experience. On the one hand, you’re told to enjoy the college experience and fun with your new friends. But on the other hand, you need to focus on studying and keeping your grades up. It can be hard to find a balance between both sides. But there are a couple of helpful tips you can use that’ll make your experience flow smoothly.

Attend all your classes

You may think you don’t need to go to every class, but skipping a class or two can have you falling behind. Some students think that hiring professional academic writing services will help them ace the class. And though they can help with essays, they’re not able to help with exams. By going to all classes, you’ll absorb the material, earn attendance marks, and earn bonus points. In other words, go to school!

Be realistic with what you can handle

If this is your first year in college or university, you don’t really have a firm understanding of what the workload will be like. Though it may be appealing to take more classes, set a healthy limit for yourself. Take no more than four or five classes. If you take too many classes, it could affect your GPA if you’re overwhelmed with work.

Take notes

This is another great reason why you should attend all your classes. If you want to absorb the class material and have detailed study notes to refer to, then you need to put the time into taking notes. Writing-to-learn literature will not only help you when it comes to exams, but it’ll help you understand the material.

Study smartly

Some students waste a lot of time studying material that’s not going to be on the exam. Some exams cover the entire class material, and others focus on the main chapters. Don’t waste time studying everything. Instead, focus on the main points in each chapter. In addition, ask the professor the type of questions that are going to be on the exam, and the content that will be included.

Connect with your professor

Usually, when the class ends, students are quick to leave. But this is your opportunity to talk to your professor, asking them any questions you have. Your professor is a source of wealth, and getting to know them will certainly benefit your grades. Ask when their office hours are, and spend time getting as much information as you can from them.

Believe in yourself

You may think it’s silly, but a good attitude can make or break your grade. If you don’t believe in yourself, then how are you going to ace a class? If math, for example, isn’t your strong suit, don’t let it ruin you. Instead, talk to your professor and get a tutor. You’re in school because you were accepted. Which means the school saw value in your abilities.

College/university can be a great experience in both your academic and social life. Use these tips during your education, and you’ll see a massive improvement in your life.

Parenting Styles and Their Impact on Children

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Parenting is tough, challenging, and energy-depleting labor. It reveals who you are at your core, exposes the crutches you may use to support your personal shortcomings, and uncovers exactly where you put your trust, hope, and confidence.

Most people think they have an idea about the kind of parent they’ll be before they have children, but after you become a parent, you truly come face to face with your parenting style. As sobering as it is to recognize the substantial impact you have on a growing person’s future and character, it’s crucial to understand how your specific parenting style will set the tone for your son or daughter’s life.

The Five Major Parenting Styles … and Their Impact

Traditionally, researchers have focused on four major parenting styles. But this is an oversimplification. Ultimately, there are likely a dozen styles or more, and each parent gravitates to the method he or she sees as the best.

In this article, we’re going to explore five essential approaches and the effect they have on kids.

  1. Authoritarian

Start by looking at the notion of authoritarian parenting. Though it’s not as common today, this style of parenting was largely the norm through most of the 1960s.

It entails the belief that the parent is 100 percent in charge and that kids really shouldn’t be seen or heard. Children never should talk back, and parents — to a large degree — don’t have to take their child’s feelings into account.

For the most part, authoritarian parenting isn’t inherently abusive. But if implemented by the wrong person — especially one who encounters a confrontational child — it can become overtly aggressive.

An authoritarian parenting style generally creates children who are obedient and proficient. However, they also tend to rank lower than their peers in such categories as happiness, self-esteem, and social competence.

  1. Authoritative

Authoritative parenting has some of the same components and structure as the authoritarian parenting style, but it’s more relaxed and nurturing. With this style, parents focus on creating positive relationships with children by listening to and validating feelings.

There are rules and clear consequences, however. The goal is to prevent behavior-related problems before they start.

Children who are raised according to an authoritative style of parenting tend to be happy and successful. They’re typically even-keeled, good at making decisions, and able to evaluate risks on their own.

Such children may suffer from a lack of experience, though, as a result of not being exposed to mistakes and the consequences.

  1. Reflective

Reflective parenting, also known as free-range parenting, operates under the assumption that children do better in the long run when they’re given sufficient opportunity to solve problems and manage challenges on their own. Properly implemented, reflective parenting takes a child’s age, development, and abilities into account while still imposing boundaries and structure to keep children from making serious mistakes that may lead to significant physical or emotional harm.

Children of reflective parenting tend to grow up with a solid amount of experience and “street smarts.” They’re usually highly independent and know how to evaluate risk versus reward swiftly. While they’re resilient, such youngsters may have difficulty building strong interpersonal relationships and/or submitting to authority.

  1. Permissive

Permissive parenting seems to be the leading style of raising children in households that have millennial kids. This parenting style is characterized by possibly setting rules, but rarely enforcing them.

Consequences are rarely administered, with an apparent underlying belief that youngsters learn best with minimal interference from parents. Kids who grow up with permissive parents often struggle in school, exhibit behavioral problems, and show a lack of respect for authority.

They also face a higher risk of obesity, low self-esteem, and depression.

  1. Uninvolved

The fifth category is called uninvolved parenting. Whereas permissive parents are present, even overly so, the uninvolved parent exhibits nearly absolute uninterest in being a part of his or her child’s life.

No conversation takes place with regard to homework, feelings, or even where a child is going to be on a day-to-day basis. Uninvolved parents derive from either personality or necessary circumstances.

Some parents lack the mental capacity to engage their children and create proper structure. Others work multiple jobs and simply don’t have time to dedicate to good parenting.

Regardless of the reason a parent displays the uninvolved approach, the effects are disastrous for children. These kids are likely to show low self-esteem, suffer from depression, act out in order to earn attention, and exhibit other behavioral problems.

Set Your Children Up for Success

Of course, you can only do your best. That may sound like a cliché, but it’s true. We’re all just figuring out how to be parents on the job.

Some stuff works, while other tactics end in failure. Instead of getting obsessed with your past efforts, focus your energy on the present and how you can set up your son or daughter for a successful future.

In all likelihood, you’ll need to use a combination of several parenting styles to achieve the result you desire.

Education technology empowers entire academic industry

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We are currently living in a society that has been irrevocably changed by the rise of technological advancement. Businesses invest in collaborations with digital agency companies to strengthen their presence in an increasingly digital world. Whole industries have taken their methods and models online. We are seeing the beginnings of semi-autonomous vehicles. The impact that technological advancement has had on the world has been profound in so many ways, and there has been so much change, especially to industries around us.

The education sector is one that has been historically traditionally inclined, and while that inclination is not necessarily going out the door, it is definitely shifting over to make room for the modern technological disruption known as EdTech (education technology). EdTech is an industry-wide revolutionary advancement that, contrary to popular belief, is making (and will continue to make) education more empowered, stronger, more capable.

This is one of the industries that really pushed back against digital disruption in the beginning. Educators have expressed concerns that EdTech is a development designed to take over their position in the industry, which is not true (yet understandable). Realistically, the entire education industry is set to benefit tremendously from EdTech. Educators, students, and the sector as a whole are already benefiting. This will continue. But how did we get here?

When EdTech first entered the academic stratosphere, educators who were accustomed to the traditional methods and models that the sector had operated around for so long were confused, frightened, even angry. They felt, initially, that EdTech was a design created to take over their position in the industry. As EdTech has begun to shift more securely into the sector, however, educators have (for the most part) realised that EdTech is designed to strengthen the industry, working with educators, not against them.

The generation of students going through the education system right now are the first generations that grew up surrounded by technology and digitalisation. Prior to their arrival, EdTech was only trickling into existence, but the solution was met with little to no response from students, because they were unfamiliar with the tech. The present generation in school now, however expects their learning to mimic their life at home (as students always have, in a way). The only difference between then and now is that life at home today is surrounded by technological innovation. There is more room for EdTech because of this.

In short, educators and students stand to be positively impacted by EdTech because of technology’s primal presence in modern society. Today, tech is so commonplace in our daily lives that to go through education entirely without it being integrated into the system in some way would be borderline insane. The education sector is benefiting from the revolutionary innovation that is EdTech because, thanks to the technological input, more students are more engaged, teaching is easier and more enjoyable, and the entire system runs a lot more smoothly. EdTech is the present and the future of education. There is no going back now.

Achieving financial security for students in University

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When you get extra income, do you save it or pay off student loan debt? If you already have a cushy savings account, you’re better off using the majority of your extra income to pay off debt. If you have less than three months of expenses saved up, it’s wise to save as much as you can until you’ve got some padding to fall back on, and then pay down debt.

Students all over the world are in debt, but the student loan crisis in the U.S. is larger than Australia’s entire GDP. For many, it’s become impossible to pay back what they owe. It’s not that students don’t know how to manage their finances. Many are well versed in financial planning, yet got in over their heads because they were promised salaries that don’t exist. The promise of a high salary justified the debt initially, but that promise has been broken, creating a crisis for many.

Many loans are in forbearance or deferment because borrowers can’t pay them back on their regular salary. One in five adults between 25-39 with a bachelor’s degree and outstanding student loans have more than one job. Many need the extra income to survive, and use whatever’s left to pay off their debt. Some prefer using every cent to pay their debt rather than saving a portion of that income. It makes sense on the surface. The interest on a student loan can skyrocket quickly. However, if an emergency happened tomorrow, those without a savings account will find themselves in serious trouble.

Building up savings now is worth paying a little more interest later

If you lose your source of extra income tomorrow, a well-padded savings account will help you survive until you find another part-time job.

There’s no way around it. When you choose to save money over paying down your student loan debt, you’re going to accrue more interest. Unless you’re going to pay off your loan in full as of next month, accruing more interest isn’t a good reason not to save money now.

Experts recommend building an emergency fund with 3-6 months’ pay.

The time to prioritize paying off your debt is when you’re making regular payments and your debt is growing.When you’re falling that far behind, you’re already in trouble. At that point, it would make more sense to immediately start building your savings account for a month or two, and then prioritize your debt. If your car breaks down, you’ll regret using all your extra income to pay off your debt that isn’t decreasing.

Your decision should be based on what’s in your emergency fund

What you choose to do with your extra income should depend on how much money you have in your emergency fund. If you don’t have at least three months of expenses, calculate how much time it will take you to save that much. Then, set a date you’ll begin putting most of your extra income toward paying your debt.

Remember to always save something, even if it’s twenty dollars. Saving twenty dollars each month amounts to $240 per year. That won’t seem like much until you need an extra $400 for car repairs and you have the cash on hand.

When you have the opportunity to build an emergency fund, do it now because you may not have the chance later.

The Role Of Simulations In Today’s Medical Education Process

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Educating the healthcare professionals of tomorrow is a serious responsibility, but whether they’re in medical school or training to be a nurse or paramedic, students can’t practice on real patients. So what is the best way to prepare these trainees? In recent years, the healthcare industry has turned toward simulations to provide students with the most realistic training possible, no matter their specialty.

EMT Mastery

EMTs are among the youngest, least experienced healthcare providers, but they’re also first responders, which means they need to act quickly in stressful situation. To prepare them for anything they may face in the field, then, EMT training programs use several different approaches. For basic life saving techniques such as learning CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, for example, students typically learn using a mannequin designed for the process. When learning to navigate the ambulance, however, there’s no replacement for the real thing – or there wasn’t until the Simbulance.

The Simbulance or simulated ambulance was developed at Vassar College as part of their on-campus EMT training program. Students go on to serve as campus EMTs, but don’t receive on-ambulance training until their formal clinical rotation, meaning they lacked sufficient opportunities to practice treating patients in small spaces or using onboard equipment. The Simbulance makes it easier for students to master the necessary skills to handle emergencies out in the field and allows them to begin building those skills earlier in their training.

A Focus On Pharmacy

Medication errors are a common cause of injury and even death among hospital patients, which makes training pharmacists of the utmost importance, but in many cases, pharmacy education focuses on lectures and tutorial programs rather than hands-on education. This approach persists despite the fact that research shows students learn more through hands-on, experiential programs than they do through lectures. In order to bridge the gap between rote learning and the workplace, then, a growing number of pharmacy programs are turning to simulation-based education.

Not only do simulation programs help pharmacy students gain the necessary experience to do their jobs safely in the real world, new tools like simulation recording software allows users to film the simulation for later review. Since students usually only have limited access to simulation equipment, video of the tasks is often the best alternative.

Simulations For Safety

Finally, no matter the specialization, all healthcare professionals need to be taught essential patient safety skills, and unlike basic tasks like drawing blood or performing a sonogram, these skills can’t always be taught on model patients or in the classroom. As with the simulated ambulance, students need a realistic setting – and realistic patient scenarios – in which to master these skills, and training programs are stepping up to provide them.

At the University of Miami, students in the medical research program have access to a full Simulation Hospital so that every activity can take place in a realistic setting. This format is growing in popularity – similar clinical simulations are also in use in the UK. Such programs are educationally advantageous because they provide students with the right tools to replicate different medical situations.

Meanwhile, in a smaller program at Vermont Technical College, nursing students practice patient safety on a variety of patient simulators, from realistic infants to elderly patients. Students need, at minimum, what are termed medium-fidelity models in order to master skills, and programs are finally making this necessary advancement, introducing better mannequins, including high-fidelity models that “breathe,” sweat, and cry.

Healthcare encounters can be risky for patients, but proper training for providers can make even emergency situations much safer. In simulated circumstances, students are exposed to real-world scenarios. That way when it really matters, even the most challenging skills are simple muscle memory.

Online education sparks hundreds of thousands of new enrolments

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The education system has been subject to many an evolution in its time. There are literally thousands of colleges and universities around the world that take in hundreds of new students each, every single year. As new students arrive, seasoned learners graduate. And on goes the cycle. The traditional education system has been successful for generations, and it still is today. Students love to go to college or university because it gives them a sense of belonging while assisting them in sharpening their intellectual skills and talents. But traditional education does not work for everyone.

While traditional education is valuable and will always be irreplaceable, there is much to be said about the introduction of online education. Individuals can now enrol to learn English online or take their entire degree course load through their computer screen. The value in this is that they do not have to adhere to the strict guidelines and rules that traditional education demands. Students who enrol in traditional courses must work the rest of their lives around their studies. Students who enrol in online studies can work in their education around the rest of their lives.

The value of that simple shift in academic dynamics cannot be overstated. Students who study online are given an innate sense of control and direction, and those traits directly correlate to the ease and efficiency of being able to dictate when they listen to lectures, where they take exams, and how they work on their assignments. Today, the modern student is busier than ever, and for thousands of individuals having the choice to study online means the difference between being able to enrol in higher education or having to put it off.

In short, the other aspects of life that demand and deserve more commitment than the fundamentals of traditional studying would allow win out. And they should. Traditional education is excellent…when it works. But for the thousands of individuals who are unsure of if they can make set times and long days on campus work for their busy commitments and lifestyle, online education is their saving grace. The value in higher education is drilled into people all the time, but previously the channels to make it inclusive have not been readily available. Online education is the answer to that gap in the system.

The power of online education lies in its inclusive nature. Historically, traditional education has been somewhat exclusive in that it relied solely on two fundamental pillars for enrolment and successful admission: geographical proximity and financial stability. Geographical proximity, because students had to be close to campus to be able to go to class and pass their courses. And financial stability for two reasons. First, because in some countries students need to be able to afford their studies upfront – there is no HECS fee option. And second, because many modern students need to work for a living while maintaining their studies. Sometimes, both factors coincide with one another.

The introduction of online education is inspiring hundreds of thousands of individuals to become students that, were it not for the innovation of distance learning, could not have made the decision to enrol in higher education.

How universities benefit from online examinations and their rise in popularity

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The education system today is vastly different to the one that our ancestors found their way through. Traditional education is still very much alive, but the industry has been calling for a revitalisation for a few years now, and it seems that it has finally gotten that revitalisation in the form of online education. The benefits for students are obvious: convenience, accountability, flexibility. But the advantages for universities that offer online examinations, for example, are less obvious. Universities operate with the sole aim of helping their students be the best versions of themselves they can be.

Universities now offer online examination software to their students, giving them the chance to broaden their academic mindset while fostering their own capabilities in environments that are comfortable and relaxed, rather than crammed and stressful. There are many benefits for universities that offer online education – including examinations – vary, but there are three that stand out the most, and that do (and will continue to) have the most impact.

Offering online examinations now will make them frontrunners later

Distance education is still very much in its infancy stages. In the little time that it has been in place, however, it has become immensely popular, with more and more enrolments flocking in to academic institutions that offer online courses and assessment platforms. Online learning continues to gain traction, and universities that jump on the band wagon now are the very same academic institutions that stand to gain the most in this next era in education. As it stands, the mainstream form of education is still the traditional model.

This model will hold strong as the generations past, as there will always be a place for the traditional learning and teaching methods. But online education is only going to continue to pick up the pace, and academic institutions that jump on the bang wagon now will be frontrunners in the evolution towards a more inclusive, convenient, and efficient education system.

Students will spread the word about the convenience

The more students that go through online education as a system rather than traditional education, the more word will spread about the efficiency and the ease of it all. Students today are busier than ever, but they still want to learn. Unfortunately, their chaotic schedules do not always allow them to learn via traditional education. They feel like they must choose between educating themselves further and working toward a dream, and committing time to the other aspects of their lives that demand attention and time as well.

Universities that offer online examination availability are the same universities that students will flock to because of their flexible, convenient methods and models. These students, as time goes on, will rave more and more about the academic institution that allowed them to work forward their future while understanding they had other commitments. As word spreads, more enrolments will continue to come, creating an all-new influx of eager and exhilarated students that will go on to plump up the online education faction of the industry.

Online education continues to evolve from strength to strength

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The education system sees literally millions of eager students through its systems around the world, every year. As long as education has existed as an industry (and even longer), there has been an interest. Without higher education, for example, individuals who are interested in building a career in medicine would not have an avenue to teach them the valuable skills that are vital to becoming a surgeon or a practicing doctor. Over the years, the number of individuals keen on bettering themselves academically has not declined. Rather, the education industry’s traditional methods and models no long apply to all individuals who want to study towards their career.

More than ever, the current generations are busier than past generations. With modern life being so demanding, and other factors like having a family or having to work to put food on the table, traditional education at a brick-and-mortar university just is not a viable option for every student anymore. Queue online training and the rise of online education. The students of today and into the future do want to experience higher education, but they want to do it with their freedom intact. And even more than that, many of them have families to take care of and jobs that they must balance in alignment with their education.

This is why online education is such a gold mine – for both the industry and the students who take it upon themselves to study higher education. The reality that we live in today demands balance in all aspects of our lives. Traditional university experiences effectively eliminated any kind of balance, because students had to be on campus, at specified times, that were broadly chosen for all students who took the course. This method of education still is – and always will be – incredibly efficient and popular, but today there is a demographic in the student population that craves more convenience and personalisation in their higher education experience.

Online education offers both these ideals on a beautiful silver platter. Students that want to study but have other ongoing commitments can study online, effectively allowing them to choose their schedules and study in their own time (save for due dates and examination times…those still generally have to be scheduled, but even so). Studying online can be – and often is – the perfect fit for individuals that cannot seem to make traditional learning work for their circumstances. No matter how bad they want it, or how hard they try, sometimes the stars just do not align for some students to study the traditional way.

Online education started out as what many in the industry and in general thought to be a passing phase. “It won’t last”, people said. “There is nothing wrong with the old-school way of education”. While the cautious were not correct about online education being a temporary craze, they were right when they said that there is nothing wrong with traditional education. Modern, online education is not about proving traditional learning methods and models wrong, but strengthening the weaknesses and creating a stronger industry all round. Thanks to online education, the education industry is more inclusive than it has ever been. It is about time.

The millennial’s guide to surviving graduate school with stellar grades

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There are a lot of segments of graduate school that aren’t necessarily fully discussed in the open. It is hard, really hard when trying to complete some of the competitive programs that are offered. Graduate school is to be taken even more seriously than undergrad because it usually is fast paced and more competitive. Here are some tips to getting the grades you want:

  1. Act Like a Professional, Not a Student

This is the best way to get ready for what will come after graduate school. Treating your studies like a job is a way to make sure your grades stay at the top of the scale. Your professor and classmates will see your effort and respect the way you carry yourself in graduate school.

  1. Look for Online Resources

We thankfully live in a time where the internet is flooded with helpful resources such as: online writing help, online editors and online databases. These resources are there for you to use to your advantage and to ensure your success. There are even some websites you can head to for extra tutoring help. Another helpful thing to do is to look for is forums that other graduate students are posting on. This is a way to find study techniques and research hacks that other students use.

  1. Don’t Take Advantage of Long Breaks

These long breaks for holidays are great. In undergrad, they are the time to have fun and travel. This is still what can happen in graduate school, but don’t just dismiss these breaks as all fun. These are great slots of time to work on your theses and get your projects prepared for presentation. They offer a time period to work ahead and prepare for success.

  1. Connect with Classmates and Professors

Don’t be shy in graduate school. This is a great time to make connections with classmates and professors. You will meet some people working in the same field as you. What better time to network and connect with your peers? This is a way to make sure you have accountability and people to work on things with as well. Take the opportunity to be surrounded by likeminded people.

  1. Manage Your Time

Time management is so essential when looking at your success in graduate school. As previously mentioned, long breaks can be taken advantage of. It also boils down to how you manage your every day schedule. In undergrad, it is easy to blow things off and finish them last second. This will not work to your advantage in graduate school. It is often fast paced and designed to weed out people with poor time management skills. Buy a cohesive planner that can help you plan your days accordingly for the best results. It also is best to schedule your breaks and have your day off once a week where you put the notes and computer away. This will give you some time to feel recharged without being overly stressed.

Take these tips into consideration and you will pass graduate school with flying colors.

What Languages Most Benefit Business People

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As the world become more interconnected it becomes more valuable to your career and your earning potential to be able to speak more than one language. As we know how important English learning is to have any chance at career. With over 365 million native speakers and close to a billion who speak it as second language it is by far the most important business language to learn. Many of us native English speakers however become lazy at learning other languages as most serious business people around the world have learned at least rudimentary English. We should not then make the mistake of staying unilingual as learning other languages not only makes you smarter it can also open up more opportunity. But what other languages should you learn to further your career?

Probably the easiest global language for an English speaker to learn is Spanish. With over 570 million native speakers it ranks second in the world for mother tongues. It is language of the most fast growing parts of the Americas and once you master speaking Spanish you will have no difficulty quickly being able to understand Portuguese and even Italian. With just this language and English you will be able to conduct business almost anywhere in the Americas.

The second most important language is one of the most difficult to learn but once you do become proficient in it you will see many opportunities open up to you as it is the native tongue of one of the most important centres of manufacturing and the economy that looks destined to dominate not just Asia but possibly the World. Studying Mandarin will seem a daunting task but it is becoming increasingly important for not just executive roles within in China, but across south east asia as well since the Chinese diaspora is an important part of the business communities in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar and being able to converse with them in the language they speak at home will open doors for you.

The third language is also one that most English speakers find difficult to learn because like Chinese it has a different system of writing. It is the language of some of the richest countries in the world and learning it will open up tremendous opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. Arabic can seem daunting at first but there are lots of resources available to help you even more so than learning Chinese. You should have no difficulty finding a tutor as almost every mosque will have access to Arabic language learning programs.

By being able to add these three languages to your skill you should now be able to converse with a third of the planet in their native tongue. This can be an incredibly valuable to not only strengthen business relationships but also make you much more valuable to employers and open up opportunities for travel and cultural exploration. It will unlock the world for you and set you free to explore it.