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Thursday, 10 October 2013

The process of choosing the right university can be quite daunting and challenging for students and their parents. A few of the main points you need to consider when choosing a university are finding out every possibly bit of information you can about each university, along with finding the right course which will suit your learning needs. Below, is a few key points to take into consideration when choosing the right university for learning adventure.

Do you want to study locally or overseas? When you take in the consideration of searching for universities overseas, you need to take into account the cost of accommodation, flight tickets and living expenses.

Study the key subjects and courses. Compare one university to another, whether it be the same subject or different with a similar learning intent. Why go paying more for a course overseas when you can get the same locally, if not better?

Many Universities have Twitter or Facebook. Navigate your way around to these pages, use them to ask the professors questions about certain courses you’re looking at choosing to study.

Go to University Open Days. Going to open days for universities can be one of the most beneficial things you can possibly do! Asking the professors face-to-face can already up your reputation at the university if you ask them intriguing questions about their courses.

Decide which course interests you the most, and the faculties of the university. Whether you’re looking at multiple courses, or you want to know what facilities are at the university, choose a course that will most benefit you, checking if you can also continue on studying that course upon completion of your current one.

These are some of the main points to consider when choosing a university, make sure you choose wisely as you may be here for a few years, depending on your course!

Depending on where you are in the world, you have the opportunity to take courses online for your desired subject. Online learning can be good and bad, mostly because of the learning intent in which you are under. Studying online can limit you from such things like, getting an instant response from a trainer or teacher, having to wait to receive feedback on the work you are completing or even asking a friend of yours for some help.

Some of the positive areas of taking online courses can be, completing courses when you want, can enjoy your day and work at night, browse the internet for answers or even going to the restroom whenever you want! Although this sounds great, your results in the course could be impacted by the area in which you are studying or working either by loud noises, phones or even getting called up by friends and getting asked to go out. Taking courses online also saves you from having to travel far distances to and from the workplace each and every day.

In the end, it’s up to you whether or not you choose an online course, or decide to go back into a course which is studied in a University or College. With freedom comes great responsibility, be sure to maintain your work ethic and set goals to complete tasks each day, not leave it all to the last minute.

Education is the form of learning, in which knowledge or skills grow. Everyone has the right to learn, as of without the required skills or knowledge, you won’t be able to go and apply for that job you’ve always wanted, or run that company you really wanted to start. Education to some, is considered annoying and a waste of time, but once you are out in the real world, it’s all you’re going to need.

You start being educated in your younger years, learning the main skills of life, such as speaking, writing, learning math, learning science etc. That continues as long as you live. You never stop learning information, studies show you learn something new every day. Once you reach High School, education goes to a whole new level, in which you find out who you are, and what you want to continue on doing for the rest of your life.

Being certified in more than one area of learning can enable you to do great things in life. If you were to get bored of one job, it’s always great to have a backup skill to fall back on. This is why learning and qualifying for multiple areas of study is a great necessity and will enable you to do many more things in your lifetime.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
By Nelson Mandela

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
By Albert Einstein

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
By Benjamin Franklin

Monday, 7 October 2013

Ever wondered what type of degree best suited you? Well, there is no need to stress! This will be the perfect guide for you, on choosing the degree that is most applicable to you. Currently there is 9 different types of degrees in which you can work towards.

Bachelor Degree
Description: Bachelor Degrees are for people who haven’t previously graduated from university, most of the new students study towards one of these.

Length: 3 – 4 years of full time study or part time equivalent

Graduate Certificate
Description: This certificate broadens the knowledge and skills of a previously gained undergraduate degree, or develops skills in another area.

Length: 6 months full time study or part time equivalent

Graduate Diploma
Description: For students who want to develop new knowledge and skills in areas not studied previously

Length: 12 months full time study or part time equivalent

Postgraduate Diploma
Description: For students who have previously completed a bachelor degree in a subject and wish to continue further with their studies in the same area

Length: 12 months full time or part time equivalent

Description: Comprises of coursework, project work and research in varying combinations. Designed for you to acquire a deeper understanding of a specific area of knowledge.

Length: 2 years full time, varies depending on pathway

Professional Master
Description: Intensive and fast tracked work ethic, executive style qualification. Designed for the busy professional in mind.

Length: 12 – 18 months, varies, or part time equivalent

Graduate Entry Master
Description: For the fast and intensive course, equivalent to a bachelor degree which allows you to change career direction quickly.

Length: 2 Years

 Master of Philosophy
Description: Aimed to expand knowledge beyond the undergraduate honors or postgraduate diploma level.

Length: 1 – 2 years full time study or part time equivalent

Description: Uncover new knowledge, either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas

Length: 2 – 4 years full time study or part time equivalent

I hope this can help you choosing the degree that best suits you!

University is not just a place to meet new people, it’s a place to learn many new things and come out with the best education possible! University offers all types of courses, anywhere between the Arts to Sports, there is always a subject to suit everybody. Some of the many courses are as follow:

-          Arts
-          Business
-          Criminology
-          Creative Arts
-          Education & Teaching
-          Engineering
-          Health
-          Information technology
-          Law
-          Medicine
-          Nutrition
-          Politics
-          Real Estate
-          Science
-          Sport

These are only some of the many courses all universities offer, whilst there being many, many more. But with a chosen course, comes a price. Some courses are that expensive, people often tend to pay them off for majority of their lives. Courses can cost anywhere from $4,000 upwards, with the most expensive one I’ve seen, which was around $50,000 for a complete course.

I hope this has given you a bit more information about the courses offered at Universities! Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

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With education comes the process of learning, one of the main ways of learning is to study. Studying can sometimes be annoying for people that get sidetracked easily, but with these simple tips, studying could become a daily event for you.

Study Area – Your study area is one of the most important factors when it comes to achieving the most from your study sessions. Your study area should be somewhere you feel relaxed and not at risk of being easily distracted.

Time Management – Managing the time of studying sessions can greatly impact the time in which you can associate in other key events you like to participate in on a weekly basis. To help you achieve this, write up a timetable at the start of each week, helping you to plan out your week, adding events as they pop up.

Clearing your mind – Clearing your mind before studying decreases the chance of thinking about other things whilst you’re studying. A quick method of doing this, is to write down whatever you’re thinking about on a piece of paper before you start to study.

Snacks – Before you start your studying session, grab some food that won’t give you a burst of energy. Focus on food that has a low carbohydrate level, which will not only give you a small amount of energy, but it will also boost your serotonin, which is a chemical in your brain that makes you feel good.

Join a group – Joining a group for studying may sound a bit stupid, but it’s actually one of the best ways of studying! Having more than one person studying with you can be a really positive way of learning, mostly because you can test one another’s skills and knowledge with some small quiz questions.
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