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Meet the Advantages of Study Groups

When you’re a college or university student, you have a unique opportunity to enjoy the advantages of study groups. If you pick the most suitable study group, you will have a chance to boost your learning as you talk through your subjects with your peers and compare your notes.

We’ve created a list of some of the advantages that you get when you’re in the study group.

You Learn Faster

When students work together, they do learn faster than their peers who prefer working on their own.

For example, if you find that some part of the text that you read for the class is hard to understand, you have an opportunity to ask the group of people and discuss the misunderstandings straight away. In a study group, you don’t have to spend many hours puzzling over a confusing part in the textbook.

What is more, you have a chance to also help your friends when they find it tough to understand some materials that you’re good at.

Procrastination Killer

Taking into account the fact that study groups meet on a regular basis, attending ones will keep you away from procrastination.

When you study on your own, you may postpone this or that essay until the night before it’s due, and then loads of troubles pop up on your way. You have to quickly look for some online service, approach it with “Please, write my essay online” request and get intensively nervous. When in the study group, you have to be present at a particular time, and what is more, you have to be prepared to be active during the study session. A real advantage here is that you will stay on top of your academic success throughout the year!

If procrastination is the worst enemy of yours, do choose to study in a group of students.

Obtain New Study Skills

In addition to getting to know more about your discipline, you can also learn some new study methods that your friends have.

Over the years in college, students tend to develop their own study techniques. While your own methods of studying may work perfectly, you can still try something new in order to boost your learning skills and sharpen your state of mind.

When you become a member of a college study group, you see how many different study methods work at once. After checking the pros and cons of those, you can boost your own techniques or incorporate something new in your regimen.

Finally, you can help other students to boost their study methods by sharing some of the secrets that you have in store.

Get Ready for the “Adults World”

When you study in a group of people, you basically getting ready to work in a professional world later. It’s like a rehearsal that is free and pleasant.

If there’s any sort of difficult situation in your group, make sure to use it as your chance to practice your abilities to collaborate. If every member of the study group stays concentrated on the goal of studying, getting unfocused by socializing or disagreements that pop up will be kept to a minimum. It’s a perfect habit for the future – when you graduate and join a particular workplace where you’ll face the same dynamics of work.

Before you choose and join any study group, keep in mind that they all are different. Choose the one that is not just based on socializing, but studying as well. In addition to knowing new people, you will also have to improve your knowledge and academic scores as well.

20 Things You Must Know About Korean Culture

A foreign country means foreign customs and cultures – exactly what most of us are looking for. While South Korea is quite modernized in many ways, there are some eccentricities to expect while in Korea. If you really want to dig into Korean culture you need to learn the language. Click here to visit Korean Class 101 to get started learning online.

Before the list lets take a quick look at some general ideas about Korean history and language.

Here are some important facts to Know About South Korean Culture:

  1. Take off your shoes when you arrive
  2. Don’t be too surprised to see the Korean people using their middle finger
  3. Lots of Korean people do not speak English
  4. The Seoul subway system is huge but not too difficult to navigate
  5. Ladies, the typical Korean female has little problem showing off their legs

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Korea has a history of being isolated and neutral. They have changed a lot during the 2oth and 21st Centuries. There is a strong social family feeling. To fit in with the culture you need to show interest in the language. It is also a good idea to try all the food and learn to love it.

Korea feels a bit like an ‘inside group’.  You remember when you try to talk to a group of friends and they laugh about something random and then say “oh that’s an inside joke, sorry.” You feel kind of left out and wanting to know what the story behind that joke was.  I feel like the whole country of Korea is like that.

>>Click here to read the List of Differences between South Koreans and Americans<<

But admission to that “group” requires some basic things: proficiency in the language, a love of the food, and unfortunately a Korean face. This is not always the case but I’d say around 80% of the time (as of this writing in 2017) if you have at least 2 of those 3 things you can fit in culturally.

So keep this in mind as you travel to Korea.  That the people here have always had a strong identity and that identity is strongly associated with their language and appearance. Once you pass the first few months of welcome then you may start to wonder why you can’t seem to get “in.” Don’t worry. It isn’t easy. But the people I have seen succeed are always those who just stay positive and learn to love the food.

And Now for the List of the Top 20 Things You Must Know About Korean Culture

Photo of shoes outside a temple, South Korea

1. Take off your shoes when you arrive – or not.

An increasing number of time-crunched locals are going the Western way and keeping their shoes on their feet. Since you probably won’t know which camp your host is in, follow their lead to be absolutely sure. Korean people are getting more comfortable with non-Koreans wearing shoes in their house. Its still best to ask but generally they will tell you its ok to wear your shoes, if they don’t then the default should be to remove them.

I had a friend the other day ask why Americans wear their shoes on the bed. He saw a movie or tv show where someone just plopped on the bed after coming home from work with his shoes on. I told him that isn’t common but he was very shocked.

2. Don’t be too surprised to see Korean people using their middle finger to point, tap a touch screen, or otherwise refer to something.

There’s no insult intended with the gesture – it’s just the longest finger hitting the button first.

I had a few co-workers who were ‘older’ and always used their middle finger when pointing at something (or someone) during a work presentation. We started having more American clients and they were a bit shocked when they first saw the middle finger used like this.

We tried getting them to change but it was too tough. My 5 year old now uses his middle finger for everything and its not easy getting him to change either.

Photo of a sign with a poor English translation, Jeju Island South Korea
Photo of Poor English Translation, Jeju Island South Korea © benkucinski

3. For most locals, English is sorely lacking

This means good job prospects for English teachers, but finding a local to communicate in good English is a tall order. Don’t be surprised to be mistaken for an English teacher, and try to handle their practiced questions gracefully. This is actually changing. Now it isn’t difficult to find an English speaker. If you just ask around in Seoul in any crowded area or on the subway you should find at least a few English speakers.

4. The Seoul subway system is huge, the lines sometimes long, and the ajummas are pushy.

The trains don’t run 24 hours, however, so making a long trip or more than one transfer after 11pm begins to push it. Instead, keep your eyes for some of the buses that run well after the subways shut down. Several late-night buses leave from Yangjae station (line 3) while others leave from Sadang station (line 4). If you’re close to one of those stations, try one of the buses there before resorting to a taxi.

5. Ladies, the typical local has little problem showing off their legs – thus the abundance of short shorts and skirts.

Most of the locals would look (stare) at someone with uncovered shoulders, however. Don’t ask me what’s going through their minds – just avoid sleeveless shirts or spaghetti strap shirts. Also cleavage is getting to be more common but in general the rule is cover the top and show off the legs. (unless you want to be stared at then go with the opposite :).

<<2019 Update>>

This seems to have really changed in the past year or so. Especially in Seoul. So pretty much all fashions are accepted. Have fun!

>>Click here to go over to Korean Class 101 and start learning Korean.<<

6. Men, if out on a date, be prepared to pay for most everything.

Equality in paying is becoming more common, but a woman might lose face if she’s the one handing over a card. This goes double if you’re the oldest one at the table. And split checks is usually frown upon especially by the restaurant so if you want to split up the check with friends then its best to do it on your own and not involve the restaurant.

Photo of a hooka lounge in Hongdae, Seoul South Korea
Photo of Hongdae Hooka Lounge, Seoul South Korea © seafaringwoman

>>2019 Update<<

This is still a thing. I personally am not in the dating scene anymore but from what I hear this hasn’t changed much. But open dialogue about paying is more accepted now. Also you’ll need to pick up on some cues but don’t over think it. Just play it cool and say something.

7. Hongdae and Itaewon are the two most popular areas with foreigners that like to party.

If you like to be catered to and see English menus, you’ll feel right at home. If you came to experience the Korean version of nightlife, get thee to Kondae (Konkuk University, line 2) or Sinchon (also line 2). While some foreigners also visit these areas, you’ll notice fewer English menus (a great chance to practice your Korean!)

8. Speaking of Sinchon, there’s actually two of them.

One is Sinchon (pronounce it ‘Sin-CHOWN’) and is in northwest Seoul near Hongdae. The other is Sincheon (pronounce it ‘Sin-CHAWN’) and is in southeast Seoul near Jamsil. More than a few locals have to pronounce it carefully to make sure they meet their friends at the same one!

9. When you’re ready for a day trip out of Seoul, the country is your oyster.

Virtually all of mainland Korea is roundtrippable in one day, thanks to an excellent train and express bus system. While the Korea people often reserve their tickets ahead of time, the process is bit harder for foreigners to do. Your best bet is to head to a train station, where you can reserve tickets well ahead of time – in ENGLISH! – through an automated ticketing machine.

10. Speaking of trains, sometimes the train has sold out of seats and you’ll have to take a standing room ticket.

This does not mean you’ll be standing the whole time. It just means there’s no seat available for your entire trip. When you first get on, take a look around to see if there are any empty seats. Be prepared to give up your seats to the legitimate ticket holder as you approach a station, of course. On most Sunday night trains coming back to Seoul, it’ll be PACKED – something to experience once, but otherwise it’s worth avoiding.

Photo of K-Pop performers in South Korea
Photo of K-Pop Performers, South Korea © UNC – CFC – USFK

11. People tend to fall into one of two camps when it comes to K-pop: you love it or you tolerate it.

You’ll hear it almost everywhere you go, and there’s not much you can do about it. If it’s not K-pop, it’s either techno (even on a Monday morning!) or a selection of Western pop songs.

<<2019 Update>>

So, not sure if its just that I’ve grown up or that this has actually changed but there are a lot of genres of music in Korea now. And it seems to me like more and more Koreans are moving away from traditional KPOP style bands. But they will still know all the gossip and pop culture, just might not admit it.

12. Riding the bus – get on, pay your money, and get ready for a ride!

Bus drivers follow a couple rules of the road, but that’s about it. Don’t expect them to wait for you to find a seat or get your things situated – they don’t do that for the locals, and they don’t certainly don’t do that for the foreigners, either.

Photo of a bus ticket, South Korea
Photo of Bus Ticket, South Korea © LWY

<<2019 Update>>

Common theme on these updates… communicate! You can talk to your bus driver, even if its through a translation app on your phone (still don’t see many English speaking bus drivers) and let me know your situation. They will be accommodating for the most part.

*also, FYI thats an old picture of a bus ticket from Central City to Gwangju, its not quite that cheap anymore.

13. Speaking of buses, a number of in the front half of the bus are reserved for the old, the handicapped, and the pregnant.

Unless you happen to fit into one of those categories, make your way to the back of the bus. The older generation has no qualms about putting you in your place if you happen to be in ‘their’ seat! The same goes for the seats at either end of any subway car.

14. One of the biggest complaints among foreigners who live in Korea are the taxi drivers.

Most speak little English, although some might want to practice their English on you! Have your destination written in Korean if possible, and get in the car instead of asking through the window. Crossing town shouldn’t cost more than 35,000 Korean won (about $30 USD), unless there’s some serious traffic.

Uber does have a presence in Seoul (not other cities yet) but its more like a premium service. Most of the cars are high end cars and the drivers are older and have a lot of experience. Unless you get some kind of coupon or deep discount I would just stick with the regular taxis.

Photo of shop at an open market, South Korea
Photo of Shop in an Open Market, South Korea © Gaël Chardon

15. The easy rule to remember when bargaining: if a price is posted, it’s generally not open for negotiation; if no price is posted, take that as the first price offered.

Most places tend to offer a pretty fair price to begin with, so negotiation isn’t even really needed. If paying in cash, ask about a cash price – using a credit card will add a percentage to the final price, since most vendors will pass the transaction fee onto you. Department store or larger stores won’t charge extra to use a credit card, but you won’t find anyone willing to negotiate with you.

>>2019 Update<<

Negotiate all you want. More and more sellers, especially on the streets are just looking to get a customer. Posted prices or no, try a nego.

16. For better or worse, the Confucian mindset prevails and permeates throughout Korean culture.

Imagine a giant totem pole, where people stacked on top of each other. One is ‘above’ another based on their age, their gender, and their position in the working place. Therefore, don’t be offended when you’re asked your age. It’s a way of figuring out whether you’re above or below them. Age is actually just one of many ways of connecting. People want to find ways of having common ground with others that isn’t based on merit but on uncontrollable things like age. So just go along with it. If you are the same age as someone, show your enthusiasm.

17. If enjoying Korea on a Monday, you may notice a problem – lots of stores and sights are closed!

A lot of businesses are of the ‘mom-and-pop’ variety, and Monday is the best day to take a day off. A few places close on Sunday instead, leaving Monday an excellent day to go exploring. But keep in mind that you may not get the same customer service as you do in the big marts. The malls and nice restaurants will be super good service but the mom and pop shops might not even want to try and talk to you if you can’t speak Korean.  This is becoming more rare but just keep that in mind.

18. The country’s attitude towards recycling is wonderful – and sometimes completely ignored by the locals.

Don’t be that guy that stuffs food waste into the recycling bin or drops your bottle just because you can’t find a trash can. Any bathroom will have a trash can, and most subway stations have some by the turnstiles. Ask around to people about where you should throw things away. Most people know even though they might not follow it.

<<2019 Update>>

I’ve seen first hand that this is the case still. Remember save face, you don’t want people to see your not recycling but you may not be personally invested.

19. Speaking of bathrooms, the locals throw their used paper in a bin next to the commode instead of flushing it on down.

You’ll probably say this is unsanitary, and you’d be right. Public restrooms have gotten a lot better in recent years, but it’s still a good idea to keep a package of paper in your bag (or pick some up at a convenience store or the vending machine outside most subway station bathrooms)

Photo of a bottle of soju, Seoul, South Korea
Photo of Soju, Seoul South Korea © grahamhills

<<2019 Update>>

Ask Ask. Well maybe not the person in the next stall, but if there is a bin with toilet paper in it there will usually also be a sign (sometimes in English and Korean) telling you to throw away paper in the bin and not in the toilet. But most apartments and modern buildings have good plumbing. If that is the case then its pretty nasty and kind of rude to not flush that tp.

20. The last tip to pass on: watch out for the soju.

The green glass bottle of 20% ABV alcohol costs a mere 1,000 won at convenience stores (about 95 cents USD) and about twice that at a bar or restaurant. Drink it out of shot glasses, and sip judiciously unless you want to get drunk fast. A number of people prefer mixing it with yogurt (I personally enjoy cutting it with cranberry juice) to avoid the taste of rubbing alcohol. Alcohol is often the best way to meet people in Korea. I say meet but I mean get to know (been in Korea too long).

Best College Essay Editing Tips That Make Your Paper Perfect

Do you want to get a high score for your paper? Editing and proofreading can make your paper perfect. How to edit your essay? Here are some practical tips.

Edit Your Paper Before Submitting It

Editing and writing are always together. After having written something, you should edit it. Editing helps you to eliminate minor errors, to make your writing smoother and readable. You want your essay to be perfect, that is why you can edit it better than the best college essay editing service does.

Editing and proofreading are not just about reading the text. There are some tips for editing your essay if you want it to be perfect.

Spellchecker Helps You to Notice Errors

This is actually the first and the easiest thing to do after you have finished your essay. Spellchecker is now available in the majority of software that is used for writing. Grammar checker is available in most cases as well, so, why not use it? In case of the grammar checker, you’d rather make own judgements based on the software suggestions, as the software mostly checks for passive voice, suggests where to put commas, etc.

Reprint Your Paper and Check It

A paper version of your paper will make you look at it in a different way. Reprint your essay and read it once more. Sometimes you can see mistakes on paper rather than on a screen. You can even make notes there and check later with somebody to get some help on improvement.

Check All Parts One by One

  • Begin with your thesis. Is it clear enough? Is it easy to perceive? Have you written all that should be there? Does your thesis support all that is written in the essay?
  • Continue with the introduction. Does it catch the attention of your reader? Does it introduce the problem clearly?
  • Then continue with the structure of the paragraphs. Does each paragraph describe a different approach? Are transitions from one paragraph to another one smooth enough? Are all paragraphs relevant ot the topic?
  • Conclusion check is the final stage of the structure revision. Is it clear enough? Does it reflect the essay idea? Does it state clearly your idea?

Now, after you are ready with the structure revision, you can go to the next stage.

Read Your Essay out loud

You may be surprised, but when you read your paper out loud, you will discover many things. You will see if it sounds clear enough. Check if you perceive the sentences easy or you have to make efforts to understand them. If they are difficult, better rewrite and simplify them. Make pauses as the punctuation indicates. Do the sentences sound appropriately?

The Last Stage Is Checking Everything Once More

Read your paper one more time. Check each word, each punctuation sign. Make sure you haven’t missed any error. Check subject/verb concord, tenses, if they are used according to the rules, comma application. At this stage you make sure that not a single error is missed in your paper.

Feedback from Another Person

You have done all that depends on you. Now, it is time to ask for feedback. Think who can read your essay and give advice on how you can improve it. Ask that person to evaluate if the essay is easy to perceive. Ask to let you know which parts are difficult to understand. You better modify them.

Some Useful Tips About Editing Process

  • Do not delay writing till the last day, make sure you have enough time for editing. Without editing, you may fail even if you have selected the best topic for your essay.
  • Follow the rules. When you are given an assignment, you get clear instructions as well. You better follow them. After you have written your paper, read the instructions once more, check one by one, if you complied with all of them.
  • Before you start writing, create a detailed outline for your paper. This will simplify the writing process and your essay will look more structured.
  • Do not hurry when proofreading. Take your time, as in a hurry you may miss some minor errors and typos.

Conclusion

With the completion of the writing process, the work with the writing assignment is not over. Editing and proofreading shall follow the writing process. Editing is not just reading the paper once more. Only when you have edited your paper following all stages described here, you can be sure that it will be successful.

Best Teaching English Abroad Programs

Teaching is one of the best and only ways to make a real difference in the lives of people and education is the key to many things. What’s more, the English language is the national language in many countries. Teaching English as a foreign language has many programs that have been tried and tested to ensure that you really can make a difference.

Those who have used them have loved every second of the experience they have shared with their students and teaching English abroad. It is difficult to tell what makes these programs loved. Perhaps it is their flexibility, the fact that people of all ages find themselves in amazing locations, or maybe even the ratio of value to cost. However, finding the best teaching English abroad programs is not as easy as it sounds. This list will narrow down your search to find the right teaching positions for you.

Frontier

Frontier is a nonprofit scientific research organization that has been in operation since 1989. You will love the fact that the organization has over 400 projects in over 72 countries all over the world. It does not just offer to teach programs abroad, it also offers internships, volunteer programs, and gap year travel to its members.

To make civil society better, the programs together with local communities and researchers to protect the ecosystem, promote economic growth, improve capacity building, and increase community development. The “teach abroad” program here allows you to extend your skills to completely underfunded schools as a volunteer or in well-funded schools where you get to share a variety of classroom activities depending on your experiences.

The language house TEFL certificate

The most incredible part of this program is that you do not just up and go just because you can speak the English language. This TEFL certfication program aims to deliver the best services to its clients. Therefore, as a volunteer, you will have to go through a rigorous training course that will allow you to polish up on your English language and teach you how to be an effective teacher.

After the four-week course, you will be posted at any one of their many worldwide locations to teach. This American-owned company has connections everywhere in the world so be ready to be posted anywhere. With TEFL certification under your belt, you are well on your way to your dream teaching job.

Maximo Nivel

Maximo Nivel is a volunteer program that offers study abroad opportunities, internships, and teaches abroad placements. These placements are mostly focused on Latin America. This organization has been in operation now for 15 years. During those years, it has found that the easiest way to children who need to learn English is by partnering with local NGOs and schools. Most of the schools and NGOs it partners with are in Peru, Rica, and Guatemala.

It offers a TEFL certificate and course that involves 150 hours of coursework, 6 hours observing other teachers and 6 hours practical teaching experience. The 150-hour course work is divided into 100 hours of in-class instruction, 35 hours of written assignments are reading and 15 hours practical experience. This will let you know what your teaching strengths are and how you can impact them to the students. After that, you are guaranteed a lifetime job placement assistance that will help you find the best-paid teaching placements all over the world.

Global Vision International

This program has been in operation since 1997. During this time, it has placed more than 20,000 interns and volunteers on programs that impact humanity all over the world. If you are worried that you may not find enough impactful adventure, you should not. This program has opportunities in Africa, Asia Europe, Americas, and Australasia.

There are numerous placements going on, even now. These placements allow you to sharpen your leadership skills, help out in classrooms and make a huge difference in the lives of the students you will be in contact with. In most internship placements, you will spend the first 12 weeks alongside other GVI members learning the basics of teaching in a classroom setting and in community centers. Thereafter, you will be placed with a trusted partner where you will learn further as you assist in day to day activities.

Click here to visit our updated guide to teaching English in Korea

Premier TEFL

Premier will still your heart because other than helping out needy children get an education and have fun while at it, you will also be paid. This program offers individuals paid internships. Of course, you will have to complete and pass the high-quality online course to qualify. After that, you will be placed in any country from Thailand, China, or Spain to Colombia depending on where you think you will bring the most value. Unlike most of the other programs where you are volunteering, this program allows you to earn while doing what you love.

I-to-I

I-to-I has been in operation since 1994. If you would like to be paid to travel the world and teach English, this is the program you should join. You will first have to pass the TEFL online courses. Don’t worry. The courses are not as difficult and more than 175,000 graduates have made it. The course involved 120 hours online training and an additional 20 hours of classroom training once you are assigned to a particular country.

After the training, you can now work as an English teacher in any country in the world. These certificates are recognized by thousands of employers worldwide. You also get amazing packages such as five months travel to China or Vietnam. There are also options where you go for shorter periods of time. You get a $700 completion bonus once you have successfully completed your internship. Depending on the country you are in, you may also get a week vacation where you can relax in beach resorts.

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad have been in operation for more than 20 years. During this time, more than 10,000 volunteers have been placed in countries all over the world. This program does not just concentrate on teaching English, you can also teach IT, French, and physical education. This allows you to choose a subject you love and one you will be able to teach effectively. The subjects you choose will also determine where in the world you will be placed in work. Nonetheless, you will still be given a chance to impact on the lives of your students and bond with them in your own way.

How to Quickly Learn How to Write Good Essays

You don’t have to be an experienced paper writer to produce A-grade essay. Anyone can learn the basics of academic writing and produce a work that is clear, pervasive, and well-narrated. Grab your assignment and get ready to be impressed and impress your teacher.

Make a Strong Argument

Almost every writing assignment requires a student to build an argument. Your instructors call this “a thesis”. It is your position on a subject. In your paper, you should persuade a reader of your point of view.

Have you ever seen how a lawyer argues a case in a court of law in a movie or real life? You should do the same in your essay but in a written form. Express your attitude to the topic and defend it strongly with evidence.

To make a powerful thesis, choose the aspect of the given issue that matters to you or allows you to view it in a new perspective. For example, if you need to analyze women’s domestic labor during the first half of the 19th century, you might focus on the products they did with their own hands.

Conduct an Effective Research on Every Side of the Argument

Academic essays have one thing in common: they revolve around an argument. That’s why a research lays the foundation for an excellent piece of writing. Explore various credible sources. Take notes of any evidence that can back up your argument.

After gathering material, re-examining it, and identifying patterns, you may alter your argument a bit. For example, you might find out that because of increasing industrialization women started to produce fewer textiles themselves, but they kept making butter and soap.

Construct a Comprehensive Outline

Your outline gives you a clear route to follow when writing your paper. Here is a common structure of an essay:

Introduction Paragraph (10-15% of the essay length):

  • A hook;
  • A short preview of three subtopics you will discuss in the body;
  • A thesis statement.

Body Paragraphs (80% of the essay length):

  • Topic sentence (represents one of the subtopics);
  • Evidence (facts, quotes, statistics or personal examples that supports the topic sentence);
  • Explanation (describes how the evidence supports the topic sentence);
  • Concluding sentence (setting up for the next paragraph).

Concluding Paragraph (5-10% of the essay length):

  • Restatement of the thesis statement;
  • Paraphrasing of three subtopics;
  • Concluding statement.

After gathering all the information and creating the outline, the essay will actually write itself.

Pay Editing and Proofreading an Attention They Deserve

Accuracy is extremely important if you want your essay to be graded appropriately. Developing a solid understanding of grammar, syntax, and punctuation takes time. Still, there are some hacks that can help you improve your written piece right now.

Your content should be understood on the first reading. That doesn’t mean that you should use only short sentences. Employ simple, compound, and complex types of sentences. But avoid too long and rambling structures. Sophisticated syntax techniques make you sound intelligent when you don’t overdo with that. Hemingway app can help an inexperienced writer to improve the readability of the content.

Use the active voice whenever possible. For example, say “this survey found” instead of “it was found by this survey”. This trick makes writing more convincing. And that’s exactly what you need as you are trying to persuade the reader in your point of view.
Grammar accuracy is no less important. Improper article and pronoun usage, subject-verb disagreement, and misspelled words are common student’s errors. Good punctuation is also vital for successful academic writing. Grammarly’s writing app finds and corrects hundreds of errors. Learners use it to proofread their essays, research papers, theses, dissertations, and college entrance applications.

Polish Your Vocabulary

As a writer, you should not only think about what you say, but how you say it. It’s not enough to have properly organized ideas presented in complete and coherent sentences and paragraphs.

Make sure your language is effective. Utilize the next tips:

  • use concrete and specific words, not vague and abstract;
  • be clear and avoid verbose explanations;
  • be careful with obscure language, if you want to use a fancy word, check its definition first;
  • write clearly and concisely in order to enable your audience to understand you;
  • avoid word repetition with a help of synonyms.

Academic paper writing requires you to stick to formal tone. Your voice should be confident to reassure the readers that they are in safe hands. To learn it, read the essays of your peers and academics. You will discover that a formal style doesn’t sound boring.

The above tips will help you write your essay much faster and more efficiently than you usually do. And remember, the more assignments you complete, the better essay writer you become.

Say Hello in Korean

The first thing you learn in any new language is the basic ‘hello’ greeting.

To say ‘hello’ in Korean you say ‘ahn young ha se yo’

Written in hangul it looks like this: 안녕하세요

Here’s a video to show you proper mouth movement and pronunciation:

 

Here’s an awesome infographic from domandhyo

 

16 Excuses That Slow Down Your English Learning

‘Actually, I wanted to go to the lecture. But I had a headache. I felt better in an hour, but nevertheless, I made the decision to stay at home. Health is way more important for me!’

Students invent excuses so that they do not have to do anything with their studies. They imagine something, simulate sickness or something else.

But you should not be exposed to your excuses, you must do something. And that is why essayforme.org has collected 16 typical students’ excuses for you in this article so that you never sabotage yourself in this way. And keep in mind that any time you have thoughts like “Could someone write my paper for me”, – they can do it.

1. ‘I Have Too Little Time’

Welcome to the club of slow students! We all have too little time and nothing can be done with this.  And if you do not have time for anything, it means that the certain matter is not important for you.  Think about what really matters to you and set clear priorities in your life. Then you will always have some time.

2. ‘I Do Not Want to Do That’

Studying is work. And work has little to do with pleasure. If you make your commitment to studying as much as you want, you will surely never be successful and happy. For studying, you do not need this, you only need a strong will.

 3. I’m Not Feeling My Best’

Your condition does not play a big role in studying. Of course, there are phases, in which you are super productive and do one task in record time. But this super condition is rare. In the meantime, you must cope with your reduced and normal strengths.

4. ‘I’ll Do That Later’

Postponing things until later dates is one of the most effective ways to lie to yourself and remain dissatisfied forever. Everything you postpone until ‘later’ or ‘tomorrow’ you consider subconsciously as unimportant and will most likely forget it or never do it. So be prepared to tackle important tasks right away.

5. ‘I Do Not Feel So Good’

Oh no, I’m really sorry. Here is your thermometer. Unfortunately, your university does not take into consideration the state of your health and feelings. To be exact, your lecturers don’t care at all. The daily lectures and homework continue even if you lie in bed in critical condition.

6. ‘It’s Too Hot/Too Cold’

Students often use the weather as an excuse. If it’s too warm, too cold, too windy, productive learning is simply not possible today. Stop immediately making your activity dependent on external influences. You have your own work and nothing can stop you.

7. ‘I Have Too Much to Do’

Are you going to reconcile your studies and your side job or family? Then we have a suggestion for you: reduce your work activity or take less care of your family and do your homework. Sounds impossible? Yes, it does. But if you want to study more, you have to do less of something else. Determine what is important for you and do it.

8. ‘It’s Not Worth It Anymore’

Yes, studies are worth it! Every minute you invest in your studies is a good time. It is an investment in yourself. You can spend twenty, ten, or even two minutes for this. The main thing is that you do something and work on your goals.

9. ‘I Have to Be Prepared…’

Without any doubt, a solid preparation is important. But it should not serve as an excuse to postpone your own tasks. In 99 percent of cases, you have everything you need to get started. You do not have to do anything before. You are ready. You just have to start right now.

10. ‘This is Too Exhausting’

Yes, your studies are exhausting. If you assume that you can avoid mental labor, then, unfortunately, we will disappoint you. In the course of studies, you have to work hard on everything.

11. ‘I Will Not Finish It Anyway’

You do not have to. It would only be enough if you started today because maybe tomorrow you could finish. No one has said that you have to do it all at once. So, do not use this phrase as an excuse.

12. ‘I Cannot Do That’

It is not very good that you do not know your current learning materials. Nevertheless, nobody knows their new tasks right away. Everyone has to struggle through an annoying learning process and learn the content step by step.

13. ‘The Others Are Better Than Me’

Do not think that your fellow students are better than you. There are students who pretend to be the cleverest, know everything and perfectly master their studies. But each of your fellow students has been just as unsure as you are. Take care of your self-confidence. That’s enough.

14. ‘I’ve Done Enough’

Studying is not enough. There is always something to do. The knowledge areas are so complex that you can never fully grasp them or fully understand every detail. Do not rest on your half-knowledge. Repeat the material you have already learned and deepen your detailed knowledge.

15. ‘I’m Not Lucky’

Then we have good news. For a successful and a happy studying, you do not need any luck. What really matters is a solid strategy, perseverance, and the ability to constantly motivate yourself.

16. ‘I Do Not Know Where to Start’

Instead of waiting for the perfect moment and setting up an elaborate plan, it is sometimes better to just start somewhere. Do not worry too much about your actions, just start and then see the results.  You only get your degree when you really do something for it. You must act.

Stop Finding Excuses At All!

Many students are constantly looking for various excuses and blocking their beautiful and happy future.

Excuses are a very natural function of the human psyche: they protect you from unpleasant changes.  The only problem is that these changes usually make you insecure in the short term. But they produce a positive effect and make you get a lot closer to your goals.

That’s why you should not use excuses at all. You must not believe in them.

Are there any more excuses for today?

The possibilities of IT in the development of the activity of junior schoolchildren

The foundations of the development of society are now not resources, but knowledge. With the development of technologies, the process of obtaining information has changed. Today, the school is on the way of forming the educational information system.

Importance of technologies for education

The need to introduce new information technologies into the educational process is beyond doubt. Modern society characterizes the process of active use of the information resource as a social product in the conditions of functioning of a worldwide information network that allows providing access to information without any significant restrictions on the volume and speed of the broadcast information.

The process of informatization of the society is rapidly moving forward, and the school has no choice but to adapt it to the information age. Children need to be taught how to process information, solve practical problems, communicate with people, and understand the essence of changes/developments in society.

In the process of teaching at school using information technology, a child learns to work with text, create graphical objects and databases, and use spreadsheets. The child learns new ways of collecting information and how to use them. With the use of information technology in the classroom, the motivation for learning increases and the cognitive interest of students is stimulated, as well as the effectiveness of independent work enhances. Information technologies, in particular, the computer, open fundamentally new opportunities in the field of education, in the educational activities, and creativity of the student.

Computer telecommunications provide an opportunity to implement modern trends in the educational systems of many countries in the world. With the help of new information technologies, it becomes real to receive education not only by attending the classes but also remotely. The internet opens access to information in scientific centers of the world, libraries, which creates real conditions for self-education, broadening of horizons, and improvement of professional skills

The notion of information technology

Information technology of education is a pedagogical technology that applies special methodology, hardware (video and audio facilities, computers, telecommunication networks, etc.), and software to work with information. It should be noted that various types of information technologies have appeared and are developing rapidly.

Multimedia differs from any other technology, first of all, by the integration of diverse types of information in one software product, like traditional text, tables, illustrations, and music and animation. There is a parallel transmission of audio and visual information. This technology implements a new level of interactive communication between the person and the computer, where the user can move from one recording point to another, organizing a mode of questions and answers.

Today, hypertext technology is becoming increasingly popular. It has much in common with multimedia but differs in the nonlinear organization of the information contained. It provides convenient opportunities for working with text by highlighting key objects in them such as words, phrases, images, and the organization of cross-references between them. The reader can use the mouse to request clarification of terms and definitions. Along with graphics and text, there may be multimedia information, including sound, video, and animation. In this case, for such systems, the term hypermedia is used.

Virtual reality

Virtual reality is a new technology of non-contact information impact that realizes with the help of multimedia environment the illusion of direct presence in real time in a stereoscopic screen world. In such systems, an illusion of the user’s location among the objects of the inner world is continuously created. Instead of the usual display, telemonitoring glasses are used, in which constantly changing pictures of events of the inner world are shown.

For the first time, network technologies came into the field of education with the introduction of e-mail, providing data transmission to a specific e-mail address with confidentiality.

Today, e-mail is widely used for communication between teachers and students in distance learning.

One of the most promising forms of organizing the learning activity of network technologies is a teleconference. A teleconference allows the teacher and student, often being far from each other, to organize a learning process similar to the traditional one. Here, the collective work of students in different localities, business games, and the method of brainstorming is possible.

The specificity of network technologies lies in the fact that they provide tremendous opportunities to choose information sources – basic information on the servers of the network, operational information sent by e-mail, various databases of leading libraries, scientific and educational centers, museums, information about floppy disks, CDs, video and audio cassettes, books, and magazines distributed through online shops.,

Means of telecommunications, including e-mail, global, regional, and local communication networks and data exchange, can provide the widest opportunities for training:

  • Operational transmission of information of any volume and type on any distance
  • Interactivity and operational feedback
  • Access to various sources of information
  • Organization of joint telecommunication projects
  • Request information on any issue of interest through the system of electronic conferences

Thus, information technologies can be defined as the totality of electronic means and the methods of their functioning used for the realization of learning activity. If you need to write college admission essay on the importance of technologies in education, all the information presented above is very useful for you.

Information technologies of education create new opportunities for transferring knowledge, assessing the quality of education and, of course, comprehensive development of the student’s personality during the educational process.

A personal computer today is one of the most powerful and effective of all the existing technical means of teaching, allowing to significantly increase the cognitive and creative activity of students.

Why are a few authors so popular?

When you finish reading a book, and you’ve enjoyed checking every word of it, your entire life is transformed. Books like Harry Potter, Twilight, Fifty Shades of Gray, etc. have given the most wonderful tales to the readers. It is because of their plot that people prefer watching their movies as well. Who is supposed to get the credits?

I believe it is the author who is supposed to get the credits for a book you’ve enjoyed reading and imagining. A few authors become so well-renowned around the globe because they know that their stories have created wonders in the market. They know that the readers enjoy what they have written. They know that when they come up with other books, their readers are going to read them too. They know that their fans are waiting for new books from their end.

When you are a college student and you are provided with a case study outline, you have to spend so many hours in learning the situations and coming up with solutions. Since it is your assignment, you do it with all your heart. Even if you don’t understand a specific thing, what you do is hire a writer so that he can do the job for you.

When you have agencies that let you hire some of the best writers that they have, you know that there is no need for you to stress about anything at all. However, when it comes to writing a whole book where you are not even provided with the outline of the story, the task becomes quite a challenge.

Writers and their popularity

Sometimes a lot of people ask me why a few writers are so successful and popular around the globe. My answer to them is simple – writers give their heart out when they write a story. Also, starting a book is no big deal, but finishing the same book over a period is what matters the most. It becomes quite hectic for an author to manage the other tasks that they are doing, along with focusing on the story that they’ve begun for their characters.

If you want to be an author or wish to begin writing a book, you might want to know about some of the things that the popular authors teach you. Here is a list that’s going to put a smile on your face, get some tears into your eyes and motivate you enough to continue with the book you’ve started:

“You control your own life; your own will is extremely powerful” – J K Rowling: Harry Potter books have become legends in the market. They are the bestselling books that have inspired so many authors to explore the genre of fantasy all the very more. However, the story of Rowling, the author of Harry Potter books, has not been a very pleasing one. She has written some of the best quotes you’d ever read in your entire life. She inspires people and aspiring authors by letting them know the importance of willpower. If one wishes to be successful, they have to go on without allowing a negative thought to bud in mind.

“We have to learn to walk before we can run” – E L James: James has brought novels like “50 Shades of Grey,” and no one can write erotica the way she does. No doubt she has her bunch of critics, but let’s not forget that she has a wild bunch of fans as well. The books on bondage are so beautifully crafted that you are left with a mesmerizing thought budding in your soul.

The books create a passion in your heart to write erotica all by yourself, only to realize how difficult it is to portray the expressions of characters as beautifully as James does. James teaches us to take baby-steps, instead of being too hasty in our career and life.

“Don’t give up. There are too many naysayers out there who will try to discourage you. Don’t listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself” – Sidney Sheldon: The biggest lost in the world of literature was when Sheldon died. No doubt there are other writers who write fiction as wonderfully as Sheldon does, but there was a different charm in his novels.

You fell in love with the characters he created, proving a strong control over his pen. Sheldon taught us to go on in our life and look ahead, instead of paying attention to those who are not meant to affect us with their thoughts, no matter how hard they try to do so. Nobody deserves your attention. No one!

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars” – Stephanie Meyer, Twilight: Who can forget the beautiful love-story of a vampire falling in love with a human? There can be nothing as magical as this thought and Meyer had the power to put this thought to life through her books. In her book, Twilight, she has written a wonderful quote, which teaches us to embrace the darkness or the bad phases that we go through. It is okay to feel lonely at times since it has its charm. Embrace the phase, no matter how dark it is, because even the darkest of nights have the lights of stars.

“There is no such thing as a hopeless situation. Every single circumstance of your life can change!” – Rhonda Byrne: Byrne is not a new name in the world of inspirational and self-help books; she has created her space in the hearts of people by introducing the concept of Law of Attraction.

No doubt everybody talked about it way before her books came into the market, but she coined the term and allowed people to learn about it. The most magical thing about her books is that the concept of Law of Attraction really works. She teaches us to shift our negative thought to a positive one and see the magic that life brings to us.

We have observed some common traits in the most successful authors in the market.  The traits are:

  • Successful authors write to express themselves and the stories that they have in their heads.
  • Successful authors never give up – no matter how badly they’ve been dejected and rejected.
  • Successful authors believe in what they write, even if it makes no sense to others at first.
  • Successful authors continue with what they are doing; their motive is to write.
  • Successful authors do not write to gain popularity; success is secondary to them.

Conclusion:

Now that you are aware of some of the most motivational quotes from a few lucky authors, we hope you don’t think of giving up on your dream to be a writer. Continue doing what you are doing at the moment and success will reach out to you in no time at all.

Perfect Timing for Kids to Start Schooling

As students, we all had to compose some custom papers on education, and that might have been some wise, insightful ideas about when and how education should be delivered. Times have passed, and we are parents now, so the question becomes not purely theoretical, but rather a burning practical problem. So, which is the ideal age for a child to go to school? Should a child start education with a milder form – a kindergarten? At which age should each schooling stage be initiated? There are the questions are the causes of sleepless nights and nervous days for many parents, and this article may help bust some myths about education and inform proper choices and decisions.

State Norms on Schooling

For many years, the age at which a child had to start schooling differed widely, and it was to parents’ discretion when to send their kids to preschool and then school. In the 2010s, much has changed, with many states fixing the schooling age at minimum 5 years old. However, some states still have loose norms in this regard, and in one preschool class, children slightly over 4 years of age and those who have already turned 6 may be equally met. This large age gap later results in the achievement gap as soon as children pass to the first grade, which is the major concern for parents of smaller kids. While older children are already highly capable in reading and writing, smaller ones struggle with these basic skills and generally have problems with discipline and concentration on studies. Hence, it is clear that the trend of starting education later is on the rise, and its reason is the parents’ desire to give their children a competitive advantage in the class and at tests; the older kids start schooling, the more they know and can by that time. Logically, they will get higher grades than their less capable younger classmates will. But is this practice appropriate, for children and for parents alike?

Why Is Redshirting a Popular Practice?

Redshirting is becoming an increasingly popular practice among parents of small children. Initially referring to the practice of holding an athlete on the bench, the term is now applied to holding children from kindergarten for at least one extra year. What are the reasons behind such a decision?

Parents now prefer to hold their children at home for longer before schooling because they believe that kids are immature for studies and are not yet ready for them in any way. As public polls show, parents don’t regard their children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development as fitting the preschool level at the age of 4, so they tend to delay entry to preschool until at least 5 years of age, if not 6.

By the way, statistics of school achievement supports these considerations of parents, showing that redshirts score a bit higher than their younger peers at school. These achievement gains are surely a benefit for schoolers in their test scores and further education and career prospects, which makes redshirting so popular. Nevertheless, with more and more parents considering the delayed entry to school, soon this practice may simply grow into a larger-scale educational change, with all children going to school later, graduating from it later, and so on. Therefore, critics observe that the redshirting practice, if it becomes commonplace, conceals a considerable danger for the quality of education and overall educational norms.

By Which Characteristics to Judge? 

Though there are still parents who prefer to send their children to school early, many studies suggest that later school onset is more beneficial for children. Since the decision is still the prerogative of parents, it’s necessary to keep in mind some key readiness criteria, such as social and emotional readiness for being in a class. Many children are raised in a small family circle with a handful of friends, so parents should be careful about readiness to function in a class with a teacher and numerous peers.

Moreover, the criterion of cognitive ability’s maturity is a significant one, since children have to be ready to process information given at classes, learn it, master new skills, take tests, etc. Discipline is also a vital aspect to consider, since many small children are simply not ready to sit at the classes and attend to the teacher. They are too playful for school, and need some more time to get ready for the school regime. Otherwise, there is no sense sending the child to school just because of a due age – it’s much better to wait for some time and let the child study at his/her own pace once they are ready for proceeding to this new developmental stage.