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Monday, February 20, 2017

10 Most Common Mistakes Students Make In SPM Physics Problems

10 Of The Most Common Mistakes Students Make In Physics Problems

by Justin Goh (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Physics is considered troublesome by many students. To be honest, I have particularly seen this subject cause more headache than even mathematics in some cases. That’s because of the numerical, derivations, principles, concepts, complicated formulae associated with it.

In here, I have listed a few of the most common mistakes made by students while solving physics problems. The main point of highlighting these little devils is to make students aware of these mistakes causing them to double-check everything during their examinations.

Let’s go through them without further ado.

1. Mixing units


This error is the most common of the lots. It’s a silly mistake on one hand but at the same time it’s troublesome on the other.

This error usually occurs when students fail to read the problem in detail. Students must take into account all the unite present in the problem. And at the same time calculations need to be done in a consistent set of units.

Meaning, if they follow the MKS system or the CGS system (according to the requirement or choice), they have to ensure that they do the entire calculation in respective to a specific system.

Take a peek at this example:
Say, a problem contains two values, one in meter and another in hour. The student has to follow a MKS (Meter, Kilogram, Seconds) system to do the come to a result.

How can he do that?
  • Keep “meter” as it is (because it tallies the MKS system).
  • Convert “hours” into seconds.
  • Then s/he should continue solving the sum on basis of the above two values.

2. Expressing result in the wrong unit


This mistake usually happens due to the question itself. The main culprit behind this error is that the student was too careless to pay complete attention the problem in detail.

For example:
The problem asks for an answer in the CGS system. The student over looks it completely and gives the answer in MKS. This results in zero marks even though the problem’s down correctly from the top to the bottom.

3. Confusing degrees and radians


Students have a tendency to think that most physics problems utilize degrees. Yes, most do but not all.

Simple examples can be angular velocity and acceleration that utilize radians in their calculations. Those are the places you have to ensure that you use radians in your calculations. Keep these things in mind even when you use calculators.

4. Mixing sines with cosines


This is a pretty basic error that happens in physics especially when students are newly introduced to trigonometry.

Ensure that you know the following relationships by heart: [refer to the triangle below]
  • sin θ = opposite/hypotenuse= b/a.
  • cos θ = adjacent/hypotenuse= c/a.
  • tan θ = opposite/adjacent =  b/c.

5. Vector recognition errors


I can explain this better with an example.

In vector additions, suitable vector addition technique needs to be implemented. This means determining the result in 2 components.

Many students make the mistake of summing up vector magnitudes without thinking that they should add the components instead.

6. Latent heat ignored in thermodynamics


Latent heat’s the energy absorbed or released by a thermodynamic system resulting in a change in phase such as solid to liquid or vice versa etc.

This heat’s ignored in many calculations resulting in a mistake.

So you must not forget to take latent heat into account when you are involved in any physics problem involving phase changes.

7. Kirchoff loops sign errors


Kirchoff’s laws are usually used to calculate the magnitude of current in a circuit. Most errors occur in these problems because students make simple and silly mistakes with signs.

The trick’s to get these signs right and you’ll come to the correct result in no time.

[A point to remember- To avoid confusion, you must put arrows to mark the direction of all current.]

8. Faulty resistor additions


These errors occur when students have to find out the total resistance of a circuit connected in series and parallel.

When 2 resistors (say R1 and R2) are connected in series, R= R1 + R2.

When 2 resistors (say R1 and R2) are connected in parallel, 1/R= 1/R1 + 1/R2.

9. Using wrong ray directions in light diagrams


Ray diagrams are considered an integral; part of light. The most common mistakes students make in ray directions is the usage of wrong-directional light rays.

10. Mistaking angles of refraction


While doing sums based on refraction, many students fail to get the angles right. Just remember that the angles are measured with respect to the “normal” (AKA perpendicular).

Well, we have talked about all these problems for quite a bit of time; didn’t we? How about turning these problems into a part of the solution? Let’s go through a few thumb rules then.

A few thumb rules to remember …

  • Don’t panic.
  • Read the problem closely.
  • If possible, draw the diagram.
  • Write down the list of information given in the problem in a tabular format on your sheet for calculation.
  • Keep important formulae under your nose. List them systematically on your answer sheet during exams.
  • Last but not the least; solve one variable at a time.
So that’s it. Just stay calm and you’ll have the situation under control in no time. It’s time to bring this article to a close now. Hope you had a good read.

Justin Goh
Justin Goh is a former teacher and prolific writer, penning blogs to help the parents, students and the educators alike. Regularly contributing articles for MyPrivateTutor Malaysia, he prefers to write on varying aspects of education ranging from learning strategies and preparation tips to the ways to reach out to the students better.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

5 Online Education Trends to Look Out for in 2017

Five online education trends to look out for in 2017

Guest post by Mike Jason (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

The era of internet technology has given rise to various innovative trends for the users across the globe such as conducting online research studies, seeking online job opportunities, looking for suitable partners online and above all the most beneficial trend of online education. With the rapid increase in the enrollment of students in online degree programs and courses every day, the online education system will become more developed, advanced, sophisticated and modern in the coming years. The experts and scholars believe that the year 2017 will mark the beginning of a new era of online education and learning providing easy access to the students, learners and professionals to learn and study online all across the globe.
Latest Global Online Education Trends
The institutes, instructors and campuses providing online education to the students believe that by the end of 2017 the online education system will be used as an essential mode of study around the world. They are of the view that the world will witness these five online education trends in the coming months of 2017 changing the dimensions and paradigms of our educational modes, methods, ways and techniques:

1. Use of computerized digital data for online education


Since the students enrolled in online education programs use virtual means for studying their coursework and taking their exams, the institutes and instructors have started using digital data on large scale to keep track of students’ attendance, scores and grades in the course. The virtual universities believe that using computerized systems on such a large scale will help them to assess their students’ performance, improvements and drawbacks effectively without involving them physically. This trend has made the lives of students and teachers easier and more comfortable by opening digital avenues of education for them.

2. Popularity of unusual disciplines


Gone are the days when one wants to become a graduate in the field of medicine, engineering or literature. The online education trend has completely revolutionized the field of education by introducing novice and innovative disciplines such as cyber security, digital forensics, nursing and digital statistical analytics. The experts are of the view that in 2017 these unusual disciplines will top the educational ladder by attracting the students to enroll in these disciplines for staying abreast with the current developments taking place in the world. The virtual education in unusual disciplines will create ways for the students to get acquainted with the new areas of education and information.

3. Provision of unconventional credentials


The paper degree and university card will soon become a dream for the students because the online education system is looking forward to issue digitalized cards and award online degrees to the students in 2017. The institutes facilitating the students and learners with online education are planning to provide nontraditional credentials to their students including digital certificates, computerized badges and online showcasing platforms where students can launch their products and gadgets and can also share their skills and achievements with the world. This trend will provide the students with more opportunities and chances to lead more successful lives as learned beings.

4. Induction of automated systems in online classes


Online education system has given rise to the usage of virtual teaching staff along with virtual aids in the classes. The year 2017 will see a significant rise in the induction of automated systems to teach students virtually. This trend will allow the students to study and learn from more learned and highly advanced robots and virtual staff in the absence of their instructors due to any emergency. Thus, in this way students will never miss their online classes or lag behind in their virtual courses even if their teacher is on leave. The use of computer technologies and robotics will play a vital role in providing quality online education to the people.

5. Rapid increase in online degree programs and courses


The students and employees who cannot manage to physically attend the institutes due to their busy and hectic routine can get more benefit from the online education system in 2017. Due to the fast growth in online education systems across the globe, the institutes and universities are planning to launch more virtual programs and degree courses in 2017. The universities and institutes have prepared a proper plan and reserve the revenues for introducing more online degree courses in the coming months. The initiation of new online programs will make the online education trend more accessible and popular in the world.

Online education system benefits the students, learners, instructors and institutes to a great extent by providing them useful opportunities to improve their educational life while sitting at their homes. The year 2017 will bring new, innovative and novice trends in online education supporting the people to reach the top rungs of the academic ladder in a simpler, easier and more accessible way. Do not wait for the year to end; get enrolled in your favorite online degree program or course and embark upon the journey of enlightenment, awareness and education via virtual means.

Mike Jason is an MBA from a Canadian university and is busy working for BestAssignmentService.com. In leisure time, he feels good to share his experiences to others by writing valuable blog posts.


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Monday, February 06, 2017

Unravel The 8 Invaluable Benefits of Studying at Universities or Colleges in Malaysia

Guest post by Eileen Burton (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Studying abroad can come with a vast number of benefits. It not only helps students pursue the program that they have longed for but also get to experience a whole new world with their own eyes. They learn about the various nuances of language, culture, heritage, cuisine and so much more.

Malaysia is hands down one of the more diversified geographic locations in the entire world and best places to study. Here in this write-up, we will highlight all of the pros of studying in Malaysia.
Studying in Malaysia University College International Students

1. Affordable Tuition Fee And Living Cost


Most of the people in the world have just enough household income for their everyday needs. It has been a major concern for those who wish to pursue education abroad. Apart from that, there is also the concern of the monumental tuition costs and the living costs.

According to details from spm.student-malaysia.com, a Malaysian student who wishes to major in Art and Businesshas to spend an average of USD 22,000(tuition) and USD 13,000 (living cost)a year to study in USA private institutions.

However, Malaysian private institutions offer students only USD 4,600 (tuition) and USD 4,000 (living cost) per year. Native students will be shocked at hearing this, but that does not translate to the quality of education in their homeland as inferior.

2. High-Quality Education System


It should be known all over the world by now that Malaysia’s higher education system is of international standards. The Ministry of Higher Education is monitoring it, which has the vision to Malaysia into a center of excellence for higher education.

3. Diversified Education


From kindergartens to universities, Malaysia offers atop-notch education. But beyond that, those colleges and universities are affiliated with renowned universities abroad. Malaysia is the one that started to branch campuses of foreign universities.

4. High Quality Of Life


Being a relatively newly industrialized country, Malaysia appears to have out grown its developing neighboring states. The infrastructure is among the finest in Asia, if not the whole world. It boasts a number of medical and state-of-the-art health care facilities, advanced telecommunications, world-class university campus and the best expressway in South Asia.

5. Familiar Surrounding


It would be so nice to be located in a place that you can easily get by in the nick of time and Malaysia gives you that window of opportunity to adapt faster than any place in the world. Unlike other states, you won’t be experiencing culture shock or having a hard time getting to know your surroundings.

6. Hassle-FreeImmigration Process


International students can easily benefit from immigration processes that come without troubles as compared to other countries. As a matter of fact, it is easy for an international student to apply for a foreign visa in Malaysia and it requires only relevant documentation without any financial guarantee.

7. Availability Of Delicious Foods


Seeing as how the community within Malaysia is so diverse, it would only make sense for the food choices to be that way as well. Due to being inspired by so many cultures, Malaysia could easily be considered a cuisine paradise.

8. Amazing Places For Travel Destinations


Not only is Malaysia a beautiful and multicultural location, but it is home to a plethora of travel spots that attract tourists from all over the planet. In fact, one of Malaysia’s strongest economies is in its department of tourism.

Malaysia has a wide collection of microcosms that range from high-rise buildings of Kuala Lumpur to the world’s largest single cave chamber in Sarawak’s Gunung Mulu National Park. If that’s not enough for you to pack your bags, then how about Sabah's Sipadan Island which is one of the world’s top diving destinations?

Eileen Burton works as a travel agent and runs a travel blog. In addition, she is also the owner of an assignment writing online firm that helps students. In her blogs, she mostly writes about the people, cultures, foods, and cinema of the different regions.


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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

SPM 2017 Tips: How to Score A+ in SPM Additional Mathematics (Add Math)

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Zero to 100: How to “Slay” Add Maths

Guest post by Reshgi Vaishali (Share your exam preparation tips with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Every SPM student who takes Add Maths will understand the amount of stress that comes with the subject. Some students shudder when the subject is spoken about and we all know how scary some Add Maths teachers can be. If you’re sitting for SPM anytime soon and want to gain some tips on how to go from “0 to 100” for this “scary” and mind boggling subject people refer to as Additional Mathematics then I’ve got your back!
tips how to score spm add maths

1. Get Help

The most obvious action to take when you’re stuck and can’t decipher a topic or a concept is to get help, don’t be afraid of your teacher and please feel free to approach them if you need assistance. Most teachers would be glad to lend a hand if they are not busy. If you’re more of the shy type, ask your friends. There are many Add Maths wizards around who you might be more comfortable with to seek help from. Furthermore, we should all take advantage of this thing called TECHNOLOGY. There are an abundance of online tutorials and lessons you can check out by just a simple search on Google. On the topic of friends and technology, creating a Whatsapp Group Chat specifically for Add Maths with your friends is a great way to share questions, methods and explanations. You could also help your friends at the same time with your knowledge and work together to get through the exam.

2. Self-Revision

When talking about what you can do to help yourself master this subject, revision books are not something foreign but there is a reason why they are in demand because it actually works! When dealing with SPM your best friends are the Past Year Questions. They provide you with the level of difficulty and feel of the actual paper. If you’re up for a challenge, purchasing the SBP and MRSM papers are also a good choice that explores the more “KBAT” questions. If you’re on a budget, there are tons of papers online by other schools and states that you can find from the internet that is easily accessible.

3. Analyse

The best way to ace any paper is to understand the structure and format well before sitting for it. This can be done by looking at Past Year Questions or asking your teachers. Identifying patterns is also a good way to understand what you’re going to be tested on since most exams deal with repetition. Analysing how many marks allocated per topic also may give you a general idea on what you need to focus on because acing isn’t answering all the questions, its collecting as many marks as possible.

4. Answering the paper

When I sat for SPM Additional Mathematics 2016, I had a system on how I was going to answer the paper. Many students start from Q1 until the end but for Add Maths that does not make the cut all the time. Here are a few tips.
  • SPM Add Maths Paper 1
    • Start from Q1-Q11/Q12
    • Then Q22/23-Q25
    • Then the rest
  • SPM Add Maths Paper 2
    • Start from Section C (answer the 2 easiest questions)
    • Move to Section B (answer the easiest 4 questions)
    • Continue with Section A
    • If you have time go back to Section B & C to answer additional questions as back up

5. Determination

Many students view Add Maths as some sort of monster that’s going to swallow them whole and this causes fear and anxiety build up that interferes with their desire to learn and push forward. If you think you’re hopeless at Add Maths and passing seems like a distant dream then fear not because I went from failing to getting As in Add Maths. All you need is a positive mindset and a source of motivation especially from within, a voice in your head chanting I CAN DO IT! In addition, I would like to touch on something called The 3Cs which are Control, Challenge and Commit.
  • CONTROL
    • understand what you can and cannot control
    • acknowledge what you can control and act on it
    • accept what you can’t and learn to let go
  • CHALLENGE
    • challenging yourself is all based on attitude and perspective
    • action follows feelings and feelings follow actions
  • COMMIT
    • know what you need, is available and needs to be updated
    • set a goal and persevere to achieve it
    • planning is important because if you don’t plan, you plan to fail
I hope these tips were helpful to you, feel free to leave a comment on any more tips and tricks you have for  SPM Add Maths. Thank you for your time!

Reshgi Vaishali is an SPM leaver from Johor Bahru, currently waiting for SPM 2016 results to be released in early March 2017.


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Monday, January 23, 2017

Personalized learning: should you go for it?

Personalized learning: Should you go for it?

Guest post by Justin Goh (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Personalization is always a good thing because you are customizing something in your favor which can benefit you immensely. The same thing is applicable in the field of education.

Personalized learning is a form of education where efforts are made to tailor education for students to meet their needs accordingly.

The biggest benefit of personalized learning is that it can get itself connected to the learner by adjusting its approach, goals and pace accordingly. It does that effectively by taking several criteria of the learner into account such as his/her interests, experience etc. Personalized learning is usually facilitated through means of technology thereby, making it more convenient and cost effective at the same time.

So why should you go for personalized learning? We’ll come to that in this article.
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Why personalized learning?

Personalized learning has 3 significant benefits:
  • It’s “learner focused.” Meaning it will take into account the comprehensibility, strengths as well as interests of each and every learner individually. This benefit itself makes personalized learning a standout among the crowd.
  • The learner will be able to progress at his/her own pace on basis of his/her competency.
  • Personalized learning can adjust itself dynamically to the goals, curiosity and skills of the learner. It allows the learner to take complete ownership of the lessons; thereby, increasing his/her sense of responsibility.

What are the factors considered by a personalized learning system before its practical implementation?

Like it’s said above, personalized learning’s primarily implemented to ease or facilitate the academic success of each and every student individually.

Certain things are taken into consideration such as:
  • The learning needs of the student,
  • The aspirations of the student,
  • The interests of the student.
After considering all these things mentioned above, the learning platform is customized to meet the individual learning needs of the student.

What has made personalized learning so popular?

The implementation of advanced technology in these platforms has made it pretty popular among students.

E-learning has also played a major role in making it so popular among the masses. A host of educational apps and games also make the task of personalization convenient and fun among the students, if they are used in the right way under appropriate guidance.

How can you implement personalized learning in classrooms?

Schools can implement a number of tactics to inculcate the use of personalized learning in classes. Even tutors can follow this tactic in their respective teaching areas. Some of these tactics might be difficult to implement, but the results of implementation will definitely be positive in the best possible manner.

Let’s go through the ways without further ado.
  • Reconfiguring the structure of education in classes such that the entire class of students is grouped into small groups with a teacher who knows the handful number of students in the group fairly well; meaning that the teacher should know their academic strengths, weaknesses and interests. It is basically a type of “school-within-school” approach. Activities based on theme become the key learning techniques in this case.
  • Differentiated learning should be introduced.
  • Students should be given the freedom to maintain their personal learning plans on basis of needs and interests. Such learning plans might not relate to the curriculum but from the point of view of personalized learning, it’s definitely going to benefit them in the long run.
  • Various alternative learning approaches can be introduced such as:
    1. Project-based learning,
    2. Blended learning,
    3. Authentic learning,
    4. Community-based learning.
  • Always remember this fact that students play the main role in “personalized learning.” They have the right to express their individual opinions. They should be given the freedom of choice in this respect.

What are the positive results of personalized learning in classes?

According to the Gates Foundation, it’s found out that implementation of personalized learning has a host of positive impacts on students such as:
  • Improved performance in reading and mathematics.
  • Greater success possibilities.
  • Greater comprehensibility.

What are the major tools utilized in personalized learning to make it a success among the students?

It was already mentioned before that the key role is played by technology in making personalized learning a grand success among the masses. The major tools used are:
  1. Multimedia: Certain technical tools are capable of making learning more engaging and more fun. They provide students with hands-on lessons that are more effective and gratifying at the same time. These are considered to be miles better than those traditional abstract forms of education where students failed to connect themselves to the subject matter. There tools range from games, animations, video clippings to virtual interactive whiteboards and other similar things.
  2. Educational apps: Several educational apps on the app stores are available these days that bring a unique personalized touch to lessons. These apps can be downloaded free of any charge wherever, whenever you want.
  3. Palpable puzzles and games: A simple pen and paper game can also serve this purpose effectively. These games can range from board games (e.g. Monopoly) to pen and paper games (e.g. Aggression, Sink that Ship) and to card games (e.g. Set). The Rubik’s Cube is another brilliant example.
So what do you think? Should you go for it? If you get the option, you should go for it with your eyes closed. That’s all for now folks. Hope you had a good read.

Justin Goh
Justin Goh is a former teacher and prolific writer, penning blogs to help the parents, students and the educators alike. Regularly contributing articles for MyPrivateTutor Malaysia, he prefers to write on varying aspects of education ranging from learning strategies and preparation tips to the ways to reach out to the students better.


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Monday, January 16, 2017

How to sell textbooks online

How to sell used textbooks online

by Sanjay (Share your useful tips with 50,000+ students in Malaysia!)

We end up storing our text books in big heaps and forget about them after it. Most of us have purchased tons of text books in the past years of school and college. This article will tell you how to sell textbooks online and make money out of it.

If we do the maths right, we buy at least 200 books before getting through with our education. Some of these books:
  • Get transferred to our peers. 
  • Are stored in the garage. 
  • Are sold off for very cheap prices based on their weight.
  • Get lost.
People love to read biographies, short stories in the form of Novels, Magazines and Comics. It’s very common to find Dan Brown, Charles Dickens or other classic Novels with almost everybody today. These books are often stored in cup boards and occupy unnecessary space.
Ultimade Guide on How to Sell Your Used Textbooks Online

Benefits of selling used books online

I’ve sold over 30-40 text books and 7 Novels online. It didn’t really make me thousands of Dollars, but it did fill my pocket with some cash. Apart from the money part, selling them off online did help me in a lot of ways:
  • It helped me clear my cupboard and store room. 
  • It helped me pay off for the next set of books that I wanted to purchase. 
  • I didn’t have to open a retail store to sell them off.
  • It didn’t incur any cost to me. 
Moreover, it did help the buyers to get books for half the original prices. The notes that I made within the chapters would have been of great help to the readers too.

How to sell books online

First of all, I’d like you to know that selling textbooks online is very simple and takes no time. In order to sell a textbook online, you’d require the following:
  1. A textbook
  2. A good quality camera
  3. An Internet Connection
There are tons of websites wherein you can sell of your textbooks by posting on them for free. I’ve included the best ones in here after testing and using them myself:

Amazon.com

Amazon is the most visited e-commerce website in the world. There’s no doubt in the fact that a product gets the most visibility and marketing on Amazon if it is posted in the right way. Amazon is running a well flourished online business in almost every big country which makes it very easy for local customers to buy products from them.

When it comes to selling Textbooks, Amazon is one of the best platforms to do it. In order to sell a textbook on Amazon, you need to search for the book you want to sell. After clicking on ‘Trade In’, you are required to enter the shipping address and things are taken forward after that.

The only drawback of using Amazon is that they don’t offer cash in-hand. You can only earn Gift Cards that can be redeemed further to do some online shopping. But, don’t you think that’s a good deal?

ebay.com

eBay is the great platform to sell textbooks online. EBay gets a huge amount of visitors everyday as well. Once you register yourself on eBay, you are required to specify the mode of payment. Once you’d click on the ‘selling’ option, you’d be asked if you want to continue selling the book yourself or make someone from their team do it for you.

In order to verify the name of the book and other details, you’d be asked to provide the ISBN number of the book. The International Standard Book Number is a unique 10 or 13 Digit number that helps you identify a book. You can either set a fixed price for the book or put it on auction.

Once your book gets listed, you’d be all set to sell it off and make money.

BetterWorldBooks.com

Better World Books is one of the best platforms in the world that are dedicated to make people accessible to books at low prices. Apart from having an option to sell and buy books online, you can even donate books for the needy.

Better World Books makes use of the platform Book Byte to sell books online. Once you demand a quote for your book after specifying its name or ISBN Number. You can sell your books off once the total quote crosses $10 in total.

Barnesandnoble.com

Barnes and Noble is the biggest online book seller with a collection of over 1 Million books listed onsite. After entering the ISBN Number of the book, you’d be directed to the steps wherein you’d enter your payment and shipping details.

Your used books should have a minimum worth of $10 to upload the listing on the website. The shipments are taken care by B&N itself.

cash4books.net

Cash4Books follows a easy 3 step process as well:
  • Get a quote for the books that you want to sell.
  • Get them shipped.
  • Get paid after successful shipping and payment receive. 
They offer android and IOS applications for mobile phones. So you can simply post offers through your cell phones as well.

bookscouter.com

I personally find this website very unique and effective. Once you enter the ISBN numbers of the books you want to sell, book scouter searches over 40 websites and finds the websites that offer the highest prices online for those set of books.

The best feature of this website is the one that lets the seller compare the prices of the books online and sell it off at the best possible rates.

You can make use of the websites mentioned above to sell off your textbooks for free. I haven’t included the ones that charge a fee to upload a listing on them.

How to get paid higher

In order to get a higher quote for your books, you should do the following:
  • Seal the edges of your textbook with painter’s tape. It saves the edges of your books from getting curved or distorted. Textbooks with neat and clean edges look better and newer. I personally make use of Painter’s tape from Scoth
  • Avoid writing on the pages of the books. It might reduce the selling price of it. You can make use of sticky notes for the same. I personally use post-its that I got from Amazon a few weeks bank
  • Keep them away from food and drinks
  • Keep them away from heat and moisture.
  • Keep them in cupboards or shelves.
  • If possible, store them in boxes. 
  • Clean your library of books regularly

My personal take

If you’re somebody who wants to make some cash money while studying, then selling books online can be of great help to you. The only problem with this method is that once our book stock gets over, we would not be able to make any more sales.

Making money online is one of the best things that have ever happened to me. Selling books online is one good way to do that. I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

I’d really appreciate it if you’d leave a comment below and share this post on Social Media so that other people get benefited from it too. After all, what is the point leaving our books for worms and termites?


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Things You Want Know About Work And Travel (WAT) USA

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Very spontaneous, suddenly feel like writing about it. So yeah! 3 summers of Work and Travel USA experience, and here I am to share with you guys things that you wanna know about it :)

Work & Travel USA Program Experience Sharing

Guest post by Wendy Chan (Share your experience with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

I wanted to write this 4 years ago and finally I'm writing it. Throughout these years, I have been giving advice and repeating the same thing to different people, until a point where my friends ask me, "hey, maybe you should write a blog about work and travel."

I totally understand the questions that most of you guys have about work and travel, because I always encounter the same questions from different people. I participated work and travel for 3 years. Here, I would like to share with you guys things that you wanna know about work and travel.

Some photos of me before I begin, LOL.
first year WAT cold summer Alaska
2013 - My first year of WAT. So cold even it is summer, this is Alaska.

WAT second year
2015 - My second year of WAT. Wefie with students from other countries on the last day of work. (just in case you wonder why I skipped 2014. I was having internship during my summer holiday in 2014, that's why)

third year WAT Matanuska Glacier
2016 - My third year of WAT. Was an unplanned one, but decided to go for the one last time before I start working. Wefie with da homies at Matanuska Glacier.


WHAT IS WORK AND TRAVEL USA?


Work and Travel (WAT) is a program which allows students to work and then travel under J-1 visa sponsor. This visa allows students to work legally in USA for 3 months. And after 3 months, students will have an additional month of grace period in USA, which allows them to travel and explore around USA, but NOT working. Working is not allowed during this grace period.

'WORK AND TRAVEL' AND 'WORKING HOLIDAY', ARE THEY THE SAME?


Nope, they are different. Work and Travel (WAT) is only eligible for full-time tertiary students or students that are graduating from full-time course. For WAT, the probability of getting the visa is 99.99% because tens of thousands visas are given out every year for students. The only country that you can go for WAT is USA. For working holiday, as what I know, there are 3 countries that you (Malaysian) can go, which are Canada, New Zealand and Australia (Correct me if I'm wrong). This program opens to anyone between 18 to 30 years of age (non student status is qualified too). The visas given out every year for working holiday has a quota, it is very limited. Another thing I would like to mention is for WAT, you secure a job before your departure, whereas for working holiday, you do not. You will only be able to start looking for job after your arrival.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THIS PROGRAM?


You have to be a full-time tertiary student or student graduating from a full-time course. Simple, right? Also, you need to have at least 3 months holiday from your university (either summer/winter period). Hmmm, certain level of English proficiency may be needed, depends on the job nature. And last but not least, you need to have some MONEY.

HOW DO I JOIN THIS PROGRAM?


In Malaysia, there are 3 agents that offer Work and Travel USA. Namely, Speedwing, Out of the Box and Infinity Abroad. I was under Speedwing for the past 3 years. You may contact them via email/facebook and tell them you are interested in which program, they are very professional and will definitely guide you throughout your journey.

HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE PROGRAM?


You have to pay around $1200 for this program, which includes agent fee, visa fee, insurance, etc. Basically everything is included in this $1200, except flight ticket. Flight ticket depends on where you are flying to. My job was in Alaska, and it cost me around RM4000-RM5000. So in general, you have to spend approximately RM10,000 before your departure. Besides, you have to make sure that you bring sufficient pocket money to cover your expenses during your first few weeks there because you will only be able to get your first paycheck 2 weeks after your first day of working.

WHAT KIND OF JOBS ARE AVAILABLE?


Once you signed up with an agent, you will receive a job list. There are different types of job at different locations. On the job list, you will be able to know the type of job, the employer, the hourly wage, the minimum number of hours given per week and the location. I will name a few examples of job here - housekeeper, bellboy, lifeguard, cashier, theme park ride operator, etc. So you may pick the job according to your own preferences. I picked my job by looking at its hourly wages ($$$$$$, money matters bruhhhh) and also, I looked at the location. I picked Alaska because I wanted to see northern light badly (bucket list checked! Haha).

WILL MY JOB COVER MY EXPENSES?


Don't worry, the amount of money you make throughout these months will be able to cover your initial cost and your living cost over there. What I can share with you guys is that I worked 2 full-time jobs and the money I made allows me to cover my initial expenses ($1200+flight+pocket money), my living cost for 3 months (food and accommodation. I prepared my own meals most of the time), some shopping (not some, I shopped a lot?), and my travelling expenses. And after all, I am still able to bring back plenty of money. No guarantee on your earnings, it depends on how much you are willing to work. Most of my friends are able to cover at least their initial cost and living cost by working just 1 job.

CAN I WORK TWO JOBS?


It depends on the employer. I believe 90% of the employers allow you to work second job. I worked two full-time jobs (72-88 hours/week) every year.

DO I HAVE TO INTERVIEW?


Yes, you will definitely have to go through a visa interview at the US embassy. As for job interview, it really depends on the job nature. Job like housekeeper most likely does not require an interview. But job like sales associate/server will definitely require an interview.

I hope I clarify most of your questions, leave a comment if you have some other questions to ask. If you are hesitating whether to go or not. Please.... GO! The experience you gain from this program is invaluable and it is really a lifetime adventure. You will not be able to do this anymore once you leave university and start working. I have learnt so much from WAT, much more grown, much more independent. Also, I learnt to appreciate what I have.

*Story sharing session: Back in 2013, my first year of WAT. There was this day. I worked only 1 job that day and I decided to go for some groceries shopping after that. It was raining, so I thought of taking a bus instead of cycling back home. Well, since I planned to take bus so why not buying more groceries since I always had a hard time carrying groceries on my back and cycled back home. So I bought whole lots of groceries. Carrying 6 big bags of groceries by myself, I walked out from the store and then to the bus stop. APPARENTLY, it was Sunday and there was NO bus. Being a super stingy person (especially when you convert dollar to RM, I convert a lot during my first year), I decided not to take a cab. I hung 2 shopping bags on each handle of my bike and tied another 2 bags on my backpack and I cycled back home with my 'super-fragile' raincoat on. After cycling for not even 5 mins, my raincoat torn into half. At that very moment, I miss Malaysia so much, and I tell myself to appreciate more, appreciate what I have back home. Back in KL, I can go wherever I want with my car, not to mention grocery shopping (easy peasy, just put everything into the trunk after buying, right?)*

Let's stop my grandma story. Just want to tell you guys that WAT is definitely a rewarding milestone!

Bye bye, I hope you find this blogpost helpful.

Maybe another post about my experience in Fairbanks, Alaska? Hmm.....

If you wanna know more about my WAT experience, follow me on instagram @wendy_chanwy :)
Sales Associate at the Home Depot Paint Department
This is me at my favourite workplace - Sales Associate at the Home Depot Paint Department! **i miss you**

APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE :)

This post was first published on Wendy Chan's .live.love.life. blog with the following useful questions & answers (edited):

Q: Did u mean that you are able to earn back the initial expenses $1200 too? So the only expenses is the flight ticket? ;)
A: Yes, the money that i earned is able to cover the $1200. After $1200, you still have to pay for flight ticket. And also, you have to prepare some money as your pocket money for the first few weeks. I brought around $800-$1000 for my pocket money.

Q: How did you find your second job?
A: After your arrival, you have to apply for 'social security number (SSN)', the agent will guide you about it. After you get your SSN, you can just go around and look for second job. You can walk in and ask whether they are hiring, or check about job availability on 'craigslist'. There are some employers that are willing to hire you before you collect your SSN, but make sure you already applied SSN before you start looking for second job. For me, I cycled around and submitted application almost everywhere that is close to my 1st job. I also checked on craigslist, I also applied some jobs online, I also tried walk-in before.

Q: Are you travel alone or with friends? If alone, will it be tough being alone there?
A: I travelled with friends. Even though I was with my friends, it doesn't mean that we are able to work the same shift/same place. So, you still have to take care of yourself :) But I do have a few friends that went alone for WAT. Oh ya, and you will definitely get to make new friends over there, so don't worry. Also, the agent will connect you with other Malaysian students before your departure. I cannot give a definite answer whether it is tough or not, it really depends on you :) Just make sure you be careful and take care of yourself all the time :)


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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

STPM 2017 Dates & MUET 2017 Calendar (Kalendar Tarikh Peperiksaan STPM & MUET)

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STPM 2017 Exam Calendar (Kalendar Peperiksaan STPM 2017)

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) 2017
Penggal 1 (2016) Tarikh Peperiksaan Bertulis: 15, 16, 17 & 21 November 2016
Penggal 2 (2017) Tarikh Peperiksaan Bertulis: 22, 23, 24 & 25 May 2017
Penggal 3 (2017) Tarikh Ujian Lisan Bahasa Arab: 10, 11, 12, 16, 17 &18 October 2017
Penggal 3 (2017) Tarikh Peperiksaan Bertulis: 6, 7, 8, 9 &13 November 2017

Peperiksaan Ulangan STPM
Tarikh Peperiksaan Bertulis Ulangan Penggal 1 (2017): 14, 15, 16 & 20 November 2017
Tarikh Peperiksaan Bertulis Ulangan Penggal 2 (2017): 21, 22, 23 & 28 November 2017
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Kalendar Tarikh Peperiksaan STPM 2017 Exam Date Calendar

MUET 2017 Exam Dates (Tarikh Peperiksaan MUET 2017)

Malaysian University English Test (MUET) 2017
March Session
MUET Speaking Test Date: 13, 14, 15, 16, 20 & 21 February 2017
MUET Reading, Listening & Writing Tests: 11 March 2017

July Session
MUET Speaking Test Date: 11, 12, 13, 17, 18 & 19 July 2017
MUET Reading, Listening & Writing Tests: 29 July 2017

November Session
MUET Speaking Test Date: 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 & 12 October 2017
MUET Reading, Listening & Writing Tests: 4 November 2017

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Sunday, January 01, 2017

Tarikh Peperiksaan UPSR, PT3, STAM, SPM 2017 Exam Date (Kalendar Takwim Peperiksaan)

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Malaysia Major Public Exam Dates (Tarikh Peperiksaan Awam Malaysia 2017)

Related 2017 Calendars:

Tarikh Peperiksaan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (Ulangan) SPMU 2017 Date

Ujian Lisan: 6 June - 1 July 2017
Ujian Bertulis: 6 - 8 June 2017
Tarikh Pengumuman Keputusan SPMU 2017 Result Release Date: August 2017

Tarikh Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah UPSR 2017 Date

Bertulis: 11 - 14 & 18 September 2017
Tarikh Pengumuman Keputusan UPSR 2017 Result Release Date: November 2017

Tarikh Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 PT3 2017 Date

Ujian Instrumen Pelbagai (Sejarah): 2 - 26 May 2017
Ujian Instrumen Pelbagai (Geografi): 9 - 31 July 2017
Ujian Bertutur (BM, BI & BA (KBD)): 2 - 30 April 2017
Ujian Mendengar: 22 August 2017 (Bahasa Melayu), 23 August 2017 (Bahasa Inggeris), 24 August 2017 (Bahasa Arab)
Maharat Al - Quran & Hifz Al - Quran (KBT): 10 - 22 September 2017
Ujian Bertulis: 9 - 12 October 2017
Tarikh Pengumuman Keputusan Result Release Date: December 2017

Tarikh Peperiksaan Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia STAM 2017 Date

Kerja Kursus: 1 March - 31 July 2017
Ujian Lisan: 17 - 27 July 2017
Ujian Bertulis: 23 & 25 October 2017, 30 - 31 October 2017, 1 November 2017
Tarikh Pengumuman Keputusan STAM 2016 Result Release Date: January 2017

Tarikh Peperiksaan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia SPM 2017 Date

Ujian Lisan: 6 June - 1 July 2017 Ujian Bertulis: 6 November - 4 December 2017
Jadual Waktu Peperiksaan SPM 2017 Exam Calendar
Tarikh Pengumuman Keputusan SPM 2016 Result Release Date: March 2017

Source: Takwim Peperiksaan, Lembaga Peperiksaan, Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (Examinations Syndicate, Ministry of Education Malaysia)
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

7 Amazing Benefits of E-Learning / Online Learning

E-Learning: 7 Amazing Benefits

Guest post by Justin Goh (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

E-learning or electronic learning has taken the world by storm. Earlier this form of education wasn’t deemed so appropriate because it was presumed that machine learning seldom has a positive effect on students. Typical beliefs like bringing a machine (or more specifically we should a computer) into a classroom removes that human element in education that’s craved by many learners etc. vigorously prevented the implementation of E-Learning in classrooms.

There’s absolutely no doubt that education should always have the influence of human elements. But simultaneously, there’s also a definite need of implementing technology in education for the sole purpose of students. E-Learning is therefore becoming mighty important in education. It has a number of key benefits. In this article, we are going to discuss 7 such benefits in greater detail.

You get what you want you want


The beautiful think about E-Learning is that it’s completely malleable and hence, it can figuratively be considered a learner’s paradise.

If given the choice, most students these days, would want relevant, mobile, self-paced and personalized content for their lessons. Well, they seldom used to get it in the past. Digital learning or E-Learning makes it possible.

The digital revolution along with the Smartphone boom have revolutionized the ways through which we used to access, discuss and share data. And it’s good to see that learning is also following suit.

Through E-Learning, students will be able to access their lessons anywhere, anytime according to their convenience.

Faster content delivery


Another key benefit of E-Learning is that it has faster delivery cycles than that of traditional classroom education. In fact, E-Learning is capable of reducing learning time by at least 25-60% when compared to that of traditional learning. E-learning is faster and more effective because:

  • It doesn’t take a huge amount of time to start as well as wrap up a training/learning session.
  • The learners are capable of setting their own pace.
  • No travel time’s required to get to as well as from training events.
  • E-learning is primarily learner-focused and learners might be able to skip what they already know.

More nominally priced when compared to that of traditional classroom learning


The technology might look pretty avant-garde from the hindsight but from the point of view of funds, it can be said that E-Learning is not capable of burning a big hole in your pocket.

E-Learning is capable of delivering content within the blink of an eye. The process isn’t very complicated and even a layman can accesses it without much difficulty. Thus, the cost of development and learning gets reduced drastically.

E-Learning is also cost-effective on basis of course materials, trainers, travel as well as accommodation. So, it’s undoubtedly much pocket friendly when compared to that of classroom learning.

More effective education


Let’s get to the most important part now. It’s pocket friendly, fast, personalized. All those factors discussed above are really positive. But does E-Learning provide students with effective education? The answer’s “yes.” Reasons-

  • Students develop a better attitude toward E-Learning than traditional classroom lessons in general.  
  • Improved performance in exams.
  • Improved retention of information over a longer period of time.

Flexibilities


E-Learning provides students with a host of freedom regarding time, place and content. It’s already stated before that E-Learning is more learner-focused.

Thus, students will be able to learn according to their convenience anytime, anywhere. They will be able to choose the content that they want to study. They will be able to pursue their interests to their heart’s content, know the subject in depth as much they wish to learn. How flexible do you want it to be? You name it; it’s got it.

Environment friendly
This factor is always important especially nowadays, when we are so concerned with the environment and striving hard to keep it from further harm.

E-Learning provides us with an alternative for paper-based learning. That’s almost priceless from the point of view of the environment. So if you want to reduce the carbon footprints, E-Learning’s the way to go.

No geographical barriers


You might get yourself stranded on a deserted island but that would never be a problem especially when E-Learning’s concerned. You would be able to get on your sessions on the same island provided you have an internet connection and a device that can access the same. So you see geographical barriers cease to be a barrier any more. You might be anywhere on the planet but as long as you have an internet connection along with a device to get on the same, you will be able to get on your lessons in the blink of an eye.

P.S. If you get yourself stranded on a deserted island with a mobile device along with an internet connection, do ask for help first before getting on your lessons.

So what do you think? Amazing; right? It certainly is!

Justin Goh
Justin Goh is a former teacher and prolific writer, penning blogs to help the parents, students and the educators alike. Regularly contributing articles for MyPrivateTutor Malaysia, he prefers to write on varying aspects of education ranging from learning strategies and preparation tips to the ways to reach out to the students better.


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