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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

Wendy Chan Profile Picture
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
Kalendar Tarikh Peperiksaan STPM 2017 Exam Date Calendar
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

Recommended Reading: Free MUET Tips & Essential MUET Guide.

Kalendar Tarikh MUET 2017 Exam Date Calendar
Kalendar Tarikh Ujian MUET 2017 Test Date Calendar


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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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Friday, December 16, 2016

Moving to Malaysia for School & College

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

Moving to a new country can be a very daunting task for most people, and moving to Malaysia is no exception to that. If you have never been to Malaysia before, you will want to know that although many diverse cultures live in Malaysia, it is predominantly an Islamic country and you will need to show respect for the religious customs while you are attending school or living in the country.
International Students Moving to Malaysia for School

Students may live in college dorms or, as many students prefer to do, in high rise apartments in the city or in condominium complexes where they can enjoy swimming in the pool, working out in the gym and having ample area for parking their car. Foreign residents living in Malaysia for university will need to take a written examination to convert their valid driver’s license to one that is legal to drive with in Malaysia. You cannot drive in Malaysia without a proper driver’s license. There are also a few things you will want to take note of, especially as a college student who will want to have an active social life outside of school.

What to Wear

The way you dress while attending school as well as when out away from campus is a very important thing to consider. Conservative clothing is going to be expected in most public places, and if you attend mosque or go to temple, you will need to dress quite moderately. Women should have clothing that covers their legs and arms. If you want to go swimming or take advantage of one of the beautiful beaches, be sure to wear a modest swimsuit. Bikinis are never allowed and most women you will see at the beach or at swimming pools in Malaysia tend to swim fully dressed to be appropriate in public.

Physical Contact

Due to Islam, physical contact, most especially intimate contact, is forbidden in public. If you are a man, it is very advisable to never try to shake a woman’s hand in public when saying a greeting to someone as it is not allowed. It is just fine to have lunch or dinner with a member of the opposite sex or to talk to them and enjoy their company but when it comes to being physical, it is best to leave things alone to avoid unwanted negative confrontation or other issues.

Working Off Campus

Many students in Malaysia have part time jobs off campus to help supplement their financial situations to allow them to go out in the evenings, buy clothing or purchase items for entertainment while attending school. Many work full time jobs while attending school to pay for apartments and other living arrangements off campus. In Malaysia, as an expat, you are apt to find work in hotels, markets, kiosks, restaurants and other shops. International students are not allowed to work as cashiers, massage therapists or singers but working in other positions is a great way to save money during school for travel during school breaks and to pay for necessities during the school year.

Bringing Your Car to School

Many international students in Malaysia want to bring a car to Malaysia for personal use. While most students try to find a home near campus, many opt for apartments that are farther away and having a car is beneficial. There is public transportation for students, but it can often take time to get to and from one place to another and driving a car can simplify travel. To have a personal car delivered during a move for school, you will need to hire a professional international auto shipping company to move it overseas and deliver it for you. To have a car shipped, you will need to provide the following documents to the shipper:
  • Vehicle Title
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Passport
  • Sales Invoice
  • Residence Permit
  • Proof of Ownership
You will also be required to pay shipping fees, customs fees and taxes prior to the car leaving the port to be moved overseas.

You can drive for up to three months with your current license but will need to take a test and obtain an international driver’s license after that time. You will need to have a work or school visa that extends one year from the date of application to obtain the license if you are not from Malaysia.

As a student, it is important that you carry your identification with you always when you are away from home and in case of illness, you may also want to check with the university to see if student medical insurance is available and where the nearest hospital, clinic or student health center is located. Knowing the local language, or at least having a general idea of how to speak will help you communicate with others at school and the community around you.

Jason Mueller is an expat from Canada who has settled in different foreign countries and loves to travel. His business A-1 Auto Transport INC allows him to travel and work.


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Monday, December 12, 2016

Want To Become Smarter? 6 Ways Studying Abroad Can Do That for You!

Guest post by Kane William (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

It truly isn't astonishing that most youngsters nowadays have a desire to venture to the far corners of the planet and get acquainted with new societies and spots. We are altogether presented to a certain multicultural environment, simply by being a piece of different online groups and dynamic web clients.

As yet, moving for business or training purposes, for longer timeframes can appear to be unnerving to many people. It is a major move to migrate to a totally new environment, and not everybody has what it takes to simply get up and move.
Smarter Ways to Study Abroad

There are various studies that show how encountering life in an alternate nation can make a man more astute, wittier and more alluring. We should see what some of those advantages are.

1. It Makes You Independent


Moving far from home and beginning to discover your way around another and new environment is a bit trialing, however, simply like living alone, it will constrain you to end up distinctly more independent. There is no one around to bail you out and you have to adjust to various conditions, which regularly imply obtaining new abilities en route.

Youngsters specifically can profit by this, as they are left to their own gadgets, being in charge of everything from booking inns, pressing garments and arranging a fun night, to wheeling and dealing over costs and guarding everybody in the gathering.

2. It Makes You Creative


Translating a completely new social and social setting helps a man create significant critical thinking aptitudes. The objective of any non-native is to make sense of the new environment as fast as would be prudent and see it as a social and social astound that should be made sense of, and this sharpens your imagination.

You begin finding better approaches for speaking with individuals, you are motivated by the neighborhood social destinations, and you figure out how to ad lib when confronted with a new circumstance.

3. It Makes You Flexible


Being in another and new environment makes you understand that most social standards and social specifics are not an unavoidable reality. You understand that you are in an alternate situation and that the tenets that you are utilized to don't really apply.
Since the greater part of individuals around will take after an alternate arrangement of social principles, you will adjust all the more effectively and understand that the way individuals associate can be altogether different. This experience will set you up for future experiences of comparable nature.

4. It Make You Become Pro At Navigating Different Business Environments


Business manners are unique in relation from nation to nation, and something that is the appropriate lead in the western culture can be through and through inconsiderate in collaboration with eastern agents. An opportunity to get to know distinctive principles for various business situations is precious and grows your points of view altogether.

You can get a lot of opportunities to arrange and create solid business associations abroad. What's more, knowing the dialect, culture, and set of accepted rules among agents from various ranges of the world can essentially enhance your vacation later on.

5. It Makes You See Different Perspectives Of Life


There are more than a couple approaches to carry on with one's life. There are many people that don't know about this reality since they have never truly met somebody that is fundamentally unique. Ways of life are not the same and differ from nation to nation, and investing some energy elsewhere can expand your perspectives and potentially change your life totally.

6. It Enriches You From Within


You needn't bother with anyone to let you know this is genuine – you know it is. There are a couple of things that can build up your identity more than turning into a world explorer. Your brain and your spirit get to be distinctly richer, and you turn out to be all the more speaking to everybody.

A large group of fascinating stories, encounters that helped change the way you felt about issues and formed you into your identity, that knowing look and inviting grin every single experienced explorer share – these are all things that can help you enhance your social and love lives.

Photographs, the sights you see, keepsakes, everything blurs in contrast with the experience that progressions you from your center. The improvement is dependable, and it is dependably an esteemed memory for individuals at last. Try not to give fear a chance to keep you down – go out there and meet the general population of the world, it will be fun, I guarantee!

Kane William is a Writer by profession and Traveler by passion. He is also hooked on world cuisines and can’t resist himself from indulging in the best foods around the world. For getting in touch with him, you need to follow on his UK Assignment writer website


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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Have You Ever Tried To Source for the Best Home Tutors to Help Your Child?

Have You Ever Tried To Source for the Best Tutors to Help Your Child?

Guest post by Chirag Patel (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

As children grow, so does the need to find a reliable tutor to help them with their studies. Your child’s education is one thing you don’t want to gamble with. If you are going to find a tutoring program for him or her it has to be the best and the most effective program.

Individual or a group tutoring program is a common strategy that has helped kids improve their chances of achieving impressive scholastic success, and not all tutoring are rigorous and unaffordable. Before searching for a tutor, you need to find out whether your child needs a short- or a long-term tutoring commitment. This is necessary to help your child focus on a specific subject. I know it may be difficult to know where to start, that’s why I came up with this guide to help you out.

Contact the School

Many schools have resource centers. This is usually a great place to help you establish what exactly is giving your child the difficulty in learning. The family resource center at your child's school will also provide valuable information on how to find the effective tutors, both through the school and through independent tuition service providers. Most of the schools offer after-school remedial which strengthen common problem areas. So there’s a good chance the school may have some relevant program in place that could be helpful to your child.

Find best tutor and feel the difference

We know you want the best for your child and consequently, we understand your urge to find the best tutors for him or her. That’s why we endeavor to help you get everything right first time in your search for a tutoring program that will help your child get the good results within the shortest time. Usually, children in good tutoring system see more consistent improvement in their reading and math than children who have not enrolled for any program so your decision to source for the best tutors to help your child is a good one.

Best source, optimized for speed

How do you source for a tutor that will assure you the best in reading, math and technology? Well, here is a reliable guide to help you decide on one by assessing their plans to help your child stay engaged on the right track to achieve success.
Have You Ever Tried To Source for the Best Tutors to Help Your Child?

All You Need To Know About Affordable Program

The first thing you would want to check on is the cost. The program should be affordable and fit your budget. If it’s too expensive to fit your budget, then you may have no otherwise, but to find an affordable option. However cheap or expensive the tutor is, their plan must show some proof that it will make some significant academic impact.

Second, do they help your child with his or her homework? They must have a “homework help” service that will see the child through the challenging assignments. Children will always need a guide or on certain homework, more-so math. The tutor should encourage both independent learning and personal instruction to make sure the child understands the concepts and learn the necessary skills. When this strategy is applied effectively, the frustrations that come with home-works will be turned in jubilant high-fives and your child will always look forward to his or her home-work time.

The scheduling of home-work and tutorials is also important. Their time must not only fit into your child’s schedule but should also be the most appropriate time. By appropriate time I mean a moment of the day when the child is fresh and not when he or she is mentally fatigued or physically tired.

Another factor you should consider is the venue for the tutorials. Will the tutor be coming to your house to aid your child with the schoolwork or will the child be going for the tutorials at some specific location? If so, how safe is the place? The safety of your child is something you cannot overemphasize. Visit the venue and asses its safety before signing up for the program.

Eliminate your fears and doubts about teaching and learning

The teaching and learning materials is also worth considering. Does the tutoring service provide the ideal equipment that will support the child’s learning? Tested and tried materials should be involved in the learning program to help your child with both the theoretical and practical concepts of the subject they are being tutored on. Simple tools can simplify a great deal of complex phenomenal and help your child relate what he knows and what he doesn’t know with great ease.

Try out these tips and I guarantee they will help you source for the best tutors to help your child get better grades.

Best Home Tutor for Home Tuition in Malaysia

Looking for a reputable and reliable home tutor near your house? Visit Student Malaysia Forum Classified section for profiles of home tutors in Malaysia. Are you an experienced home tutor in Malaysia or are you an undergraduate students looking to earn money doing part-time home tuition? If yes, please visit Student Malaysia Free Ads section to post your job/service offer.

Chirag Patel is writer and passionate to write on an education, private tuition and home tutors. His passion is to bring smiles to parents & students who are looking for English tutor in Singapore.


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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Can't Meet Your Assignment Deadline? Here’s How To Ask For An Extension!

Can’t Meet The Deadline For Submitting Your Assignment?

Here’s How To Ask For An Extension!

Guest post by Lucy Coyle (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Deadlines are scary – especially when you can’t meet them. It is very common and quite relatable that students often find it difficult to complete their assignments on time and often miss the deadline. It could be because of any other exam, a job, too many assignments to be submitted around the same time, some other commitments such as a game or a competition, or could be because of unexpected situations like sickness, a family emergency or an accident. Nevertheless, the only proper way to face such a situation is to be upfront about the situation and to talk it out with your professor about an extension.
Can't Meet Your Assignment Deadline? Here’s How To Ask For An Extension!

While some believe that the best way to ask for an extension is through an email, talking to face-to-face might also not be a bad idea. In fact, it puts you in a better place to explain to your professor more convincingly about your situation and you might not even have to wait for an answer for too long. But before you do that, here are a few things to keep in mind and prepare for, so that your effort doesn’t go a waste.

1. Be Clear And Precise About What You Wish To Talk About


Whether you are writing an email or talking face-to-face, make it clear in the subject or opening line of your conversation that you want to ask for an extension. It prepares your teacher for what will follow and not confuse or waste their time beating about the bush.

2. Apologise For Not Being Able To Meet The Deadline


The most polite way to go ahead with the conversation would be to apologise for not making it. It would build grounds that you are sorry for not being able to meet the deadline and show that you are feeling responsible for the situation.

3. Give A Reasonable Explanation


Give a reasonable explanation as to why you are unable to meet the deadline. If you say you can’t make it because you have a party to attend, you can forget all about it. Make sure you have a decent excuse to give. If you have another exam around that time, explain nicely that the preparations for the exam are taking all your time. If you have an academic blog that makes your work difficult, put it convincingly before your teacher. Who knows they might be impressed with your efforts to set up an academic blog and give you a discount?

4. Ask For An Acceptable Extension


The extension you ask for must be acceptable and believable to your teacher. If the extension you ask for is too long, your teacher might surely say a “No”. Thus, be reasonable in your request.

5. Plan Ahead For An Extension


If you feel you might need an extension, plan ahead for the same. If you go up to your teacher on the last day before the deadline to ask for an extension, he/she  most probably would say a no. It is always better to ask beforehand.

6. Accept No For An Answer


If your teacher says no, accept their answer and plan and work accordingly. Remember, it was a request that you had put forward and your teacher is not obligated to accept it. They might reject your plea and hence, you should be prepared for the worst situation.

Remember to build the grounds by making a good impression on your teacher before you go ahead to ask for an extension. Make sure you have been regular to his classes and been participative and attentive throughout. Also, use of some emotions always works. Thus, make sure your conversation is filled with touching emotional dialogues that makes your teacher believe that had he been in your shoes, he would have done the same.  All in all, it would never hurt to give it your best shot. And in case if you fail, never mind, you will still have some time in hand to give it your best shot. Good luck!

Lucy Coyle is a tutor, blogger & an academic researcher based out of Brisbane, Australia.Lucy is an amateur blogger and I love to blog primarily in the education domain. Lucy works an essay writing expert with ExpertAssignmentHelp.com which is a leading assignment help service provider based out of Australia.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

3 Unconventional Ways to Ace Your SPM Exams

Guest post by Que Levine (Share your insight with 53,000+ Malaysian students)

SPM examination is happening now. Now is not the time to play around. The dreaded dates are already here. There are so many chapters to cover, things to read, facts to memorize! Listed below, are three unconventional ways to ace your SPM exams (that I wish my teacher had told me).

1. Avoid heavy meals

Malaysia Signature Food Nasi Lemak DishImage via Wikimedia

At all cost, avoid heavy meals during the day of the exam. Yes, the nasi lemak looks sinfully good, with that delicious sambal and abundance of anchovies. That roti canai are the best in town. That you can eat one for just sixty-cents. That nasi kandar can easily make you burn with the heavenly spices. I’m sure all of those foods that I’d mentioned taste good, but just for a few days of the exam, avoid eating them. Your stomach requires a longer time to digest the heavy meals consumed, re-directing all your blood to the area and eventually transferring the nutrients to all parts of the body.

Here’s the thing, during exam, you would want all your blood to your brain. Why? So that they can efficiently transport oxygen and eliminating carbon dioxide from the area. Hence, helping neurons to transfer their signals much faster and aid in easy recollection of memories. This is also a secret of chess players like myself. We had been drilled to eat small amount of food during the tournament, so our brain would be in full capacity to think on tactics and strategies. Chess requires plenty of cognitive function, and to achieve it, you have to eat less. Same goes for your exams.

Plus, eating heavy meals would only make you feel sluggish. Tell your mother about it (so as to not make you feel guilty when she cook them for you). Control yourself for the few days of exam. After that, you can be gluttonous and eat all you want!

2. Don’t study on the bed –it never works

Student Sleep Couch Book Tired Reading

How many times have you lie on the bed, with your text books, determine to cover at least one chapter and then fall asleep? Then you wake up, and curses about the time? Plenty I imagine. I have never met a person, that can study on the bed and stay awake. Never. Maybe there are some people out there who can defy the law, but for most of us, studying on the bed never work. So don’t tell yourself that hey, I’m just gonna lie down with this book and cover this chapter.. It’s a waste of time.

Instead, sit on a chair and study at your desk. Silent or switch off your gadgets and plug off your music. Have a bottle of plain water near you. And study you a** off. But don’t forget to take breaks! A good study or revision requires at least a 5-minutes break after an hour study, so your brain is not put on strain for too long. Another interesting fact is, you’ll remember better if you sleep after you study. Your brain would process all the materials in your sleep and when you wake up, it will be easier for you to recall all those facts. So, don’t pull the all-nighters hat. Have a regular sleep pattern and take a break once in a while.

3. Match your mood

Listen Music Mood Changing

I always feel a little bit sad and depressed whenever an exam is approaching. I feel like I want to escape to somewhere far far away. Somewhere where I don’t have to face this life-and-death exam situations. I feel sad during my studies as during my exams. Little did I know, years later, when I took “Cognitive Psychology” elective class in my university, that there’s a benefit to feeling that gloomy feeling. According to research, when you match your mood during your study AND during your exam, you’ll be better at recollecting memories. This is because, when a person records a memory, not only will they encode for visual and sensory data, but also mood and emotional states. Matching your mood will increase the likelihood of you remembering the facts! Being happy both during study and exams can also significantly improve your recollection of memories too. Watch sad shows, laugh less to be sad and vice versa to be happy. Try to match your mood, as much as possible.

As the exam dates are eerily near, don’t bother yourself with all the issues on facebook and twitter. Yes, Brunei is applying the hudud law and that guy from ISMA is inconsiderate to the diverse race in Malaysia. So what? You only have one chance in your SPM. Don’t get too emotionally attached with the issues and you’ll find a heavy burden lifted off.  I believe that the facebook can survive without you imposing your belief and judgement regarding any issues on the social networks.Focus on the big thing.

Que Levine was an undergraduate student in Biotechnology with a dean list on every semester. She likes to play footsie under the table, laugh for no reason and sprawl on any surfaces.  Villains that are clever and dressed in sharp suits make her happy. She is also a strong believer that the world would be better if people embrace love as they would embrace money.


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