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Monday, August 07, 2017

I chose to work in a startup company after graduating and you should too

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Malaysia Scholarships 2017 for SPM and STPM 2016 Result Holders

and their respective scholarship application closing dates.
  1. 28 August 2017: Biasiswa Yayasan Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) Scholarships http://scholarships.malaysia-students.com/2017/07/biasiswa-yayasan-kuala-lumpur-kepong-klk-scholarship.html
  2. 31 December 2017: Perbadanan Tabung Pendidikan Tinggi Nasional (PTPTN) Discount on Repayment http://scholarships.malaysia-students.com/2016/10/perbadanan-tabung-pendidikan-tinggi-nasional-ptptn-repayment-discount.html
  3. Open throughout the year: Maxis What’s Next Scholarship for Postgraduate Degree/Diploma Programme http://scholarships.malaysia-students.com/2017/03/maxis-whats-next-scholarship-programme.html
  4. Open throughout the year: Biasiswa Karangkraf Scholarship Education Fund http://scholarships.malaysia-students.com/2016/10/biasiswa-karangkraf-scholarship-education-fund.html
  5. Open throughout the year: Amcorp Study Grant for ACCA Qualification in Collaboration with Yayasan Azman Hashim Foundation http://scholarships.malaysia-students.com/2016/10/amcorp-study-grant-for-acca.html
  6. 36 Scholarships for IPTA Undergraduate Students http://scholarships.malaysia-students.com/2014/08/scholarships-for-ipta-undergraduate-students.html
  7. Throughout the year: Intel Malaysia Scholarships http://scholarships.malaysia-students.com/2014/10/intel-malaysia-scholarships.html
For many fresh graduates, making the transition from being a full-time student to a full-time employee can be extremely daunting. Some might even end up in the abyss of unemployment for quite some time, going to interview after interview without finally scoring the job. I can be considered one of the lucky ones, scoring a full-time junior executive position 2 months before my last semester even ended. Maybe this is due to the fact that I exclusively filtered out all big corporations in my job-hunting process.

The reason why I hunted startup companies instead of big corporations is because of one main factor: I need to find a place where I am needed and where I have the chance to stand out among my competitors. Sure, bigger companies might need someone with my skill sets as well but chances are, the coveted position will go to someone with a longer résumé and a higher GPA. Since startup companies are growing in a very fast pace, they need someone who can go with the flow and keep up with the growth in every quarter. There is always a new project and a challenging obstacle that can’t be solved simply by a high GPA or a long résumé.
Startup Co Working Space
Applying for a job at corporations is stressful enough as it is but when you actually do get the position. That feeling of fulfillment and happiness because you’re now finally employed is still not guaranteed. I know many fresh grads working with multinational companies still stuck in their training stages while I’m already contributing so much in my six months of working in an e-commerce startup. With startups, I feel like I have the chance to thrive and improve my skills at a faster rate.

Now that I’ve settled down in my job as a content writer in an established startup in Kuala Lumpur, I’ve found that my previous assumption about working in a smaller scale companies are true. Here are just some of the things I’ve discovered after jumpstarting my career at a startup.

More creative opportunities

As a content writer, I do more than just publishing product descriptions and on-site texts. I also write feature articles like this one and whenever they get published, I add it to my writing portfolio. It may not seem like a big deal now but when you want to climb up that career ladder in the future, you can showcase your impressive list of published writing.

For non-writers, you would also more likely to contribute to a project in a startup than in giant conglomerates. The scale may differ in every startup companies but the idea is more attractive than doing mundane, menial desk jobs every day without the chance to contribute anything.

Better working culture

Another main reason why I chose startup companies over conglomerates when hunting for my first job is because of the lack of bureaucracy. Working in a smaller office means you have the chance to meet everybody, from the juniors all the way up to the big bosses. It’ll give you a sense of solidarity with everyone in your office and while office politics might still exist, it won’t be on the same scale as it most likely would be in bigger corporations.

Less bureaucracy also means you can enhance the necessary skills you need to get promoted or to move on to a better job position in another company. Prior to joining my current company, I had no idea how to utilize SEO and how I can combine it with writing to increase the traffic of the site. The SEO skills that I honed from this first job will be extremely useful whenever I decide to move on to a better, higher position at another company.

International environment

You will find a more diverse environment when working at a startup company compared to working in a drab office for a mega conglomerate. In the current startup company that I’m working with, I’ve met people from Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, and more. And chances are, you will find a lot of other fresh grads in a startup to help you go through that first few-month jitters.

The more successful and established the startup company is, the more diverse your office environment will be. Perhaps this is because startups aren’t afraid outsource their talents to every corner of the world to find the best people to complete their team. So, try to seek for jobs outside of your home country; it’s a great chance for those trying to step out of their comfort zones and start an adventure in an unknown territory.

SEA is the best startup hub

If all the reasons above still can’t convince you to join a startup company straight after graduation, then consider this: the region is one of the best places to join the startup sector. The region has been dubbed as the leading tech startup hub and one of the fastest growing regions in the world due to the success of these startup companies.

Southeast Asia is thriving with hundreds of startup companies and many of them successfully passed and stayed in the growth and establishment phase. This means more employment opportunities, more benefits, more paths to be explored, and more chances to rise in your career ladder.

There are of course downsides to working in a startup. Unless the company’s profit and revenues keep on growing, one day the company can just decide to pack up and halt all operations. You can never know what’s instore for the future when you’re working in a startup but considering the freedom and the different skills that you can amass, it’s a great starting point in your journey of employment.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Malaysia Public Holidays 2018 Calendar (Kalendar Cuti Umum Hari Kelepasan Am)

Malaysia Public Holidays 2018 (Tarikh Hari Cuti Umum Malaysia 2018)

The Malaysia Public Holidays 2018 Calendar (Jadual Hari Kelepasan Am Persekutuan & Negeri 2018) below is useful for your next holiday trip planning and you have no more excuse not to buy overseas flight tickets during next AirAsia free seats / zero fares promotion.
Malaysia Public Holidays Calendar 2017 Kalendar Cuti Umum Malaysia

Malaysia Public / National / Federal Holidays 2018 Calendar (Kalendar Jadual Hari Cuti Kelepasan Am Persekutuan Malaysia)

  1. February 16 (Friday): Chinese New Year (Tahun Baru Cina)
  2. February 17 (Saturday): Chinese New Year Second Day (Tahun Baru Cina Hari Kedua)
  3. May 1 (Tuesday): Labour Day (Hari Pekerja)
  4. May 29 (Tuesday): Vesak Day (Hari Wesak)
  5. * June 15 (Friday): Hari Raya Puasa
  6. * June 16 (Saturday) Hari Raya Puasa (Hari Kedua)
  7. July 28 (Saturday): Agong's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong)
  8. * August 22 (Wednesday): Cuti Hari Raya Haji / Qurban
  9. August 31 (Thursday): National Day (Hari Kebangsaan / Merdeka)
  10. September 11 (Tuesday): Awal Muharam (Maal Hijrah)
  11. September 16 (Sunday): Malaysia Day (Hari Malaysia)
  12. * November 6 (Tuesday): Deepavali (Hari Deepavali)
  13.  November 20 (Tuesday): Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Nabi Muhammad S.A.W. / Maulidur Rasul)
  14. December 25 (Tuesday): Christmas (Hari Krismas)

State Holidays 2018 (Jadual Hari Cuti Kelepasan Am Negeri)

  1. January 1 (Monday): New Year 2018 (Tahun Baru 2018)
  2. January 14 (Sunday): Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Yang di-Pertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan)
  3. January 21 (Sunday): Sultan of Kedah's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Kedah)
  4. * January 31 (Wednesday): Hari Thaipusam
  5. February 1 (Thursday): Federal Territory Day (Hari Wilayah Persekutuan)
  6. February 18 (Sunday): Chinese New Year Replacement Holiday
  7. March 4 (Sunday): Anniversary of Installation of Sultan of Terengganu (Hari Ulang Tahun Pertabalan Sultan Terengganu)
  8. March 23 (Friday): Sultan of Johor's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Johor)
  9. March 30 (Friday): Good Friday
  10. April 14 (Saturday): Israk dan Mikraj
  11. April 15 (Sunday): Declaration of Malacca as a Historical City (Hari Perisytiharan Melaka Sebagai Bandaraya Bersejarah)
  12. April 26 (Thursday): Sultan of Terengganu's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Terengganu)
  13. May 7 (Monday): Hari Hol Pahang
  14. * May 17 (Thursday): Awal Ramadan
  15. May 17 (Thursday): Raja Perlis' Birthday (Hari Ulang Tahun Keputeraan Raja Perlis)
  16. May 30 (Wednesday): Harvest Festival (Pesta Kaamatan / Pesta Menuai)
  17. May 31 (Thursday): Harvest Festival (Pesta Kaamatan / Pesta Menuai)
  18. June 1 (Friday): Perayaan Hari Gawai Dayak
  19. June 2 (Saturday): Perayaan Hari Gawai Dayak Holiday
  20. June 2 (Saturday): Hari Nuzul Al-Quran
  21. June 17 (Sunday): Hari Raya Aidilfitri Replacement Holiday
  22. July 7 (Saturday): Georgetown World Heritage City Day (Hari Ulang Tahun Perisytiharan Tapak Warisan Dunia)
  23. July 7 (Saturday): Penang Governor's Birthday (Hari Jadi Yang di-Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang)
  24. July 22 (Sunday): Sarawak Day
  25. * August 23 (Thursday): Hari Raya Qurban / Haji Hari Kedua
  26. September 8 (Saturday): Sarawak Governor's Birthday (Hari Jadi Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak)
  27. September 17 (Monday): Malaysia Day Replacement Holiday
  28. October 6 (Saturday): Sabah Governor's Birthday (Hari Jadi Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah)
  29. October 12 (Friday): Malacca Governor's Birthday (Hari Jadi Yang di-Pertua Negeri Melaka)
  30. October 15 (Monday): Hari Hol Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Johor
  31. October 24 (Wednesday): Sultan of Pahang's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Pahang)
  32. November 2 (Friday): Sultan of Perak's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Perak)
  33. November 11 (Sunday): Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Kelantan)
  34. November 12 (Sunday): Sultan of Kelantan's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Kelantan)
  35. December 11 (Tuesday): Sultan of Selangor's Birthday (Hari Keputeraan Sultan Selangor)
Note: * Subject to change (tertakluk kepada perubahan).

Kalendar Jadual Hari Kelepasan Am Malaysia 2018 Persekutuan & Negeri

Malaysia Public Holidays 2018 Calendar (Kalendar Cuti Umum Hari Kelepasan Am)
Malaysia Public Holidays 2018 Calendar (Kalendar Cuti Umum Hari Kelepasan Am)

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Friday, July 07, 2017

3 Types of 'Chinese Schools' in Malaysia: Facts & Comparison of SJKC, SMJK & Chinese Independent High School

What you should know about Chinese schools in Malaysia

by Ida Lim

Not all Chinese schools in Malaysia use Mandarin as the medium of instruction. Surprised? Why are they called Chinese schools then?

That is because the term “Chinese schools” has been used indiscriminately to group together disparate types of schools with a common historical background under a very wide umbrella.
Characteristics of Chinese Schools in Malaysia
Characteristics of Chinese Schools in Malaysia
In reality, there are two broad categories for Chinese schools here: those that are private and those that are government-aided. Some of their key distinctions revolve around funding, medium of instruction and syllabus used.

According to the Education Ministry, the self-funded Chinese independent high schools are private schools while those called national-type Chinese primary schools (SJKC) or national-type secondary schools (SMJK) are public schools that receive either full or partial financial assistance from the government.

Chinese independent high schools

Chinese independent high schools may sound like an odd moniker but it can be traced back to the history of local Chinese-medium schools, which United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) chairman Datuk Vincent Lau told Malay Mail Online were first established by the migrants originating from China to provide education for their children.

Surviving a push for English-medium schools during British colonial rule as they insisted on using their mother tongue for lessons, the Chinese-medium secondary schools that refused to switch to using Bahasa Malaysia in exchange for government funding became known as Chinese independent high schools.

These schools do not receive funding from the federal government, except for one-off contributions.

However, Dong Zong confirmed that state governments such as Penang, Sabah, Sarawak and Selangor do provide financial assistance. The respective school boards otherwise continue to rely on school fees and donations from the community for all expenses including teachers’ salaries and infrastructure.
Dong Zong Chairman Datuk Vincent Lau
Dong Zong chairman Datuk Vincent Lau said the shrinking fresh intake of students is also tied to lack of space and the non-approval for new Chinese independent schools to cope with demand.

SJKC and SMJK: Government-aided schools

There are also primary schools where Mandarin is used to teach all subjects. These existed before Malaysia was formed in 1963 and are now known as SJKC, where the vernacular language is allowed to continue to be used as the medium of instruction as an alternative to the Bahasa Malaysia-medium national primary schools (SK).

SK schools are located on public land and accorded the status of “government schools” which the ministry fully maintains and funds.

SJKC schools adopt the same national syllabus used by SK schools and offer the same school-leaving UPSR examination. But because they are built on private donated land, they are given the status of “government-aided schools” and receive less government funding compared to SK schools.

While the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 states that the ministry allocates teachers for both government and government-aided schools and fully pays for their salaries, funding in other aspects for these two subsets of public schools differ slightly.

Both receive government support for operational expenditure in the form of grants-in-aid based on the same criteria of individual school’s needs, but there is a limit on funding for government-aided schools’ utilities bill.

And while the government fully funds the development costs for SK schools, SJKC schools may get 80 per cent funding, sometimes more, for their renovation and construction.

Similarly for SMJK schools which were once Chinese-medium schools that opted to conform by using BM and the national syllabus in return for government aid, the amount of government funding received also depends on ownership of school land.

While SMJK schools have told Putrajaya that they should be granted full financial assistance regardless of their land status, they are currently only considered fully-aided schools if the school boards surrendered the land titles to the government. Otherwise they only receive partial financial assistance with teachers’ salaries and per capita grants paid by the government.

Syllabus and examinations

SMJK students follow the same syllabus and sit for the same examinations as their counterparts in national secondary schools (SMK) during Form Three (PT3), Form Five (SPM) and Form Six (STPM).

But SJMK schools also allocate more time for Mandarin classes with five periods per week to instil deeper awareness of the language and its roots among their majority ethnic Chinese students. In comparison, SMK schools offer only three periods of Mandarin classes a week.

At Chinese independent schools, the syllabus and textbooks are prepared by Dong Zong, which also prepares and conducts the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) for their students.

While students typically sit for the UEC examination during their Junior Three and Senior Three years — or the equivalent of Form Three and Form Six in national schools — there are also some Chinese independent schools which offer the SPM to their students too though Lau said it is not compulsory for Chinese independent schools.

Dong Zong’s records showed that 8,574 students at the Chinese independent schools registered as SPM candidates last year.

Lau said some Chinese independent school students may not take the UEC Senior Three exam after sitting for their SPM as a Senior Two student, opting instead for other pre-university courses.

The STPM exam is not offered however, as the UEC Senior Three exam is its equivalent and is widely-accepted abroad and in local private institutions as a pre-university qualifier.

The UEC examination for Junior Three is in Chinese for most schools, but some schools are also given examination papers in both Mandarin and English. UEC Senior Three candidates are given examination papers set in both Mandarin and English.

While not part of Dong Zong’s tally of Chinese independent schools, Kuantan’s SM Chong Hwa has the unique arrangement of being a private secondary school where students can sit for both the UEC examination and examinations under the national syllabus.

Chinese education in numbers

There are currently 81 SMJK, including three branch schools. The branch campus of Kajang’s SMJK Yu Hua, which received government approval last December after the 3,500-capacity main campus had to turn down students, will be the latest addition when completed.

Based on Dong Zong’s data sourced from the Education Ministry, the number of SJKC schools has been shrinking while BM-medium national primary schools have been growing.

As at last December, the number of SJKC schools numbered 1,298 compared to 1,346 in 1970. In contrast, SK schools boasted 5,877 in 2016 compared to 4,277 in 1970.

The dwindling trend for vernacular schools is also reflected in the decreasing number of Tamil-language primary schools (SJKT) that recorded just 524 last year compared to 657 in 1970.

As for secondary schools, there are currently 61 Chinese independent schools, inclusive of Johor’s Foon Yew High School and its branch which both collectively have over 10,000 students. Foon Yew is set to open yet another branch in 2021.

But Lau of Dong Zong said demand remains high for enrolment in Chinese independent schools, especially in cities, where some of these schools have around 3,000 students and cannot take in more due to limited land, facilities and classrooms.

“The other thing is we cannot get the permission to build more Chinese independent schools, the government does not allow, they limit you to 60. We applied but they don’t give permission,” he said, comparing this with the boom in the number of international schools approved by the government.

As such, some Chinese independent schools have resorted to demolishing some of their buildings to rebuild additional storeys to cater to demand.

How big a pie?

While the overall number of students at Chinese independent schools continued its uninterrupted upward trend of 15 years and hit a historic peak this year with 85,304 students, it accounts for only four per cent of the total recorded number of secondary school students, which is 2,099,603 as of January 2017.

SMJK schools account for over 108,000 students, and even when combined with Chinese independent schools amount to less than 10 per cent.

The number of new intakes at Chinese independent schools has however been going down in the past four years.

After a record high at 17,620 in 2013, this year saw only 14,481 enrolments, which Lau attributed to a cocktail of factors: the rural to urban migration, the subsequent imbalance between overcrowded urban schools and under-enrolled rural schools, and lower birth rates especially among the ethnic Chinese community.
Malaysia SJKC Chinese Independent High School Total Student Number
According to an Education Ministry parliamentary reply in the March-April session, the number of primary school students as of January 2017 is 2,674,327. A separate reply in the same session shows that the bulk of the student are enrolled in SK schools at 2,065,279, while almost one-fifth are in SJKC schools at 527,453 and SJKT schools account for 81,483.

Based on the Department of Statistics Malaysia’s data of live births in the 2000-2015 period, the annual number of babies born in some of the preceding seven years before primary school enrolment from 2000 to 2017 are also among the lowest of the entire 15-year period.

The SK, SJKC and SJKT overall student numbers have generally been on a downward trend during the 2010-2017 period (except for a rebound for SK schools in the past two years).

Beyond the flocking of locals to international schools since the federal government removed limits in 2012 on intake of Malaysians, the Department Statistics Malaysia’s 2000-2015 data of live births may also give a hint on the explanation for the student numbers in national and national-type primary schools.

Malaysians typically enter primary schools at age seven, so students freshly enrolled in the 2010-2017 batch would generally be those born during the 2003-2010 period. The annual number of babies born during the latter period are among the lowest in the 2000-2015 period — 481,800 in 2004, 474,473 in 2005, 472,698 in 2006, 479,647 in 2007.
Live Births Number in Malaysia
Live Births Number in Malaysia

Future goals

Dong Zong has long been pushing Putrajaya to recognise the UEC for entry into the civil service and local public universities, with Lau saying that further discussions are required to pursue this recognition.

The government had in parliamentary replies said it is maintaining the status quo by letting the 60 Chinese independent schools here continue their operations as provided for under the Education Act 1996.

The replies indicate that the government’s steadfast refusal to recognise the UEC is because of the differing national syllabus standards and alleged contradiction with the National Education Policy which envisions a uniform syllabus and examinations delivered in BM.

The Higher Education Ministry had in a March 2016 parliamentary reply highlighted that it will deny public university entry to UEC graduates owing to several reasons including entry requirements of an SPM pass with credits in the BM subject; UEC’s BM levels not being on par with SPM standards; as well as alleged inadequate coverage of national history in the UEC syllabus.

Lau said the BM levels may differ in the two examinations, adding that Dong Zong is agreeable to having UEC students sit for the Bahasa Malaysia subject under SPM as a single subject and would want to be able to waive sitting for the entire examination.

“Maybe they have misconception about what we study, they are thinking we are studying Chinese history textbook from China or Taiwan, which is not true,” he said.

He claimed that Chinese independent schools cover a wider scope in history lessons on Europe, China and South-east Asia compared to the syllabus taught in national schools, but that they also cover Malaysian history.

The UEC is currently recognised by the Sarawak state government for entry into the state’s civil service and is recognised by local private universities such as the Selangor-owned Unisel, but is not accepted by the public universities such as Universiti Malaysia Sarawak which is under the federal government, Lau said. The Penang state government also accepts UEC graduates at its subsidiary companies.

As for Chinese primary schools, Lau said the federal government should adopt a systematic policy by either relocating under-enrolled schools or build new schools in high-demand areas such as urban areas and new townships that have predominantly ethnic Chinese population.

“Sometimes this becomes political, when it’s closer to election, the place there requests a school, the government [says] OK and they will build the school,” he said of the current ad-hoc approach.

Chinese education groups had in two memoranda in 2011 and 2012 to the prime minister said an additional 45 SJKC schools in six states needs to be built. The government has yet to approve the construction of these schools as of a December 2016 statement by Dong Zong.

This artile was first posted at The Malay Mail Online)

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

How technology is changing classroom education

How technology is changing classroom education

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

Education technology has improved a lot in modern times. With inculcation of avant-garde techs such as augmented and virtual reality, the learning experience has just gone off the roofs.

There’s absolutely no doubt of the fact that it has played a big role in transforming classroom education for good. In this article, we’ll see to the different ways through which it has changed classroom education.
Young man in high school computer lab

1. Education technology has played a great role in extending education beyond the classrooms

The advent of the mobile internet has played a great role in extending education beyond the walls of the classroom.

With devices like iPhones and iPads (for example), it has become immensely easy for students to do their practical programming classes even from the comfort of their drawing rooms or even when they have gone mobile. They don’t have to gain access to a computer lab anymore to do their practical classes as per schedule.

So we can see that the mobile technology has more or less acted as a bridge between the classroom and home learning to great effects.
E-learning concept Ebook

2. The rise of ebooks

Ebooks are gaining more prominence in schools and colleges because of the host of benefits that come with them. Some of them are:
  • Ebooks have the benefits of instant availability over conventional textbooks. The school libraries don’t have to wait for their stock to arrive anymore. Just a click of the mouse is enough to get the book to their collection. Amazon, eBay, Barnes and Noble, etc. can aid a lot.
  • Ebooks are environment-friendly.
  • Ebooks also provide a text-to-audio option for visually-challenged pupils.
  • They are cost-effective and also require a significant low storage space (a simple mobile device is capable of storing thousands of ebooks depending on its storage space) in comparison to the conventional text books.
The immense popularity of ebooks in classrooms has created a number of changes like low baggage and less storage space, and so on. All such changes are considered desirable from the point of view of education.

3. The teacher-student role reversal

With the inculcation of education technology in classrooms, the teacher-student roles have gone through a complete transformation.

The student has become a whole lot more active and engaged in comparison to the way it was before.

The teacher, on the other hand, has stopped being just a dispenser of information. S/He has now become more or less a facilitator of information by guiding their students on the right track.
Silhouette of a boy with e learning concept

4. Significant increase in classroom engagements

One of the main benefits of educational technology lies in collaboration. And technology plays an important role to empower the same in the best possible manner.

With the aid of classroom technology, students collaborate well with one another, both inside and outside the classrooms. Here’s a simple example:
The power of social media.

Teachers can now use the power of social media to great effects to increase collaboration between students and their parents on the same platform itself. They will be able to create their unique groups, post assignments and share a number of useful educational resources on the same platform itself.

Parents will be able to keep track of their child’s progress on social media and will also be able to interact with the teacher in case there’s any requirement.

5. Educational technology has made it possible for teachers to deliver a more personalized learning experience to students

Educational technology has made it possible for teachers to customize their lessons according to the needs of individual students.

Personalized learning such as e-learning has made it possible for students to learn at their own pace; a trait that has benefited many average students to do well in the long run.

Some of the best uses of educational technology in classrooms

  • Blogging
    • Blogging is one of the best ways for teachers to take their lessons beyond the boundaries of the classrooms. Blogging gives teachers a platform to share their thoughts, ideas, and experience with the world as a whole; something that’s considered to be pretty “constructive” from the general point of view.
    • Through the help of blogging, teachers might be able to build themselves a small online learning community which, in a sense can benefit both the teachers and the students in general.
    • Note: Getting a blog site on the World Wide Web has become as easy as a piece of cake now; thanks to the user-friendly content management systems such as Wordpress, Joomla!, and others.
  • Usage of apps and games in classes
    • Nowadays, we have several educational apps and games available on the app stores for a broad range of mobile devices. A fair chunk of them doesn’t even cost a dime.
    • Teachers can use them effectively in their classrooms for different teaching purposes of their own.
  • Usage of augmented and virtual reality in classrooms
    • The augmented and virtual reality technologies have gained a lot of prominence in modern days. The educational sectors have benefitted a lot as a result of these avant-garde mean of technologies.
    • It has helped to create the maximum possible impression on students through its immersive learning experience which has significantly and positively affected their studies on the whole.
    • Case in point -
Educational technology has really changed the meaning of classroom education. But the question is: “Are you on the bandwagon yet?” If you are not, you better get on it ASAP. You will definitely get benefited in the long run as a student.

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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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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

How Malaysian Students Can Befriend English To Get Better At Writing Essays

How Malaysian Students Can Befriend English To Get Better At Writing Essays

Guest post by Mallory Zoe (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Writing to express yourself clearly could be a challenge if you are not a writer. This could make the situation worse if you have trouble connecting your thoughts. And if you are required to write in a language that is not your mother tongue, you can only imagine your condition. Add the pressure of time to it and it makes you want to quit instantly.
English Word Title Image

Writing in English is no different. English is a beautiful language with appropriate words for almost all situations. Writing in proper, coherent English is always a challenge for ESL students. Students from Malaysia are ambitious and go abroad for higher studies; but without a proper command over the English language, most students find themselves struggling. Whether it is the UK, US or Australia, students are required to submit essays as part of their curriculum. This is where many students approach model essay writing services to help them learn the art of writing essays.

A part of the problem lies in the way students are taught a foreign language like English. Malaysia has seen a drastic change with regards to English as a medium of teaching. The education system which primarily used English until 1980’s, saw a change only to adapt Malay as a medium of teaching. This was briefly changed to English medium only for Maths and Science, which was rolled back in 2012 to Malay medium. Besides, while the US, UK, Australia, and Canada allocate undergraduate degrees to students based on their research skills demonstrated through many small essays and research papers, this is not the case with Malaysia.

How Can Students Overcome Limitations To Get Comfortable With English?

The obvious question that comes to mind is, how can you overcome these shortfalls and still get comfortable with English and essay writing without using essay writing services if you are a Malaysian student looking to study abroad? The simple answer to this is to plan your way ahead. If you know your aim is to study abroad or if you are a parent who is interested in sending their children abroad, you must plan ahead.
Woman sitting at her desk thinking of things to write

Steps You Can Take to Make Your Children Comfortable With English and Essay Writing

  1. Send your children to English coaching centers - Yes, sending your children to a good coaching center for English can help you advance their skills. Not only would they get to learn the language, they would also make a bunch of friends with common goals. 
  2. Ask them to converse in English - If you are not very comfortable with English, ask your children to practice the language with someone who can speak good English. There is nothing like practicing a language. 
  3. Practice by writing sentences - Once your child has reached a stage where they are comfortable with spoken English, ask them to start writing in English. For most students, the only writing practice they get in English is when they mug up for exams and write word by word what they had memorized. While they can still get good grades by doing so, but their actual language skills would remain hidden from you. 
  4. Practice essay writing - If you child has successfully achieved the above stages, which may take several months, it is time to expose them to essays. Give them a simple topic (preferably something of interest) and ask them to research the topic using Google books and other scholarly sources. Check their essay for language, sources, and the depth of research. You can also take the help of an online examiner from the UK who would mark the essay and send it back to you.
  5. Learn academic formats - Lastly, make your child learn academic formatting. Essays in the UK and the US are written in academic formats like APA, MLA, and Harvard. There are many online sources for this. Most universities have their own formatting guidelines shared through their official websites.
The above steps are not easy, especially if you are a Malay medium student, but they are possible if you approach them step by step. Don’t lose sight of your aim to study abroad and put all these steps into practice. If you do your homework right, life aboard would become much easier as you become more confident of handling tons of assignments, which are going to be thrown your way.

Remember, the true reason behind getting education abroad is because the education system is more robust and prepares you for the biggest challenges of life. It develops your character in ways you can hardly imagine. Only those who can overcome hurdles of expressing themselves clearly would get a shot at getting a UK/US degree that will stay with them for life and open doors to most wonderful opportunities around the globe.

Mallory Zoe is an independent blogger and an avid reader. She writes on education, college life and career choices for students. She is presently associated with a cheap essay writing service where she helps international students improve their language and get better at writing essays.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

5 Best Hacks to Improve Your Working Memory

5 of the best hacks that you can implement to improve your working memory

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

You might find a strange similarity between your brain and your computer hard-disk but in reality, it doesn’t exactly work that way. Some will say that it works like RAM (RAM is a form of volatile memory where data is stored temporarily over time. You switch it off and it loses all its data) which might seem true to a certain extent.

But how do you explain all that feeling of nostalgia you get in specific circumstances if your brain does indeed work like RAM? You see a child going on a merry-go-round and you immediately start reminiscing certain pleasant scenes of your childhood as a result of that. Now how do you explain that?

You honestly can’t. Your brain’s not RAM or ROM; it’s something more. The more you use it, the sharper it’s going to be over time. Here are 10 of the best hacks that you, as a student can use to improve your working memory. Let’s go through them without further ado.

1. Crosswords can be an ace in the hole for you

Young man sitting on sofa doing crossword puzzle in newspaper back view
Crossword puzzles can be an excellent cognitive exercise for you if you do them periodically in a relaxed state of mind.

The practice of solving crosswords can greatly improve your working memory. You will be able to retain information for a longer period of time and can also recall them whenever you want depending on your requirements.

So practice them periodically and religiously to improve your cognitive skills and working memory. If it gets too easy for you, switch over to a different one. Yep, sudokus can do the trick as well.

2. Jigsaw puzzles aren’t that simple if you can use the right way

Jigsaw puzzle game background
You might think that jigsaw puzzles are meant only for the kids or toddlers but no, they definitely aren’t. You just have to find the ones that are meant specifically for you (to be more specific, I should say the “older kids”).

Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to improve your short-term memory and your critical problem-solving skills. The more the pieces, the greater is the benefit. So are you for it? You definitely should be.

3. Video games help you to multi-task

Boys playing video game console
Video games aren’t always that bad that you might think they are. Yes, too much video gaming can definitely hurt your studies but that shouldn’t portray “total” negativity, especially when video games are concerned.

Video games can improve your multi-tasking abilities. Now that is something that can make you a standout among the crowd, especially in your professional life.

Always remember that your multi-tasking skills are directly linked to that of your working memory. So you see you’ll always be at a benefit if you are able to “play” it the right way.

P.S. Too many hours of video gaming is STILL not recommended. An hour here and there is what’s recommended unless you’re on a vacation.

4. Learn a shopping game

Shopping bag with many items on sale
“Peg words”- Do you know what these are?

This is a remembrance technique where words are linked rhythmically with numbers to work in the form of a memory-aid. You can inculcate this tactic to improve your working memory. You can use the aid of peg words to memorize things better.

So how can use this tactic to great effects? You can use this tactic in the form of a “shopping game.” Try to remember small shopping lists through the use of peg words. Here’s an example,

If you are going out to buy yourself a pair of shoe, you can make a poem like “one two buckle my shoe” to remember the same.

These practices may look too petty on the hindsight but it can go a long way indeed if you keep on practicing them religiously every day.

5. Play a memory game with your friends or colleagues

Doodling infographic
If you are present in a group, you can play some sort of a memory game with your friends to improve your working memory over time.

A memory game is fun to play and it doesn’t even cost you a dime. Here’s how you do it.

You start with the name of any object say, “birds.” The person next to you will have to repeat the same and add another one of his/her own (like tiger). The next person will have to repeat from the start i.e. birds, tiger and then add one of his/own (say cheetah).

This will continue. The person who fails to recall the series perfectly at a stage is disqualified at that stage itself. This is a beautiful game indeed and can actually improve your working memory over time. Moreover, it’s fun; so is there anything not to like? Guess not!

So that’s it then. Hope the hacks or the games mentioned above come in handy for you. With that, I’ll sign off for the time being. Hope you had a great 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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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Debunking Top 10 Study Abroad Myths

Debunking The 10 Myths About Study Abroad!

Guest post by Priscilla Ellie (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Thinking of studying abroad? Just like any major decision a person can make, there are a lot of opinions about whether to go or not go abroad for studying. Well, study abroad seems difficult to deal with.

Many students don’t even consider studying abroad because of misinformation. Too many students mistakenly believe that there is no place in their academic plan for abroad or that it’s just a luxury that they cannot afford.
Myths Study Abroad Exchange Program International Students
There are a number of myths about studying abroad that make it seems like it is not an option. To clear the air, we are going to explore some myths and misconceptions about studying abroad.

Myth # 1 – I’ll Have To Speak A Foreign Language

First of all, don’t forget that the most widely-used language in the world is English. It is also the language of England, Scotland, South Africa and New Zealand etc. and in most of the non-English speaking countries, you are offered a choice of study programs depending on your language level.

Myth # 2 – It’s Too Expensive To Study Abroad

Obviously! It depends on which field you select but lots of the time cost of living is lower when you are abroad. Students get financial support from the university and if you are eligible there are many external funding options as well and most of the time scholarship opportunities are also available.

Myth # 3 – Will Miss My Home & Friends 

Maybe! But keep in mind that studying abroad is an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. The number of students chooses to study abroad grow every year so you can easily find many other students in the same situation. You can also live with a host family at their home so you won’t feel lonely.

Myth # 4 – Studying Abroad Is Dangerous

This is not true at all! The colleges / universities take cares to make the campuses most secure but if you are still afraid so you can find a location which better suits you. Your country government websites can help you regarding this in finding most secure places to study abroad.

Myth # 5 – Study Abroad Programs Are Not For Everyone

Study abroad programs are for everyone. It does not matter which gender, country or religion you belong to. There are lots of programs available for studying abroad according to your interests. You can find them by searching via the internet.

Myth # 6 – Studying Abroad Is Only For Language And IR Majors

It’s not like that; you can pursue any course abroad. You can do your majors for almost every subject. Study abroad is for all majors and students of every field can benefit from it including engineering history, political science, medical, business or maths etc.

Myth # 7 – It Won’t Help My Career 

That’s not true at all because of employer’s value study abroad experience of a person. It demonstrates that you are adaptable, open to new experiences.

Myth # 8 – International Students Don’t Receive Support Properly

Almost all the teachers are very helpful to students or refer people who can help them in studies as other things as well. The students are also very helpful and friendly and welcome them in a very good manner.

Myth # 9 – You Have To Study Abroad For A Year

Many of the study abroad programs are short term and take place during summer. They don’t last for a year. Courses last for 3-4 weeks usually.

Myth # 10 - It's Difficult To Get Accepted

Most of the students who meet the minimum qualification criteria and complete the process of application properly are easily accepted to study abroad. Most of the universities looking towards increasing the number of students studying abroad and working closely with students to find the program that best meets their qualifications.

So, there you go! Some myths clarified!

Hoping that with these clarifications of myths you can travel abroad without any misconceptions in mind.

I took help from different sources to write my assignment. For example: 46 Good SPM English Model Essays / Free Essay Samples for O-level, IELTS, TOEFL & MUET Writing 

Priscilla Ellie is studying MBA from London School of Economics, UK. As an academic writer, she also helps students who spend hours on internet searching, “Who will write my assignment?” In her leisure time, she loves to read and write. She began her academic writing career in 2010.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

5 Tips to Fight Writer's Block for College Term Paper Essay Writing

5 Tips to Fight Writer's Block for College Term Paper

Guest post by Kevin Nelson (Share your favourite tips with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Every student has been in the situation when you have a topic and sometimes even a list of literature, but you have no idea what to say. Moreover, sometimes you know what to say but they have no clue how to say that. Still, the outcome is one and the same, students just do not know how to fight writer’s block for writing a term paper or any other kind of an essay.

In this article, we are going to investigate whether there are any methods that help to deal with this problem. We will reveal one big secret right now, these methods do exist and perhaps you have been using some of them intuitively. However, when you discover them being structured and explained, there will be more chances that you will start to use them anytime you have some problems with generating ideas and implementing them in your writing.
Tips to Fight Writer's Block for College Term Paper

1. Find your working hours

Have you noticed that some hours of the day are more productive for you? Some call it being early or night birds, other connect that with the processes that happen in our bodies. We cannot tell you for sure how it works on the physical or psychological level, but the effect has been proven by thousands of the students all over the world. If you know that 5am – 7am are the best hours for writing for you, you should use them to write your papers. Just try to make a couple experiments with the time when you write papers, and you will definitely find the best working hours for you.

2. Start with the ideas

To write a paper, you need to get an idea. If you have none of them, this is the first problem to be solved. Why the idea is important? The matter is that based on the idea you may define the methods that you will use for investigation, the facts that will prove the idea and the arguments that will make your essay even more interesting to read.

To find the idea that will work in the best way for you, write down everything that you have in your head. If you feel that this does not work, try to make the association list. If you still feel that the writer’s block prevents you from writing, use the latest method – just check the paper of other students available online and find the ideas in which you trust.

3. Set the deadlines for each part of work

Before you start to work on your paper, you need to make a clear outline or at least a plan for it. In this plan, you should include all the processes that are involved in reaching the ultimate goal and all the resources that you may need. Additionally, estimate the time necessary for working on each of the parts of your essay. It is always better to give yourself some extra time for coping with the tasks than to set deadlines that can hardly be met as this will cause even more pressure and won’t be helpful at all.

4. Fill the pauses with sports

Remember to give yourself some rest. If you work all the time, you cannot keep demonstrating high performance and good results. However, when you have those pauses in your schedule, you need to use them wisely. The best decision is to make some physical exercises. They are both good for your body and they will help you restore your energy for continue working your paper as well.

5. Allow some cheating by using professional help in proofreading

If you are afraid of making some mistakes in your writing, this may become the most problematic writer block. To get rid of it, allow yourself some help from writing experts. For example, you may rely on the custom writing proofreading service in case you have no time for proper investigation or order editing and proofreading service if you are not sure in the quality of your writing. It does not necessarily mean that you will use these cheats, but they will definitely help you feel more relaxed. And as many students say, when there is no tension and no necessity to rush, they always provide better results paying fewer efforts.

Did you love our tips to fight writer’s block for a term paper? We hope you did! Nevertheless, we recommend you to try at least some of the methods just to compare how your productivity rises with them. Perhaps, you will discover that some of them are so good for you, that you no longer feel the problems with writing, or maybe you will decide that writing is not for you and will concentrate on some other activities. As a student, you need to define your strong sides and such lists of tips will help you to get to know what’s better for you.

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Kevin Nelson started his career as a research analyst and has changed his sphere of activity to writing services and content marketing. Currently, Kevin works as a part-time writer at BreezeWriting. Apart from writing, he spends a lot of time reading psychology and management literature searching for the keystones of motivation ideas.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Do You Identify With These 8 Excuses For Not Studying Abroad?

Do You Identify With These 8 Excuses For Not Studying Abroad?

Guest post by Anna Marsh (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

In today’s academic culture, a big chunk of the proportion of students chooses to study abroad. But when it comes to studying abroad, dozens of questions start surfacing in the minds of students. There is no denying that studying abroad is a challenging thing but that’s what makes it worth your time and efforts. Nonetheless, a portion of students finds excuses when it comes to studying abroad. Some of the excuses are as follows:
Female Student Girl Peeking Behind Book Library Table

1. It Is Too Costly

No doubt students who wish to study in a foreign country need to manage a hefty amount of finance to cover all expenses. This is because you will need to pay semester fees, accommodation charges, traveling cost and etc.

In addition, many international colleges offer a scholarship opportunity to international students but they set very tough criteria. In case you’re willing to take a financial aid then you will need to pay it as per your agreement. So make your mind for study abroad program if you’re in a sound financial position else you mind end up without achieving a foreign degree.

2. I Will Miss My Family

Of course, it’s in human nature. When you will move to a new place for study purpose you will genuinely miss your friends and family. It will take a lot of time to come closer to anyone. This is why when you will move to a new country, you can’t make get attached to new friends instantly.
Additionally, the chances are high that you will feel homesickness. If these things are challenging for you then considering study abroad program is not the right choice for you.

3. I Can’t Speak Foreign Language

It is true to say that not everyone can speak a foreign language. Some students find it hard to learn a new language, while some hesitate to speak in a different way. Every student needs to buy stuff, get on the train, and need to communicate with their academic counselors.

These necessities of life will force you to learn and speak a new language. If you find speaking in a foreign language a daunting task, then you should give up your decision of study abroad.

4. Admission Procedure Is Complex

In order to secure admission in an international college or university students need to go through an entire admission process. Different colleges have different admission criteria which students need to follow appropriately to grow their career.

At first, you will need to figure out each and every admission requirement of the foreign admission you desire to pursue your career. Afterwards, you will be required to accomplish them in the prescribed way to please the admission counselor.

5. I Love My Country

The majority of students are so much attached to their living environment that they’re not mentally prepared to live in a new place. This is because they grow up in the same culture from childhood so it’s hard for them to adjust to a new lifestyle. If your country environment fascinates you more than any other country, then it’s hard for you to settle in a new country for study purpose.

Thus it’s better to research about the lifestyle of the country you’re planning to study abroad than to fail to adjust to it.

6. I Don’t Know Anyone 

Many students don’t have connections in a foreign country. And this is why they give up the decision of study abroad. According to research, the biggest fear of studying abroad is the strange environment. Normally when someone moves to another country for the purpose of study, he faces a tough time to cope with the new people.

However, if you think you can’t interact with new people so easily then you should withdraw the decision of study abroad.

7. I’m Afraid Of Travelling

Traveling is a scary experience for many people especially when it comes to travel abroad. And this is why when students think about studying abroad too many questions pop up in their mind that stops them to travel.

When students move to a new country they explore new things on a daily basis. Some people easily adjust to the new culture while some take ample amount of time. Therefore it’s essential to make a wise decision when it comes to studying in a new place.

8. It Won’t Benefit Me

A large proportion of students ignores the opportunity of studying abroad because of the less demand for foreign qualification in their country. Many employers underestimate the value of a foreign degree while recruiting new staff.

This is why a lot of students are not interested in pursuing higher education in a foreign country. If you’re also living in a country where foreign qualification fails to impress the employer, then it’s useless for you to study abroad.

Anna Marsh is the writer of this post. She is a veteran UK Essays Academic Counselor and Career Analyst. Personally, she is fond of listening to music, watching movies, and playing sports. Her favorite sports include parasailing, rafting, and boating.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

8 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Start Your Journey As a Foreign Student

8 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Start Your Journey As a Foreign Student

Guest post by Kate Cross (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

It is an undeniable truth that studying abroad is a life-changing decision for every student. This is because students will not just face language and cultural barriers but also need to overcome financial and other matters. With proper preparations, anyone could easily ace studying abroad program without any hassle.

To serve this purpose, it’s vital to figure out answers to some question before gearing up for study abroad program. Here is a list of questions you should ask yourself before studying abroad to make a good experience.
Foreign International Students Sitting Chatting

1. Why I Need To Go Abroad?

The purpose of study abroad is the first thing you will need to figure out before kicking off arrangements. It is really crucial for the student to figure out the main purpose of foreign study whether it’s to explore a new culture or availability of course or scholarship opportunity. By answering this question you could easily make your mind and do arrangements as per requirements.

For example, if you have received any scholarship opportunity then you will not need to arrange hefty amount of finance. Instead you could do preparation for other requirements to make your journey safe.

2. Do You Know Any Student Who Has Studied Abroad?

This is the most appropriate way to make one mind for studying abroad. Look in your network people who have studied abroad and ask them about their experience. Talking to others who have successfully completed a foreign study program will give you a chance to figure out answers to so many questions that are doodling in your mind.

In addition, you can make your mind to face challenges that are attached with foreign study programs. So connect with people who have studied abroad to benefit by their experience and great knowledge.

3. Have You Fasten All Necessary Travel Documents?

When it comes to study abroad students need to manage dozens of documents. In order to study abroad, you will need to manage documents from admission form to the accommodation letter to a valid passport. If you’re moving to a country where you will require a student visa then you will need to fill up a kit of documents. Keep in mind to back up a set of all documents in a secure place so that you will easily use them in the case of emergency.

4. How Much Will It Cost?

If you’re making your mind to study abroad, then you must evaluate the cost of this decision. Usually, the cost of the study program is based on the university or college course that you choose. Therefore you will need to figure out the duration of the program you’re willing to enroll as well as the country where you plan to study.

To serve this purpose, you can use the internet to browse international colleges and universities websites. Every website contains list of course along with their tuition fees so that you could easily calculate the total cost of your course.

5. When Do I Apply?

Normally international college and universities admissions close three to four months before the semester classes begin. And there are to admission intakes that is the spring and winter admission-intake. Every international college and university have different admission criteria therefore you will need to learn it before applying.

Moreover, you will need to know the last date for acceptance of application forms to avoid close deadline horridness.

6. Where I’ll Get Accommodation?

Fortunately, there is no restriction from institutions that requires international students to stay only at on-campus accommodation. Therefore you could easily select any option of accommodation that will suit your budget. If you’re willing to stay on campus accommodation, then you can also benefit with on campus ‘meal plan’ with extra payment.

For this purpose, you will need to check out the interested institution’s website to get details of on-campus accommodation and meal packages. You can also stay in shared rooms or as a paying guest with a family to add unique cultural learning experience in your program.

7. Are You Self-Sufficient?

Before planning to move in any part of the world it’s crucial to make your mind about every challenge that you will need to accomplish with your efforts. This is because when you will move abroad you will need to perform every task with your own efforts. Whether it's laundry or ironing or shoe polish, you will need to accomplish everything by yourself.

Furthermore, you will need to develop assignments that are plays a key role in academic semesters. Thus, if you’re self-sufficient to ace every challenge with your own efforts then you should gear up for a study abroad program.

8. Can I Apply For A Scholarship?

Almost every college or university offers scholarship opportunity to international students. Usually, it’s based on the program that you’re planning to study. Scholarships are offered by both the government and private educational organizations in every country.

Therefore, it’s better to look for scholarship opportunity at the institution website you’re interested than to pay costly tuition fees.

Kate Cross is the writer of this post. She feels passionate essay writing about education and technology. In her article, you’ll find tips, tricks, and trends about education, career, and future of education. She is an enthusiastic reader and likes to read about education, education technology, and career management.

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