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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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How to use the Feynman method of learning to great effects

How to use the Feynman method of learning to great effects

Guest post by Justin Goh (Share your insight with 56,000+ Malaysian students)
“How can I make sure of the fact that I have understood a topic clearly?”
I have encountered hundreds of similar questions from middle school students especially when they get deeply involved into the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). My answer has always been the same: “use the Feynman Technique to get it to perfection.”

So what exactly is this Feynman technique? Does it have a set of hard and fast rules? Let’s see to that in greater details in this article.
How to use the Feynman method of learning

The Feynman technique: A short history


Richard Feynman, a celebrated physicist was the inventor of this technique. He was also widely known to be a great explainer of things because of his exceptional ability to explain things in the best possible way.

What’s the Feynman technique?


The Feynman method of learning is considered to be an active form of learning. It can help students comprehend, explain and recall the subject (it can be ANYTHING, ANY topic) within a short amount of time.

The Feynman method of learning has a simplistic approach to education. It incorporates the incorporation of only 5 steps in general that are serially mentioned below:
  • The first and the foremost thing to do is to choose a concept.
  • Explain the concept to yourself (or to somebody else) as if you’re explaining it to a layman (says a 5-year old kid).
  • Point out any knowledge gap (if any).
  • Use some sort of an analogy.
  • Simplify the concept.
Take a peek at this short video to understand this in greater details-

Explaining the Feynman technique in greater details


I have already highlighted the 5 steps in my previous paragraph. In here, I will just explain it further.
  1. Choose a topic
    • ANY topic! The Feynman technique doesn’t have any limitations. It’s not like it’ll work only for science subjects and nothing else. No! It is equally efficient. So make your choice freely.
  2. Explain it to yourself as if you’re explaining it to a 5 year kid
    • This is the real deal. This is the place where you are compelled to simplify entire concepts such that even a child can understand it.
    • By forcing yourself to do that, you are actually simplifying the entire thing for your very own benefits.
  3. Is there any knowledge gap?
    • Find out whether there’s any knowledge gap in your possible explanations. If there’s any, pinpoint them. Go back to the matter and clear them up.
    • Feynman nursed this belief that if something can’t be explained in layman’s terms, there’s a problem with his comprehension, not with the information.
  4. Use your analogy
    • If your concept is abstract and is something that’s not so easily relatable to the physical world, it’s advisable to create some sort of an analogy to make it more relatable?
    • Why should you do it? Do you think that a 5 year old child can understand abstract concepts with bare ease? The entire motto of the Feynman technique is to render the subject in such a manner that even a child can understand it. Naturally an analogy becomes some sort of a necessity, rather than a luxury.
  5. Simplify the concept if it still appears to be difficult
    • If the concept appears too difficult to your liking, it might do you more good to lose some details. Still difficult? Lose some more but simplify it nonetheless. It will definitely benefit you in the long run; there’s no doubt about it.

Why should you incorporate the Feynman method of learning in your studies?


According to Richard Feynman, leaning is not about memorizing a bunch of facts and figures however difficult it might appear to be. It’s all about making difficult things easier. The Feynman technique can be used to great effects for doing the exact same things mentioned above.
There are no subject restrictions as well. From quantum physics to basic arithmetic, the Feynman technique can be used to learn anything from A to Z to near-enough perfection.

So that’s it then. It’s time to bring this article to an end for now. But before that, take a last peek at this classic quote coming from the man himself-
“You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”
- Richard Feynman
Honestly, can you fault his reasons that are stated in that quote of his? If you can, don’t hesitate to mention them in the comments sections below. I will be looking forward to it.

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


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Monday, May 15, 2017

10 Ways to Relieve Your Stress Passing the Exams

10 Ways to Relieve Your Stress Passing the Exams

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

You have to study hard, but cannot do it because you feel under great pressure? Here are the 10 best ways to get rid of stress before your exam.
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1. Visualize Your Success


It has been proven already that visualization really works. Believe it or not, you may pass your exam if you’ve imagined it. The positive emotions you get imagining your success will reduce your stress hugely. This is a big deal already, isn’t it? You can even write about how you are going to pass your exam - this is a great tool to control your emotions!

2. Be Emotionally Prepared for a Failure


You don’t have to wait for a failure. Just try to understand that it happens sometimes. Even to those who are 100% ready. Mainly, because of stress, by the way. So just let it go. It can happen, and you can survive the consequences. Now, get to work!

3. Revise and Study


Haven’t you thought that you’re stressed because you are simply not prepared? If you know that you are suffering from procrastination or trying to avoid actual work, stop it right now! Stress is not the reason to do nothing! Besides, it won’t go, if you don’t revise the material, it’ll grow! Put yourself together and don’t waste time.

4. Don’t Think About Others Too Much


This point includes a number of aspects that are equally important for making the situation less stressful
  • don’t think about what other people will say if you fail
  • don’t think about what other people say because you’re revising too much/not enough/not the way you should
  • don’t think that other people are studying better that you do
  • don’t think that other people are more gifted/have better writing skills/have a better background, etc.
Such thoughts take your energy away and give you nothing back.
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5. Choose the Right People


Everybody is different. So, in various situations, the RIGHT people are different for everybody, too. In a stressful situation you may need communication with:
  • someone who’ll calm you. This is a rather typical need. You may want someone to support you and to say that everything will be ok.
  • someone who’ll distract you. This is not always about having fun and hanging out with your friends because you may have no time for this while you’re studying. But if someone will tell you a funny story, it will take your thoughts away for a while.
  • someone who shares your feelings. Sometimes, you just need to hear: ‘Yes, you are under enormous pressure. It’s hard to deal with it. Exams are always stressful.’ That’s it, no clapping on the back, no calming words. You may just need to know that someone knows how you feel. 
  • someone who has (or thinks s/he has) more serious problems than you do. No, you don’t have to be sarcastic. Some people need to be supportive when they are under stress themselves. This is a way to distract and a way to help someone at the same time.
Listen carefully to yourself and spend time with people you really need right now.

6. Mind What and How You Eat


Avoid junk food, while you’re studying for your exam. If course, you are better to avoid it all the time, because it doesn’t give you enough energy and it’s never enough for you. Mind that you have to get enough of carbonates and protein. Don’t eat too many sweets - instead of making you happy, they will make you hyped and give you sleeping problems. Drink enough water. Try to reduce caffeine.

7. Get Enough Sleep


It is one of the most widespread students’ mistakes - to study until their eyes are red and all the coffee in the house is miraculously gone. You really have to sleep well to have strength. But! You are to sleep right. Go to bed early (at least, earlier), wake up early, don’t oversleep, and turn off ALL the light and all the sources of sound.

8. Don’t Forget About Your Hobbies


Yes, you are quite busy now. The point is you're going to be busy all the time. Other exams will come soon, then work, family… You seriously have to develop a habit to do what brings you peace. Here, setting up writing daily schedule could be a great idea - start a journal, craft a story - anything that takes your mind off the stress.

9. Listen to Music


You can listen to whatever you like when you are having a break. What makes you happy? If you are a real music fan, you certainly have many options. But some students like to listen to music when they are working. It is quite acceptable, but there are some major rules:
  • try listening to something you never listened before. Otherwise, you can start singing along;
  • listen to instrumental music rather than to songs;
  • choose relaxing tunes over those that make you feel excited.

10. Use Various Relaxing Techniques


There are plenty of them you can read about. You can even watch a tutorial if you have difficulties mastering relaxing techniques. Among the best of them, there is free-writing. Just put all your negative thoughts on paper and forget about them. Meditation has no rival, but learning to do it right takes some time. Remember, it is totally worth it! Surely, you're better to master meditation before your life gets too stressful. Breezing techniques are close to meditation in their power, and they are much easier to complete. Anyway, find whatever help you need and don’t forget to do it!

Exams are a major stress for a student. It seems that the whole world has united to make you fail. Processing a lot of information, lack of time, limited physical conditions (seriously, they probably think they teach robots) – this is all too much! Or is it? Haven’t you lived through your exams before? Are you the first one who has to go through all this? You just have to find the way to believe in yourself and get really focused. We hope our tips are going to help you!

Richard Nolan is a writer and a private tutor, sharing his experience in spheres of writing, entrepreneurship and psychology. Richard writes for numerous blogs and gives useful tips for bloggers, managers and students. Currently, Richard works as a general blog editor for proofreading & writing center.


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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Does Formal Education at School Today Kill Creativity?

Does Formal Education at School Today Kill Creativity?

Guest post by PenPencilEraser (Share your thoughts with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Education, this is something that runs in each of our minds as a student, as a parent, as a teacher who is a parent and as a teacher. Why specifically mentioned as a teacher who is a parent deliberates that they are knotted in both ends and they have the complete insight of the expectations of the parents and the reality deliveries at schools.
School Formal Education Kills Creativity Kids
Many prominent educationalist and writers mentions clearly and have spoken much over the creativity in children and one such mention was that, ‘children have extraordinary creativity and are born with the creative talents and over the education they unlearn their creativity skills.’ It’s a sad thing and that is exactly what is happening in the current day education system.
Why at all the creativity is not treated the same as literacy education?

What are the common attributes among these?

How well can be taken up for the success in children?
Sometimes the reality is that that situations when answers are unknown the questions keeps mounting up and that’s exactly what I have been doing here.

Well, passionately let us consider creativity coming along with us as we grow up. Yes! It must as each of us are born creative and we grow killing it at every stage. The slaughterer here what I wish to call is the competition and the comparison. We all know parents who are not aware of the education, the concepts, the chapters and the knowledge which the school provide to their child, but even such parents are a double degree professionals in knowing the competition and studying the comparison.

All the creative dilution starts here and as parents expect their children to stand in the cut-throat competition the pressure mounts up on students and they are seen snatched away from their hobbies, sports, interest and the creativity. This over the period keeps them much away from the creative stuffs and makes them run behind the unrealistic competition and the numeric scores. So, how are we going to grow up creativity, well let’s come to it.

Academics are important to make you brilliant and successful but not the degrees and scores!

In the recent times end of the academic year one common activity syndrome is seen among the parents, what I call it is ‘Shopping for School’, am sure most of you would agree to me as the academic year draws to end the parents meet to plan and explore rather exploit with schools.

Schools are structured in the same way at all nations across the world. Beneath the schools are the principles governing them, and their ability to bring up the child successful and confident citizens rather leaders.

Importance of Creativity


This should be to the attention of parents and teachers, creativity is directly the so-called intelligence which can be experienced in the subjects they learn. Brilliance comes when the child can grasp the lessons taught, the lectures listened, the books read and able to reproduce the learnt content during the exams and assessments. But what intelligence meant is that the blur line between the learning and thinking. When the child learns the subject in different modes and when he must reproduce he thinks his ability to add his original ideas which are said to have more value and this outcome is much welcomed.

Thankfully, creativity is related to the academic excellence too and wonder not that those who enhance their creative capabilities with the excellence in human imagination are the genius the world celebrates.

Hooking on to the mundane system losing energy over winning the competition may be the part of today education but how many of the students are encouraged to work on their best and the rest to concentrate on their passion, creativity and experimented. When I mention experiment it calls for more thoughts.

Fear of experimenting, kills creativity!


Another reason how the education kills creativity is that children of today fear to do mistakes while mistakes when done opens the creative door. They fear to be wrong and as they set their minds that to be wrong is not acceptable they condense their thinking capacity and initiate bring experimental as their mind thinks. This is because mistakes when done are subjected to humiliation and demotivation. So, as the child grows up without mistakes they lose the capacity of creativity. Somehow today’s education is killing the creative capacities in students.

Allowing them and appreciating their exploration and handling the mistakes in the positive manner which enable their creativity and only when being wrong they can come up with something original. This must be encouraged and set the a platform for exploration with motivation.

Do not discourage mistakes, set a motivation for exploration.


In the popular talk of Sir Ken Robinson clearly indicates the education that kills the creativity and restoring it with complete awareness to the parents and teachers of this generation.
Creativity happens to bring happiness. Set the happiness in children and let the different perspective of education be thought of and bring light to the real education.

Schools, be realized!


Schools should consider the intelligence in students and encourage. Not just the exams and scores should determine the academic excellence. The competency should be measured on the creative part and educating the children of today with the different competency and free thinking ability makes the school responsible for their success and would be creating successful future leaders.

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

5 Ways in Which Malaysia Education System Could Improve

Five Ways In Which Malaysia Education System Could Improve

Guest post by Gloria Bailey (Share your thoughts with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Are you a citizen of Malaysia and want to get rid of the constant changes in the Malaysian education system? If yes, then you don’t need to worry about the ways to fulfill this goal. We have a compiled a list of some tips that will help you improve the Malaysian education system. See how:
Ways to Improve Malaysia Education System

Be consistent


One of the ways through which Malaysian education system can be improved is by being consistent. You must have read about the changes that occur in our teaching syllabus within a short span of time. These frequent changes have a detrimental effect on the academic studies of students. Students get confused as they don't know what to do and how to do. They get perplexed about the fact that they have to constantly pick up something new. When they get adjusted to the old syllabus, it is difficult for them to cope, if it gets changed. Not only students, but teachers and parents also find it difficult to educate their children when the syllabus keeps changing forever. Hence consistency is what Malaysian education system has to adopt.


Teach practical subjects


One of the other ways through which Malaysian education system can be improved is through the teaching of practical subjects. In Malaysian, the education system is academic-centric. It causes a gigantic problem for those who want to apply for international universities and plan to study overseas. They feel incompetent and incompatible as compared to all the other students across the world. Malaysian universities focus on teaching subjects like Health Education, Citizenship, Civics, and Moral Education. These subjects don't come under the realm of practical subjects. These subjects are not considered foremost subjects that can reshape the world. They are considered impractical, monotonous and boring. Therefore, if Malaysia wants its students to compete and beat the students of other countries, it has to take some important measures so that practical subjects are taught there.

Focus on coursework, not exam


One of the other ways through which Malaysian education system can be improved is by focusing on coursework instead of exam. Malaysian education system focuses more on exams than the coursework which leads to a plenty of problems. The people in Malaysia has a mindset that education simply refers to scoring the test papers of students, teaching them what is important for the exams, focusing more on grades, CGPAs, ranks and just dealing with those questions that can solve all the mysteries of a question paper. They don't focus on acquiring knowledge but on the number of A's a particular student gets in his exam. Even intelligence is measured through the parameter of grades instead of analytical skills, abilities or knowledge in Malaysian education universities. They regard those students more who score higher in exams than those who perform well in co-curricular activities and have talent. Malaysian education system focuses on exams more because it thinks that exams help a student evolve in his life and excel in the professional field. It doesn't pay heed to a fact that mature thought process can enhance the creative problem solving skills or knowledge of a student. Therefore, if Malaysian education system aspires to grow, it has to focus on coursework not exams.
Malaysia Students College University

Implement interactive teaching style


One of the other ways through which Malaysian education system can be improved is by the implementation of an interactive teaching style. There are many ways through which a teaching style can be interactive. A teacher can use charts, flow charts, PowerPoint presentations, props, other different objects in the class to make his/her teaching style extremely interactive. Malaysian students are used to spoon-feeding style of learning where teacher is their academic god and they expect him/her to teach them everything about the secrets of the universe without even having to work hard in life.


They are considered pampered passive learners for the same reason as they don't believe in researching facts on their own, debunking myths on their own by gaining a comprehensive knowledge about a particular object. They don't like browsing through the webpages, magazines or books to learn something new as they expect a teacher to enhance their knowledge. Therefore, interactive teaching style is necessary to teach the Malaysian students so that they get hooked to the lecture a teacher is trying to deliver.

Encourage Extra Co-curricular Activities


One of the other ways through which the education system of Malaysia can be improved is by encouraging the students to take part in extra co-curricular activities. Since Malaysian education system gives a lot of emphasis to academics so they undermine the significance of extra co-curricular activities. They deem these activities as boring and waste of time, though contrary is the true. Extra co-curricular activities encourage students to recognize their own talent and ability. These activities make students recognize the value of their talents and interests. They also encourage competencies and values to prepare students for a rapidly changing world.

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Friday, May 05, 2017

A List Of Pros & Cons You Must Know Before Making Malaysia Your Study Destination

A List Of Pros and Cons You Must Know Before Making Malaysia Your Study Destination!

Guest post by Catherine Daisy (Share your thoughts with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Studying in Malaysia can be a life-changing decision. No matter if you are a native student or enrolled on as a foreigner student, you can get many perks of studying in Malaysia. This country offers plenty of benefits for students from any part of the world.
Malaysia has some of the best universities around the world. Some of them are even affiliated with one of the world’s most prestigious institutions and offer courses in many valuable degree subjects. As an individual, you can have your preferences while choosing Malaysia as your study destination.
Prior to applying for a university in Malaysia, it is important to consider the following pros and cons of studying in Malaysia:
Study Abroad in Malaysia World Class Education

Pros

It Has A High Standard Of Life


Every student prefers studying in a country that has the best quality of life. Malaysia is one of most progressive countries in Asia with the best amenities. From clean environment and hygienic foods to modern infrastructure and strict laws, Malaysia is a heaven for any student coming from any part of the world.

It Has A Pleasant Weather


The very name of Malaysia conjures up visions of natural green scenery, flowers, and splashes of bright colors. Sadly, the greenery is fast being taken over by the increasing concrete jungle. Still, there are several sightseeing places in Malaysia, such as Langkawi, Genting, and Malacca. This makes Malaysia comparatively one of the most popular study destinations.
The beautiful scenery, tranquility, and warm temperatures are some of the prominent features of this beautiful land. So if you choose Malaysia as your study destination, you are likely to enjoy the best climate.

It Is Affordable For North American And European Regions


Malaysia is a more economical study destination for North American and European countries. On an average, the Americans would probably find the cost of living and tuition in Malaysia significantly below the living expenses in America.
When it comes to education, Malaysia also has an affordable fee structure as compared to any other institutions in European and American regions.

Malaysians Can Speak English


Malaysia is a country that knows its fair share of English. Thus, many students from around the world can easily adjust in Malaysia. However, the English skills cannot be expected to be perfect as English is at best a second language for most Malaysian.

You Can Get Quality Education At Affordable Fees


The education ministry of Malaysia regulates the British curriculum at every tier of education. The country has some of the most eminent scholars who hold Gold Medal in different subjects. In fact, it is an integral part of the policy of ministry of education to attract the students from around the world.
In addition, the government also offers subsidies for international students and provides them internship opportunities in many of its organizations.

Cons

There Is An Abundance Of Community-Based Institution


Those studying in Malaysia seem to prefer staying within their ethnic community. So the foreigners would obviously feel like a misfit among others since most of the students are still Malaysian, while the other ethnic groups tend to stay closer to their ethnic group.
Of course, this depends on the overall culture of each individual’s university as well as the policies and practices it follows. If you are enrolled in a culturally diversified institution, you are not likely to face any such scenarios.


There Are Some Institutions That Have A Bad Name


Many students who are studying or have studied in Malaysia claim that Malaysian lecturers are generally not up to the mark. This fact is primarily associated with their weak English language skills, poor time management, and a combination of other factors. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with the qualifications, experience, or the teaching style of the lecturer himself.
Those with experience have also reported that just like any other educational institution, some Malaysian lecturers are gentle, cooperative and caring towards students, while others are extremely strict and despotic. However, this attribute is not typical of a particular country.
There is a possibility that some colleges inherently have a racist faculty. Therefore, it’s always best to take opinions from those who are in the inner circles of the faculty. You can also read online reviews of any specific institution for more accurate judgment of the organization.


There Is A Shortage Of Jobs


After graduation, a student usually looks for a job. However, those on a student visa are not allowed to stay and they have to file a work permit application for employment in Malaysia. But there are very few job vacancies for the foreigners. However, those with the required capabilities and qualifications are always welcome to try!

The Bottom-line…


Studying in Malaysia can be a lot of fun and memorable experience. However, one would have to look at the social, economic, and even personal factors to make the right decision. Of course, it takes time to take such an important decision of life. So, you can take expert opinion of a veteran for validation.

Catherine Daisy is a Student Counselor, Educator, and a Career Consultant. In addition, she also provides UAE assignment help to international students.


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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Making College Life Worthwhile As a Foreign Student

Making College Life Worthwhile As a Foreign Student

Guest post by Linda Ken (Share your tips with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

With the passage of time, students’ preference for pursuing higher education abroad is increasing due to various factors. The most dominating factors are that studying abroad gives you an opportunity to survive alone which is a fruitful experience and that students are more concerned about the worth of the degree. Colleges create their brand name due to which students are attracted towards them from various parts of the world. However, the experience is not always a good one for some students because you, as a student, have to play your part in making college life worthwhile.
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A lot of students focus too much on academics and in an attempt to maintain a very high CGPA, they do not utilize their time in anything else when they go abroad. Foreign colleges are meant to teach you some skills that you may not have otherwise learnt in your hometown college. You must take advantage of the experiences to become a better person as you graduate and step into the real world. As a foreign student, you must seize this opportunity and there are several ways through which you can make your college life worthwhile.

A worthwhile college life remains memorable for the rest of your life and hence following are some of the many good ways in which you can make your college life worthwhile:

1) Explore the city


The best part about going abroad for higher education is that you get an opportunity to explore the new city, its environment, culture and people. A very important activity that you should do as soon as you reach the new city is to explore the new places that are well known for their architectural beauty or historical significance. The reason why you should do this as soon as your college journey begins is because the workload gets immensely unmanageable after a couple of weeks at college. Hence, students should explore as many places as possible when they are free from assignments and quizzes.

2) Make friends from different backgrounds


The best part about a foreign college is that the student body is extremely diverse and you get a chance to interact with people from different ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. One way of making your college life worthwhile is by not feeling nervous and be friends with such students who do not share the same background as yours. This will eventually help you explore a number of other cultures and food apart from just the one being practiced in that region.

3) Cooking experiments with friends


Hostel life is an opportunity to learn numerous skills that can help you make your life easier. One of the most useful skills that you will learn is cooking but do not cook considering it as a responsibility or duty. You should always cook a variety of new dishes with your friends because experimenting with ingredients is always fun. You get to enjoy the experience and finally learn a number of new dishes that can be cooked.

4) Utilize your skills


If you are a dancer, show your skills to the relevant student-run society. If you can sing, show it to the music society. If you can act, get in touch with the dramatics society. There are a lot of student-run societies in colleges whose main purpose is to provide a platform to students where they can not only showcase their skills but also learn a variety of other skills including event management, logistics and communication. Do not let your skills go in vain and you must utilize them well to make your college life worthwhile.

5) Go for trips with college students


Societies usually organize trips once every two weeks or so to nearby places that are popular for their beauty or historical significance. These trips do not cost too much and is a great opportunity for students to explore new places. The traveling experience is always an excellent one and your mind gets refreshed after traveling. The experiences of exploring new lifestyles, scenic beauty, cultures and making new friends during the trip all makes the college life worthwhile for students.

6) Participate in events


Being a part of the host team of an event is always a very good experience because you not only get a chance to learn new skills through a different experience but also get an opportunity to meet new people. The more people you meet, the better your social circle becomes and as a result, the more worthwhile your college experience will be. Try to be a part of the biggest events that takes place at your college because experience with such events is usually very good.

Through these ways, you can make your college life worthwhile if you went abroad for higher education.

Linda Ken is a finance graduate and currently preparing for the postgraduate admission & helping other students at Assignment Help Online. She is highly interested in portfolio management and aims to get hired by a top-notch Finance firm.


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