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Friday, March 16, 2018

Biasiswa PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP)

  1. 25 March 2018: Shell Malaysia Scholarship Programme
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  8. Throughout the year: Intel Malaysia Scholarships
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Kenali Universiti Awam (UA) Malaysia

  1. UIAM - Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia
  2. UiTM - Universiti Teknologi MARA
  3. UKM - Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  4. UM - Universiti Malaya
  5. UMK - Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
  6. UMP - Universiti Malaysia Pahang
  7. UMS - Universiti Malaysia Sabah
  8. UMT - Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  9. UniMAP - Universiti Malaysia Perlis
  10. UNIMAS - Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  11. UniSZA - Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin
  12. UPM - Universiti Putra Malaysia
  13. UPNM - Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia
  14. UPSI - Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
  15. USIM - Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia
  16. USM - Universiti Sains Malaysia
  17. UTeM - Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka
  18. UTHM - Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  19. UTM - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  20. UUM - Universiti Utara Malaysia
Scholarship Application Closing Date: 5PM 22 March 2018

Since 1975, PETRONAS has awarded sponsorship to more than 36,000 deserving students who dared to push their boundaries academically, while possessing a performance mindset and leadership capabilities. This is PETRONAS’ way of nurturing the right talent that will ultimately contribute back to the company, industry and the nation.
Application for the PESP is once again open to outstanding Malaysians to pursue undergraduate studies in oil and gas related fields. Eligible candidates will be shortlisted and interviewed prior to final selection.

The sponsorship is open for students aspiring to pursue their undergraduate studies at higher learning institutions as follows:-
  • Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
    • Complete 1-year Foundation Programme at UTP prior to pursuing the Bachelor’s Degree Programme
  • Overseas Universities
    • Complete up to 24 months of Pre-University Programme in Malaysia prior to pursuing the Bachelor’s Degree Programme overseas.

Biasiswa PETRONAS Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  1. Malaysian citizens aged between 17 - 19 years old in 2018
  2. Strong leadership skills and active participation (demonstrable) in extra- curricular activities
  3. Academic qualification required for the sponsored programme:
  • UTP
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
      • Minimum 4A+, 5A- in SPM 2017, with minimum A- for the following subjects:
        1. Chemistry
        2. Physics
        3. Mathematics
  • Overseas Universities
    • Applied Chemistry
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Instrumentation)
    • Geology/Geophysics
    • Material Engineering/Material Science
    • Mechanical Engineering
      • Minimum 4A+, 5A- in SPM 2017, with minimum A- for the following subjects:
        1. Chemistry
        2. Physics
        3. Mathematics
    • Accounting
    • Actuarial Science
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Law
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Statistics
      • Minimum 4A+, 5A- in SPM 2017, with minimum A- for Mathematics

PETRONAS YoungStars Day (PYD)

The shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend PYD at identified date and venue. During the PYD, the candidates will be assessed to measure the students’ potential via series of assessments which consist of the following:-
  • First phase (Online)
    • Cambridge Personal Style Questionnaire (CPSQ)
      • To assess candidates’ personality /potentials
    • Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)
      • To assess cognitive abilities focusing on Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
  • Second phase (Interview)
    • Student Potential Assessment (SPA)
      • To measure leadership and interpersonal skills

Biasiswa PETRONAS Scholarship Process & Schedule

  • 15 March 2018 Online Application System opens
  • 22 March 2018 Online Application System closes
  • April 2018 Announcement & Invitation for PETRONAS YoungStars Day (PYD)
  • April 2018 PETRONAS YoungStars Day (PYD)
  • May 2018 Announcement of Sponsorship Award via SMS Blast and email notification
  • June 2018 Reply on acceptance/rejection of Sponsorship Award

How to Apply Biasiswa PETRONAS Scholarship?

Submit online application here.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

6 Factors to Consider When Selecting the Right High School

6 Factors to Consider When Selecting the Right High School

Guest post by Dickson Li (Share your tips with 58,000+ Malaysian students)

Selecting an appropriate high school is one of the best and most critical decisions anyone can make in his or her life. Such decisions not only affect your college or university preferences, but also our career and further studies prospects.

This is why students need to consider these below explained variables before finalizing their high school.
6 Factors to Consider When Selecting the Right High School


Unarguably, one of the most decisive and sensitive factors when it comes to selecting a high school, is the foremost consideration that lower and middle class (even upper class in some cases) families think about before sending their children to the school. Ask yourself if you can truly afford the tuition fees of your shortlisted high school. Remember, there are many institutions that offer some forms of financial aid, such as scholarships, to students who aren't able to afford regular tuition fees of college or university degree programs.


Apparently, some schools in your list will top others in some way or other. It is wise to research the acceptance ratio of your preferred school before you start applying. It is obvious that top colleges in any city or state are quite specific and strict in their selection criteria, not everyone finds it easier to apply at such places. The brand name of institutions does matter undoubtedly, but what eventually matters most is the quality of learning and experience you gain throughout your academic tenure.

Extras for international students

If you're an international student crossing your regional boundaries to pursue high school education in a foreign country, then understandably you need to inquire the details and programs available for international students. Most commonly and importantly, ask if the school has ample programs, facilities, and extracurricular activities to help the international students settle in the new culture and environment. In short, your school must be genuinely inclined to cater your best interests whenever, wherever possible.

Number of graduates enrolled in top colleges and universities

Now this might seem suited more for sophomores, but it is better to inquire whether the high school you're choosing justifies its claims in terms of quality education and provides a number of lucrative career options or not. In case you aren't sure whether a graduate school enlists in your future plans or not, examine the acceptance rate of graduates. The point is to affirm that you'll be having sufficient choices after graduation.


Apparently, your college or university will be your "home" for the next 4 years. This is the phase in life where you form the most powerful social connections. For example, all the students might either be living in the campus's hostel or off-campus. Regardless, students are involved in a plethora of extracurricular activities both on and off the campus. This is what students need to ask themselves before selecting a high school or college. What are the facilities the institution is offering? Does those interest you? How sociable is the school?

Retention and 4-year graduation rate

Before finalizing your high school, you will be tempted to know the percentage of students who start and complete the 4-year degree program without any delays, the students who continue in the same institution for further studies, etc.

Provided the transfer rate of credits and students to other programs or institutions is unusually high, then it's most likely that the needs of the students aren't being catered as meant or promised. Furthermore, also ask the percentage of students who are able to earn their degrees within the standard 4-year time, due to the fact that some institutions prolong the program by a semester or two. The thing is, are you prepared to spend more time and money to acquire your degree?

Dickson Li a professional career counsellor and has worked under some of the best institutions worldwide. Apart from his routine job in educating students towards paths of academic and professional excellence, Li is also an online assignment writing help specialist with many college and university level disciplines under his brand of expertise.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How to Study Abroad for FREE in Europe? A Dream or Reality

How to Study for Free in EU? A Dream or Reality

Guest post by Diana Clark (Share your tips with 58,000+ Malaysian students)

Going to university is expensive, there's no doubt about it. However, if you do your homework and conduct a thorough research of all available options, you will be surprised by the range of universities in the European Union where you can study for free or a fraction of the cost. Indeed, there are many European countries with attractive options, you just need to know where to look.
In this article, you'll find a selection of European Union countries that offer free or low-cost education to international students.

1. Finland

This country, just like the rest of the Nordic region, is at the top of many student wish lists because of democratic tuition policies and a strong commitment to increase free access to higher education for everyone. The universities in Finland are all cost-free for students coming from European Union/European Economic Area.

Even though non-European Union/European Economic Area students still have to pay tuition, those who want to pursue a degree taught in Swedish of Finnish are not charged with anything (don't forget about living costs - they are about 800 EUR/month).

The list of well-known tuition-free Finnish universities includes:
  • University of Jyvaskyla
  • University of Helsinki
  • Aalto University

2. Norway

Another Nordic country that offers unbelievable options to foreign students. Superb facilities, developed infrastructure, and wise professors to help you even when you request is as simple as "help me write my essay." For example, there are about 40 public education universities providing tuition-free education for everyone. And it doesn't matter if you are from European Union or not! However, you still have to pay various fees, including student union fee (60-70 EUR) that cover campus services.

Don't forget about living costs as well: they are a bit higher than in Finland and could reach up to 1,000 EUR/month.

Tuition-free educational establishments in Norway include:
  • UIT The Arctic University of Norway
  • University of Bergen
  • Oslo and Akershus University College

3. Germany

The German educational system allows pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degree for free regardless of whether you come from Europe or any other corner of the world. These universities, however, charge various administrative fees up to 200 EUR a year to cover costs of maintaining campuses, which is reasonable.

Your options include:
  • University of Stuttgart
  • Hamburg University of Technology
  • Darmstadt University of Technology

EU Countries with Low-Cost Tuition

As of this winter, these are the only countries that have true zero-tuition policies in Europe, but that's totally okay since there are many other European countries that offer super low-cost educational opportunities. Let's see them.


This country provides international students with unbelievable educational opportunities with superb facilities, accommodating people, talented academic advisors who can help to resolve any issue, and advanced infrastructure. Naturally, the quality of education taught in Austria is very high, but the cost may really surprise you.

For example, international students who come outside of European Union will have to pay about 400-500 EUR per semester. In some cases, exchange students and students from underdeveloped countries are allowed to study for free.

However, pay attention to admission requirements. For example, you have to provide the evidence of an academic qualification similar to the one issued by the local educational system - Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schulen. Also, the evidence of fluency in German language is also mandatory.

List of Austrian Universities with low-cost tuition:
  • University of Klagenfurt
  • Johannes Kepler University Of Linz
  • University of Vienna


Education in Denmark is not tuition free for international students because it is only available to Danish and EU citizens. However, there are many exceptions for people from underdeveloped countries and certain visa types. The list of admission requirements for international students includes evidence of proficiency in English of Danish (if applicable), evidence of previous education, and certain tests prepared by the university you're applying to.

Some well-known Danish universities include:
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Technical University of Denmark - DTU
  • Roskilde University


Even though France is often overlooked as a good place to obtain great education, this iconic destination offers quality tuition for a very affordable price. In fact, it provides one of the most affordable education after Nordic countries. For example, the average tuition fees in 2017 were estimated at 200 to 300 EUR a year, which is reasonable given that you will be studying at some of Europe's best and oldest universities.

It should be noted that PhDs in some degrees including Medicine and Engineering cost a little bit higher than others, up to 600 EUR / year.

Of course, this cost does not include expenditures like housing, transportation, food, and entertainment. However, overall living costs in France are not different from that of other European countries; for example, 750-800 EUR is a sufficient monthly amount.

Well-known French universities:
  • University of Caen Normandy
  • University of Savoy
  • Nantes University
Diana Clark once gave up her educator career for something she always dreamed about - writing. Diana is a freelance writer at Awriter. She discovers the world of digital nomads and believes that some day people will become location independent.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Different Kind of Treasure: It's Okay to Feel Lost

A Different Kind of Treasure

Guest post by Danisyah Dalily (Share your thoughts with 60,000+ Malaysian students)
Malaysia Student Fresh Graduates
I am a fresh graduate student. I still can't believe it myself. Even though I am 21 and people expect me to have a lay out plan of my whole life, I don't. After I graduated high school, to be honest I was scared. Of what the future will bring, of where I will go then that I was leaving my comfort zone. At the age of 21 I finished my diploma in communication and media studies. However, I am still scared even though not as much as before but the feeling is still there. The changes, the uncertainty in life do that to people. One of my friends once started to freak out after the realization hits her. She asked me, "What if things get so hard and I can't do it? What if my plan didn't work out which force me to give up and stop halfway through? What if I didn't even get to do what I dream of all this while?"

Somehow, I keep thinking about those questions for weeks. When I think it back, actually the "what if" questions have always following and bothering each and every one of us throughout our life journey. Our choices define who we are and as we grow, we get the answers to the questions that no one else can answer because they are meant for us, to find out by ourselves. When you did, you will finally feel content and understand more about the meaning of life.

Sometimes, what you plan doesn't always work out. Your map doesn't always lead you to the treasure. Your dreams won't always come true. However, you have to keep dreaming because I believe dream gives you wings. It can fly you higher.

Do not worry too much and overthink of what is in front. No one knows. Live your life fully everyday as if you will never see tomorrow. Live the kind of life you want. Be the kind of person that you will be proud of looking. A person with spirit.

At times, the map that is in your hand doesn't lead you to the physical treasure that you imagine will be gold, shiny and beautiful. You might get to the end of the map which was said to be under a huge tree up a hill and find nothing, only darkness. However, try to turn around and see how beautiful the scenery is in front of you where the sky is full of stars and the sea reflects back the lights. You don't know where it starts and where it ends. The sky and earth become one. At that moment, you feel calm and the feelings you have warm you from the inside and bloom all through your vein. Then, you realize that this is the gem. The journey itself is precious enough. It is not like what you imagine it will be because it is beyond that.

Therefore, do not be afraid to try and follow the road ahead of you. Especially to the students and fresh graduates like me who are still confused and have to live through this new life of modernisation. Don't be afraid to try out new things or choose to walk on a road that is unfamiliar to you. You might get lost but, by getting lost is how you find the right paths and realize that actually there are a few roads that will lead you to the same destination. Some might be longer and tougher than the other but you will get there eventually.

Danisyah Dalily Binti Akmal Shahian just finished her Diploma in Communication and Media Studies at University Teknologi Mara (UiTM). She is a fresh graduate with a passion for writing.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Do You Know These Pros & Cons Of Repeating A Grade?

Do You Know These Pros & Cons Of Repeating A Grade?

Guest post by Kane Williamson (Share your thoughts with 58,000+ Malaysian students)

Normally students who are associated with failure are directed to repeat a grade. It shows a sign that your child is not focused on their studies and not working hard to enhance their performance. There are numerous positive and negative effects attached to the decision of repeating a grade.

If you’re also deciding to repeat a grade, then you’re reading the right content. Read the information shared in the below passage to explore the pros and cons of repeating a grade.
Pros & Cons Of Repeating A Grade


1. Strengthen Your Knowledge

The process of repeating a grade is an effective idea to strengthen one's knowledge as per the grade level students who fail to satisfy their teachers with expected knowledge need to repeat their grade. In order to get the promotion to the next grade student needs to develop exceptional knowledge of the current grade.

In case you had missed a lot of school due to illness or any issue then chances are high that you will need to repeat the grade to catch up all the lessons which you had missed.  And when you already know the course material, reviewing it can help you perform better in your class test and fetch good grades.

2. Fill Up Age Difference

Children who are younger than their classmates always benefit from repeating the grade. This is because they get an opportunity to attend classes with the children of their age. Furthermore, it is observed that students who are younger than their classmates feel pressure in their class activities.

If you’re younger than your class fellows, then you will also get the benefit to study comfortably with your age group students.

3. Enhance your skills

Repeating a grade is the best choice for students who lack reading, writing or communication skills. When you will repeat your grade you will get the chance to develop more skills through your class activities.

This will allow you to confidently engage in all academic activities with better skills. So if you want to enhance your skills then you should not hesitate to repeat your grade.


1. Age Difference

It is true to say that students who repeat a grade remain two years older than their classmates. This is the main reason students as well as their parents confused whether or not to repeat a grade. And the problem becomes worse if your younger sibling is also studying at the same level.

2. Bullying or Teasing

Many students feel scared by grade retention idea, because of other students tease or bullying. And this is why you might disagree with your friends and family member with the idea of class repetition.
If you feel insecure because of this reason then you should discuss it clearly with your parents and college counselor.

3. Feel Bored

Almost every student feel bored when it comes to repeating the same grade. There are many reasons behind this but the main reason is the same class lesson and activities in which they need to indulge. This stops students to concentrate on the class lesson which they already took in the last year.  Therefore, many students oppose the idea of grade repetition instead joined other school or college.

The Bottom-line…

Repeating a grade is effective for the group of learners who are too young for studying a grade. What this means is that the learning of underage students tends to slow down and they end up getting poor grades. Repeating a grade helps them adjust with the pace of their education benefit them in their future studies and career.

Similarly, repeating a grade helps the students who are developmentally immature. Since they have a lower mental age than their biological age, it is better for them to repeat a grade in order to cement the things they learn in a class.

On the other hand, repeating a grade has its downside for students who have other reasons than being underage or having a low mental age. For those students, repeating a grade does more bad than any good. The worst is that they tend to lag behind the students within their age group. Besides, when a student repeats a grade, it is difficult for him to get along with new class mates due to the age difference.

After weighing the pros and cons of repeating a grade, we can conclude the case of whether or not a student should repeat a grade depends on his individual requirements. So think twice before you make a decision as it can have repercussions on your future education and career.

Kane Williamson is the writer of this post. Apart from being a veteran writer, he is also an academician, scholar, and educator at Dissertation Crown. In addition, he is an active blogger who frequently writes on the themes of education and career. He is fond of reading academic publications and non-fiction books.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

5 Things To Ask Your Academic Advisor

5 Things To Ask Your Academic Advisor!

Guest post by Teresia Clark (Share your tips with 58,000+ Malaysian students)

Academic advisors are usually assigned to college students for guidance in the latter's thesis writing and general advice. However, these advisors have different roles than your regular high school counselors and can be more intimidating than encouraging at first.

If you're a new college student, chances are that you don't quite know how to talk to your academic advisor. Below are a few tips for getting you started:
Things To Ask Your Academic Advisor

1. What Classes To Take

Of course, you would know what classes and courses your major requires. However, your academic advisor is also able to guide you outside of the specific courses. A college student shouldn't feel tied down just because he has declared his major. The best colleges, hence, encourage students to take a certain percentage of courses that lie outside their major.

Proper guidance from your academic advisor could actually help you towards getting a minor as well as a major. This would increase the value of your degree and generally round you out academically and personally.

College would not be complete if you stick with just one type of classes. Your academic advisor should be aware of your other interest. They would hence advise you on what courses to take or which professors to visit.

2. The Direction Of Your Major

You may be blindly taking classes in a certain field, but they may not be contributing to your goal. For instance, if you want to be a writer, you may just be investing your time and money in writing courses. An academic advisor is best equipped to let you know what literature courses you may want to take in order to supplement your writing. A good writer also has to be an avid reader.

Additionally, your advisor may also point you towards a course in law, especially if it deals with copyright law. Even though you may falter at the thought of taking a seemingly irrelevant course, this could come in very handy for you if you ever publish something.

Hence, be sure to let your advisor know whether you have a specific aim in life. They can then chart out the best path possible to help you achieve this goal. Who knows, they may even be able to send some valuable internships of jobs your way when the time is right.

3. What Jobs Or Internships To Pursue

Speaking of working, an academic advisor is also there to help you jumpstart your career. You may get confused about which internship to apply for during a semester break. Then again, you might not even be aware of any internships relevant to your degree. In such cases, your academic advisor is much better suited to guide you than your friends and peers.

What’s even more exciting is that your academic advisor is probably very well connected, at least academically. They can hence point you towards organizations or companies where they think you would be a good fit. In fact, they may even recommend you for the position.

Additionally, academic advisors have a lot of know-how about the way one starts of in certain fields. Office jobs are not for everyone, so your advisor would guide you on how to make it on your own if need be. They could tell you about freelancing opportunities and how to build a proper networking circle of your own.

4. What Other Activities To Pursue

College is not just about classes, presentations, quizzes, and exams. It is also about what you do outside of the academic pursuits. There are several societies operating on any college campus. Your academic advisor may even be affiliated with quite a few of these. If they feel you would be interested in any one of them, they would be sure to let you know.

The result of joining a proper college society is that you receive several benefits. Not only do you increase your social circle, but in such a way that it enhances your future. You can add your activities to your resume to impress future employers with your all-rounder experience at college.

5. How To Prepare For Grad School

After your undergraduate is completed, grad school is a serious next step. Along with advising you on classes, your academic advisor may also help in a smooth transition to grad school. They would let you know if there is an exam or any other requirement you need to fulfill before applying there.
In fact, you may be able to take their advice on taking classes at other institutions and using those credits to graduate. This could greatly help you in getting to grad school all the more quickly.


College can give a bit of culture shock to many high school students. Luckily, the transition process doesn't take that long. Learning the ropes, however, is closely connected to communicating well with your academic advisor. Here’s hoping you can foster a beneficial and productive relationship.

Teresia Clark is an Educator, Academic Advisor, and a Blogger. She also works closely with college students and provides assignment writing service to them. She also voices her opinions about the academic issues face by students.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

4 Common University Admission Interview Questions & How To Answer Them

4 Common College Admission Interview Questions And How To Answer Them!

Guest post by Jaelyn Arias (Share your tips with 60,000+ Malaysian students)

College interviews are pretty scary, even if you have given one before. Potential students are wondering what the question would be, what the best answers are, and whether there would be a test. Sometimes, the nerves can even make you perform worse than you would have otherwise.
Panggilan Temu Duga Ujian Kelayakan Kemasukan Universiti Malaya
Panggilan Temu Duga Ujian Kelayakan Kemasukan Universiti Malaya
However, there is no real reason to get scared of college admission interviews. If you do A bit of research, it would go a long way in preparing you for the task ahead. Remember that preparation would not only help you with the interview itself but also soothe your nerves. So read on for a more fulfilling experience at your next interview. We’ll be looking at some of the most expected questions asked by college interview panels so that you can brush up on your answers:

1. The Reason For Applying

If you have applied to a certain school, the interview panel wants to know just why you think this is the best fit for you. The best answer, obviously, is not ‘everyone was doing it’. Interviewers are looking for individuals who would match their own criteria.

Hence, you should sit down and try to answer this question for yourself first. This may open up quite a few insights into yourself. Are you applying more for the sports program than the studies? What do you think this school has to offer to you? It is also best to talk more about when answering this question. That way, the interviewers can tell whether you have the potential to be happy at that college.

2. Favorite Books

This is quite a common question in many college interviews. They're not just trying to judge whether you read but also what makes an impact on you. The answers to this question can tell us a lot about people. Hence, college admission interviews almost always have this question in some form or other. They may ask you what books you have recently read that made an impact on you, or the ones you remember most vividly.

If you’re a reader of any sort, you would find it easy to prepare for this part. Be sure to go a bit beyond just giving the name of the book and its author. Try to remember just what it was about the book that struck you. If it taught you any life lesson or helped you get over a tough part of life, note this down. You never know what would impress the interviewers. Above all, be honest and truthfully speak about the books that you love. If they aren’t impressed, the place may not be a good fit for you after all.

Talking about books would not only showcase your interests but also aspects of your personality that may otherwise remain hidden. Of course, you would want to avoid books that everyone was assigned to read in high school. Even if you have no other choice, try to say something unique about it that would make you stand out from the other candidates.

3. Your Assumed Contribution

College admission interviews don’t just want to know what you think of the school. They also want to gauge how precious an asset you are. There have probably been applications from all over the country, maybe even the world. You need to stand out from the rest of them.

The interviewers would probably not ask this question outright. It may come in the form of ‘How did you stand out at your high school?’ or ‘What would you bring to this college/university?’

In a nutshell, they want to see both how confident you are and how you can already shape the world around you for the better. Take out a little time to prepare for this question as you may regret leaving out something important afterward. Make a list of all your extracurricular activities to date. Include volunteer work, internships, and your general activities. You may also think of some ways to describe yourself. Jot down some positive adjectives and see how and where they apply to yourself.

4. Your Own Questions

The question about whether you would like to know anything is probably one of the most difficult to answer. This usually comes in at the end of the interview. At this point, you probably just want to wrap things up. However, this question is also very important to ascertain your potential as a student.
Don’t simply say that all your questions were answered in the interview, or that you have none. You need to show that you value yourself and have something to offer.

Hence, chalk out your interest before you leave for the interview. Make sure to ask if there is a place for them at that specific college. When you show the interviewers that you have thought about their institution with relation to yourself, they would probably feel more kindly towards you.


Being nervous in an interview would only shut down your thinking process. Help yourself along by preparing for the questions above. This way, you would feel far more relaxed and be ready to dazzle that interview panel!

Jaelyn Arias is an Educator, and a Blogger. As an educator, she works for an academic writing firm where she renders her services for coursework help uk. In her blogs, she writes about the different topics that educate students about their life, education, and career.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Top 5 Tips to Stay Safe on a Public WiFi Network

Public WiFi networks, like the ones found in posh restaurants and coffee shops, aren’t nearly as safe as you might think.

No matter whether they have a password or not, you need to remember that you are sharing the network with dozens of other people. This automatically signifies the fact that your personal data is always at a risk unless you know the right ways of keeping yourself safe on a public WiFi network. Maybe, the following tips can help.
How to Stay Safe on a Public WiFi Network

1. Browse with a VPN

The most secure way of browsing a public WiFi network is to use a VPN for the job.

A VPN (AKA virtual private network) extends a private network across a public network allowing users to share data on the same as if their mobile device is connected to a private network, in particular. Here’s an overview of the different functionalities of VPN made through a simple diagrammatic representation.
Virtual Private Network VPN

2. Turn your file sharing OFF

When you are at home, you may consider sharing files, printers, etc. and may even allow remote users to get onto your network, but when you are on a public WiFi network, you must turn this feature OFF at all possible cost to prevent any sort of unauthorized data access.

Here’s how you do it:
    1. Go to Control Panel.
    2. Find Network and Internet and from there, go to Network and Sharing Center.
    3. Click on Change Advanced Sharing settings.
    4. Once you are there, turn file and printer sharing off. You may also consider turning public folder sharing and network discovery off to maximize your security in the best possible manner.
    1. Find System Preferences.
    2. Go to Sharing.
    3. Uncheck all the boxes.

3. Not using WiFi? Turn it OFF

If you are not using your WiFi, turn it off. This will prevent your device to automatically connect itself to an open public WiFi network.

Open public networks (ones coming without a password or a captive portal) have high chances of being a malicious network set up by a hacker for stealing sensitive information from the users. Who knows whether the one you connect to isn’t malicious or not?
Online Hacker Hacking Activity
Therefore, it’s advisable to be on the safe side and turn your WiFi off when you are not using it.

4. Turn your operating system firewall on

Most operating systems (including the likes of Windows, OS X, etc.) come with a firewall that helps to monitor incoming and outgoing connections. Consider turning this setting on whenever you are connecting yourself to a public WiFi network.

Note: Turning a firewall on is definitely not the permanent solution. But at least, it can play some role in keeping low-level threats at bay. So use this feature to your advantage for your own good.

Here’s how you can turn your firewall ON on a WINDOWS device:
  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Find System and Security and locate firewall settings.
  3. And then click on the Turn Windows Firewall On/Off option to complete the job.
  1. Go to System Preferences.
  2. Find Security and Privacy.
  3. Look for the Firewall tab and click on Turn on firewall.

5. DO NOT access sensitive financial information on a public network

Do Not Bank on Public WiFi Network
Accessing financial information (like doing online banking) on a public WiFi network poses a greater threat to your financial security. So AVOID at all possible cost.

Also avoid logging into sensitive personal accounts such as that of retail websites, virtual wallets, insurances, health providers, etc. while being on a public network.

A few more key mentions:
  • Always try to browse HTTPS and SSL websites whenever possible.
  • Make sure you use the latest antivirus software on your device.
  • If you have plans to travel, change your passwords (to more complex ones) before making the trip. Switch them back afterward.
  • Avoid getting onto a public network that doesn’t ask for a password.
  • Always make sure of the network name with the provider before getting on the same.
  • And finally, update your device from time to time to remove exploitable loopholes (if any).
So that sums up this article for now. Hope the tips mentioned above come in handy for your purpose. Stay safe!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

How to Write an Amazing Scholarship Winning Essay

How to Write an Amazing Scholarship Essay

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

Writing doesn’t come easy to everyone. We get it. Connecting thoughts and writing it all down on paper can be daunting. However, there are ways that this process can be much easier. It not only can improve your writing, but you can write something scholarship worthy. Imagine not having to pay for higher education all because of an essay that got you there.

Whether you want to study abroad, right in your own country or just want to have those writing skills that ‘wow’ those around you, being able to write a knock-out essay is a skill you might find useful in the future.
How to Write an Amazing Scholarship Winning Essay

Always Start Early

Forget that long night of throwing words together on a paper. You will need time to get your essay exactly where it needs to be. Start as soon as possible. Giving yourself enough time to go over topic ideas, make drafts, proof read, have someone else proof read and finalize the essay will save you the trouble of throwing something together and hoping it is the best essay you’ve ever written.

Know Your Requirements

Oftentimes, essays will come with a list of rules and requirements. Make sure to read them, highlight important parts and stick to the guidelines. Don’t overlook some of the smaller stuff, either. It is all important. All too often, people skip the requirements only to find that their essay has been rejected because they did not comply with the important things that needed to be discussed.

Consider Your Audience

It is important that you know who you’re talking too. Children have a different perception than adults. You want to engage your audience, but make it easy and interesting for them to read. Knowing who you’re writing too will also make your essay easier to write. Depending on the audience, the language used in the essay is going to be a very important factor on how it is received.

Brainstorm Ideas and Pick a Topic

Brainstorm a few different ideas based on the guidelines you’re given. Always go with a topic you feel strongly about and are passionate about. Being able to have enough to write is essential. When you feel strongly about a topic, it also helps when writing it. You put your feelings into words, which then comes out when someone is reading it. This makes it more interesting, compelling and captivating for the audience.

Start with an Outline

Know what you’re going to write before you start to write. An outline provides a skeleton for you to build from. You’ll easily be able to place the information in each of the areas if you know what you’re going to say next. This outline can help you form your entire essay and it is easy to move around if something doesn’t look right.

Proofread, Then Proofread Again

No, seriously. Proofread your work once finished, go over points you may have overlooked. Then, turn around the next day and proofread again. Have someone else proofread after this. By having a fresh set of eyes look over your essay, you have a different point of view on how the essay sounds when being read. As a writer, you know what you want to write and when you finish and sit back to proof it, it’s easy to miss minor mistakes that someone else might be able to catch quickly. Having a professional or teacher look over your essay will give you even more points!

Scholarship Essay Don’ts! 

There are always a few pointers to keep you on track, but what about the ones you should never, ever do? Here is a small list of things you should stay clear of when writing that essay.
  • Use a quote at the beginning of an essay
  • Explain “in this essay, I will….”
  • Use the exact same essay for every scholarship application
  • Put a lengthy resume down on paper
  • Use words new to you or words that you or others may be unfamiliar with
  • Place too many achievements throughout your essay
You want your essay to relate to you, open your life and tell a story. With these tips and tricks, you will have a better chance of being seen (or read) when the essay is handed in. Creating a unique essay that will stand out to the readers when they may have hundreds of essays to check will help ensure you are noticed for your academics and abilities. The more of you that you put into the essay, the better chance you will move ahead of the other entries and garner the attention you need to win. When you focus on writing the best essay to convey to the audience your thoughts, beliefs or skills, you may just get that scholarship after all.

Jason Mueller is very proud that his company is offering a scholarship. They have received many well-written essays that show a lot of promise for our youth. You can find more info here about the scholarship.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Basic Presentation Apps’ Tips All Students Must Know

Basic Presentation Apps’ Tips All Students Must Know

Guest post by Garttheni Seagar (Share your tips with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Presentation is becoming a crucial part of study processes in many fields especially in business and creative industries. A successful presentation happens when it reaches the audience positively through right tools and a suitable narrative. Coupled with good public speaking skills, a presenter can turn anyone into a good listener. There are many presentation applications that are available nowadays to realize ideas, strategies, and plans in the most effective way. So, selecting the right presentation app and using the right tools will help save time in developing the slideshow. It is always a good idea to keep updated with presentation basics and continuously improve on developing the slides.
Presentation Tool Comparison
Comparison of Prezi, PowerPoint & Google Presentation Slides (Click to Enlarge)
Here are some tips on few basic presentation apps,


PowerPoint is included in Microsoft Office and adaptable for any operating systems including Mac with viewer options. This application is suitable for a dry content presentation such as reporting progress, teaching skills or discussing structural plans that involve detailed information breakdown with more charts and side notes. A presenter can go straight to the point with the least of multimedia tools needed. The application is also super convenient when inserting visual aids and excel data sheets to deliver an insightful message
  • Build your own ultimate quick access toolbar with frequently used functions and ordering to fasten the preparation process.  
  • Always create your graphics in a separate file. Then, insert it as a saved imaged to the main presentation file to avoid app processing a heavier file and trouble converting to flash file format.
  • Create custom slide sizes to create adjusted slide sizes for displays. Go to ‘Page Setup’ and type in the height and width of the background size that you would like. Then, click on ‘OK’ and another ‘OK’ on the dialogue box as well. Now, the background would be resized.


The application has zoom functions which can keep the easily distracted audiences focused in its contents, especially the children. Also, this application is a good way to tell compelling creative stories and ideas as its web based features allow multimedia contents from other websites to be embedded easily. This will be an advantage for creative industry presentation in telling a narrative story structure.
  • Check the aspect ratio of your project according to your display screen to ensure a smooth presentation of motion graphic and 3D contents, from small to bigger screens.
  • Scale up the important content main titles, keywords, and sub sections in line with presentation style with scaling and zoom functions to add emphasis on the subject. This function is best used to create a surprising effect by hiding the rest of the contents in the entire frame.  
  • Maximize the use of bubble menu. The ‘Insert Shape’ is a very useful element that can be useful in many ways to work within Prezi. There are also other elements such as ‘line tool’ that can allow you to create a simple drawings as wish at any part of the canvas. These visual aids can be reused for future presentations as well.

Google Slides

This free application is packaged with Google Drive. This hints the convenience for collaboration, access through multiple device, offline functions and easier web publishing. In a way, this is a similar version of PowerPoint with a touch of digital intelligence to go with urban lifestyle.
  • Generate links and embedded code for upload free share online. Get your presentation easily attached on websites without worrying about the file size and the hassle of downloading, converting the file. Simply click on the ‘Publish to the Web’ under the project’s ‘File’ button on the top toolbar. You can now find ‘Embed’ option to generate the codes. Also, choose to get just the link for an easy share or. 
  • Integrate with google office applications to enable teammates easily include additional info from other document formats. Learn other related google slides advices from available articles.
  • Present from any place and digital device wirelessly. Google has the advantage of telecasting your presentation through ‘ChromeCast’ for android users and ‘Airplay’ for Apple users. These telecasting apps helps one to even present without the presence of their working laptop or computers. As long as the television, mobile phone or tablet is connected to your presentation, the slides will always be ready to present.
Identifying the type of messages to be delivered and its audience maturity is always the first step before choosing the right application and tools of every presentation. Also, a good presentation coupled with a polished visual aids is a bonus for the presenter at all times. Students shall always learn ways to improvise on their presentation style, tone and narrative as new versions and updates are always enhanced with technology. There are many free learning options available online such as YouTube tutorials, webinars and e-books provided by experts and app makers. Spend time to master the skills!

Garttheni Seagar is PR & Communications Manager at CupoNation Malaysia, a leading online savings platform present in 18 countries around the world that help online consumers save in their day to day spending to make the most out of their budget. CupoNation was founded on 2012 and is headquartered in Munich, with offices in Paris, Madrid, Sao Paolo, Gurgaon and Moscow.

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