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Thursday, April 27, 2017

7 Tips for Writing a Winning College Application Essay

7 Tips for Writing a Winning College Application Essay

Guest post by Lori Wade (Share your tips with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

An application essay is one of the basic requirements for college application, however, it is also one of the most important requirements. Sure, test scores and your grades matter too, but there’s quite a big possibility that many other students have the same scores and grades as you do. In this case, an application essay is your only chance to stand out among them, impressing the admission committee.
7 Tips for Writing a Winning College Application Essay
Moreover, just like a good essay can increase your chances of getting into the college of your dreams, a bad one can dramatically decrease those chances though your other stats might be quite impressive. Probably all members of the admission committee view poorly written application essays as a red flag: if an essay is written badly, this most likely means that a student simply isn’t motivated enough to study at a certain college.

So, how could you avoid such mistakes and impress the admission committee with your essay? We are going to help you with that, offering 7 tips that could ease your writing process greatly.

1. Develop a strategy.

The main goal of a college application essay is to show your personality to the admission committee. Without that personality, your application will simply look like a list of scores, not saying much more to the people who’re going to decide your fate.

Therefore it’s important to ensure that your personality will shine. A strategic plan could help you do so: start by listing your key qualities and move on to the plan of an essay that will allow you to mention all those qualities.

2. Try to be concise.

Despite the fact that an application essay usually doesn’t have an upper limit of characters, you shouldn’t try to impress the admission committee with the number of words you’ve managed to write. Remember that the admission committee are only people who receive way too many application essays each day and have to read them all. Of course, they aren’t always able to spend more than a couple of minutes reading your essay, so the longer you’ll make it, the lower the chance that they’ll actually read all of it will be.

Don’t try to make sentences deliberately longer and smarter if they don’t have to be so. Instead, stick to being more concise yet still impressive.
Tips for Writing a Winning College Application Essay

3. Show that you are unique.

As we’ve already mentioned above, showing your personality is one of the most important tasks of your application essay. However, some students get the wrong idea about how to do so. They try to list all their achievements or speak about their experience in order to impress, forgetting that most of the students have the same experience or achieved the same results.

Most of the students are teenagers and, knowing that the admission committee doesn’t expect thrilling life stories from them. It’s the mindset that matters the most. Show them how you think, what you believe in, and so on – while it could be hard to do, this could benefit you a lot.

4. Write a vivid story.

Some students try their best to sound like adults in their application essays, forgetting that an essay is more a story than a cover letter. It has to include details, so be sure to work on them well. Mention the names of the people you write about, add the information you find important.

However, try not to overdo it here: while the details are definitely a good thing, wordiness and inappropriate jokes are not.

5. Don’t be afraid to tell your opinion.

While it is completely fine to write about important topics like religion and politics, you shouldn’t simply mention them in order to look smart. Some students do write about those things, using the safest statements possible, thinking that this way they’ll be able to impress the committee without risking to speak their mind. However, such essays usually look unclear, not smart.

It’s okay for you to share your opinion on important topics, but you have to support it too, using various arguments as well as considering other perspectives. The only bad way to do this is to sound like you are the only person who’s right about it.
Tips Writing College Application Essay

6. Mind your writing.

You have to proofread your essay and ensure that it is error-free – that goes without saying. However, you should also pay attention to other details, which are just as important: the structure, the tenses, and the words you use. Organize your writing, use strong words, and avoid writing in passive voice – these simple things will make your essay look much better.

7. Get multiple tips.

It is completely normal to ask for someone’s advice when you’re writing an application essay. Your parents, teachers, and friends can help you, voicing their opinion and giving valuable suggestions. However, don’t settle with one opinion only: listen to as many of them as you can, not forgetting to evaluate and discard some of them if necessary.

The good way to make your essay even better is to ask a professional writer to help you. Maybe there’s a writer among your parents’ friends you could talk to? And even if not, don’t get discouraged: you can easily find plenty of high-quality writers online. For example, freelance writers or writers working for essay writing services can easily proofread college application essay for you, making it look even better.

As you see, there are many ways to make your college application essay stand out. Yes, you should know what you are going to write about, but you also have to pay attention to the other things that aren't related to writing directly but still matter. If both your content and your writing are good, you have a huge chance to succeed.

Maybe you know more tips that helped you write your own application essay or have some stories that you want to share? If so, please do so in the comment section below. Both our readers and we will appreciate that.

Lori Wade is a freelance content writer who is interested in a wide range of spheres from education and online marketing to entrepreneurship. She is also an aspiring tutor striving to bring education to another level like we all do. Also, she can help write or proofread college application essay for you. Lori is used to handling many writing orders at the same time and as she likes sharing her ideas and experience, she decided to write a great article for you to show how multiple tasks should be dealt with.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Secret to Topping Your SPM 2019 Exams

The Secret to Topping Your SPM 2017 Exams

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

Every person’s born with a unique potential. Different people have different abilities. Many work their socks off to secure good marks in exams while others don’t and yet manage to do the same thing in examinations.
SPM Exams Preparation Secret Tips
Is there a secret ingredient behind success? Is there some sort of magic? Possibly not! The secret ingredients stay the same that are:
  • Dedication,
  • Punctuality,
  • Hard work and more importantly,
  • Smart and organized work.
The first three ingredients highlighted above depend completely on your mentality. But how can you achieve “smart and organized work” to maximize your efficiency? It’s one of the primary keys to achieve a successful rank in examinations. We’ll see to that in this article.

1. Review your entire syllabus

Let’s go back to the basics at the start. Just go through your entire syllabus right before an examination.

Did you miss out on a few things here and there? No? Just make sure that you double check every nook and corner of it to ensure that you have covered everything that’s going to come in your upcoming examination.

There have been many cases where students complained that a particular question had come out of syllabus. Hence, they had to skip it and jump over to the next one. In most of these cases, it has been found that the question did come right out of syllabus. The students just missed it by an inch.

Make sure to the best of your knowledge that you don’t face the same issue in your examinations.

2. Create a study goal

At the time of your exam preparations, you have to remember that your time’s short and every second is equivalent to gold dust. You have to do the maximum within minimum time.

Organization’s the key. Hence, it’s necessary for you to create a study goal. What do you want to accomplish within this session (say a period of 45 minutes)? Be realistic in your goals and try to stick to your goal as much as possible. You’ll maximize your productivity in no time.

3. Sort out your subject contents

Before you start your final revision, you need to do a list of things in an organized way to ensure that you do it in the best possible way with the least amount of distractions. Example:
  • Put all your notes and lectures in order and close by. 
  • Get all your gears together as well and keep it close by in case you need to practice with the same.
    • E.g. if it’s a geography exam, make sure you keep your toposheets and maps nearby so that you don’t miss out on practicing any of them.   
  • Keep your syllabus nearby in case you want to double check certain things on it.

4. Your study techniques must be adjusted to the subjects accordingly

Different subjects require different study techniques. You have to adjust accordingly.

For example, subjects such as mathematics require practice to get familiar with the processes involved. You must not memorize mathematics or read math in anyway. You have to solve sums on a piece of paper to improve your problem-solving abilities.

Subjects such as literature or history on the other hand require memorization and information synthesis. You have to adjust your study techniques on basis of that.

5. Implement technology for exam prep

In this techno-oriented world, you just have to implement a few of these wonderful creations of men in your exam prep to maximize your efficiency.
  • Online videos
    • Vimeo and YouTube have made it incredibly easy for people to share instructional educational videos online for public viewing. These videos are absolutely free of any cost.
    • Why don’t you take advantage of these? If you face any doubt anywhere, you can always “Google” your doubts on the internet to get a proper solution. YouTube instructional videos can benefit you in that aspect tremendously.
  • Audio
    • Your audio options include things like audio-books, lectures, instructional podcasts etc. You can find them in bunches on the internet. Use them as per your requirement. 
    • Your mobile devices will come in handy for this task.
  • Exam preparation apps
    • Mock tests play a significant role before an examination. Now you have the comfort to give these mock tests from the comfort of your very own drawing room saving you both time and money.
    • Some of these apps can also clear several doubts of yours related to a particular examination and can also give you a comprehensive learning experience.
    • An example: Pocket Prep.
  • eReaders and Note taking apps
    • eReaders give you an inexpensive platform to study eBooks and their pdf counterparts on your mobile devices. With the aid of these apps, you can carry a soft copy of your book anywhere with you and read it any time you wish.
    • Like the name suggests, note taking apps aid you to take quick notes in classes. Many students find it real difficult to take appropriate notes in classes because they usually lose the flow of the lectures at some point.
    • Note taking apps can help you with that. These apps give you the option to write manually on it or integrate with other related media; such as online videos or an online article. Some of these apps also give you the option to scan documents on it.

6. Implement flash cards

Flash cards help you in getting a quick view of something important in the blink of an eye. By keeping certain terms or formulae under your nose, you would be able to memorize them quickly and effectively.

Say for example, you have an English test tomorrow. Write a few of those confusing words on your flash cards along with their meanings. Keep them close by and in easily noticeable places. Refer to them from time to time.

7. Last but not the least, take power breaks

Studying all day for hours at a stretch is NOT advisable in any way. Because you are going to exhaust yourself tremendously though that tactic resulting in poor performance and poor retention of information.

A 20-30 minute session followed by a 5 minute power break is advisable. Think of those 5 minutes as ones having high ROI (return on investment). By keeping your sessions fresh after a 5 minute break, you are definitely going to maximize your productivity immensely.

Just be positive and confident enough in your approach and you’ll definite see the positivity reflecting in your final results. We wish you the best of luck for your upcoming exams!

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, April 18, 2017

How to Score Straight A's for SPM 2019 in 50 Days

Guest post by Camille Fan, SPM 2016 Straight A's Scorer (Share your secret exam scoring tips with 56,000+ Malaysian students)

Hello! I am here today to guide you how to achieve straight As in just 50 days. THIS IS NOT A CLICKBAIT!! I'm not going to lie but don't expect all rainbows and sunshine. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WAR RIGHT HERE, SPM!! (Just kidding, SPM is nothing okay? please don't stress yourself out) Most students procrastinate every chance they get. I mean why finish my homework when I can re-watch every season of 'Friends'? Right? *rolls eyes*

However, time ticks and the last thing you know you're only 50 days away from SPM. Hence, I’ve compiled a list of ways I found effective that helped me!

Stop hogging the revision books and start doing your past years!!

First, to test your understanding and memories on what you have learnt, read your revision book for an hour to revise what you learnt throughout the year. For example, read your textbook and revision books for Biology for an hour or two and that's it; no more reading. Then, get your trial papers out and do it as if you're in the exam. You're also only allowed to check the answers after you completed everything. It's okay if you get a lot of wrong answers at first, nobody's perfect. You will then gradually remember your mistakes and not repeat it the next time! Fast and effective.

Reward yourself!!

Everyone gets stressed and that's ok because it's our body's natural reaction. I had a few acquaintances that cried when they couldn't understand a specific add maths question or couldn't memorize all the facts for Sejarah and NEWSFLASH! Time waits for no man. Oh boy, the stress when you have so much to do but so little time. HORRIFYING!! Hence, watch your favourite drama or movie to broaden your mind. I used to write narrative essays for my continuous writing so movies and dramas help me in planning my plot. You really need your story to stand out and be unpredictable to impress your teachers and examiners. Ditch reading novels when you can watch movies and write amazing stories!

Talk to your family!!

At this moment so near to SPM, friends can get a little sensitive and selfish I might say. Some become conscious and starts studying every second they get up until the point where they neglect their health and friends. Besides, some also gets protective and would not share their knowledge with you. Let's be honest, it gets pretty annoying but it's okay focus on yourself and family. Now, always talk to your family members because they'll always be there for you and will not trigger stress.

Ask for your teachers help and go for tuition classes and seminar!!

You can always seek other professionals for help whenever you find trouble in your studies. Teachers always want the best for their students and they'll appreciate it if their students ask them for tips; in terms of life advices or just academically questions in general. Seminars are meant to help you absorb as much knowledge and tips for SPM in a short matter of time. However, do not go for overly expensive seminars, instead you can actually go for tuition centers that also hold seminars that are affordable and worth it.

Time yourself!!

A lot of students including myself find it hard occasionally to cope with the given time during examinations. For example, subjects like Mathematics do not provide a lot of time. Hence, plan it well before the big day. Time yourself when you're doing past year papers or trial papers with no distractions. Always skip the questions that are taking up too much time. To avoid catastrophes such as not being able to complete the other questions or getting too stressed out, skip the harder questions and come back to them later. When you've nothing else to worry about, you can then focus on the harder questions and try your best!


This is really important. Never tire yourself as this will affect your health! Don't let a few papers ruin your body. If you have too much tuition classes, quit some (if possible) and self study instead. Seminars and tuition classes are very different. Seminars are usually only a few days right before your SPM but tuitions are from the start of the year. I used to have three tuition classes, all of it on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. They were Chemistry, Physics and Additional Mathematics but I decided to just go only for Physics because the teacher is cool and I can never study physics on my own HAHAHA. I quitted the other two subjects around June because I wanted more free time. You can't strain your brain and body anymore at this point, do self-study and have more time to yourself. Saving money and time at the same time!

So, this is it! Sorry it's been quite boring but I hope this helps! If you're reading this now, you probably still have more than 50 days but you can always start early. I wish the best for you and hope you score flying colors for your SPM!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Exclusive Money-Saving Tips & Discount Deals for Students in Malaysia

Malaysia Freebies Bargains & Student Promotion Offers

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

Traveling and living in Malaysia generally are quite affordable. However, as a student you will always be always searching for ways to save money. Here we share 7 money-saving tips which help to enjoy your life there too.

1. Apply and collect Kad Debit-i Diskaun Siswa 1 Malaysia (KADS1M Debit-i)

Every student in the country can get Malaysian Student Discount Card (KADS1M) for free of charge. Using it you will be able to enjoy discounts on food, apparel, entertainment, books, health and recreation services, restaurants, transportation and even flight tickets. It saves from 5% to maximum 60% of your spendings at more than 2,600 different outlets. So don’t delay and apply for it.

2. Make full use of free educational resources like university libraries

Many educational resources provided by many universities in Malaysia are available for free. Normally, you don’t have to pay for an access to their materials. So come to study at your university and use the Internet to research as much and as long as you need, instead of paying membership fees in public libraries. In addition, universities tend to organize free additional lectures, trainings and events. Don’t hesitate and attend them too.

3. Enjoy high quality edu-tainment for free

Malaysia, having a rich cultural heritage, which blends influence from Asia as well as Europe, offers many entertainments. And the good news here – you can enjoy many of them for free.

First of all, you can always join free guided walking tours organized by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall. They highlight the local architecture, food, shops and history of Malaysia.

There are many free galleries and museums as well. The most well-known ones in Kuala Lumpur are Bank Negara Museum and Gallery, Galeri Petronas and Wei-Ling Gallery. After all, simply come and enjoy peaceful spots at Lake Perdana at tropical Perdana Botanical Garden and KLCC Park.

Also, every Monday at The Stage in Publika Square a free open-air film screening takes place. It is bound to be memorable. As a student, you can get tickets for some theaters, cinemas, clubs provide students with discounts. Even it is not stated anywhere, it never hurts to ask one more time.

4. Traveling for free

Free Go KL Bus KLCC Bukit Bintang
Free Go KL City Bus KLCC - Bukit Bintang
Cycling is the cheapest, but it is not that feasible and safe to ride a bike in Kuala Lumpur. Free GoKL city bus service will be very useful if you travel within the Central Business District of Kuala Lumpur. It offers green, purple, blue and red lines, all of which have different one-route. They are free and quite convenient because bus stops are in very close proximity to tourist attractions, shopping malls and entertainments. In addition, you will find free WIFI network there.
In you are staying or travelling frequently in Selangor, you should take the free Bas Smart Selangorku bus which covers all major destinations in Selangor.
There are many other good choices for public transport: buses, trains, ferries, taxis. Buses, in general, are quite cheap. In case you are going to use the transport on a regular basis, better buy a monthly ticket for public transport, which costs only RM149 in Kuala Lumpur.
When you need to take a taxi, pick Uber (UberX) or Grab (GrabCar) using discount promo codes instead. Besides cheaper price for a ride, it has many other benefits compared to the conventional taxi, which often doesn't use the meter.
Moreover, when you are planning a round-trip journey to some neighborhood countries, like Singapore, for example, buy cheap bus or train tickets online in Malaysia. Otherwise, you will find out yourself that the same tickets outside Malaysia cost much higher.

5. Shopping

First of all, shopping in local street markets will save you a lot of money. In Kuala Lumpur there are plenty of them and the biggest are Petaling Street, Kasturi Walk, Chow Kit Market. You can find there various of very fresh groceries as well as apparel, accessories, jewelry and many other things for a quite cheap price. Moreover, they demonstrate the authentic Malaysian culture and serve as an attractive destination for tourists. Secondly, download a mobile application Smart Shopper. It compares prices for groceries across various supermarkets and provides you with the cheapest price just in a second. Finally, benefit of shopping during sales.

There are several big shopping seasons in Malaysia in 2017:
  • Malaysia Super Sale (March 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017), 
  • Mid Year Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival (June 16, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017) and 
  • Malaysia Year End Sale (November 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017). 
On these shopping festivals, you can shop with discounts up to 75%. Also, online shopping in Malaysia is growing and become especially popular. Go online and shop there using coupons on different products and services. Don’t forget to spend a minute before a purchase in an online store and check availability of one on the Internet.

6. Cash vs Credit Cards in Malaysia

According to the Department of Statistics in Malaysia, almost half of the Malaysian population under 30 years old are bankrupts. As a usual thing, students have a difficulty with controlling their spending and waste much money on unnecessary things. The best solution to avoid this is to use cash instead. A credit card might be a good alternative only in a case when it is important. Otherwise, such habit may easily lead you to big debts. The thing is, it is hard to realize how much you spend when money is abstract. So plan your budget ahead and take as much cash as you really need.

7. Consider your wants and your needs

Everyone has certain difficulties with understanding where the edge between his needs and wants is. Sometimes, people tend to ignore its existence even if they realize it. This is how we buy impulsively and waste much money on unimportant things. Before making an actual purchase and spending money, especially a big amount, always take a minute to consider its necessity. Extra time will allow you to come up with an answer rationally and make a right decision.
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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Major Problems of Being a Malaysian Student Studying Overseas

Major Problems Of Being A Malaysian Student Overseas

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

When you are studying in your own country, you feel a certain sense of joy and pride. That joy comes from the fact that you know about all the norms and traditions around which your country revolves. You know how a particular system works and the methods that can boost up the efficiency rate of that system. But when you move somewhere else, a certain sense of insecurity and vulnerability encompasses you. You do not know how to respond in a situation. You think twice before performing a certain act. You just remain there as a cluttered mess of thoughts. This is exactly what happens to Malaysian students overseas. They face the same kinds of troubles. See how:
Study Abroad Problem Challenges

Educational problems that Malaysian students face overseas

Lack of basic understanding of a subject matter

The changes that occur in the teaching syllabus makes it very difficult for the students to study with the same level of enthusiasm that they had. They find it really difficult to cope with the challenges that come up with a new teaching syllabus. When Malaysian students travel overseas, they find it extremely tiresome to develop their basic level of understanding about the subjects that their fellows are already great at. This frustrates them to a point that they do not feel like continuing their education overseas. So, if Malaysian education system focuses more on consistency then it will become the best country where people from different countries will come to get themselves educated.

Less knowledge about practical subjects

Since Malaysian education system is too academic focused. It does not include subjects that lead their students stand out from the rest of the students. It does not encourage students to study practical subjects, and subjects like Civics and Citizenship, Moral Education, and Health Education are not the kind of the subjects that would set apart the Malaysian students from the other students. Therefore, Malaysian students have to face a great difficulty in acquiring knowledge of practical subjects overseas as they do not know the basics of it.

Problems in terms of culture

Cultural Shock

In Malaysia, there are many cultures including Malay, Indian, Chinese and Eurasian culture along with cultures of other group. There is a strong social distinction in the national culture between two ethnic groups: Malay and non-Malay. The effect of culture is so prominent even in Malaysian cuisines that they also narrate a tale of diversity in culture by including Chinese, Thai, Indian, Sumatran and Javanese cuisines under one banner. Malaysian art is centred on the crafts of weaving, carving and silversmithing. They speak languages like Chinese, Dusunic, Iban and Kadazan. So with all such cultural variation, when they step into a new country, they find it really different to adjust into a new culture.

Stages of Culture Shock/Stress

There are five stages to culture shock/stress
  1. Honeymoon stage
  2. Hostility stage
  3. Adjustment
  4. Home stage
  5. Re-entry Shock or Reverse Culture Shock

Signs and Symptoms of Culture Shock

  • Sadness, loneliness
  • Preoccupation with health; aches and pains
  • Disturbed sleep pattern
  • Mood changes; depression, mood swings, anger, irritability.
  • Unwilling to interact with others, withdrawal
  • Loss of identity

Communication problems

Malaysian students are not fluent in English

In Malaysian, there is a less focus on speaking English which is a global language. Malaysian students speak different languages but not English so well that they would be able to stand out from the rest of the other students. It creates a communication gap between them and other students overseas which leads them to rethink their decision of coming overseas.

Majority Malaysian students focus more on Malay

Malay is the national language of Malaysia. Malaysian students are fluent in their native language. They prefer talking to others in their native language because they are more comfortable talking to others in this language so when they go abroad, they try the same trick. They try to talk to others in Malay and since other students are not aware of it, they do not communicate much with Malaysian students. This frustrates Malaysian students, and they try to remain aloof.

In terms of weather

Unable to cope with a cold weather

Malaysia is one of the hottest countries of the world. In Malaysia, temperature rises above 30 degree (86 F) year round while during night, it drops below 20 degree (68 F). People wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothes here at any time of the year. Malaysian people are habitual of living in such a hot atmosphere so when they go abroad to study, they find it very difficult to survive in a cold weather. From wearing loose-fitting dresses, they have to wear to sweaters or overcoats overseas. From staying up late at night in a comfortable environment and humid atmosphere, they have to cover themselves up with a blanket. These transitions are so new to them that it takes them time to understand them.

In terms of finances

Worrying over managing finances

Another issue that Malaysian students have to face is that they have to keep a check on finances. It is very difficult for them to manage finances in a new country. They do not know anyone there so they cannot take help from any one. They cannot even share their problems with others. Since none knows them, so they have to struggle a lot to find jobs.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Best Places to Visit During School Holidays in Malaysia

Best Places to Go During School Holidays in Malaysia

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

Want to have exciting and relaxing school holidays in Malaysia? If so, this compilation of holiday destinations in Malaysia won’t disappoint you. From Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bahru, each destination has its charm and certain things to make you feel calmer, recharged, enriched.
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”
Holiday is an opportunity for students to relax, rejuvenate and freshen up in a new way. In fact, it allows an escape from stresses and struggles of the classroom. And what can be a better way to achieve these “rewards” than travelling.

So, pack your bag and off to one of these destinations in Malaysia to celebrate your school break in a fun and exciting way.


Langkawi is the cluster of 99 islands located on the western coast of Malaysia. One of the popular beach destinations in Malaysia, Langkawi mesmerizes you with its crystal clear water, swaying palms, sun kissed beaches, and coastal mangrove swamps.

Besides, Langkawi is the home to historical attractions, fare, diving sports, nightlife and shopping. It is the perfect place to spend your holidays after a long stressful year of study.

Langkawi Sky Bridge

Feel at the top of the world while standing at 700 meters high Langkawi Sky Bridge. See the stunning sights of gigantic limestone rocks at Kilim Geo Park. Don’t miss Underwater World at Pantai Cenang to catch the glimpse of amazing marine life. The other must see attractions to see at Langkawi are Langkawi Marine Life, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Eagle Square, and Langwaki Village Complexes.

Pulau Pinang (Penang):

Fondly known as the Food Capital of Malaysia, Penang is situated at the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The city is the marvellous fusion of modernity and old world charm. For a student, there are many reasons to visit Penang. Being the food hub of the nation, the city offers an unforgettable gastronomical delight that you will find nowhere.

Take a cultural walk through the streets of George Town to explore Penang’s colourful history.

Malaysia Street Penang Signature Food

Experience the religious fervour in its places of worship like St George’s Church, Kapitan Keling Mosque, Ke Lok Si Temple and Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Do shopping at the flea markets, pasar mala and modern shopping malls. Explore the local beaches like Penang Island and Batu Ferringhi to relax on the golden sand.

Kota Kinabalu (KK):

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state in the northern part of the island of Broneo. Also known as KK, it is the coastal city partly surrounded by rainforest. Kota Kinabalu captivates you with its beautiful locations, breath-taking sunsets, blossoming arts and music and the whole gamut of delicious cuisine.

Mari Mari Cultural Village Traditional Dance

The popular attractions of the city are Mari Mari cultural village, Museum of Islamic Civilisation, Night Market, Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and many more.

And KK is the gateway to the tallest mountain in Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu, making it the best destination for adventure sports lovers.

Kota Bahru (KB):

Kota Bahru is the capital of Kelantan state; however, it is often overlooked by the tourists. If you want to spend your school holiday at some unexplored place, look no further than Kota Bahru. It houses historical palaces, museums, and colourful markets wrapped up in a calm atmosphere.

Kota Bharu Pantai Cahaya Bulan PCB Beach Sunrise

The city is the perfect escape from the stressful academic environment and the hustle and bustle of the daily life. The rich architectural heritage of Kota Bharu rests on the old mansions, Malay-style palaces and splendid mosques.

Pasar Siti Khadijah is an open market in Kota Bharu which is dotted with the colourful stalls of daily needs and fresh produce. Pantai Cahaya Bulan is the most popular beach of Kota Bharu.

Kuala Lumpur (KL):

If you want to give “luxury touch” to your holidays, nothing can be better place than Kuala Lumpur. The capital city of Malaysia enthrals you with its vibrant lifestyle, fabulous shopping, delicious cuisine, beautiful beaches, and happening nightlife. Kuala Lumpur is the home of amazing attractions and exciting activities. You can start exploring the city with Petronas Twin Tower that accommodates shopping mall, landscaped park, hotels and many more things. What about swimming with sharks? At Aquaria KLCC, you see 150 species of fishes from a 90m walk-through tunnel.

Kuala Lumpur KL Lake Gardens

On the other hand, you can enjoy your picnic at KL Lake Gardens, Deer Park and KL Butterfly Park. KL museum should be on your itinerary to get familiar with the nation’s rich history and heritage.

So these are the destinations in Malaysia you can visit during your school holidays. Wherever you go, it is for sure that you will come back with a bag full of memories, new experiences and improved outlook towards life.

 And these things are a great way to resume your academic session!

Lim Chuwei is a Tutor & director at ChampionTutor Malaysia. Lim Chuwei has been in this industry for the last 15 years and has vast knowledge of major learning application.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Bank Negara Malaysia Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarship Programme 2017/2018

Bank Negara Undergraduate (Honours) Scholarships

(Application will be closed on 30 April 2017)

Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded to eligible individuals who have received offers to pursue or are currently pursuing Undergraduate studies in Economics, Accounting, Finance, Actuarial Science, Law and Computer Science at top universities per the Bank’s list of approved universities.

Candidates must fulfill the following minimum requirements:
  • STPM / A-Level - at least 2 As and 1 B; or
  • Diploma / Matriculation - Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 3.50; or
  • South Australian Matriculation - ATAR of at least 85%; or
  • American Foundation Program - SAT1 score of at least 1200; or
  • For candidates currently pursuing Undergraduate - Current CGPA of at least 3.50.
  • Passed SPM with credits in Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Inggeris subjects
  • Not exceeding 25 years of age on 1 July 2017.
  • Obtained an offer to pursue or is currently pursuing Undergraduate studies in 2017 from top universities per the Bank's list of approved universities.
Additional requirements include:
  • Strong leadership qualities, high teamwork capabilities, excel in both extra-curricular activities and sports
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

Bank Negara Postgraduate (Master and PhD) Scholarships

(Application will be closed on 30 April 2017)

Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to eligible individuals who have received offers to pursue or are currently pursuing Postgraduate studies in the following fields of study at top universities per the Bank's list of approved universities:
  • Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Monetary Economics
  • International Economics
  • Banking and Finance
  • International Finance
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • International Law
  • Risk Management
  • Islamic Finance
Candidates must fulfill the following minimum requirements:
  • Obtained a First Class (Honours) Bachelor / Master's Degree from the top universities per the Bank’s list of approved universities.
  • Not exceeding 30 years of age for Master and 35 years of age for PhD on 1 July 2017.
  • Passed SPM with credits in Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Inggeris subjects.
  • Obtained an offer to pursue or is currently pursuing Postgraduate studies in 2017 from top universities per the Bank's list of approved universities.
Additional requirements include:
  • Strong leadership qualities, high teamwork capabilities, excel in both extra-curricular activities and sports.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.

Those who fulfilled the minimum requirements are required to apply online via Bank Negara Malaysia’s website. For postgraduate applicants, please submit one (1) page thesis summary of your proposed research to the following address:

Scholarship Section
Strategic Human Capital Department, Level 11C
Bank Negara Malaysia
Jalan Dato’ Onn
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for assessments.







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