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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Valuable Suggestions For Malaysian Students Studying In UK

Valuable Suggestions For Malaysian Students In UK

Guest post by Andrew Davies (Share your insight with 57,000+ Malaysian students)

A foreign student is always facing difficulties this way or the other no matter if we live in a world that is called global village. Theoretically we may be living in such a world where a new country may not be strange or different for someone but being a student my experience was completely different. UK is a country of education, profession and future. This is why hundreds of thousands of students comet to UK from Malaysia and other countries every year. The cultural difference is everywhere and it matters a lot on a great scale. The tough economic environment in UK is also a problem for Malaysian students as most of the students in Malaysia are dependent on their families for economic survival.
Valuable Suggestions For Malaysian Students In UK
In UK this economic survival’s burden shifts on to your shoulders and you have got to work hard to make both the ends meet as in a tough economy you don’t have relatives to rely on. A Malaysian student is normally not very good at speaking English. Listening, comprehending and understanding becomes another difficulty. Doing part time jobs and adjusting with people no matter if you like them or not in a shared accommodation are the very fundamental and common problems that Malaysian students will face in UK. This article will not only mention such fundamental problems but also suggest you the right step to take at times of problems.

1. Accommodation.

When you have an accommodation already booked before flying from Malaysia you should make sure that place is under the use of other students similar to you. Malaysian students in UK are considered to be shy and innocent and that is why they are subjected to a lot of violations and bullying. When the natives in the UK know that you are a new comer and unaware of a lot of things they will do their best to fetch money out of your pockets by hook or crook.

So before you make your move about the accommodation somewhere privately we would suggest you to prefer a university or college hostel to stay. On the contrary you can choose to live in a house and share the rent with other students but this can be done later on when you are aware of the situation yourself in UK.

2. Finding a part time job.

You got to work no matter what and sometimes probably a double part time job. With all this you got to send back some money to home for financial reasons probably. A lot of students from Malaysia are apparently on a student visa but their basic aim to be in UK is nothing but earning money. If that is one of your primary objectives and education is the secondary then remember that you will only be able to coherently stick to your target if you work hard.

Earning money on a student visa more than you are allowed for can cause severe and serious risks to your stay in the UK. This means if you work for hours exceeding your permitted hours limit then you may get caught and consequently be deported for this.

3. Avoid drugs and alcohol.

Malaysian students are not as spoiled as kids in the USA or UK are. That is why we as Malaysians need to be vigilant about indulging in such gatherings or activities. Recently a Malaysian Mathematic genius was jailed in the UK for child pornography. He wasn’t a criminal when he landed in UK but his temptations towards drugs and alcohol took him to where he is today.

4. Get to know the vicinity.

When you reach your residence in the UK first of all get to know the places nearby. Make sure you are able to get to this place from anywhere in the city. Make sure you know the names of the nearest landmarks etc. Today you have google map and many other apps that can help you to trace your location no matter where you are. Specific apps have specially been designed for targeted cities etc. While there was a time when all of this never existed and even today I would suggest you not to use these apps right in the beginning and instead only use your eyes, memory and idea to get to your residence from an unknown location.

5. You academic life.

Never neglect your academic life so much so that your student visa may get rejected or cancelled. From the day one strive hard to be a good students and learner no matter how tough the circumstances are. Don’t excuse your academic progress for the reason of English, new location or new environment. Malaysians are famous for being genius all around the world and every one expect of you to uphold that pride in a foreign country.

Andrew Davies is an experienced educationist and a responsible students’ counselor. He has assisted many students in their journey from academic to professional life and that why is known as a mentor by students in the category of dissertation help.


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Comprehensive Guide To Improving Your Programming Skills In Schools Or Colleges

A Comprehensive Guide To Improving Your Programming Skills In Schools Or Colleges

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

Learning the different ways of programming a computer is one of the most versatile skills available in the market today. This skill is more than capable of making you a standout among the crowd with attractive rewards that come in the form of a bright career and a hefty paycheck.

In this article, we will delve deep into the different techniques that you should implement to hone your programming skills for good. So pay attention as closely as possible.

Step 1: Analyze the given problem as closely as possible

The first step is the simplest of the lot. Just read the problem as closely as possible. Ensure that you know and understand the underlying meaning of the problem well.

Remember, the final result of your program will be based entirely on this. So never ignore this step in any way whatsoever.

Step 2: Think of the different ways through which you might be able to solve the problem

The key is to find the best solution to solve the problem in the best possible manner. Can you?

Step 3: Begin an organized approach

An organized approach can definitely benefit you a lot in structuring the format of your program. Here’s how you can do it:
  • Note down the goals separately on a piece of paper.
  • Note down the user base that it’s possible going to target. 
  • Write down the “givens” on the very same paper for an easy reference.
A simple, methodical approach like that can go a long way indeed.

Step 4: Write a detailed implementation plan

If the problem isn’t too complex, a short and simple flowchart should be enough for this purpose of yours. The below flowchart is a simple example for your reference:
Simple Flow Chart Example

If it seems too complex to you, you need to break the job into modules for more effective completion. Soon afterward, you need to think of three things in particular, and these are:
  • The task that each module MUST perform.
  • The ways through which data gets transferred between modules.
  • The ways through which data will be used inside each module, in particular.
Planning and gathering data may seem pretty tedious at the start of your project but do realize that debugging a program after completion is more tedious than all of these activities. So make your decision wisely.

Step 5: Use comment lines for explanations

If you want to explain your program to a non-technical person who seemingly has no prior idea of the subject matter, comment lines can come in handy for that purpose of yours. Here’s an example (you will see the comment lines written in faded italics):
Programming Comment Code Example

You, yourself, will also be benefited as a result of this.

That’s because comments are capable of answering the questions of “why” more often than “what.” So in case you have to get back to the code again in the nearly foreseeable future, the presence of comments in the code would help you understand the entire program in a jiffy. If this is not a benefit, what is?

Step 6: Use a consistent naming protocol for naming variables

Adopting a consistent naming protocol in your program will help you keep track of each and every variable that you have used in the program and will also tell you the purpose of each of them in precise detail.

Say, for example; the program is based on simple addition.

Instead of just writing x = a + b, write sum = a + b.

The sum variable can easily point out the fact that this is where the summation of the numbers are stored as the final result.

Note: Although I have used a simple program for your reference, do realize that this practice will come in as a blessing as soon as the programs get more complex over time.

Step 7: Indent your code properly for a visually elegant look

I am asking you to do this not because it looks visually appealing from the point of the reader who’s going through your code at a particular moment in time.

I am asking you to do this because it makes it easier to read and understand. For more information of code indentation, refer to this article, in particular.

Lastly, I would like to tell you to keep on practicing coding to improve your skill in the long run. Remember, programming’s NOT a stagnant discipline in any way whatsoever. There is always something new to learn and something old to re-learn. The internet can help you a lot for this purpose of yours.

So this is where I will sign off for the time being. Hope the tips mentioned above come in handy for your programming endeavors. Good luck!

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


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Monday, August 07, 2017

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

For many fresh graduates, making the transition from being a full-time student to a full-time employee can be extremely daunting. Some might even end up in the abyss of unemployment for quite some time, going to interview after interview without finally scoring the job. I can be considered one of the lucky ones, scoring a full-time junior executive position 2 months before my last semester even ended. Maybe this is due to the fact that I exclusively filtered out all big corporations in my job-hunting process.

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

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

More creative opportunities


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

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

Better working culture


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

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

International environment


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

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

SEA is the best startup hub


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

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

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

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