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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Basic Presentation Apps’ Tips All Students Must Know

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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


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.

Prezi


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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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

6 Best Part Time Jobs for Students in Malaysia

Top Part Time Jobs for Malaysian Students

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

By doing a part time job, a student can pay off his or her college fee and other living expenses. But it is important to find the right one which can save him time for study and pay him well. Here are some part time jobs for Malysian students which get the best of the both worlds.
Best Part Time Jobs for Students in Malaysia
Working part time while studying is a great way to fund your college fee and other expenses, especially if you want to be self-dependent.

From waiting tables at a local restaurant to working as a retail store’s sale associate, there are plenty of part time job opportunities for a student to choose from.

But wait a minute!

Being a student, you need the part time job which can go well with your study. Right?

Keep in mind—there is no benefit of doing the job that doesn’t save you couple of hours for your study, exam prep and other commitments. You can balance your study and work with a right part time job.

Don’t worry.

Here I have listed such student part time jobs in Malaysia that not only save you ample of time, but also pay you well.

Home Tutor

I personally think that home tutoring is the best part time job for any student.

The number one reason is that it is done at the comfort of home, meaning that you don’t need to travel to do work. Secondly, you can earn higher hourly wages than other part time jobs. A primary home tutor can earn RM 40 per hour. The list of benefits with home tutoring job hasn’t over yet!

You can enjoy flexible work hours as you can set the schedule according to your availability. As an added bonus, tutoring enhances your personal development, understanding, communication skills, knowledge and sense of services. There are many online tutoring platforms in Malaysia like Student Malaysia Free Ads where you can list yourself as a tutor to get started.

Event Staff

There is always a need of large number of staff to organize an event.

People are required for logistics, supervision, operating the technical systems, ushering in guests, security, booths and other related functions. Most of these jobs require no skills or experience.

Doing such jobs is exhaustive as they usually involve long working hours throughout the event. Then, why I have listed it here?

This is because it can be done on off days like summer holidays or weekends. And you can make good hourly wages. As an added bonus, you will enjoy the event (if it appeals you).

Freelancer

It is another great part time job that offers you both time flexibility and good income. Plus, you can work at your own place. Work may vary greatly, ranging from content writing, designing, tech support, marketing and many more. The rates may vary based on efforts and the capability of finishing the task on time.

Direct Sales

If you are good at marketing, being a salesperson may be the best part time job for you. However, I won’t recommend you door-to-door marketing.

Many companies look for online salesperson to promote their products on e-commerce platforms like e-bay. You will earn from commission coming from the sales. It is pretty simple—the more you sell, the more you earn.

Photographer

Have you ever been appreciated for capturing nice photographs? It means that your hobby of photography can pay you. Just own a DSLR camera and approach local photographers to see if they need your assistance. This job will save you time as you often have to work at events on nights and weekends. You can also serve as a freelance photographer for many magazines. Besides, you can sell your photos online to many stock sites like Shutterstock, Fotolia, SmugMug Pro and iStockPhoto. Some of these sites can pay up to $100 per image! Make sure to check their terms and conditions.

Campus Worker

What can you ask for more than getting a job in your college campus?

For example, you can assist lecturers who look for research assistance among their students to ease their workload. Or you can apply for a library job where you can have plenty of time for study and meeting your classmates. Besides, you can consider a dorm receptionist job which is usually started in evening. But the benefit is that you are allowed to do homework and assignment during your shift. The other jobs available at the campus are data entry, transcription, data collection, and accounting.

Bottom Line

While it is understandable that you are doing job to fund your study and living expenses, don’t prioritize it over your study.

And one more thing….you need to be disciplined and show professionalism even in these part time jobs to balance your work and study.

Go ahead and choose the one that suits your interest. Best of luck!

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


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