Tag Archives: College

Improve The Vocabulary Of Your Next Essay

13 Feb

Need to improve the vocabulary and your overall writing skills for your next essay? IELTS Vocabulary means using a more academic style and word choice (Lexical Resource) when writing your essay. Using Topic Specific Vocabulary, collocations and words from the Academic Word List will help considerably. Topic Specific Vocabulary also contains lots of collocations, so you can expect a thorough explanation on what they are and how to use them.

This tutorial focuses on what to learn, the importance of context, and how to learn / memorize these new terms so you can improve your writing. The site gives you plenty of detailed explanations, tips, examples and resources for practice on this subject.

https://www.ieltspodcast.com/ielts-vocabulary/lexical-resource/

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How To Successfully Prepare Your Child For College Life

3 Feb

If your child is currently attending his last year of high school, then it’s likely that you’ve already done some research on colleges or universities that your child can attend in September. However, it takes more than picking the right college and getting good grades to prepare for college life. According to a survey, 60% of freshmen wished that they had help getting emotionally ready for college. With so much energy going into visiting campuses, SAT prep, and taking AP classes, students have less time to learn the skills that they need to cope with the demands of college life. Moreover, students need to master the right technology for college success. As classrooms all over the country are in a state of constant change, teens need to feel that they’re fully prepared to use technology tools as more professors are integrating it into the classroom. To help your child cope with the academic, financial, and emotional challenges of school life, here’s a guide to successfully prepare your teenager for college life.

Let your child get familiarized with common technology in classrooms

Most campus leaders and professors assume that just because students are well-versed in basic computer skills means that they can cope with the tech used in the classroom. Nowadays, some professors use software that enables students to complete homework online, and the same software allows educators to make assessments and give feedback. To help your teen prepare, do some research on the system or software that the college or university utilizes and allow your child to get familiar with it. This helps your child prevent missing homework and paper deadlines once he or she starts freshman year.

Let your teen work alone on a project or paper

Once your child goes to college, there will be no one there to help him or her do homework or do practice ACT English and Math tests with. To be successful in college, students need to be able to prioritize their studies despite the many distractions that college life has to offer. Before your teen starts college, make sure that your child can complete a paper or project on his or her own. It’s also a good idea to observe how your child prepares for a test so you can see if certain changes are needed with regards to your teen’s study habits.

Work with your child on important life skills

Can your teenager cook simple yet healthy meals and do laundry? Can your child keep his or her belongings in order and keep a room clean? Now would be a good time to practice these life skills with your child so that he or she can accomplish them in college. Doing so allows your child to be independent and get along with future roommates.

Teach money management skills

Children don’t learn how to manage money in school, so parents should take the initiative to teach their kids how to balance a checkbook, pay credit card bills, create and stick to a budget. Talk to your teen how credit cards work and how to avoid being in debt. You can also encourage your child to get a part-time job or do side hustles for extra income.  

Teach your child how to deal with stress in positive ways

Some college students cope with the pressure of college life by overeating, partying too much, binge-drinking, or taking drugs. To help your teen deal with the demands of college, teach him or her positive ways to manage stress such as exercising, going for a walk outdoors, listening to music, or getting in touch with you and other loved ones on Skype. Remind your child not to sweat the small stuff and to keep cool during stressful situations.

Preparing for college life can be a challenge for students and their parents, but by focusing on preparing academically, financially, and emotionally, your child can be better equipped to deal with this new phase of life. Follow these tips to help your teen prepare for college life and set him or her up for success.

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GoodCall Scholarship Search

26 Jan

Leading Hands Through Technology discovered another great scholarship search engine called GoodCall. The GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine proclaims it has one of the largest databases of scholarships on the web. After a quick review, the search engine results are quality; however if you want to watch or keep track of your results you need to sign-up for an account. If you are going back to college or a student just looking for some assistance, keep this site in mind.

GoodCall Scholarship Engine requires no personal information and it’s free to use.
http://www.goodcall.com/scholarships/

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Need To Cite A Bibliography?

3 Sep

Are you creating a research paper? Do you need to generate a citation in MLA, APA & Chicago formats for your bibliography? I found this site that will cite (pun intended) your bibliography for free called EasyBib. All you need is the URL or search for the item and it can be generated in the format you need.

http://www.easybib.com/

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Plagiarism Tools

14 Sep

An esteemed college professor asked me the other day if I knew of any online plagiarism tools. In the past, I have used http://turnitin.com and http://www.articlechecker.com/, but I was determined to find a good list of tools for him. Below is a quick review of the plagiarism tools I found on Yahoo Answers.

#1 http://www.plagiarismdetect.com
There is no download and it is completely free but you will have to sign it to use it. I tried it out and it works perfectly.
***Updated 12/16/17: Plagiarism Detect is no longer working, however you can try: https://plagiarismcheck.org/

#2 http://academicplagiarism.com is another free plagiarism checker. I found this on Youtube. It scans for plagiarism by comparing documents to to the web and their own database. Also, it lets you upload documents and paste text. I””’ve been using it for a few months. I like it.

#3 http://aafter.com is a free plagiarism checker. Now, you can check any written article to see whether it has similarity with any other pages on the internet. To use this feature, you have to type *** (3 stars) and then paste The Document in the AAfter’s search box. The search result shows the links to WebPages, if any, that contains similar text as that of the document.

Do you have any plagiarism tools to add?

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Online College Courses for Half Price

13 Nov

Thinking of going to college, but you can’t afford it? In the olden days you would go to your local community college, take a few courses and then later transfer to a state school. Buruck Smith wanted to offer college students an affordable, easy online alternative to taking required classes. Now you can take a handful of classes online at Straighterline for as little as $399 a class.

What is it?
StraighterLine provides high quality, better supported, and lower cost required college courses – online, on your schedule. You can knock out your required courses and earn real college credits that give you a head start on your degree.

What are the drawbacks?

  • Learning online is a different animal
  • Class content could vary
  • Need online access

Why not take your introductory classes online for a fraction of the cost?
http://straighterline.com/

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College for Free?

13 Sep

If you are like most parents, you are looking for ways to help pay for the rising costs of college for your kids. Ben Kaplan, a former student, was looking for a way to help his parents pay for college and could not find any easily accessible resources. Yes, there are scholarships.com and many resources at your local public libraries, but there wasn’t one central resource, until now.

Ben Kaplan founded City of College Dreams to find many unknown sources of scholarships. Some you have to hear to believe.
http://www.cityofcollegedreams.org/

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