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Extended Essay: How to Increase Your Chances for Success December 11th, 2011
Extended essay writing is one of the standard tasks on an International Baccalaureate Diploma course. If you are taking the latter, then it is inevitable that you will need to write an extended essay. Our article will provide you with essential information on extended essay and the ways to cope with it successfully.
Extended Essay: What Is It?
As we have already mentioned, an extended essay is a mandatory task within an IB course. As such, an extended essay can be compared to a research paper since it presupposes your independent research on a topic of interest to you. The maximum size of an extended essay should be kept to four thousand words. It is not advisable to make an extended essay shorter than 3500 words, since otherwise the topic may be researched not enough. However, if your subject is mathematics, two thousand words may be sufficient.
Extended Essay: What Is Expected from You?
Since extended essay presupposes conducting an independent research on a topic, you are expected to demonstrate the following abilities in your extended essay:
- formulate a relevant research question;
- develop a personal research pattern;
- expound the research ideas;
- develop and support appropriate arguments.
Extended Essay: How to Succeed in Writing It?
There are some simple steps to observe when preparing your extended essay:
- Pick out a topic that differs from your standard course curriculum and that is interesting for you;
- Be careful in choosing the topic: some religious or cultural issues may not be approved by members of the assessment board;
- Be prepared to spend no less than forty hours for working on your extended essay;
- Spend lots of time on drafting and organizing your essay so that it has a clear introduction, research question, body and conclusion;
- Avoid plagiarism at any cost and cite all your sources properly.
Dissertation on Management: Discover the Secrets of Success November 29th, 2011
If you are to write a dissertation on management, you are a lucky person. On the one hand, the notion of management itself has acquired unprecedented importance recently and is associated with successful leadership.
On the other hand, when you conduct research for your dissertation on management, you gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms guiding interpersonal professional relations. In addition, your dissertation on management may benefit solution of certain issues of business communication and cooperation. With all this in mind, read on and find the ways to writing a successful dissertation on management!
Dissertation on Management: Choose the Topic
Any kind of writing starts with choosing a topic, and dissertations on management are no exclusion. The range of topics for your dissertation on management is extremely broad. For example:
- positive and negative aspects of managements for the company climate;
- ways to boost management performance in certain work situations;
- in-depth analysis of managerial techniques at a certain company;
- factors influencing individuals’ choice for one or another managerial techniques;
- relation between the type of industry and managerial techniques, etc.
Dissertation on Management: Mind Its Peculiarities
In order to make your dissertation on management stand out as an academic achievement, mind the following requirements that you need to fulfil:
- demonstrate a deep understanding of the dynamic nature of management and of its structure and regulating laws;
- recognize political, economic, social, and other issues that define management;
- place the team on the central position in management;
- reveal your ability to unite theory and practice of management.
Dissertation on Management: General Advice
If you still feel unsure about how to set about writing your dissertation on management, here is some general advice:
- extensively read relevant sources that provide you with up-to-date information on the situation in modern management;
- single out the most problematic and the least researched areas that are perspective for management;
- figure out an efficient solution to the chosen issue and logically present it in your paper.
4 Ways Advanced Placement Classes Set You Up For College Success. September 6th, 2011
Did you sign up for advanced placement classes this year? Or are you thinking about switching into an AP course or two? If so, then congratulations are in order!
The time and energy you’re investing in your classes now will not only make it easier to get into the college of your choice, but also set you up for success once you’re there!
In fact, studies prove that taking advanced placement classes and doing well on the AP exams leads to better college GPAs. And that’s just the beginning of the advantages you’ll see.
Advanced placement classes prepare you for college-level coursework.
Make no mistake: AP classes are hard work. Although you’ll be learning in a high school classroom, your teachers will treat you more like the college student you will one day become. That means you’ll be expected to pay close attention to lectures, take great notes and, of course, study like you’ve never studied before. In other words, to do well you’ll have to learn how to study like a college student. And that? Gives you a real advantage over your classmates when you finally begin your freshman year.
Advanced placement classes can help you choose a college major.
It’s all well and good to say you think you want to major in biology after taking the required science course early in your high school career. But AP biology courses (as well as the AP math, chemistry and physics courses that commonly go along with them) will give you a better feel for whether or not biology is really the major for you.
Why? Well, because you’ll study things at greater depth, and be expected to learn more difficult material. You might find yourself rethinking your English Literature major course after reading Chaucer (or be even more excited about the idea). Either way, you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re getting into.
Advanced placement classes free you up to take more college electives.
When you pass an AP exam with enough points to get full college credit, you’re knocking a required course off your list before you ever get to college. So instead of spending a semester in calculus, you can explore another subject you might not otherwise have had time for, like drama, anthropology, or even Harry Potter.
Or, you can delve deeper into your chosen major, broadening your knowledge base for future success on the job market. Either way, it’s a winning situation!
These are just a few of the ways advanced placement classes give you a head start on college life. For more info about AP exams and succeeding in college, subscribe to our blog today!
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From One Book One Twitter to the Common Experience Program at Texas State University San Marcos, My College Guide has listed the benefits of these programs before: to build a sense of community, to make new friends and get to know faculty, as well as getting to know your college campus! The PREFACE Program at the University of South Carolina Upstate puts a spin on the common book program by also combing college classes! We spoke to Dr. Esther Godfrey, assistant professor of English and coordinator of the PREFACE project, with special thanks to Tammy Whaley for her assistance.
Okay, so what is the Preface program?
The PREFACE program is a co-curricular common book program that involves Composition 101 and University 101 classes during the student’s first year.
How did the Preface program come about?
The PREFACE program began in 2003 under the direction of Brenda Davenport as an effort to enhance the first-year experience at USC Upstate and to support general education learning objectives. Over the past seven years, the program has grown from a small project largely based in the English department to a university-wide, semester long effort that draws nationally recognized speakers to campus (Ron Rash, Barbara Ehrenreich) and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration.
Did we see that first year USC Upstate students don’t just read the same book, they also participate in events, too?
This fall, all first-year students at Upstate read Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks , the story of the poor black woman whose cells were used to develop the HeLa cell line—a line that has been essential to cancer research, the development of the polio vaccine, and even space travel. The Immortal Life was selected because it raised questions of race, class, and gender that would likely appeal to our student body. Committee members also considered the book’s ability to bring in other departments on campus as part of the conversation about the book. Committee members also noted the quality of Skloot’s writing and research.
Students engage the text in both their Composition 101 and their University 101 classes. Students are also required to attend two of a number of co-curricular events throughout the fall semester. Several of the events involve professors from other departments on campus, including history, biology, and nursing as well as community leaders.
Event topics ranged from lectures on issues related to the book (The US Public Study at Tuskegee; Medical Ethics; Race and Health Disparities; Cancer Research) to game shows to volunteer opportunities to a student-led conference. There is no separate budget for the PREFACE program, but select events are funded case-by-case through Student Affairs.
In addition to attending the cultural events, all students in Composition 101 are required to write cultural responses about these events, and to write textual analyses of the PREFACE text.
Do you have any favorite past events?
The game show (modeled after Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?) has been a consistent favorite in years past. Faculty lectures and the author visit are also very popular events.
What are topics that Preface students have covered in the past?
Topics have included the environment, class, and race. For 2011, Upstate plans to participate in a national conversation about September 11th as part of the ten-year anniversary of the tragedy.
Why do you believe this program can help a student successfully make the transition to college?
Studies show that common book programs help students form relationships among their peers during their first-year and can be an excellent opportunity to engage in academic discourse across multiple disciplines.
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Mona Ying Reeves Interview – Student Success Series May 13th, 2009
The Successful Student Series is an assortment of interviews with students who have worked hard and earned degrees from top universities. The purpose of this series is to learn about their study habits, college survival skills, and making the transition from college to career.
Mona Ying Reeves
BA in Architecture
Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Masters of Architecture
[High School Questions]
How would you describe your study habits in high school?
I was diligent about studying, although a procrastinator too. On school nights, if I had 6 hours of free time to study, I would use all 6 hours while multitasking with other things such as talking on the phone or watching TV. But if I only had 1 hour, I would still somehow get it done. I was fortunate enough to go to a school where studying was a valued part of the culture, so not studying was not an option.
What types of extracurricular activities did you choose – and why?
I was part of a lot of clubs and tended to be involved with ones that had some sort of volunteer or service component. It was fun making new friends while also feeling like what you did helped make the world a little bit better.
Tell me about any goal planning or organizational strategies you used to get everything accomplished.
I tried to see the big picture in what needed to get done, whether it be writing a research paper or meeting deadlines for college admissions. Once you break down a goal into smaller, achieveable tasks within a timeline, then projects are a lot more manageable.
If you could go back in time – and redo high school all over again – would you do anything differently? And why?
I don’t really regret anything about high school, however if I was to do it again knowing what I know now, I would leverage my youth to learn about the world more. A lot of adults are happy to share information about career and life, and all a student needs to do is just ask.
What practical tips do you have for high school students who want to attend a top college?
Be yourself and learn to communicate that with others. I’ve met a lot of students who struggle because they are looking for someone else to tell them what to do. Top colleges look for independent thinkers who have something to offer to the greater society.
What was the transition from high school to college like for you?
Fun and scary, all rolled into one.
How did you decide on a college major?
I had picked my major (architecture) back in high school because I was good in math and wanted to do something creative. While in college, I actually took as many courses outside of my major as possible, just to be sure.
How did you balance your academic life with social activities?
My program was centered around the design studio so I made sure all my free time in the evenings was spent there because I work best at night. Most students in my program did the same, so it was actually a very social situation to be in.
Did you take any internships in college – if so – what types?
Yes. I did one for the local merchant association and another during the summer before my final semester. That actually transitioned into a fulltime job upon graduation.
At what point were you thinking about graduate school – and did you know what program you wanted to attend?
I had a pretty good idea that I would be going to graduate school when I chose the college I would attend. By choosing a four-year program in architecture (vs. five), I knew that I would supplement with a 2 year master’s program in order to meet the standard of my profession.
Any tips for college students planning on attending graduate school?
Yes, take all your exams for graduate school while you are still in college. While it may seem like an extra workload, your test-taking skills are probably at its best as opposed to when you’ve been out in the workforce for a year or more.
Did you take time off between college and grad school?
Yes, I took a year and a half off to work in my profession before pursuing additional studies in it.
[Graduate School Questions]
What was the application process like applying to your grad program?
My grad school application process was very much like applying for college, except with more emphasis placed on a portfolio. Unlike college, you have a body of work to show already for grad school, so the challenge is to communicate it succinctly and in line with what you want to study.
Why do you think you were a good applicant to the grad program you applied to?
I applied to 3 grad schools and to my surprise, got into all 3. I think I was a good applicant because I had visited each school beforehand and was able to tailor my application to each.
Do you have any recommendations for students planning on going to grad school?
Research, research, research. Visit the school and talk to students in the same program. Also, ask for informational interviews from employers you may want to work for one day. Find out whether a particular grad school or program is even desirable from their perspective.
Aside from the academics, what was the biggest benefit of grad school for you?
Grad school was all about giving myself the time to learn how I work best by having a safe, encouraging environment to test ideas out in.
[Career Path Questions]
What was your transition like form grad school to your career?
Grad school is a microcosm of the professional world. It’s all connected.
Any recommendations for college grads making the transition to their first “real” job?
Use the job as an opportunity to learn about what you enjoy and want to do.
Any other advice for college grads getting their first job?
Keep your mind open and remember that interviews go both ways.
5 Effortless Steps to Seminar Success March 1st, 2009
And wouldn’t it be even greater to manage this without doing a ton of extra work?
Here’s how to succeed in seminars – effortlessly:
1. Read intelligently beforehand
Of course, you’re already doing all the assigned reading for your classes. (If not, that’s a good place to start!) But rather than just skimming over the chapter you’ve been given, read intelligently. Pick out a couple of points in the chapter that you could disagree with, or that relate to something the class has already studied.
When it comes to the seminar itself, going beyond the usual bland points will really make you stand out as someone who’s not just read the material for the class, but who has thought about it too. Professors like to see students using their brains – it’s what you’re at college for!
2. Volunteer to go first in the semester
Will you need to give a presentation as part of this seminar? If so, volunteer to be the first one in the running order for the semester. Your professor will be impressed that you’ve got the courage to go first, plus you’ll get an easy time of it because you won’t have had so long to prepare as other students.
You’ll also find that it’s easier to work on producing a great presentation at the beginning of the semester, when you don’t have any other deadlines, instead of towards the end when assignments are piling up.
3. Speak in the first 10 minutes
If you can speak up in the first ten minutes of your seminar, it’ll be much easier to remain an active participant throughout. It’s so easy to sit there silently, trying to work up the courage to speak – but the longer you wait, the harder it’ll be.
It’s also a good idea to answer any easy, introductory questions that come up at the start of the seminar; that way, your professor won’t be picking on you for the difficult questions later on. Whenever you’re confident of an answer, put your hand up; you’ll reduce the risk of having to stumble through a response when the professor decides it’s about time you spoke up.
4. Keep the conversation going
One thing most professors hate is a long silence during a seminar. If you can, do your best to keep the conversation going. That doesn’t just mean answering questions when no-one else is volunteering, it also means listening carefully to the points that other people are making, and then chiming in with something that offers a new angle on what they’ve said, or that takes their point further.
Don’t be afraid to disagree or offer an alternative point of view – but don’t ever suggest that fellow students are being stupid. A seminar is a safe environment for you and your classmates to learn and explore ideas, and your professor will appreciate it if you help foster that supportive atmosphere.
5. Thank your professor
It might seem a bit like sucking up, but why not thank your professor at the end of the semester? Yes, you’ll look weird if you send a hand-written missive after every class saying how grateful you are for their seminars … but a short, sincere “thank you” email after the last class is a nice way to put a smile on your professor’s face.
You might be surprised how few students ever bother to thank their professors – taking ten minutes to do so could make all the difference when it comes to asking for a reference, or negotiating an extension to your essay deadline.
Are you a seminar super-star? What are your top tips on being a great member of the class?
Guest Writer: Ali Hale is a freelance writer and postgrad student in London, UK. She launched the blog Alpha Student - “helping you get the most from your time at university”.
UPDATE: Several teams report breast cancer awareness fundraising success January 8th, 2009
Earlier this month, I posted how some Broward County high school sports teams were raising funds during National Breast Cancer Awareness month. A few of the coaches and teams involved have sent me updates on how their teams did–and I think it’s great information to share. Plenty of programs have done an impressive job!
If your team participated in a fundraiser this month and you’ve got information on how it went, send me an email to ccabrera@SunSentinel.com and I’ll be happy to include the information on the blog.
University School Volleyball:
The Suns wore pink during a match this month against Mourning High and raised approximately 0 during their Dig Pink event. During the event, the team sold baked goods and raffled pink iPod Shuffles.
West Broward Volleyball
The Bobcats wore pink in their match against Cooper City as part of the Cowboys’ Dig Pink event. According to West Broward coach Jill Smitherman, the shirts the team wore that day were so popular at West Broward that eventually, she ordered shirts twice to sell at school and both orders were sold out. Throughout the fundraiser, West Broward raised over ,300 to donate for the cause.
Westminster Academy Volleyball
During a match against Westminster Christian, the Lions honored the mothers and grandmothers of several Westminster Academy players who are breast cancer survivors. The team also handed out pink flowers to others survivors and those still fighting breast cancer. The Lions raised a total of ,879 at their event.