Each student seeks his own way to the studies that fits best, you know yours?
Study as we all know, is not an easy task, especially when it comes to studying for the last year of high school where most of your grades and activities at school will take you to the desired university. It is true that each senior student seeks its way to the studies that better fit.
In this article I discuss the following question: Is it better to study alone or in a group of friends? Many people will probably say they prefer to study alone, however, will be to study alone the best choice for the students of the last year?
I consider as the primary favorable factor for those who decide to study alone, the issue of what I call freedom of research, in other words, your programming is done by yourself, and settles in the best way without depending on anyone, for example, study what you want, when you want and as long as you want, something that in a study group, you can not because you depend on others to study.
Another factor that can highlight here is the question of organization. In the case of studying alone, you have to only worry about you and how you will organize materials studies and time daily studies, say so. In the group studied, organization starts at the time of forming the group, that is, how many people will join the group. Think of dates and locations compatible to all, are also part to really work the study group.
One point I see advantage in study group is the fact that one can take a moment of strip-doubt, of course it will always have one friend who has a difficulty in the matter X and the other in the article Y thus one helps the other when necessary. While alone in the study, you do not have someone to help you, but nothing that a conversation with a teacher the next day to solve that, right?
The great fact is that there are numerous forms and ways of studying. You just need to find your, adapt and of course study and everything will work out.
In a growing and hyper-connected world, more students than ever before are starting to go to another country to study at a university. Nearly every American university has at least some international students studying full time at their institution.
Of course, this does not come without some challenges. Leaving your home and your country for four (or more) years can be a scary and financially challenging thing to do. The good news is that now is the time to be an international student!
Here are some college application tips for international students.
Colleges actually need you
Every institution wants to be diverse, and it’s a lot better if they can actually be very diverse and not have to fake it with posed pictures and bloated stats. Many schools will look for a certain quota of international students (though they may not admit to it) so they can reach the level of diversity they desire. You can use this to advantage by showing how diverse you are.
Emphasize your diverse background
You are from a foreign country. You have a cultural background that most other students at an American university do not have. Share this in your application and your essay. You don’t want to overuse the word “diverse” but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to give examples of how you are diverse.
What countries are represented on your campus?
Explain why you desire to study in America
The school you’re applying to already knows you want to, and they can already assume you’re diverse enough, but you need to share why you want to study at their institution and what you hope to gain there. Share why you chose a particular school, location, etc.
Compare an American degree to one from your own country
This can tie into explaining why you desire to study in America, but it is a lot more specific. You want a degree, right? You could probably get that degree at a university in your own country, but you chose America. Explain why. Tell the admissions officer reading your application and essay specifically what you hope to gain from studying and experiencing life in the United States.
Test scores really do matter
For an American student, the score on the SAT or ACT may not hold much weight when compared with everything else on an application. But for you, a foreign student, it is one of the only things available to an admissions team when evaluating your academic work. By being from another country, your transcript and past courses may be Greek (either literally or figuratively) to them. Even if translated into English, the courses may not cross over well into the American system. It is very important that you have a high SAT score (and ACT wouldn’t hurt) to boost your chances of acceptance.
TOEFL scores show how you will manage in the classroom
Since you are foreign to America, and probably not from an English speaking country, you need to have a high score in the TOEFL. The TOEFL test is the most widely accepted English language test in the world, accepted by more than 8,500 colleges. Admissions officers need to know that you can interact and hold your own in their classrooms before admitting you. This test shows you can speak and understand English. A low score in it may be the thing that lands your application in the trash pile.
Visit the campus, personally or virtually
First of all, you need to do some form of a visit before applying so you know if you will like it and if you will fit in there for the next few years of your life. But a visit goes further than that. Visiting, even just virtually through their website, allows you to use things you saw and learned about the school in your application and essay to show you have done your research and are prepared for arriving on campus.
Of course, there is no secret key to getting accepted to an American university as an international student, just like there is no secret key for American-born students either. But if you use these tips above, do your research on the university of your choice and have the grades and test scores to show off, your chances are high of being accepted.
From the very first day you get to college, you are bombarded with organizations wanting you to be a member. Not just a member, but an active member as well. Any campus is bound to have tons of organizations, groups and clubs for you to join. It is also important that you are in some of those organizations. But how do you determine which organizations to join?
Over involvement is something not many are aware of, but it is a big threat to many college students. You will likely find more than just a couple groups you are interested in on your campus, and that means you must make a choice. While you could be active in all of them, joining too many means your time is spread too thin. Don’t let your academics suffer because of over involvement.
Find the groups you truly love
You might find an interest in a lot of groups, but chances are you really love one or two of them. Join those two and be active in those. Of course, maybe two is not your limit. Find your limit and stick to it. Don’t let yourself slip into too many commitments.
Depth Over Breadth
You may have heard this saying before if you are familiar with college and even job hunting. It is better to be deep into one or two organizations
Don’t overbook your time with too many commitments than just be a member of many.
Find those groups you truly love and get involved in them to a higher level. Take leadership positions in them and work to make that group better in the years to come. If your grades start to slip, remember that the group(s) you’re in can help you out!
My Personal Involvement
For me, two organizations is where I am trying to draw the line, at least for now. I have higher positions in both the Residence Hall Association and Student Government Association on campus – and that’s just about it for my involvement. While that may not sound like a lot, between the two of them I will be busy nearly every day (and I only have class on Tuesdays and Thursdays)!
I chose to be involved in the two largest organizations on Indiana State’s campus, but maybe you prefer smaller groups like book clubs, sports groups or academic groups related to your major.
There are plenty of options to choose from, you just have to find what fits right for you.
Why are textbooks so expensive?Before we can look at anything else here, it is important to talk about why books are so expensive so you can find the right way to beat around the scheme. Coming straight out of high school, where you only had a small (in comparison) book rental fee each year, it can be quite shocking to see your textbook bill come to a total of $500 in many cases. The reason for this is quite simple. College is at a higher level, books are not provided by the school like your high school did, and book companies know the demand is high for textbooks. Therefore, simple economics will tell us what the price is high because demand is high (and supply is limited).
Enough with the economics lesson. You want to have something to learn from your ECON 101 textbook.
Do you need the book? My short answer is: yes. You need the book because it is required. You are already paying a lot to go to school, you should take full advantage of your educational opportunities and get the book because you can.
Just like you should take advantage of the extras your tuition money pays for, you should also buy the book and take advantage of the added academic benefit as well.
Now you’re probably starting at the price tag and hoping the long answer has a better answer for you. Luckily for you, it does.
Long answer: You probably don’t need all the books, and if you do, there are ways to cut the cost.
Share the book
This is a common practice and recommended by nearly every college professional in existence. If you can split the cost of the book with someone else in your same class (like a roommate), you will clearly save money. You need to work out a schedule so you each have equal and adequate study time with the book, but that shouldn’t be too hard to work out. You’ll both likely be fully willing to give the other person the book – just maybe not during finals week.
Don’t buy from the school bookstore
Buying used books instead of new can save you a lot of money.
That $500 price tag I keep mentioning is probably there because you are on the university’s bookstore. That store is good for one thing and one thing only: getting your book list. And that’s assuming your school is like mine and send you there to see what books you need for class. Otherwise, you don’t need that bookstore at all.
Instead, you have many options. A quick Google search for something like “cheap college textbooks” reveals many sites that will likely be cheaper than your school’s prices. My personal favorite is Amazon and is my go-to site when it is book buying season.
My total cost at the university bookstore is right at $500, and that’s for just 4 textbooks. My total cost at Amazon is under $100 – $98 to be exact.
That’s an incredible deal, one that is too good to pass up.
Look for an access codeIf your book comes with an access code, you need to make sure you get it. You can spot an access code easily because there is usually an extra fee for the code in the price or it will say “w/ code” in the book title. Unfortunately, these codes are single use and that means you will likely have to buy from the bookstore on this one.
So what can you do in this situation? Wait. Wait till you get to class and see what your professor says.
They will probably tell you what book you need, what you’ll use it for, etc. on the first day and then you can decide if you need the code and the book, just the book, or nothing at all for that class.
It wouldn’t be a terrible idea to wait for all of your classes.That way, you can find out what your professor expects (will there be regular reading, reading quizzes, heavy reading questions on exams, etc.) in addition to finding out about an access code and you can even have an opportunity to find someone to share the book with (which can be hard to do before you even go to class).
Of course, this means you actually have to go to class on the first day.
But you planned on doing that anyways, right?
Yes, you probably need most of the books on your list. But there are ways to lessen your cost and you may not need all of them. Play it smart and you can save money while still acing the class. If you’re lucky, all the material will be online and there won’t even be an assigned book for your class at all!