Surefire Ways to Turn Your Grades Around

Let’s face it, the last year has made getting a decent education very difficult. Due to the global pandemic, most schools closed their doors and moved classes online. This meant that the academic support that people were getting throughout the year was not the same as it usually is. Instead of being able to ask questions directly to your teacher, you had to send emails and rewatch revision videos. Classes were sat from the comfort of your own home, which made it far too easy to be distracted and even easier not to turn up altogether.

A common trend that you may have seen on the internet is people pretending to be present in the classes by using pre-recorded videos of themselves looking attentive, just so they could sleep through classes. Academically you did not get the same support this year that you are used to getting and naturally, it is likely that your grades have fallen behind a little.

This year recorded some of the worst final exam grades that have been seen in the last decade, but the students who took the exams really couldn’t be blamed and many felt that the grades that they got were unfair and they were not a true reflection of their abilities. It was impossible to ignore the difference in the grades this year in comparison to the grades that were achieved last year, and so many places are thankfully allowing students to resit their exams a year later, which gives them the chance to prepare and get the grades that they deserve.

If you are someone that got disappointing grades this year, then next year may be your last chance to show what you are capable of. Getting good grades is crucial if you want to continue to higher education or get into a good school. Say you want to earn a place at a private school in South Florida, unless you have the money to be able to pay for education, you need to depend on getting good grades and earning a scholarship to this school.

The prospect of trying to improve your grades may be incredibly scary, but it is something that you can do easily if you put your mind to it and follow the right advice to do so. Here are some surefire ways to turn your grades around.

Get a tutor

If you feel as though you are behind in terms of your academic learning, it is recommended that you get a tutor as early as possible. There is no point in spending time alone struggling when you can be supported straight away. If you ask your parents, they are bound to agree to cover the costs of your tutoring, as long as you explain to them how much you are struggling.

If you do manage to get a tutor, be completely honest about how much you are struggling to complete your work. If you pretend that you understand something that you do not, then they will simply be unable to help you and you will not be able to get on top of your work. There is no use being embarrassed about your lack of academic ability and they have the necessary experience in that area to be able to support you without any judgement.

If you are unable to afford the cost of a private tutor, you should instead get in contact with your school. They should be able to point you in the way of a free tutor or even offer you free tutoring from one of the teachers that work there.

Ask for practice papers

The best way to prepare for your upcoming exams is by completing practice papers. If you speak to your teacher and ask them for more papers to practice with, they will be happy to give you some to work through. If you do not feel comfortable asking your teachers for this, then you can find some practice papers online that are old copies of past exams. When you are doing these practice papers, trying doing them while following the same rules that you would have to follow in an exam. This will prepare you for your upcoming exams and make you much better at managing your time. If you suffer from exam anxiety, getting your practice in is a great way to relieve this anxiety and make the exam process much easier.

If you ask your teachers, then they will be more than happy to mark your exam papers for you and give you honest feedback on how you did. Getting this feedback is very important, as you will be able to apply it the next time you sit an exam and it may help you improve your overall score.

Ask for one to one sessions

If you are really struggling to understand a subject that has been taught to you, it is recommended that you ask your teacher for a one-to-one session on that subject. Your teacher will have no idea that you have been struggling unless you tell them and if you tell them that you aren’t understanding their teaching style, they may even change how they do it. This means that you could help to improve the situation of other people that are having a hard time understanding your teacher’s teaching method but are too shy to say.

The University Study Guide for Succeeding on an Engineering Course

If you are someone that is considering studying further education, you may be undecided on what course you wish to follow. There are hundreds of options that cater to everyone’s personal skillset and academic ability, so you are bound to find something out there that fits your own needs.  

If you are someone that likes the idea of creating things that can be used throughout the world by many people, then you may have thought about pursuing an engineering course.  Gaining a degree in engineering opens you up to a whole lot of potential career paths that you can follow and people that gain engineering degrees are some of the biggest earners in the country. There is actually a very large demand for engineers around the whole world, so earning an engineering degree could allow you to travel the world while working at what you love most.  

Though an engineering degree can open you up to a lot of opportunities, it isn’t without its difficulties. An engineering degree takes a lot of hard work and intelligence, which is why so many people, unfortunately, end up backing out of the degree after a small time period. 

Worry not, there are ways to get around the demands of the course and go on to have a successful career in engineering. Here is the university study guide for succeeding in an Engineering course. 

 

Turn up to every lecture 

Being a student can be a lot of fun. During university, you make lifelong friends and go to a lot of parties. Something that every university student falls into is skipping lectures. Though you may start university with the promise that you will be a dedicated student, the hectic uni life can catch up with you and so you may be tempted to spend some extra time in bed instead of attending your class.  

The main problem that you will face when it comes to skipping class is the fact that you are an adult and will be treated as an adult by your faculty. This means that if you skip class, you won’t get in trouble which makes it all the more tempting.  

There are a lot of courses that you can easily get away with skipping classes, simply by catching up on any missed notes or looking at online presentations. This is not the case when it comes to engineering, as a lot of it is practical and visual-based learning, which means that you have to be there.  You could always look up a guide to welding a truck frame after you have missed the class on how to do it, but this will not teach you what you would have learned if you attended the class.  

If you miss too many classes, the university simply will not be able to pass you as you won’t know how to do a lot of the things that are required for an engineering job. No matter how much you don’t want to attend class, just do it. Grab yourself a coffee and an Uber and get yourself to class, as you will only regret all of the time that you miss.  

 

Do the reading  

Though engineering is considered to be a mainly practical course, there is still some reading that you will be expected to do in order to get a full grasp of the theoretical side of the course.  

This isn’t a course where you are just tested on your practical ability, you are also tested on how easily you retain knowledge about the engineering subject. People who pick engineering courses are often people who do not enjoy doing too much theoretical learning and so a lot of engineering students, unfortunately, end up neglecting a large portion of their academic studies.  

The practical exams that you will do usually make up less than 50% of your overall grade and so you should make sure that you are doing all of the recommended reading and revision. If you fail to read what has been recommended, then you will not fare well for the rest of your course and you may even find yourself unfortunately failing.  

 

Take some time for yourself  

Something that you may know is that the mental health condition of students is an ongoing concern. Students are pushed to do a lot of work and this combined with the pressure of succeeding can take quite a toll. Engineering is a difficult course and if you plan on succeeding, you have to make sure that you are not getting too overwhelmed.  

We recommend that you set aside specific study times where you can work on revising, as this will mean that you know that you have got it done, so you can spend the rest of your time focusing on ensuring that you are happy and not too stressed.  

Getting overwhelmed by your course can lead to you making yourself fail, as you may not think straight during revision and make silly mistakes and you would have previously avoided. By putting too much pressure on yourself, you may also lose love for the course that you are studying. This would be a terrible thing to happen, as you may end up dropping out of your course or leaving your course with a qualification but no interest in pursuing a career in engineering.  

The Importance of Education in Battling Disinformation 

Since the introduction of accessible internet and technology, we have all been able to access a world that we never would have been able to just a couple of decades ago. Now it is easier than ever to find information and learn about the world in a way that we never thought we would be able to.  

 The internet is great because it has created one of the most educated generations to ever live, due to the increased accessibility to educational tools. However, with all of the fantastic information that we have been able to access, we have also been revealed to a lot more misinformation . 

 It is important to remember that the internet isn’t exactly strictly policed, which means people can essentially post what they like when they like. Though some social media platforms are becoming a bit more strict on this, the rest of the internet doesn’t tend to monitor what people are posting unless it is obscene or illegal.  

 You may have noticed that there has been a drastic increase in the amount of conspiracy theorists that exist in this day and age, and the reason for their existence is largely down to the access that they have to false information online.  

What is wrong with misinformation  

You may be asking, what is wrong with someone thinking that the world is flat or that a giant white bear lives in the mountains? For the most part most misinformation is nothing more than manic rants and random theories, but there is a lot of misinformation that can be extremely harmful to the world.  

Misinformed opinions  

If we look at the current state of the world, there is a lot going on. One of the biggest problems that we are facing at the moment is issues with race relations. With everything going on in relation to race relations, there has been a lot of misinformation that has spread in order to fuel anger and create rifts in the relationships that we have with our fellow human beings.  

 For the most part, people were able to ignore a lot of this misinformation. However, when fake statistics concerning black on white violence was released online, many angry people thought that it was real data and so reacted as though it was. This created real life violence, with people being attacked in the streets due to some misinformation. This is why misinformation is so dangerous, because the false testimonies of someone online produced actual violence. 

Erased Education  

A very common trend at the moment is questioning what has been taught during our time at school. Many people online are claiming that a lot of scientific and historical facts that we were taught in school are not in fact true. Many people on the internet don’t quite understand how the world around them works and so when they find something that makes a little more sense, they desperately grasp it.  

 As a response to this, one of the most educated generations to ever exist is slowly starting to lose a lot of its intelligence as it is becoming confused by long lists of misinformation. 

Danger to health  

Something that you may have noticed if you spend a lot of time online is the introduction of life hacks and ‘ did you knows’, though a lot of these videos offer useful tips that can help to make life a little easier, there are many of people that are taking advantage of this format as a means to spread misinformation.

A more recent one that you may be aware of is quick microwave cooking hacks or similar videos. These videos have led to a lot of injuries among those who try it as a lot of  the lifehack videos that people are following were actually published with the intention of trying to catch people out or even injure people. For people that are quite naive to the way that the internet works, they do not know that these hacks are in fact not real and could lead to injury, so they try them and then have to deal with their horrible consequences afterwards. In fact, there have been a number of recorded deaths caused by videos like this 

What can you do? 

The best way that you can fight misinformation is by correcting it. Luckily for us, on most parts of the internet you have the option to comment on posts made by other people, so you can call them out from there. 

You could also set up your own twitter account that challenges any misinformation that you may have encountered, so why not buy twitter followers and really get your page started. The bigger your page is, the more people are aware that they are being exposed to misinformation.  

Automotive Engineering: Everything You Need to Succeed on this Course

If you are someone that is just leaving primary education and you are looking for something more to do with your life, then you may be looking into further education. When we were all younger, we were told about the importance of achieving academic greatness and obtaining a degree in something like law or science.

In recent years, there has been a shift in attitude and now the importance of learning a trade is now being advertised to those who are looking to further their education and pick up life skills. Learning a trade means that you have a practical life skill that you can apply to many aspects of your life and many businesses are eager to employ people who know a trade.

A popular trade that many people are choosing to venture into is automotive engineering, which is basically another word for being a mechanic. There are courses all over the world that promise to teach participants how to master automotive engineering, but not everyone can join the courses. There are some certain characteristics and skills that you must have in order to be able to succeed on an automotive course, so before you decide to sign up for one, you must first determine whether or not you are up for it.

 

Knowledge of Cars

This may seem obvious, but you will be surprised to know that a lot of people join these courses without actually having much knowledge in the world of cars. This is a course that is based on the inner workings of vehicles and so you are expected to at least know the basics before you join. After all, you wouldn’t start a literature degree if you didn’t know how to read or write.

An automotive course is not something that you can just fall back on if you don’t know what steps to take in your life, it is something that you should already have a passion for.  Having no knowledge of cars when you start the course will only hold you back as other people on your course will likely at least have basic knowledge and the instructor will not have time to explain the basics to just one person.

A big part of working on vehicles is being able to diagnose issues that the vehicle may be having, a lot of this depends on you being able to use your expertise to make a quick guess and then exploring further. If you are not knowledgeable when it comes to vehicles, then you will not be able to easily diagnose problems, which means that you may have to spend a considerable amount of time trying to figure out what is wrong, which will waste a lot of time.

 

Mechanical and Manual Dexterity

Something that a lot of people forget is that you need to have good dexterity to be able to fix an automotive vehicle. When working on a car, you will not just spend your entire time working on the engine and there are some smaller parts that you will have to work on in order to ensure that the vehicle is in good working condition.

Even if you are a skilled mechanic, not everyone has the natural ability to be able to work with precision and complete tasks in small and difficult areas. When you do an automotive course, this is something that they pay a lot of attention to.

There are a number of parts of a car that may be considered to be ‘fiddly’, as the power running boards. The car depends on these features to be able to function properly, so if you don’t have the physical ability to be able to make repairs to these parts, then maybe automotive engineering isn’t the course for you.

 

Automotive Technical Expertise

As well as needing an understanding of all of the basics, you also need the ability to be able to learn and retain technical knowledge in relation to the vehicles. Though having practical skills is important when fixing vehicles, there is also a lot that you need to remember.

Cars are complex things and have a lot of technical features that require your understanding, so if you are someone that struggles with picking stuff like that up, then you may struggle. Worry not, this is something that you can work on and improve, so do not be disheartened.

 

Creative Mindset

Lastly, in order to thrive on this course, you need to have a creative mindset. You are bound to run into a lot of problems on this course and a lot of the time you will need a creative solution in order to overcome these problems. A creative mindset is either something you have or don’t have and if you do have one, then you will find success on the course.

The Teacher’s Guide to Supporting your Child’s Education

While it is teachers that are seen to have the only responsibility for educating children, if parents do their part at home, then this can further support children in their learning and development as a whole.  

Support 

Family members are important role models and valuable support systems to children. Education can be hard and the parent should be there to offer support when needed. This means being warm, loving, and understanding that it is not possible to be good at everything- everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and children should be made to feel comfortable enough to seek help and overcome barriers.  

Learning Space 

When completing homework, it is important that children have a quiet space where they can focus their minds and concentrate on the given task. Therefore, children should not be expected to be productive if they are sat amongst many distractions. This space should also be somewhere practical, preferably with a desk and a chair, you could even koop dit als verjaardagscadeau voor 11-jarige jongens as a way to get them excited about their new learning space. Having this sort of environment to work in, is especially effective when studying as it mimics the classroom and research has shown this helps with memory,  

Show interest 

Parents should show a genuine interest in their child’s education and ensure they are up to date- what has the child been learning about? What are they finding easy/hard? Etc. Through showing this genuine interest, children are more likely to want to tell their parents about school, rather than brushing off the topic and completely forgetting about school work once they enter the home environment. However, it is important to know that there is a fine line between showing interest in a supportive way and becoming too involved that the child feels overwhelmed and that school and home are merged completely into one.  

 

Allow for independence  

The mistake that many parents make is to help their child TOO much with their homework, to the point where the child does not have owned any longer and the homemade has pretty much been completed by the parent. Through doing this, the child is not only not learning but the teacher is not able to judge what level the child is working at and may have false expectations of what they do and do not understand. Parents should of course support the child and explain things when needed but should allow for children to solve problems independently too and the finished product should be an accurate representation of their own understanding and ability.   

Allow for breaks 

While teachers find it very helpful when parents show interest and get involved in their child’s education, unnecessary pressure should not be forced upon the child and they should be able to take breaks.  It is important that children are allowed to clear their mind from all things school during periods of time that are to relax, rejuvenate or enjoy themselves such as holidays, family events and especially Christmas or their birthday. 

Financial Education: The Best Degrees to Study to Pursue a Financial Career

From a young age, we are all told the importance of financial security. Without financial security, we limit the things we can do and the opportunities that we can access. It is thought that one of the best ways to ensure that you have financial security in the future is by completing your education and achieving great results.  

No matter where you are in the world, the importance of education is ingrained into us all at a very young age, as with knowledge comes power.  As a society, we are told which sectors of occupation will be beneficial for our financial success in the future. We are encouraged to pursue careers in medicine, law, science, and similar fields.  Though these fields offer the possibility of financial security, one of the best careers that you can pursue is one in the financial sector. After all, what job can offer you the opportunity to earn more money than a job that requires you to be surrounded by money? 

There is a very common misconception that the only way that you can pursue a financial career is by earning a degree in accountancy. Though this was the case in the past, there are now more avenues that you can go down than ever before.  The world of finance is continuously expanding as the world continues to evolve, now there are many financial opportunities from stock investment to mortgage leads. There are qualifications that make a reverse mortgage leads viable, along with every other new and exciting financial career you can pursue.  

Here is our recommendation on the best degrees to study in order to pursue a financial career.  

Accountancy  

Though I previously stated that accountancy isn’t the only viable financial degree, it is still a very valuable degree. For years people have said that if you have an accountancy degree, then you are guaranteed to be able to get a job. Though there are a lot of external factors that can impact this, such as recessions or even global pandemics, for the most part, this is true.  Accountancy degrees are extremely valuable, especially if your degree is of a high standard. Not many people have the natural ability to do maths, so if you have the proof that you can, then businesses will be very interested in taking you on.  

Every business in the world has or needs an accountant, so by completing an accountancy degree you are opening yourself up to a world of possibilities. Accountancy degrees are also extremely difficult, so if you have proved that you can handle the pressure of completing this degree, then you will be extremely appealing to any potential employers.  

Business  

What a lot of people forget about business degrees is that they cover a long list of content. The goal of completing a business degree is to prepare someone for when they eventually set up their own business or even gain a partnership position within a pre-existing business.  

Most business degrees take the time to really go into the financial side of the business. This means that people who study business are taught about profit margins, percentages, and equity. Some of these features of a business course are not even touched upon on a standard accountancy course, so if you have completed a business degree with a focus on maths, then you will be extremely desirable to any potential employer. 

People who have completed a business degree are considered to be so valuable because they understand the practical application of the maths that they have learned, which is something that people who took a standard accountancy degree often have to be trained on. 

Accounting and law 

Depending on the university that you decide to attend, many of them offer combination courses.  These combinations are not just thrown together, they are very cleverly thought out in relation to how they will be beneficial when it comes to seeking employment 

Accounting and law is a very good degree to do if you want a career in the financial sector. Accounting and law focus a lot on the legislation surrounding economic trade deals. If you think about the trades that your own country makes with other countries, then it would make sense that there would need to be laws enforced surrounding this.  

This degree is extremely valuable due to just how many doors it opens. Both law and accounting degrees are extremely valuable to employers, so having a combination of the two will make you stand out from a long list of applicants. It is important to know that this degree combination is extremely difficult, so unless you feel confident in the two areas, we recommend trying to go for something a bit more simple. However,  an accounting and law degree will make you a cut above the rest. 

How to Get Started in Botany and Ecology

Recently, we have all had quite a lot of time on our hands. This is because many of us are working from home or have been given the opportunity to be furloughed. Having time off is fantastic, for the first few weeks. There is only so much Netflix that one person can watch before their brains crave some form of stimulus. If you have found yourself in this exact situation, then you are probably craving to pack your brain with some brand new and exciting information.

If you are someone that cares about nature or you’re just interested in the way that the world works, then you may be interested in looking into botany or ecology. The names alone may confuse you, but it is really easy to derive what each means just by looking at their names.

Botany is the study of plants, now this doesn’t mean just examining how they look. It refers to looking at how they interact with certain stimuli and how the plant general functions. Ecology is not too dissimilar from botany, but it is more generalized to organisms. So this can be anything from plants to bacteria. Both are extremely interesting subjects to look into, but how do you get started in the world of botany and ecology?

Research

These days we are lucky enough to learn about a long list of things thanks to the easy access that we have to the internet. The internet has given us the chance to learn about pretty much anything. No matter what new hobby you want to pick up, it would be a shame not to utilize all of the information that is available to you at the click of a finger.

If you want to immerse yourself in the world of Botany, then all you need to do is a quick google. There are plenty of sites that are out there that have been put together by botany enthusiasts that have plenty of knowledge on the subject. We recommend sites such as sos-zimmerpflanzen.de which have plenty of knowledge about how to care for plants and the nature of plants. Sites like this are usually much better when it comes to research as it has all of the information that you need in one place, meaning you can get lost in the website while also enjoying it.

 

Contact the experts

If you have ever experienced a university or college-style education, then you are probably aware that it is more beneficial to learn through discussion. With any subject, you are bound to find someone out there that is very passionate about botany and ecology. Depending on how you process information, it would be beneficial for you to have an actual conversation with someone who knows a lot about the subject. Talking it through will feel a lot less like you are forcing yourself to learn something, which for some people means that the complicated information is much easier to digest.

 

Get a plant

If you are someone who enjoys learning in a more practical way, then you should try and buy yourself a plant. There is no better way to understand the nature of a plant and how the plant works than seeing it for yourself in person, this way you can look at it as it happens as opposed to having to look at pictures. You will also feel more encouraged to pay attention to what is happening when it is happening in front of you, which means you will notice little changes in your plant.

Studying Architecture: What Prerequisites do you Need

The idea of studying architecture has probably crossed all of our minds at one point or another. Films and TV shows have made a career in architecture seem extremely glamorous and really adventurous. However, as we all grew up and made our way through the education system, it quickly became apparent that a career in architecture is much more demanding than the media may portray.

Not just everyone can become an architect and it requires years of studying and earning the right qualifications before you can work in an architecture firm. But what exactly do you need to be able to study architecture?

 

A portfolio

Architecture is an occupation that requires a lot of passion. It isn’t just something that you go into when you are looking for a job to fall back on. People who take a job in architecture are often people who are extremely passionate about the subject and have spent a lot of time working on it separately.

Usually, a good example of whether or not you are passionate about architecture as an occupation is if you have a portfolio of ideas put together. If you are someone that cares about the subject, then it is likely that you have spent a lot of your personal time putting your ideas down onto paper. If you are someone that is looking to do a course in architecture, then the people who are running the course will want to see that you are cut out for the world of architecture.

If they can see that you have been practicing drawing and designing in your own time, then they will be able to gauge whether or not you will be able to complete assignments and also keep up with the word count. A portfolio is also something that you will be able to continuously add to, which means that you will be able to take it with you into the work industry,

Qualifications

Now, the necessary qualifications to study architecture are different depending on where you choose to study, but generally, there are some things that most courses have in common.

First of all, you will need to have your basic education covered. This means that you should have passing qualifications in both maths and English, as you are required to be quite competent when working in this occupation. Depending on the course, some architecture courses may require you to be able to express your creative abilities. Though this is not a very popular requirement, it is something that you should keep in mind.

If you are currently in early education, it may be worth your time to take some additional artistic courses. This could also work in your favor, as if your potential choices for further education can see that you are trying to expand your current knowledge, they will be impressed at your dedication.

This will also put you ahead of the rest of your course and really make you stand out from other potential architects. Not only this but being able to express yourself artistically will also further your understanding of how architecture works, which can be very beneficial to your own learning.

Equipment

The way in which architecture works has changed substantially in the last couple of decades. It is no longer a pen and paper profession and there is a lot of equipment and software that someone that wants to pursue architecture has to become familiar with. If you are someone that is looking into taking a qualification in architecture at a higher level, it is usually expected that you should at least be a little familiar with the software.

This is especially the case if you join the job market. Most employers will not want to have to give you additional training, so if you are already familiar with the way in which software works, then you will be far more appealing to that particular employer. For example, if you want to work for a company like Property Block, then you are going to need to familiarise yourself with the Property Block’s innovative technology that they use to plan their projects. If you are unable to use some of the basic equipment, then you will be seen as more of a hindrance than a tool.