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Friday, 13 April 2018

How To Prepare For University


Moving away to university is one of the most exciting times a young person can face, and it is also one of the most apprehensive. Preparing for university can take weeks, even months, in the making if you consider the amount of time
you’ve spent studying and revising over your school years. There is no one way of preparing for university, however, you can get ready and prepared by completing your reading list, learning to nutritious meals for yourself, saving money prior to going, and making friends and acquaintances before moving in with prospective flatmates. You want your time at university to be as enjoyable as you can make it, so consider being as sociable as you possibly can and think about joining a sports team to stay active and healthy.

Read Throughout Summer
Make sure you’re well prepared for the amount of work that is going to be set for you to complete. Over the summer, read as much as you can on your chosen degree title. The more you read now, the easier the work set at the beginning of the term will be. Be sure to get a good understanding on your subject and read around it too. Aston University Online can help you choose a topic if you’re feeling unsure about upping and leaving your town. If you don’t quite feel ready enough to leave home for university, then gaining an online education and qualification could be an alternative option for you.

Make Friends
Tell yourself that you’re going to have to get outside of your comfort zone at the beginning of term. In order to form relationships with other students, you will need to get there and interacting with other young people. Try not to shy away from evenings in or out with your housemates or those on your course. If you’re keen to get onto the university sports teams, then the summer is a great time to brush up on your techniques and skills.

Save Some Money
It’s never a bad idea to have money saved, so think about going to university with some cash saved up. You’ll be very glad of the extra money when you realize that student life is far from being glamorous and you’re down to your last can of beans. Save money wherever you can, so try and spend it wisely and avoid purchasing unnecessary items. Consider getting a job over the last summer before university, so that you’ve lined your pockets in preparation for going out for dinner, drinks, and joint activities with your flatmates, for example.

Cooking Lessons
Cooking lessons are going to come is extremely handy. If moving to university is your first time living independently, then some aspects may well come as a bit of a shock to you. Unless you’re living in catered halls, then you will be expected to prepare meals for yourself. Before you leave, try and learn to cook at least five nutritious meals that are high in fiber, protein and complex carbs. Pick up a cookbook and start perfecting your dishes.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Five Ways Students Can Use Technology to Improve Their English

Remember the days when you weren’t even allowed to take your calculator into an exam room? Many teachers will have been brought up in that kind of era, which is why it can be difficult to adapt to the changes of modern technology in today's classrooms. 

However students lives are dominated by the latest devices and by embracing this, teachers can reach out to their students in a much more effective way. There are many ways to use technology in teaching and it is especially effective when learning the English vocabulary in a way that it is used on a day-to-day basis.

Having a reliable desktop computer is a must have these days, but beyond that here are five simple but effective ways to help students use technology to improve their English skills.

Podcasts
The iTunes store provides a wide range of English learning. Students can choose one that suites them specifically. Whether they are beginners or advanced speakers, there are podcasts to suit all levels. The convenience of being able to listen to podcasts anywhere such as on the bus, the train, walking to college or between classes, makes it a great way to develop English skills. Many podcasts also provide transcripts, which can be used for making notes as well as matching written words with spoken words. As well as being convenient, podcasts are also cost effective as the majority of them are free.

Online Tutor Sites
Having your own personal one-to-one tutor is the best way to be taught. However your progress depends on the availability of a reputable tutor located in your area. With the use of technology, students can use an online tutor. Often the tutors will provide a free 15-minute trial before students commit to a course.

You Tube
There are now thousands of videos on YouTube dedicated to teaching the English language. Videos are a great way to enhance English skills because you can see the person talking and this will help students with pronunciation.  This is a free way to learn and it is easy to stop and start the videos whenever you need to. Some of the videos have subtitles included to assist with word recognition.

Free Language Exchange Programme
Skype, Facetime and other video calling methods have made it possible for people on opposite sides of the world to connect. This has prompted the set up of language exchange programmes. The idea of the program is to partner up two people who are looking to learn each other’s language. Once a match has been found, the pair can arrange to talk as often as they like via video link, and improve their language skills,

Phone Apps
There is an app for everything and learning a language is no exception. Make sure you read the reviews before choosing which app to download, as the methods of learning vary significantly for each app. You can find apps that simply take you step by step through the language with tests at the end of each section. These are particularly good if you want to be led through the process. Other apps require you to enter details onto flash cards, so there is some set up time involved. Other apps provide learning as more of a game, which encourages the user to progress quicker and makes it more fun.

With so much help out there, it really is worth embracing technology to enhance the learning journey for students and improve English skills.