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Month: June 2017

Top Foreign Languages NUS Students Must Learn

The ability to speak fluently in a foreign language is likely to earn an ambition college student brownie points in the quest for employment. Bilingual or multilingual protective employees are generally more attractive to a shrewd employer. This is particularly the case in the context of business looking to expand into international markets. A student needs to be thoughtful when considering which foreign language to undertake their studies in. The majority of Singaporean residents are already able to speak Mandarin, however, there are four our language worth considering which are of equal high value in the context if the contemporary international job market.


After Mandarin, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. Spanish is the preferred tongue for approximately 500 million people around the world. Consequently, it is high probably that a prospective employer will be dealing with at least one Spanish speaking community. Spanish is best learned by listen to Spanish audio and engaging in dialogues in Spanish with native Espanol speakers. This approach will help to authentic a student’s understanding and execution of the language. Any students who develops an interest in learning Spanish is guaranteed to thoroughly enjoy the experience to learn to appreciate one of the world’s most beautiful languages.


Unlike Spanish, this language is slightly tougher to learn. German is an extremely difficult language to learn or gain familiarity with. As a consequence, it is a skill that is valued highly by many employers. Germany and other German speaking regions of the world are renowned for their contractions to science and technology and continued excellence in these fields. As a result, German is a language suited to an individual who aspires to work in or with Germany or in the tech industry. Germany has always been a leader in the global trade and investment arena, and by default, so to has the German language. Learning German who offer a student or protective employee a competitive advantage. Further, the difficultly associated with learning German has be a continuous determent, which further heightens the exclusivity and therefore desirability of a German speaking employee. Thus, fluent in German is certain to provide any student with a unique edge in the context of job applications.


The land of the rising sun sports the 3rd largest economy in the world. The country is hailed for its outstanding high-tech developments and promises a lucrative job market for the talented foreign students. Thus, Japanese is another important language to be included in your foreign language learning curriculum. It’s to mention here that Nippon people are extremely proud of their language and prefer to carry communication in their mother tongue, even with the foreigners. So, whether you are planning a career in Tokyo or need to capture the Nippon clients for your employer- fluency in Japanese will help to break the ice.


Hindi is the national language of India & the 4th most spoken in the world. The largest subcontinent represents one of the fastest rising economies in the world and very soon might overtake the other developing countries. Foreign students have excellent job and business potential here which makes Hindi fluency extremely important.

So, which one are you going to take up?

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Learn@NUS Top Tips for Composing a Quality Essay – Part 1

The top students greet the task of writing articles with welcoming arms as it allows them the chance to practice their academic research capacities and structure captivating arguments. Papers empower you to show your understanding, cognizance, and learning in a creative yet formalised manner – keeping in mind the word count! This article aims to clarify the puzzle of conducting a “mind blowing” paper to those of you who do not share the aforementioned excitement, though nowadays you have the luxury to order your essay online and instead of sitting in the library for days to find the information you need.

Since we already recognise the purpose behind creating articles, we might then ask what compositional characteristics cause some to shine above others?

  1. A special consideration

The key to an astonishing article is essentially one-of-a-kind consideration. That doesn’t have to mean thinking about a totally new speculation; most of, if not each one of, the subjects you’ll be learning at GCSE, A-level or even student level, have been considered in so much significance and by such an extensive number of people that just about every point imagineable will have been considered at this present moment. Regardless, what it means is that the relevant article stands out amongst its peers in that it surpasses the standard set in class – perhaps pushing toward the subject from another point, thinking about alternative hypothesis from what you have been discussing in class, or exhibiting new evidence and shrewd bits of information from the material already presented in class.

  1. Demonstrating data and cognizance

It’s a given that the impressive article demonstrates a strong understanding of the facts, not just the data, and presents this in a stable and succinct comprehension of the thoughts or issues being analyzed and why they matter. The perfect piece covers a broad assortment of material and considers every viewpoint, making use of and refering to from a grouping of sources. It demonstrates an ability to interpret vital truths in its hypothesis and depiction of the outlined conflicts.

  1. Looking at the broader picture

An ability to look at a broader picture marks you out as a remarkable student over your peers who aren’t able to see the wood for the trees and have their focus set too narrow when forming articles. For example, in the event that you are undertaking studies in English, take care to go past the plain description of an author’s work in their recorded events outlined events recorded in class. Describe the feeling of the period that author existed- you can’t elucidate Blake’s verse without some data and discourse of events, for instance, the Mechanical Distress, but you could also discuss how this created a new era of improvement for the people.

  1. Incorporate pictures and diagrams

You know what they say – a photograph talks a thousand words. If a photograph or outline will help reinforce a point you are making, add it. Also, visuals in like manner make your article more pleasant to mark for the tutor – and if they value understanding it, the chances are you will enhance marks given you are demonstrating a further understanding of the material.

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Assignment Writing for Australian Courses and Qualifications

Are you taking a distance course for an Australian university or education provider? Have you just received your first research assignment from that institution? Well, if you are a new college student, it’s natural that you would be looking for a proper guide to assist your writing. Your professor might have given some idea on your topic or methodology but writing a full-fledged paper involves many other tools.


Seek professional help

If you think you will lag behind on a deadline, consider seeking professional help. There is online assignment writing in Australia services such as AssignmentHelpers. The company is armed with veteran writers who know how to write proper assignment papers for universities in the country. They are well equipped to finish a quality research project within a tight deadline.

Proceed with in-depth research

Australian universities are very strict on the research standards and so be mindful the depth of study or research for your assignment. You will most likely get 15-20 days for the research. In this time try to find out as much relevant information about your topic as you can. Access the online library of the Australian university to find sources. If your professor has already approved your topic, chances are high that you will get data from that institution. After this, check out other journals, ebooks and websites online for a deeper insight.

Prepare your thesis statement

Before you start to formulate your paper, you will need to create your thesis statement. This statement will be a sentence or so that will sum up your whole paper and purpose for your assignment. It should be clear and succinct to help the readers understand your stand or approach on the assignment topic.

Know the outline

It’s a must that you create an outline before you start writing the actual draft for the paper. The outline shows you a sketch of your contents so that you get a clear idea on what to include at each point.

The essay will begin with an introduction which will introduce your idea to the reader, mention the thesis statement and offer a sneak-peek on what to expect from the following chapters. In short, the reader will get an overall idea from your introduction.

The next section of outline is the main paper body. This is where you will elaborate about the main angle of the project in segmented paragraphs. It will house all your data, fact findings, case studies and supportive arguments. You will also mention counter arguments if they are relevant to the context. If you offer any evidence, don’t just state it. You would have to analyze & interpret it as well to prove your point for better marks.

The final part of the outline is the conclusion. This is a summary of all the main points you have discussed in the paper body.

Don’t forget to keep a section for bibliography or references.

Cite your sources

You will definitely need to use case studies or authoritative quotes to give your assignment more merit. It’s great practice, just make sure you cite the sources on every page.

Be smart with your topic

The success of your assignment depends largely on the nature or angle of your topic. Don’t pick something that involves too wide a focus as you will generally have a tight deadline. Rather, concentrate on something that covers a comparatively narrower scope so that you can muster up the research within a reasonable time. Also make sure that it is something that can actually connect with as you will most likely be spending a lot of time researching and this will help you stay motivated.

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