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Month: April 2019

International study opens a whole new world to adventurous students

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As far as academic experiences go, abroad study is the ultimate adventure. Education is something that is a privilege, and when we are lucky enough to have access to it, it is made even more special when we are presented with opportunities for growth and excitement. Of all those opportunities, studying abroad is definitively and without exception one of the most chaotic, exhilarating, and rewarding opportunities there is. You will seldom find anyone who says that they regret taking the leap of faith and studying abroad. But why? What is so special about international study, and why should anyone seriously do it? There are many reasons that international study is such a positive experience to have, but ultimately they can all meld into three pillars, three ultimate reasons to take the leap and expand your horizons.

Travel makes you more confident in yourself

Studying abroad will make you nervous in the beginning. You will be effectively thrown out of your comfort zone. And then it proves itself to be this incredible experience that is quite literally is life changing. When you take the leap, you are doing so because of your decision to do so. Pursuing education overseas puts you in a position of self-growth (especially if you are studying in a country where you do not understand or speak the language). Abroad study makes you more uncomfortable than ever in the beginning, and then it makes you more confident forever. That is its magic, its lure, its life lesson.

Being somewhere new means you meet different people

Being a student anywhere can be socially challenging, what with the time constraints on due dates and the overwhelming nature of academic success. Studying somewhere new inevitably puts you in a position where you meet new people, and because you are in an entirely new place, you are more likely to network and forge connections that you would perhaps have otherwise brushed off, were you back home in your usual environment. When you are studying, you can study with these new friends, and when you are taking a break or have a weekend arrive, you can take some time off and go on adventure with these people.

Studying abroad makes you more accountable

More than anything else, studying abroad makes you more accountable for your successes (and your failures). Whether it is going out of your way to find adequate PhD proposal help, or staying in to work on your last assignment instead of going to a party with your friends, studying abroad forces you to take full accountability for your progress and consequential successes. This is because you have none of the usual structure of being settled into your classroom at home, of studying and submitting to a familiar schedule. Additionally, you also inevitably want to explore this new place, and must force yourself to study before you can play sometimes. This is an incredibly valuable lesson, and it will make you not only a better student, but a more organised individual in life.

EdTech profoundly effects the education industry

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Education is one of the most traditionally-inclined industries in the world. Historically, this is an industry that has been run predominantly – if not wholly – on traditional methods and models of teaching and learning. For decades, this was how it worked. Generations have gone through the education system as it has been traditionally, and they have gone on to flourish into well-rounded individuals. The success of traditional education has not changed. But the world has.

More and more over recent years, traditional education systems and processes have fallen more and more out of touch with the generations of students going through the system right now, and there is one sole reason for that. That reason is the evolution of the modern world, and the necessity for evolution in its wake. This evolution is, of course, the rise of technological influence in the modern world. But how did we get from there to here?

A traditional industry at heart

It is no big secret that education is a traditional field. From books and pen and paper, to the methods, models, and environments that education took place in, education has historically always been hinged on the same concepts and contributors that have always served it so well. Education has had dominantly – if not wholly – paper materials and resources, educators have taught in brick and mortar spaces, and students learnt the old fashion way. And then along came technological innovation.

Technological disruption arrives

Technological advancement and digitalisation have been hitting industries around the world hard throughout recent years, and the introduction of tech to the education sector is one of the latest to have profound and ongoing impact. Technology has well and truly disrupted the education industry. Aptly called EdTech (education technology), this technology is transforming the education sector and making it easier for both educators and students alike.

Everything from the assessment submission formats, to the forms and permissions for school trips to France, have been changed at the core by technological innovation and rapid digitalisation. At first, people were understandably concerned that the introduction of tech to such a traditional industry would rule out the age-old principles at play.

Tradition and modernisation collide

Traditional education is a marvel, and it has done wonders for generations. Since the dawn of the inception of education as a core industry around the world, it has been gaining traction as a crucial societal pillar. This fact has never wavered. When technological advancement and digitalisation first made their influence known in the modern world, tech began to improve the industry, and it has been an ever-evolving and advancing movement since.

EdTech makes education more convenient, more efficient, and quicker than ever. Rather than taking over from traditional education entirely, this modernised iteration of education in fact works in alignment with traditional methods and models to make them more efficient and easier to follow and use for all parties. In this way, EdTech has positively transformed this traditional industry, making it more efficient than ever before. And this is only the beginning.

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