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Month: January 2020

More Valuable than Ever – Benefits of Higher Education


For many people, the decision to go to university or college or not is one of the most difficult decisions that they will ever make. There are many moving pieces to consider. Not only does studying cost money, but it also takes a tremendous amount of time, patience, and mental capacity that is sometimes difficult (to say the least) to muster. If one does choose to go to university or college, they must then make the decision as to if they want to study a bachelor’s degree at a normal pace, opting to study either full time or part time for the duration of their studies.

Regardless of the individual’s final decision, the process to making a choice on the matter is, as mentioned, a difficult one. There are many benefits to higher education, but there are three specifically that ultimately end up being the big deciding factors for most individuals. What may come as a surprise, however, is that these three factors are ones that are not exactly incredibly potent in the decision-making process, but they are not always the obvious factors.

Improved self-esteem

Higher education degrees often prove to give students an increased sense of self-esteem. You may be surprised to know just how much of a confidence booster a degree can be for a person. Committing to university or college demands that the individual “grow up” in a sense, increasing their essay writing skills and time management. When one studies higher education, they become solely responsible for their academic success.

Unlike primary, middle, and high school, there is no one to hold your hand as you make your way through the system, and as a result you become entirely accountable for your circumstances – in every way imaginable. One of the results of this accountability is that the individual graduates with a stronger sense of self and a better connection to that sense of self.

Improved career trajectory

This point is not necessarily exclusive to studying a degree through higher education, but it is nonetheless incredibly relevant. The fact of the matter is that a more deliberate career quite often equals a greater sense of career satisfaction. Studying a degree in something that one genuinely loves leaves them feeling more fulfilled and committed to that field.

This is easy to grasp: working towards something one genuinely loves ultimately fuels them to work harder and faster towards their professional goals. And a career built on a foundation of passion and hard work is one that is scaled for success in the long term.

Improved health

Studies have shown that individuals that have obtained a degree through higher education are linked to better health statistics. The main reason for this is quite simple (and perhaps, to some, even obvious): individuals who obtain a degree of any kind through higher education often end up working in careers that are better able to finance any health concerns that come up.

Again, this is not necessarily exclusive to university or college graduates, but it is abundantly obvious as a benefit of higher education. As the saying goes, “do a job you love and you will never work a day in your life”. Having a job that you have deliberately worked towards and put so much effort and passion into more often than not leads to a greater sense of satisfaction in life overall.

Assignment Times Cut Down by Using a Few Key Resources


Homework is a very important part of student life and regardless of the busy life, this work must be completed. Making sure that you submit your work in good quality and in within the set deadline is key to being successful in your academic endeavors. Sometimes, you can get caught up with other things only to realize that your homework assignment is due the following day and you need speedy paper to write. Instead of going into a panic mode, here are some of the ways you can use to address your situation:


Quickly Settle Down and Plan the Work


One reason why things don’t get done is the fact that we don’t plan for the assignment in front of us. When you find yourself in such a situation and need your homework done the soonest time possible, taking time to plan for it is a good effort. It would be better to take time to read through your notes and do the necessary research before working on it. This will help you handle the assignment from a well-informed point of view and save your time. 


Use Sample Papers from Experts 


Is your homework something you don’t have an idea of how to go about it? You may not have the time to learn on your own. How about getting a sample of the kind of assignment that you are required to do? As you go through this sample, you will gather ideas on how to approach your assignment and make the most use of it. 


Work with an Outline 


Prepare a list of the items that you need to be covered in your homework assignment. This will help you address every important point of your work and get to do it in an organized way. Quality homework assignments should capture in all important details in an organized manner that brings out meaning. With an outline, you will be able to write ideas that flow without getting stuck on the way.


Engage an online Tutor


Get online and look for someone to help you go through the homework step by step. List down important points concerning your assignment and apply them. Here, you can ask all sorts of questions that will help you draw important aspects concerning your assignment. Ensure that you have everything you need to do the assignment on your own. There are great tutoring services online that can help you prepare quality homework in a short while. 


Get Help from an online Professional 


Too tired to do anything? Well, the help of an online professional can help you complete your homework in a high-quality fashion. They provide 24/7 services that provide solutions of this nature. You won’t have to worry about quality or timely delivery because this is what these professionals do. Get online and choose someone who is trained and certified in your area of study. They will get you the answers you are looking for in superb quality. 


Use Editing and Proofreading Services 


Submitting original work is an important aspect of academics. Whichever way that you are going to use to get your assignment done, make sure it gets checked for originality and uniqueness. Over and above that, ensure that it is checked for correctness and grammar to ensure that it makes sense. 

Final Thoughts 

If you have just remembered an undone assignment during the night, you got a number of options to consider. Depending on the type of assignment, you can either do it yourself by having a good plan in place or just use online services and resources to get it done in good quality!


Preparing to Study in London: Top Tips


It’s official, London is the best place in the world to study.

Unsurprisingly, based on articles such as the above, there are always going to be a huge number of students who swarm there each and every year. It has the status, culture, size and everything that a student might desire.

At the same time, it’s a completely different beast in comparison to other student cities. For domestic students, studying in London is completely different to say Nottingham, as an example. Then, for international students (and there are a lot who take to the Big Smoke each and every year), there are clearly even more considerations.

Regardless of where you are coming from, let’s now jump into some top tips that can make it so much easier for you to settle into your London studies.

London is large: make your accommodation choice wisely

It doesn’t matter whether you are arriving from abroad or locally, your accommodation is going to be one of the biggest decisions you need to get right.

It’s not a newsflash, London is huge, and there are umpteen types of accommodation available. Furthermore, this accommodation is far from cheap, while there are stories each and every year of students ending up in box-like rooms.

If you have opted for official student accommodation, this shouldn’t be an issue. For everyone else the advice is simple; take your time. You might need to take advantage of storage units in the interim, but if this is what it takes to finding the right place to live then it will be completely worth it. Ask locals, ask estate agents and search high and low for the right place to live. Get this wrong, and you’ll live to regret it for at least the next twelve months.

The great study book trap

In truth, this next point can apply to any university, but bearing in mind the costs you already have to contend with in London, as well as the competition for textbooks, it can be argued it is even more important.

In short, try and buy your textbooks in advance. No, don’t turn to the official sources, but instead turn to eBay, Gumtree or any other source which lists second-hand versions. With some of these books retailing for hundreds of pounds, this can shave some significant sums from your costs.

An Oyster is a must, but there are caveats…

Let’s not get away from the fact that you will need to tap into London’s vast travel network, and an Oyster will help save you money in this regard.

However, there are caveats. The main point is not being lazy. Sure, this is a city with a great travel network, but sometimes it’s just as quick to walk between tube stations. You don’t always have to jump on the underground.

Understand the cultural differences

In those first few weeks before classes start, try and make it your aim to understand London culture.

This can apply to both international and domestic students, as the cultural differences in London can be vast.

For example, it can be as simple as restaurant times. If you reside abroad, you might be used to arriving at a place to eat well into the night, perhaps 11pm. Well, if you operate the same tactics in London, you’ll find yourself getting turned away a lot.

Then, there are shop opening hours. In many other parts of the UK, the high-street closes at 5pm. This is slightly later in London, but still not comparable to other world cities where the shopping hours go much later in the night.

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