10 Tips To Land You an Internship

February 27, 2014 - 4:20 am in Career, College, Life

Landing an internship is one of the most important things you undertake before graduation. The experience helps you to explore a career field and in most cases, positions you for a job offer with the interning employer. With this potential benefits you need to make sure that your are one of the candidates at the top of the list for your internship. The competition for internship slots in usually intense but there are things you can do enhance your chances of landing your dream internship position.

 

Start early

You should find out when the deadline for submission of the application is and ensure that you apply on time.

 

Be proactive

Social media is a great platform to communicate to potential employers, but you should not rely on the social media sites to find an internship. Most companies outsource their internship recruitment to agencies, so you should get in touch with the recruitment consultants in the industry you are targeting.

 

Have a clean and clear resume

Make sure your resume is error free. You should hone in on the key requirements that the employer is looking for.You should also describe any relevant knowledge you have in the industry. If you’re particularly looking for a resume-building service, because we all know people are lazy by nature, try out, Sumry.

 

Write a good cover letter

In your cover letter you should should tell your employer why your are the best fit for the position and follow it up examples why you stand out from the rest.

 

Good grades are not enough

Good grades are important but you also need to display your communication skills. Companies are looking for people who are able to work seamlessly within their frameworks and teams.

 

Talk about work experience even if it is waiting tables

Companies are looking for not only people with technical skill but also people with the ability to develop productive working relationships.

 

Get someone to pay for it

If you identify a work placement that you love but it is unpaid, there are many places you can get funding. Some universities offer bursaries and some of the scientific bodies offer funding for placements.

 

Be on top of your game during the interview

It goes without saying that you need to be presentable and on time when going for an interview. You should also ask questions, for instance, what the employer expects from the interns or ask about the company’s products or services. This will convey the message that you are truly interested in the position and that you are a thinker.

 

Flexibility

Many times the interns’ assigned duties vary frequently and the employer may not know them clearly during your interview. Therefore you should make it clear that you are flexible and you will take duties based on the organization’s needs.

 

Experience comes in many forms

You should emphasize on your experience in the resume. If you lack practical job experience you should emphasize on your other marketable skills, such as good writing skills or a proven ability to communicate effectively.

High School Habits That Do Not Belong in College

February 26, 2014 - 3:51 am in College, Life

It can be hard to transit from high school to college, but you can make the transition simple by identifying and replacing the high school bad habits that won’t be acceptable in college. The following are the bad high school habits you should get rid of before going into college.

 

1. Staying at home pretending you are ill

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Many high school students pretend to be sick and stay at home just because they want to miss classes. This won’t help in college as missing one of the sessions could affect your grade negatively and it’s important to attend all classes in order to have a good grade so stop faking an illness just to stay home.

 

2. Playing with mobile phones during class time

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Playing games with phone in class or checking messages distracts you from getting information from the teacher.This should be stopped in college as it makes you unfocused making you lose the important information being delivered by a professor.

 

3. Giving lame excuses

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Most lame excuses you gave in were high school were because of incomplete assignments. High school teachers did sometimes accept the excuses but that wouldn’t be the case in college .In college you are treated like an adult meaning no excuse will be tolerated therefore incomplete assignments can ruin your college life so it’s important to do assignments which will help you evade lame excuses.

 

4. Doodling instead of writing

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This high school behavior could ruin your grade in college as you won’t get any one to help you with their notes . So not writing notes means no reading thus ruining your grade.

 

5. Being the class comedian

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This behavior is frowned in college as many view the behavior as a distraction so to maintain good friendship in college stop the behavior.

 

6. Not preparing for examinations

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Cramming for an examination was common in high school . College work is quite large so cramming won’t work in college so it’s high time you prepare for examinations early.

 

7. Paying more attention to your friends than your teachers

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You may be one of those guys who always concentrated with friends during lesson time ,doing this during proffeser’s lecture would mean loss of information so it’s important to stop the behavior.

 

8. Relying on your teacher’s pens and papers

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You might have relied on your teachers pens and paper in high school but this is not the case in college as professors don’t have permanent classes so you won’t even come to know some professors.

 

9. Having messy work

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May be you were that guy who always had tattered books ,you always scribbled on your books professors won’t tolerate that its time you stop the behavior.

 

10. Going to class late

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May be you were not punctual in high school but in college you must be punctual as some professors won’t even allow you to enter the class if you are late for class.

 

11. Leaving your books at home because you don’t feel like carrying them

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This high school behavior is not applicable in college as you will need all your books in class as professors do not have textbooks that you will borrow.

 

12. Having your parent to wake you to go to class

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It time not to rely on your dad or mom to wake to attend classes being in college means you are a grownup so its high time you take responsibility of waking yourself up.

15 Most Misused Words in English Language

February 26, 2014 - 3:33 am in Uncategorized

It is common to get confused with the English language especially if you are a non-native speaker. Before making your English essays, term papers or your English language course, you should know the 15 most misused English words. These are:

 

1. Accept and Except

 

Although they can sound just as the same, accept simply means “agree with”, “receive” or “take in”.

While except, means, take out, to leave out or to exclude.

Example 1: We accept all major credit cards.

Example 2: We accept all payment methods except checks.

 

2. Affect and Effect

 

Affect means “to influence something” while effect means “the result of” or the outcome of something.

Example 1: I hope that those rumors will not affect your performance.

Example 2: The scandal will have a negative effect on you.

 

3. Compliment and Complement

 

Compliment means “expression of praise”.

Complement means “something that match or adds up”.

Example 1: Thank you for the compliment.

Example 2: You’re make up complements your dress.

 

4. Cite and Site

 

Cite means to “mention” and site talks about a location.

Example 1: He cited one of Albert Einstein’s quotes.

Example 2: Have you seen the construction site?

 

5. Farther and Further

 

Farther talks about the physical or the actual distance.

Further talks about extension.

Example 1: He drove farther that’s why he is lost.

Example 2: I want you to give a further explanation about your thesis.

 

6. Desert and Dessert

 

Desert is an uninhabitable place while dessert is the last course of the meal.

Example 1: The Sahara Desert is the biggest desert in the world.

Example 2: I want a chocolate pudding for dessert!

 

7. E.g and I.e

 

Using the abbreviation E.g should be used when giving out examples while I.E should be used when giving “an example ” or “the only example”.

Example 1: Please don’t leave your valuables unattended (E.g, wallet, cellphone, IDs..etc.).

Example 2: A King is a ruling sovereign of a nation (I.e King Henry VIII of England).

 

8. Ensure and Insure

 

Ensure means to secure and insure means to guarantee from loss or harm.

Example 1: Ensure that all doors are locked when leaving your house.

Example 2: Don’t worry about the payment, my car is insured!

 

9. It’s and Its

 

It’s is simply a shortened “It is” and its means “belonging to it”.

Example 1: It’s my please meeting you!

Example 2: Staying up late everyday is bad, its effect will make you grow old faster!

 

10. Literally

 

Means “actual” or “real”. People use this nowadays as a term of expression and the real meaning is compromised. Here are the good examples when using the word “literally”.

Example 1 (Right) – I literally laugh when I saw him fall down the stairs.

Example 2 (Wrong) – My eyes literally sparkled when I his pretty face.

 

11. To and Too

 

To is a preposition and the word too means “excess”.

Example 1: I would like to order a 1 large fries please.

Example 2: The fries is too salty!

 

12. Their and They’re

 

Their is a pronoun (in plural form) while they’re is a shortened “They are”.

Example 1: Their presentation is better that ours!

Example 2: They’re all pretty in my eyes.

 

13. Then and Than

 

Then used when describing an order of things and than is used when comparing.

Example 1: Clean the bathroom first and then you can rest.

Example 2: Your room is dirtier than the toilet!

 

14. Who’s and Whose

 

Who’s is short for “Who is” while whose is the possessive case of “who”.

Example 1: Who’s your boss?

Example 2: Whose line is it anyway?

 

15. You’re and Your

 

You’re is a shortened form of “You are” and your talks about possession.

Example 1: You’re the prettiest girl I’ve seen!

Example 2: Your eyes makes you look more attractive.

Google Search Tips for College Students

February 24, 2014 - 3:44 am in College, Life

We live in an age where information is always at our fingertips, and that’s great. But the internet is a big place, and sometimes those fingertips need a bit of help to sort through the dirt and get to the diamonds.

 

For students that’s especially true. Deadlines loom and futures are at stake, and being able to find information quickly and efficiently will maximize the time you have to actually write your essay.

 

With that in mind, here is a list of Google tips for students doing online research, that just might make things a bit easier.

 

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Reputable newspapers and magazines are a great place to find well researched articles, but there’s no guarantee that any of them will be in the first dozen or so Google results. Want to know if there’s been an article in the Wall Street Journal about your essay topic? Add site:wsg.com before your search term and only Wall Street Journal results will be returned.

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Those two little dots don’t look like much, but they can make a difference between referencing something recent, or the debunked research of five years ago. Separate two dates with two dots (eg 2010..2012) and all the results will be from that time period.

 

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So you know that Professor John Smartypants published an article on communications in the Wall Street Journal in 2011. Unfortunately, so did a lot of people. The above search terms will help, but you’re still going to get a lot of useless results if you’re looking for something in particular. If you add author:smartypants into the search bar as well, he’s the only author you’ll get.

 

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But what if Professor Smartypants published something else that you want to reference, but you don’t know where? Take out your site: search term, that’s not helpful now. But if you know the article is about whale song, replace it with intitle:whale and you’ve got a much better chance of finding what you’re looking for.
 

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In his articles on whale communication, Smartypants mentioned a colleague of his had published a very interesting paper on the same subject. That’s great, more sources! But Professor Interesting is a prolific writer, so you may need to narrow his work down some more. Putting your search terms between double quotes (“whale communication”) means that all your results will have that exact phrase.

 

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But wait! Professor Interesting wrote a paper once stating that whales and dolphins talk to each other, which has been completely discredited. You don’t want that one. If you add -dolphin to your search terms, you won’t see any results with the word dolphin.

 

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The tilde is that funny symbol next to the ‘1’ on your keyboard, and may sit there for years without being pressed (poor tilde). It’s very useful though, for related or interchangeable terms. A search for whale ~huge will also return results relating to ‘giant’ or ‘massive’ whales.

 

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If your search term has common terms associated with it, you may find the asterisk useful. Searching for *whale will give you results related to humpback whales, blue whales etc.

 

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And sometimes you specifically want a pdf. Adding in filetype:pdf will make sure that that’s all you get, so you won’t be overwhelmed with jpgs of chatty whales.

 

Full Infographic below

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15 Unusual Study Hacks

February 21, 2014 - 3:21 am in College

We’ve all been there. You’ve left it until the deadline day to put pen to paper on your work, it’s crunch time and you hit a brick wall.Everybody experiences this at some point in their education, but there are ways around these obstacles. Here you’ll be shown 15 different ways to smash that essay that’s been numbing your brain.
Take notes!

Yeah, take notes. It seems like redundant advice but come on, you all know you don’t do it enough. Take things even further and get yourself a cheap whiteboard and a couple of different coloured pens, this way you have a wide space to highlight what needs to be done and using different colours keeps things from getting dull. Just don’t fall into the trap of playing hangman with yourself.

 

Buddy up!

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When you’re struggling for words, you might find yourself wishing you had another brain to deal with the problem. Well, you can’t have two brains, but the next best thing is to find yourself a partner and bounce your ideas off them. Tip 1 – Offer some sort of incentive such as food or cash. Tip 2 – Don’t just sit there and eat pizza.

 

Reward yourself!

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I don’t mean have a beer every time you finish reading a paragraph, but using a reward system can help you focus! Let’s say you have 2,000 words left in your paper. Every 500 words, go eat a brownie and do what you want for five or ten minutes. Just don’t eat THOSE brownies.

 

Exercise!

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I know it seems unconventional but being active has been proven to improve your brain power and especially the rate that you take in information. Just going for a simple walk before an exam can give you that boost you need to clear your mind. There are even some exercises you can do in your room, but you can keep that to yourself.

 

Read out loud!

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Forget your easily distracted room-mate, reading out loud is a much better way to make sure you’re getting all the info you need. It’s too easy to read in your head and skim past the important parts. Just don’t do it in the library.

 

Become the master!

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I don’t mean this in a martial arts way, I mean teach what you learn. To teach something you should fully understand it, and if you can teach what you’re supposed to learn… well I guess you’ve already learned it. Good job!

 

Get off Facebook!

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No, seriously. You can set aside a certain amount of time towards distracting websites (We all know what I’m talking about) But when you’re studying, you need to ban yourself from these websites. Apps can be used with some browsers that limit your accessibility, so get blocking!

 

Chill, man!

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Take a break once in a while. You can far too easily overload your brain with too much information and it shows in your work. Having some ‘you’ time is important, so relax, go for a walk, take a nap (Set an alarm) or simply watch t.v.

 

Sensual Association!

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Sensual, not sexual. Studies have shown that if you can associate a certain taste or smell with studying and then experience that same sensation whilst taking an exam, your brain thinks more like it did whilst you were studying, meaning it is easier to recollect everything you had previously learned. The easiest way to achieve this is through something like chewing gum or wearing a certain perfume.

 

Eat healthy!

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It doesn’t seem to be the right thing to do, cutting out the pizza and junk you want to eat when studying, but seriously, have an apple instead. It’s well known that a good diet helps your brain function better.

 

Set a goal!

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Studying can be a monumental task if all you see before you is a mountain of work. One long trip is going to wreck you, so instead, try to chop your work into several chunks and set a goal, for example; complete chunk one in three hours, break for an hour, complete chunk two in one hour and so on.

 

Get some relaxing music on

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All right, turn off the dubstep and rave station, try something more relaxing. Instrumental music with no lyrics to distract you can put your mind at ease and keep you well meditated.

 

When in Rome!

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Times New Roman is the fastest font to read in, so if you find yourself able to choose how you read what you need, use Times New Roman.

 

Flash!

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Now put your trench coat back. Flash cards are a great way to memorize, and there are also web apps that allow you to create online flash cards.

 

Learn from your mistakes!

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Finally, the number one mistake we do make is simply referring to google before trying to find out more. Google is indeed an incredibly easy way to get to the information that you need, but far too often do we just google what we want, copy and paste the relevant paragraph and be done with it. It is far better to go into detail, and even more constructive to learn from your mistakes. Get something wrong the first time and you won’t forget how to do it right the second time.

Good luck, and remember, work hard, play hard!

 

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