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Four People to Ask for a Reference

March 20th, 2018 by Sara Vazquez Shaw

Most older students know the anxiety that comes with asking for letters of recommendation. Some teachers are bombarded with recommendation requests, so a reference may take weeks or months to receive. Aside from tight submission deadlines, getting a personalised and highly favourable reference can also be a concern. However, even if you're in a bind, there may be some options as to who to ask. Here are a few ideas:

1. Student Instructors

Although you may have your heart set on getting a reference from a renowned professor, other students could have already beaten you to the punch. Wait times for such a recommendation may be extremely long. In addition, you may not get the type of personalisation that you want. A student instructor or TA, on the other hand, may know you a lot better. Recommendations from people who know you well are preferable to generic letters that could refer to anyone.

2. Extracurricular Activity Leaders... Read More »

Four bad reasons to transfer Universities

March 20th, 2018 by Sarah Adams

A third of university students will transfer courses, or universities at least one time during their undergraduate years, according However, while there are plenty of viable reasons to transfer, doing so is not always the right move. Let's count down the top four reasons to stay the course...

1. You're Homesick

Approximately 16 percent of transfer students switch universities before returning for a second term, according to further figures from the NSCRC. A common reason? Because they miss home. Unfortunately, homesickness is a very real part of the university experience, but the only way past it is through it.

When you start to feel homesick, revisit the reasons why you left home and went to uni. Will switching universities offer a permanent solution, or just a temporary fix?

Also, don't forget that there are plenty of ways to feel connected with loved ones back home thanks to modern technology. Phone calls, video chats, and text messages help bridge... Read More »

Six Situations That Signal a Private School May Be a Better Fit

March 19th, 2018 by Grace Dickins

Learning environments are not one-size-fits-all. What works for one child may not suit another. So, how do you know which type of school will best suit your child? Consider these six reasons that private school may be right for your child.

1. Your Child Likes Individualized Attention

According to a 2015 report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the average teacher to student ratio at state schools is 16:1. At private schools, it is about 13:1. Private school teachers tend to have smaller classes, so they are able to devote more time to each student.

2. Your Child Doesn't Test Well

In the midst of the debate on the value of standardized educational approaches, private schools offer an appealing alternative for many parents. Because they are not bound by state standards, private schools can choose their own testing and teaching systems.

3. Your Child Enjoys a Challenge

While many state schools have high academi... Read More »

Six Productive Ways to Spend Free Time in High School

March 18th, 2018 by Sara Vazquez Shaw

Free time may seem hard to come by, but you may occasionally find yourself with extra time on your hands. You could just grab the remote and see what's new on TV. Instead, consider these six strategic ways to spend free time.

1. Get Lost in a Book

Step away from your smart phone, and pick up a book instead. If you're not sure what to read, refer to a go-to list of books. Include everything from friends' and professors' recommendations to best sellers in your favourite genre. Is there an academic topic you've been meaning to learn more about? This is the perfect opportunity to enrich your knowledge.

2. Learn a Language

In our increasingly global environment, admissions officers and employers alike are on the lookout for candidates with language abilities. These skills will also come in handy if you choose to travel internationally. Swedish scientists have determined that ... Read More »

What is the CAS When Earning an IB Diploma?

March 18th, 2018 by Grace Dickins

Accepted by universities around the world and valued for its interdisciplinary curriculum, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) assesses student strengths in six subjects. It also has three core requirements: Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS). Let's take a closer look at this requirement, along with how students can incorporate CAS into their busy schedules.

The CAS Experience

A well-rounded academic experience incorporates more than core subjects like math and English. CAS aims to promote student involvement in activities outside academic pursuits in order to achieve meaningful balance and enrichment.

The CAS rationale supports student-directed learning that encourages students to learn more about themselves, as well as the world around them. Additionally, CAS strives to help students develop positive character traits, such as initiative, perseverance, and critical thinking skills. Many IB students report their CAS experiences to be pro... Read More »

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