14 August 2017

11 Tips to Use Your Summer Holiday Wisely

There’s no student on this planet that doesn’t eagerly wait for the summer break to come. You walk out of school and you’re free! No more taking notes, attending exams, writing papers, you’re free to relax and enjoy the entire summer without a care in the world.

Although lounging in the sun and getting a great tan sounds appealing, it might not be the wisest decision you can make. Everyone deserves a holiday, but you could use those three months to improve your life, and improve yourself! It’s never too early to start working on making your dreams come true, and a break from college is just the time you need to better yourself. 

Maybe you want to take a short language course, or you want to be an apprentice or learn new skills. Whatever it is, summer is no excuse not to do it. In fact, when you’re studying, you don’t have time for it, which is why summer is the ideal time to work on your dreams. 

Here’s how you can follow up on your passion and make this summer count. 

1. Experience the Intern Life

Once you leave college, you’ll find yourself on a job hunt, and you’ll constantly hear ‘’We are looking for someone with experience.’’ All students go through this tough time after college when they feel disadvantage because they haven’t had any experiences in the field yet. But if you can do something to avoid that, why not? Use the summer break to sign up for an internship and work on your skills. Not only are you going to add a valuable point to your resume, you’re going to pick up priceless job experience that nobody can take away from you. 

Depending on the internship, it can come with other perks too. Some interns get paid, some get great references, while some network and make connections with people that will last a lifetime and will do them great good, especially in their career. 

2. Go to Camps

Camps aren’t just for fun. There are niche camps that you can join and connect with people that think just like you and come from the same field. Camps are equally fun and useful because you get to sharpen your skills, broaden your mind and learn about life at the same time. 

For example, you might be studying languages. There are camps that gather experts from a particular field, and you get to attend their lectures and learn about things you can never learn in a classroom.

3. Start Learning a New Language

Knowing more than one language can’t be a disadvantage, especially when you’re a student and still haven’t started your career. That means you get a head start, to start learning a new language, and by the time you finish college, you’ll already be at an advanced level. Use your summer to start learning a new language. Not only will you learn the language, but also you will learn about a new culture which can be quite useful when you’re on a job hunt or are traveling. It looks great on your resume no matter what field you’re interested in. 

You can take a language course, but you can also download an app or learn a language online. All it takes some willpower, and later on, you will thank yourself for remaining productive during your summer break. 

4. Become a Computer Wizz

The summer is ideal for sharpening your skills and acquiring new ones, as we’ve mentioned before. If you are not exactly tech savvy, you’re going to want to work on that, because in today’s day and age, every job position requires you to know how to work on the computer and so much more than that.

Use this time to take an online course; whether it’s typing, PowerPoint, Photoshop or programming, it makes for a valuable asset to add to your resume. 

5. Soak in the Culture

Learning doesn’t have to involve a book or a course. It can be simple as visiting local museums and historical sites and learning more about history, culture and broadening your mind.

Push yourself to experience new things and learn about the past, even if it’s by visiting a local landmark and going more in-depth about its history. 

6. Take a Trip

Grab a couple of friends and hit the road! While you’re enjoying yourselves, make sure to visit places that you can learn from, such as galleries, museums, architecture etc. Road trips make for an unforgettable life experience, and even more so when you spice it up with content that can benefit your knowledge.

Don’t put your brain on hold just because it’s the summer break – keep it sharp by always seeing an opportunity to learn no matter what you’re doing and where you’re going. 

7. Watch Documentaries

Needless to say, there are so many documentaries online that you can watch to learn more about what you’re passionate about. Instead of binge watching Game of Thrones the entire summer, throw in a TED talk here and there. You’ll be surprised how fun and educational it can be, and how much it can change your state of mind.

It’s simple things like watching a documentary before you go to sleep, or while you’re having lunch, that can make a huge difference in your life, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Remember, nobody can take knowledge away from you, and luckily, you don’t have to leave your home to learn. 

8. Work on Your Writing

Writing skills are so important, whether you’re a student or looking for a job, you need to be able to express yourself through words, just as efficiently as you would through conversation. Learn from the best, such as Bestessays, and take some time to get tips from experts who write for a living. Thomas Kellie, a writer with a Masters Degree in English language and literature claims: ‘There’s nothing quite as powerful as knowing how to write. Every individual, especially students should invest extra time working on their writing skills, since it’s going to be a crucial aspect at every point of their life, not just in college.

Take a look at samples, read online articles and study the principles of good writing, or even take a course!

9. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Although we would always recommend working on your skills to further improve your future chances of getting the job of your dreams, we also encourage all students to go out in the world and challenge themselves. Do something different. Take a painting course or a dancing course. Try out a sport you have never tried before.

Try playing a computer game or take a knitting class! Different experiences can’t take anything away from you, as you’ll learn more about yourself and the world. 

10. Travel to a Different Country

Traveling is undeniably one of the best ways to expand your horizons and learn more about life and the world we live in. If your budget allows you, go to a country that isn’t similar to the one you live in now and spend some time learning about a new culture, traditions, language.

Meet new people and connect with individuals to learn more about how they think and how they live their life. It might not seem useful at that particular time, but later on, you’ll have memories and knowledge that you’ve soaked in, that will give you an advantage over all those who have never experienced anything outside of the box.

11. Listen to Podcasts

Put your headphones on and find a podcast that’s going to make your brain cells tingle with interesting information. You can listen to a podcast while you’re in the car, bus, taking a walk or jogging. Go to the gym, work on your body and work on your mind as well! There are plenty of niche podcasts that you can learn from and still have the time to enjoy with your friends and family. 

There’s no better way to learn than by combining the joy of summer and new experiences that come along with it. Use every opportunity that you get to work on yourself, as summers come and go, but your mind is always with you, and you want to keep it as sharp as possible. 

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Brenda Savoie is a private English tutor and desperate dreamer. Writing her first romantic novel. Seeking contentment through mindfulness. Check her blog BestWritingClues Find her on Twitter and Facebook

11 August 2017

8 Amazing Apps for Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

There are times when your life becomes a burden instead of a joyful ride. The “sickness” called stress is keeping you from focusing on your daily tasks, making it almost impossible for you to manage the activities that lead you towards progress. In today’s society, stress is becoming more and more a part of our daily life. We wake up with it and go to sleep with it.

Because of our crazy lifestyles, we are never truly stress-free, even if we would like to think so. There are activities that may lower our stress, like taking a yoga class, taking a walk in the park, or having a meaningful conversation with a person you love. The moment you decide to immerse in one of these activities, stress hits you – you are getting in a fight with your partner or something goes wrong. You are in a constant delay from having a good time.

08 August 2017

28 July 2017

Top 16 Writing Tools and Apps that All Students Need

Why do we have to go to school? Why are we going to high school, college, and university? It’s all about developing the skills we need to succeed in this competitive world. When you think of the skills you need to develop, you’re mostly focused on the ones specific to your profession. We’re often neglecting a universal skill that we all need: writing. 

No matter what your major is, you’ll encounter writing challenges at one point or another. That’s when you’ll start wondering: is there a point? Yes, there is. Through these projects, you’re developing critical thinking and creative writing skills, which will boost your potential for success in any industry. 

How exactly do you get better at writing? We’ll list 16 apps and online tools that can help.

1. Write

This is a note-taking app that’s simple enough to keep you focused, but powerful enough to give you all features you need. The journey to successful writing starts with capturing ideas. You never know when you’ll get the best of them. That’s why you should always have access to this note-taking app. You can use it to write down impressions and ideas, but you can also take notes during a lecture. 

There’s only one way to get better at something: practice. In your free time! This app will inspire you to do that. It gives you interesting prompts to start with. Pick a prompt and don’t think too much. Just let the ideas flow and write a cohesive story. Keep practicing and you’ll notice how you’re getting better by the day.

Before you become a good writer, you have to master all aspects of speech. This is an app that will help you do that. Although the characters are childish, it’s appropriate for students of all ages. If you want to remind yourself of the basic grammar concepts, try it out. When you have a steady foundation of proper grammar and syntax, it will be easier to start writing papers.

No matter how hard you try to complete a project, sometimes you get stuck. In such cases, it’s important to find help at the right place. SuperiorPapers connects you with professional writers. They will analyze the instructions for your paper and help you complete it with success. This experience will make you understand what academic writing is all about.

5. Pages

Do you want to write on the go? A note-taking app won’t be enough. You need a powerful word processor you can use on your phone. Try Pages! 

This app is very useful for foreign students studying in English. When English is not your native language, you have to start from the very basics. Sentence Builder teaches you how to form grammatically correct sentences. 

When you’re about to start learning how to write good content, you can’t write an impressive academic essay right away. You need to start with a challenge that’s not only simpler but more appealing as well. How about a short story? This app inspires you to write short stories based on animated characters.

If you’re really serious about boosting your writing skills, then you’ll need a tool for serious writers. Scrivener is one of the most powerful word processors you could use. If you’re working on a research paper, dissertation, or any other complex project, you need a tool that helps you format it. With Scrivener, you’ll have no trouble organizing long documents.

You feel like you could write something right now, but you don’t know what to write about? Get a daily writing prompt from this app and keep your practice going. It’s important to find prompts that trigger your creativity, and we all know that the ones your teachers think of are usually boring. 

How do you keep your writing free of repetition? How do you find the right words to express an idea? Every student needs a dictionary. This is the era of technology so you can have a complete dictionary on your smartphone. Install this app and use it whenever you’re writing something. Do not try to find the most complicated words that describe a concept. It’s important to create readable content. Use the dictionary whenever you can’t think of the right word, and always choose the simplest options.

Even professional writers can benefit from this app. It’s specifically designed to keep your eyes and mind focused on the process of writing. There are no distractive elements to it, so it motivates you to get more productive. You can use it during all stages of project completion, including note-taking during research, outlining, writing, and editing. 

This is another word processor with the main goal to launch you in a focused environment. If you don’t like Writers App, you can check this one out. The design is minimalist and almost too plain. That’s a good thing. MS Word and Google Drive have more features than you use, so it’s difficult to find the exact one you need at the moment. Clen Writer is way simpler, so it makes the writing process faster. 

Why are you writing papers? Is it for grades? That’s not good enough for motivation. You need to awaken the spark of creativity, which will make you excited about writing. That’s what this app is all about. It serves creative prompts on a daily basis, so you’ll get the trigger you need to practice some writing. The challenge is to beat the fear of a blank page, and the app is pretty successful at helping you overcome it.

14. Popplet

How does the writing process start? An idea. You need that guiding point, which will set the foundation of the stages of research and writing. Brainstorming is always a nice technique to try, but you need the right app for capturing ideas. Try Popplet. It lets you write down and organize ideas so it will be easy to choose the best one for a particular project.

Academic writing is based on research. When you go through too many sources of information before you start writing a project, it’s easy to forget where you got your ideas from. Sometimes you get too inspired by a particular source of information, so you write the same thing without referencing the source. That’s called plagiarism, and you have to eliminate it from your writing. Copyscape will help you identify the unintentional plagiarism in your content. 

Remember how we told you to use simple words to express ideas? During the editing process, you’ll have to make sure the content is readable enough. Hemingway Editor identifies the parts that could be simpler. The tool suggests alternative expressions that will make your writing more powerful. 

There you have it; a list of 16 apps that help students get better at writing. Now that you know what tools to use, it’s time to take some action. How about writing something today? 

Brenda Savoie is a private English tutor and desperate dreamer. Writing her first romantic novel. Seeking contentment through mindfulness. Check her blog BestWritingClues Find her on Twitter and Facebook

23 July 2017

Facebook Viral #RAN Showing a Snake is Fake

Since it is a viral post, I have seen my friends commented on a Facebook Page, Filipino Vines, typing #RAN to show a snake (BESS) — and I have to admit, I already tested it in a chat, and in fact, tried to comment in the page comment section — yet it does not show any snake. So initially, I must say it is a FAKE one, in a sense that typing #RAN in a comment does not even work at all.