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New Mexico's long awaited lawsuit for education plan finally released

Posted on: May 11, 2022

New Mexico has finally released a comprehensive draft plan for K-12 students which has been long awaited. The plan consists of a 55 page document which is meant to address a 2018 court ruling that deemed the state’s K-12 education system inadequate for Native American students, English-language learners, kids with disabilities and low-income students who make up the majority of New Mexico’s public school population. The new draft plan includes targets for improvement like moving proficiency rate amongst four students groups which are central to lawsuit from 2019 levels by 50 percent in math and reading by the 2025-26 school year. The draft also suggests increasing the graduation rate by 15% among all groups. 

 

Right way of choosing high school electives

Posted on: May 11, 2022

Elective classes are those classes that one requires to enhance their application. Every high school student gets to choose elective classes which includes theatre, dance, music, journalism etc. These make your application versatile and help you in projecting like a proper all rounder. Some tips for choosing a high school elective are-

  • Follow your interest as it is a great way of polishing your skills and interests.
  • Make sure that the electives are not too hard to maintain along with the five core subjects that you are studying.
  • Try new and out of the box things. Don't go for conventional electives that everyone is opting for.
  • Choose those electives that are recommended by colleges for their application process.

 

How are graduate schools and colleges different from each other?

Posted on: May 11, 2022

On surface level both may sound and seem like the same thing but actually they are very different from each other. These are the ways they are different from each other-

  • Grad is meant to increase your knowledge about something you have already studied and have a degree whereas college studies are more generic and basic level that give you beginners knowledge about the discipline chosen.
  • The application process for grad schools is more intricate. The SOP is generally about how the degree will help you in terms of your career whereas for college undergraduate courses SOP is less academic and career-focused.
  • In grad school you have to be independent and no personal attention or spoon feeding will be given to you whereas in college professors will be concerned about you.
  • Studies in grad schools are tough as compared to colleges. Grad schools don't limit themselves to books.

 

Education department has decided to take moves to fix student loan repayment

Posted on: May 10, 2022

The Education Department has announced that there will be a change in the process of federal student loan repayment programs to correct the wrong practices done by its loan servicers. Investigations have found that the borrowers were forced into forbearance and their process of repayment of loans were manipulated. The monthly track records were distributed which delayed the total time of repayment. Now the changes will lead to immediate debt cancellation of 40000 borrowers enrolled in Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and also it is meant to help 3.6 million borrowers in recouping at least three years worth of credit.  Also under the income-driven repayment loans, where the borrower is supposed to give 10-20% of their income monthly in loan repayment, forgiveness will be given after 20 years of repayment no matter how much is left.

 

US News announces best graduate schools for 2023

Posted on: May 10, 2022

US News has announced its list for 2023 best graduate schools across different fields. 

Best Business Schools

  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Northwestern University
  • Stanford University

Best Law Schools

  • Yale University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago

Best Medical Schools: Research

  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • University of Columbia
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of California-San Fransisco

Best Engineering Schools

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stanford University
  • University of California-Berkeley 

Best Nursing Schools

  • John Hopkins University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University

 

The US college where every student works and studies as well.

Posted on: May 10, 2022

 Ath the College of the Ozarks in southwest Missouri, every student works by default to support their education. While many students consider the burden of working as well as studying too much, in this college all the 1500 students are assigned job to offset the cost of their education. Students are allowed to work 15 hours a week which ensures that they graduate debt free. It is a win-win situation for both students as well as the college. Students get the opportunity to work nearby and college gets to recruit them in vacanct places at reasonable prices. The college's innovative initiative is commendable as around 43 million Americans are under some sort of education debt. Financial concerns top of the list of reasons why students drop out of the college. 

 

Vietnam improves five ranks in global education rankings

Posted on: May 10, 2022

Back in 2020 Vietnam was ranked 64th in global education rankings out of the total 73 countries that participated. The top 10 countries in 2021 werethe United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, France, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The ranks are based on the assessment of the type of education system that has been developed and the country's capabily to offer quality education. Last month in the Impact Rankings 2022 released by Times Higher Education Group, Vietnam was also listed. In 2020, only 2 Vietnamese institutes featured in the list but this year the number has doubled. Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU-Hanoi), Ton Duc Thang University and Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) are in the group of 601-800 while Phenikaa University is among 801-1,000.

 

How to take care of your finances as an international student?

Posted on: May 10, 2022

These are the following things you must keep in mind-

  • Understand the currency

Understanding the currency value is important. What a one dollar bill can buy you and what a one rupee coin can buy you is entirely different. Don't get confused between numbers.

  • Bank Accounts

To avoid any mishappening open an account in some International bank that is available everywhere.

  • Wire Transfer

Learn about wire transfer and money transfer for easy and secure tranfer of money from your side.

  • Debit and Credit card

Carrying plastic money is hastle free and also keeps a record of your spendings unlike cash.

 

Everything to consider while visiting a college town

Posted on: May 09, 2022

The area around the college or university campus is as important as the placements, extra- curriculars and infrastructure of the college. The area will be your home for the next few years, so it's good to be careful initially only when you decide to choose a college and the area around. There are four factors you must consider-

  • Size

The size of the town or the city is a major parameter. Big cities mean more transportation costs and expensive travel.

  • Walkability

This means that if the essential amenities are from walking distance or if there is availability of local transport or not.

  • Off- campus housing

This refers to the availability of accomodation options. Many colleges have limited options when it comes to staying 

  • Culture

Before moving to a place you must understand their culture. It's important to blend in when you are spending so much time in that particular town or city.

How state run early education was devastated by the pandemic?

Posted on: May 09, 2022

Enrolment in state funded preschools declined by 20% for the first time in 20 years due to the pandemic. The pandemic spoiled years of hard work to enroll students in preschools and slashed care for more than a quarter million students. The pandemonium highlighted the problems with state funded preschools like lack of quality and funding. They faced challenges regarding closed classrooms, remote classrooms and learning etc. This led to a decline in the enrollment of around 300000 students. Prior to this Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin – along with Washington, D.C. were teaching 70% of 4 year old kids.

Reasons why medical students leave medical school

Posted on: May 09, 2022

Doctor as a profession is regarded as one of the most prestigious professions. They earn a good amount of money and have a high social standing as well. Even then every year so many students dropout of college. What is it that despite so many positives associated with it students still drop out of their medical schools. One of the biggest reasons is that the majority of these students enter medical schools to fulfill someone else's dreams or under some sort of pressure. In the US around 4% of students who are not in combined degree programs don't graduate with a 6 years of medical school degree. For 2002-2003 through 2012-2013 dual bachelor's degree and M.D. had the highest attrition rate at 4.8% whereas M.D. combined with MBA had the lowest rate. Roughly two third of dropouts didn't leave their studies for academic reasons but because of the inability to handle the material. 

 

What PSAT score is considered good?

Posted on: May 09, 2022

Although many universities have made the PSATs and SATs non-compulsory it doesn't mean that their importance can be overlooked. PSAT stands for Preliminary SAT. It acts as a practice test for your main SAT and helps you in understanding the structure of the test. It also helps in figuring out whether SATs are beneficial for you or the ACT. The test cannot be cleared on a cramming basis as it is more of an objective test and it is also very beneficial for college scholarships and advanced placement courses. Students have the opportunity to appear for PSAT once in a year from class 8th to class 11th. The tests that class 8th and 9th students appear for is called the PSAT 8/9.  The other two tests are PSAT10 and the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test but only juniors are eligible for score-related college scholarships as part of the PSAT/NMSQT. The test is divided into three sections: reading, writing and language, and math.

 

The US furious over Afghanistan about banning girls from education

Posted on: May 09, 2022

After Afghanistan announced its latest decisions regarding banning girls from higher education, the US has said that it will take strict actions if Afghanistan doesn't reverse its decisions timely. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said," We've addressed it directly with the Taliban and we have a number of tools that, if we feel these won't be reversed, these won't be undone, that we are prepared to move forward with." Although there was no specific elaboration from his side regarding what steps will be taken. There has been an uproar against the Taliban from the internal community but despite all that the Taliban remains intact on its decisions.

 

European universities afraid of falling funds

Posted on: May 07, 2022

Many European countries have revised their budget to increase expenditure on military and defence. This comes as a result of the Russian invasion on Ukraine. Germany has changed the decade-old freeze on defence expenditure. But this will cause fund cutting on other aspects of the country's expenditure. Many countries have hiked the budget for military expenditure and many are planning to do so. Since the day Russia announced the invasion of Ukraine, the arms market has risen at an exponential rate. Since then it was expected that European countries would expand their defence budget. Now the universities of Europe are fearing the cutting of funds as more attention will be given towards the border security and protection.

 

22 best high schools unveiled by the US News

Posted on: May 07, 2022

Schools are the building blocks of a student's career. They prepare children for colleges and the life ahead. One can say that they form the foundational core of a child's character and personality. U.S News has released its rankings for the best high schools in the U.S 2022. The ranking assessed almost all the American schools and compared them on the basis of different parameters. The system took into consideration six factors which are college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates. The top 10 high schools were-

  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (VA)
  • Academic Magnet High School (SC)
  • Signature School (IN)
  • School for Advanced Studies (FL)
  • Payton College Preparatory High School (IL)
  • The Davidson Academy of Nevada
  • Central Magnet School (TN)
  • The School for the Talented and Gifted (TX)
  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (GA)
  • Julia R. Masterman Secondary School

Steps to take after selecting your college

Posted on: May 07, 2022

Selecting a college is a major accomplishment in the journey of moving abroad. After you have selected the colleges, these are the steps you must follow.

  • Remain committed to that college and stop applying for other colleges. Don't divert your mind and aim for one goal only.
  • Now that your selection is done, remain active on your Gmail to get frequent updates.
  • Prepare for your accommodation and housing choices 
  • Select a meal plan for yourself and arrangements related to groceries.
  • Get acquainted with student help services in the college.
  • Connect with your classmates through social media apps. LinkedIn etc to enhance your network.
  • Attend events on campus and engage in college activities.

A guide to trade schools and vocational programs

Posted on: May 07, 2022

Vocational programs are offered by community colleges and some are sponsored by for-profit companies or private nonprofit organizations. Vocational programs are less expensive than the other bachelor's or honors degrees. From a vocational degree you can pursue the following professions-

Air traffic controller: $130,420

  • Aerospace technologist or technician: $68,570
  • Court reporter or simultaneous captioner: $61,660
  • Electronics installer and repairer: $62,020
  • Fire inspector: $62,120
  • Nuclear technician: $84,190
  • Occupational therapy assistant: $60,950
  • Theatrical and performance makeup artist: $106,920

A trade school is a specific institution of a vocation, i.e. trading,  that skills the students in that subject matter.

 

What is a microschool?

Posted on: May 07, 2022

Microschools are meant for K-12 students that accommodate 10-15 students at a time but sometimes the number can go upto 15 students as well. The schools may have different visions but the aim is the same i.e to give personal attention to students and project based learning. They can be found inside public schools but one may find them in private schools as well. Although microschools are low investment when it comes to fees, they don't offer the versatile opportunities of co-curriculars that big schools offer such as drama, sports, music, dance etc. After the pandemic parents and children have shown more inclination towards microschool as it is a good way to ensure social distancing and doesn't hamper education as well. 

 

UBarcelona is a positive experience for students

Posted on: May 06, 2022

Europe is undoubtedly a continent of beauty. To be able to live and study there is an opportunity of a lifetime. University of Miami  is a very privileged university which offers a program called UBarcelona that looks after sending students to Barcelona for a term of their studies. They have also built a partnership with Barcelona (Study Abroad Experience)SAE that looks after student's housing and accommodation during their time in Spain. All the study programs are active after a break of two years. In 2022 students will be traveling to 11 countries under faculty led study abroad programs like the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Greece.

Tips to crack your SATs

Posted on: May 06, 2022

In order to ace your SATs you have to prepare thoroughly, understand the structure and the complexity level of the exam. Rather than going for coachings and spending thousands on it you can easily prepare at home by following these tips-

  • Choose good books for yourself

Read as many books as you can and solve as many questions as you can. Generally students are well prepared with texts and topics but fumble when it comes to appearing for questions. Attempting questions makes you confident and well prepared as well. 

  • Spend fixed time daily

It is very important for you to develop a strategy and follow that until your exam time. Make sure you give a fixed amount of time daily to your practice.

  • Self Analysis

Take as many quizzes as you can and attempt tests to analyse your performance and growth. 

  • Enroll yourself in online courses

Enroll yourself in online courses because they monitor your performance and analyse your track record. They help you give beneficial strategies and check your tests as well. 

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