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How to break the ice

With the new semester commencing, I can only imagine the nervous excitement that my bunch of students must be feeling. No matter how extroverted you are, it is going to take some energy and effort to strike a conversation with a stranger. Everyone gets a little shy at first—after all, you don’t know what this…

How do I get a part-time job while studying overseas?

One of the main advantages as an international student is that you get to work part-time while studying: Australia – 40 hours fortnightly and full-time during the holidays New Zealand – 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays United Kingdom – 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays There are so many…

Does University ranking matters?

Before we go in-depth to the discussion, it is important to know what the different University ranking measures. Each ranking organisation measures institutions in different ways, using different criteria, and different weightings of similar criteria. 1. QS World Ranking of Universities: this ranking organisation uses a consistent methodological framework, compiled using six simple metrics that…

What are some of the Allied Health programs I can study?

The Allied Health programs are gaining popularity in Singapore as the demand continues to grow and the capacity needs to be increased. “Providing updates on the Healthcare 2020 Master Plan during his speech, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said more than 900 hospital beds were added last year, through Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and…

How can I fund my overseas studies?

One of the common reasons I hear as to why a student will decline offers from very renowned Universities is related to COST. Such circumstances are unfortunate, but we have to be open to the fact the an international education can be a heavy investment thus parents and students alike are required to know how…

From a T to a Pi: A lesson on learning and career development

Photo courtesy of Coursera Mindshift Recently, I took up a free MOOC Class called Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential by Barb Oakley and Terry Sejnowski, professors from by McMaster University in Coursera. If you are unfamiliar to the term, a MOOC is short for Massive Open Online Course, a course of study…