5 Important Things to Remember About Statistics

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Statistic first came into existence many centuries ago. It was first used in public administration by rulers as well as statesmen who wanted to know the estimates about population, wealth taxes, and revenue among other things. Currently, the discipline has actually become one of the key parts of any fields such as psychology, economics, banking and even marketing. This is because just a simple understanding of mean, correlation and also probability can help us in understanding the deluge of data that we come across in our daily life. Quite a number of people think statistics is just a branch of mathematics, but it is not. It is a separate discipline, but it is extremely closer to mathematics.

 

There are two branches

There are actually two branches of statistics; that is the inferential statistic and descriptive statistic. Descriptive statistics actually deals with the ways of collection as well a presentation of data. On the other hand inferential statistic normally gives the tools that are used to analyze and interpret data. In short, it makes a generalization from a sample.

 

Statistics provide Baking Judgment

Quite a number of people may be very skeptical about venturing on certain activities. However statistical data can back up assertion. This is because leaders in the business world such as in the banking sector may find it is extremely difficult to persuade people to move in a certain direction because of unsubstantiated opinions. However, statistics for sure, can provide some of the best objective goals with figures as evidence. This will in the long run persuade people to take on that direction because of high levels of certainty.

 

Making connection

It is without any question that statistics can point out any relationship connections. This is because a review of data can truly provide a link between two variables such sales and changes in revenue. In other case it can estimated the number of customers who are not satisfied with products that were purchased. This will provide a more detailed explanation and help a firm to have control over customer satisfaction

 

Statistics are way far more than testing and description

When it comes learning of statistics, you first learn about samples, probability, and distribution. However, in the long run this knowledge will actually help you in describing the properties of population and to even test the population difference from any other populations.

All in all statistics ensures there is equality in the industrial sector. It actually provides the means to control and measure the production process. This helps in reducing extreme variation cases. Ideally, with statistical data, any company will reduce the materials used or retaken

 

It focuses on the Bigger Picture

With statistical analysis from a group that is representing the consumers, the data can actually provide one of the most reasonable snapshots of the market. Additionally, such data can also be very helpful for it will provide unbiased outlook of the overall market. It will prevent business people from building strategies basing largely on uncorroborated presuppositions.

With massive volumes of data in quite a number of fields such as the banking industry, the demand for statisticians in the current world is increasing each and every day.  Banking sector actually want to predict so many things such as credit worthiness basing largely on the past data that they have.

It may sound surprising, but statistics helps save lives as Terry Speed talks about here.

Knowing These 5 Secrets Will Make Your Blog Look Amazing

Amazing Blogging Secrets

Every year, learning institutions are sending graduates to the job market. As much as this is a good thing, there are no sufficient opportunities to accommodate everyone. That has left many students desperate and in urgent need of alternative source of income. In some cases, they tend to go for trades they never learnt at school. One of these alternative occupations is, without doubt, blogging.

Considering the number of frustrated bloggers, especially the owners of blogs receiving low monthly traffic, some tips are in order. This article, therefore, is going to describe five secrets that can make a blog look awesome and enable it to compete with others for traffic. However, the ability to know when someone’s business/blog needs help always determines the level of success.

The following are the 5 effective practices that can turn around your blog:

  • Captivating Design and SEO-friendly Template: Always use a well-designed site with all the necessary SEO features incorporated.  More often than not, it is faster and cheaper to purchase a design template than to build one yourself. In addition, not all student bloggers have a background in HTML or programming. Therefore, buy a responsive template (i.e. a template that can display your blog on different devices such as tablets and smartphones). A template with HTML 5, clean code, CSS social media integration and popular widgets is an added advantage.
  • Quality/Unique Content: An aesthetic and SEO friendly template, although important, are never enough. For you to get loyal readers and subscribers, you must generate unique and quality articles. It is advisable, at times, to contract an expert freelance writer to write for your blog. To guarantee originality in every blog post, always write on subjects you understand well, or that you have researched on extensively.
  • Quality Backlinking: Alexa Ranking and Google PageRanks are arguably the leading influencers of the type of advertisers that a blog has. At Alexa, the most linked site with the highest number of unique daily visitors gets the top position. Consequently, advertisers will look for such sites to place ads and ensure maximum exposure. Since Alexa and Google rankings are both based on the number of quality and relevant links to your blog, you ought to dedicate time (daily) to create links. However, you need to build these backlinks in the most natural way possible to avoid being categorised as spam by major search engines.
  • Reliable Hosting/Domain Registration: Host your blog with a reliable webhosting services provider and choose a domain name that points to your main niche/keyword.
  • Daily Posting/Updating: Ensure that you have fresh content for the search engines on a daily basis. The best practice is posting/updating at least two articles per day. Another factor is your audience, can your audience consume two articles per day? If you are providing shorter blog posts, then that is entirely possible; if you are publishing more detailed guides, on the other hand, then you may need to tone this down somewhat.

Using the above ‘secrets’ is effective if made a routine and not a one-time effort. In fact, with dedication and eagerness to learn new blogging tips, you are guaranteed a reasonable income from your blog.

 

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The Quick Guide to Planning an Exhibition

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Planning an exhibition need not be difficult, but in order to generate the most benefit from your participation, you must think in terms of graphic presentation, quick points, and memorable takeaway. The exhibition format simply does not allow for in depth consideration of a product or service by those who visit your booth. You want to capture attention quickly, plant a seed of interest, and promote future contact.

In some ways, it’s a competition as well, because every exhibitor is vying for public attention, and the goal is to encourage a favorable lasting impression.

Your range of options is limited by your actual display space and by physical configuration. Your product or service will dictate the actual form and design of your exhibit, and you must consider logistics and set-up. But, to some degree, you are limited only by your imagination and your budget.

Trade shows and exhibitions can be a way to meet and exchange ideas with others in your field and, depending on the format of the show, they can be a learning experience as well as a promotional opportunity. In preparing for an exhibition, particularly if it’s a new experience for your firm, keep the following principles in mind:

• Make plans early, and confirm all specifications and requirements

• Define your goals and set specific objectives: Public exposure, lead generation, appointments, on-site sales — all are possibilities, but be aware of time constraints

• Set a realistic budget, then keep displays as simple as possible

• Check and re-check all logistics • Institute some way to track results and measure effectiveness

• Ensure a trained, enthusiastic staff

Planning participation in a trade show or exhibition in a location other than your immediate vicinity requires attention to logistics: Shipping or on-site fabrication needs must be well-planned and monitored; arrangements should be made well in advance for storage and lodging.

Specialty firms exist to coordinate your planning efforts, and they can be a wise choice. Event management companies can oversee all planning, or you may contract for specific needs, perhaps to build a display stand. Access Displays can assist by renting you a single display board or, as an alternative, such a company can facilitate all aspects of your display, from custom pop-up displays and promotional counters to A/V hire and transportation cases. The range of options for eye-catching and effective displays is almost endless; calling on experienced professionals can save you trouble and make your display more professional and more effective.

In order to maximise your takeaway benefit from an exhibition, you will want to have some means of follow up in order to track your efforts, monitor response and evaluate your return on investment. If you instituted some sort of sign-up or request for information, collected business cards or had a “lead qualification” process, you should be in a position, over time, to judge the success of your venture. If you were selling actual product at the show, you can judge your sales return.

Trade shows and exhibitions often have value beyond direct financial return. Often cited benefits include the exposure to new trends in your field, the ease of interaction with associates and customers, and the public notice generated by participation. Sometimes, these benefits may not be immediately apparent, but they can be cumulative.

How to Improve the Security of Your Property in 5 Simple Steps

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Making sure your home is safe and secure is one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner. Your home is the place where you and your family should feel comfortable and protected more so than anywhere else. From choosing the right alarm system to protect the interior of your home, and specifically selecting and maintaining the perfect fence to protect your whole property, taking proper steps to secure your home’s safety is vital.

Five Simple Steps to Help You Secure Your Property

1. Choose the right fence: From wooden stockade, chain link, or picket fencing, there are a whole host of options on the market for homeowners to choose from. If you are installing a new fence, it is important to choose not only the most cost effective option, but the longest lasting as well to provide the most security possible. Metal fencing is not only one of the most inexpensive, it is also one of the most effective fencing options–available in a variety of different heights to meet your individual needs.

2. Check your fencing: To truly ensure the safety of your property, it is absolutely essential to check your fences regularly. Make sure there are no holes in metal or plastic fencing, or cracks and rotting in wooden ones. A fence cannot properly do its job if it damaged, and you should address any fencing issues sooner rather than later. In many cases the longer you wait, the more costly the repair or replacement will be. You should call a professional to obtain a quote on a full replacement if your fence is severely damaged.

3. Be mindful of fencing materials: If you have an existing fence, it is important to evaluate the materials it was built with. Plastic, PVC, and wooden fences can become damaged quickly–although this is more pronounced in places with extreme climates, the weather can impact the quality of fences greatly. Metal fencing is the most durable option, as the interwoven metal is coated with a rubber or PVC coating.

4. Check any gates frequently: Regardless of the type of fencing on your property, gate latches, springs, and hinges can become worn or damaged with time and use. To really make sure your property is secure, it is important to frequently check and test all gates to make sure they are functioning properly. Often, frequent use can cause misalignment–resulting in a gate that does not close properly. Metal gates afford the benefit of a more simple, but also more durable latching mechanism.

5. Choosing the right installer: Any time you are having a fence added or repaired on your property, it is very important to choose the right contractor for the job. The quality of not only the materials, but the workers themselves are extremely important. Just because a business claims they provide a service does not mean they do so efficiently and effectively. Make sure they have experience, as well as a good reputation.

Fencing is the most important piece of security for the exterior of your home, and possibly for the entire house as well. A good fence is not only the first line of defense against intruders, but a long term property investment that must be maintained.

 

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4 Top Tips for Photography Beginners

Gorillapod(s) in Hamburg Sankt Georg.Photography is not an easy skill to master, however, it is a very rewarding skill which can provide some life long memories in a great photo. Learning photography starts with researching cameras and reading all about them; then you can begin your photo capturing. To learn more about how to begin photography, read these four tips to know how to get started.

1. Choose the right camera

As a beginner photographer, you will not need a very extravagant and extremely high-tech camera – you will need a simple and not too expensive, quality camera that will allow you to take pictures and learn with. Some great cameras for beginners include the Canon PowerShot SX160 and the Samsung WB250F Smart Camera. Both cameras are affordable, they have plenty of photo options for you to choose from, they both have a great zoom and, best of all they both produce great pictures! In order for you to get the most out of your camera, read all about it so you know about all features; also, before you even purchase a camera, make sure you read reviews.

2. Study camera settings

As a beginner photographer, one of the first things you should be doing is exploring the settings and the shooting modes on your camera; this will teach you how to get the best shot in various lighting. Before going out there and taking pictures, you will need to know how the flash works and whether you should be using flash, auto flash or no flash. You should know how far your camera can zoom. You should know how to preview photos and how to delete them. You should know how to change the shooting mode. There are so many things to learn about your camera – once you know about your camera, you can start taking pictures and experimenting; this will teach you how to produce great photos every time.

3. Start practicing

Practice makes perfect – now you understand your camera and know how it works, you can start taking pictures. Take pictures of anything and everything; it doesn’t matter whether this is a bowl or fruit or your kitchen – start experimenting with the lighting and try to get the best possible photo. Read up on how to take photos and try various techniques in a number of places; there are so many places to take photos, so take your camera everywhere with you; you don’t want to miss out on a great photo-opp.

4. Try something different

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Maybe taking pictures of fruit is not your cup of tea, so why not try something different? If you’re going on holiday anytime soon, then make sure you have your camera on hand all the time; maybe even invest in a little tripod to take with you. This will allow you to take pictures of the whole family – you can also experiment with the timer settings. While you’re away, try a photography trip; this can be a solo trip or with your friends or family. You will be given the chance to use your camera and take some stunning photos of the sites around. ImagesInTheSun.com has more information about photography holidays and tours.

Becoming a photographer can take a lot of work and reading, however, the effort can have great rewards. There are places all around the world that provide great photo opportunities, such as Morocco or Italy – even in your own home. Start practicing and you will soon get the hang of all the settings, the lighting and the angles.

4 Things They Don’t Teach You In School About Business

I value the time I spent at school, but the truth is that I’m consistently reminded that there are some things that my teachers didn’t tell me that I wish I’d learned earlier.

Now I’m finding myself learning some difficult lessons, but you shouldn’t have to so today I have a number of the lessons that I’ve learned after leaving school.

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Jargon doesn’t help anyone

Using the latest jargon may make you ‘sound’ clever and will fool some people, but it won’t fool everything and eventually you will get called out and made to look the fool.

Recently I went over some comments a team member made and there were a few things that stood out in a report that weren’t explained.

I tend to avoid jargon as much as I can but I asked him about a few words in particular that he was unable to explain.

It’s a lesson in understanding your limitations and seeking to understand what you don’t know because life is a continuous journey and if we want to get where we want to be in the future, we need to keep learning and truly understand what we’re doing and what we’re talking about in our business.

 

Understanding people helps

I have believed for a long while that psychology should be made into a mandatory subject across the globe because simply understanding people and how to handle particular situations such as board meetings and other professional situations would be incredibly helpful.

The truth is that social psychology is helpful in all walks of life, not just business.

One thing that you will find about some of the most successful business people is that they’re not necessarily always the most intelligent people in the world, but they understand people, they understand how the ‘big picture’ fits together and what makes the cogs turn.

 

There is a time and a place for most things

Sometimes you really need to stop and think about what you’re doing because despite what people tell you, people’s opinions of you may not be a huge thing to you right now but when those opinions become negative, you’ll notice it – quick!

So remember your manners and think about what you should and shouldn’t say, a good example is ranting on social networks.

A lot of companies these days have social media policies to prohibit employee’s spouting off about companies or revealing something they shouldn’t.

Which is understandable; people can get into a lot of trouble like that and get their employers into a nasty PR mess that way.

The thing that can get you into even more trouble is ranting about co-workers and your employer or revealing something that you shouldn’t.

There was a case a few years ago where a Tesco employee called in sick and then revealed on Facebook the next day that he had been out all night drinking.

This obviously wasn’t very clever because he just so happened to be friends with his manager on Facebook, he later had a meeting and was soon fired.

There’s a time and a place, but in the majority of situations, social media isn’t the place and there isn’t a time for it, well not if you want to keep your job.

 

Understand your limitations

There is an unfortunate truth that I have had to come to terms with recently and that truth is that I need to understand my limitations and that I physically can’t do everything.

If I had enough time then I could because I truly believe anyone can do anything that they put their mind to.

The problem that I have is I take on too much and try to do things that I don’t:

  • Have time for
  • Have the resources for
  • Have the understanding to complete

This is a strange example, but bear with me here:

I was brought up to always tidy up after myself and throughout my life I have always had the same idea, but it’s apparent that not everyone else is the same and when I first started working in offices I quickly understood that it’s not always enough to tidy up after yourself or ask others to tidy up after themselves.

I understand this isn’t necessarily a limitation but you can’t run around after everyone and you can’t do everything yourself. Sometimes you just need to let go and let someone else take care of it and outsource our cleaning to them, so if you have any time consuming tasks and you have the budget – get them outsourced.

That way you can make sure they’re done and you don’t have to go to the trouble of hiring another member of staff which you then have to retrain and dedicate budget for particular supplies etc.

 

Summary

It seems that more often than not, I’m finding that I have to retrain anyone I hire because the truth is that particular things just aren’t taught right in schools.

The same can even be said for higher education, colleges and universities – I spent weeks and weeks of my time working out insane calculations, only do find out that nobody outside of the education system even uses them.

Sure, it’s a brain training thing but wouldn’t you rather free yourself up to be doing something else that would help make your business more profitable?

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Cloud computing isn’t just for IT professionals – how to stay relevant in your industry

CloudsuccessWhile technology is the front and center concern for IT departments everywhere, there is a growing need for other industry professionals to become tech savvy: A recent Forrester survey found that 40 percent of marketing mavens rated technology as the number one area needing improvement. At the same time, marketers are preparing to spend an ever-increasing amount of their budget on tech resources and infrastructure. For job searchers, the writing on the wall is clear: Demonstrating comfort with and mastery of technology will lead to job opportunities. But how do you get there?

Why the cloud is relevant outside of IT departments

While IT professionals may perform more liaising between cloud vendors and employees, individuals across all sectors will need to understand how the cloud works. As further motivation, consider the following:

  • Managers will use cloud-based databases and tools to analyze data and run reports
  • Marketers need to understand the language of the programmers who build the social media and apps they use to sell products
  • The rise of big data means that more companies will rely on a public cloud deployment for data management, storage, analysis and reporting
  • Recent college graduates have the raw tech skills that employers seek, but often lack the aptitude to manage the data in a meaningful way

Ways to gain comfort with the cloud

You don’t have to run out and enroll in programming classes to get comfortable with the cloud (although some may enjoy doing so). Increase your comfort with the cloud and your tech skills with these tips.

  • Get connected. Follow tech and cloud computing bloggers with RSS, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. You’ll become comfortable with core terms, current events and industry trends and will absorb knowledge over time.
  • Unpack the acronyms. Every department has its own shorthand. Understanding your tech team’s acronym’s, and those of your own department, can help you connect the dots and ask intelligent questions.
  • Hang out with the geeks. As big data infiltrates existing enterprise silos, more and more of your colleagues will be a bit geeky. Get ahead of the curve by befriending the geeks in IT, taking a genuine interest in cloud computing and becoming an early adopter of this trend.
  • Keep the bigger picture in mind. Employers value the big picture: Not just data analysis, but what the numbers forecast about trends. For all employees — but particularly for recent college graduates — it’s important to maintain a focus on critical thinking.

At present, over half of U.S. businesses already use the cloud. More will certainly migrate to the cloud over time. The implications are clear: U.S. workers will be expected to use the cloud in their workflow if they are not already doing so, and will need to be tech savvy themselves instead of relying on IT professionals to “do technology” for them. While these steps can help employees gain a base level of familiarity with tech resources, they are only the beginning of the journey.

 

The Multifunctional Printer: Is it Right for You?

A Rapid Evolution

In the past two decades the inkjet printer has gone through a very rapid evolution. The growth in the demand for personal computers that started in the 70s created an equally great demand for a small, affordable printer to use along with it. Millions of a now-primitive dot-matrix printer were made and purchased to fill this need. However, with the introduction of the inkjet and laser printers a new level of capabilities raised consumer expectations. Today, those small, PC-oriented printers have become a much more powerful office machine.

As the products evolved and morphed, the functions of several basic office products were combined by manufacturers into one powerful product to serve as the centre of many offices’ work efforts to print, copy, fax and scan documents. These are now referred to as multifunction or 4-in-1 printers.

The Necessity of Tradeoffs

Even these machines bring a number of advantages to the office products environment, they are considered by many to have several limitations. The simple fact is that technology has advanced so far in each category that no one affordable machine can practically be expected to provide comparable functionality of the highest-end product available in each capability it provides.

Nonetheless, the market for these practical and useful machines continues to grow and they are the primary choice of many businesses. Manufacturers continue to introduce new models that provide additional features and enhanced reliability. Even as some advantages and disadvantages are listed here, new models are constantly changing the expectations of this market segment. As competition has become quite fierce for the multifunction printer, the consumer continues to benefit with ever-more powerful products at reasonable prices. To read further about multifunction printers and whether they are right for you, check out: DNS Limited.

The Advantages

The growth in demand for this product is primarily due to the many readily appreciated advantages it offers. Many of today’s younger users can’t fully appreciate the clutter and inefficiency that previously existed with multiple machines in an office to perform separate functions. The biggest advantages include:

  • Office efficiency. Simply by combining these several functions a company or home enjoys immediate efficiencies in the use of space. Instead of having separate units with cords and connections and power, you allocate a small area of the office and the space-saving advantage is immediately obvious. Additionally, you have a central work station, which means you don’t have to move all over the area to get different jobs done.
  • Cost savings. While the savings achieved vary with the type of machine you purchase, a good rule of thumb is that the costs are half to 75 percent of what it would be if you had to buy separate machines for each function. There are also significant cost-savings that come from the fewer supplies and different items you have to purchase and stock.
  • Centralized support. A great advantage today is that these units are supported by one source – you only have to deal with one phone call with a problem or for supplies rather than calling multiple support services.
  • Simplicity of supplies. In addition to cost savings, you only have to stock a limited number of print cartridges and paper – they support all the functions and separate types of supplies are not needed.

The Disadvantages

Of course, every piece of hardware has inherent limitations and disadvantages. In trying to be all things to all office workers, the multifunction printer suffers from several of these issues. These include:

  • Compromise of excellence in each function. As briefly noted above, there is a reality that in each function, superior standalone products are available. The reality is that if, for example, the highest possible resolution of scanning or printing is necessary, you may find the multifunction printer to not be adequate
  • Conflict among users. Efficiency can be lessened if several office workers need the different functions at one time.
  • Loss of all functions with a malfunction. Of course, one of the biggest disadvantages is the fact that if the machine breaks, you are out of luck in using all of the different functions.

 

Question: Is the Multifunctional Printer Right for Your Office?

Answer:  The choice of a multifunctional printer is right

 

Author Bio: Anna has a passion for photography and anything tech related! She is an editor at www.businesswinners.net and she can be tweeted here: @bizwinners

Great Revision Tips for Students

Exams are often a crazy time for students because you must revise for several subjects at once. There’s no need to panic, however that only makes things worse. Take the smart approach to revising for your exams and you’ll see a big improvement in your scores. These great revision tips for students provide the golden insights you need to make the most of every available minute. So, before you sit down to revise, study these tips and you’ll get the scores you need to get into the school of your choice.

1. Tidy Room, Tidy Mind. Tidy up a bit around your dorm room. Pick up stray clothes, fold them up and pack them away. Clean up any trash left lying around, store away your knick nacks and odds and ends too. If your room’s a mess you’re likely to get distracted while you revise and this takes time and energy away from your revision.

Keep your room clean as you revise as well. A tidy room helps you focus and keeps your mind freer from distractions. When you go into your room you should be immediately able to access your desk, study materials, and start focusing right away. If not, take a moment to clean and organize.

2. Cut Out All Distractions–Facebook, Twitter, and TV. Remove all of your life distractions for just a few hours while you revise.  You’ll get much more accomplished in a shorter period of time and retain more information.

If necessary take drastic steps to seal yourself away from all your life’s exterior distractions. Put your computer in the closet or in another room. Unplug the TV or put the remote in a place you can’t access easily like your parent’s room. These distractions will divert your attention and waste time.

Social networking, your favourite television shows and even friends all have their place–and it’s not when you should be revising. Save the networking for after your revision.

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3. Get Organised. Organisation is a key component of good revision sessions. Organise your time by cutting your revision into smaller segments. Devote a segment to each subject you need to revise for, and schedule segments when you have time.

Start early in the morning when you are fresh, not later in the evening when you are tired and used to relaxing in front of the TV. This makes it easier to concentrate. You will likely forget most of your material if you revise right before bedtime anyway.

4. Make Notes. Good notes will improve your retention greatly. Sometimes, simply the action of writing facts down helps you retain them longer. You’ll also be ready to access those notes if necessary at a moment’s notice when you need a quick refresher.

Take notes on specific facts and ideas you have trouble comprehending as you revise. This helps you cover more subjects without having to commit everything to memory. When you need to study really complex topics involving lots of memorization, notes are indispensable.

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5. Make a Big Poster. When you encounter very difficult subject matter requiring intense study and memorization like the periodic tables, or complicated math equations, design a big poster with all the facts right on it. Place the poster in your room so you see it every day and use it as a memory aid. You’ll begin to feel more and more comfortable with the information this way. You can create Big Posters as study canvases through uploading your own images. This will be a great study tool and every time you step into the room, you will able to see and remember what has been revised.

6. Study with Someone. Studying with someone else helps keep you focused and makes revision more fun. Choose a study buddy you can trust and get along with, but someone who is serious about their studies and wants to do well on their exams.

Following these helpful tips really pays off in the long run. Your exams are your ticket to a great school, and that’s an important part of your life. Plan your revision, take it seriously and you will achieve the higher scores you are looking for.

 

Author Bio: Jamie recently left University and she used all the following tips in for success! She loves blogging and spending time with her family. 

Make Your High School Years Count: Building Your Future from the Bottom

High school is a time when you embrace life and challenge yourself for future endeavors. The next stage in life involves attending college. The right college improves your chances of securing the career of your choice. The concern many high school students have with making the leap into college is getting into the college of their choice, instead of the college that chooses them. Acceptance into the right college involves more than just great grades and test scores. You want to meet the requirements of entry, but set yourself apart from the rest of the applicants. Applicants build a personal resume highlighting your accomplishments and displaying your talent, skills and abilities.

Build your Resume

Your high school resume consists of more than just a list of academic achievements such as grade point average, SAT scores and advanced placement classes. Your resume allows the admissions department to see the real you. Considering colleges are highly selective, you need to highlight the most significant accomplishments of your high school career. Did you go on a volunteer abroad trip? Include that in your resume! Highlight the accomplishments that are unique and highlight individual passions. The theme of your resume is what makes you, you.

Research

Your path into your college of choice begins with research. What does the college offer you and how does the college help you achieve your goals? Attending big name universities is great for a job application, but if the school does not focus on your individual growth potential, the school is not the ideal choice. Review what college admission representatives want out of applicants. Not every school looks for potential applicants with academic achievements; schools want individuals who challenge themselves, think outside the norm and offer something more to the college.

Narrowing the Search

Applying to a dozen colleges does not increase your options; in fact, it could hurt your chances of being accepted. Colleges want the best of the best. Over-applying to colleges shows a lack of commitment. You no longer have the ability to comprise a genuine and authentic application. Your words tend to be meaningless. You want to be an exceptional applicant at a handful of schools verses a mediocre applicant at several schools.

Visit the Campus

What a college puts on paper is different from what you see in person. Visiting a campus provides a real-world experience. You have the opportunity to embrace the culture, network with teachers and peers as well as gain exposure to the college environment.

Financial Aid

Paying for college is a challenge. Learn the available ways to finance your college experience. Read about applying for financial aid. Study the requirements of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and see if you meet the requirements. Find applicable scholarships matching your particular skill set, cultural background and family financial situation. There are several ways to finance college; you just have to do the research.

Getting into the right college is the stepping-stone to future growth potential in the real world. The college application process starts now. Build your resume. Let college admissions know who you are and how you stand out from the rest of the pack.