Tips on Writing a Note to Your Boss

We so often get caught up with our hectic schedule and accompanying work pressures, that we forget to take some time out to appreciate the people who have helped and encouraged us. It is true that typically, all bosses at work have a stern aura around them, but behind this facade, most of them are compassionate mentors and facilitators who lead a team towards its goal.
When is the Best Time to Write a Thank You Note?
When exactly are you supposed to say thank you? Well, the answer is pretty simple – say thank you when you know in your heart that your boss has helped you, encouraged you, inspired you or has simply been a positive influence in your life. If you are not sure when you could write a thank you note to your boss, here are some situations, which call for one:

Your boss assigns you an important project, which you’ve been waiting to work on. This is a big boost for your career in terms of progress and job satisfaction.

Your boss applauds your efforts and congratulates you on having performed beyond his/her expectations.

There was a family emergency. Your boss not only granted you a leave period, but also managed to find someone to stand in for you.

Your boss has granted you the resources which you needed for a particular project.

It is time for you to leave your company and thank your boss for the wonderful work experience you’ve had.
Here Are Some Examples…

Handwritten or Email
Although writing a thank you note is personal, handwritten notes may seem a tad unprofessional. Go with emailing your boss instead, with a typeface that is decipherable (say Times New Roman – 12).

The way you want to address your boss depends on the kind of working relationship you share. If you address your boss by her/his first name, feel free to do so in the email, but if you call him/her as Mr. XYZ or Mrs. XYZ, use the same in the thank you note.

Keep the thank you email short and sweet. Don’t expect your boss to spend more than 20 seconds reading what you’ve sent. However, make sure that you don’t make it too short either, and of course include the reason for thanking him/her.

Again, this depends on your working relationship. If the usual interaction is quite informal, then you can end it with ‘Appreciate it’, ‘Thanks a ton’ or if you want something more formal – end it with a formal ‘Thank you’, followed by ‘Yours sincerely’ or ‘Respectfully yours’.
A simple gesture of appreciation can help to improve relationships at the workplace. Expressing gratitude is a dying habit in these times when we’re easily taking each other for granted. By acknowledging a helping hand, you’d only be preserving a gracious mannerism that is possibly on its way out of our lives.

Tips For Success For Engineering Students

Engineering courses have been in great demand since the last 6 to 7 decades and continue to be so. Engineering is a challenging stream no doubt and those who opt for it and even manage to get through the difficult admission process still feel a bit apprehensive. They really have to gear themselves up for hard work, dedication, commitment and struggle for three years. In spite of efforts there are some who fail to succeed. Some even quit halfway if they cannot keep up the rigid and tight schedule. Once they keep backlogs they are unable to catch up with time and remain lagging until they are compelled to give up. There are little things that matter much but they help you a great deal in being a successful engineering student.

        Here are 10 tips that will help you to become a successful engineering student:

  • Be regular and punctual from the beginning. Attending classes regularly is very important. There is no greatness in bunking classes. Do not be influenced by friends in this regard.
  • Reserve 2 hours in early morning and 2 hours as per your convenience in the late evening or night for studies. Develop the habit of daily studies. Do not miss a single day as far as possible.
  • Take some time off daily for watching TV or taking a walk. Mix with friends. Help them whenever possible so that they will also help you.
  • Do not stop indulging in your hobbies and interests. Play the games you like to play or listen to music. Occasionally you must watch a play or a movie. Time spent thus is not wasted; you need change to maintain your mental balance.

  • Participate in conferences, seminars, competitions, workshops etc. It helps to enlarge your sphere of experience. It also boosts your confidence. Awards and certificates add weight to your resume when you seek jobs.
  • Do not read only for study. Visit the library daily and go through magazines, newspapers or novels that you like to read.
  • Be ready for hard work. Consistency in hard work makes a lot of difference. A couple of years dedicated to study are going to change your entire life. These 2-3 years are crucial.
  • Select your company carefully. Remain far from friends who do not care for studies or who have different ideas.
  • Use money carefully. Do not squander the money earned hard by your parents.
  • Be honest with your parents regarding marks, report cards etc. do not deceive them; your parents are the ones who are always going to be by your side.

Tips to Choosing a School for Your Child

Ensuring that children get the best education in a school which provides the best learning opportunities is one of the most important decisions which every parent has to make. Whether you are sending your child to school for the very first time or changing schools because you have recently moved to UAE, you will be keen to give your children the best possible start with the best school.  How does one determine which is the best international school Abu Dhabi to send children to? Here are the top ten tips to help you choose a school for your child:

  1. The school should provide the right environment for the age-group your child is in.

Children of different age groups require different learning environments. What is suitable for a toddler is not appropriate for a high school student. The former need step-by-step care and attention while the latter are more in need of guidance. When you set out to choose a school for your child, make sure you pay adequate attention to the fact of whether the school has the suitable environment to ensure your child can avail all the facilities that he/she needs for holistic learning.

    2. The relationship between the students and teachers is important

When you are looking at a potential school to enrol your child in, be sure to check on the dynamics of the student-teacher relationship in the school. It is extremely important that a healthy relationship exists between students and their teachers so that the former can find the right guidance from the latter at all times. Also, the right student-teacher ratio in the school will determine what kind of attention the teacher will be able to give to your child.

   3. It’s more than just the name you have to consider.

Most often parents get lured by the name of the school but there are more factors at play when it comes to the selection of the right school. Make sure you adequately read the brochures, newsletters and also visit the school campus in person to get a clearer idea of exactly what facilities the school is making available for the students.

   4. The syllabus and curricula offered

Schools are meant to ensure the best possible learning experience for their students, which is why the foremost consideration that is on any parent’s mind when selecting the right school for their children is the syllabus and curriculum being offered by the school. For age-appropriate and comprehensive learning, children need a competitive and accredited syllabus. An international academic school in Abu Dhabi will usually provide options between more than one curriculum for prospective students and parents and children can choose the most appropriate one.

Top Secrets to be a Smart Student

“Top 10 Secrets to Be a Smart Student”

— Dr. Wayne Huang

If you look around in your class, there are always a few students doing well in every course. How can you do to be like them?

Simple enough: Just do what they do!

Smart students have a well-patterned study skills, starting up in lectures. Here are the top 10 tips in how to be the smart ones in lectures – getting the most out of classroom time.

Tip # 1: Come prepared – preview the chapter first before going into the lecture, this is the main difference between A’s and B’s.

Tip #2: Keep the questioning mind – as you preview the chapter, come up a list of questions. Try to find answers to those questions during lectures. Also write down the questions on the instructor’s lecture as it goes.

Tip #3: Write your lecture notes after – Take brief notes during lectures and complete them soon after class when it’s still fresh in memory.

Tip #4: Rewrite the headings as questions – The questioning headings and subheadings provoke your critical thinking and deepen your understanding.

Tip #4: Make a master list of questions – Try to find answers to those questions during lectures and reading.

Tip #5: Make a master list of keywords – The understanding of key concepts and their inter-relationship will give you the true mastery of that chapter. Use flash cards for them too.

Tip #6: Sit in the front of the class – This will keep you focus better and engage more. It is what smart students do.

Tip #7: Ask questions in lecture – Don’t be afraid to raise your hand. The more you ask the smarter you get.

Tip #8: Observe the instructor for exam clues – Mark down the important concepts as hinted by your instructor. Pay attention and you will know.

Tip #9: Avoid being a lecture skipper – Don’t ever skip the lecture. This is a recipe for failure. Also don’t bother to record the lecture in tape or MP3. Knowing you are going to re-listen to the lecture gives you an excuse not to listen carefully.

Tip #10: Get noticed by your instructor – Come early and stay behind to ask questions and help out the instructor. Let him or her know your name. Take advantage of office hours. When comes to assign your grade, it really helps.

Whether you are taking high school basic chemistry, general chemistry or college physics or even preparing MCAT Physics, MCAT Chemistry or MCAT Biology, or biology online courses, these study tips will give you a competitive edge over other students. Get the maximum help you need from your instructor in class (chemistry help, biology help, physics help or whatever courses you are taking).