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).