Why You Need a Career Mentor


Mentors are an important resource for success on the job. Finding one can be a task, positioning you to be selected as a mentee is another. Here are some helpful tips.

Mentoring used to be an informal and difficult process. Managers would identify potential success stories. You had to be likeable or someone who reminded the mentor of his or her early years. The golf course or a game of billiards would open opportunities to be groomed. Relationships would develop over cold beers. You guessed it, the “good old boy” network. If you did not hang out you were left out.

Companies today realize the organizational benefit of supporting and developing talent and are establishing formal mentor programs that ensure growth from the bottom to the top lasts from within. Will employees stay longer if they feel like they are being groomed for success? Are you the best option for a new opportunity if your career is being guided by manager, supervisor, coach, or a specialist?

Having a mentor allows access to information that may not otherwise be available to you. Mentors show you the ropes, they lend you a hand, and they provide insight into a world that continues to change as you navigate through it. Mentors provide quality information because more than likely they have made the same mistakes you are asking, so you benefit from the secret weapon. Think about your co-workers, everyone wants to get promoted all at the same time. You better believe if you have a strong mentor and you are following his or her advice you should have an edge. I have seen too many times one position opens and 3 employees want that new title. Read below for tips on why you need a career mentor.

Motivation – A good mentor has the rare ability to explain to you what you need to do and why, in a way that makes sense. An encounter with a mentor often becomes a turning point in your career or business.

Success – A mentor who shares their experience with you helps you to avoid mistakes that you would otherwise make. Achieving success faster and with less effort, would you consider that to be efficient and effective?

Honesty – A mentor is a person who is not emotionally involved in your situation, your friends, family, barber, or hairstylist love to give advice. These people either, do not know, are emotional involved, or tell you exactly what you want to here. A mentor’s advice should be free and straight to the point.

Positive Attitude – When “Murphy’s Law” kicks in to your life a good mentor knows you are bleeding internally, but they have a plan to get you patched up, in a step by step approach. Mentors always have a story to make you feel good and to give the necessary encouragement to move forward.

Improvement – Your mentor will expect some improve. You should expect to grow with knowledge. Mentors will advise homework, such …

Things You Should Know About English Schools

An English School refers to a school or institution where English is the ‘primary medium of imparting education’ to students in all subjects; this may also be the case where English is not the first language or the ‘mother tongue’ of the students.

A thorough knowledge of the English language is extremely valuable and useful for communication at a global level; since many countries have mandated that the English language is used as the normal education medium.

The spread of English around the world is associated with the rise of the British Empire. From its original homeland in the lowlands of Scotland to the rest or Ireland and Great Britain, the use of the English language spread far and wide increasing the cultural and economic influences of countries especially since the times of the World Wars.

Once English left the shores of the British Isles, it travelled quickly to the Commonwealth Countries such as Canada, Australia and large parts of Asia where the British Empire extended to.

Under Section 92 of the Canadian Constitution, education is a matter under provincial control. Large parts of Canada were occupied by French-speaking Europeans. During the 19th and 20th century, the English-only education laws culinated in the Manitoba Schools Question 1896 and Ontario Regulation 17 in 1912, which were strident against French and other European minority languages. Canada adopted official bilingualism in 1969 where English and French found their places, but for most part English remains the predominant language of education.

The Parliament of England passed the Laws in Wales Acts 1535-1542 annexing Wales as part of the English Kingdom; These laws are collectively referred to as ‘Acts of Union’.

In Ireland, the ‘Royal Schools’ proclamation by James I in 1608 was done with the intent of setting up on free school in every country for educating the youth in learning and religion.

Between 1494 and 1698 the Scots Parliament passed nearly ten acts to legislate and establish English among the aristocracy first and spread it down to all ranks of people.

The Charter Act of 1813 decreed that English as a language would be included in the Indian education system for students to learn although strictly not enforcing it as a replacement for existing indigenous languages. It was anticipated that English would continue to exist with other studies to reinforce moral laws and ethical values.

Colonial education

In South Africa, the Dutch Reformed Church Elders established the earliest European schools in the late 17th century in the Cape Colony to minister biblical instruction as a necessary requisite for church confirmations. Basic literacy abilities and math skills were taught in rural areas but by 1799, British mission schools had propagated with the arrival of the early delegation of the London Missionary Society.

Elsewhere, with the spread of English as the dominant language for learning and working, orthodox believers and fanatic opposers of the language fostered trouble by resisting the use of English in schools and teaching places; however, by the turn of the 21st …

Exciting Teaching Tools of Tomorrow

School teachers always wanted to discover ways to connect with their students more effectively for a better learning experience. Thanks to such tools as ClassDojo, teachers can now easily have their students focused in class in no time (rather than spend precious minutes trying to manage students’ behavior).

ClassDojo likewise provides students with data on their own behavior, making them less disorderly, leading to a more conducive learning environment. Parents benefit from ClassDojo, too. Teachers can easily access every child’s classroom information and show them to the parents and make them engaged in their children’s development.

Three Ring is another techie tool for teachers who want to organize their students’ data digitally. This app allows teachers to upload student works from your smartphones or laptops directly to your own online stream.

You can use it during instruction inside the classroom, for planning lessons that are needed or will be enjoyed by the students, and for easily assessing the works of each of your students. Students can also see their progress through time through the uploaded pictures in the teachers’ stream. This can encourage them to do better in class.

Years of research on early cognitive development has paved way for new tools that will help children develop their cognitive skills. Scientific Learning®’s Fast ForWord Program strengthens children’s cognitive skills, helping them improve their reading-related skills such as comprehension, phonological and phonemic awareness, vocabulary, syntax, and grammar, among others.

Fast ForWord also offers English language learning where children can improve on their English literacy rapidly. The program is also consistent in the use of brain exercises for better retention and faster improvement on the use of English language, no matter what your first language may be.

More and more grade school teachers are also excited about custom-designed curriculums which allow the use of apps and devices such as iPads. Elementary schools in several parts of the United States have participated in piloting this kind of programs. For example, students of Jessieville Elementary School in Arkansas used storybook apps for their language arts and science activities. Likewise, students from Van Meter Elementary School managed to create their own ebooks by using several apps and software such as FlipSnack, Evernote, Skitch, and Mackin VIA.

Teachers believe that technology should be used to make education and learning more fun and interesting for children who are exposed to the internet, video games, and devices (such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets) early in their lives.…

Top Universities in Singapore – NUS and NTU

Undoubtedly the top ranked universities in Singapore are NUS and NTU!

National University of Singapore

National University of Singapore (NUS) is ranked 33 in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings 2007.

According to the Financial Times (FT) 2006 EMBA ranking of the Top 85 EMBA programs, NUS Business School rises in rankings for Executive MBA programs to be among world’s Top 29.

NUS Business School did extremely well in two of the sub-categories – it came out Top 5 for the categories of ‘International Attendees’, and ‘Top Salaries in IT/ Telecommunications’.

According to the THES 2006 World Ranking in the field of technology, NUS Faculty of Engineering ranked 8th in the World’s top 100 in Technology

According to the Newsweek Ranking of Global University, NUS is ranked 36th in the top 100 universities.

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is the world’s top 20 technological university!

According to the Times Higher Education Supplement’s World University Rankings 2007, NTU is ranked 69 in the world.

The university has 2 campuses in Singapore: NTU at one-north campus and the Yunnan Garden campus. NTU at one-north campus is located next to Biopolis, the Singapore biomedical research hub. NTU has strong reputation overseas, linkages with world famous universities such as University of Washington, Stanford University, MIT, Cambridge, to name a few.

It offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Accountancy, Business, Communication Studies, Engineering, Science and Arts.

The university is recognized globally for its excellence in science and engineering. The College of Engineering is one of the world largest engineering colleges, with 6 engineering schools offering a variety of programs and specializations to meet the needs of many students.

It is also home to the National Institute of Education (NIE), which is the only teacher training institute in Singapore. NIE provides educational services to countries such as Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is the first Singapore professional art school offering courses in art, design and media.

Nanyang Business School (NBS) offers one of the world top 100 MBA programs. According to the Financial Times survey (published in Jan 2007), its MBA program is ranked Number 1 in Singapore and Number 2 in Asia.…

How To Sell Insurance Coverage at Any Stage of Your Career

Do you know How to Sell Insurance and Be Successful?

Being a desperate insurance agent, you are not sure where to begin and also you require the best tactics on how to sell insurance the best way. Insurance can be an incredible career for people that have a niche personality of persuasion selling. But what about the rest of you. I guarantee that for people that do not like selling, you will have a very disappointing career. The hardest part of Selling Insurance is trying to get leads and convert those leads to customers.

Whats the # 1 Secret on Insurance Selling?

Times have changed over the past few years. With the internet and different online ways to buy insurance, agents need to discover the new way to generate leads you can not spend all day trying to generate leads. Today’s insurance agents need to set up marketing systems and let the leads come to them. My # 1 secret is reduce the time on trying to generate leads, and spend more time on educating and networking with prospects.

Internet leads are the best way to get started. The one thing to understand is that there are 2 types of Internet leads. Most every insurance producer puts in a ton of effort and extremely tries trying to locate leads to bring in daily sales. To get leads daily and quickly is to buy them. The problem you may know with these leads, is that these prospects are price hunting. If the lowest price is not your competitive market, you still need to get them on your list and sell to them when they realize that “you get what you pay for”. The best way to get internet leads is through your own website that drives traffic directly to you. These people actually want to buy from you. This is the first strategy you need to focus on. Do not focus on finding leads. Set up a system, so the leads come to you. So what are the systems and how do you set them up? Keep reading, I think I can help.

The lead generation process should be a system of your organization. Online insurance marketing video clips from an insurance specialist are a great way to learn How To Sell Insurance and implement insurance marketing strategies.…

The Chartered Institute of Supply Management (CIPS)

The Chartered Institute of Supply Management is an international procurement body with the main aim of creating, educating and building procurement professionals all over the world.

CIPS uses its platform mainly to train procurement professionals. It has six main levels. For one to qualify to study CIPS, you need a high school diploma or a degree. High school graduates start with the Level one, which is the Certificate course, to train them on the various terminologies and work processes used in the procurement field.

Degree holders usually start with Level four, which is the Diploma, as they already have a clear basis on how business functions. In this level, one delves deeeper into the approved procurement rules and cultures. One also gets to learn from the various legislative processes that affect the purchasing function. CIPS uses a syllabus which also helps create awareness to the international students.

Apart from the training needs, CIPS advances the knowledge of its practicing members in many ways. They have CIPS TV, purchasing articles, magazine and an online portable where members can interact and built knowledge in the purchasing field.

Each member holds a personal account where they state their profession, their level of education if so desired, work experience and address; the member's privacy and freedom to interact with other members is therefore maintained. Through this personal portal, members are also able to gauge their personal growth by receiving exam results and also keeping up to date on the various articles and free online classes that they have taken on.

CIPS still holds rewards for best practicing organizations worldwide. They judge organizations that take part in terms of procedure, clarity of work, efficiency, effectiveness, the green cause and cost reduction. These awards are before help organizations to streamline their processes to good and international standards.

An organization therefore needs to take part in various CIPS training for effectiveness within itself. The trainings include management, team and organizational training. As CIPS understands that organizations are the people, they take time educating people within the organization on ISO standards and creating organizational culture. By doing so, employees will understand their work better and how each integrative part works together for the greater good of the organization.

CIPS also holds annual dinners in London where members interact and get to meet the who's who of the procurement field. The dinner is usually combined with a three-day training which borders on grounds of ethics to best practice. These dinners not only help with interaction, but it is also a learning ground with an opportunity for growth.

CIPS also helps its members meet potential bosses. They advertise jobs in their monthly magazine, with first priority given to members. …

Photo Success – What Does it Take?

College success is not as difficult for most young students as learning how to take on adult responsibilities. Letting go of adolescence and becoming an adult is more challenging according to Carl Pickardt, Psychologist and adolescent specialist. If you take responsibility for showing up to class regularly, turning papers and work in time, and sacrificing some of the time spent with friends in favor of more study time, you have won half the battle for achieving college success. Being responsible for meeting the demands of college (ability to respond and step up to the plate) is one of the keys to college achievement.

You already have been using some of the higher level thinking skills needed to succeed in college. You use these skills when you solve your life problems and overcome obstacles. Your lack of success in college will not be because you are not smart enough. There are many different types of intelligence and my experience in working with hundreds of students has shown that practically every student is smart in one way or another. For more information on different types of intelligence other than IQ, you can read the theories of Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligences), Robert Sternberg (Successful Intelligence) and Daniel Goleman (Emotional and Social Intelligence).

In addition to self-responsibility, there are three other factors you will need to succeed in college:

1. Learning how to learn and study skills – You need to learn how to learn effectively and the ways that you learn best. Most colleges offer at least one college success course which can teach you these skills. These courses also need to be taught to high school students, but sadly few high schools provide them. A good college success course will teach you: how to study and learn, reading comprehension strategies, your best learning styles and types of intelligences, how to set and reach your goals, time management, discovery of your talents and strengths, career exploration, writing skills, note taking, problem solving, and more.

2. Work Ethic – Good study and work habits will lead you to success in college and in the work force. Good study skills will only be effective if you apply them. They will be worthless to you if you do not use them.

3. Motivation – Without motivation you will not consistently use good study skills, work habits and your intelligence and potential. There are two types of motivation, the carrot (pleasure) and the stick (pain). When you use these together you will have a powerful motivational combination. Keep your long-range goals for achieving a college education in your mind's eye. For example, let's say you want a degree in secondary education to become a teacher. Visualize and imagine yourself as a teacher who is making a positive difference for your students. Enjoy the positive feelings that come when you see yourself as a great teacher. This is the carrot and a reminder of one of the benefits (pleasure) you will experience by achieving your goal. Also remind …

Funding Your Bachelor Degree Education

For the average working adult, going back to school can be one of the largest investments he will make in his life. But if you have some time before you pursue your studies, instead of applying for a bank loan, why not let time and capital work for you. Even if you plan to pursue a bachelor degree in the near future, say, in three years more, you can still save for it.

First of all, you need to have a target amount. Typically, the course fees represent a large portion of the cost. Other costs are examination fees and living expenses for those who come from other towns.

Some students may choose to study full time so that they can focus on their studies. In this case, if your employer does not give you paid time off to do your studies, your budget will increase significantly, as you now have to account for your entitlement living expenses. In addition to that, you'll still have to continue paying for things like insurance, car, mortgage, credit card as well as utility bills.

However, expenses can be higher if the course is done part time, as the person has less time to devote to his studies. As a result, he may have to prolong the program or even have to re-sit some papers, which means additional examination fees.

How much time you have to put aside the money depends on when you plan on taking up the program. When is the ideal time to start? To get more out of a bachelor degree, it would be good to have real world working experience of two to three years, on which to reflect upon when you're doing the units.

At least three years of working experience would be good but you should not wait too long as the motivation level will drop. Even if you pause your studies in three years, you do not have to pay the money in one lump sum. You can save through the study period as well which, gives you more time to accumulate funds.

Many education centers and colleges have worked out interest free schemes that you can use to your benefit. You can let your money work for you while you use the interest free payment option.

There is also an option for students to pay their fees in the monthly payments over the period of study and if the amount is paid in a lump sum, students are given a rebate. Another option is a scheme in collaboration with a bank, where students pay a few hundred dollars at the start of the program and nothing else for two years. Thereafter, they have the option to repay in installments upon completing their studies.

Finally, you need to work backwards; given the number of years, inflation rate and a projected rate of return to come up with how much you need to put aside regularly. However, inflation may not have a large impact if your study …

Education – What is It?

Tony Blair has banged on about education for all and made a huge statement with these words saying 'education, education, education'. It's very easily said and sometimes understood by some but does not vary from individual to individual and from society to society?

There are many issues involved defining the term education. In general, education is defined as going to school, then college or college and thereafter getting a job. Obviously, passing of exams reflects how clever an individual is. However, do exams reflect how intelligent a person is or have we as a society attached a label to it? It needs to be noted that some people are 'academically' bright. By this, I mean they are inspired by learning theory at schools and study hard for exams and then pass getting pretty high grades. On the other hand, it needs to be brought to attention that academically intelligent people may lack intelligence in other fields. Have you ever thought of that? For example, a person who gets high grades for exams may not have the social skills required for the 'real world'. So does not this mean that their studies were a waste of time? Do we have to study really hard and get good grades to get the title 'intelligent'? After all, if we look at historical figures, did they go to school? Did inventors start like this. These are the questions we need to ask ourselves.

For me, as a student at postgraduate level, I have met many people from around the world. From this experience I have learned that the way intelligence is measured in this contemporary society is something to be concerned about. From medical doctors to cleaning staff, I have met a range. From this, I can conclude that the way intelligence is measured in society is worried. People with degrees are working in areas which has no relevance to their subject area and people are constantly being employed for reasons other than their academic qualifications. Therefore, are academic institutions preparing us for the big bad world? An answer we can get from looking at what is happening around us. I personally think that 'intelligence' is measured in the wrong way. After all, academic qualifications are purely based on gaining a title which sticks with wherever we go but our minds are continuously picking up information, ideas, you name it..from people we meet and engage with. In addition, countries where there is no formal institution to teach does not mean that the people in that society are uneducated but perhaps more educated as they have to gain skills without any form of guidance from 'so-called' professional bodies which, let's face it, are not always the most brightest. …

A Guide For Your Profession and Career Path Finding

It's not easy to land through a very good job nowdays. Economic problems are not only experienced country-wide, but is now a world wide issue. So before going out there in the real world, you will need a guide to assist you on the things that you should do so you'll be able to find the right career path for you.

1. Do some research on career opportunities available on the Internet. Well, as everyone would say, the world wide web is the place to be. You may be able to find a lot of career opportunities online, and probably try listing them all down as well as the qualifications needed for the job, so you can focus on a career path that is appropriate for your skill.

2. Plan for the future that you want for your career. Many are afraid of planning, because they are not sure of what to plan for. What you need to understand is the basics. If you have left school and this is your first time to look for a job. You have to plan for finding a job that would help you gain experience first, and then you can build your career path from there.

3. Apply for positions that compliments your qualifications. To find the right job may somehow be the most challenging part here, however, it is not advisable to apply to those jobs that are not compatible with your interests. You have to put in mind that once you get hired for this job, you would either be doing the same old routine work for a short period of time or long-term. Neverheless, both of them would need an investment of your time and effort, so you better look for a job that you would have the best interest to.

4. Make sure before accepting the job you are an expert on the field. If you will applying for a position that specializes on a certain field, you have to make sure that you are not a novice to this. The reason why companies look for specialists is because they need someone who in already an expert for the job. You can not expect them to train you because they are expecting that you are already very trained and you already know what you are doing.

5. Be consistent with your goals. As for a beginner, you need to be consistent with your objectives in life. This would then be your guide to perform in the business world. Your ability to manage your time and your skills would be your tools to succeed in your career endeavor. You should be open to changes but you should be consistent with your main goal. If you keep this in mind then it would be easier for you to create your own path to success.

6. Ask relevant questions from a professional mentor. This time around you will not be asking your friends or old schoolmates on what was the teacher talking …

I Need Money For College

Going to college is certainly something that many of us have in mind whenever we get out of high school but that does not mean that there are not going to be some difficulties along the way. One of the main problems that you're going to have whenever it comes to college is going to be financing all of it. This is especially the case if you're going to go to a full-time university because the tuition expenses along with books and housing can really add up quickly. If you find yourself saying, I need money for college, there are a few different things that you can look into.

It used to be somewhat easy for an individual to work their way through college. Because of all of the pressures that are involved in taking college courses nowdays, however, it can be difficult for this to be done. Yes, you may be able to take your classes and do a little bit of part-time work in order to have some money in your pocket but it is doubtful that you are going to be able to earn enough to pay your tuition. That is why you should look into a loan for the tuition, one that you will be able to pay back after the classes are over.

Student loans are reliably standardized but there are still some reasons that you should look around. In the first place, interest rates are going to different to a certain extent on these student loans and you may be able to qualify more easily for one and than another. One of the reasons why this is the case is because you are not going to have enough credit history build up in order for you to qualify for the loan by yourself. If you have someone that is willing to cosign who has a decent credit history, however, you may be able to get the money for college that you need.

You may also be saying, I need money for college for a different reason. Perhaps you just want to earn a little bit of extra money in order to be able to pay for some extra things that you want to do but not necessarily to pay for your tuition. One of the easiest ways for you to do this is to do some freelancing work on the Internet. There are several different freelancing websites that will allow you to accept this work on a bidding basis. …

Job Opportunities After Studying at an American University

For international students, there are obviously a ton of questions that need to be answered prior to being admitted to an American university. But after you've chosen that university to attend, and then completed your course of study there, there is a more pressing question that needs to be answered: where will you work?

The university serves, mostly, as an education that prepares you for getting employed. Depending on your degree, you will be more qualified to work in some areas than others. However, the question is not so much what specific job you will hold, as it is if you will look for a job within the United States or, return home to work.

The obvious appeal to going back to your country of origin to work is that it is where you have been raised, and where your family and many of your friends are slightly relaxed. Returning to the country you come from will ensure that you're close to these people at all times, and any cultural adjustments you will have had to have made during your stay in America will become null and void. However, it is not always the best option. One important consideration – make sure you it is legal for you to work. Typically, on campus jobs are okay, but you will need special permission, which the office of International Services can help you with, to work off campus.

For those who choose to stay in America even after they have attained their degree, there are other considerations that need to be made, too. One of these is cultural integration – it's very likely that although you've adapted to American culture over the years that you have studied there, you still have not fully adapted. Consider the job market – many places in America have been very heavily affected by a recent economic downturn, so depending on which area of ​​the market you are planning on entering, it may be in your best interest to check the employment rates of the city or state you are going to and see how it compares to other states in America. …

Why Is Data Science Used by Top Companies?

Before we discuss about what data is, let's consider the term "DATA". Textbooks definitions say the most basic definition of what data is- a collection of raw facts stored in a repository and processed when required. But as a matter of fact, it is much more than that. The content we read in our newspaper every day in the mornings as we wake up, the rushed office meeting, noting down the important notes, sending an attachment via email, communicating with your friends online. From morning till night, everything that we are dealing with, this very article inclusive, is data. How Ironical! A four letter word handles our day-to-day needs. Until now we ran around and through the thoughts of the various vast applications of data. But, how do we know about it? Well, if it is playing such a major role in our lives, we would definitely like to know about it in much detail rather than the basic book definitions, is not it? Is there a science behind it? To know all of this, come along! Let's take an e-tour on this amazingly emerging topic, DATA SCIENCE.

Data Science is a combination of Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big data Analytics. It is used to solve business problems and the strategies of the future business is going to be quite different by the use of cloud computing, IoT, big data. It deals with the much-needed technologies that are trending in today's world and certainly in the future with a greater scope.


  • YouTube: the company that unlimitedly provides streaming-stored audio and video uses data science vastly at major rates. In fact, there's no YouTube without the concept of Data.
  • Google: The most famous and trending search engine of today, Google also uses data science to serve the entire world. It has blown the roofs of the internet. Google is used as a major tool for mailing, researching, business and much more.
  • Netflix: the recent trend, the craze that has emerged these days and that has kept us entertained all day also uses data science to store large volumes of customer account information, account details, thousands of videos and so on.

All of us dream of having a company of our own as such or work for companies like YouTube, Google, Netflix and many such companies, right?

Well, if you have such a dream, here, you are at the right place.

If you have the vision of expanding the features of the applications in order to maximize the space for storing much more data and have analytical skills and want to build your career in concepts of data, Data Science is what you will want. …

How College Professors Can Check For Plagiarism

College students are working harder than ever before and it’s just not academically – cheating is nearly everywhere on campus. More and more students have admitted that they’ve cheated at least once in their academic career. To combat the growing plagiarism problem, college professors are finding they need to get creative to check for plagiarism.

How Students Cheat

Gone are the days where students could only cheat by passing papers around between friends in student housing. The Internet has made sharing research papers easier than ever – even between students in different parts of the country who’ve never even met.

Students can now go online to any of a number of web sites dedicated to helping students share homework. These sites are free databases where it’s easy for students to find and download research papers on nearly every possible subject.

How Professors Used To Check For Plagiarism

Professors and their teaching assistants used to be limited to their own brains when they would check for plagiarism. They had to have read the paper before and remember it. If the student changed just a few words every few sentences, chances were that it wouldn’t be caught.

Since professors and teaching assistants typically read hundreds of papers every semester, it was nearly impossible to check for plagiarism and chances were good that the students would get away with a little plagiarism.

How A Plagiarism Detector Works

While the Internet has made cheating easier, it’s also created plagiarism checking software. Professors can hire a company to act as a plagiarism detector, easing their workload. Professors can upload any submitted work to an online server. The paper is then checked against the database of the plagiarism checking software.

A plagiarism detector needs to have a large database in order to be effective. The software should check against works published in magazines, journals and books, academic, legal and medical databases, as well as writings published online in blogs and message boards. After scanning the database, the plagiarism detector then sends a report to the professor.

A good plagiarism detector should be able to tell the difference between an intentional copy and an unintentional one. Some even have a setting to uncover if the student has taken an already used paper and changed a few words using a thesaurus. Some plagiarism checking software is even available for foreign language classes. Common languages like Spanish, German, French and Italian can be found.

Of course, the best software can’t check for plagiarism if it isn’t affordable for professors. It’s important to do a little research on the different services available and find one that’s affordable and effective.

Cheating is a growing problem, but it doesn’t have to be. Even the best professor can’t read everything ever published and that’s where a plagiarism detector becomes useful. The software allows colleges to check for plagiarism quickly, easily and inexpensively.…

Fatal System Errors in the US Education System

7 Reasons the US Education System Is Failing!

Recently, today actually, I saw a post of a video on Facebook that detailed simple questions posed to university students regarding BASIC social and historical facts, events and the people who govern our country. The results were astounding to say the least! Abject failure and an inability to name or identify ANY of the people, places and events. Let me repeat … NONE.

The formal education system in the US was designed to meet the demands of the industrial revolution by providing basic education to the masses. Pretty simple right? So why is it that we fail to recognize or refuse to acknowledge that the demands are different today? There has not been a calculable redefinition or evolution of the educational system since. This is scary as it will define the failure of our country step-by-step and bit-by-bit until we are reduced to a social collection of ignorance.

Let's examine the cause and solutions.

1. Closed for Business!

Schools find their existence tied to community standards and financial restraints based on the community support … or lack of. The result is that schools are closing at an alarming rate across the country. The decision to close a school rarely reflects the needs of a community or, more importantly, the needs of the students!

There seems to be less concern for the needs of the communities children's education than the economic demands of the location of the school or the resources available. Where is the federal government when this happens? Well, they are partly to blame. The government rhetoric details the need for affordable, quality education while they demand that school systems adhere to specific federal mandates that tie the school administration's hands to comply with political wants. So much for federal support.

2. Two-Gallons of milk in a one-gallon jug!

So, how many kids can you cram into a classroom and still teach effectively? That depends on whether you are looking to teach the children or be a daycare service. I know, pretty harsh but look at the function of schools today. They take your children and house them and feed them for about 6-7 hours a day. Mostly providing them with basic discipline and food that they rarely get at home! Oh yes, admin it. Teachers are required to discipline your children in a crowded atmosphere where safety is no longer guaranteed and education takes a back seat to providing basic needs that parents are unwilling to, uneducated to or unable to provide. Wait, what about education? Well, there is so little time for that that caring for them takes priority over teaching them.

Secondarily, because of the constitutions of federally-mandated guidelines, the children are taught in a cookie-cutter style standard of personality-limiting, creative-minimizing and individually-restrictive processes to get them to their adulthood. Basic education with basic performance that aligns children to basic standards that align with everyone else's basic needs. Sad because it is done in crowded classrooms where teachers …