Step to GMAT Success

1. Set a Dated Goal for when you’d like to write the GMAT.

  • Learn how to register
  • Mark it on your calendar
  • This serves as a visual indicator for your preparation
  • You may want to count down the days to help you time manage your studying
  • Get familiar with the format 

2. Create a Study Schedule

  • Integrate practice exercises that help you master all three sections.
  • Utilize the GMAT Question Bank as it is a great resource to practice all forms of questions other than the essay
  • Write Sample Essays with exercises
  • Brush up on the Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument then write practice essays to prepare yourself

3. Create the Study Zone

  • Set up a place or zone that will be your GMAT haven
  • Set a time each day or each week that you will sit down and prepare
  • Keep track of break times, make sure to take them, you need this time to let the information sink in
  • Keep track of what you’re covering, keep a calendar on hand

3. Know the Concepts

  • LearnHub has excellent resources that you can use to brush up on
  • Check out the list of Lessons to read up on Reading Comprehension , or GMATQualitative Sample Problems
  • Tests available to include Probability and Verbal Practice

5. Practice Makes Perfect

  • Whether you’re actively participating in the GMAT Question Bank or doing Testskeep an eye on your time (the timer feature works wonders for this!!)
  • Pacing and budgeting your time for each question is crucial
  • 2 minutes per question should be sufficient
  • Write a Practice Essay
  • Get a friend to read over your essay, do it in the required amount of time (30 minutes). Do you have spelling mistakes? Does your argument flow?

5. Relax, sleep and absorb

  • Never overexert your brain
  • Taking breaks and sleeping the full amount lets your body absorb what you’ve practiced and learned
  • Don’t cram your studying, the longer you pace yourself, the more you’ll retain
  • Don’t skip your breaks, use them to let you unwind

6. Consult Others

  • Use the GMAT Discussions to connect with others just like you
  • You have the ability to form study sessions and question forums right on LearnHub in these forums, so make use of the tools given
  • Students just like you are creating amazing resources which both improves and enhances their own skills and learning ability as well as gives you more resources to review
  • Teach one another!! To teach someone a concept, means you must know it 10 times better in order to explain such things to someone else. Feel free to post lessons, tests, questions, debates and discussions.


January Preschool Program Ages 2 years to 5 years  

Series I

Series II

Series III

Weekly Themes:
Snowmen &
Snowflakes, Winter Welcome, Opposites,

Warm Winter,

Artic Animals,
So…Snowy, Our Bodies

Twelve Months a Year,

All Snowed In, Rhyme Time, & Wheels in Motion

Mm, Nn, Oo
Mm, Ww, Zz

Tt, Vv, Yy








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Winter Waltz


1. Music CD player with music. Any type of Waltzing music, 2. Two pieces of wax paper per child ( pieces must be big enough so that the child can stand on the wax paper) 3. Lots of room for skating.

Description: Transform your room into an imaginary frozen pond or skating rink. Give the children two pieces of wax paper that they are to stand on. Have the wax paper pre-cut ahead of time. Remind the children that the paper is slippery and the magical skates will work better if they glide, keeping their feet firmly planted on the wax paper. Play some waltzing music and have the children ‘feel’ the music and skate around. 

Comments: The wax paper works well on carpet and tile flooring. Remind the children to skate slowly. 

Why is Music Important for Kids?

childrenThis question has been debated for as long as time has existed. Even the great Greek and Roman philosophers approached the question: is music something that should be taught and does it help the development of children? Plato answered “I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all arts are the keys to learning.” And again “what then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastic, for the body, and music for the mind.”

In all cultures of the world music plays an important role. While these roles may change depending on the culture it is impossible to separate music from the life of an individual. While some may argue the role of music in our lives it is impossible to escape it. Even in the popular culture of Australia it is impossible to go shopping without hearing music. Music provides a means of communication and expression of culture and individual identity.

Children are immersed in music from birth and will be for their entire life. If this is the case why teach it? Is not the constant immersion in music enough? To this I say; is the fact that we witness the results of scientific principals on a day to day basis result in the understanding of those scientific principles? No it does not and likewise for music it does not either. The day to day encounters we have with music can move us but the understanding of this music can help us grow as individuals.

In many cultures the family plays the main role in music education. Families are most commonly the ones that teach children the music of their culture. As young children, we are commonly sung nursery rhymes. These provide entertainmentfor the child and often information in small repeated fashion. Children learn through the repetition and structure that the information was delivered in. many nursery rhymes teach fundamental life lesson and therefore sets music up as a means of educating. Children learn from music from a young age and will continue to for the rest of their lives. In a world where globalization and consumerism are dominating cultural identities are drifting into the background and children are more likely to be sung pop songs as lullaby’s than nursery rhymes. The benefit of nursery rhymes and progressive learning has become an issue. Children are missing out on fundamental learning opportunities.

The Mozart effect which gained a large following in the 1990’s claimed that listening to Mozart as a baby will make a child smarter. While this movement was short lived and there is little proof that it works there has been no denying that children who learn music will achieve higher in other aspects of their academic life. In earning music children learn to express their identities, gain confidence and develop sense of time and space. A research team at the university of Munster in Germany discovered that students who study music have more developed abstract reasoning skills which are closely linked to learning in the areas of science and maths.

I do not believe that there is any argument to this question…music is a vital part of a child’s education and should be taken seriously. Listening to music is not enough! A child must learn to think musically and that is what will help assist the development of the child and their academic development.

Families often hear about the millions of scholarship dollars that go unused each year, an anecdote that has been repeated so many times that it is accepted as fact. But many families soon realize that this pot of scholarships at the end of the rainbow is a myth: while there are scholarships that go unused, much of the money included in that figure comes from employers’ tuition remission programs.

But that doesn’t mean there are not scholarships out there, and with a few simple steps you can increase your odds of obtaining scholarships. 

  • Consult the financial aid office: The largest amount of financial aid comes from federal, state, and institutional grants and tuition discounts. Your financial aid office can help you find information on available scholarships, grants, and loans according to your needs and background.
  • Contact your academic department: If you have already decided on a major, your academic department may be aware of awards designated for students in your area of study. The student aid office is not always privy to this information, so be sure to check both. 
  • Use a free scholarship search engine: Ask the student aid office for recommendations of free scholarship search sites other students have found useful. Online searches let you focus on scholarships that fit your personal characteristics, helping you target your search to only those scholarships for which you are most likely to qualify. Some sites bombard users with promotional scholarships that may turn out to be advertisements in disguise, however, so make sure you know what you are signing up for when and if you give out your personal information.
  • Skip the fee-paid scholarship search firms: Some scholarship search firms promise that they can find you money for higher education. Many of these are scams. Often the funds they “find” are those you could learn about for free through the financial aid office.For more information on scholarship search and financial aid consultant scams, see guidance from NASFAA and from The Federal Trade Commission.
  • Never assume you won’t succeed: Don’t believe that because you don’t have all A’s and B’s or that you can’t shoot a 3 pointer, there’s nothing available to you. There are scholarships available based on hobbies, interests, background, financial need, etc. According to FinAid.org, there’s even a $1,000 scholarship for a left-handed student. Seek out local and national organizations and associations in your areas of interest to see whether any scholarship opportunities exist.
  • Don’t be fooled by the title: The Clairol Scholarship doesn’t require that you color your hair and the NFL scholarship doesn’t require you to play football. Look at the specific eligibility criteria before ruling out a potential scholarship source.
  • Look in your own backyard: Clubs, organizations, religious groups, and employers sometimes offer scholarships. Contact those that you or your family members are involved with to see if they may have a program you can apply for.
  • Write the essay: No one likes to write essays, so use that fact to your advantage. Scholarships that require essays receive fewer applicants, giving you a better chance of qualifying. Keep copies of all the application materials you submit; often essays and other application materials can be tweaked and used again for future applications. Be sure to thoroughly proofread before submitting the application.
  • Stack up the small scholarships: Studies show that families often overlook scholarships that are less than $500. You may be thinking that these awards won’t even make a dent in your financial needs, but adding up multiple small awards can prove to be a benefit in your financial quest.
  • Apply early: The best time to apply is NOW! Waiting too long will result in missed deadlines. Seniors should start filling out applications to meet the early or mid-fall application deadlines. Don’t wait to be accepted to a college to research and apply for private scholarships. If you don’t receive a scholarship the first time around, don’t get discouraged. Most scholarships are not limited to freshmen; you may have better luck the following year.

Even without scholarships, families can still afford college. Start by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and contact your school’s financial aid office to find out what federal, state, and institutional aid you might qualify for. Finding money for college is a lot like going to school: The way to succeed is to do your homework.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 14,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. Each year, financial aid professionals help more than 16 million students receive funding for postsecondary education. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. In addition to its member Web site at http://www.NASFAA.org, the Association offers a Web site with financial aid information for parents and students at www.StudentAid.org.

Three University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UWA) overseas PhD scholarships are available within the Department of Computer Science starting in late September 2007. Interested applicants are invited to visit the following department web page which provide a list of example projects which fall within the interests of the four department research groups:

Example projects within the department research groups are:

  1. Advanced Reasoning
  2. Computational Biology
  3. Intelligent Robotics
  4. Vision, Graphics and Visualisation

The scholarships are for a three year period and will waive the difference between full-time overseas student fees and full-time UK/EU student fees per annum. The scholarships will not support part-time PhD studies. Based upon the fees for the 2007-2008 academic year (£10,275 to be confirmed), then the value of the scholarship is £7,035 for this year.

Please note that an Overseas PhD Scholarship does not provide funds for living expenses (i.e. a maintenance grant), and successful applicants will have to pay full-time UK/EU student fees for the duration of the scholarship (£3,240 for the 2007-2008 academic session – to be confirmed).

Applicants should have a first class or upper-second class honoursdegree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences. Applicants may wish to contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office for advice regarding the comparability of their qualifications.

To apply for an Overseas PhD Scholarship, forms can be obtained by visiting the UWA Postgraduate Admissions Office web. Please follow the ‘Application’ link, and use the Research Programmes (PhD, MPhil and LLM by Research) forms.

When you apply:

  1. Under application form ‘Section 4: Proposed Study at Aberystwyth’, please provide a short (maximum 1000 words) research proposal. This can relate directly to one of the example projects provided via the web links above, or to a project of your own choice. (The request for a short proposal applies to this Overseas PhD Scholarship scheme, and not to a standard Computer Science research studies application.)
  2. Under application form ‘Section 5: Funding & Scholarships’ please tick the ‘Departmental funding (if available)’ box and type the Reference Number: CS210.
  3. Please make sure that one of your references is an academic from the institution where you last studied.
  4. Return the application form to the Postgraduate Admissions Office by 1st March 2007.

We will consider all candidates and select a short list by early May. The three scholarships will be awarded to the best candidates under the following criteria: relevance of the proposed research to the department’s research interests, and academic quality of the applicant. All candidates will be informed as to the outcome of their application.

Founded in 1872, the university of Wales, Aberystwyth was the first university institution to be established in Wales. Today, it has over 7,000 registered students, including over 1,100 postgraduates across seventeen academic departments. The Department of Computer Science has an international reputation for high quality research and was graded 4A in the 1996 and 2001 UK Research Assessment Exercise.

For further information about the department please visit the web page.

For all general enquiries about the Overseas PhD Scholarship scheme, please contact:

Mrs. Margaret Anthony,
Department of Computer Science,
University of Wales, Aberystwyth,
Ceredigion, SY23 3DB, United Kingdom
Email: mta@aber.ac.uk
Fax: +44 (0)1970 628536
Phone: +44 (0)1970 622421

Please quote Reference Number CS210 on all application forms and communications.

Via: Official Announcement