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Clear Your Mind for UPCAT

This weekend, thousands of students will be taking the University of the Philippines College Admission Test or simply, the UPCAT. A lot of these high school seniors would be nervous, for sure. After all, the UPCAT is one of the most difficult college entrance exams in the country. However, if you had taken the month-long test-based review program of AHEAD Tutorial & Review Center, then you are well prepared for the UPCAT.

And if you had attended AHEAD’s UPCAT Refresher Course a week or so ago, you know exactly what to do.

So for now, relax. Clear your mind and the lessons you’ve learned and practiced and reviewed for the past few months will come back to you when you most need them. Stop worrying! You’ve got this!

Best of luck to AHEAD Tutorial & Review Center students and to all the young people taking the UPCAT this weekend! 🙂


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Working Students

The past week saw thousands of students troop back to school. For some families, unfortunately, education is no longer a priority. In order to continue their education, some students end up working, most of them augmenting their family’s funds as well.

Working while studying takes the difficulty of both tasks to the next level. As a student, the time allotted for studying is lessened. One’s concentration is divided. Studying alone is very tiring, and working heightens the stress level of the student. He may need to sleep less and spend less time on recreation.

If not for proper time management, one’s grade and health may easily go down the drain. The working student will have to create a well-thought of schedule and follow it dutifully.

On the other hand, working while studying is much better than not studying at all. Some look at working as a challenge, not a problem. It is a gift given to the student for him to continue his studies.

Working teaches the student the importance of money and the concept of budgeting since he has already experienced how hard it is to earn. At the same time, it prepares him early for the real world after college. This goes to show that although there maybe hindrances, the dream of having a degree is not at all impossible.

Learning Every Day

How long does it take before you finish your education? In the Philippine school system, one year is spent in kindergarten, six years in elementary, four years in high school and anywhere from three to 10 years in college. Add all this up and that’s as many as 17 years of reading books, doing assignments, answering exams, and spending time with your classmates and teachers. Yes, 17 years in school. But do these 17 years mean the end of your education? Certainly, not!

Education is a continuous process of learning whether you are inside or outside of the classroom. Every day you learn new things. Every day you have the opportunity to educate yourself. Your teacher may be the person seating beside you in the jeepney, a street vendor, or a teammate in a sports club. Your teacher may be all the different things you experience in life, whether good or bad.

Finishing school is not finishing education. Your education will continue every day of your life. Besides, even after snagging that much-coveted college diploma, there is still so much of the world to discover, to learn, and to know.

Improve Your English While Doing Fun Stuff!

Got your attention, didn’t it? We, of all the Asian races should have the easiest time comprehending the English language. Why? Because here in the Philippines, English is everywhere! It’s on the billboards that decorate our thoroughfares, it is the language of choice of most of our textbooks and newspapers, even our favorite actors and actresses speak a smattering of English every time they appear on television. The truth is, if only we are more aware of our surroundings, understanding, and speaking proper English will be as easy as 1, 2, and 3. Now, for the fun stuff, here are some sure-fire ways to improve your English without hitting the books… well, not the heavy books, at least. Watch movies to improve your vocabulary. Two out of three movies that come out each week is in English. Majority of the shows on cable television is also on English. Now, watch one whose storyline is very familiar to you so you always know what’s happening. Next, pay close attention to the dialogue and resist the urge to translate it into your native language. Follow the story by watching the picture and hearing the words, some of which you are familiar with, some of them, not. By doing this, the meaning of the other words will become clear to you as well. The accents, facial expressions associated with the words, idiomatic expressions used… all these you will be able to absorb by watching movies. Once you’ve done this, you can start mimicking the actors in the movie. Hearing them speak the words is a bit different from saying them yourself. Practicing along with the movie will make you more confident of your pronunciation of words.

If practicing alone with a video isn’t your thing, you can always get your friends to join you. If not a video, why not take an English enrichment program, such as the one that AHEAD PRO offers, where your written and verbal English is workshopped. Learning English won’t be that difficult, most likely. After all, here in the Philippines, English is everywhere.

Constants…

The more things change, the more they stay the same. A well-used quotation that nevertheless sums up one of the eternal truths in this planet.

Our country, as we know it, has undergone so many changes since time immemorial. Calesas are now a thing of the past, and so are the 10 centavo gum balls. But why focus on things that are now gone? We , here at AHEAD, can think of a dozen reasons why the Philippines that our parents grew up in, is still the same beloved Pinas we live in right now. Here are a few:

close family ties – the ties that bind. Loving one’s family and sticking up for it no matter what is a Filipino trait that is not very common outside of our country nowadays.

Bayanihan Spirit – a distinct Filipino value that dates back to the old times when communities helped one of their own move their whole hut to a different area. Times might have changed but the Pinoy’s response to distress calls have remained the same.

Belief in Education – way back then and until now, educated people are held with high regard by Filipinos. This is a huge reason why families (see example #1) will do almost anything to ensure that their loved ones are getting the best education that their resources can manage.

Education, even in the direst of hours, is seen as the saving grace. The ladder to success, the ticket away from poverty. And how true! This is the reason why AHEAD, over the past ten years, continue to support those who dream and take steps to make their dream come true.

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