28 Jul

Inside the Kingdom-About the Book

IMG_1574Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia. An eye-opening and penetrating study from the bestselling author and journalist.

Inside the Kingdom Author: Robert Lacey,
Genre: History
Age Group: Adult

What has happened in the Middle East’s while we were looking somewhere else. Saudi Arabia is a nation defined by contradiction. It is up to date state driven by modern technology and huge oil deposits, yet its influential religious institutions have its traditions and practices rolled back 1000 years to match some of those of the prophet Muhammad, says author Robert Lacey.

This book Inside the Kingdom has been banned from distribution in Saudi Arabia by the Ministry of Culture and Information. You can read reviews of this book here. Read More

05 Jun

Fear Shows You Where To Go

Purpose

Do you believe everything in life has a purpose? Do you believe, for example, that there’s a reason why you have to face your fears from time to time? Why are we afraid of certain people or situations? Do you sometimes ask yourself this question or do you let yourself be overwhelmed by the fear?

I do believe everything has a purpose. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to find an answer to why that bird left something on my bicycle seat the other day. What I’m trying to tell you is that I try not to let myself be thrown off by negative emotions or negativity in general. Especially not fear.

Take someone who’s afraid of meeting new people as an example. I think most of us feel some kind of fear when we are about to meet someone new or when we go to a party where most of the people are new to us.

For most of us, fear is an exaggeration in such cases, excitement is more appropriate. For others, however, it can be downright terrifying. What has purpose to do with all this? Well, I know when I feel fear arising that it’s time to push myself to the next level.

Read More

02 Apr

Why your profile on Facebook should be private re: college admission

Social media doodles elements

Public profiles can jeopardize your chances of being accepted or employed.

Social networking sites like Facebook and others are always a ton of fun. Nowadays, they’re used more than ever to communicate with friends online and to meet new people. If you’re reading this blog, chances are pretty good that you have a profile on Facebook

The problem with such social networking sites is that they provide immediate access to your information for someone who only knows your name.

Everyone hears talk about stalkers, pedophiles, and sexual predators online, and by now we’re all used to the warnings about disclosing information to absolute strangers. This is nothing new.

But what about people who are just interested in looking at your profile to learn more about you? People who don’t really know the real you, but want to? Yeah, secret admirers will do this, but can you think of anyone else who might want to learn more about the real you?

How about colleges? How about possible employers? Read More

28 Jan

Guidelines for students getting ready to study in the USA

Preparing before arriving in the USA. Scholarship grant and private students need to organize themselves prior to embarking on a life-changing adventure of learning overseas by working on these guidelines:

Research about American Universities

  • You should do some research about some universities before deciding on a school. You can find numerous independently owned sites that will support you in this endeavor.
  • International students may additionally obtain information on various other websites and look for specific programs, such as course or study that do not require the GMAT. You can find websites that list in online MBA studies including the most affordable  MBA programs in the US that are also accredited.
  • Deciding upon the University: The Directory of US Universities & Colleges Recommended for Study of Saudi Students is actually produced in agreement with specific considerations authorized by the Ministry of Higher Education, that comprise, but are not limited to, regional and professional accreditation by appropriate accrediting organizations in the USA. This directory is kept up to date every year.

Resources
Want to study in the USA? – International Student – Read more here
The importance of practice tests – Covcell- Read more here
International Study – ETS – TOEFL testing – Read more here

Learning the English language

Read More

29 Dec

Why Hoarders and Matt Paxton Support My Decision To Be Here

This is no secret. I watch Hoarders religiously. I will be out with friends on a Tuesday and as they are talking about something really profound, I’m thinking,man I’ve got to get back home. It’s Hoarders night. 

I made it into a ritual. I’d put out some snacks, a soda or four and get to it. Now, the only person I’d watch this was my roommate, Jens. Watching it with him made it worth it. Jens, my roommate, is Deaf. When they’d show a dead cat or pile of poop, his facial expressions are classic. I would rewatch episodes just to get his reaction.

Now I had one rule: during the commercials, I’d clean the house. In those 5 minute spurts, I’d declutter the kitchen, take out the trash, throw away crap I didn’t need in a rapid flurry. Then I’d hear the music and get back to it.

People ask, Ryan….Hoarders? Aren’t you like a media snob? I don’t know— I just loved watching people change and grow (spoiler: some do not). They have a therapist, a social worker, an organizer, and a cleaner as part of the team.

Read More

26 Nov

How many colleges should I apply to?

5b6

As it comes closer to that wonderful time of college applications, you’ll have to start deciding where you’ll be applying to.

Even if you already have some ideas where to apply to, it’s usually good to decide in concrete first where you’ll be applying. of course, before you apply you need to have a high school diploma if you didn’t get it yet apply fast for free GED classes or programs that are available in every city.

Useful resources:

  • Free GED Classes and Practice Tests offered by Best GED Classes. Read more here.
  • A variety of resources to get you ready for your BIG goals by KnowHow2GO. Read more here.

The average student will apply to somewhere between five and ten schools. This gives you a good selection once you know where you’re admitted, and you can pick your best fit of those. Read More

05 Oct

Common file formats in college and how to open them

While you’re in college, professors may require you to open specific files to read, do homework, and to study. If you are unable to open these files, you’ll be in big trouble.

1. PDF – FoxIt Reader
A “PDF” is marked by the file extension “.pdf”. These files are all over the Internet and are very common in college. FoxIt Reader will open them for you. You might also try Adobe Reader, though FoxIt is a bit faster.

2. DOC/DOCX – Open Office
The file extensions “.doc” and “.docx” are Microsoft Word files. Although Microsoft Word will open these files, Microsoft Word is not free and so many may not have it. Open Office is free and will open these files.

Only Microsoft Office 2007 and newer can open “.docx” files, so if you are unable to open one, try using this online converter to convert it back to “.doc”. Read More

28 Sep

What about Behaviorism Theory of Learning

I’m quite fascinated by the Behaviorism Theory of Learning and I want to share it with you. This view of learning according to according to the flow behavior, not the other is a change in behavior as a result of the interaction between stimulus and response.

Or in other words, learning is the change experienced by students in terms of its ability to behave in new ways as a result of interaction between stimulus and response. The experts are a lot of work in this genre include: Thorndike (1911), Watson (1963), Hull (1943), and Skinner (1968).

1. Thorndike According to Thorndike (1911), co-founder of the flow behavior, learning is a process of interaction between the stimulus (which may be thought, feeling, or movement) and response (which also can include thoughts, feelings, or movement).

Clearly, according to Thorndike, changes in behavior may be intangible something concrete (observable), or that nonkonkret (not observable). Although Thorndike did not explain how to measure a variety of behaviors that non concrete (measurement is one thing that became an obsession of all adherents of the flow behavior), but Thorndike’s theory has much to inspire the other experts who come afterwards.

Thorndike theory referred to as “flow connectionist” (connectionism). Experimental procedure was to make in order to escape the cage of each animal to the place of food. In this case if a caged animal, then these animals often perform a variety of behavior, such as biting, rubbing his body to the sides of the box, and sooner or later the animal was tripped on the bar so that the box open and the animal will escape into the food.

Read More

05 Aug

New GED Test

GEDFor decades, the General Educational Development (GED) examination has offered men and women who never finished high school the chance to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma. Students could follow often free GED preparation class.

The American Council on Education (ACE), the responsible body for the GED test, had in cooperation with publisher Pearson VUE changed the the examination to meet adjusted requirements from industry, schools and society in general and to better prepare applicants to success in institutions of higher education.

In 2014, ACE, which is consisting of approximately 1,800 degree-granting educational facilities, introduced far-reaching adjustments to the GED test with the objective to stimulate adult learners to remain learning for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Most US states introduced the new GED examination in 2014. The old GED test contained five subject, and in the new examination this has changed into four content areas, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social studies.

The new GED exam continues to measure the fundamental knowledge and competencies that are necessary for success in the future, says Chris Johnson from the website MyCareerTools.

The GED test was first developed in 1942 to help World War II veterans obtain a high school diploma equivalency, and through the years around 18 million persons have completed the GED examination, and every year around half a million people pass the examination. Read More

10 Jul

Saudi Students in the USA

The educational system of Saudi Arabia has undergone a stunning improvement. Nowadays, the system consists of 27 private and 25 public universities, and this number is growing.

The country has around 30,000 schools, and a significant variety of colleges and other educational institutions. The country’s education platform is available to all citizens and offers students free education, free study books and a care system.

Mohammed Luqman works at King Saud University in Riyadh, and he says that the country needs to concentrate more on higher education. We can find plenty students in undergrad classes, but what we really do need are more students in higher education. Many of our students want to study abroad,  because of scholarships, or decide to become employed as a consequence of the local and regional need for educated workers.  Read More

10 Jun

Has The Economy Affected You? Go back to school!

As financial markets around the world continue to go up and down like a yo-yo, a lot of people are scared.  Companies everywhere are laying off employees, freezing open positions, and cutting back any way they can…including salary increases and bonuses. days when you can get a job without a HS diploma are gone.

I personally know a lot of people with hefty mortgages who are worried they could be out on the street if they lost their job (or if their cost of living continues to skyrocket while their salary remains the same).  They feel like they’re on a wild roller coaster ride that has gone out of control.

This lack of control is one of the primary reasons I started my own business to make money online.  The thought of being completely reliant on the whims of some faceless corporation scares the hell out of me.  I need to know that if times are tough I can fend for myself. Read More