Sue's tips

Tips When Applying for Scholarships

July 8, 2015

1. Start searching for scholarships as soon as possible. Don’t wait until Year 13 to start searching, or you’ll miss some of the deadlines. Remember your year 12 results are the ones taken into account not your year 13 ones.
2. Answer all of the optional questions on a scholarship matching web site for about twice as many matches.
3. Look for local scholarships on bulletin boards near the careers advisor, or the library’s jobs and careers section.
4. Apply to every scholarship for which you are eligible. Pursue less competitive scholarships, such as small awards and essay contests, since they are easier to win and the money adds up and helps you win bigger scholarships.
5. Don’t miss deadlines. Use a calendar and checklist to get organized.
6. Tailor your application to the sponsor’s goals. Read and follow the instructions carefully.
7. Personalize your essay and be passionate. Write about something of interest to you. Make your application stand out from the crowd. Talk about your impact on other people. Give examples and be specific.
8. Google your name and make sure you have a professional online profile. Use a professional email address, such as firstname.lastname@gmail.com. Clean up the content of your Facebook account, removing inappropriate and immature material.
9. Proofread a printed copy of your essay and the application for spelling and grammar errors.

Relieving the pressure of decision-making pre- uni.

June 11, 2015

1. Your teens do not need to decide on their course of study this year. They can just apply to a number of degrees and universities and decide later. However, it is important to apply before the closing dates and I recommend doing this by at least the mid-September holidays. AUT's applications are now open for next year. Applying is simply an indication of interest and does not tie your teen to any financial or contractual bond.

2. Suggest your teen apply for anything she/he is interested in. Suggest they accept any conditional offers they may receive,even if it is not their preference as they can always change later. Encourage back-up plans as many degrees are competitive entry.

Apply early

Places are limited. Submit your application well before the semester starts
Semester 2, 2015 - apply now, many of our programmes are still open
Semester 1, 2016 - apply by 27 November 2015
Semester 2, 2016 - apply by 27 May 2016
Some programmes have specific closing dates – please check the programme page for details
- See more here

3. Once they have applied and checked requirements they can breathe easy and get on with the job of studying for admission. Enrolling is a completely different process and does not begin until the student has accepted their offer and agreed to the terms and conditions of the university. Enrolling is where you actually choose your course papers when you have committed to a degree in late January/February. We have course advice in schools from July onward and also have course planners which I will discuss in a later blog.

The important thing to reassure them about is that there is no need to feel panicked and they will have the summer holidays to reflect  and then choose in January as long as they have applied.

Brain Balls by Libby Weaver

May 27, 2015

Over on 'Exams Full Steam Ahead' I mentioned making healthy snacks for your offspring while they are studying. The chocolaty taste helps stave off sugar cravings and the ingredients are good for the brain!  This Libby Weaver combo is yummy. I actually just put in any nuts and seeds I happen to have on hand but view the recipe below.

Nutritional Information
This chewy, nutty treat is an excellent source of the monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids that have the anti-inflammatory properties so necessary for healthy hearts and brain functions. Keep these easy to make snacks on hand for the perfect uni snack for a burst of energy or as a source of vitamin E and zinc, beneficial for skin and the immune system.
Ingredients:
*    2 cups walnuts, halves and pieces
*    1 cup sunflower seeds
*    1 cup coconut, shredded
*    2/3 cup cocoa/cacao powder
*    8 fresh dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
*    2 tablespoons water
*    Pinch of salt
*    1 to 3 drops peppermint oil (optional)
Method:
1.    Combine the walnuts, sunflower seeds, dates and coconut in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse for 30 to grind the ingredients.
2.    Add the cocoa powder, salt, water and the peppermint oil to the bowl and process until the mixture forms a paste.
3.    Form the paste into medium sized balls by rolling a portion of the paste between your palms. Place the finished balls on a tray lined with waxed paper and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

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