The college major: What is it and how to choose one?

educationalsolutionsA major is a subject area where students will specialize in. In a course at least one third or one half of the subjects will be related to your major. On the other hand some colleges give you the option of majoring in 2 fields.

Colleges that offer courses for 4 years will ask you to pick a major at the end of the sophomore year. Therefore students have ample time to look at subjects they think might interest them. On the other hand, if you are embarking on a 2 year degree, you will have to select your majors at the start of the program.

To choose your major, start by taking a few short courses in the areas that interest you. It is good to look at courses that you are confident in as well as areas you think you may excel.

If you decide that your major is not one that you can see a career in, you can always switch your major during your programme.

To get a better understanding of what majors are best for you, it is best to speak to a student advisor. Student advisors can give you an entire list of majors and the list of subjects under each area of study. Once you have met a student advisor and selected your major, choose the subjects you feel that will help you learn the most in your selected field.

How universities can implement mentorship programs

educationalsolutions june 2016Universities have now incorporated more programs to help students fit into the professional world.

A study conducted by Purdue and Gallup reported that “Graduates who felt ‘supported’ during college (that professors cared, professors made them excited about learning, and had a mentor) are nearly three times as likely to be thriving than those who didn’t feel supported.”

Therefore having a mentor can really help students to be more prepared when entering the workforce.

A mentorship can be explained as a relationship between a student and a professional, in which the mentee gains knowledge and the mentor has the opportunity to give back to the university and his/her profession. Such programs provide the mentee with the understanding of how his/her career functions in the real world and builds realistic expectations.

How can it be implemented in universities?

Get your Alumni involved – Most Alumni will love the idea of being part of the university and its students.

Assume all student will want mentors – If you assume that all students want mentors the university will have a better chance of making more mentor/mentee connections.

Just matching mentee/mentor is not successful – The mentor program should go beyond matching mentor/mentees of the same careers. Interviews should be conducted to ensure that both parties are a match.

Students should understand that a mentorship is not a job interview – Students should be informed of the benefits of being part of an internship are and that it is not tied to an incentive that is monetary.

 

How to Carefully Select a Wilderness Therapy Program

Before sending your child to any therapeutic program, carefully analyze whether it will be effective for him or her.

outdoorsFor the young man that has been struggling to cope with the ever-growing nature of society, nothing is more affirming and healing than clinically-sound therapeutic wilderness programs. The real power of wilderness therapy comes from a combination of multiple elements: treatment, relationships, trust, and other important key factors.

Factors to Consider

It’s important that you select a program that promotes a deep and trusting therapeutic relationship with both the students and the families. Without this, you’ll notice that the program that you enrolled your son will have little effect on their behavior. Be sure that you openly communicate with the director to get a solid grasp on their mission statement and what they can provide for your child. Remember, these therapeutic wilderness programs aren’t like a bootcamp for boys. Rather, they are a treatment process that utilizes the natural wonders of nature to help young people that struggle with issues overcome their past behaviors.

Accreditation and Trust

Now, in order to successfully select the right program, you’ll need to first determine whether or not that program is accredited by the state. Basically, you want to send your child to an establishment that’s “off the grid”. Note that you’ll have to entrust the safety and well-being of your child into the hands of a specialist. If you feel as if there can possibly be complications coming out of that, then it would be wise for you to reconsider and look into other establishments that provide similar services.


Wood Creek Academy stands out from all the other Christian boarding schools for troubled boys. They are an accredited therapeutic program that offers wilderness treatment with trained therapists.

Do students pick universities because of movies?

educationalsolutions june 2016There are many movies in hollywood and bollywood that include universities and university life.

A recent survey undertaken with chinese and south korean students in the US, suggested that movies have influenced their choice of American university. Sir Anthony Seldon, The vice chancellor of Buckingham University and former headmaster of Wellington College, says: “Television and film portrayals of schools and universities are far more important in opinion formation I think than generally realised.”

It is known that the US is one of the most popular destinations for overseas students and this brings in an average of $20bn into the country. Many popular movies such as A Beautiful Mind set in Princeton, Legally Blonde and The Social Network in Harvard, and The Graduate in Berkeley, California, have given global audiences an insight to the life these universities offer.

Universities in the UK, like The University of Leicester have also tried to raise the university’s profile by allowing 3 bollywood films to be filmed on site. This has opened the university to Asian students. The spokesman for the university Ather Mirza says, the Bollywood connection provides the uni with an advantage. “Everyone is shouting and it’s not about who shouts loudest, but who has something distinctive to say,” he says.”This has helped to create a narrative for the university and definitely raised awareness of us in India.” The added advantage is that when the film is made or shown on TV, there is a lot of hype about the university on social media.

Schools adapting to transgender pupils

educationalsolutionsIt is important that schools are equipped to handle transgender pupils. The issue was raised by The Association of Teachers and Lecturers in the UK. They have voted to provide teachers with the necessary training to be able to handle this issue more successfully.

Mr Graham Easterlow, who works in a residential school said that one of his pupils came out as being transgender, he said that “The interesting thing is that I don’t think it was difficult for the pupil. The pupil was absolutely aware – she was extremely clear and knew exactly how she wanted to identify,” he said.

“The challenge came when we realised that the school was facing an issue for the first time and there was no precedence. There was no process to support that particular coming out.

“That’s the difficulty. Schools are ill-prepared. And there is a blind spot on that particular issue.”

Easterlow said that it is important to have a “strong, open dialogue” with the pupil concerned. They should be asked questions like, how they would like to be known and what kind of support they need to move forward.

According to Easterlaw, he believes that changes in toilet facilities should be considered as adaptations in the same way changes are made for the disabled.

His school adapted very well to the change and the necessary school facilities were provided to the pupil. He however noted that pupils were more accepting of such students than his staff members, who thought that the school was “pandering to a fad”.

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How to find your child’s inner athlete

With so many distractions, like TV, video games and ipads, children are more likely to feed a couch potato lifestyle. However, as a parent, it is your responsibility to encourage your child to be active, for health, fitness and to enjoy the social aspect being part of a team. Here are a few tips to get your child active.

Boost your child’s confidence – To build your child’s skills, take sometime from your busy schedule, to show your child skills like throwing, catching and kicking a ball. Even if your child takes sometime to master these skills, you should always provide a lot of encouragement.

Be supportive – Your child may feel that he/she is not as athletic as his/her peers. Remind your child that they are still growing and that they have not reached their full potential. If they are not doing well at one sport, ask them to try something new.

Choose the right sport – Find a sport your child can succeed in. If standard sports like basketball, swimming and tennis don’t interest your child, try dance, golf or boxing. As your child gets older, they may feel that school sports teams are only for the elite and are very competitive. If this is the case, enrol them in a church or community center team.

Share your skills and experiences – If you have been part of a sports team in school, you should share your experiences with your child. Explain to them what you liked most about the game and what areas you felt required more practice.

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Single sex versus co ed education

Many parents think long and hard if they want to enrol their children into a single sex or a co educational school. Here are the pros and cons that should be considered before making a decision.

Pro single sex schooling

May lead to better academic results – Children learning in single sex schools have shown to achieve better academic results. This may be due to the fact that single sex schools have less distractions from the opposite sex. For example girls thrive in an atmosphere that is devoid from social fear and embarrassment.

Catering to gender learning styles – Each sex prefers to learn by using different styles. In a single sex school, teachers will be able to cater to one type of learning style. For example boys prefer a practical approach to learning, while girls prefer an interpersonal learning style.

Pro coeducational schooling

Social benefits – Coeducational schooling is more realistic and one that is similar to a child’s tertiary and workplace environment. This can help a child’s long term success, since it reflects the real world.

Individual education – Educators at coeducational schools have now been trained to provide individual learning. This mean that instead of concentrating on one method for each gender, they use different methods for each child.

The points above are important to consider before enrolling your child into a school. However, it is important to note, that a significant element in a child’s learning should be placed on the level of teacher quality.

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How to Choose the Right Therapeutic Program for Your Misbehaving Child

Therapeutic boarding schools and treatment centers can be life savers.

Therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers are programs designed to help troubled children and teenagers with their personal struggles. Anything from drug abuse to brushes with the law, these designated therapeutic facilities are divided by age and grade level. Each school offers their own unique approach on “character building” and therapy. If you’re considering sending your child over to one of these centers, then it’s important that you take the necessary steps to figure out which type of program is right for your child.

Therapeutic Programs

Depending on what type of behavior your child has been exhibiting, it’s important that you figure out the sole cause of what he or she is conflicted with. For example, if you notice your child is skipping out on meals and is purposely not eating due to displeasure with his or her own body type, there are eating disorder assistance programs that help get them back on track to a healthy and consistent lifestyle. Programs for troubled youth are some of the more common types of programs, due to the large quantity of children misbehaving and putting themselves in bad positions.

Specialty Schools

Specialty programs have been developed for individuals that suffer from a mental impairment that doesn’t allow them to control their behavior. These programs were designed to stay away from administering medications and instead focus on a more natural approach with specially-designed activities. With the proper guidance and leadership that these programs take pride in, your child will be in good hands.


 

Wood Creek Academy is a therapeutic boarding school for boys offering wilderness therapy programs unlike a typical boot camp for teenagers.

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Motivating your child to read

Motivating your child to read can be a tough task, but one that is very rewarding. There are a number of reasons why children don’t like to read. They might think that reading is boring, not important and not too much fun. Here are a few tips to get your child into the reading habit;

Take your child on a library adventure- Take your child out on a trip to the library and show him/her how to locate books they might like. Ask them to select a few books that might interest them. Check if the library has a kids reading club and get your child enrolled. Reading with other children, would be a great way for a child to get motivated to read and make friends at the same time.

Read – Take sometime to read to your child. This could be at bed time, when everyone is relaxed. If you have small children buy a few books with colourful pictures with some text.

Discuss the book – If you’re reading a book to your child ask him/her what they thought about the story, how would they change it if they could. If your child is old enough, you could even ask him/ her to write their own story and ask them to read it to you.

Read more – Children learn best by example not advice. If they see you reading, they would be more likely to pick up a book and read beside you.

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How and Why Juvenile Boot Camps Work

Written by: Wood Creek Academy

When parents hear the words “juvenile boot camp”, the idea can be unsettling. One might imagine drill instructors screaming as children try and struggle their way through barbed wire obstacle courses. Reality is very different.

The debate over how to use a boot camp for teenagers has heated up in recent years as more state governments look for methods to reduce spending on reform and discipline. It’s been shown that these boot camps are typically cheaper than the alternative of juvenile incarceration.

The primary goal of wilderness therapy programs involves modifying the behavior of all participants with the goal of reducing repeat offenses. The theory is that children who learn team building in the wild will have a greater sense of self, and understand how to work with others. The cost-effectiveness of treatment is secondary to the primary goal of reducing recidivism.

These camps also serve as detox centers for kids who find themselves addicted to alcohol or narcotics. The camps take them away from their usual element, where they can’t find their drug of choice, and give them positive tasks to channel their frustrations toward. Most of these schools are expressly for the purposes of correction, but some help troubled youth who can’t adjust well to their communities.

Camps place an emphasis on self reliance, teamwork and cooperation. Those who leave feel better prepared to deal with others. They leave with greater confidence, and a deeper understanding of themselves. Most of these kids have also never experienced nature at that level, so camps provide a method to mentally recharge.