Q: Hey for kids wanting to study in the UK, then StudyAcrossthePond is a pretty good program that helps take care of a lot of stuff!..?
- Anonymous

Thanks for the tip!

Q: I don't know whether to major in teaching or history or english. I want to be a history or english elementary school teacher and I'm not sure what to major in to accomplish that...?
- Anonymous

If you know for sure you want to be a teacher, you should major in education or elementary education if your school offers it. You can minor in English or history to get some of those classes in as well.

You can major in English or history and get your teacher certification afterward, but it will be a little more work for you to do it that way.

Q: Do you know any online resources for fashion & photography studies?..?
- Anonymous

You should look up MOOCs. It stands for Massive Open Online Course.

You can take courses in areas of study for free. It’s not accredited obviously, so you won’t be getting a degree or anything. But you can learn a lot.

Khan Academy is a really good one. Open2Study is another one with photography classes. There are tons of sites that offer classes though. Just search for MOOCs.

There are also some who charge a little money for some classes like Lynda and CreativeLive. *Don’t give anyone any money online though unless you know for sure it’s reputable.*

Q: I am going to college next year in the UK and i have to choose between living in a campus or homestay. With campus i don't have any questions but i am confused about homestay. What can you tell me about it?..?
- Anonymous

You would basically be renting a room in a house with other people, usually a family. Think more like high school foreign exchange programs or renting a room through airbnb.

The idea of living with strangers is pretty weird, but it’s not that different than meeting your dorm mate for the first time.

Homestay will ensure you experience the culture of the country. Everyone’s experience will be different because they will be with a different host, but here are a few people’s experiences:

Q: Hi! I live in the US but I'd dearly like to attend university in England, could you please give me a basis for the whole process? How much will it cost in comparison to studying local? What are some good English schools beside Oxbridge? What are some obstacles id have to deal with, and is there any sort of financial aid for international students?..?
- Anonymous

Applying to an international school is a little bit different than in America.

Applying:
I can’t tell you the exact process or cost because it depends so much on each individual school. They all require the same application though: The Universities and College Admissions ServiceThey have similar academic standards. They want to see a nice GPA, a rigorous high school course load, good test scores, etc.

Money:
The average annual tuition of £8,647, which is almost $14K USD. For international students, the average is more than $16K. The financial aid depends on each individual university. You will have to ask an adviser what options they have for international student financial aid.

Schools:
Oxbridge is actually referring to two universities: University of Oxford and University of Cambridge. You should decide what you’re interested in studying, and then pick the school who is best at that area. So if you’re interested in biology, you should go to the school with the best Biology program. Click here for a ranked list of UK universities.

Other stuff:
You need to be pretty certain about your degree. If you’re not sure what you want to major in, going to the UK, isn’t a good idea. Their students have to choose an area of study immediately because they don’t have the freshman/sophomore core class buffer zone. You start working on your major immediately.

You will need to apply for a student visa once you’ve been accepted and proven you can pay tuition.

Q: Bless you for existing! So I'm a senior in high school and currently I'm in the process of doing college applications and stuff. I have ambitions on becoming some kind of professional therapist or psychologist (I'm sorry if you answered this before) but what kind of classes should I take? Should I major in Psychology and minor in Biology? Orrrr...?..?
- Anonymous

You only need Biology if you want to be a psychiatrist. If you want to be a psychologist, you don’t necessarily need the biology classes.

To be a psychiatrist, you have to attend medical school. You do not have to attend medical school to be a psychologist or therapist. (The main difference is that psychologists can’t prescribe medication.)

Psychology is probably the best major for you. You don’t need to know which classes to take right now. They will have a degree plan at your school that will tell you which classes you need. 

Your minor can be anything. Biology is a common choice, but you can choose whatever you want. You could minor in criminal justice and specialize in criminal psychology. You could do sociology to get a better understanding of society. You could chose philosophy to develop better critical thinking. You could choose communications to better to help you communicate with clients. It’s really just about what you’re interested in studying.

Q: Hey! I find this page so useful thank you a loot! I live in a small country with no opportunities for having a great career so i will go to college in The Uk next year. Im 16 and tbh i am so stressed about this for so many reasons but the worst reason is that i have no idea what i want to do in life. what career i want to have. I feel useless and i have NO talents at all and i doubt i could make it through the course bc i am stupid. I wanted to go into media and journalism but it seems so hard!..?
- Anonymous

First of all, you’re not stupid. 

Intelligence is not synonymous with success. Some of the smartest people on earth sit at home doing nothing, contributing nothing to the world because they can’t find the motivation or drive. Success takes hard work and determination.

You’re being incredibly brave by putting yourself out there and trying to attend college in another country. That’s a big deal, and you should be proud of yourself.

I have a journalism degree, and I don’t think it’s a difficult area of study. The concepts are simple. What makes journalism difficult is just the stress. You’re usually on short deadlines in fast-paced environments. It’s a super addicting career though, and if you think you might like it, you should totally try it out.

Also, you should remember that you’re not supposed to know everything. They aren’t going to expect you to start college being able to write a Pulitzer Prize-winning story. It will be baby steps.

If you feel like you don’t have any talents or skills right now, that’s fine because you’re not supposed to. They will teach you everything you need to know. 

Q: With an undergrad in psychology, is there a masters degree you can earn that will help you go into personal training?..?

You don’t need a master’s degree to be a personal trainer. They usually just require certification. Click here for the list of certification organizations.

Some of these organizations also offer training and resources. You’re going to have to pay to get certified and use their resources, but it won’t be anything compared to getting a Master’s degree.

Before you pay anyone for anything, make sure the organization is ACCREDITED AND NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED.

If you just want to get a Master’s degree, you could do kinesiology, exercise science, physiology, or some variation of those. It might be difficult to jump into the physiology on a Master’s level with no background, but if you work really hard, you should be able to get through it.

Q: I'm a junior in college and I recently had some thoughts about adding a minor. What would you advice be for that?..?
- Anonymous

Most people choose a minor that compliments their major. So let’s say you want to be a Newspaper reporter so you major in communications. You might want to minor in political science so that you have a foundation of the political system to aid you when writing articles.

You don’t have to minor in something complimentary to your major though. If you just have another subject you’re interested in, pick that. 

You should be able to minor in any of the areas you can major in at your school.

Q: If I want to become a psychiatrist, should I major in biology (to get prepared for the MCAT and med school) or psychology?..?
- Anonymous

That’s a tough call because some psychology programs aren’t meant to prepare your for medical school.

You can major in psychology, but here are some things to remember:

  • Most universities offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs for psychology. You should definitely make sure you are getting a Bachelor of Science, and don’t shy away from hard classes.
  • Another way to reinforce science concepts that will be on the MCAT is to minor in biology or another relevant science such as neuroscience.

Q: Hi, I don't know if this has been answered before, but if it has, sorry for having you answer again, but is there another way to studying math? Or any helpful tips? Aside from just doing practice problems? (As well as memorizing formulas and etc.)..?
- Anonymous

Here are some really great tips from a calculus professor at The University of California, Davis:

  • Develop an effective and time- efficient homework/study strategy.
  • Spend at least two to four hours on each homework assignment.
  • Memorize definitions, formulas, and theorems  immediately.
  • Do practice problems every day.
  • Find at least one or two other students from your calculus class with whom you can regularly do homework and prepare for exams.
  • Begin preparing/outlining for exams at least five class days before the exam.
  • Prepare for exams by working on new problems 
  • Use all resources of assistance and information which are available to you (class notes, homework solutions, office hours with your professor or teaching assistants, and problem sessions with your classmates).
  • Expect your exams to be challenging.

You can read more details on his suggestions by clicking here.

Q: Hi! I'm studying Mechanical Engineering, do you happen to know any useful tips for studying? Specially Termodinamics, Vectorial Calculus and Differential Equations? I've read your tips but they are more focussed to political sciences, medicine, literature, etc. Most of the sites just recommend doing truckloads of exercises but I want something more (I already do them). Thanks a lot (:..?

Here are some really great tips from a calculus professor at The University of California, Davis:

  • Develop an effective and time- efficient homework/study strategy.
  • Spend at least two to four hours on each homework assignment.
  • Memorize definitions, formulas, and theorems  immediately.
  • Do practice problems every day.
  • Find at least one or two other students from your calculus class with whom you can regularly do homework and prepare for exams.
  • Begin preparing/outlining for exams at least five class days before the exam.
  • Prepare for exams by working on new problems 
  • Use all resources of assistance and information which are available to you (class notes, homework solutions, office hours with your professor or teaching assistants, and problem sessions with your classmates).
  • Expect your exams to be challenging.

You can read more details on his suggestions by clicking here.

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Q: Hey I'm curious what profession someone in a International Relations major could go into..?
- Anonymous

Majors in international relations usually study international politics and institutions. They also learn the principles of diplomacy and foreign policy.

These skills can lead you to several different career paths including: