Tutoring Proved To Help Students Pass In Selective Entry Schools

Students who are high-achievers are generally motivated by their parents to join selective entry schools because they believe it is what will suit their child best. That may be the case but getting into one is not a piece of cake. In able to be admitted into these selective schools that receive funds provided by the government, students are required to take numerous examinations with high pressure.

Upon successful entry, the struggle does not end there since students are expected to do best in all academic aspects. This creates more pressure since they are thrown in among a group of high achievers.

It can be a hard challenge to excel in a place where everyone is considered as the cream of the crop. In order to end with flying colors, students aspire and work hard in order to get a high ATA while doing everything they can in their power to be included in a university course that they want.

It is not a secret that these high achievers did not get to the top alone but almost everyone had to get some help along the way in the form of tutors and coaches. These tutors are support system to assist in tasks given by the school as well as to prepare the student for upcoming exams.

Students who are aiming to be accepted in a selective entry school is most likely aided by a private tutor and once accepted, a support student is there to guide.
It was found out that students are more likely to excel academically even under pressure if they have professional tutors or coaches that gives them individual attention. If a tutor is qualified and an expert then he/she will be able to pinpoint the area of weakness of a student and provide support and harness that area in order for the student to excel more.

It is also proved that poor time management and delays will be mostly likely avoided if a tutor is there to provide students with individual assistance in almost all tasks and requirements given by the school. If a tutor does his/her job well, he/she may be able to encourage the student to become more proactive and maintain a study habit which could lead to increased self-confidence and motivation.


30% More Houses Are Available For Rent In Perth Than Last Year

Perth, Au — March 16, 2015 — Perth has been seeing an increase in the percentage of the houses that are available for rent. Although most of the time, increases are a good thing. This time though, it may not be. If there is an increase in the houses that are available, it may only mean two things: One is that the number of houses being built is at an increasing pace which is good. But there is also the likeliness that the reason for the increase is due to the lack of potential renters or buyers which is relatively bad.

In this case though, it is the latter.

The turnover rate went down to 16% with only 1,870 that were reportedly sold last year. February has met with an improvement as the sales went by 12% higher than the average and is considered a better performance than the disappointing festive season.

In January, the sales went down to 15% and all this put together means that the market has entered into a slowing state and it has become so obvious even during the seasonal summer when sales were expected to be much stronger and higher.
The listings for the properties have increased in February with about 13, 456 properties that are available for purchase. For potential buyers, however, they would have to come to the properties themselves to see if the property value is worth the price since the properties themselves have already been built. They could also go to Perth display homes that many home builders have to help make a better and convincing business.

The rental market is the only thing that didn’t seem to change. In fact, the only change it had in February was the City of Belmont where the where the median rents lifted $20 to $450 a week.

The median rent for Perth did not change, fortunately, with a vacancy rate of 4% and only $440 a week.

But when it would be compared to the same time as last year, you would notice a 30% change in the number of rental homes available. This year, there are now $6,251 rental homes that are waiting to be rented out.


My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic And Why It Became A Smash Hit Among Grownup Male Fans

My Little Pony was an animated feature-length film and television series that influenced the production of plastic toys as well as officially licensed apparel line with accessories. Stores offered a wide range of merchandise in different sizes and colors to satisfy the millions of fans of the popular cartoons.

The series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is focused on children particularly young girls but surprisingly the series became a smash hit among grownup men. This was actually unexpected because grownup men do not frequently watch cartoons. The legion of male fans has grown so large that they now have the nickname “Bronies”. Alan Thomas has been a Brony since 2012 and he enjoys watching the characters that include Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy and Applejack. Brony organizations are known to exist all over the United Kingdom and it doesn’t seem surprising if they are in a town near you.

According to Alan Thomas, the word Brony is made up of “bro” and “pony” and the male fans call themselves Bronies. On the other hand, girl fans are called Pegasisters; even if they also want to be called Bronies. Initially, Alan had no idea on the popularity of the show that he researched the fans to know what they are like. According to a fan forum, one famous Brony is an Oscar winning director although there are also singers and actors.

In the US, there is BronyCon where fans usually turn out in their favorite pony costumes. They are often referred to as cosplayers because they dress up as Shining Armor or Princess Luna. Alan is also interested in cosplay though still has to try wearing costumes. His girlfriend wants to dress up as Rainbow Dash.

Why do Alan and his girlfriend love the show? There is animation, voice acting, jokes and characters that make people happy. My Little Pony also provides inspiration to keep on going forward. Alan does not care what people think of him liking a girl’s show because watching it can be fulfilling. The community of ponies has taught fans the importance of support so that everything will end well.


Scenes Around County Captured By Outdoor Painters

For two years, the Lee Plein Air Group has been capturing scenes around Lee County through painting. Armed with their brushes and their canvas, the outdoor painters they engage in a quiet activity that is meditative, solitary and singular, even though they are a group.

The challenges of their group activity always vary depending on the kind of environment they are in. Sometimes, they are gifted with the serene calm of the passing wind but there are also times when they have to contend with the loud traffic. It would be alright for those who are noise tolerant but it can be quite challenging for those who can’t work in a loud environment. But no matter what type of environment they are, they would have to accept the gifts and bear with the challenges of painting “en plein air” or in the open air in French.

Eileen Correll of Cape Coral, a member of the group, thinks it really is quite funny because they have been everywhere from fights to local disputes and they stay there no matter what to capture the moment. She says that when they start painting, they just melt into the environment.

She was painting in front of a restaurant using watercolor while the restaurant staff proceeded with their everyday work of tending the customers. Eileen said she hopes that there won’t be any distractions but she also said sometimes they cannot be avoided and they are even bizarre at times but still, you have to concentrate on what you’re doing.

But for Judy Usavage, another group member who was painting a few feet away from Eileen, the case is different since she cannot concentrate with loud noises. Another member, Sheila Wissner, described the activity as similar to reading a book where you block everything out.

The group would meet every Friday mornings and would begin painting at different locations across Lee County. They would paint in areas like the park or in nature reserves and sometimes they would go to more urbanized areas.

The group has no instructors and there are no membership fees. Locations are announced via Facebook and email. Every artist is welcome to join no matter what your skill level is at.


Places To Visit Before They Are Completely Changed

The world as we see now was not the same hundreds of years ago. The face of the earth is continually changing because of man’s and nature’s activities.

Before a scenic spot is completely wiped off the map and permanently changed, you should travel and see and marvel at the beauty of nature. Here is a list of top uncovered destinations to travel to.

Gozo, Malta
The tiny island of Gozo has a population of 37,000 and is a 20 minute ferry ride from Malta. It is a great destination for cyclists, hikers and divers. The pristine mountain and water surrounding the rich island will take you into a level of expedition like you never had before. The place also screams of beautiful churches.

In the past years, the number of visitors in Antarctica has significantly increased. People are anxious to see this part of the globe before global warming takes a frustrating toll on this place and change it forever.
According to the president of Quark Expeditions, the Antarctica is currently shedding and melting at least 160 billion tons of ice yearly. This figure is rising and is very alarming. Soon, the face of Antarctica will be changed. This is one destination that you might not want to pass out.

Greek Islands
The remote Greek Islands have always been in the travel map of most tourists. Crete, Pelion and Skyros are just a few of the beautiful islets that Greece boasts off. The islands have now become more accessible as a local airline announced that it will establish flight routes in 100 islands.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean
The Caribbean has always attracted tourists for its warm, white sandy beaches teeming with marine life. This year, accessing the Caribbean isles has become easy with flights directly en route to small, remote islands.

Nicaragua is home to scenic waterfalls and landforms in the Central American region. One should visit this country as soon as possible as the Nicaraguan government is announcing its plans to dig on the Nicaragua Canal. This project could change the face of the nation forever.

A must see site in the country includes the San Miguelito Wetlands which will be tampered when the project starts.


Losing Weight: Diet, Exercise Or Both?

There are multiple reasons that justify the need to lose weight. Being overweight increases a person’s risk of many chronic health conditions that affect longevity, not only the quality of life. For each five-point growth in body mass index (BMI), mortality due to diabetes increases by 116%, mortality due to a renal disease increases by 60% and mortality due to a vascular disease increases by 30%.

Weight loss and exercise to prevent health issues

With the numbers being so substantial, it is no longer a surprise why many healthcare professionals suggest losing excess weight l prior to it affecting health.

Aside from weight loss, exercise also has a proven record for improving health and longevity.

Given the effectiveness of both, could a combination of eating lesser and exercising more provide twice the benefits as compared to when only one is followed?

Weight loss by diet, exercise or both

A US research team did a test on fifty-two overweight men and women. They divided the group to three. The aim was a weight loss of 6 to 8 percent during a 12 to 14 week period by diet, exercise and both.

The three approaches were designed to have a 20% energy deficit. A reduction of portion sizes and a replacement of high-calorie food and snacks to whole grains, vegetables and fruits were expected from the diet-only group. A daily medium- to high-intensity cardiovascular exercise was encouraged for the exercise-only group. Everyone was monitored through the duration of the study, and the diet and exercise instructions were adjusted so everyone can realize a similar level of weight loss.

The three groups lost a similar amount of weight, around 7%, and a similar reduction in fat mass by 15% and waist circumference. Even with the differences in their methods of weight loss, everyone had a similar 10% reduced risk of developing a cardiovascular disease.


In sum, when thinking about the best way in order to lose weight for health reasons, it depends on a person’s preference. It can be through diet alone, such as eating lesser or taking an HCG supplement with a low calorie diet, through exercise, or a combination of both. Whatever that is, it is guaranteed to shed those pounds off and improve a person’s health and well-being.