School Leaver CV Template

If you took a whole bunch of photos of yourself you would be able to see that even though they are all different, they are still all uniquely “you”.   As you study the pictures you will see yourself with different profiles – a different part of your face showing, a different tilt of your head.  You are still the same person but you look different depending on the angle. A School Leaver CV or Personal Profile is a description of you.  It isn’t the whole of who you are and everything you ever did, it is just one particular picture of you.   It must be a true picture but it can have an angle.

You want to show the reader not only your best side, but the side of you that is most useful to them.  When you send a CV, your application is often one of very many.  You need to catch your reader’s attention right at the top of the page, by selling them exactly the person they are looking for… who also happens to be a true version (or profile) of you! Read more

Understanding Tertiary Acceptance

Imagine you are on a walk through lots of fenced fields with gates.  You have to go through each gate to get to the next field.  Tertiary acceptance is a lot like this.  It is important to understand the gates, even from as early as grade 9, so that you can make sure you are on the path that is right for you.

Getting on the path:  Generally, to even be on the path to tertiary acceptance, you must gain a Bachelor Pass (code 4/ 50% in FOUR approved subjects).  However there are a few certificate courses that you can do with lower level matric passes. Read more

Continuing education with NSFAS Bursaries

NSFAS Bursaries – Government Funding for Tertiary Education

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Our previous NSFAS blog focused on how to apply to NSFAS and maximize the chance of a successful application.  This blog explains how to get NSFAS bursaries.  Similarly to the NSFAS loan, you must apply on time and with all the required paperwork attached.  Although you may be asked for proof of family income, there is no cut-off after which you will not be successful.  The intention of the NSFAS bursaries is to build interest in scarce skills sectors by attracting academically able and interested young people.  Financial need is considered as a factor but not the deciding factor. Read more

Memory Works – Part 2

Our previous blog explained how working memory enables us to process information moment by moment.  This blog will go deeper into the filing drawers of long term memory.

Long term memory is where permanent memories are stored.  These memories can last a lifetime.  Nothing gets into long term memory without first passing through our senses into working memory.   When it comes to recalling information for an exam, this is the part of your brain that you really want to be supercharged.  So how do you get things into long term memory?

Here are some hints for laying down long term memories: Read more

Memory Works – Part 1

Our memories and more particularly our memory failures get the blame for a lot of our learning problems.  So what is memory, where is it, what is it doing and how do you get it to work better?  Memory Works – Part 1 deals mainly with short term or working memory.  Part 2 will deal with long term memory.

Memory is a function of an incredibly amazing thing called your brain.  Whilst it’s true that some rare people get an extra dose of memory ability, mostly, if your memory isn’t working it’s because you haven’t read the instruction book.  The first thing to understand about your brain is that it is a muscle.  Just like the muscles in your arms, the more you work it, the stronger and more noticeable they get.  Inside your brain there are networks of neurons that grow in density, the more you use them.  That doesn’t mean your brain gets bigger, but it does get heavier.  The more neurons you grow, the faster you go.

Scientists think there are three types of memory: Read more