Saturday, August 18, 2012

The most educated countries in the world

Education is a process of being self-enlightened in order to eradicate illiteracy. Many countries have developed policies and laws to improve various sectors of education for example school infrastructure and training systems. Research according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has shown that countries which spend aggressively on education are privileged to have the highest literacy rates.
Canada has become a force to reckon with in education. This is because there is minimal discrepancy between students along the cultural, social and racial divide. Provincial departments representing the government are responsible for developing the curriculum, determining major education policies and maintaining high standards in education. Currently, 50 percent of the population is estimated to have obtained tertiary education. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per Capita which is considered as an indicator to a country’s standard of living is estimated at 40000 dollars.
Israel gives great importance to education despite the decline in recent years of the number of students graduating from tertiary universities. It’s still considered as one of the top most educated countries in the world with a graduate population of 45 percent and a GDP per Capita of 29000 dollars approximately.
Japan has set itself apart by aggressively competing with the west in technology and finance sectors. Their curriculum is famous for expecting the students to know the history of another country better than their own. The students are funded equitably and have the same curriculum. The tertiary population is estimated at 44 percent with a GDP of approximately 34000 dollars.
The United States has been considered to have a strong and mandatory education system. The state has even approved private home schooling programs. It has the highest tertiary graduates coming from well-established and renowned universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Princeton and many more. The percentage population with tertiary education is estimated to be 41 percent with a GDP of approximately 47000 dollars.
New Zealand’s education system is based on co-relation between national education and income equality. They have created a Qualification Authority Board that has set a harmonized Qualifications Framework extending from basic to tertiary training. The population with tertiary education is estimated to be at 40 percent with their GDP being approximately 30000 dollars.
 In South Korea the previous education system was restricted to a privileged group when the Japanese colonized part of the country. They shut out the Koreans from obtaining higher education. When Japan left the country, they determined to re-start their education system. Currently 39 percent of its population has attained tertiary education with a GDP of approximately 30000 dollars.
            Norway is considered as one of the wealthiest countries globally. Almost 7 percent of their GDP funds the education system. The population of graduates from tertiary institutions is approximately 37 percent and with a GDP per Capita of 57000 dollars.
The United Kingdom is among the most educated countries. This is because it is renowned for its reputation as a globally leading research power measured by total citations and publications. Currently its GDP per Capita is estimated at 36000 dollars and a tertiary graduate population of 37 percent.
            Australia’s need for maintaining their standard of living led them to invest heavily in their education standards. They obtained a decentralized education system similar to Canada. Their current tertiary population is approximately 37 percent with a GDP of approximately 41000 dollars.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Tips for Effective Note-Taking

           In order to be effective in note-taking, one must attend his or her classes promptly without any failures. When attending a class you must be fully prepared with your note books, writing materials and writing pens. The use of note books which are easily moved from one page to another facilitates revision of the learnt topic to be possible. Highlight the important topics and words which you might refer to, at later date or hour.
            To make sure you’re fully prepared, read materials or notes that were given at a later date by the lecturer. Improving your skills of listening is also important; this can only be achieved by having a positive attitude towards education and class attendance. Always focus since no learning takes place without focus. Being adaptive in class also helps a big role in enhancing effective note making.  In order to achieve effective note taking, you must come up with or rather develop a note taking style that suit you. This can be achieved by starting fresh notes on a fresh page, dating you work and leaving room for comments at the end of the class. Abbreviate your notes and use symbols for easier revision.  One must pay close attention to the contents being learned in class, such as; definitions, listings things which have been discussed and paying close to repeated information.
             After notes have been written, the necessary revision and editing must be done. Make the required review within a given span of time maybe, before a day ends. Ruling out those words that do not make sense also is important by highlighting them using a different pen from the one used when making notes. It is important to note something that you do not understand as well comparing your notes with the text book notes to come up with concrete notes. At the end of it all, you might also consider typing or rewriting your notes to make them more appealing.