Using personality to hand pick candidates

Earlier this year CollegeConnections rolled out its new personality driven matching service: HRMatch. Having learned the importance of personality in team building when recruiting tutors, we quickly realised this approach was not only applicable to learning but that it could be extended to other work based contexts. Kosinski’s 2017 paper describes how such similarities create a stronger…

United States Vs United Kingdom: higher education costs comparison

UK vs US Colleges How do they compare?   Both US and UK higher education systems have a global recognition and are considered to be systems of excellence. Most of top 15 Colleges in the US are private colleges with very well known names allowing for their employment value to be slightly higher across the…

Top Ten Tips for Writing A Personal Statement

End of High School Exams Take Priority It is easy to think that, by spending time strategically applying to the right university and the right course, a student can get into a top university with a low offer and not have to work. However, this is rarely (if ever!) the case. It is far more…

S.O.F.S.S. – Self-Optimization For Study Success Program

Exam preparation is as much about working through the right material with the right teacher as it is about health, well-being and fitness. For example, the only exam I ever scored 100% on was the one that I ran before (my I.B. Standard Level English exam). I attribute my 42 points in the I.B., as…

The Case For Indifferent Parenting

Or why tough love is true parental love… At age 17, I rather precociously secured and completed an internship in the office of U.S. senator Harry Reid in the summer after I completed high school. I felt a great deal of accomplishment living independently and working in Washington, D.C. This sense of accomplishment was compounded…

Why The Word “Grit” Is Meaningless

“Grit” has become a buzzword in education in recent years. It has been defined as: “firmness of character; indomitable spirit.” Most definitions I have found of “grit” carry a strong moral judgement. Someone with “grit” is destined to be a start-up CEO, an NFL player or a Harvard professor. Someone without it is on a slow…

How To Pick The Right Summer School?

There are three main considerations that I encourage parents to bear in mind when choosing which summer school to send their child to. Goals: What do you and your child hope will be gained by your child attending summer school? Often, a smart summer school choice can help a student begin, or continue, to build…

Brexit & European Students

The biggest impact of Brexit on European students will be on the cost of university. Currently, tuition fees for European students are capped at £9,250 for full-time degrees starting in 2017. The risk is that once Great Britain exits the European Union, European students will be charged Overseas fees, which are significantly higher (for example, Overseas…