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PACKING LIGHTWhen summer comes, travel plans are in the air with long-haul or short trips on every corner. Today we are sharing with you a few practical trips as you prepare for a short summer trip that will take you back to your family, or away to a new capital you wish to discover while going on a job interview.

Our first piece of advice is to pack using a carry-on – whenever possible: this will help you avoid luggage registration and a long line once you reach your destination airport – not to mention the stress induced by the fear of losing that piece of luggage and all its much needed contents. Carry-ons also offer limited space, forcing you to only take the essential items along.

Our second piece of advice is to PLAN: it does not really matter whether you plan a week ahead or a few hours ahead, as long as you sketch some kind of plan in your head by asking yourself the following questions:

-How many days will you be away?

-What are the weather conditions to destination (are you going to Iceland in the heart of winter, or down south during the monsoon season)?

-Any special occasions that would require special attire?

Once these criteria are identified, you may start the actual packing following the simple technique of interfolding larger items (trousers, pullovers etc.) and rolling the smaller ones (socks, underwear) in your shoes . Note that interfolding is extremely efficient, unless you plan on stopping along your trip and taking things out of your carry-on. If you are planning on packing a t-shirt/shirt/pullover a day, you may want to deduct two and you’ll be closer to your actual needs. Place (sock-filled) shoes at the bottom of your suitcase and from there start interfolding and rolling clothes  to ensure that they do not move around too much in your carry-on – which in turn means that you will arrive at destination with wrinkle and crease-free garments.

If, like me, you tend to start by making a list of books you intend to read during the months ahead, investing in a Kindle device may well be a travel savior! I would also not recommend carrying around your laptop: as thin and efficient as it may be, it does not match a tablet. Should you need to write away all summer to finish your dissertation or the book of your dreams, you may want to consider a bluetooth keyboard…

Keeping these practical considerations in mind and willing to help you along the way with the rest of the essentials , we have prepared a quick check-list for you to use.

Are you ready to download and start traveling light?

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Set your goals

In order to successfully progress through your academic project, setting a series of goals will help you gain focus and direction. Setting goals is a specific process that requires careful and analytical upstream brainstorming and planning in order to be a life changing experience. In this month’s HorizoNews newsletter issue, we revealed some of our insider’s tips and we are now ready to share some of them here (and adding a FREE resource to help you going too!):

1 – Your Q&A session

Asking yourself thought provoking questions will help you identify your goals and the means you will need to use to reach them. Try answering some of the following questions to get your brainstorming started about your motivation and objectives:

> What motivates me?

> What are my strong points and how can I leverage them?

> What are my weak points and how can I improve them?

> What is my academic project and why?

> What is my professional project and why?

> Is there any part of your mindset holding you back?

This is just a sample of the questions you may ask yourself to define the route you want to follow and the tools and skills you want to utilize.

2 – The SMART goals

A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which we’ve included in parenthesis), SMART usually stands for:

S – Specific (or Significant).
M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented). R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

3 – Write them down!

Writing your goals down will make them real and attainable.

We strongly advise you to use positive sentences and action verbs to make your goals clear and actionable. To track your progression, be extremely precise when writing them down, providing as many details and milestones as possible: dates, deadlines, amounts, tools (tables, to-do lists, books)… Break massive goals down into smaller ones to make them reachable and to allow yourself to monitor your progression every step of the way and make adjustments wherever needed. You will then be able to build on the previous goal-reaching experience to move on to the next one better equipped.

To complement the actionable guidelines we have shared with you in our June newsletter issue and here, we have designed a practical resource for you: the very ultimate and FREE CHEAT SHEET! It is all yours to download for FREE  – click on the action button below to start planning your future:

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We hope you enjoy the free resource and encourage you to share your progression and own tips with us and our readers in the comments, on Facebook and Twitter. If you have not subscribed to our exclusive newsletter, this is the perfect time to do it: the relevant sign up field is visible at the bottom of our Home Page.

Happy goal settings to you all!

 

 

YouTube channel

Videos are the go-to solution for an ever increasing amount of brands, businesses and schools. They are a great tool to foster engagement and show what happens behind-the-scenes in a lively way. In 2014 alone, Facebook averaged over a billion video views per day, not to mention that “in just one year, the number of video posts per person has increased 75% globally and 94% in the US.”

Videos have become a creative way to reach out to audiences around the world. Horizons University has followed the trend with great enthusiasm in order to keep in touch and reach out to its students from all over the world. When you think about it, how could it be otherwise when we offer an MFA in Filmmaking?!

Our dedicated video channel features a series of presentations ranging from the uniqueness of studies at Horizons University and our accreditations to testimonials from our online and on-campus students, giving you an overview of the institution, its stakeholders and their experience with us.

Come and find out about Horizons University in action thanks to our YouTube channel and do not hesitate to let us know should you wish us to focus our video on a given topic!

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Copy of Now Opening!L’écriture, outil fascinant, puissant et valorisant… Tous nos étudiants – diplômés ou non – ont recours à l’écriture académique durant leurs études chez Horizons University… et même après. C’est pourquoi nous voulons les munir des compétences nécessaires pour devenir des écrivains confiants et exceller dans la rédaction de devoirs de niveau professionnel : c’est pour cette raison que Horizons University a lancé son propre Centre d’Écriture.

Le Centre a déjà ouvert ses portes à TOUS les étudiants de Horizons University, ainsi que ceux des autres écoles via la page prévue à cet effet sur le site de Horizons University. Grâce à un simple clic, les anglophones et les non-anglophones peuvent désormais soumettre leur travail pour bénéficier d’une aide rédactionnelle et de services professionnels :

– Révision générale conforme au format APA

– Révision générale de la grammaire / ponctuation

– Révision complète conforme au format APA et de la grammaire / ponctuation

Fidèle à notre mission, le Centre est également très flexible : l’accès en ligne est possible à tout moment, un prix fixe peut être négocié pour les documents dépassant un certain nombre de pages, les étudiants peuvent décider quelles pages doivent être révisées et comment. Cette même flexibilité s’applique aux formats de fichier acceptés.

En dehors des services de révision, le Centre d’Écriture propose un lot de ressources éducatives, incluant les documents pour aider les étudiants à structurer leurs devoirs, mémoires ou thèses au format APA.

En coulisses, Alison Draper, rédactrice en chef : disponible à tout moment pour aider les étudiants grâce à des services personnalisés, à une orientation efficace et toute une panoplie d’options qui sauront répondre à leurs besoins spécifiques.

Le Centre d’Écriture a été créé en tant que service centré sur l’étudiant, respectant le style de chacun et l’approche personnelle, tout en encourageant l’excellence professionnelle et intellectuelle dans la rédaction et la façon de penser. Grâce au Centre d’Écriture, l’étudiant bénéficie d’une meilleure compréhension des exigences professionnelles et rédactionnelles ainsi que d’une plus grande chance d’être publié dans une revue pour ceux qui rédigent des thèses.

Avez-vous des doutes sur le format de votre mémoire, références, bibliographie ou des questions sur la ponctuation ou l’argumentation ? Le Centre d’Écriture est là pour vous assister dans le développement de vos compétences rédactionnelles et de réflexion.

Soyez le premier à recevoir les toutes dernières nouvelles du Centre d’Écriture : abonnez-vous à notre newsletter HorizoNews et suivez-nous sur Twitter et Facebook pour les mises à jour régulières.

Les demandes à caractère général peuvent être transmises à Allison Draper, rédactrice en chef du Centre d’Écriture, à cette adresse writingcenter@huparis.eu.

Commuting time final

Horizons University’s students can study online or on-campus. In order to meet the hectic way of life and working of our on-campus students and to make a new type of offer in the very traditional learning market, Horizons University has opted for the intensive seminar approach: 1-2-day seminars ensure that our students can plan in advance, get the required permissions from work and fully focus on the high impact and quality content of their courses.

Given the specific format of our seminars, our students and professors come from all over the country and sometimes even from abroad! They do know what the term “commuting” means, whether they cover the distance by car, public transportation – or by plane; today we are going to encourage you to turn what is often perceived as negative time (or wasted time) into a more enjoyable moment you can actually decide to turn into valuable time. In other words, let us think positively and grow stronger from the experience. In this post we share some practical tips to make the commuting time as pleasurable and enriching as possible.

1 – Keep learning

Depending on what your family or professional life look like, you may find out that commuting time is the best (if not the only) opportunity to focus on some activity requiring quiet and concentration while the miles fly by. What about preparing for your next course then? What about doing some extra research and reading? In all our courses, whether online or on-campus, students are encouraged to add personal reads to the suggested ones available in the syllabi, while some professors upload into the online course shell the course material before the actual seminar, so that students can already tune in, read in advance, do some personal research work and step int the class fully prepared. Should you have managed to gather articles, books, magazines over the previous couple of days, you may want to dig into those resources while the train/bus/tram is bringing you to your final destination. The extra reading will help you cover new areas of your study topic and start class with fresh ideas you can share with your professor and peers.

Suggested readings:

Le Média du Cross Canal ECommerce

Courrier International

Capital

Management

Le Journal de la Logistique

The Economist

Time Magazine

(Note: most of these offer both the paper-based and online option.)

2 – Buffer time

For some of you, commuting time might be the perfect opportunity to take time off, shut down your professional and academic files and get creative in different areas: read your favorite author’s latest book (to avoid extra weight, a reader like a Kindle would be a great option), listen to the latest episode of your podcasts, tune in with the day’s news and your favorite radio station to unwind at the end of the day or to get ready the energy flowing before a new one. You may also combine the two options by listening to audio books. Listening to some great stories is a great way to get our brain down to work, triggering functions that would otherwise remain idle. The bravest can even do some needle work (as seen on my train last week…), sketch or write ideas down in a notebook (grocery list, blissful thoughts for the day…), following the current trend of the notebook comeback!

Suggested audio programs:

The Moment with Brian Koppelman

Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin

TED Radio Hour: the list and topics are endless

The Busy Marketer with BJ Smith

France Inter

France Culture

3 – The Driver’s Options

Should you be used to commuting by car, it might be a good idea to skip the reading and needle work altogether. We would advise you to get the full audio option: audio books, podcasts, music, elearning courses… The options are endless, as long as you keep your eyes on the road!

Suggested audio resources:

iTunesU

Udemy

SkillShare

(Note: even though some of the courses do feature videos, you may simply start by listening – it works out just fine, tried and tested!)

What are your favorite activities during your commute? What solutions have you found to turn this time into a pleasurable and invigorating moment of your day? Let us know which resources and activities we should add to the list – I am sure we would all be happy to tune in!

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L’éducation en ligne a beaucoup évolué ces dernières années, ce qui montre que le défi a été relevé avec succès. Etudiants du monde entier, pourquoi vous inscrire aux cours en ligne ? Vous trouverez les 5 meilleures raisons ci-dessous, définies à partir des témoignages de nos étudiants et des échanges informels  avec eux :

1 – Flexibilité

Les plate-formes d’apprentissage en ligne facilitent l’apprentissage : grâce à un simple clic, les étudiants ont accès à leur page étudiante et aux cours auxquels ils sont inscrits, et ce à tout moment et en tous lieux. Cela signifie qu’ils peuvent profiter d’une grande flexibilité en dehors des heures de service habituelles, des heures de présence et des emplois du temps fixes. Ils peuvent préparer leur propre plan d’étude au rythme qu’ils souhaitent et le partager avec leur professeur, et ainsi l’adapter à leur train de vie. Chez Horizons University, nous acceptons les candidatures en ligne tout au long de l’année et les étudiants peuvent commencer les cours n’importe quel jour de l’année et progresser à leur propre cadence !

2 – A la portée de tous

Nous sommes à une époque où les frais de scolarité montent en flèche, et cela semble être une des meilleures raisons pour les étudiants de chercher de nouvelles options d’études, plus abordables. Les frais des cours en ligne de Horizons University sont clairement indiqués sur le site Internet officiel de l’institution. Les étudiants qui assistent à ces cours réduisent leur consommation en transport, babysitting, essence. De plus, la plupart de nos cours en ligne ne requièrent pas de manuels scolaires : les e-ressources sont facilement disponibles et peuvent être trouvées dans chaque cours ou via nos partenariats avec les e-librairies et autres éditeurs numériques.

3 – Enseignement individuel

Les étudiants n’apprécient guère d’être considérés comme un simple matricule, baladés d’un bureau ou standard à un autre… Ils préfèrent recevoir toute l’attention qu’ils méritent durant leurs études et tâches administratives. Chez Horizons University, les étudiants se voient attribuer un membre du corps enseignant pour chaque cours, leur guide attitré qui les aide à progresser et garantit un enseignement personnalisé et adapté. Nos membres du corps enseignant viennent du monde entier, apportant ainsi une véritable expérience internationale !

De plus, une fois inscrits, un Conseiller Pédagogique les accompagne, les soutient et reste à leur disposition tout au long de leurs études pour répondre à toutes leurs questions concernant leur orientation, la structure des cours, l’emploi du temps…

 4 – Utilisation facile

De quoi les étudiants ont-ils besoin pour étudier en ligne ? Un ordinateur et une connexion internet. Il est possible de se connecter n’importe où, n’importe quand, 24h sur 24, 7 jours sur 7. Nos cours d’introduction sont là pour guider les étudiants pas à pas tout au long des procédures applicables à notre plate-forme et web-mail : fastoche !

5 – Enseignement de qualité

Pour assurer la reconnaissance des diplômes de Horizons University à travers le monde, nous sommes constamment en recherche d’habilitations et de ré-habilitations.  Pour le moment, nous sommes les heureux détenteurs de l’habilitation de ASIC, de l’ECBE et de l’ACBSP, et ce n’est que le début !

Pour nous, la qualité de l’éducation ne devrait pas être un privilège mais un droit. Nous avons conçu nos diplômes de façon ascendante donc nous pouvons les offrir aux étudiants à des prix abordables.

Et vous, pourquoi avez-vous choisi les cours en ligne ? Partagez votre expérience avec nous, ainsi nous pourrons les ajouter à la liste et envisager l’avenir ensemble !

You’ve chosen your program, you are ready to go for it and yet, in all your joy and excitement at starting something new, something for yourself, something that will make you grow and push the boundaries of your learning experience, you are not sure that all the required documents are in the application record you are about to submit to Horizons University.

The first thing you can do to touch the ground again is to visit the Horizons University website: this is a repository of readily available information on application (and much more), from Admissions Requirements, to Program Descriptions and Tuition & Fees page, to the Admissions Process clearly explained via an easy to remember visual that breaking down every step of the procedure for you.

Checking our Q&A section on the website is certainly another useful step towards the success of your application: students before you have asked many questions, you will and so will other students after you – we value your questions and feedback. And so do your peers. This is why we have compiled a list of the most recurring questions and our answers with the objective of collecting valuable and practical guidelines for all our prospects and students, based on everyone’s feedback and experience with us.

Should you need someone to talk to, we are available for you via email, skype, phone – you decide!

And if you need something practical to take notes on and tick away with unstoppable satisfaction as you gather the items required to make up your application record, we have what you need, panic no longer, sweat no more. It is as easy as our FREE downloadable check-list where the essentials to get you there are conveniently listed on one single page. So, do you want it? Get ready to click:

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