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Study Skills: Strategic approaches that can help you with exams

While exams are commonly acknowledged as painful and troublesome among many students, the ways to counter these problems are becoming increasingly paramount.

With this in mind, here I would like to share a step-by-step personal tactic to deal with all kinds of exam, and hopefully these might aid you with your future study!

1. Know your scope:

It is crucial to know the scope of your exam and the core areas. This is the starting point for effective and efficient revising as the time is limited and consequently you must utilise all your strength on the right direction.

2. Make a revision plan:

Once you have identified your scope and core areas, the next thing is to dissect them into sections and label them with a time frame and priority. Normally, the higher the priority the more the time you need to allocate. And the allocation of time is based on the estimation of your personal strength.

3. Be calm and follow the plan:

When the plan is created, the next step is to follow it! Make sure nothing comes in your way and stop you from reaching the daily objective.

4. Reflect and retain:

The last gap between you and the aim is reflection and retention. It would be frustrating that if you cannot remember anything when it comes to the real deal. So, try to be proactive and reflect on the previous learning at the end of each day, and the science behind this is supported by Hermann Ebbinghaus.

Start to make plans now! Please leave some comments and follow me on twitter for more information! @Chuanqi_Xu

This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Chanqi Xu

TAIPEI, A CITY WORTH VISITING

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place occupy in the word.”- Gustave Flaubert

I always enjoy watching movies produced by Taiwan and the deepest impression one is named “Etudes”. It tells a travelling story about a disabled boy who did the cycling around in Taiwan. At that time, I admired how brave he was to do this cool thing. Finally, I have got chances to travel there lots of times. Taipei, as the capital city of Taiwan, it obviously has got more fun to visit.

As a landmark, Taipei 101 attracts your attention all the time. With the world’s fasted elevator, at the platform in 89 floor you could have a panoramic view of Taipei city. It is amazing, especially at night.

Do you like reading? Eslite can meet all your fantasy about the bookstore. Opening 24 hours and owns the books and CD from all over the world. It is more than just a bookstore but also the combination of Cafe and creative culture centre. With a cup of coffee and spend all your time here, such a wonderful day!

Danshui District, as a place has got a long historical background, it is totally worth to visit. Along with both sides of Danshui old street all covered by some of the old-fashioned restaurant, where you can eat the most authentic Taiwanese snacks. Besides, if you are a fan of Jay Chou, of course, the middle school of Danjiang is the necessary place for you to have a look. It is not only Jay Chou’s old school but also the filming location of his movie Secret. Only when you come here and feel it, can find the reason why Jay could have so many romantic inspirations.

Jiufen, a town maybe you are not that familiar with when compared to other places. But have you ever watched Spirited Away before? If you do, you must know the place Chihiro works in. Well, Amei Teahouse is the place when the author Miyazaki Hayao got the inspiration.  It attracts thousands of Japanese tourists go there every year.  Moreover, Jiufen still has a lot of Japanese architecture houses.  Choose a sunny day and set next to the window with a sea view, starting your day in Jiufen.

In short, only when you come here, you will have a deeper understanding of how this city looks like and start loving this place.

Let me know if you are planning a trip and I will provide some more tips for a great time.

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Campus Event: Inspired in Hull – “The Business of Film”

It is not under dispute that the film industry is big business, but what are the constructs behind the scene?

The Hull University Business School has invited her distinguished alumni, Kieran Breen, the President of International Theatrical Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox, to unveil the mystery of the movie business.

During this campus event, Kieran illustrated the film business value chain, from its production to the screen, as an exciting and risky parachute jumping. The reason for this is that the cost of a movie is usually around 60~100 million U.S. dollars, and the success of the product largely depends on the performance of its initial launch. In other words, it is either a safe landing or a tragic disaster.

He also explained the importance of the international marketplace, the need to understand the consumer in different countries, regions, and territories. And, the marketing divisions in reaching the consumer.

He further explored some of the structural changes impacting the movie business and the implications for the future of the industry. He noted that this business is no longer as profitable as before for a number of reasons. For instance, there are currently more entertainment options than 20 years ago, thus less disposable income will be available for movies. Moreover, China is building stronger political barriers to protect their local business, consequently the foreign film manufacturer can only get 25% of the sales revenue.

Inspired? It would be nice for you to leave some comments! And please find out more at #BusinessOfFilmpic.twitter.com/aHVhkrJrjN.

This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Chanqi Xu

From Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan

These days it’s not enough to have a website, a social media page is just as important. Social media is one of the most effective ways to market a product or brand. Research shows that 99% of top brands use social media (marketingtechblog, 2014). Let’s compare this photo from the Popes inauguration in 2005 compared to the Pope’s inauguration in 2013. There is a huge difference in the use of mobile devices.

If you are new to using social media for your business, here are a few tips to help you change your business social media page from an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.

Use more than one: always use more than one platform. It’s not enough to have a twitter account without a Facebook page, as some people may have a Facebook account and not have a twitter page, and vice versa.

Consistency: post regularly as possible. Remember that quality trumps quality. Keep the information relevant and do not deviate from your brand message.

Focus on your customers: do not post only information about products or services that you offer. Instead, find and share information that your customers want to see and occasionally mix in your promoted content.

Engagement: use social media to interact with your customers. Respond to questions and complaints. Engaging your followers will make them feel like they are part of the brand.

I hope that you have found these tips useful! Remember to share your progress with me with #socialmediaswan

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