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Studying in Malta? Benefits of choosing Malta

Malta. Is it as good as England, Australia or New Zealand in English language teaching?
As a teacher from England I have had first-hand experience with English language
teaching in England. It is difficult to compare the beautiful weather, varied cuisine
and relaxed atmosphere to England. England is great for some things but trust me, the
weather is not one of them. When comparing English language learning you have to
consider several things, the quality of the school, the professionalism of the staff and
the atmosphere. All of these things are important for a productive language learning
experience. Fortunately Malta has all of these things. Now, I am not generalizing,
there are bad schools in both Malta and England, however, Maltalingua for example, is
arguably one of the best schools on the island. The staff actively takes part in the social
activities with students so that students have the opportunity to speak with their teachers
in less formal environments. This improves students’ confidence and allows them to
practise their English communication skills.

Apart from this relaxed atmosphere, what about the teaching in the classroom? If you
compare both English and Maltese schools you will find almost the same standard of
teaching. Now, in England there are some schools that are better than others of course,
and the same is true of Malta. Teachers are trained to the University of Cambridge
CELTA (one of the highest qualifications in the industry) or have the TEFL Certificate.
Not only do you get the same level of teaching in Malta, but the courses are designed by
experienced and well-qualified teaching staff. These staff members also go on activities
with students giving them individual attention. This personalised and friendly atmosphere
helps students learn better and ultimately help them to learn faster. Students want to
speak English; it becomes a pleasure, not a chore.

Communicative teaching is the theme in Malta, and especially at Maltalingua. The
relaxed atmosphere does not mean that the school and the students are relaxed about
learning, the opposite in fact. The relaxing atmosphere helps you learn. Whether you are
studying in the classroom or relaxing in a bar, looking at paintings in Valletta or visiting
one of Malta’s historic museums, English becomes more natural. You gain confidence by
speaking in a friendly community surrounded by other students and a qualified teacher,
helping you every step of the way.

We look forward to welcoming you and we hope to see you soon

This article has been written by James Warwick (EFL Teacher at Maltalingua)

More information about the English Language School Maltalingua:

Maltalingua Ltd.
151, Boxer House Birkirkara Hill
St. Julian’s
Tel.: (00356) 2742 7570

Website in different languages:

Study Tips for Online Classes

In today’s busy world many people have chosen to continue their education via online programs and degrees. These classes allow you the freedom to study at your own time and at your own pace from the comfort of your home. Online classes is a great way for anyone to earn a degree who may be unable to otherwise find the time to go back to school.

Because you are not in a classroom and are in the comfort of your home or other area, it is important to remember that you are still attending school, and if you plan to graduate, must treat it that way. Learning a few basic skills can help you master going back to school with an online program.

The first thing you must remember is to go to class! Missing one or two classes can quickly put you behind in your work. You must log in and complete your work to stay current. Since there is no teacher, you must be sure to read all of your work and materials, and if you need help, ask for it. Faculty is available online to help day or night.

You must also remember to devout an area to your studies, free of noises and other distractions. You must maintain the distraction free area for the entire time you are working, and, if possible, have the area for school work only. Keep your area clean and neat, and all of your papers and textbooks organized and together.

Earning a degree online can help you achieve the career that you have always wanted. Using these study skills will help you do your best and become successful at your new profession.

Doodling can Increase Your Concentration

Jackie Andrade, a psychologist and professor at the University of Plymouth in England said that doodling helps the student to enhance memory while listening to discussion rather than daydreaming.  This information was published by Applied Cognitive Psychology giving highlights that doodling is encouraged in aid of better recall as proven by the studies conducted by Professor Andrade.

Doodling is defined as to scribble aimlessly when preoccupied. It is also known as the act of writing some design, figures or scribble drawn or written absent-mindedly. It was noted on series of studies that doodling is an indication of difficulty to focus in the absence of something visual. Hence, this stirs the mind of the expert to understand how it can help a student to divert their attention rather than wandering on unimportant matters

Experts said that doodling makes activity less boring which help them to concentrate more with the subject matter. They conducted series of observation to test how doodling can affect one’s behavior in a school setting environment.  Doodling is favored because it was proven that simple undertakings will help a person to better manage the primary task assigned.

Another Way To Study Smarter And Be A Better Learner

Let’s get straight to the point: waking up early is another way to study smarter and be a better learner. If you are finding it hard to manage your time to sit and study your lesson, why not try to wake-up early?

This is a sure better alternative than staying up very late every night just to study your lesson. Do not forget that our mind is clearer and definitely sharper after resting; so this means that we can absorb more information when we study in the morning.

Also, there had been many researches that waking up early boosts productivity  because you can make your day longer and can accomplish many things in one day. And it is always nice to wake up without the need to rush to school, isn’t it? If you wake up early, you can even devote some of your time to give yourself extra meditation and eat enough breakfast.  Check out this website  that provides valuable information and tips about waking up early.

Studying Just A Day Before The Exam Is Bad

This is so true especially if you force your mind to absorb all the things that you need to review for your tomorrow’s exam. Why? Because a person typically forgets as much as 80% of what he or she learned within 24 hours and according to a research, memory retention is enhanced by sleep. And now it is clear why all experts are encouraging students to relax and sleep early the night before their exam instead of having one final round of night-review.

Aside from depriving yourself in getting adequate sleep when you study just a day or a night prior to your exam, you are also wasting your time as there is no guarantee that you can retain what you squeezed into your mind.  You are doing no good for your body and your mind when you force your mind to absorb the whole book or your entire one month lecture in just one sitting.

So stick to the good-old formula of studying: establish a regular study habit whether or not you have homework or exam the following day. Studying this way is not only easier and shorter (2-3 hours daily) but also let you master and retain all the necessary information on a particular subject.

Recommended Music While Studying

The effect of music when used during studying varies from one person to another, But for those of you who are doing better with music, I have here some of the most recommended/best music that can be played while studying:

Music for Airports by Brian Eno
The Wall by Pink Floyd;
Disintegration Loops by William Basinski
Mushroom Jazz by Mark Farina
Haydn’s piano pieces
Mozart Piano Concertos
Mozart Piano Sonatas
Glenn Gould
Schubert Symphonies

There is other lot of music that serves great for people who makes use of them to perform better. Majority of these people prefer ambient music or instrumental music but it actually depend on the personality and music preference of  the individual because I heard of some who wants to listen to rock music while they are writing or doing something.

The Use Of Music While Studying

The issue whether the use of music while studying is good or not is inconclusive despite of so many and researches about the effect of music while people are studying. Perhaps this is because our learning capabilities are varied: some are auditory learners, while others are visual or spatial learners and so, the impacts of music to us are likewise different.

But generally, concentrating on studying is best achieved when there is no any distraction around us. Concentrating is hard when your brain is processing other things aside from what you are studying.

However, if you prefer listening to music while studying because you learn better, just choose to play music without any lyrics, the ones that are called ambient music because they are more relaxing and soothing to listen.Or better yet, listen to these music before studying or reviewing something. Music that are said to enhance learning by creating a more relaxed mind are the classical music like Mozart.

Tips To Prevent Brain Fade

Ever heard of the term brain fade? This happens when your mind suddenly thinks blank or black and that you totally forget what you have just studied.

Brain fade is very common to people and does not only experienced by students because as we input new knowledge to our brain, it tends to put the new ones on top of the previous info. And as you place more information on top, the first info becomes older and less available to your immediate recall because your brain has set aside it.

Though brain fade is just normal, we can do something to avoid it or lessen the chance of experiencing it.   The technique is to review the past details of your lesson as you progress to new ones. For example, if you need to study three chapters, you should review or pass again the important part of the first chapter when you done studying the second chapter. Then after reading the third chapter, go back again to the second and then first chapter to retain all the significant terms.

Remember that you don’t need to read all the chapters again, all you need to do is a quick review and focus only on the terms or concepts that are important. By doing this, you are assured that you retained on your mind all the necessary information that you need.

The Significance Of Lectures

Lectures are valuable method to learn and understand a particular subject. These are the very essence why we attend classes regularly and why so schools have teachers. Listening to lectures is often considered as indispensable or crucial aspect of learning. Without lectures that are given by professors or teachers, it would be hard for us to grasp the concept of what we are studying.

Based on my experience, you will surely pass your course if you attentively pay attention to every lecture that you have especially if the lecturer is good and resourceful. And did you know that popular professors are those who are good lecturers? Professors are judged by their students according to their capacity to explain and expand the subject matter.

I was lucky to have professors who are very good in teaching because they gave us comprehensive lectures that help us understand the concept without the need of reading extensively. Lectures that are comprehensive and thorough are already great review materials. And remember, since lectures are the very essence of studying, you are always near the finish line if you mind your lectures seriously. Listening to lectures can actually shorten the time you need to study afterwards. So pay attention to your lectures and never miss classes.

M-U-R-D-E-R Study Technique

I just bumped into a catchy acronym of a study technique called MURDER which stands for Mood, Understand, Recall, Digest, Expand and Review. And when I took a look unto it, the techniques are simple and very doable making them handy for all students.

Mood – This is the first thing you need to set when you are about to study. You need to have a proper state of mind or disposition so that you can study efficiently.

Understand – Understand what you need to study and what are the things or topics that you don’t understand so that you can put more attention to that particular subject.

Recall- Check if you can recall what you have studied. Go back again to the topics that you did not clearly get.

Digest – After reading or studying each topic, digest what you have just read or studied using your own words.

Expand – Expand what you have studied by asking questions like “what questions would I ask to the author or what criticism would I offer to him about this topic? How could I apply this material to what I am interested in? How could I make this information interesting and understandable to other students?”

Review – Review by going again to the readings you have to ensure that you have covered all the necessary topics you need to study.

This MURDER study system was adopted  from Hayes, John R., The Complete Problem Solver, Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, Hillsdale, NJ: 1989.