5 Things Every Student Thinks Before a Test

Whether you’re learning English abroad or just studying for those end-of-year tests, you know that there are certain things that every student experiences in the run up to exam day. Sure, you’ve studied (or sometimes, maybe not), but that doesn’t mean you’re free from those horrible things called ‘nerves’. Between coming up with plans for summer and revising for final exams, this is a busy time of year for students – but we’re here to have a little laugh about it all. Here are 5 things you’ve probably thought about before a test!   1. I’ve got so much time, I don’t have to study yet. This is the stage you’re on a few days before the test, when you’re still deep in the procrastination zone (procrastination is the act of saying you’ll do something later, because you just don’t feel like doing it now). Once you’ve cleaned your bathroom from top to bottom, re-organised your wardrobe, and binge-watched everything on Netflix you reach the next stage… actually sitting down and studying. 2. I’m OK. I’ve totally got this. You’ve started making flashcards or reviewing your notes, and you’ve started to feel like you really understand the material. Well done! It feels like you’ll be able to get it all finished in time for the exam without a problem. Have a biscuit. 3. I AM NOT OKAY. This feeling sets in after you’ve been studying for what feels like hours and realise that you’re barely a third of the way through your notes. This usually comes with a feeling of dread and a feeling that maybe you should have paid more attention in class. 4. What is the lowest mark I can get on this test without failing the class? You start frantically using your calculator app to figure out the … Read more

Money-saving Tips for Students on a Budget

  Learning English is not ONLY about sitting in a classroom trying to figure out the most complex grammatical rules, it’s about fun, travel and exploration. It’s the perfect way to discover a new culture and live in the heart of an exciting city. In London, New York, Miami or Washington D.C., you’ll get to experience the buzz of big city life, where there’s always something going on and people to meet. But how do you afford it? We know that it can be difficult to make the most of your destination when living on a tight student budget. Don’t worry – studying abroad doesn’t automatically mean you’ll go bankrupt! There are many ways you can be both a tourist and a student without completely emptying your pockets. Here are a few ideas to get you started.   1. Consider low-cost destinations Some cities are cheaper than others, and just as fun! Instead of picking the capital city or the most popular, look for up-and-coming destinations which have a lower cost of living. Smaller cities across the UK such as Bristol and Manchester, as well as the island of Malta, not only have cheaper language courses, but accommodation, food, and travel are more affordable. You’ll also be surprised to find that they have plenty to offer in terms of activities, nightlife and sightseeing. 2. Set a budget before you go Think ahead – especially if you choose to study in an expensive city. Decide how much you’re able to spend, set a budget, and do your best to stick to it. Even if you sometimes can’t resist temptation to treat yourself to something expensive, a budget will definitely help to prevent impulsive shopping sprees and the panic of realising you’ve run out of money. 3. Pick your dates wisely Just … Read more

Success Story: Taha from Libya

“Hi everyone! I have been at EC Cambridge for almost one year and I can’t believe that it’s now my time to leave this place where I have experienced a lot of wonderful and unforgettable moments. I studied Cambridge IELTS in order to pass the IELTS exam. I came here with very little knowledge of English. Therefore I started with one of the first levels, Elementary. With the motivated and patient teachers, who have a lot of experience, I improved my English skills considerably. I was very happy with my progress and proud of myself that I achieved at least the Pre-Advanced level! I definitely recommend EC Cambridge because no matter which level you are in, the teachers are always focused on developing your skills, and the exam preparation courses for FCE/IELTS/CAE are highly successful. The school is very well organized by efficient staff. I will never forget the friendly and helpful staff. They are there for you all the time and if you have any problems, you can always go to the 3rd floor and speak to them. They try to make you as happy as possible and I always felt comfortable. You have a variety of activities in Cambridge for your free time. You can join EC activities such as bowling, visiting colleges, punting and meeting other EC students. There are plenty of places where you can chat with your friends: cafes, pubs, restaurants and beautiful huge parks like Parker’s Piece and Jesus Green. You have many opportunities to do sport – activities like football and tennis, and visit gyms as well, but you will never get bored with your new friends. I also improved my English very well with a lot of friends from different countries. I had the experience of living in a host family and in different … Read more

Four Great Reasons to Learn English

A Student’s Guide to Learning English Abroad: Part One Teaching English is our passion, and at our English schools we love to welcome aspiring students from all over the world. They may study for pleasure, to improve their career, or just to make new friends, but they all have one thing in common: a desire to learn the world’s number one language. They also face a number of huge decisions, and choosing why, how and where you want to improve your English can be a confusing experience. This is why we’ve created this Ultimate Guide to Learning English Abroad: To take you through the tough decision-making process explaining all you need to know about language learning. [hs_action id=”930″] Since you may still not be convinced, here are four reasons to learn English. With over 470 million speakers across the globe, learning English will probably be one of the best decisions you ever make! 1. English makes the world go round Even if you have never even stepped foot in an English language classroom, it is very likely that you can already recite lines in English from your favourite film or belt out the chorus of a catchy song you love. The global presence of the English language is just overwhelming! After a long and bloody history, English is now the primary language of the Internet, books, newspapers, international business, science, diplomacy, sport, pop music, and advertising. In fact, Globalisation has delivered the language of popular culture to all corners of the globe. 2. It Opens a World of Opportunities Whether you aspire to work in an international workplace, need to get accepted into a top tier university, or just wish to travel the world – the knowledge of English is truly transformational. It multiplies an individual’s potential to succeed and creates countless … Read more