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What is a plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of taking another person’s writing, song, or even an idea and using it as your own. This includes information from web pages, books, songs, articles, journals, and other medium. So, whenever you paraphrase or summarize or even take sentences from another person’s work it is also necessary to indicate the source of the information within your paper using an internal citation. However, it is not enough to just list the source in a bibliography at the end of your paper. In short, if you fail to properly quote or cite someone else’s words and ideas with an internal citation it is plagiarism. As a result, it is very important that we give credit where it is due.

How to Avoid Plagiarism?

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use

  • Another person’s idea, opinion, or theory
  • Any facts, statistics, graphs, drawings like for an example any pieces of information that are not common knowledge
  • Quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words
  • Paraphrase of another person’s spoken or written words

Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism

1. Put in quotations everything that comes directly from the text especially when taking notes.

2. Paraphrase, but be sure you are not just rearranging or replacing a few words.

Instead, read over what you want to paraphrase carefully; cover up the text with your hand, or close the text so you can’t see any of it (and so aren’t tempted to use the text as a “guide”). Write out the idea in your own words without peeking.

3. Check your paraphrase against the original text to be sure you have not accidentally used the same phrases or words, and that the information is accurate.

P/S: Remember to work hard and don’t plagiarize.

Best of luck,


Hightligths of the Week

Greetings peacocks! We did a workshop on Tuesday about Study tips. And also we had amazing crowds attending this workshop with us. Thank you all for coming once again. We will have more workshops and are hoping to see more people come and hear us out! Please read below for some important point on how to studying effectively.

The right way to study

  • Dedicate yourself
  • Memorize

  • Lock yourself in a quiet room
  • Keep repeating the sentence you want to memorize until you remember it

Effective Study tips

Alternate study space

  • Change your study location increases the likelihood of remembering what you’ve learned.

Study groups (optional)

  • Dividing and conquering is an effective way to enhance your understanding

Make flash card

  • It helps to imprint information in your memory

Note taking

  • Separate main points and details to show relationships

Methods & Technique to study effectively

The Cornell Method

M.U.R.D.E.R Method

  • M=Mood

  • U=Understand

  • R=Recall

  • D=Digest

  • E=Expand

  • R=Review

SQ3R Method

  • S=SURVEY : Make a survey prior to reading e.g.: Focus on the headings, bold face or italicized

  • Q=QUESTION: Use the heading to questions? e.g.: WAYS TO BE HAPPY then “What are the ways to be happy”.

  • R=READ: Understand the material you read and underlining the paragraph to find a deeper meaning to it. NOT to forget be selective and summarize what you read.
  • R=RECITE: Mentally visualize & sketch and try to answer without referring to the text

  • R=REVIEW: Often review the material that you learn, keep re-Reading and verbalize the sequence

Last but not least, example of  10 tips for Study Skills

Best of luck,

Gia Kon

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Strategies for Overcoming Stress

The best thing you can do for yourself is learning ways to manage the stress in your life. As in all things, sometimes the smallest things can bring the most relief.
1. Breathe. When you find yourself in a stressful situation, take a deep breath. Continue doing so until you feel calmer.
2. Get away from the situation or go outside for fresh air. Taking a deep breath of fresh air can do wonders. Go back to the situation when you feel calmer.
3. Learn to let go. The next time you find yourself getting stressed, decide if the matter is really important to you.If it is not, make the conscious choice to ignore the situation. Heated discussions and anger not only cause stress, but also raise blood pressure levels.
4. Reward yourself. Anytime you’ve had a very stressful day, reward yourself with small pleasures. This can be as simple as a candy bar, a long bath, watching a movie or reading a few chapters of that best seller you haven’t found time to read. By allowing yourself some downtime, it rejuvenates your mind and body, giving you the energy you need to face the next stressful situation.
5. Manage your time. It doesn’t matter what you read in magazines or what the television tells you, the fact remains; you can’t do it all. Learn to prioritize, worry about accomplishing the things you have to do, not the things you think you should do. Learn to delegate, ask for help when you need it. Pick one thing that has been bugging you and take care of it. Get it out of the way, and move on to the next. As you cross things off your list, your attitude will change and you will feel better and less stressed.
Take time to unwind.
-Jia Yi-
The benefits of Stress

Stress affects us in many levels but not all stress is bad for us.  Some stress is beneficial to us. Believe it or not much of the stress that we all experiences is helpful and stimulating. These are some of the “how stress can be beneficial for you”.

  • Strengthened immune system
  • Reduced risk of disease
  • Decreased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Improved mood
  • Improved memory and thinking
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved relationships
  • Improved sexual performance
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Steadier insurance costs
  • Reduced compensation claim
  • Improved moral
  • Improved workplace environment
  • Increased company loyalty

After wrapping all these to your brain you must be thinking stress is not that bad after all. I know that a little worry for a little stress is fine but if you stress too much then however it is not good for you mentally and physically. As college student, you are stressed by responsibilities, overload assignments, chasing after the deadlines and basically your life in general. What if we just take a step back and let’s assume that stress is bad because we make it bad for us? And what if there were another way to think about stress which a way that might actually make it a force for good in our lives? Think about it.


Gia Kon 



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Consequences of Stress

Stress affects us all in many different ways. Stress is known as the body’s reaction to harmful situations or phenomena that occurs to us whether they’re real or perceived. Stress is everywhere and we can’t run away from stress. Stress is actually a very normal part of life, so a little stress is fine and some stress is actually beneficial. On the other hand, too much stress can wear you down and make you tired both mentally and physically.

Here’s a list of the cost of stress:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Increased risk of disease
  • Increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Increased vulnerability to cancer
  • Poor mood
  • Slower healing
  • Permanent or long-term damage to the brain
  • Impaired memory and thinking
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • Pregnancy difficulties
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Relationship problems
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Absenteeism
  • Lowered productivity
  • Increased cost of health insurance
  • Increased compensation claims

Everyone has different stress triggers. College life can be very stressful and frustrating. As a student we hold an important responsibility with our own education. It is also true that we will try our best to compete for better grades, the need to outstand, career choice and many other aspects of the college environment cause stress. So, before condemning stress outright we need to understand that stress is only harmful when it is excessive.

Signing out,

Gia Kon



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