Scholars. February 10, 2017

There are no short-cuts or substitutes for hard-work if you want to earn an A+ grade for your paper! 

Startups. February 11, 2017

A partnership will usually grow faster than a sole-trader. Each partner brings unique skills, ideas, experience and business contacts to the venture. 

Philosophers. February 12, 2017

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Confucius

Scholars. February 13, 2017

You are more likely to complete a program if you are passionate about that subject area. Keep this in mind when choosing your subject majors.

Startups. February 14, 2017

​Positive word-of-mouth is free and is much more powerful that impersonal paid adverts. Always treat your customers like they are pink diamonds!

ESL & Idioms Startups. February 15, 2017

A storm in a teacup
A small, noticeable drama that will 
have no serious, long-term negative impact.

Jokers. February 16, 2017
Etc. is the abbreviation that my professors use when they cannot think of any other relevant examples. 

Philosophers. February 17, 2017

​"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."
 Lao Tzu

Scholars. February 18, 2017

"It is healthy and desirable to question and challenge the work of esteemed scholars, so long as you are fair. Your professors will be pleased to see you thinking and writing this way."

Startups. February 19, 2017

It is possible to create and sustain an online services oriented startup for less than USD$20 a year. The Free School plans to publish its book on this topic in June 2016. Watch this space! Most firms' costs are for labor. It is your startup. The co-founders labor is free.

ESL & Idioms. February 20, 2017

'A penny for your thoughts.'
A way of asking someone what they are thinking.

Philosophers. February 21, 2017

"An unexamined life is not worth living."

Scholars. February 22, 2017
Aim to finish any piece of writing at least a few days early so that you can put it aside for a few days. If you read a finished paper three days later, you will have fresh eyes and spot obvious mistakes.

Jokers. February 23, 2017
Sometimes a meme says it best!

Startups. February 24, 2017
What is your unique selling point?
Every successful entrepreneur can answer this question in one sentence, without hesitation.

ESL & Idioms. February 25, 2017

Like searching for a needle in a haystack.
Looking for something that is relatively small in a location that is relatively large.

Proverb. February 26, 2017
"Unity is power"
Arab proverb

Scholars. February 27, 2017

Keep your lecture and tutorial notes up-to-date each week. Your exam vacation time should be used to memorize all the work that you have done over the semester. It may be too late to start all your class papers and download all the lecture notes during your exam vacation period. 

Jokers. February 28, 2017
Why did the boy eat his homework?
Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake. 

Startups. March 1, 2017
In the past, most businesses commenced as 'grassroots' operations. They served a local community such as their home province. Growth later occurred at the national, regional and global level in this order. The internet allows micro startups to commence as global operations.

ESL & Idioms. March 2, 2017
As good as gold. Meaning that something is high quality or a favorable situation.

Philosophers. March 3, 2017
"You've got to practice what you preach."

Hebrew proverb

Scholars. March 4, 2017
If you are having trouble passing tests and exams, you might consider taking general memory training classes outside of the college environment.

Jokers. March 7, 2017
Q: What is the difference between a cat and a comma?
A: One has claws at the end of its paws and the other is a pause at the end of a clause.

Startups. March 8, 2017
It is helpful to classify your business model. Is your business a manufacturer, retailer, service provider or a combination thereof? As a general rule, the setup costs for service providers are lowest. A work space and a worker are the minimum requirements.

ESL & Idioms. March 9, 2017

Put your thinking cap on.
To prepare yourself to engage in some
serious thought and reflection.

Philosophers. March 10, 2017
"A good friend is like four leaf clover. Hard to find and lucky to have."
Irish proverb

Scholars. March 13, 2017
You will usually learn more if you prepare your tutorial papers and check them in class than if you go to tutorials unprepared and just write down what your tutor says.  Even if your tutorial papers are wrong, you will still probably learn more. Active learning is much more powerful than passive learning.  Don't be lazy!

Jokers. March 14, 2017
A teacher is someone who helps you solve the problems that they gave you!

Startups. March 15, 2017
A startup can receive free online advertising from a wide variety of leading social media websites.

IELTS & Idioms. March 16, 2017
To cry crocodile tears.
To fake sadness.

Philosophers. March 17, 2017
"Kung walang tiyaga, walang nilaga.
If you don't persevere, you can expect no reward."
Filipino Salawikain

Scholars. March 20, 2017
Try to find a study buddy who takes the same subjects that you do and work in pairs. If one of you misses a lecture, you can photocopy your buddy's notes. People usually learn more when they work alongside a like-minded ​​friend.

Jokers, March 21, 2017
I almost forgot to update my status that I’d been to the gym. What a waste of a workout that would have been! (Unknown source)

Startups, March 22, 2017
Does your business aim to cater to the masses, a niche market or somewhere in between? It is difficult to grow a business if you have not purposefully considered this question.

IELTS & Idioms, March 23, 2017
A piece of cake. Something that is easy to achieve.

Philosophers, March 24, 2017
Learning means loving the country.
Laotian proverb.

Scholars, March 27, 2017
Procrastination is a major reason why some students never  start or finish an assignment. Stop making excuses such as "I will start my assignments tomorrow, I just need to clean my room and organize my book shelf first!"

Jokers, March 28, 2017

At the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks an I.T. engineer fresh out of college, "And what starting salary are you looking for?" The engineer replies, "In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package." The interviewer inquires, "Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, full medical insurance, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?" The engineer sits up straight and says, "Wow! Are you kidding?" The interviewer replies, "Yeah, but you started it."​

Startups, March 29, 2017
Many successful businesspersons who commenced as a start up say that 2 to 4 is usually the best number of partners to establish a startup business. One person usually lacks the time and resources to build a startup. More than four partners makes it difficult to agree on core principles and can result in factions.

IELTS & Idioms, March 30, 2017
'To nit pick'.
To look for minor faults in something.

Philosophers, March 31, 2017
Wait too long and the opportunity is sure to vanish.
Polish proverb.

Scholars, April 3, 2017
During the first week of term, plot all of your assessment and exam due dates on a calendar and stick this calendar on the wall at home or the office in the place where you study the most. Be sure to start your preparation early so that you do not need to rush your writing and exam preparation."

Jokers, April 4, 2017
A linguistic teacher in English, informed her class, "A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative." A voice from the back of the room called out cynically, "Yeh, right!"

Startups, April 5, 2017
You are more likely to be supported by a bank that you have used for many years as a private customer. Most banks will recognize your years of loyal personal banking and may offer you some kind of small reward if you choose to open a business bank account with them rather than with a new bank who do not know you.

IELTS & Idioms, April 6, 2017
To reach for the stars.
To have a very high ambition when pursuing a particular objective.

Philosophers, April 7, 2017
Depend on yourself first.
Khmer proverb.

Scholars, April 10, 2017
The library and college computer suites are usually very busy two weeks prior to exams. It is a good idea to keep up-to-date with your computer downloads, reading and tutorial papers during the semester. You might find that you sometimes cannot get access to popular library books and college computers during the exam vacation period. 

Jokers, April 17, 2017
Teacher asked George: “How can you prove the earth is round?”
George replied: “I can’t. Besides, I never said it was.”

Startups, April 18, 2017
You will not impress your customers if you use a free email account such as those offered by search engines. Some service providers offer an email account, a corporate .com domain and website hosting for about USD$20 for the first year. This could be the best $20 that you ever spend.

IELTS & Idioms, April 13, 2017
Motor mouth.
A person who is very talkative.

Philosophers, April 14, 2017
A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad.
Nigerian proverb.

Scholars, April 17, 2017
A private tutor is much more affordable when you pair up with one or more students doing the same subject. Some tutors will not increase their hourly rate when they teach small groups who coordinate the meeting for the tutor.  

Jokers, April 18, 2017
A young entrepreneur had just started his own firm. He rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques. Sitting there, he saw a man come into the outer office. Wishing to appear the hot shot, the entrepreneur picked up the phone and started to pretend he had a big deal working.
He threw huge figures around and made giant commitments. Finally he hung up and asked the visitor, “Can I help you?”
The man said, “Yeah, I’ve come to activate your phone lines.”

Startups, April 19, 2017
Do not expect to make a high profit or earn a high income during the first two years of your start up. Constantly focus on developing your brand and brand reputation as your core priority. Anyone can supply a good or service or make a product. Not everyone can develop a brand that is widely recognized and trusted.

IELTS & Idioms, April 20, 2017
A bright spark.
A clever person.

Philosophers, April 21, 2017
Fale-taeao e le afiafi.
Who sits at home in the morning will not eat in the evening. (Of a lazy person)
Samoan proverb.

Scholars, April 22, 2017

Try to read about your subject area in the 'real-world' and do this often.  Consult reputable newspapers, people, YouTube presentations and other sources. Text books teach about general principles. Some of these discussions are not a perfect reflection of how things operate outside of the college environment. 

Jokers, April 25, 2017

How many nurses does it take to screw in a light bulb? None, they just get a nursing student to do it.

Startups, April 26, 2017
Try to receive some free press or publicity for your start up. Find an angle that appeals to journalists. University students who are entrepreneurial and are designing something innovative that is related to their studies is a popular angle journalists use to promote a public interest story.

IELTS & Idioms, April 27, 2017
Seize the moment.
To take advantage of an opportunity at the moment that it is available.

Philosophers, April 28, 2017
Lazy youth, begging in old age.
Greek proverb.

Scholars, May 1, 2017
Spend more time on the subjects that you do not enjoy and the subjects that you struggle to pass. It is natural for many scholars to spend more time on the subjects that they enjoy and the ones that they find it easier to pass.

Jokers, May 2, 2017
Entrepreneurs motto: I started out with nothing.
And I still have most of it left.

Startups, May 3, 2017
Consider offering a free service to the public as a way to attract people's interest in your business. For example, share some industry knowledge on a weekly blog post.

IELTS & Idioms, May 4, 2017
Make hay while the sun shines.
Be productive while you have the opportunity.

Philosophers, May 12, 2017
Destê betal ser zikê birçî
You have to work for what you want in life or else you get nothing. Kurdish proverb

Scholars, May 15, 2017
When preparing for exams it is a good idea to create memorization cards that summarize the key points for each topic. It is easier to remember discussion points than many pages of lecture notes.
Example: Marketing is about the four P's:
Study card: Price, Product, Promotion, Placement..

Jokers, May 9, 2017
Why did I fail my English language test?
It is unpossible that I failed as I worked so hard!

Startups, May 10, 2017
Collaborative startups may work best if you have a mix of personalities.  You need at least one person who is good at standing out the front  and promoting the brand. You need at least one person who is good at working behind the scenes with paperwork. One person can assume both roles. A startup that cannot promote itself or handle paperwork is unlikely to succeed.

IELTS & Idioms, May 11, 2017
Like two peas in a pod.
Two associates who are very good friends and enjoy a harmonious and joyous friendship.
Laos and Thailand are like two peas in a pod.

Philosophers, May 12, 2017
Sa dede da sega ni sota
Long time no see.
Fijian prover

Scholars, May 15, 2017
'Practice makes perfect', as the saying goes. 
You have more chance of passing your exams if you constantly practice old exam papers that are available. You need to be sure that the structure and format of past exam papers that you use for practice are a very strong match for the forthcoming exam. Check with the lecturer in charge to confirm this. 

Jokers, May 16, 2017
Alice the camel had how many humps?

Startups, May 17, 2017

Family run start ups may be a recipe for heaven or disaster. You know your family - there should be no 'nasty' surprises. Not all family startups are harmonious.  A family run start up can be a very rewarding experience if you can find like-minded family members who you work well with.​

ESL & Idioms, May 18, 2017
Too good to be true.
An offer that is so favorable that it is difficult to believe that the offer is real. It may be real or fake.

Philosophers, May 19, 2017
Those with good dispositions tend to laugh
with others in embarrassing situations.
Burmese Proverb (Myanmar).

Scholars, May 22, 2017
Try to obtain some professional work experience that relates to your Degree course during the years that you study your degree. This may include part-time work or vacation work. In a tight job market, this experience may give you an advantage over the many graduates who have no industry experience.

Jokers,  May 23, 2017
Why did you leave your last job?
-Company relocated and didn't tell me where.

Startups, May 24, 2017
You may need 'deep pockets' to go into business. Some startups do not earn a profit in the first two years. It may be best to accrue professional work experience and save a pot of money before you go into business. It can be cheaper to learn from the mistakes that you make as an employee rather than as a startup entrepreneur.

IELTS & Idioms, May 25, 2017
A dime a dozen.
Something that is very cheap and/or common.

Philosophers, May 26, 2017
East, West, home is best
Thai Proverb 

Scholars, May 29, 2017
Which industry appeals to you the most: commerce, government, NGO's or academia?

Jokers,  May 30, 2017
My husband was waterskiing when he fell into the river. As the boat circled to pick him up, he noticed a hunter sitting in a duck boat in the reeds. My husband put his hands in the air and joked, “Don’t shoot!”
The hunter responded, “Don’t quack.”

Startups, May 31, 2017
You should engage in SWOT  analysis from time-to-time.

What are your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats? How can you use this knowledge to develop your business?

IELTS & Idioms, June 1, 2017
Rock of Gibraltar.
Someone or something that is very strong and reliable in a crisis situation.

Philosophers, June 2, 2017,
If I listen I have the advantage, if I speak others have it. Peruvian Proverb 

Scholars, June 3, 2017
You may list a tutor or lecturer as an academic referee if you have worked closely with them an they are familiar with your work and nature. You need to check with them first.

Jokers, June 5, 2017
Doctor, doctor, will you help me out?
Certainly, which way did you come in?

Startups, June 13, 2017
What is your core objective? To earn a living by working from home? To develop a brand name that you can be proud of? Profit maximization? To help others less fortunate? It is difficult to develop a business unless you have one core objective and you full understand this aim at the outset.

IELTS & Idioms, June 7, 2017
As fit as a fiddle.
A person who has excellent health and fitness.

Philosophers, June 9, 2017
.سکونی بدست آر ای به ثبات, که بر سنگ غلتان نروید نبات.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
Persian Proverb 

Scholars, June 10, 2017
Internet addiction is real. Many talented scholars fail their exams and course because they spend too much time surfing the web. Please do not be a victim. Only you can manage your schedule and self-discipline levels. Web addiction is just another form of procrastination.

Jokers, June 12, 2017
Pupil (on phone): My son has a bad cold and won’t be able to come to school today.
School Secretary: Who is this?
Pupil: This is my father speaking!

Startups, June 13, 2017
If your business involves few transactions, you might be better off using your personal bank account. Personal banking is often free or cheap. Business bank accounts normally attract higher fees.

IELTS & Idioms, June 14, 2017
A stitch in time saves nine.
A stitch in time saves nine stitches later.
If you undertake small repairs in a timely fashion, you can avoid suffering major damage later.

Philosophers, June 15, 2017
.سکونی بدست آر ای به ثبات, که بر سنگ غلتان نروید نبات.
Enough is as good as a feast.
Scottish Proverb

Scholars, June 16, 2017
If you are still living at home, ask your parents if you can be excused from household chores during the exam study vacation period. Every spare hour of time that you save counts.

Jokers, June 19, 2017
Pupil: I don't think I deserved zero on this test
Teacher: I agree, but that's the lowest mark I could give you !

Startups, June 20, 2017
An incorporated company offers protection for your personal assets. In most cases, a hostile entity cannot sue you personally, they can only sue the company that they are trading with. If there are few assets in the company name, you have little to lose if some ruthless opportunist sues you.

IELTS & Idioms, June 21, 2017
There is no time like the present.
The best time to act and make progress is now. There is no purpose in delaying or procrastinating acts that can be performed in the current moment.

Philosophers, June 22, 2017
घर का भेदी लंका ढाये 
The insider who knows all the secrets 
can bring down Lanka.
Hindi Proverb 

Scholars, June 23, 2017
Studying while wearing your headphones that play music or movies may be counterproductive, especially if you are trying to memorize material for exams.

Jokers, June 26, 2017
"You need to come in and fill out the exemption forms,” the clerk said.
“But I filled them out last year,” she replied.
“You have to fill them out every year.”
“Why? Do you think I’m getting younger?”

Startups, June 27, 2017
'Any publicity is good publicity', as the saying goes. This is not always true. It is a good idea to protect the image of your brand and think long-term when you make every business decision. A good brand can take decades to build. It can be damaged permanently with the exposure of one scandal.

IELTS & Idioms, June 28, 2017
All that glitters is not gold.
Some things that are shiny and visually
impressive may have little or no worth.

Philosophers, June 29, 2017
લોભ સિવા શોભ ના હોયે, પણ જજે લોભે લક્ષણ જાયે
Without thrift there is no luxury, but greediness can make you lose your character.
Gujarati Proverb

Jokers, July 3, 2017
"Is the glass half empty or half full?" asked the motivational coach.
"Which glass?" responded the prankster.

Startups, June 4, 2017
Deep pockets are needed for some startups. It might be a good idea to work hard for a couple of years after you graduate and save some money before you commence your first startup.

IELTS & Idioms, July 5, 2017
It's now or never.
If I do not act now, I may never get the chance to take this course of action in the future.

Philosophers, July 6, 2017
కుక్క కాటుకి చెప్పు దెబ్బ 
One should respond with appropriate measure to any unethical or unreasonable action by your opponent instead of being submissive or cowered..
Telugu Proverb 

Scholars, July 7, 2017
Work hard, but don't work too hard. You need a balance of work, study and social activities. Don't become a ruthless study machine, unless you really want to!

Jokers,  July 10, 2017
A second grader came home from school and said to her mother, "Mom, guess what? We learned how to make babies today." The mother, more than a little surprised, asked fearfully, "That's interesting. How do you make babies?" "It's simple," replied the girl. "You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'."

Startups, June 11, 2017
A virtual office can offer you a 24 hour switchboard and a city center mailing address at a cheap price.

Philosophers, July 13, 2017
جہاں چاہ وہاں راہ ۔ جس کے لیے دل میں جگہ ہو اس کے ساتھ گزارہ بھی ہو جاتا ہے ۔
Where there's a will there's a way.
Urdu Proverb 

Scholars, July 14, 2017
Enrolling in Summer, Spring, Winter and Autumn (Fall) School can help you to finish your coursework degree faster.

IELTS & Idioms, July 21, 2017
Where there is a will there is a way.

Jokers, July 17, 2017
In the shop:
- Do you have heart shaped Valentines card with words:
"For my favorite, loved and the only one"
- Yes, we have!
- Could you please give me six of them!

Startups, July 18, 2017
Your smartphone can double as a scanner. Photograph a document and sent it via email or an online free fax service. No need to purchase a scanner or fax machine. You can also subscribe to a budget fax service that sends faxes to your email. Faxes are a dying service.

Scholars, July 20, 2017
Don't be afraid to ask to have your paper remarked by a second independent 'blind' double marker if you truly believe that the grade awarded is far too low.

IELTS & Idioms, July 21, 2017
Too good to be true.
Something that is so favorable and pleasant
that it is rarely seen, heard or done.

Philosophers, July 23, 2017
Aakh -t- aakh gav kah
Unity is strength
Kashmiri proverb


​​Word of the day commencing May 8, 2017

Theme 1: Argument


I argue that those who work hard enjoy more success.


I theorize that there are two main reasons why a new World War is unlikely to start.  First, most people on this planet want peace. Second, no major power is likely to win such a battle because of the catastrophic consequences of weapons of mass destruction.


I suggest that a cosmopolitan society is more is more likely to experience long-term peace than a homogeneous polity.


I propose that the Australian Government

invests more money in climate change research.

A disagreement or argument.


I dispute the argument that there are too many
Information Technology graduates nowadays.

Word for today: Challenge

I challenge the evidence put forward by those who argue that the Earth is flat.

Theme 2: Evidence

Word for today: Data

I challenge the data cited by those who argue that the Earth is flat.

I support the data cited by those who argue that the Earth is flat.

Word for today: Information

Wikipedia provides open-access information on a range of topics.

Word for today: Fact

A thing that is known or proved to be true.

Word for today: Detail

An individual fact or item.

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