Tips for Effective Class Participation in Business School

 We're here today to talk to you all about class participation for MBA students. Class participation is one of the most important ways that you can engage with the GSB and enhance your own learning. 

Class participation will be, for many of you, the first time your classmates will hear your voice. So try to build a reputation for yourself from the start through class participation. So we know class participation is important, but it's also really hard. 

Tips for Effective Class Participation in Business School


Participating in class discussion can cause a lot of anxiety for a host of different reasons. There are cultural elements at play, diverse backgrounds or limited experience. And the social factor of talking in a large group. 

Cultural differences can be really challenging at the GSB. If you're coming into a new country, you're maybe speaking a language that isn't your first language. In some cultures, you should really differ from the position, the person of authority, or it's really not common place to descent publicly and openly. 

But we want to remind you that the majority of the GSB students come from all over the world. 40% of the students are international and we have representation from 53 different countries. So you're not alone. How you feel, there's somebody else in the room who feels the same way. 

Another concern often comes with your background. I'm just an undergrad. I've only worked a year or two. I don't really know anything or I never worked in finance. How can I participate in a Finance class? Well, actually, asking questions is one of the best ways to participate. 

And what you bring, your background and your experiences is really valuable in the classroom. And, just as a reminder, there's all of us at the GSB come from lots of different industries. And even traditional backgrounds of consulting, finance, investing is only forty percent of the class. The rest of the class has experience in manufacturing, clean tech, government, education. All of these things are super valuable to the collaborative learning environment. 

Finally, the social impact. This is tricky because it's hard to speak in a room full of people. I mean, we've talked about how people are more afraid of dying or people are more afraid of public speaking than they are dying, but the teacher is here to help you address this kind of issue and learn to participate effectively in the classroom.

 

You all know that class participation really is important in an MBA Program. You also know that it brings a lot of risks and excitement related to it. What we want to share with you today is a simple framework that will help you succeed in the classroom also in your future career. They're based on preparation, presence, and power. 

Let's begin the preparation. Preparation is the best way to reduce all the excitement you may have before first meeting class. The first tip is quite obvious. Just read the case, know your facts and positions before you come to class. It's also great when we all have such a diverse experience, so it would be great if ever you can experience great social, in fact, experience in Africa, Commercial Banking. 

Bring that to the case discussion; bring your own experience for the benefit of the whole class. And finally, if you still are unsure about sharing this in a group like this, have a small group of classmates, the smallest of the group and share your ideas with them before speaking in the whole class. 

Now we are prepared, it's time to go to the classroom which is just like this. And it is true, you all are being evaluated a 100% of the time not only by the professors, but also by all of ourselves. The first thing that you should be concerned with is your own presence. How are you being perceived by your classmates? How is your posture? Are you keeping eye contact with everyone or not? And  lastly, it's also important to be an active listener. 

You have a great presence in class. Now it's your turn. You are the one to have the power to move the conversation forward, to really move the needle. Bring your ideas in a succinct way and share your own side with the whole group. 

It's okay not to agree, it's okay to make questions. They actually help a lot so other students can see the same subject in a totally different way and better understand the being discussed. 

Participation is hard. We come from different backgrounds, we come from different work experiences, and when we get thrown into a room like this, the social pressure is high. It's hard but it is not impossible. 

We're now going to pass out a handout that shares some content delivery tips for your class participation. As you embark today on your GSB journey and go to your first classes and participate in the case method, we want you to keep a few more things in mind. 

First, keep a broad perspective. It's one comment, in one class, in one class session, in one quarter. You don't need to be perfect. If you say something that you're not happy with, trust me, you'll have many more opportunities. 

Also, the skill set is not just applicable in the case method environment here at the GSB. Learning how to participate in large group settings will be applicable to you as you leave the GSB and embark on your career. Also, learn to laugh. Trust me, there will be a time when you forget the case protagonist's name. Or, there will be a time when the class will start laughing, like in my experience, when you say and open your comment for the third time with, when I was working at the sausage factory.

So keep a smile on your face and realize it's not the end of the world. And finally, be patient. You don't enter the GSB and you're not going to be perfect on your first day in your classes on class participation. 

Don't hold yourself to that standard because we're not holding you to that standard. Derek Bolton did not admit you to the GSB because you are a perfect class participant from day one. He admitted you because you are unique and you have a unique perspective. 

You come from unique backgrounds with diverse experiences and because you have something to say. Please bring that to the classroom. We ask you today to bring your whole self to the classroom. To participate and commit to raising your hand in class. 

So if you go through the preparation and think about how you come across in class with presence and know that you do have the power to move the needle, it can help you be in a place that you're willing to raise your hand. We just want to help give you tips to help alleviate any stress or anxiety to encourage you to raise your hand and participate in class. 


How to International Students get accepted into USA Colleges

We’re going to talk all about how to get accepted into your Dream College and university as an international student in the USA.  Every single week there's a lot of pressure for international students who want to get accepted into U.S. colleges and universities. In this article I'm going to share a couple of the key components that international students used to get accepted into their dream Ivy League's and tottered colleges as well as new schools.  Strategy number one is to take horses that will challenge you as an international student. You should really try to take classes that challenge you. College Admission officers have a copy of what your high school offers in terms of the classes and so if they see your application and they see that you decided to go for an easy class that you could get that easy they're not really going to give you points.  If you are an international student coming into the university and college in the United States they want to be able to see that you can handle the coursework, you can write essays,  you could read textbooks and materials that are written in English and are difficult.  They want to make sure that you are academically prepared for their college and so that's one of the biggest reasons why and it also shows your characteristic and quality right you don't go for that easy a but you'd like to challenge yourself and you don't give up and it's another opportunity to really show the colleges what kind of a student you are.   Strategy number two is build your college list early as an international student you want to make sure that you can actually meet the high school course requirements that each college or university is looking for. typically it looks like four years of English,  four years of math,  three years of lavatory science,  three years of social sciences and three to four years of foreign language.  And for whatever reason you cannot complete these requirements you need to check in with each college or university as soon as possible to let you know which school doesn't offer this.   One of the reasons why it's so important for you to start researching colleges as soon as possible is that you might have not missed requirements or criteria that the college mission officers are clearly looking for.   Strategy number three is you need to understand if you want to be a competitive applicant is that what they're looking for is different; their values are different from the classes.  They offer slightly differ what they focus on in terms of making a direct impact or research will be different. These colleges are very very different and even top tier schools - maybe you want to get into University of Michigan but you also want to get into USC you also want to get into University of Texas.  There is a clear difference between those three schools and I don't know maybe you also want to get into NYU - because it's a popular school you can't just say okay I want to get into this top two your school or Ivy League.  You need to be able to assess whether these colleges are a great fit for you so you can start researching colleges and universities the smart way what qualities and qualifications are they looking for. You need to be asking yourself the right questions to really create a college list that's a good fit for you.  Some questions that you can use  What do I think I want from a university education? What do I think I want from my university experience? What College factors are most important to me?  Some research before is to be prepared to take the TOEFL test if you are currently attending a non English educational system school then you want to prepare yourself to take the TOEFL test.  Some schools are very flexible so they don't really ask for it if you have a certain score for SAT whereas in some schools they will ask.  so again it goes back to my previous step which is you want to start creating your college list and building your college list and assessing your fit with each College very carefully right.   So in terms of TOEFL you want to make sure with each college whether they require it or and whether they require a certain score and this is for everyone whether you are an international student or not. We want the test prep to be completed by your senior year.  You want to make sure that TOEFL SAT ACT subject tests are all completed and ready to go because I don't want you to not prepare for TOEFL because you didn't study for it or you didn't even do research whether they required or not and then drawing application season start telling me or you know telling yourself.  I guess like oh my goodness I really want to go to the school but they required TOEFL but I didn't take it and etc the college admission process takes a lot of your energy. You need to work on tasks step by step. It's not something you could complete within a month or two, especially TOEFL, something that international students should be aware of if you want to be done with that by the end of your junior year or earlier.


We’re going to talk all about how to get accepted into your Dream College and university as an international student in the USA.  Every single week there's a lot of pressure for international students who want to get accepted into U.S. colleges and universities. In this article I'm going to share a couple of the key components that international students used to get accepted into their dream Ivy League's and tottered colleges as well as new schools.


Strategy number one is to take horses that will challenge you as an international student. You should really try to take classes that challenge you. College Admission officers have a copy of what your high school offers in terms of the classes and so if they see your application and they see that you decided to go for an easy class that you could get that easy they're not really going to give you points.


If you are an international student coming into the university and college in the United States they want to be able to see that you can handle the coursework, you can write essays,  you could read textbooks and materials that are written in English and are difficult.


They want to make sure that you are academically prepared for their college and so that's one of the biggest reasons why and it also shows your characteristic and quality right you don't go for that easy a but you'd like to challenge yourself and you don't give up and it's another opportunity to really show the colleges what kind of a student you are. 


Strategy number two is build your college list early as an international student you want to make sure that you can actually meet the high school course requirements that each college or university is looking for. typically it looks like four years of English,  four years of math,  three years of lavatory science,  three years of social sciences and three to four years of foreign language. 

And for whatever reason you cannot complete these requirements you need to check in with each college or university as soon as possible to let you know which school doesn't offer this. 


One of the reasons why it's so important for you to start researching colleges as soon as possible is that you might have not missed requirements or criteria that the college mission officers are clearly looking for. 


Strategy number three is you need to understand if you want to be a competitive applicant is that what they're looking for is different; their values are different from the classes.  They offer slightly differ what they focus on in terms of making a direct impact or research will be different. These colleges are very very different and even top tier schools - maybe you want to get into University of Michigan but you also want to get into USC you also want to get into University of Texas.


There is a clear difference between those three schools and I don't know maybe you also want to get into NYU - because it's a popular school you can't just say okay I want to get into this top two your school or Ivy League. 

You need to be able to assess whether these colleges are a great fit for you so you can start researching colleges and universities the smart way what qualities and qualifications are they looking for.

You need to be asking yourself the right questions to really create a college list that's a good fit for you.


Some questions that you can use 

What do I think I want from a university education?

What do I think I want from my university experience?

What College factors are most important to me?


Some research before is to be prepared to take the TOEFL test if you are currently attending a non English educational system school then you want to prepare yourself to take the TOEFL test.


Some schools are very flexible so they don't really ask for it if you have a certain score for SAT whereas in some schools they will ask.  so again it goes back to my previous step which is you want to start creating your college list and building your college list and assessing your fit with each College very carefully right. 


So in terms of TOEFL you want to make sure with each college whether they require it or and whether they require a certain score and this is for everyone whether you are an international student or not. We want the test prep to be completed by your senior year.


You want to make sure that TOEFL SAT ACT subject tests are all completed and ready to go because I don't want you to not prepare for TOEFL because you didn't study for it or you didn't even do research whether they required or not and then drawing application season start telling me or you know telling yourself.


I guess like oh my goodness I really want to go to the school but they required TOEFL but I didn't take it and etc the college admission process takes a lot of your energy. You need to work on tasks step by step. It's not something you could complete within a month or two, especially TOEFL, something that international students should be aware of if you want to be done with that by the end of your junior year or earlier. 


Five things that you should know about your GMAT exam

 Today, I want to share with you 5 insights about the GMAT exam. Now, these are the basics and the fundamentals of the exam that we tend to ignore. At least, I did when I was preparing for my exam. As a result, I had to give GMAT multiple times. Therefore, it is a good idea to pause once in a while in your preparation and ask yourself - 'What is it that the exam expects out of you?' I hope this article will help you answer just that. 

 

Five things that you should know about your GMAT exam

The first one - Never expect the unexpected on the GMAT exam. Now there are really two kinds of surprises that you might anticipate before giving any exam. The first one, the exam-related, and the second one, the exam center related. So, let's tackle each of them one-by-one. The first one, the exam-related. I have given GMAT multiple times and in each of my attempts, I have never been surprised by - What I saw on my screen. 

 

Five things that you should know about your GMAT exam

So, I can confidently suggest to you that if you follow the latest OGs and give the official mocks you will know exactly what to expect on your D-Day. When I say, you’ll know exactly what you can expect on your D-Day. I don't mean that you'll know each and every question But, definitely, you'll know about the exam pattern syllabus, and the question types. 

 

So, don't get anxious about discussions or the over-analysis around these topics on different social media platforms because What you don't see on your OG or on your official mocks. You will not see it in your exam. Now, moving onto the second point, which is exam-center related surprises. Now, these are more unpredictable, dependent upon chance, and out of your control. I have had a fair share of giving my exam in a bad center. 

So, I can suggest to you that... it's a good idea to choose the variables that are most important to you. The ones that were important to me were... The noise in my exam center The friendly behavior of the staff and most importantly...The desktops which they used. I prefer slim ones over the round ones. So, choose the variables that are important to you, compare the centers around you, and then take an informed decision. 

Chances are, you'll be able to mitigate most of the unwanted surprises that you might expect on your GMAT. So, to conclude this point - Don't be anxious about the surprises that GMAT might throw at you, most likely, it will throw none. 

Second point - Less practice, more analysis. Now, this is very much counterintuitive to what we believe. We think that solving more and more problems helps our cause in any given exam. But this might not be the case on the GMAT because in GMAT we are really stuck with a limited number of good problems - if I consider the problems from the OGs and the mocks. 

Therefore, it is a good idea to extract as much juice as possible from each of those questions. In order to do that, you have to know the question very well. You have to understand each and every option.

You have to know - Why the right answer is right. And know - Why the other options are wrong. If you reach a dope level, you might as well understand the answer keys in the OG and the official mocks. So, in conclusion - it is not a good idea to be in a hurry to solve your OG without much analyzing the problems in it. 

Also, it is not a good idea to solve everything that you find under the sky because most of the things are unrelated to the GMAT or are coming from an unreliable source. So, be cautious of what you solve, but be sure to analyze whatever you solve. 

The third point - Don't blame it on time. Now, time is a very easy target to blame on when you have a low score in your actual GMAT or in your mocks. Don't do that! Be sure to thoroughly analyze each and every attempt off of yours. 

In most of the cases, if you think that the time is the concern, you will find that there are two reasons behind it - The first - either you spend too much time solving certain kinds of problems and that is because either you don't have the knowledge to solve that problem or there are gaps in the understanding of your concepts that are required to solve that problem. Second, you spend too less time solving certain kinds of problems. 

And that is because you failed to adopt a problem-solving methodology that you can apply across most of the problems that you solve. In other words, you go by your instincts. In either of the cases, we see that time is not the actual concern other things are like lack of knowledge, gaps in the current understanding of the concepts, or failing to adopt a problem-solving methodology. So, pluck in those weak points and you will see that time is the least of your concern. 

The fourth point - Strive for accuracy. Now, having a stellar accuracy or not having one both is measured in great quantities on the GMAT. But to build that accuracy - you need to make conscious efforts, have patience, and do a lot of hard work. But if you want that great score on the GMAT, you need to have that stellar accuracy. 

The bigger problem with the accuracy on GMAT is that it is a very difficult gauge during your preparation phase. That is you might be doing very well on easy kinds of problems, but not so much so on the medium or the difficult ones. To tackle this problem, it is a very good idea to maintain an Error Log. 

An error log will not only help you to analyze the mistakes, but will also help you to find patterns in them. That is to say - You might be making silly mistakes in your easy problems or might not have the concepts for the hard ones. 

In either case, you have actionable items to work upon. So build that stellar accuracy, and you shall do well on your exam.  

The fifth point, don't take performance pressure. We all know that you can give GMAT multiple times in a year and in your lifetime. So, why take that extra performance pressure? Yeah! I know, it does take a lot of mental effort and extra cash to appear for that retake. But think of it as this way - For your MBA, you are already ready to spend thousands of dollars and are open to learning new things. 

So, why not start it with the GMAT? Enjoy the process of learning, be open to learning new things, and enjoy giving your GMAT exam. As a final note - Don't take GMAT as a competitive exam. Your 700 score today is very much comparable to the 700 score of the person who scored it two years back and of the person who will score two years from now. 

So, rather, focus on the self-journey, your own personal development with the learning that comes with the GMAT exam, and the enjoyment of the process of giving the GMAT

How to move abroad with IELTS

Essentially, there are two reasons for moving abroad: one to work and another to study abroad. And if you might want to do that with IELTS you must make sure that for the working purposes you are taking the general IELTS exam and good news here it is much easier than the second one, and for the study purposes you're taking the academic IELTS, which is again more difficult. In that article I will tell you the whole process of applying to universities  and colleges abroad.  A question always comes to mind: can I give ielts in other country? 

How to move abroad with IELTS


First you are choosing your dream University and for that thankfully you have the Internet. You might want to start from looking up countries that you might like to live in or fields of science you might want to study and once you have identified which university you really want to go to, you might want to start to look for scholarships because again no one wants to pay for the education right thankfully in Russia all education is free for people who study well and for me it's a little bit difficult to get used to the idea that abroad people pay for their education. 

 

Of course there are exceptions - for instance in Germany the high education is free, so if you know German this might be a very nice opportunity for you but if you want to study in other countries probably you will need to pay a lot. So once you are all established with the Uni and the scholarship you will have to look at the eligibility condition and this plays a very important role in deciding whether or not you will be the perfect fit and whether or not you want getting into that University. 

 

So if you want to get your bachelor's degree abroad, one of the eligibility criteria will be some kind of an average grade that you must have or if this is a master's degree you're applying for, then you might have to have a certain bachelor's degree previously so check that. 

Also, in the eligibility criteria might be a portfolio where you're basically providing to the university proofs of your very high academic performance and of the fact that you have won some state grants, some scholarships, I don't know, business case championships, anything that might be applicable for your field of study and again there might be some international tests involved such as obviously IELTS or GMAT or TOEFL, or you might provide them certain publications of yours or an interview or a motivational letter and essay, a CV, a lot of things.

 

So check that out and prepare a big application package. Then fill in the application form that they are providing and wait. Try not to check your watch every five minutes because this will be a long process of waiting. And once you have received the dream confirmation of the fact that you are matriculated or you're enrolled or you're just a perfect fit and they're waiting for the next steps - you must check those next steps: they will be in the letter. 

 

Typically it is applying for a visa, it is paying your tuition fee and buying the tickets. Well once you are 100% sure you're going, once you already have the visa and here you might want to ask University for help because sometimes it is really not easy to get a visa and thankfully my University was very helpful in that and they took me through the whole process but do not hesitate to ask them about that. 

 

So when you are 100% sure you're going, you must start looking for apartments or for dormitories. Sometimes universities do not provide that and it might be a big problem for you when you arrive, so try to hedge yourself and try to secure yourself for such problems and look for that beforehand. 

 

This is basically how you change your country and go abroad! It looks easy however this process might be very long. It took me half a year or even more to get from point A to the last point of moving here in St. Gallen. 

 

Now if we are talking about job purposes the process is essentially the same and the only difference is that you are looking for an employer, not University. Basically, that's it. And once you have already found the perfect employer and you are really interested to work in that kind of area or in the country or in the business field that you've chosen, again you start your application process and it will be all described on the website of your employer. 

 

In the eligibility criteria for your job you might find certain CV requirements, certain experience requirements, or certain KPIs that you have fulfilled in your previous workplace, so make sure to provide those. And once you have your certificate of approval or just a letter that says: "Yeah we're happy to have you, come join our team!" 

 

Again, you start with your application for your visa and here the visa will be different: it will be with a work permit. We don't need anything else apart from the work permit. And you're good to go! So how basically I did it, what was my experience? First of all I took IELTS to apply to my home University in Russia, in St. Petersburg and this is because all the study process is conducted in English there, so we needed to prove that we are able to speak English. 

 

Therefore I took my IELTS and GMAT tests and then I was just sitting and waiting, and I got my confirmation thankfully. I got in. After one semester of my studies there was an opportunity to enroll to a double degree program called CEMS and this is an alliance of global schools of management education so to get there I also needed to go through a selection process which involves taking interviews and writing motivational letters, essays, providing my CV, my average grade, etc. You must know about which country needs ielts?

 

Once I had gone through that I could choose a dream school of my destination which happened to be St. Gallen, because this is the best university in Switzerland in terms of business education, finance and management. So I chose that and again I provided all the documents I applied, I waited, and I got the positive result. I got my 10th certificate, which clears the fact that I am in the program and the university is waiting for me. I went to the embassyI with that and applied for my work visa and basically it was it! I started to look for the apartment, I bought the tickets, I was very nervous because this is honestly my first time abroad and I just got here one week ago.

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