Hello everyone, Tết is coming soon. Just a few days, we will welcome a lunar new year and it makes me eager extremely. Because, at the New Year’s Eve, I will be watching fireworks glow in the sky of Ha Noi capital. And watching fireworks is my special hobby. We are having a week off or Tết holiday. How do you spend it? Is it meaningful? Is it relaxed? Will you feel happy after this holiday or will you regret? This blog will help you spend your holiday in a relaxing and meaningful way :>> Isn’t it amazing?

Here are a few suggestions for you !!!

Do house chores

Instead of speeling all day, you can clean your house and help your parents with the housework. A clean house may bring lots of luck and prosperity for your family in a new year. And one thing for sure is that you will receive numerous lucky money because you have helped your parents. 😀

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Go to flower market

Don’t just hide inside the house playing smartphone any longer. Let’s go to flower market with your parents, enjoying apricot and peach blossoming. Don’t forget to bring a peach blossom stem to welcome Tet.


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Enjoy new year eve with family.

Busy with your work and study for a long time, this is time for your family to gather at Tet banquet and together waiting for the moment changing from old year to new year. Why don’t you give you parents best wishes and hope for a new year filled with joys and excitements?

Giving wishes to your grandparents.

Despite having made themselves full of arrangements to play happily at Tet, everyone should spend a little time to look up our relatives, grandparents, and so on. Nothing is more than enjoying the Tet Nguyen Dan atmosphere with our families, listening to wishes that children give to the old. And laughing giggly when receiving red envelopes.


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Visiting our teachers.

In Viet Nam, we have an idiom about Tet:

“Mùng 1 Tết cha, mùng 2 Tết mẹ, mùng 3 Tết thầy”

Which means in English: the first day at Tet we should spend for our fathers, the second one is for our mothers, and the third one is for our teachers.

It is a tradition saying that becomes too familiar to us in every new year. This is a special occasion for us not only to visit, show our respect and gratitude to our dear teachers but also to meet friends, chat and give wishes with plenty luck at Tet.


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Do voluntary work.

This a  very special activity. Thanks to this, you can share difficulties with the underprivileged and get joys at Tet.


Do homework

Tet is the time for relaxation and fun but don’t you ever forget to complete tasks handed out for Tet. You had better spend a little time in the evening on doing homework and preparing your books before starting a new school year.

This is the end of my blog. With the due suggestions above, I believe that you’ve already known how to spend time at Tet. Anyway,  the new year festival is so important to me and also to all Vietnamese citizens. The reason is that we get more days off from work and study, and therefore we have more time to spend with our families and our loved ones. It is also a great time to think about what we have done in the previous year and to make plans for the upcoming year.




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Embrace your awesomeness

This has become my new mantra lately.  It’s actually an expression I heard in the movie Another Cinderella Movie.  Confident, strong Tami (my favorite character, of course), is trying to get her best friend Mary to see what everyone else see’s, that she is a great and talented dancer.  And in an exasperated frustrated tone, Tami says “embrace your awesomeness.”

Getting our kids to believe in themselves and to stop hiding their awesomeness can be a challenge.  There is incredible pressure on our kids to conform and adhere to the social standards.  This pressure plus the fear of being rejected or embarrassed often holds our kids back from getting involved, expressing themselves authentically, and doing great things.   And leaves us parents frustrated when they pass on great opportunities or find ways of conveniently not getting involved.  Here are some tips to help you help your kids “embrace their awesomeness.”

Embrace Your Own Awesomeness

Are you embracing your awesomeness or are you continually downplaying your strengths, accomplishments, and achievements?  You need to let your kids see you being proud of your accomplishments, taking chances, and being everything YOU were meant to be.  If you are hiding behind excuses, always making safe choices, and downplaying your achievements, you are modeling exactly what you don’t want to let happen to your kids.  So make sure you are walking the talk, or your kids will never embrace their own awesomeness.

Let Them Define It

Your kids need to define their own path.   No matter how much we want them to become a Broadway star or top business executive, we have to let our kids figure out who they are and their own awesomeness.  You can do this by exposing them to different and new opportunities, limiting how much time they spend doing mindless things like watching TV or playing video games, and encouraging them when you see that spark that lights them up.  Remember, kids’ accomplishments always have to be about the kids, not the parent.

Make It Safe for Them

Embracing their awesomeness doesn’t have to be done on a public stage.  If your kids are shy or uncomfortable in the spotlight, help them find ways of doing what they are good at in a quieter behind the scenes way.  Or try negotiating up front how long they have to give something a try before giving it up.  Just by knowing ahead of time they are not committed for life to trying something will help make it safe for them and hopefully easier for them to try.  Building up confidence can take time, so give your kids the space and safety of exploring their strengths and talents in a way that works best for them.

Don’t Let Them Off the Hook

Our kids (especially teenagers) would probably prefer we just stop talking about it, but it’s important to not let them off the hook when you see them not living up to their potential.  The trick is finding a way of keeping some pressure on them without it coming out as nagging.  If you continually nag them about it, they will tune you out and probably rebel by doing nothing. So make sure you keep up with things going on in their school and in your community so that when you see an opportunity that may be good for them you can point it out and encourage them to give it a try.

Guiding our kids along the path of self-discovery is not easy and we should NEVER do it for them, but as their parents who have watched them grow since birth, we are in a unique position to know our kids better than anyone else.  We need to teach them to listen to themselves, believe in themselves, and if nothing else be afraid to try.  And they will do the rest.


The Hobbit ( The Atlantic )

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” So began the legendarium that dominated a genre, changed Western literature and the field of linguistics, created a tapestry of characters and mythology that endured four generations, built an anti-war ethos that endured a World War and a Cold War, and spawned a multibillion-dollar media franchise. J.R.R. Tolkien’s work is probably best remembered today by the sword-and-sandal epic scale of The Lord of The Ringsfilms, but it started in the quiet, fictionalized English countryside of the Shire. It started, 80 years ago in a hobbit-hole, with Bilbo Baggins.

Although Tolkien created the complicated cosmological sprawl of The Silmarillionand stories like the incestuous saga of Túrin Turambar told in The Children of Húrin, Middle-earth itself is mostly remembered today as something akin to little Bilbo in his Hobbit-hole: quaint, virtuous, and tidy. Nowadays, George R.R. Martin’s got the market cornered on heavily initialed fantasy writers, and his hand guides the field. High and epic fantasy are often expected to dip heavily into the medieval muck of realism, to contain heavy doses of sex and curses, gore and grime, sickness and believable motives and set pieces. Characters like Martin’s mercenary Bronn of the Blackwater are expected to say “fuck,” and to like fucking. Modern stories, even when set in lands like A Song of Ice and Fire’s Essos that are filled with competing faiths, tend toward the nihilist, and mostly atheist. Heavenly beings are denuded of potency and purity; while the gods may not be dead, divinity certainly is.

That’s why, on this week’s anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit and of the entrance of Tolkien into the fantasy genre, it’s important to reread and reconsider his works, and his first especially. Although the short and whimsical book is considered lightweight compared to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, it’s still in many ways the best that literature has to offer. Tolkien is first a linguist, and it’s not only his creation of elvish, dwarvish, and orcish languages out of whole cloth that impresses, but also the way he toys with English, and illustrates the power of language itself to create. Ever a good author surrogate, Bilbo’s true arms and armor aren’t his trusty half-sword Sting or his mithril shirt, but—as Gollum would find out—his words and riddles. As Bilbo tells Smaug, the dragon:

I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air, I am he that walks unseen … I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number … I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water.

Bilbo’s warrior-poetry is big and boastful enough to go toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali.

The hobbit’s journey from the comforts of the Shire through the mysterious dwarven ruins in the bowels of mountains and to the lair of a treasure-hoarding dragon double as a Bildungsroman, not only for the protagonist but for Tolkien as well. In the climax of the book, when the hero despairs at the greed and collapse of diplomacy that leads to the pointless Battle of the Five Armies, so is revealed Tolkien’s hatred of war. His own experiences as a soldier in the trenches of World War I gave him a worldview that blended an old-world genteel Christian Englishness with an acid skepticism of power that wouldn’t become mainstream in American audiences until 40 years later during the Vietnam War.

The internal and external quests of The Hobbit are perhaps especially important today. In a time when young men in particular seem disaffected, unmoored, prone to violence and radicalization, and are dying at accelerating rates from “deaths of despair”—suicides and overdoses, mostly—the central lessons of the book aren’t found in the fantastic elements, on the backs of Eagles, or in the scope of Tolkien’s maps. Rather, the important lessons are found in the development of Bilbo and his dwarf companions Thorin, Balin, Fíli, and Kíli: the dignity of humanity, the virtue of generosity, a respect for life, a duty to do good, and the ways in which brotherhood can be used to move men toward those ideals. In a world today where nuclear doom—for which The Ring can be read as a metaphor—hangs over every country, where efforts to work for common good seem to crumble, and where inequality and hegemony seem likely to persist in perpetuity, perhaps those quaint values are more crucial now than ever.

Some things in The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings trilogy can be left behind. The world of Middle-earth betrays forms of paternalism, imperialism, and racial essentialism that have no use today. But other elements that are now often derided—like Gandalf’s tendency to act as a demi-deus ex machina and the books’ belief that good always prevails—are actually paramount to the works’ legacy. The true ethos of a nihilistic society, where bad-news fatigue and eroding faith in truth and in human institutions are enduring enough to create a durable meme out of the “This is fine” dog, might be a desperate need to seek assurance that things might actually turn out fine. And the overwhelming lesson of The Hobbit’s time “between the Dawn of Færie and the Dominion of Men” is that things might not turn out fine, but that people can become whole through the effort of making them so.

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27 Synonyms for Experience with examples

Regardless of what you’re doing, there may be many times when you need to describe the experience that you have. Examples of such times include answering questions during job interviews, talking about the things you did on vacation with your friends, or speaking to your family about your future plans.

If you find yourself in one of these situations, you may need to describe your experiences several times. However, it is not necessary to use the word experience over and over. Instead, you can use one of the following synonyms, depending on what specific meaning you want to say.

Experience have several different meanings, and the list below is categorized according to part of speech (verb or noun) and definition.

Experience synonyms as a verb

Experience as a verb means to have practical contact with something.

To be involved in

This phrase means to take part in something, and to act in it. You can be involved in a play, an organization, an event, or something else that requires you to dedicate some time, energy, and possibly money into it.


  • Robert is involved in a dance group at his university, and they will perform at the talent show tomorrow night.
  • Amelia wanted her husband to be involved in their children’s school, but he was too busy with work to commit to it.
  • I don’t want my brother to be involved in that group of people.

To participate in

Similar to being involved with something, to participate in something means to take part in it and contribute time and energy. Often, you can participate in various events, but groups and organizations can be participated in as well.


  • Sophia participated in the tennis tournament and won first place, bringing the trophy home to her school.
  • Greg wanted to participate in Woman’s March downtown tonight, so he went home early to prepare to go.
  • Manuel founded a nonprofit organization that helps tutor low-income students after school, and he is asking everyone he knows to participate in teaching the students.

To be exposed to

Another way to experience something is to be exposed to it, or simply observe and have something made known to you. Sometimes, just being able to see something can bring it from a concept and theory to a real thing, and increase your sympathy to it.


  • Max’s parents wanted him to be exposed to different styles of living around the world so that he would be able to appreciate the things that he had.
  • In my line of work, I have been exposed to the way that the health care system really works; many people who come to the emergency room don’t actually need emergency care but come anyway because they cannot afford to go to the regular doctor.
  • Noah decided that being a lawyer was his career goal after he was exposed to the excitement and drama of a courtroom.

To observe

One way to gain exposure to something is to observe it, or see it with your own eyes but not participate in it. This type of experience can be useful for a high-risk job, such as a police officer or surgeon, who should not try to get hands-on experience without enough training.


  • Jenny sat outside the classroom observing the teaching talking to her students.
  • The zoology students went to the ornithology exhibit at the local zoo to observe birds in captivity to prepare for their field trip to see wild birds in the forest.
  • Thomas was nervous before performing his first surgery because he had only observed his mentor do surgeries before.

To be aware of

To be aware of something means to have an idea that it exists. It means that you move from not knowing what something is to having a basic understanding of it, which is an important first leap. However, simply knowing that something exists and being an advocate for it are two different things, so if you talk about awareness of something in a job interview, make sure you can elaborate as well.


  • I am aware of the problems with freedom of speech, but I still think freedom to say what you want is incredibly important.
  • Liam was vaguely aware of what his coworkers were saying about him, but all he cared about is what his boss thought about him.
  • Sarah is aware of the importance of time management, so she designed a calendar system that worked for her.

To be familiar with

Being familiar with something is a small step up from simply being aware of it. To be familiar with a problem or system means that you can probably describe it, provide solutions, and have your own insight to offer, even if you are not an expert yet.


  • Fred’s boss wanted him to become familiar with the inner workings of the conference before he started planning it.
  • Danielle is more familiar with biological psychology than social psychology, so she works in a research lab with human test subjects.
  • The political candidate thought that was familiar with the issue in the Middle East but it was clear from his interview that he was not.

To understand

Another step up from being familiar with something is to understand it – or to know the information you need and be able to explain it to someone else. You may be approaching being an expert on the issue.


  • I understand how book publishing works, so I can make sure to pitch your manuscript in a way that maximizes the possibility of publication.
  • If Theresa understood why the company morale was so low, she would be able to prevent it from getting any worse.
  • Beth was finally able to understand why her parents were always so worried about her when she had her first child.

To have insight into

When you understand something, you may take your understanding up a step and offer your own thoughts and new ideas. Your insights are new ideas what you can contribute.


  • The consultant has some useful insights into how we can increase our earnings this year.
  • It was a good thing that Joe had insight into the market research we did so that we could create a really successful product.
  • The mark of a good teacher is having insight into how students learn and how they can apply their knowledge.

To encounter

To encounter means to meet something or someone.


  • I have encountered this problem before, so I know how to solve it.
  • Ed encountered his dream girl on the subway but she walked away before he could say hi.
  • The company has never encountered much criticism because they have been very successful in the things that they tried.

To endure

If you endure something, you experience it but often with pain and suffering, whether physical or psychological.


  • Emma had to endure the grueling hours of her internship last summer, but it all paid off when the company she was interning for offered her a full-time job.
  • As you get older, you have to choose between living rent-free with your parents but enduring their concern and nagging or paying rent but having more freedom.
  • If you can endure the challenges at the beginning, you will be rewarded in the end.

To come into contact with

To come into contact with means to physically or metaphorically see, feel, or take part in something. This usually means that you had just a simple, non-serious interaction with something – not anything serious.


  • Zoe came into contact with the poisonous spider, but luckily the doctor at the emergency room had an antidote and prevented her from suffering any damage.
  • I came into contact with the World Health Organization for the first time when I was in high school, and have wanted to work for them ever since.
  • Tony came into contact with similar challenges at her previous job, so she is able to explain how we can best combat our current problem.

To come across

Coming across something means to stumble upon it, or see it when you are looking for something else or nothing in particular.


  • The rookie police officer came across a photo of the victim and his brother at a poker tournament, giving the precinct a new lead on the murder case.
  • I was reading the newspaper last night and came across the idea of the ten-thousand-hour rule – have you heard about it?
  • Brianna was browsing through Facebook, hoping to come across news of her ex-boyfriend but she could not find anything.

To face

To face something – usually a challenge or problem – means to deal with or work to solve something.


  • Harry Potter faced Lord Voldemort many times throughout his time at Hogwarts School of Wizardry.
  • Do not be afraid to face your fears, for having overcoming them will only make you stronger.
  • Olivia could not face her brother after she accidentally spilled her juice on his laptop.

To feel

Experiencing an emotion is to feel that emotion.


  • Ben did not know that he could feel as much fear as he did in that moment, standing on the edge of the cliff looking down.
  • Lily felt a surge of excitement when she woke up on Christmas Day, and then rushed downstairs to see all the presents she had been given.
  • Dylan made his mom feel pride, which gave him more motivation to work hard.

Experience synonyms as a noun, meaning skills and previous work in something


The skills that you have are the abilities you have to do something.


  • Your writing skills are incredible.
  • Emily’s teacher thought that her language skills were far better than everyone else in her class.
  • William has enough skill to win the tournament, but only if he keeps practicing.

Practical knowledge

Having practical knowledge in something means to have done it.


  • Your practical knowledge in getting others to cooperate will be far more useful than the things you have read in a book for this task.
  • Much of what a formal education is lacking is the practical knowledge you need to succeed in the world, especially concerning money and investing.
  • Noah decided to do the internship instead of volunteering at his church like he did every summer because he wanted to get some practical knowledge in his field now that he was in college.


Practice is the act of doing something over and over and slowly improving over time. For many skills, practice is required if you want to improve, such as for playing a sport, writing, designing, or public speaking.


  • It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something, according to Malcolm Gladwell.
  • All the athletes that you look up to spend the majority of their lives practicing their sport.
  • Victoria had to practice her presentation ten times in front of the mirror before she felt ready to give it at school.


Training a special kind of instruction or education that helps you improve a certain skill.


  • If your employer is not paying you to attend different trainings to improve your skills, you should ask them to fund something.
  • The training that Molly wants to attend will cost several thousand dollars, but she thinks it will be worth it.
  • Even animals have to receive training to be ready to perform at the circus or in a theme park show.


Learning is the process through which you gain knowledge or skills. It may be dependent on having a teacher to help you, but can also be done yourself.


  • Your learning is in your own hands; it doesn’t have to stop after you graduate from school.
  • If you cannot do something, you can try learning it before asking for help.
  • Jeremy’s teacher is not very clear, so he has to do a lot of learning by himself.


Education is systematized learning and a transfer of skills from teacher to student. Most of the time, it refers to a formal school system, including university.


  • While having a basic education is important, many skills can be learned on your own through the internet now.
  • Xavier wanted to get an education but could not afford college tuition, so he turned to videos on YouTube and was able to use that to convince an employer to hire him.
  • Education often requires you to learn through books, but practical experience is just as, if not more, important.


Having a background or experience in something means to have some context in it. This can often include educational or work experience.


  • My university background is in computer science, and I want to specialize in game design.
  • Even though Tyler has a background in psychology instead of marketing, he has shown that what he knows can bring a different perspective for our products.
  • What is your educational and professional background?


The things that you know are your knowledge, whether it is something you know how to do or facts that you can teach to someone else.


  • A thirst for knowledge is the mark of a good student.
  • Some knowledge you can only learn from a book, but other knowledge you can only learn from doing something.
  • Children often protest that they will not need the knowledge taught to them at school, but many of them grow up to find that they do.


Another term for know-how is the French savoir faire, which is also used in English to mean the ability to know what to do and handle a situation.


  • Know-how often refers to skills like speaking a language instead of facts because it is a more abstract ability to do something well.
  • Barney has outstanding know-how when it comes to getting people to do what he wants.
  • Being a great translator takes a lot of know-how, which can only be gained over years of practice and experience, and possibly having a good mentor.

Experience synonyms as a noun, meaning something that happens


Anything that happens can be an incident, but the word sometimes refers to bad things that happen.


  • There was an incident of misbehavior at the school, so the children’s parents were called.
  • The company did not want another incident of mistreating customers, so they instituted a new policy calling for the firing of employees who did not handle conflicts with grace and patience.
  • The incident at the office served as a warning for the leadership.


An event is anything that happens as well, but events are usually of some importance or interest.


  • Will you attend the events to raise money for the charity?
  • Nancy invited me to her barbeque event for the Fourth of July, and I already told her that we would go.
  • There are thousands of events at every Olympic Games, and I watch as many of them as I can on TV.


Another word for experience, a happening usually refers to something informal and quick, such as a get-together between a group of friends. In some contexts, a happening may refer to a play or act.


  • Did you see the news about the new happening at the theater?
  • Frank invited me to the happening at Tess and Jenna’s place tonight but I’m not sure I will go.
  • Blaine wanted to organize a happening for the group, but he got busy and ended up not having time to plan anything.


While an affair can be an instance of someone who is in a relationship cheating, in this context it means a type of event, usually something fancy and formal like a party or gala.


  • Will you attend the black-tie affair with your wife tomorrow evening?
  • The Winterbottoms are planning a Christmas affair to raise money for their charity foundation.
  • No one would take responsibility for the disastrous media affair, but the company recovered anyway.

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Dựa vào kinh nghiệm săn thành công 2 học bổng toàn phần chính phủ AAS và Fulbright, cũng như kinh nghiệm hướng dẫn các học viên ASH của thầy đạt được các học bổng chính phủ và các trường, thầy viết bài này chia sẻ 3 lời khuyên thầy đúc kết được để giúp các thợ săn học bổng đạt được ước mơ của mình.

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Có 2 nguồn học bổng chính, đó là các chương trình học bổng chính phủ các nước trên thế giới và học bổng của các trường. Hiện nay có rất nhiều chương trình học bổng cho các lựa chọn, đồng thời cũng có rất nhiều nguồn cho các bạn tham khảo như các Page, Group, website, hay thậm chí Google … tha hồ mà tìm. Các bạn cũng có thể tìm các thông tin này trên FB, Page, hay website của thầy. Đây là việc mà bản thân các bạn phải chịu khó tự thân vận dộng, vì chỉ có bản thân bạn mới biết mình có thể đáp ứng các tiêu chí của chương trình học bổng đưa ra hay không. Rất nhiều bạn nhờ thầy tìm dùm hay tư vấn cho chương trình học bổng, thầy không thể giúp cho các bạn việc này được.

Lời khuyên #2: Nộp hồ sơ săn học bổng nào đủ tiêu chuẩn
Hãy nghiên cứu thật kỹ các tiêu chí của các học bổng, nếu nhận thấy mình đáp ứng các tiêu chí đề ra thì mạnh dạn và tự tin nộp hồ sơ. Nếu không đủ thì đừng mất công làm hồ sơ vì đằng nào cũng bị loại! Nếu thấy đủ tiêu chẩn nộp cho nhiều chương trình thì nên nộp nếu đã có kinh nghiệm làm hồ sơ, còn không thì nên chọn 1 chương trình phù hợp nhất để làm hồ sơ rút kinh nghiệm. Dĩ nhiên học bổng nào kém cạnh tranh thì khả năng thành công cao hơn, do đó hãy lựa chọn sao cho phù hợp với khả năng của mình. Nói như vậy không đồng nghĩa với việc tự ti không dám thử sức với các học bổng danh giá trên thế giới. Nếu thấy đủ tiêu chuẩn để nộp đơn thì lời khuyên của thầy là hãy nỗ lực hết mình để hoàn thiện hồ sơ 1 cách tốt nhất, cơ hội sẽ có thể đến với các thợ săn kiên trì nhất.

Lời khuyên #3: Viết bài luận SOP sao cho thuyết phục
Bài luận có thể nói là yếu tố giúp cho các thợ săn học bổng trở nên nổi bật từ đó giúp thuyết phục hội đồng tuyển chọn chọn vào vòng interview quyết định. Đến giai đoạn này khả năng đạt được học bổng có thể nói là rất cao. Vậy làm thế nào để viết bài luận sao cho thuyết phục? Với kinh nghiệm săn học bổng và hướng dẫn viết bài luận thành công cho các học viên ASH của mình, thầy đúc kết các điểm chính sau đây:

1) Trả lời đúng ý câu hỏi
Trả lời hết tất cả các câu hỏi của chương trình học bổng đưa ra theo đúng yêu cầu, giới hạn số lượng từ, và đặc biệt quan trọng là không được trả lời lạc đề (off topic). Trả lời lạc đề đồng nghĩa với việc các bạn tự đánh rớt hồ sơ của mình, trước khi hội đồng loại hồ sơ! Trong quá trình hướng dẫn thầy gặp rất nhiều học viên do không đọc kỹ câu hỏi hay không hiểu đúng ý của câu hỏi đã trả lời sai! Nhiều bạn làm hồ sơ trước đây bị loại là viết sai đề, được thầy hướng dẫn cách phân tích câu hỏi và viết lại đúng ý đã thành công. Hãy đọc thật kỹ yêu cầu và hướng dẫn của các câu hỏi viết hồ sơ để tránh viết lạc đề bị loại hồ sơ oan uổng.

2) Lập dàn ý (outline)
Trước khi bắt tay vào viết SOP thì không nên viết ngay thành bài luận hoàn chỉnh mà hãy lên dàn ý (outline). Đây là bước đầu tiên mà thầy bắt buộc các học viên ASH của thầy phài làm, tuy có mất thời gian 1 chút nhưng khi có outline hoàn chỉnh rồi thì các bạn viết thuận lợi hơn, tránh lối viết lung tung ngẫu hứng, thiếu mạch lạc. Sau khi có outline, các bạn cứ viết thoải mái khoan quan tâm đến giới hạn số lượng từ vội. Viết xong hoàn chỉnh, lúc đó mới tính đến việc “cắt gọt” sao cho đúng quy định về giới hạn số lượng từ của chương trình học bổng quy định.

3) Văn phong bản ngữ
Lỗi mà đa số các thợ săn học bổng mắc phải đó là lối hành văn mang đậm tính Việt Nam, đó là lối nói vòng vo tam quốc và hô khẩu hiệu 1 cách chung chung mơ hồ gây khó hiểu cho hội đồng tuyển chọn! Đây luôn luôn là điều mà thầy phải nhắc nhở và chấn chỉnh thường xuyên trong suốt quá trình viết. Để thoát ra khỏi lối suy nghĩ và viết theo kiểu người Việt thì các bạn phải hiểu và nắm rõ người bản ngữ viết như thế nào, vì chúng ta viết cho họ đọc chứ không phải cho người Việt đọc. Văn phong của người bản ngữ có 3 đặc điểm cơ bản:

• Rõ ràng
Như trong quy định của viết văn học thuật (Acadamic Writing), thường để giúp cho người đọc hiểu và nắm rõ được ý của người viết thì người viết nên bắt đầu đoạn văn (paragraph) bằng câu chủ đề (topic sentence), chính câu này sẽ dẫn dắt người đọc và từ đó hiểu rõ ý của người viết. Thông thường hầu hết các thợ săn học bổng “quên” quy tắc viết luận cơ bản này và bắt đầu đoạn văn hay câu trả lời là “tuôn” luôn không đầu không đuôi gì cả, giống như viết tự do (freestyle writing)! Hãy bắt đầu 1 đoạn văn hay câu trả lời trong bài luận SOP bằng 1 câu chủ đề.

• Cụ thể
Ông bà ta hay nói: “Nói có sách, mách có chứng”, có nghĩa là nói hay viết phải dẫn chứng cụ thể để thuyết phục người nghe về quan điểm hay lập luận của mình. Người bản ngữ coi trọng và đánh giá việc trình bày 1 cụ thể, họ rất ghét sự mập mờ không rõ ràng, buộc họ phải suy nghĩ và đoán. Đa phần các thợ săn học bổng thường hay “hô khẩu hiệu” rất sáo rỗng gây nhàm chán cho hội đồng tuyển chọn. Khi thầy chấm bài SOP thì gặp cả “tỷ” câu như vậy, nào là “tôi có kỹ năng lãnh đạo tuyệt vời” mà không thấy dẫn chứng tại sao lại tuyệt vời, hay “tôi là sinh viên học tập xuất sắc vượt trội” mà chẳng thấy cho thấy xuất sắc chỗ nào, vượt trội ra sao, thậm chí “tôi là người chịu khó sẵn sàng đương đầu với thách thức không ngại khó khăn” y chang như hô khẩu hiệu ai cũng có thể “la” lên như vậy, không hề cho người đọc thấy 1 hình ảnh nào cụ thể của 1 con người có phẩm chất như thế. Hãy chứng minh với hội đồng tuyển dụng các phẩm chất cá nhân bằng những ví dụ cụ thể, câu chuyện thật, hay trải nghiệm sống của chính bản thân, càng cụ thể càng dễ tạo ấn tượng.

• Ngắn gọn
Người ta hay nói: “Nói dài nói dở!” Trong cách viết bài luận SOP thì điều này quả không sai chút nào, chính vì vậy hầu hết các chương trình học bổng đều đưa ra giới hạn số từ rất cụ thể, thậm chí có những chương trình yêu cầu khắc khe rằng nếu SOP quá số từ quy định thì hồ sơ sẽ bị loại ngay! Thông thường viết dài thì không khó, nhưng để viết ngắn gọn mà vẫn chuyển tài đầy đủ thông tin hay thông điệp đến cho hội đồng tuyển chọn điều này mới thật sự khó. Đa số người Việt chúng ta khi mô tả về bản thân hay có “tật” là đem cả người nhà, gia đình, bà con họ hàng ra để kể, thậm chí còn nói đến chuyện vĩ mô, thế giới quan hay nhân sinh quan! Mục đích của SOP là để hội đồng tuyển chọn có được cái nhìn về chính bản thân ứng viên mà thôi, họ không quan tâm đến các chuyện khác ngoài bản thân ứng viên, cho nên đừng kể lể dông dài về dòng họ hay thế giới. Hãy tập trung kể về chính bản thân mình 1 cách ngắn gọn và súc tích nhất có thể.

Tóm lại, lời khuyên về viết bài luận SOP đó là hãy biến bài luận SOP của bản thân thành 1 câu chuyện đậm chất cá nhân không giống ai. Hãy tìm ra những điểm nổi bật và thú vị về bản thân để giúp các bạn khác với các thợ săn học bổng khác, đồng thời hãy cho thấy tầm ảnh hưởng của mình đối với người khác trong học tập, công việc, cũng như cuộc sống. Từ đó, giúp hội đồng tuyển chọn nhìn thấy được sự nổi trội của bản thân so với hàng trăm hay hàng ngàn ứng viên sáng giá khác, xứng đáng được họ trao học bổng

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