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Gongbang: your virtual study buddy

South Koreans are orderly. They obey laws, offer things with both hands, avoid eye contact, work hard, believe the number 4 is unlucky, and have small dogs. That is a fairly typical collection of national characteristics, in the same way that the British are obsessed with class, drink too much tea and alcohol, and say ‘sorry’ all the time. But the Korean approach to internet culture is fast becoming a new national characteristic. They have one of the world’s fastest broadband infrastructures, which makes online life pretty zippy.

How much will you earn after your degree?

The BBC has used research data from the Institute for Fiscal Studies to publish an interactive salary checker based on degree subject and university in the UK. It shows how graduate earnings vary five years after leaving each institution and subject, relative to the average degree, whatever that is. And it shows data for men and women, thus highlighting the gender pay gap.

Tips for attending UK universities during the COVID-19 crisis

Congratulations! You've been accepted into your university, you've arranged your transport and you've packed your bags (don't forget the face mask)! Now all you need to do is settle in and begin your university experience. Whether you're a first-year student or a returning academic, university is looking a little different for everyone this year – and for international students, the idea of flying across the world for their degrees is more daunting than ever before.

How to thrive at college

Lots of young Americans go to college, but a large proportion of them never gain a degree. Federal Government figures show a 33% graduation rate for students on four-year degrees at public colleges and universities, rising to 57.6% after six years. To graduate in four years, students need to accrue 15 credits per semester, and it seems two thirds are not managing that.

A confused parent’s guide to the British universities admissions system (UCAS)

The UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has its headquarters near Cheltenham Racecourse. This is quite fitting when you consider its purpose: to manage the annual race run by the UK’s school-leavers to get a place at their preferred university or college. Only it’s like managing a race run by half a million horses, all with different destinations.

Can this man boost your SAT score by over 200?

Shaan Patel is such a driven and high-achieving person that his claim to boost anyone’s SAT score by 200 points or more carries some credibility. From humble beginnings growing up at his parents’ motel in Nowheresville, Nevada and attending the local public school which had a dropout rate of 40%, he graduated from Yale with an MBA and USC with an MD. And his own SAT score on the way there? A perfect 1600, after starting out with only an average score. This lends weight to his claim that he can boost anyone’s SAT score by 200 or more, because he boosted his own by several hundred points.