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Posted April 02, 2016 by

How to avoid 5 common study slip-ups

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Highly effective students know how to study. They pace themselves and don’t save all of their studying for the last minute. They also know how to take notes along the way to make their studying more efficient. Cramming and other last-minute study techniques can leave them exhausted, and incapable of performing well on test day. Use these ideas to improve your study system, and get a better grade this time around.

1. Avoid cramming

If you absolutely have to cram before a test, try to take breaks. Sleep is important for learning, so find a few hours to sleep after a long study session, and you’ll be better able to think clearly during the test. Research shows the first sleep cycle lasts about three hours. After that, we dip in and out every one and a half hours. Try to sleep from three to four and a half hours before your test.

2. Create a habit

Studying at the same time every day allows students to study better for their tests and make time for important assignments. Pick a time when you are unlikely to be disturbed and aim for the same time each day. You’ll get a better study session, and your brain will start to become used to your study routine.

3. Study locations

The place where students study is important. If they find they study best in the library, they should make a habit of getting out of their dorms or apartments, and getting to the library first thing. Make home a safe place from school work, and find places outside of it to work hard and for preparation. This way, home can become a place to relax, unwind, and have some fun.

4. Set specific goals

If you’re working toward a master’s in higher education, your goals should be specific and relate not only to your coursework, but your future career. Create lesson plans to start building the skills to become a teacher. Conduct mock lectures when teaching the material you’re learning in school to an imaginary classroom. This will not only show what you haven’t learned, but will prepare you to become a more effective educator. The same goes if you plan to intern as a scientist in the lab or research assistant. Come up with appropriate scenarios and hands-on study that prepare you for your future career and still help you learn the material.

5. Don’t procrastinate

Treat studying like a job. The most important thing to remember is students don’t have to be in the mood for studying. Studying is a process, and they may have some good days and some bad days. It’s okay to have a bad study session. Don’t let your mood affect whether you’re going to study. Push through and make your habits stick, and the rest is easy.

If you’re going for a long study session, start with the most difficult subjects first. Move on to the easier subjects when fatigue becomes a factor. Remember to take frequent breaks, and eat foods high in protein and carbs to sustain your energy levels and to prevent dips in energy.

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Brooke Chaplan, guest writer

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Posted October 16, 2015 by

Office organization ideas to increase productivity [infographic]

 

Students, grads and entry level employees, you need to have an organized place to do your tasks. And now is the time to get into the right habits before your health declines and you slide into a rhythm of low productivity. You don’t need to be a neat freak or wipe down every surface with bleach all day, but having a relatively organized work space does actually affect your productivity. If you’re shuffling between textbooks, laptop, tablet, cell phone, and then can’t find your bus pass when it’s time to go to class, that your mental disorganization will affect you. So it’s time to get organized. Here we offer some office organization ideas to get yourself cleaned up and working more efficiently!  (more…)

Posted July 07, 2015 by

4 Amazing Ways to Relax Your Mind During Tough Academic Times

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During tough academic times, when stress levels are high, it is important for students to use different tips and techniques that can help them relax their minds and give a break.

Giving your mind a good break to relax and feel refreshed during all the academic stress is absolutely crucial. Self-care that can induce mind relaxation techniques is absolutely crucial to your progress in the academic sector. If students continue to stress themselves without giving decent breaks in between, their minds can be exhausted and this can impact their overall performance during the term. Demonization, procrastination and frustration are all symptoms of a tired mind which needs a really good break. (more…)

Posted September 29, 2014 by

Increasing Your Concentration to Improve Interviewing Performance

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Ken Sundheim, Chief Executive Officer at KAS Placement Recruiting

The ability to focus at will allows an individual to sell themselves more effectively during interviews, to set aside destructive thoughts when engaging with hiring managers and ultimately to pursue career goals with more vigor and accuracy.

Attention allows us to retrieve pertinent information from our memory, evaluate an event or hiring manager’s mood, then react accordingly.  Needless to say, focus is paramount to any job seeker’s success.

However, with the multitude of social media distractions, monetary worries and harsh self-criticism that is more and more prevalent these days, many applicants find themselves stressed out about unrelated incidents prior to commencing an interview. (more…)

Posted September 26, 2014 by

Can the United States Improve Education Based on Personality?

Some people may believe that education is broken, so why is this the case and what can be done to change this notion?  Most, if not all, teachers probably have students with different personalities.  Perhaps education in the United States could improve if we considered that students’ personalities cause them to learn differently.  Not being a good test taker on paper does not mean that someone isn’t smart, it just means the method of learning is not conducive for them to process information.  The following post features an infographic that will hopefully help teachers take steps to get better results in the classroom by considering the affect of personality. (more…)

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Why studying at a singing school can be beneficial for you

Singers from the University of Exeter Soul Choir perfoming in the UK in June 2012

Singers from the University of Exeter Soul Choir perfoming in the UK in June 2012. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Many people are of the opinion that a person can only be successful if they choose a much stable career like being a doctor or an engineer or working at a bank managing accounts. While these career options are certainly more stable, a person’s choice is not limited to these basic ones. In today’s times, the options have been increased tenfold and what was considered preposterous a few years ago is being followed and taken up by several aspiring students. According to parents taking up a professional education in singing and music may not have been considered to be an ideal choice for their children but today, they have opened up more and are trying to be more accepting of their children’s choices. Formal training and education in music and singing is not just intellectually liberating but also has myriad benefits that you are unaware of. You can take a gander at some great singing schools for aspiring vocalists. (more…)

Posted June 27, 2014 by

Caffeine side effects: Does caffeine affect test scores?

 

The average person consumes caffeine on a daily basis. We wake up, we brew our cup of Joe and use the caffeine to propel us throughout our day. But for students, what caffeine side effects matter? Surprisingly, studies have shown that coffee consumption in college students may have an effect on test scores.

The Nutrition Journal in 2007 published a study in which 51% of 496 college students who regularly consumed coffee to help them with test preparation. Some Psychopharmacologists have concluded that this inevitably gave the students an advantage. Additionally three studies published by John Wiley and Sons in Human Psychopharmacology “put caffeine as an advantage”. (more…)

Posted December 19, 2013 by

Foods that Boost Brain Power

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Both teens and parents do so much to prepare for college success ahead of time.  Then when students finally get to college they spend so much time concentrating on doing well they might forget some easy tips and tricks to get ahead. One such idea is to make sure to maintain a healthy diet full of foods that boost brain power. Learning which foods help us think clearer and better in college will help maintain a healthy lifestyle and a quick thinking brain for life.

The good news is that there is a great selection of foods that will help increase that brain flow and activity. Here is a list of 15 foods that boost brain power: (more…)

Posted December 10, 2012 by

Where Success is Really Hidden

CollegeRecruiter.comOnce you have established your personal brand, success is likely to follow.  Have you thought about where this success can be found, beyond your personal brand?  The following post explains.

Not all successful people are happy. Some successful people are stressed out, miserable, angry, frustrated, depressed and lonely. They are barely able to get up in the morning. They trudge through the day. They might as well be breaking rocks on a chain gang in a 110-degree heat, with no water breaks. Their health is bad, their weight is out of control, their back hurts, their eyes hurt, their teeth hurt – basically their life hurts.

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Where Success is Really Hidden