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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 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 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 May 01, 2015 by

Telltale Signs You Need a Break From Work

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Office worker takes a break from his work and leans back daydreaming. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Stress among adults is often linked to work. The problem is they don’t know when they are already stressed.

Juliet Schor, writer of the best selling book The Overworked American, tells that people are literally working themselves to death. They get 90 minutes less sleep than they should, resulting to chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes and depression.

Overworking can cause serious problems but modern employees have become workaholics. Dean Schabner of ABC news reports that people work longer days, get less vacation time, and feel pressured with competition resulting to so much stress.

So how can you tell if you are too stressed from work? Here are some signs you need to observe: (more…)

Posted August 14, 2014 by

9 Ways To Add Happiness To Your Mood At Work

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When the job is new, it usually seems refreshing and interesting. However, as your job gets old, it may start making you bored and tired all the time. No matter how happy-go-lucky you are, sometimes it becomes tough to stay positive and happy at work.

Work load, project deadlines, office politics and over-times are some of the few factors that may make you feel tired of your day to day job and thus add boredom to it. The only ways you can take that boredom out of your job and make it more interesting and engaging again are: (more…)

Posted May 22, 2014 by

Young Professionals, Getting Tired of Current Entry Level Jobs? 6 Signs You Should Move On

While young professionals might have entry level jobs, that doesn’t mean at some point they will not get tired of them, depending on the situation.  Learn six signs that it is time to move on to another position in the following post.

You worked so hard to get this gig. But something just doesn’t feel right. Is it time for a new job? Sometimes the clues are blatant, such as having a subordinate promoted above you or having your office — or your parking spot — taken away. Other indications are harder to assess; they may seem accidental, such

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Posted April 21, 2014 by

Working Full-Time While Conducting an Entry Level Job Search? How to Manage Both

Are you planning to find an entry level job even while working full-time on another position?  Learn how to manage both of these tasks in the following post.

We all the know the expression, “Looking for a job is a full-time job,” but what if you actually have a full-time job? Working 40+ hours a week while trying to lead a successful job search can be challenging to say the least. Here are four tips for juggling work and a

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Posted February 24, 2014 by

The Benefits of Having a Part-Time Entry Level Job in Today’s Workforce

When it comes to the job market, you hear about people who are underemployed, also known as part-time workers as if that should be uncomfortable for people.  However, if you have a part-time entry level job, you might be part of a trend in today’s workforce.  In the following post, learn some of the benefits to working part-time.

It appears the traditional 9-5 is more and more becoming a thing of the past. According to The Reed Job Index, part-time work is on the rise. Whether we turn to a part-time position for increased flexibility, as freelance opportunities, because we want to continue our education, start our own business

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Posted December 19, 2013 by

Oh No You Didn’t! 6 Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Entry Level Job Search

To improve your chances of landing an entry level job, avoid six mistakes that can hurt your search in the following post.

You’ve heard it a million times… the job market is competitive, and the economy still uncertain. In that environment it’s tough to maintain your poise and hope as a job seeker, right? With that said, you can take targeted, positive and actionable steps to create positive results for yourself. Below, we’ve listed six unhealthy job search

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Posted October 10, 2013 by

Why You Need to Take a Break from Your Entry Level Job

While you may want to make a great impression on your entry level job by working hard, make sure you take a break from time to time for the sake of your health.  Learn more from an infographic in the following post.

You’re a young professional, eager to make a name for yourself in the working world. You eat lunch at your desk every day. You work non-stop until midnight. You stare at the computer until your eyes burn. When what you really you need to do is… take a break…

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