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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 August 18, 2015 by

5 Common Myths about College Life

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If you are going to start college then congratulations because you are going to start a new chapter of your life and you have to make sure that you will make the most out of it. The moment that you get accepted into the college of your choice, you cannot help but feel euphoria because it seems surreal.

There is a chance that you have already heard a lot of things about college life and you cannot help but feel a bit scared because you feel that you already know what you want to expect. Are you sure that everything that you have heard is true? What if some of the things that you have learned are just myths? (more…)

Posted May 27, 2015 by

Dorm Room Essentials: The Best Gadgets for College Freshmen

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College students have more conveniences available to them today than at any other time in history. Of course, that doesn’t mean college has gotten any easier, and all of the options can make back-to-school shopping overwhelming when you’re living on a budget. You want to make sure you choose items that will actually help you, but you don’t want to go overboard and equip yourself like Batman. Below is a review of eight essential gadgets that can give you an advantage this semester. (more…)

Posted March 11, 2015 by

Choosing Best College Furniture and Dorm Decoration Ideas

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Parents who have their kids in college must be aware of the expenses incurred on this new venture of their children’s life. Smart people plan for their children’s future. When the time comes, parents have to deposit a huge amount of cash for their children’s education. Therefore, planning ahead of time is the need of the hour. Small expenses add up to a big amount in the end. Before your bank account starts to feel the pinch, you would prefer to learn more about college furniture rentals.

For parents whose children would be living on college campus, additional expenditures would not be a concern for them. Cost to be incurred on room and board would be included in a fee for every semester or quarter. Parents would not be burdened with surprise dues. Furthermore, a basic food plan would see your kid easily through the college year. Similar is the case if your child is living with you at home while he or she goes to college. Every penny saved is penny earned. Things get tricky when you have to select college furniture for your children. (more…)

Posted February 27, 2015 by

Considerations for Your Next Move (How It Can Affect Your Career)

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While it is true that it is still pretty early in the school year for most college students, those finals and the last days of the school year are just around the corner. It is easy to plan out how you will address the class requirements, but sometimes the other aspects of life are missed or not given as much attention and you may find yourself “throwing it together” when faced with projects at the end of the year.

One of those areas is the dorm room or suite that you have occupied and that you won’t be needing in the summer. Even if you have already graduated (congratulations!), you may not have found that next place to live, or if you have, you may be wondering if this is your final destination. Speaking from experience, that choice of where to live can sometimes change a few times in life, especially as it relates to jobs! (more…)

Posted February 03, 2015 by

The Top 4 Things to Ask on your College Tour

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It’s very important for students to ask the right questions when going on their college tours. Many students feel shy or embarrassed to ask too many questions, however, this is not the time to keep quiet. Choosing where to attend college is one of the most important decisions in a young person’s life and it’s crucial that they ask the questions that are most important to them. (more…)

Posted December 12, 2014 by

College Students, Adjusting to Dorm Life? 13 Ideas that Can Help

Student depression is no laughing matter, it’s estimated that nearly half the student population of universities in the UK have some form of depression. Frightening facts that have to be taken seriously.

Being away from home for the first time is a daunting and scary thought for many students, trying to make new friends, taking on the work load of studying and adapting to a whole new way of life can be very stressful.

We’ve compiled a list of hacks that may just help resolve some of the issues faced when living in a new environment, which may be cramped and lacking the creature comforts of home. Finding places to store copious amounts of books, let alone personal belongings, can easily turn into a nightmare. Creating a friendly environment in which to live is paramount if you want to make uni life easier and less stressful. (more…)

Posted May 19, 2014 by

Headed off to College? Don’t Leave Home Without These Must-Have Items

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Wondering what the latest tech trends are? Take a peek into a college classroom. According to ZDNet, more than 70 percent of students need technology to study for classes. As a result, the traditional back-to-school shopping list has undergone some revisions as laptops, e-readers and tablets have entered the fold. But no matter how much the college classroom changes, some of the necessities of college life remain the same. To address college needs old and new, here’s a quick guide to the necessary away-from-home college gear: (more…)

Posted April 11, 2014 by

Internship Finder, Do You Have a Phone Interview Coming Up? Things You Need to Remember

If you are an internship finder with a phone interview coming up, the following post has some things for you to keep in mind for success.

Featured: Featured Internship season is in high gear and I know a lot of you are dealing with phone interviews; especially those of you who plan on going to another state or country for a summer internship. Here are some of my top tips to rock the phone interview: 1. Show the employee you can carry the

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Posted March 19, 2014 by

9 Tips College Recruiters May Not Tell You When Starting School

High school seniors should know nine tips that college recruiters may not tell them when starting college.  Learn what they are in the following post.

You only get the amazing experience of college once in your life. Sometimes this experience is the best in your life, and at other times, even the strongest people want to give up and cry. You’ll encounter a big learning curve as you transition from high school to college. For probably the first time in your life, you’re living

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