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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 June 17, 2015 by

Work Smart: Tips for Students to Get More out of Their Day

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Are you working hard in class, racing to your job after school and trying to make it to an extracurricular activity during the week? Working while going to school full time means you have to work smart. Organize your time to squeeze in extra schoolwork between classes, work and fun. Here are few tips to maximize your time: (more…)

Posted November 07, 2014 by

The things students need to do before going home this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner, but as a university student there are a few things that you need to consider before you pack your bags and head home to enjoy the festive season.

Below is a list of things that most students need to do before heading ho, ho, home this year.

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Get your work done early

The build-up to Christmas is not all about Christmas lunch, going out with friends and presents as it is also an extremely busy time for students, with many having to sit exams or hand in essays before they break up for Xmas.

So no matter whether you are studying computer science degree courses or economics degrees, get your work done early. If you know that you have some work to do after Christmas, then at least start it before you head home because no one wants to spend the Christmas holidays writing essays. (more…)

Posted October 09, 2014 by

Want to Study Abroad? How You Can Afford It

Studying abroad is an opportunity for college students to learn while experiencing a different culture.  While some students may want to pursue this kind of education, the cost might be too much for them.  The following infographic offers suggestions on how to make studying abroad more affordable along with other information. (more…)

Posted September 23, 2014 by

6 Ways You’re Going to Trash Your Laptop at College

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College can be a great experience—striking out on your own, experiencing life and making new friends, accumulating knowledge and skills that will help you succeed for the rest of your life. And, the high accessibility of technology has made it easier than ever to get done what you need to get done with your school work so that you can go out and have fun. Laptops, tablets and smartphones have allowed students to be able to bring their school with them wherever they go, allowing for research anytime as well as immediate communication through software like Facebook and Skype.

With increased flexibility, and mobility comes an increase in potential for accidents with your technology as well. It used to be that everything was done on paper and kept safe in your room or dorm, and if you needed a computer you went to the computer lab which would allow you to work, store, and print your documents with ease. The influx of laptops into the college world has introduced new variables to common scenarios that you need to be aware of and watch out for. (more…)

Posted September 19, 2014 by

Hiring for Internships Drops 3.4%

National Association of Colleges and Employers logoCompetition for internships may become that much tougher, as some employers are reducing their hires for these positions.  Learn more in the following post.

While employers plan to hire 1.3% more bachelor’s-degree level interns in 2014 than they did a year ago, overall intern hiring will fall 3.4% in 2014 from last year, according to results of a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). (more…)

Posted September 11, 2014 by

4 Ways College Students Waste Money

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School is in session—let the accumulation of unnecessary debt begin. Wait, what? You thought all college debt was necessary? Think again. From paying too much on big-ticket items like tuition, to overspending on school supplies, college students are unknowingly wasting money every day. Graduating with a bill higher than your first salary job doesn’t have to be the norm. Stop wasting money and start using these money-saving tips every college student should know. (more…)

Posted August 29, 2014 by

4 Effective Ways to Beat Job Search Stress

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Normally job seekers find themselves in a helpless position while searching for a new employment opportunity. Luckily, there are some tactics by which job seekers can reduce their high stress and land on a right job. All of us know that stress is the enemy that opposes a job seeker to find a better job unless they learn the effective ways of beating job search stress. If you’re also engaged in the job search process and also affected by a high stress level then you’re reading the right content. Take a look at the information shared below to beat your job stress smartly. (more…)

Posted August 19, 2014 by

Looking for Jobs as a Recent Graduate in Culinary Arts? 7 Career Options Served to You

If you are a recent graduate searching for jobs in culinary arts, the following post discusses seven career options for you.

When we think of culinary school or culinary arts the first thing that comes to our mind is cooking. We think of chefs making fancy dishes and desserts at five-star hotels and restaurants. Learning how to cook is a major part of a culinary arts program, but there is so much more to culinary school than just cooking

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