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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 March 17, 2015 by

Peak Performance: How to Fuel Your Career in Sports Nutrition

Two young nutritionists posing in a gym - one with an apple and one with weights

Two young nutritionists posing in a gym – one with an apple and one with weights. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Most nutritionists help people choose the right foods for basic health. A sports nutritionist creates eating and supplement regimens that help athletes achieve peak performance. Because so many individual pro athletes are incorporating nutritional strategies into their training, the demand for sports nutritionists is growing. In fact, job openings for dietitians and nutritionists are expected to grow 21 percent over the next 10 years. (more…)

Posted October 28, 2014 by

How to Learn More Spending Less Time

Melissa Burns

Melissa Burns

If there is a question that every student asks himself at least from time to time, it is this: how am I supposed to do so much in so short a time? People behind the curriculum often seem to believe that students possess nigh superhuman abilities when it comes to acquiring and processing new information and performing assignments. It is, of course, flattering, but the question remains: how to deal with such a load?

Luckily for you, there are some ways to do it: some age-old, some brand-new. (more…)

Posted May 06, 2014 by

Did Your College Recruiter Tell You This? Advice to Keep in Mind for College

As a prospective student, your college recruiter might not tell you everything to expect during your time in school.  So, check out some advice to keep in mind for college in the following post.

There are more benefits in getting a college degree. The increased earning potential, as well as the social and intellectual stimulation, is worthwhile. Continue reading this article for advice on succeeding at college.

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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 August 20, 2013 by

Back to School: How to get back into the School Routine Quickly

Female college student showing blackboard/chalkboard with Back To School

Female college student showing blackboard/chalkboard with Back To School. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Going “Back to School” is not usually a favorite time of the year for students. However, when you get to college, the back to school experience is quite different and can be much more exciting than the younger years. Back to school while in college is quite different than in years past since it usually means living on campus, getting back into dorm life, and being independent all over again, in addition to hitting the books and studying for class. We have 6 ideas and tips for you to make falling back into the college routine quick and easy. (more…)