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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 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 February 09, 2015 by

7 Tips to Help You Survive Your Commute

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Imagine a future where cars drive themselves. Accidents are a thing of the past, all automobiles on the road communicate to move in perfect synchrony. Travel distance between the workplace and home is almost a nonfactor because you can sleep or do work while your car takes you to where you need to be.

Alas, this future is still a ways off, at least until Google’s cars can figure out how to deal with rain and snow. Until self-driving cars become mainstream, we’re stuck with spending hours behind the wheel wasting precious time and raging at poor drivers around us. Commuting often turns out to be torture, but it doesn’t have to be. (more…)

Posted January 29, 2015 by

4 Quick Ways to Secure Your Career with a Foreign Degree

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Study abroad student looking at Reflecting Pool in the Alhambra Palace. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

In today’s modern world lots of students are interested to study in a foreign country for a secure future. But it is not an easy thing to study in a new country without perfect planning. When a student plans to move abroad, it is important for him to check out some important factors. If you’re also planning to move to a new country for a prosperous future, then you’re at the right place. Check out the advice shared below to figure out things that need to be done before moving abroad. (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 July 29, 2014 by

Attention Millennials – This is Not Your Parents’ World

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Young relaxed successful businessman in the city. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Much has been said about the generation known as the “Millennials.”  Baby Boomers see them as lacking in commitment, reflective of instability in lifestyles, and not focused enough on career, family, and long-term goals.  Many even call them the “Lost Generation,” a reference perhaps to the “Lost Boys” of Peter Pan.  But take heart, you Millennials – this is not the world of your parents nor will it ever be again.  You are a generation that is coming into its own and adjusting to a very different global mindset.  As members of this generation, you have a much better handle on how your world will “work” during your lifetime and how best to navigate it.  Consider the following: (more…)

Posted March 13, 2014 by

Why are Entry Level Jobs. . .

I know this title about entry level jobs is vague, but that’s for a reason.  When it comes to your job search or your job, Google might just have the answer you are looking for thanks to auto-fills.  So, what does Google say when the phrase “why are entry level jobs” is typed in its search engine?  That you can find out on your own time.  In the following post, learn what comes up from other career related keyword phrases.

The world recently learned three things about Google: 1. CEO Eric Schmidt received $106 million in bonuses in 2013. Maybe that’s because the company’s sales reached $16.9 billion in the fourth quarter of last year ALONE. 2. You can now add Google Glass hardware to actual prescription eyeglass frames. 3. When you type common career questions

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Posted August 28, 2013 by

Goodbye College, Hello Real Life: Apartment Advice for the Recently Graduated

goldfish jumping out of the waterIf you are one of the two million recent graduates that Forbes predicts will enter the workforce this year, you’ve probably thought about getting your own place. Living at home or with roommates is economical, but at some point, you just want the freedom of doing your own thing. When this time comes, keep these tips about style and safety in mind—college is behind you. There’s a new level of responsibility involved in getting your own place. (more…)