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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 July 07, 2014 by

Interviewing for an Entry Level Job? What Your Body Language Can Do for You

During an interview for an entry level job, it’s not just about what you say verbally than can make a difference, but also what you don’t say.  Learn how body language can influence this meeting in the following post.

The top candidate doesn’t always get hired. Sometimes, it was something they said during the interview that takes them out of contention. And sometimes, it was something they didn’t say – at least out loud. To understand the value of non-verbal communication, and how best to present yourself at your next job

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Posted June 06, 2014 by

15 Things Recruiters Might Look for During Your Next Interview

When preparing for your next job interview, keep in mind these 15 things that recruiters may be watching, according to the following post.

What exactly does a recruiter look for during a job interview? I’ve created this handy-dandy guide to what I actually look for when I sit down and interview candidates for a job. Yes, obviously each interviewer and industry is different. However, these tips apply to most interviews, and most people…

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Posted March 27, 2014 by

College Grads, About to Start Your First Entry Level Jobs? 5 Tips to Find Success

For college graduates starting their first entry level jobs, the following post has five tips to help them find success in these positions.

It’s time to make the transition between the never-ending fun you had in college and the harsh reality of the real world. You’ll be working a 9-to-5 job and won’t have the free time you used to. Intimidated? Most of us are, but it isn’t as bad as you think. Follow these tips and learn the

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Posted October 30, 2013 by

Didn’t Get the Entry Level Job, Internship, or Something Else You Wanted? How to Handle Rejection

Rejection isn’t always easy to take, whether it’s about an entry level job, an internship, or something else you really wanted.  However, do not let a minor setback get in your way.  The following post shares tips on handling rejection to help you bounce back to find success.

Featured: Featured In my new book, Welcome To The Real World, which comes out April 2014, I have a whole section about rejection and how to deal with it. Rejection is the biggest fear that young people have about the workplace. And it make sense – in the media, we don’t usually read about people’s failures

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Posted October 08, 2013 by

Can You Handle an Entry Level Job, While Trying to Get Good Grades in College? 5 Ways to Manage Time Effectively

If you are someone with multiple things on your plate such as an entry level job, college schedule, social life, etc., it could be difficult to find balance.  In the following post, learn five ways to improve time management effectively.

Sleep, good grades or a social life. I was told you were allowed to pick two in college. But wait, what about an internship? Or a job? Now which two are you supposed to pick? The biggest challenge most college students say they have is a lack of time to do everything.

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Posted September 27, 2013 by

Five tips for balancing internships and school

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The beauty of a summer internship is that you can devote most of your time and energy to the internship, since you’re probably not in school. Fall and spring interns don’t have the same luxury though, and often find themselves balancing a full course load, an internship, and possibly even a job. Can it all be done?

It can, if you know how to balance it all. Here are five tips for balancing internships and school. (more…)