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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 June 24, 2015 by

Make Your CV Work for You

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If you have applied for a position and have been asked to submit a CV, you might be asking, “What is a curriculum vitae?” In the past, you only submitted resumes, so you are in for a new experience, and one that may take quite a bit of time and reflection. Hopefully, what follows will give you some good insight into CV writing and some of the things that you can do to make yours stand out. (more…)

Posted February 26, 2015 by

Six Lucrative Career Paths for Liberal Arts Majors

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Despite what you may have heard, there are many great liberal arts careers to choose from that pay very well. As many students know, settling on a career path as an undergrad can be tough, especially for one pursuing a liberal arts degree. To help, below are six of the most lucrative career paths for liberal arts students. (more…)

Posted February 18, 2015 by

Future Opportunities For College Graduates

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Graduate schools offer academic degrees to their students who study in these academic institutes and get passing grades in all of the subjects that are presented to them in the course outline. These degrees are awarded in order to specify whether the students have qualified to proceed to the next standard in their educational level or not. After qualifying successfully through the college studies, most of the students look a number of opportunities that can be pursued in future. Some of these opportunities are categorized as follows:

  • Higher studies including masters degrees and honors in different subjects (a number of scholarship programs are offered for higher studies as well)
  • Job opportunities for fresh college graduates
  • Internship programs offered by a number of organizations

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Posted February 13, 2015 by

The technological trends in the classrooms of today

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Technology is one of the most fascinating realities of our lives, it is no surprise that technology is now playing a significant role in the classrooms of today.

Growth and Penetration of Technology

Technology is by far the most fascinating thing on our breathing planet, there is nothing that comes even close to this phenomenon that has the capacity to surprise everyone over the course of the night. Technological penetration is the reality of our lives, believe it or not we just cannot survive anymore without depending on machines, laptops, phones and all other kinds of technological advancements in our journey of life. Similarly the penetration of technology has also increased in the educational sector of the academic industry. It has helped to get schools, colleges and universities enter the modern era of teaching and operating. (more…)

Posted October 20, 2014 by

3 Steps to Marketing Your Working Abroad Experience on Your Resume

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Attention TEFL teachers: remember the excitement you felt a year or two ago, when you were preparing to jet off to a foreign country for exotic adventures and easy money?

If you’re the driven type, that excitement has probably been replaced by nagging worries and questions like: Will my TEFL experience help me get a job back home? Should I include my teaching experience on my resume? When I was a teacher in Taiwan these questions always popped up at expat get-togethers.

As time goes by, many expats begin to feel themselves sinking into to the quicksand that can become teaching abroad. They know that they don’t want to teach forever, but they fear that their time their time spent teaching will be seen as a negative to employers back home. (more…)

Posted September 23, 2014 by

13 tips to landing that dream job as a school teacher

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Teaching is rewarding for many reasons, yet landing a job in this sector is not as simple as teaching the ABCs. It’s a special profession, which warrants job skills as well as deep empathy.

Others may tell you that it’s who you know in addition to what you teach, but aside from acquaintances and inside relations, check out the following secrets presently employed teachers used to land their dream job. (more…)

Posted July 21, 2014 by

College Graduates, Searching Teaching Jobs in Special Education? What to Know about this Career Option

For college graduates considering teaching jobs in special education, the following post has information to know concerning this career option.

You need to be a special kind of person to go into teaching. But, it takes someone with a different skill set and attitude to become a Special Education Needs teacher. A Special Education Needs (SEN) teacher can be a very varied and exciting role. Yet many potential teachers are put off

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Posted July 03, 2014 by

Why UK Universities should invest in Technology

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Income generated from “International students” contributes significantly to the UK’s universities. International university student market contributes to the UK economy in numerous direct and indirect ways. In 2013, they supported over £80bn ($110bn) of UK economic output, which is roughly one third of the total contribution of the aviation sector to UK GDP, and generated over £25bn ($40bn) of Gross Value Added (GVA).

Over the past few years, educational institutions have gone through harsh times, the challenging financial environment and increased international competition require innovative approaches to ensure that the UK remains a recognized leader in world-class teaching, training and researches. (more…)

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Young Professionals, Tired of Your Entry Level Jobs? 4 Potential Career Changes

For young professionals who feel their current entry level jobs are not giving them personal satisfaction, the following post offers four career opportunities for them to think about.

When you have built your career to a certain level, it brings things like financial security for your family, as well as a good level of respect from your peers. Often though, people find that this isn’t enough and grow tiresome of the routine that they have fallen into and the industry in which they have

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