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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, guest writer

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 10, 2015 by

Leadership Techniques for the Technology-driven Business World

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Business, technology, internet and networking concept – businessman pressing button on virtual screens. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Whether you’re supervising a project team from the comfort of home or working closely with an overseas office, new virtual collaboration tools have rendered the traditional management environment obsolete, allowing teams to coordinate from anywhere in the world. However, as the limitations previously imposed by geography quickly dwindle, a new host of challenges has arisen for today’s business leaders.

Even the iconic image of team members gathered for a meeting around a conference room table has become a thing of the past. Instead, digital meeting services like join.me enable users to work together on a single project from wherever they happen to be, bringing the office to them. Establishing clear priorities and expectations can be difficult, for some organizations, without the benefit of face-to-face, in-person interaction, not to mention brainstorming and other creative tasks. (more…)

Posted November 24, 2014 by

What is the best way to get traffic to your college startup?

Melissa Burns

Melissa Burns

Website creation and development are only the first few steps towards a successful online business. A great opportunity for a college startup is eCommerce which means that you will be selling products through an online store. In order to establish a foothold in the eCommerce industry, you need to utilize strategies and techniques that will effectively emote your brand, along with products and services, to a wide range of consumers.

As you have an online platform, you gain the opportunity of expanding your horizons by catering to a wide audience altogether.

One powerful way of building authority as well as ensuring the profitability of your business is through link building. By integrating relevant links into the content, a business will surely be a few steps away from its goal of becoming the leader in its chosen industry. (more…)

Posted July 07, 2014 by

5 Tips for Success When Taking Online Classes

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Young girl at home learning on her laptop with books. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you plan on taking online classes, be prepared for a totally different learning experience.

Looking into a computer screen to earn a college degree is a relatively new phenomenon and students should alter their study techniques, schedules, attitudes and more to be successful. Below are five tips to help out students new to online learning. (more…)

Posted April 25, 2014 by

Build Up Your Skills for an Interview Presentation

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Young man smiling while holding a microphone in front of him. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

When you apply for a job after graduation, you may be asked to give a presentation in front of an interviewer or a panel as part of the screening process. This is often a requirement for sales, marketing, or other positions that call for face-to-face meetings with clients or management.

Public speaking can be nerve-wracking, let alone presenting to decision makers who may or may not give you that sought-after break. The butterflies in your stomach are just one of the many physical indicators of tension – you’ll also sweat profusely, your body may shake, and in a worst-case scenario, you may experience mental block. (more…)