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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 September 11, 2014 by

Cisco Certification: Smart Strategies for Getting Your CCNA

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Cisco Certified Network Associate certification (CCNA) is considered to be one of the most well-regarded associate-level certification credentials in the information technology arena. Obtaining the CCNA adds to the appeal of candidates, especially for small and mid-sized companies that may be unable to meet the salary demands of candidates holding Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) accreditation. The CCNA also provides a solid foundation for the more advanced Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certificate. (more…)

Posted February 03, 2014 by

Obtained Entry Level Jobs an Entrepreneurs? 16 Lessons to Learn

The following post shares 16 lessons for people with entry level jobs as entrepreneurs.

Recently, the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) contacted top business leaders to ask the question, “What lesson would you teach your younger self about entrepreneurship, given what you know now?” From starting a business to keeping it running, their advice can help you wherever you are on your entrepreneurial journey. (Click here to tweet this list.)

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Posted January 27, 2014 by

How to Transition From a Bachelor to an MBA Student

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When you are in college, it can be hard to figure out the best path to your career. Of course, there are resources that will help you along the way. An online MBA degree is always going to produce a variety of career options and is definitely worth a look, but how do you make the transition from your bachelor’s program to an MBA? There are a few different options, depending on where you are. (more…)

Posted October 03, 2013 by

One Thing You Need in Your Entry Level Job as an Entrepreneur

Starting your entry level job as an entrepreneur, you may receive advice from other people in business about what it takes to be successful.  However, the following post highlights one characteristic to carry with you.

In advice columns, business books and public speeches, entrepreneurs note a variety of secrets to success. Some say drive is the most important thing; others say it’s in the business plan. I disagree. There’s one trait that all successful entrepreneurs share: resilience. Resilience isn’t usually cited as the secret to success, but when you ask seasoned

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Posted June 20, 2013 by

“3 Steps To Quickly Absorb The Material In Any College Class And Ace Your Exams”

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Nancy Thomason

You have a lot of overwhelming information to absorb in your college classes. Mere rote memorization is seldom enough to ace university tests. In fact, the exams your professors give often requires you to show you can apply critical thinking skills to this information.

Improving how you attack your books and notes during your study sessions will make the difference between getting a mediocre grade of C or A which can make a big difference when you’re looking for a job or getting into grad school after graduation.  Often the students who get the best grades are not any smarter than you. They’re just more effective in test preparation and test taking skills. (more…)