Back To School: Moving Day Tips And Checklist

Getting ready for back to school? Make sure to check out this week’s featured blog on back to school moving day tips and preparation checklists.

As summer draws to a close, you’ll need to start thinking about back-to-school preparations. 

However, as much as you’ve enjoyed your time off away from campus, it can be a daunting prospect thinking about getting organized on your return. 

Here are some tips ahead of moving day, as well as a checklist to ensure you’ve got everything you need.

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Top Tips For Moving Day

Whether you’re getting ready to move out of town for school, or maybe you’re just moving across town into a dorm with your friends, be sure to set aside some time to get yourself ready for September!

Purchase School Supplies 

No matter your degree subject, you’ll likely have a required reading and equipment list for the semester. 

It’s a good idea to go out and buy as much of this as you can before you get back to class. This way, you’ll be as prepared as possible for the semester ahead. 

Many professors stipulate that they want you to have gotten to grips with the reading material before you start class, so make sure you buy your books early so you can have them ready before you arrive back on campus.

It’s not just books you’ll need; you should also consider what materials and equipment you’ll be required to bring. 

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Below is a checklist to give you a guide of what you’ll need to buy. 

  • Textbooks/journals
  • Binders/folders
  • Laptop
  • Stationary (pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers)
  • A planner or agenda

Of course, this is just a rough guide, and depending on your course, you’ll need to supplement with your specific course requirements. 

If you study maths, for example, you’ll likely need a whole lot more stationary (calculators, compasses, rulers etc.). 

Check with your college or university for a detailed guide of what you should bring for your first week. 

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Wardrobe 

This might seem a little obvious, but giving your wardrobe a little thought can help the semester go more smoothly. 

For instance, if you’re embarking on any internships, you’ll want to have some professional clothing at the ready. If you’re invited to a formal occasion on campus, you’ll want to have something a little fancier at your disposal. 

Equally, you’ll need to plan around the season and the climate of your school. 

If you’re in California, with its warmer climate, then you don’t have to worry about heavy-duty boots and thick coats. 

However, if you’re in Maine, these things are a must for the colder months ahead.

If you play for a sports team, you should also check what kit you’ll need to get hold of for training and competing. 

Here’s a quick checklist to use as a guide:

  • Clothes for class
  • Professional/business clothing
  • Sports clothing
  • Casual clothing
  • Formal attire
  • Comfy campus shoes
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Workspace Equipment

Even if you plan on doing most of your studying at the library, you’ll need to set up a dorm workspace. 

This will keep your work organized as well as give you somewhere for those late-night study sessions. 

To create an effective work environment, you’ll probably need to get some furniture. 

A desk and office chair is the most basic set-up. 

You might also want to get other stuff for extra comforts, like a lamp, bookcase, or filing cabinet. 

If you’re short on space, you’ll need to get smaller furniture items, even foldable items that can easily be stored away when you’re not using them.

Here’s a quick list of essential workspace items:

  • Desk and Comfortable Chair
  • Lamp
  • Filing cabinets
  • Bookcase
  • White Board
  • Calendar
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Think About Transportation

Even if you’re living on campus, you’ll still need to think about how you’re going to get around. 

When it comes to getting to class, going on foot or a bike is healthy and cheap.

As for getting out around town, bringing your car might seem like the easiest option. But it can get expensive quickly, and for some, driving isn’t an option. 

So make sure to check out the public transport services around campus and assess whether they’re a good option for you. 

Checklist:

  • Campus shuttle timetable 
  • Local bus timetable 
  • Bicycle/scooter/skateboard
  • Parking permit (if you bring your car)
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Making The Most Of Your Summer

College or university are all-around great experiences, but they can also be full-on stressful at times. 

For this reason, it’s a great idea to unwind and enjoy your vacation as much as possible while it lasts. 

You’ll be grateful for the experiences once you’re back stuck at your desk studying. 

However, as well as fun and relaxation, this time off from study can be an excellent opportunity to get some other stuff done. 

If you want to get ahead financially for the coming semester, you could also look into getting a summer job. 

This looks good on your CV, and the extra money will be a real help once you’re back at college.

If you’re keen to make yourself as employable as possible, you could also check out internship and work experience opportunities. 

Here are some other things you can do while you’re away from school for the summer:

  • Refresh your resume 
  • Check out jobs and internship opportunities
  • Take the time to travel
  • Visit friends and family
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Getting Back To School

There you have it, a comprehensive list of things to start buying and packing ahead of the start of the next school year. 

Ensure you check out your university website to double-check exactly what you’ll need for your specific course!

And, in the meantime, spend as much time with friends and family as you can, get out on day trips, travel and have fun! 

Binaural Beats And Studying – Are They Effective?

Have you heard of using binaural beats to improve cognitive function? Below, we examine binaural beats and whether or not they can be used effectively to help you study.

The topic of binaural beats is still relatively new to the world of science. 

In fact, most doctors consider this therapeutic treatment as semi-experimental. 

However, studies have shown that listening to binaural beats may have a positive effect on your brain and cognitive functioning. 

But the big question is; are binaural beats effective at helping you study? 

In the following article, we explore the science behind binaural beats, and most importantly, whether or not binaural beats are effective at helping you study. 

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What Are Binaural Beats?

Binaural beats occur when listening to two different frequencies, which your brain then interprets as a rhythm of beat made up of the difference between the two frequencies. 

One ear receives one frequency, while the other receives a different frequency. 

But instead of hearing two distinct sounds, the brain processes both as a single frequency. 

What this means is, you’ll hear these two tones as one single tone, which is why these frequencies are sometimes referred to as an auditory illusion. 

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Binaural Beat Tones & Patterns

To achieve a binaural beat, each individual tone must be less than 1000 Hz. 

Furthermore, the difference between the two tones should also be no more than 30 Hz. And only one of the two tones is played in each ear. 

A 2018 study suggests there are 5 categories of frequency patterns produced by listening to these tones. 

These categories include Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. 

  1. Do you suffer from sleep issues? Delta patterns (0.5 – 4 Hz) helped participants of the study enter a deeper, more peaceful sleep. 
  2. The study also showed that listening to Theta patterns (4 – 7 Hz) can help with creativity, meditation, and sleep. 
  3. Beta patterns (13 – 30 Hz) help with creativity, alertness, and concentration. However, be warned that at the higher end of the range, this pattern can increase feelings of anxiety. 
  4. For a little relaxation, try listening to Alpha patterns. The study showed that those who listened to 7 – 13 Hz felt more relaxed.
  5. According to a different study, the Gamma pattern (30 – 50 Hz) is the least understood of all these tonal patterns. However, it’s believed that these patterns can help with peak cognitive functioning. 
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Are Binaural Beats Effective At Improving Brain Function? 

Studies on binaural beats show conflicting information. 

For instance, some studies show that using binaural beats increase cognitive functions like memory, while others proved that binaural beats have the reverse effect.

That being said, when it comes to attention and concentration, binaural beats have been proven to increase both.  

In other words, there is some evidence to suggests that listening to these frequencies can help you focus and learn while you’re studying your text books.

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Do Binaural Beats Help You Study? 

According to Psychology Today, you can use binaural beats to improve both your working and long-term memory. 

In other words, binaural beats can help you to recall information that you’ve recently processed while studying. 

Some studies show that Gamma patterns in particular can help to increase attention to detail, as well as complicated problem solving, and brainstorming. 

So despite conflicting study results, when used correctly, binaural beats can increase some people’s ability to recall information. 

This means using binaural beats to study might help you better recall information in time for your next test.

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How To Study With Binaural Beats

It’s easy to study with binaural beats. 

Set aside 15 – 30 minutes before studying. Use this time to listen to binaural beats, which will help your brain tune into the frequency and fall into synchronization. 

Then, you should proceed to study as you normally would. 

You won’t notice any sort of immediate effects. 

However, the next time you try and recall information, the answer will likely come to you much faster than before. 

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Binaural Beats – Who Should Use Them?

It must be said that some people shouldn’t use or listen to binaural beats.

For example, never listen to binaural beats while driving or operating heavy machinery. There’s a risk that the rhythm could put you in a trance. This puts the safety of others (and yourself) in danger. 

  • If you suffer from seizures or epilepsy, these tones can increase the risk of having a seizure. 
  • Pregnant women shouldn’t listen to these frequencies because it increases the chances of triggering labor. 
  • If you have a prescription for tranquilizers or have a diagnosed psychological disorder, avoiding listening to these tones. 
  • Young children shouldn’t listen to these frequencies as it increases the risk of seizure. 
  • Binaural beats can also affect your heartbeat. Therefore, anyone with a pacemaker or heart condition should avoid listening to binaural beats. 
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Binaural Beats And Studying

Although evidence does suggest that listening to these frequencies can help improve your overall cognitive functioning, they’re not a magical solution for helping you pass that upcoming exam, and they’re not going to be as effective for everyone.

In other words, some people might need to listen to binaural beats longer to achieve the same results. 

Or, they may find that doing so increases their anxiety levels and has the opposite effect. 

Therefore, the best advice is to experiment with what works for you.

With any luck, binaural beats will give you a cognitive boost, and you’ll be acing that exam in no time! 

Tips For Distance Learning And Remote Work

Need some help being productive with your distance learning or remote work? Below, we go over some of the best tips for helping you make the most of your time working from home!

Remote study and work are two of the most modern challenges this new decade has gifted to us.

In fact, it’s a whole new way of life, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of it, especially when you’re used to learning or working in person rather than over the internet.

But it is possible to be productive and keep on top of everything, even from your bedroom.

So to help you make the most of your time working or studying remotely, we’ve created the following list of tips for staying focused even when working from home!

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Maintain Routine 

Routine and discipline will keep you sane. Without them, you’ll possibly forget that you are.

Without a solid daily routine, it’s easy to get distracted and lose focus on what really needs to be done.

So, do yourself a favour and plan out your day.

Factor in time around your scheduled lectures and zoom meetings for note-taking, replying to emails, completing assignments, readings, group work and whatever else you need to do. 

Put together a ‘to-do list’ at the start of every day.

It can help to list everything you want to accomplish, including “eat breakfast,” brush teeth,” “cut own bangs,” etc.

Even ticking off these small, minor tasks helps and will give you a sweet dopamine rush, keeping you on your productive, merry way!

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Cut Out Distractions

The internet is an alluring feast of digestible garbage, and that’s a fact! 

However, very little of that garbage will help you pass your next exam, and a whole lot of it will only hinder your success.

If you’re struggling to stay off social media, try blocking those sites using an app during your study hours or simply keeping your phone on ‘Airplane mode.’

You can schedule website blocks using software like Cold Turkey.

Fret not, however; those tempting time-wasting sites will be accessible once again in your allotted free time.

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Communicate

Remote learning can often make you feel cut off from the rest of the world and the ones you love, and feelings of isolation can easily cause us to fall into an unmotivated slump. 

The truth is, we need others to keep us energized and motivated.

In fact, maintaining regular contact with your school lecturers and classmates is a lifeline connecting you to the external world and a key to keeping on track while doing your work from home.

Stay engaged and active in lectures by contributing questions and ideas instead of just putting yourself on mute and cruising along without paying any attention.

Stay present, and I promise you, you’ll get a lot more in return.

If you’re really struggling with your new set up and impacting your work, don’t hesitate to talk to your professors or student support teams.

If they know what’s going on, they can offer help and suggestions on making your remote learning as seamless as possible.

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Create a designated workspace

Your bed may feel like a soft, plump marshmallow, but reclined inertia doesn’t lead to optimal productivity. 

In other words, ensure you’ve got an organized desk, a comfortable chair and only the relevant resources at your disposal. 

Suppose you’re lucky enough to have a separate room to work in, even better.

But just having an established work/study space, even in your bedroom, is going to help get you into the right state of mind for getting things done.

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Do other things

Factoring in time for other activities is essential for keeping your mind refreshed and preventing you from getting too restless. In fact, if you’re only staring at a screen from morning until night, every day of the week, it won’t be long before you start to feel like you’re losing your mind.

Try indoor workouts, walking outside, cooking, baking, taking a bath, reading a novel, writing in your journal, painting, knitting, sewing, crotchet, playing the trumpet (while being mindful of the neighbours, of course.) 

The key is to do anything to give yourself a break from studying or working relentlessly.

Try to get away from a screen for portions of your day, especially in the evening time. This will help you wind down, allowing you to sleep better and simply giving your mind proper rest from all the online work or study. 

Activities that involve using your hands can be extremely meditative too, and getting in some exercise will improve your mood immeasurably.

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Be Kind to Yourself

Finally, it is paramount that you treat yourself with kindness and compassion, especially when you’re isolated from the rest of the world.

Practice self-care, try meditation or relaxing yoga poses, treat yourself to those small things you’ve earned, or even binge-watch some terrible TV from time to time, so long as it helps you unwind.

Maybe you’re not working at 100% capacity, but that’s OK.

It’s a challenging time for everyone, and we’re all just doing the best we can with the best we’ve got.

5 Tips For Going Back To School After The Holidays

Looking for tips on going back to school after the holidays? Check out these 5 awesome tips for making the most of your time off, and making the transition back into your schedule as stress-free as possible.

Not only is the holiday season plenty of fun where we get to visit with family and friends, but, for students, Christmas break offers a much-needed reprieve for the school year’s hectic schedule.

So when January rolls around, it’s sometimes difficult to get yourself back into your school schedule.

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After all, you’ve just spent several weeks having fun, and most likely, not even thinking about homework.

Fortunately, we have a few simple tips in mind for helping you get back into the groove, without it feeling like you’re pulling your hair out!

Rest Up

While the holidays can be hectic with having to visit family and friends, attending or hosting dinner parties, etc., it’s also important to make the most of your time away from school by getting some much-needed rest that your mind and body crave throughout the school year.

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In fact, studies have shown that a lack of sleep affects the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls your memory. In turn, lack of sleep has been shown to reduce your ability to learn new things by up to 40%

I know you may be tempted to stay up late on those nights when you don’t have class the next day, but it might be better to hit the hay anyway.

Refresh Your Memory

Now, I’m not saying that you need to spend your holiday break studying each and every day.

But, it’s not a bad idea to keep your memory sharp by reading through your old notes before your jump back into your school routine, at least a few times while you’re on your Christmas break.

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Studies have shown that students are able to increase their memory by up to 70% after reading old notes within 24 hours.

So, I know that you’ll be tempted to completely forget about school until you go back.

But you’ll thank yourself when the first day of class rolls around and you’re already more prepared to learn than the majority of your peers.

Don’t Over-Indulge On Junk

Around Christmas time, it’s not uncommon for people to indulge in all sorts of baked goods, ranging from Christmas log cakes, pies, and just about everything else in grandma’s kitchen.

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while there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself, it’s important to remember that a proper, healthy diet contributes to proper brain function.

In fact, when you consider the fact that the brain requires approximately 20% of all your caloric needs, it’s easy to see how your diet is such a vital component of your mood, memory, and focus.

So, if you like the idea of jumping into your next semester with a fresh, clear head ready to ace every test before the end of the year, make sure to stick to a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Full of whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and only a small slice of pie after Christmas dinner.

Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute

While I’m sure that you’ll have plenty going on over the holiday, it’s crucial that you not wait until the last minute to get yourself ready for class.

This means taking the time to buy those textbooks you’ve had on your shopping list. Or, any other supplies that you might need for the upcoming semester.

And don’t forget to take care of any other chores or errands that you’ve had on your to-do list. But have been putting off for weeks. Like making sure your tuition payments are up to date!

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Once school starts, there’s not all that much time to take care of those little things.

Between attending classes and studying, maybe holding down a part or full-time job, you’ll barely have time to eat, let alone run around doing errands.

In other words, the transition back to your school routine is probably going to feel slightly hectic.

Which is why it’s best to make most of your time off. Run those errands now, while you’ve got the time!

Then, when your first day rolls around, you’ll be able to focus on your studies, without having a million other things to do.

Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later!

Make Some Memories!

While it’s important not to forget that your next semester is just around the corner, it’s equally important to enjoy your time off.

After all, the holidays are a time to spend time with your loved ones, enjoying each other’s company. Making memories that will last a lifetime.

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So, make sure not to forget about your upcoming semester.

But also make sure to spend time visiting your friends and family, going out and doing stuff together, and simply having a good time!

Getting Back To School Post Holidays

When you’re having fun and relaxing, not worrying about your classes, it can be hard to transition back into your school routine, especially when you’re tired, and still bogged down from that over-indulgent Christmas dinner last week.

But by making the most of your time off, getting ready in advance, and keeping your memory sharp, you’ll be starting the new year on the right foot.

Then, you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the school year, just as much as you’ve just enjoyed the Holidays!

6 Best Habits Of A Successful Student

Wondering how to be the most successful student you can be? Check out the following list of 6 awesome habits that you need in your life!

From weekly homework and monthly assignments to studying for that big final exam (all while trying to eat right!), it’s no wonder many students feel overwhelmed throughout the year. 

The good news is that it’s completely possible to get ahead of this frustation by developing good habits.

After all, good habits help students succeed. 

So if you want to get ahead in the classroom, we’ve outlined the following list of 6 habits of successful students. 

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Take Notes (And Lots Of ‘Em!)

It’s important to take notes while your instructor teaches a lesson. Taking good notes helps you to stay engaged during class.

But the best part is that good notes also make great review and study materials. 

Handwritten Notes

Successful students take notes by hand.

Studies show that taking notes by hand is associated with more meaningful learning compared to students who use a laptop. Taking notes by hand also gives students the advantage when noting graphs, illustrations, and charts. 

As a result, a student who reviews handwritten notes has an advantage over a student who reviews notes written on a laptop.  

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Listen for Verbal Cues

Taking good notes doesn’t mean you need to record every word your teacher says during class. 

In fact, it’s better to listen for verbal cues, and only jot down the most important keywords that will cue your memory later on.

In other words, when a teacher says, “this is really important”, or “this is critical”, that information is likely going to be something you need to write down. Leave the rest out.

Stay Organized

Student life requires you to take many different courses at the same time.

For example, you might be studying General Arts, which will require you to take a variety of math English, and science courses all at the same time.

This is why staying organized is one of the best habits of successful students. 

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Separate Your Time By Subject

When it’s time to study or complete a project, don’t waste time trying to locate the right material.

Successful students file or separate each subject into different binders, folders, or notebooks. 

That way, when it comes time to study, you’ll already know where all your study materials are, and you won’t waste time digging through unorganized notes.

Organize Your Work Space

Completing homework or assignments in an organized space is also a great habit of successful students. Using a designated, quiet space helps the mind recognize that it’s time to focus.  

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Get An Agenda

Use an agenda to write down all your assignments, extracurricular activities, and anything else that affects your day to day schedule. 

Then, make sure to refer to your agenda as often as possible to make the most of your time.

This will help you to plan study sessions and get homework done on time, every time!

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Eat Regular Meals

Successful students don’t just take good notes and stay organized. They also know the importance of eating regular, healthy meals. 

Avoid Junk Food

Junk food doesn’t provide any of the nutrients you need to excel in school.

According to the Washington Post, eating junk food for just a few days is enough to slow down your metabolism. After eating junk food, your blood sugar can drop, which can make you feel cranky and tired. 

Neither helps you to focus on learning.

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Eat A Well-Balanced Diet

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet increases your ability to focus and learn. In fact, just one healthy meal a day is enough to reduce inflammation and mental stress.

A healthy student is a successful student.  

Remember to Breathe

When you take shorter breaths, your body reacts by triggering a fight or flight response, which leads to an increase in mental stress and anxiety. 

And as you already know, stress and anxiety don’t make it easy to achieve success. 

Breathing Breaks

Take the time to breathe deeply when studying, sitting in class, or even during breaks. Breathing breaks keep you focused and will increase feelings of calm and well-being.  

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When you feel calm and well, you can focus on your studies. This is why successful students develop this habit. 

Make Time to Study

It might seem obvious, but the most successful students study every day. This helps to break up their material into considerably more manageable chunks. 

Be Consistent!

Always plan when you’re going to study, and do your best to stick to that plan. Whether in the morning, afternoon, or evening, keep this study time part of your daily routine.

A consistent study routine will help you to develop this habit. 

Find a Study Group

While making time to study every day is important, finding a study group can also increase your chances of success.

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Teach To Learn

Study groups allow you to teach others and answer questions. 

There’s no better way to figure out whether or not you know or understand the material than when you have to explain it to someone else. 

At the same time, you’ll also be able to pick up new ideas and perspectives from those that you’re studying with!

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Positive Habits Make Successful Students

The important thing to remember is to use these habits of successful students to aim high. 

After all, there’s no doubt that students who develop good habits, tend to see greater success throughout their education and beyond.  

So what are you waiting for? Try out these tested habits of successful students and see for yourself how well they work. 

Proven Mid-Term Study Tips That Work

Got a few exam or assignment deadlines coming up soon? Check out the following list of proven mid-term study tips to help you make the most of your study time this fall.

Preparing for mid-terms or exams is always a difficult time for students. And you can usually see this just by looking at them.

You know, that college look of stress, panic, and edge, all tied into that typically frazzled dress and appearance.

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But with exams and mid-terms contributing to so much of their grades, it’s no wonder why students feel this way.

So in light of that, below are some tips that I’ve put together that won’t only help you with studying for your upcoming exams. But that will also help relieve that emotional turmoil of surviving the school year.

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Ask Questions

The first thing to remember is that most of your teachers are there to see you succeed in their class.

As such, they’re going to be offering a helping hand. The catch, though, is that you need to approach them and ask the right questions.

While some may have already been answered in the weeks leading to the exam, it’s still worth asking these questions. Doing this is pretty much guaranteed to help better prepare for the rest of your upcoming coursework, and your mid-terms as well.

In the end, the more prepared you are, the better off you’ll be.

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Create A Study Schedule

Because you’re going to be juggling several classes, you need to organize your time for studying.

And one of the best ways to organize your time is to set up a study schedule, and I can’t stress this enough: to follow it!

By having a schedule, you’ll effectively reduce the amount of time you’re studying on every subject.

So instead of trying to cram all of your coursework knowledge into a single study sesh, you can use each pre-scheduled study period to focus on a single subject, spacing it all out on a schedule that works best for you!

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Consult Your Notes And Past Tests

A good start for any study session is to go back through your own notes.

Broadly speaking, your notes should cover the most important points of discussion. And they may even include other important details that you’ve noted but have forgotten.

Additionally, it never hurts to review any previous tests you may have had so far this semester.

In most situations, your mid-terms are going to cover everything you learned from the start of the term up to this point.

Therefore, the tests or quizzes you’ve had will give you a rough indication of your upcoming mid-terms will be about.

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Find Or Create A Study Group

Whether you’re good at studying or not, it’s always smart to partner up with a few classmates for a study session every couple of weeks.

Study groups can help you study more efficiently since you’ll be able to cover more topics. Plus, you might even be able to learn a thing or two by listening to other people’s perspectives.

Furthermore, being in a group can allow you to educate others around you, which will help you feel even better about studying.

Switch Up Your Scenery

Whether you’re studying or taking a well-deserved break from studying, it’s important to switch up your environment from time to time.

The fact is that our environments can heavily influence our behavior and directly impact our mood and focus.

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Many people have their go-to study spot, but I’d encourage you to mix it up. Go to a coffee shop, a public library, or the school’s library and see how you feel there.

In the end, switching things can give you that boost of energy you need to prepare for your next exam!

Don’t Skimp On The Sleep

Sleep is just as important as studying, and you shouldn’t ever sacrifice it.

While many students think it’s worth it to pull an all-nighter, it’s not going to be doing much for you in terms of helping you pass.

Sleep allows you to process information and to organize it in your mind.

Therefore, by getting less sleep, you’re not going to be able to retain as much information as you’d like to.

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So instead of pulling an all-nighter, prioritize your life to include a stable sleep schedule throughout the school year.

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Pace Yourself

The final midterm study tip I have for you is to take it one test at a time.

One of the biggest challenges with mid-terms is that you’re bombarded with many tests or assignments spread out over the same few weeks.

It can be hectic during that time, but to help you keep a level head, here are a few more tips to help your prep:

  • Remember the dates your midterms are scheduled for, and use them to create a proper study schedule for these times.
  • Note how much time you have in between each mid-term. This can give you a good window of opportunity for how to prepare for each midterm study-wise.
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How To Beat Midterm Madness

Although college and university are often one of the most exciting parts of a young person’s life, studying is not the most exciting or glamorous part of being a student.

But through these specific methods, I believe you’ll have a better grasp at studying efficiently, which will help prepare for anything your mid-terms might throw your way!

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3 Tips On Preparing For College Or University

Preparing for college or university this fall? With the start of the school year just around the corner, it’s important to make the most of your remaining time off. And start getting your life in order for first semester.

There’s no doubting the fact that summer break does a lot of good for students, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

But that doesn’t mean that all school responsibilities should be thrown to the wind. You should never wait until the day before your first class to start getting your life ready school.

Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to focus today’s blog post on preparing for the upcoming school year.

Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, or senior, you can easily benefit from getting things in order in advance. Then, when your first day of class rolls around, you’ll already be prepared to seize the day to its fullest potential!

Gather Your School Supplies Early

Before you actually begin attending your classes, you probably won’t actually know everything you’ll need for first the course. However, gathering a few essential supplies before school starts is a great step towards making sure you’re ready for your first day

Think about it!

You’re in school.

So things like notepads, pens, pencils, binders, graph paper are things that you can almost never have too much of. And you’re almost guaranteed to need them on your first few days of school.

assorted pen and colored papers in organizer case

Therefore, it’s a good idea to sit down a few week before school starts and write a list of all the basic school supplies you think you might need.

Depending on the type of courses you’re taking, you might also need a few extra tools too. So, especially if you’re studying math or science, don’t forget to add tools calculators geometry sets to your list.

Do A Bit Of Research

Obvious, you shouldn’t spend your summer hitting the books and studying every day. In fact, your summer break should be used for giving yourself a bit of time to relax and temporarily forget about your course load.

However, with the school year just around the corner, it’s never a bad idea to do a bit of research. Read up on some of the topics that you’ll soon be learning about in school.

For instance, maybe you’re taking a course is English literature.

In this case, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to brush up on a few classic authors from throughout history. Maybe read a couple plays by Shakespeare or anything else you’re sure to touch on in class.

person reading book sitting with cross legs preparing for college

Taking a course in physics?

Why not pick up a copy of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History Of Time, which gives a broad overview of universal physics, written in an easy-to-understand tone.

Of course, you don’t have to bored yourself and spend your entire summer break studying for your course. After all, that’s what your classes are far.

But the point is that if you know you’re going to be learning about something in class. It’s not a bad idea to spend a bit of time learning about it in advance.

Then, when you do touch on these subjects in your classes, you’ll already be pre-acquainted with the topic matter. And more than ready to challenge any quizzes or tests that might get thrown your way.

Review Old Notes And Coursework

Especially if you’re a sophomore or senior, it’s always a good idea to review your old school notes from the previous year or any text books that you might still have.

It’s truly astounding how many things we forget over the course of a single year.

So if you’re hoping to maintain good grades throughout the year, and obtain a solid understanding of whatever it is you’re studying, it’s crucial to regularly review the things you’ve learned in the past.

person flipping book preparing for college

Even if you’re only leaving high school, and heading into college as a freshman, it’s still a good idea to review some of your previous year’s coursework and reading material.

Again, just to help you brush up on some of your knowledge.

In the end, the more you know and understand about your studies, the more likely you’ll be to succeed and maintain a good GPA.

Make The Most Of Your Time

As I mentioned, I’m not suggesting that you spend your entire summer break studying and getting ready for next semester. But the fact is that being prepared can go a long way in helping you have an enjoyable, successful year of school.

So, make sure to enjoy your summer, but don’t waste it or let it slip you by.

Remember, it’s always important to make the most of your time.

So have fun with your time away from school.

But don’t forget to plan ahead, pick up a few essential school supplies in advance, brush up on your studying and review your old notes, and you’ll be well on your way to started your first semester of the year on the right foot.

Study Tips For College Students

Looking for study tips to help you buckle down for an upcoming exam? Read about the best study tips to help you improve your focus and concentration while hitting the books.

Everybody always tells you how great of a decision it is to go to college. But nobody ever really talks about the grueling hours you’ll need to spend cracking down and studying. 

Especially if you’re trying to balance school with a full-time job or any type of family responsibilities, it can often feel like you’ll never find the time to be able to sit down and study. 

That’s why it’s important to make the most of your time while you’re in school. And I’m not going to sugar coat it, it’s going to take a lot of self-discipline, focus, and concentration. 

But that doesn’t mean that studying needs to be a nightmare. 

Maybe you’ve already found your own study routine, but if you’re looking for some new ways to ramp up your studies, check out the following list of easy and actionable study tips for college students. 

Unplug and Focus Your Mind – Study Tips

The very best study tip we can give you is to unplug yourself from the digital world. 

This means turning off your email notifications, logging out of social media, powering down your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and focusing your mind on hitting the books. 

If you find yourself struggling to stay away from your electronics, you might even try storing them in another room while you’re studying. Or better yet, leave them at home and take your books over to your local library or cafe to study in a nice, quiet environment. 

By removing yourself from the easy temptation to check your electronics, you’ll be able to enhance your ability to focus and work more efficiently at learning and retaining information. 

Study Tips

Find Your Auditory Space

Everybody is different, but we all have our own preferences when it comes down to an optimal environment to study in. 

For example, some students prefer to study while listening to calm, instrumental music. While others prefer to listen to loud, heavy rock and roll music to be able to focus and concentrate. It’s the same as how some people find droning news radio in the background to be perfect background noise for concentration and study, while others need complete silence in order to focus. 

By finding your perfect auditory space, you’ll be able to better avoid your environmental distractions and focus more on your studies. 

Feed Your Brain – Study Tips

Did you know that our brains are our bodies’ most energy-demanding organs? And that during a single day, the brain can use up to nearly half of the body’s total sugar energy?

According to the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute, brain function is very closely linked to the body’s glucose levels, as well as how efficiently the brain is able to process information. 

So without the right kind of sugars, your brain won’t be able to produce neurotransmitters efficiently, leading to a breakdown in communication between your neurons. In turn, this makes tasks such as focus and concentration much harder to achieve. 

Also, studies have shown that when your blood glucose levels are too low, your brain’s cognitive functioning can be significantly impaired. Just like being drunk or being over-exhausted.

With that said, another extremely important study tip is to stay nourished and properly hydrated. 

And try to avoid sugary snacks and junk foods. These unhealthy snacks do provide bursts of sugar and energy. But their effects are short-lived, and when your body crashes afterward, concentration can be next to impossible. 

Tune Into Your Circadian Rhythm.

Again, we’re all different. So it’s important to tune into your own circadian rhythm and find out when your most focused times of the day are. 

For example, you might be an early-riser who functions best first thing after their morning coffee. 

Or maybe, you’re the type of person who doesn’t feel focused until it’s dark out and everybody has gone to sleep. 

Regardless, it’s important to learn when your brain functions its best, and build your study routine around your unique energy pattern. 

This way, when you do actually sit down to hit the books, no matter what time of day it is, your mind will be at its freshest and most alert. 

Create A Study Schedule

Successful students find it extremely helpful to create a study schedule and to stick with it consistently throughout the year. 

That means creating a daily, weekly, or monthly routine that works with your home and family life. 

Just make sure to block out time for attending your classes, studying for tests and exams, writing papers, and simply reading up on any new course material. 

And don’t forget to block out a bit of time for rest and relaxation as well. You won’t be able to study effectively if your brain and body are already exhausted. 

Study Tips

Keep Your Books With You – Study Tips

Another super simple study tip is to always bring your reading materials or notebooks with you when you head out of the house. 

You never know when you might find yourself with an extra twenty or thirty minutes to kill. 

And by having your books with you, if you do find yourself needing to kill some time, you can make the most of it by whipping out your textbooks and brushing up on your studies. 

Making the most of every chance you get to study is a sure-fire way to ensure you have what it takes to succeed in your course. 

Making The Most Of Your Studies

If you find it hard to find time for your studies, you’re not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of students all across the country that find it hard to find time to sit down and hit the books. 

But that doesn’t mean that studying has to be a nightmare. 

By following these 6 awesome study tips, you’ll be able to better manage your study time and make the most of every chance you do get to hit the books. 

3 Effective Study Methods for Acing Your College Midterms

3 Effective Study Methods for Acing Your College Midterms

College midterms are right around the corner. Cue all the panic.

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, midterms can bring on intense amounts of pressure. Here are our three favorite pieces of advice for acing your college midterms (without heaps of stress).

Take Study Breaks with This Simple Trick

Are you cramming a ton of material into a weekend study session?

It might sound simple, but make sure to factor in plenty of breaks if you want to retain the material better. Ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It’s a time management method that can help you get the most out of your study session.

Here’s how it works. You break your study material down into smaller, more manageable chunks (and it really works). The Pomodoro Technique is easy:

  • You pick a task, like a few chapters you need to read or an outline you plan to write. 
  • Set a timer for 25 minutes. During the next 25 minutes, you have to promise yourself that you won’t do anything BUT that task. 
  • Work on the task without any interruptions until the timer goes off. When the timer goes off, take a quick break. Spend 5 minutes doing anything but work, whether it’s stretching or grabbing some more coffee. 
  • After your 5-minute break, start the timer again for the next task. Rinse and repeat. Once you’ve done this 4 times, take a longer break for 20 or 30 minutes.

It works because our brain needs rest in order to concentrate. It’s also easy to get sidetracked by our phone, Netflix, or stress. Using the Pomodoro method helps eliminate some of those distractions.

You can manually set a timer on your phone. I personally use a free app called BeFocused so I don’t have to mess with a timer, but either way works! BeFocused is an iPhone app, but if you have an Android use you can use something like Pomodoro Timer.

 

3 Effective Study Methods for Acing Your College Midterms

Don’t Forget to Breathe

Is breathing something you consciously think about? It can save you from stress.

We’re slammed during midterm season. When we’re hit with the overwhelm of studying for everything at once and our to-do list is packed with endless tasks, we forget how to take deep breaths.

Not only can meditation help you remember your material better, but you also don’t need to spend a ton of time doing it to reap the benefits. I was terrible at meditating when I first tried it. I use the free version of the app Headspace to help (available via iPhone and Android). All it takes is three minutes and you instantly feel better!

Even if you’re not interested in meditation, focus on deep breathing when insane amounts of stress begin to hit you. Here’s how you do it:

  • Place your hand on your stomach. Take a deep breath in through your nose until you feel your stomach begin to rise. Note: you want the air to enter all the way into your belly instead of just your chest.  
  • Breathe out through your nose. But make sure your exhale is even longer than your inhale (this is essential). If you inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 5 seconds. 
  • Repeat for 3-5 minutes! Try it out; you’re guaranteed to instantly feel calmer and less stressed.

3 Effective Study Methods for Acing Your College Midterms

 

Start Your Study Plan Now

Don’t wait to get started! Figure out your study plan a couple weeks in advance.

It seems like professors all schedule their midterms at the same time, right? Enter panic mode.

If you want to avoid major anxiety this semester, get your study schedule nailed down now.

Planning out what days you’ll study, creating your own study guides, and organizing the material will help you prioritize every class. This way you’re not devoting all of your time and energy to just one class.

Your personal study guides can be a simple outline of key topics and ideas you plan to study. Getting a game plan together now will help clear your head.

5 Inspirational Books for College Students: Freshman to Senior Year

5 Inspirational Books for College Students: Photo of two women studying

Between classes, studying, work and a personal life–college is a serious balancing act. No matter what year you’re in.

For instance, everything feels foreign during freshman year. You’re encountering new situations and the exhilarating experience of being on your own for the first time. It’s exciting…but you probably have a lot of questions.

But what about when you reach your junior or senior year? Once more, you’re close to a huge life transition. Now you’re faced with thoughts about your potential future path.

Here are 5 inspirational books every college student should have around for those times when you need a pick-me-up.

 

Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate

5 Inspirational Books for College Students

We’re all connected online in today’s world. In fact, most of us are on at least 1-2 social media networks (if not more). Social media is fun, entertaining, and an excellent way to stay in touch with your friends.

Especially since college can mark the first time you’ve ever lived away from your hometown.

But what about the flip side of social media? Like cyberbullying. Privacy concerns. Safety threats.

It can happen to anyone if you’re not careful. Shame Nation covers some pretty groundbreaking territory. The authors, Scheff and Schorr, explore the intense backlash and nastiness people can face on social media.

She uses incidents like the 2016 presidential election and high-profile tragedies in recent years to demonstrate how we communicate has changed.

And it’s powerful.

 

The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College

5 Inspirational Books for College Students

Are you the new kid on campus? Pick up a copy of this book.

Moving into your dorm is thrilling, but once your parents leave? It hits you. You’re alone in a (tiny) room living with a total stranger. It’s totally normal to feel a little homesick in this moment, even if you get along perfectly with your roommate.

The Naked Roommate contains letters, stories, and advice from students who’ve been in your shoes before. Some of the advice might seem obvious but most of the tips are great reminders–they cover just about any topic or challenge you could run into at school.

 

How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country’s Top Students

5 Inspirational Books for College Students

Imagine a straight-A college student. What do you think of first?

Many of us picture someone with their head down in a book, studying in every moment of free time. Or we think of a high-achiever in school on a full scholarship. Someone who is obsessed with their GPA.

These scenarios might be true for many people. But what if the key to success in college was simply thinking outside of the box?

Inside this book, you’ll find the strategies used by real-life students to become standout students. Their advice is unique, no-fluff, and unpredictable.

 

Freshman Year of Life

5 Inspirational Books for College Students

Picture your first year of life away from school. For good.

It’s an exciting thought, but let’s be real–it’s a little intimidating too. You’re trying to find your place in a new professional environment. Maybe you’re moving to a new city. And dating? It can get pretty complicated.

The Freshman Year of Life is a light-hearted and entertaining read. It’s full of short essays from young college graduates, making it a great book to have handy when you need a quick pick-me-up for inspiration.

Their stories are honest and relatable. Each essay offers practical advice that’s perfect for any current students, those who are about to graduate, or recent graduates about to enter the “real world” for the first time.

 

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now

5 Inspirational Books for College Students

Your 20’s is a rollercoaster ride.

You get to share the fun experiences of your twenties…but it can also be a little overwhelming. Sometimes we feel a little lost in the world or unsure of ourselves.

According to author Dr. Meg Jay, your twenties mean something. In fact, they’ll change your life. In a world where we’re constantly told to live in the moment, this book offers a different perspective on life as a twenty-something today.

What’s her point? While we’re still very young in our twenties, we have the chance to build the foundation for the rest of our lives. Dr. Jay covers that in terms of our career and personal lives.