Does Cramming Really Work?

I’m pretty sure that we’re all familiar with the phenomenon called ‘cramming’. It’s a skill that almost every student has come to possess from years and years of getting used to leaving tasks until the last minute. Although it’s known that cramming won’t probably land you an A, it surely might prevent an F (and what more could one possibly ask for?)

Cramming is a last-minute study technique that students have depended on for decades, and although it has proven to have a beneficial outcome for some, it might have its consequences. Cramming is pretty much trying to memorize a large amount of information in a short period of time. We usually do it the night before a test, exam, or during revision week. Continue reading “Does Cramming Really Work?”

How to Make the Most of Your College Years

‘Is that even possible?’ You’re probably asking yourself as you read the headline. I mean, college is all about studying to get good grades so that you can graduate with a diploma and hopefully get a job, right? Well, no, not really. Even if you do get good grades and a diploma, it’s not a guarantee that you’re going to get the job of your dreams. But this doesn’t mean that in the end, it’s going to be all for nothing so you should just spend the rest of your college years not giving a damn and partying to the break of dawn. You see, college is a mixture of everything. Here you learn to balance your responsibilities with the things you do for fun, as well as seek knowledge not only from the inside of a textbook but also from your surroundings. Sure, studying is important but if you spend all your time with your head buried inside a textbook you might miss out on a lot. Just as if you spend most of college hovering between a state drunkenness and a hangover, your college years might pass you by on a whim. So here are some tips on how to make the most of your college years, so that when you look back on them you’ll have no regrets! Continue reading “How to Make the Most of Your College Years”

Advantages of Learning a Foreign Language

Whether you’re a science student whose primary interest lies in maths, physics, and all that complicated stuff, or a humanitarian student who, like me, is interested in the artsy stuff, learning a foreign language, especially while in college, is an important asset that is bound to come in handy in the future. It doesn’t only boost your CV or make travelling abroad much easier, but it also makes you smarter, more decisive and even better at English, as Anne Merritt says in The Telegraph. It’s not necessary to be a language major in order to learn a foreign language; language skills compliment any course or degree and it gives graduates a competitive advantage across all job sectors. But these are just a few out of numerous advantages of learning a new language. Here are some more advantages below. Continue reading “Advantages of Learning a Foreign Language”

Tips on How to Keep up with College Homework

Homework. Homework. Homework. Let’s get it straight, no one likes homework. Who even invented that stuff anyway? Like going to school wasn’t enough work as it is, now we have to bring the work home to us! At some point, I thought that on completing high school, that would be the last I would see of the dreaded homework, but boy was I in for a shock after my first day of college. It seems there’s just no escaping it, and in college, it’s a lot worse because there’s just too many of them; thousands of pages of books to read, essays to write, and let’s not forget the deadlines, and you have to keep track of all this by yourself! But hey, don’t let this discourage you. You’re not the first to experience this tedious workload of college. Billions of students have gone through this way before you, and if they survived, then why can’t you? That’s why I listed a few tips below that are bound to help you keep it together and learn to tame this wild beast called homework! Continue reading “Tips on How to Keep up with College Homework”

How to Mentally Prepare for Exam Sessions

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It’s that time of the year again when all our hard work from the semester will be put to the test. Our thoughts are preoccupied, it’s preventing us from getting a good night sleep, we have so much to read but so little time! Any slip up and there might be consequences! But hey, don’t let that bum you out. We’ve taken our time to list out some tips that are sure to assist you in preparing for the exam session. Click here to check them out.  Continue reading “How to Mentally Prepare for Exam Sessions”

Am I Reading a Textbook Efficiently?

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Do you know that feeling when you’re reading the same line for ten times and not grasping the sense at all? Because I do. And I’m pretty sure that’s a very common problem for students who don’t know how in the world is it possible to learn many chapters in one night before the test (mind you, the “night” does not mean eight hours you should be sleeping).

Here are some tips that will help you. Nothing particularly mysterious or any terrible secrets passed down from generation to generation of people with straight A’s, just a small guide to improve your reading and studying habits.

First, find a nice location. It’s quite important to both sit comfortably (so that nothing would distract you) and feel collected – i.e. not lying on your back with a textbook threatening to slip out of your hands and land on your face. No judging, but I personally don’t find that studying position extremely efficient. Continue reading “Am I Reading a Textbook Efficiently?”

How to Prevent Your Textbooks from Being Stolen?

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On-campus thefts are no rarity, and when you think about important items that could easily be stolen you usually imagine money, bicycles, laptops, mobile phones… but almost never textbooks. We tend to take care and ensure that our laptops and smartphones are in a safe place that thieves cannot reach, but college textbooks do not enjoy this kind of attention.

What to do if you want to prevent your textbooks from being stolen? Continue reading “How to Prevent Your Textbooks from Being Stolen?”

How to Cope with Stress?

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a college student or someone else, every single one of us sometimes faces really stressful situations, which have unfortunately become a part of our lives. But one should never give up and panic when these situations come, so here is a collection of tricks which are intended to be weapons and help you in the war against stress.

First, take a break. If you have become too nervous and can’t even focus on the task, it’s best that you stop for a while and try to calm down. Continuing the task in a stressful state will most likely turn out to be counterproductive. Continue reading “How to Cope with Stress?”

Matter of Motivation: 7 Tips That Do Help

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There are two types of motivation: internal and external. I presume we all know what external motivation is: I will earn a lot of money; everyone will like me more, and I will finally eat this piece of cake that has been waiting in the fridge for a whole hour when I was studying. But internal, on the other hand, makes the process the goal itself – for example, you’re performing an operation on a patient, but you’re not doing it because you’ll be paid a lot of money, but rather because you want to improve patient’s life and better your technique. Long story short – study not for a grade, but rather for yourself.

One of many researches has shown that people with weak external and strong internal motivation achieved better success than the ones having high external motivation levels. Apparently, genuine interest and ambitions guide the person better than a will to get rich and famous. Of course, no one says that external validation does not work completely—but the fact remains: internal just works better. In the 21st century, the carrot-and-stick motivation to do work well and get rewarded is not enough in many cases, Continue reading “Matter of Motivation: 7 Tips That Do Help”

Debunking Five Myths of Study Habits

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What is the reason the results of our tests and exams turn out not as we expected them to be? Of course, that doesn’t apply to the case when you get a highest mark for the essay you wrote at 4 a.m. because we don’t discuss supernatural here. The point is, why do the study guides we rely on do not yield the results we expect out of them?

Turns out, no one could definitely say which habits are good for both memorizing and grades and which are not; it was mostly urban legends. But now we can rely on the trustworthy research and bust some of the most widespread myths about studying habits.

Myth One. Find a quiet location (like your favorite chair in the library or that comfortable corner near the window) and stick to it when studying.

Turns out the brain does not entirely focus on the material you’re trying to keep in your memory at this point, but also paying attention to the outside world as well, which is not surprising. Continue reading “Debunking Five Myths of Study Habits”