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”