College Freshman Checklist: 12 Things To Do This Summer

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Are you as thrilled before the start of the new academic year as I am? Especially for freshmen, summer is the best period to get ready for that first day at college. Your head might ache already from the amount of stuff you need to take care of: to figure out your schedule, to buy textbooks, to set up a university account, to connect to your future classmates… 

We’ve made this checklist for you so that you can keep everything under control. You can find a printable guide at the end of this post — it so handy to use! We took care to include some tips and those essential things that might not appear on your departmental webpage. Feel free to modify the list according to your needs, but never leave the important stuff out! Try to engage with these 12 points throughout the whole summer — don’t leave them until the very last moment. With this checklist, you’ll be done with all the preparations before you cross the doorstep of your new home as a first-year student. Making these small decisions and steps now will let you have more spare time for concentrating on your studies and having fun during the first term of your college life!

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Finding Virtual Internships and Online Summer Schools in 2020

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Our summers used to be all about grasping opportunities and gaining relevant experiences in internships, part-time jobs, or summer schools. But then the coronavirus-crisis came. Many secured internships were reworked, companies have frozen their hiring plans, summer schools were canceled — all this brought our summer plans to ruin. With the current splash of unemployment, it is even harder for recent grads to land an internship or your first full-time job. 

However, there are still some possibilities (thanks to the digital revolution) — these are remote internships, virtual summer schools, and online courses in 2020. Even if you struggle to land an online internship, there are more than ever options for self-study this summer. Although career prospects in some spheres don’t look encouraging right now, you should still think strategically about investing your free time this summer.

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QUESTION: a revolutionary method for learning from textbooks

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There are a bunch of notetaking and memorization methods out there: a two-column Cornell method, flashcards or mind-maps. These techniques are proven to be beneficial for enhancing one’s level of material’s memorization and recalling. Indeed, it is better to take notes and work through the textbook’s content instead of just reading! However, these methods can be extremely time-consuming and might not yield the expected level of memorization and comprehension. We want to share with you another very appealing and not so painstaking method of learning from a textbook. In a nutshell — instead of writing down quotes or whole paragraphs from your textbooks, you should be forming questions!

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How to Form Good Habits and Stick to Them — a Scientific Approach

The start of the new year is the best time to set new goals and embark on your ambitious projects.

Your mindset is open for new beginnings, you are full of strength and enthusiasm… or not? Is it only in the heads of marketing professionals? I bet these few days and weeks of 2020 were like any other day, week, or month, which are not devoid of procrastination, disappointments, and bad habits. We all know that we should break up our goals into manageable tasks and micro-goals, stick to the designed timetable, and apply some sophisticated time-management system.

However, some of our resolutions like doing sports regularly, preparing for classes in advance, or tidying up your dorm room are incredibly fragile, especially if you do not back them up with the right habits.

Here we won’t advise you on WHICH good habits you should adopt but we will tell you HOW — how to form a lasting habit, how to get rid of bad habits and how to modify your existing behavioral systems. This will help you to embark on a year- or decade-long journey of realizing your goals—be it for healthy wellbeing or improving your study performance.

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New Year’s Eve Decluttering Tips for College Students

New Year’s fuss and Jingle Bells tunes urge us to have a fresh start of the brand-new year—by setting ambitious goals, taking care of your body and soul, learning new skills and so on. As a college student, you are especially thrilled with the things you can achieve in this year. But the truth is we rarely succeed in these ventures if our environment—physical, digital, and mental—is cluttered and messy. If our lives are full of unwanted things that we do not dare to get rid of, in the end, we let the clutter drag us down. This is not a way to succeed in college and boost your learning achievements!

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4 Best Notebooks for College Students

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You remember that moment when you were taking notes during the lecture and you suddenly pierced the paper with your pen? This kind of experience does not help with the already daunting task of writing a lot of stuff for a long time! During your college years, it is important that you do your research to find out about the best means for taking notes which will simplify your student life. Previously, we wrote about the best pen options for you, dear students, so now it is the time to reveal our list of best notebooks for you! This should help you avoid disappointing writing experiences in the future!

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5 Best Pens For College Notes


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A good pen simplifies your studying routine so much! It can improve the way you take notes, the way you remember things and as a result, it can even boost your grades. At the times when a lot of students type their notes on tablets or laptops, there are still a lot of students who prefer to follow their professor in a more traditional way: by taking notes. Actually, it has been proven that jotting down your notes on a piece of paper improves your retention ability, sharpens your memory and makes it easier to recall things at a later stage.

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Avoiding Internship Scams

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For some college students who are graduating this summer, the prospect of finding an internship sounds more than ever important. There are plenty of legal challenges at college that students have to be aware of (like plagiarism, for example) so knowing in advance about internship scammers will definitely help you avoid extra problems and worries in the future. Following the months of winter, it becomes more and more widespread for inexperienced students struggling to find paid and unpaid internships to get into the hands of unscrupulous people demanding money in exchange for an internship. Below we decided to cover this topic more in detail to explain what you should never believe when looking for your placements.

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An Exhaustive List of Dorm Essentials

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If you are planning to begin your new life chapter by going to college in September, you should be already thinking about a list of dorm necessities that will make your university life comfortable and transition from home barely noticeable. By thinking about the things you might need in the long run at university, you will make your college time productive and you will be able to save some money while also being sustainable.

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6 Helpful Resources to Organise Your Daily Life

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Despite the fact that in winter we gained one extra hour from Daylight Saving Time, it looks like we manage to do even less than in the summer. Taking into account, we decided to cover some helpful tools and tips for organizing your time. This should make you more effective in managing your daily tasks as well as enable the after-holiday transition into working mode somewhat easier.
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