Tag Archive for college study skills

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Don’t wait until it’s too late to start looking for a good high school graduation gift for the high school senior in your life. Now is the time to begin thinking who you will be giving high school graduation gifts to. As I talked about in the last post, making a list now may save you some heartache later.

If you start early, you won’t make the mistake of getting your high school graduate a bad gift. You don’t want to be the person who gives the photo album (we have digital cameras and therefore have digital photo albums—your gift will swiftly tossed into the trash), a laundry bag, or a book designed for children that won’t help us any in our next step (and we will probably get a couple of copies of this one, so you are not alone if you have made this mistake before).

Making College Count is not outdated (the new version is out now) as a photo album may be, is useful, but less boring than a laundry bag, and infinitely more valuable than a children’s book. Making College Count makes a great high school graduation gift because it provides tips and tricks for achieving college success.

So this year, don’t wait until the last minute to make the list of who you need to get high school graduation gifts for, and while you are at it, get them something that will help them in college and beyond—Making College Count.

Appealing to Tired Eyes

Here’s a college tip: If you have the chance to work for a professor during your academic career, go for it. Professors are a great source of knowledge, professional contacts, and career help.

And you’ll also learn a big lesson about test-taking. Read more

Avoid the Dreaded Social Section

It’s not your fault, you’re only human. Humans are social creatures, naturally drawn to other humans for comfort, camaraderie, and amusement. So it’s only natural that you’re drawn to the social center of the library.

Every library has one. You know where it is. Everybody knows where it is, and that’s the problem. It’s the section of the library where you go to make sure you don’t miss anything. It’s the dreaded social section. Read more

Shower Your Way To College Success

So after reading the title, you may be thinking to yourself, “what in the world is she talking about now?” And your question would be right—the title does require some explanation. Shower your way to college success is merely my way of saying no matter how busy it gets, you should still try to keep some routine in your life.

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Get a Planner

 

I know this is simple advice for high school and college students, but get a planner. I could not live without mine, and by live, I mean I would have missed assignments, class and activities without it. They come in many different types, sizes, colors and themes. You can get them at your campus supply store emblazoned with your school logo and colors, you can get it at the local bookstore, or order it from your favorite clothing designer. Read more

Cheat Sheets: The Legal Kind

Even though you would never act on the idea, the idea of cheating has probably crossed your mind at some point. You know grades are important, so on a tough exam…a cheat sheet sure could come in handy. And who would ever know?

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“Cheat Sheets” Can Lead to College Success

Want to improve your college study skills? Want to do better on tests?

 

Making cheat sheets can help.

 

Notice I said make and not use – – big difference.

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High School Can Prepare You for College Success

Change, while it can be exciting, can also be hard. Especially when it comes to study habits. High school, not college, is the place to create great study skills so you can have them ready when you get to college. Sure, everyone studies differently, but one thing is for sure—you need to study and you need to do it without distractions. Some people might be able to study with music or the TV on, but others cant’. High school, not college, is the time to learn what you can and cannot do. You don’t want to be in college and get so distracted when your roommate turns on the TV that you lose hours of study time when you should instead know to just go to the library where it is quiet and distraction-free.

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Get Inside Your Professor’s Head

How do you get something you want from a family member or friend? Whether you realize it or not, you use what you know about that person’s interests, values, and motivation. You make a deal with your parents by offering something you know they value. You get your roommate to drive you to class by promising to help her with an assignment she’s been dreading. When you understand what makes someone tick, you’re much more likely to get what you want from that person. It’s not manipulation, just a great survival skill.

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Power Studying to a Better GPA

To be as successful as you can be academically, it’s not enough that you study. You need to make good decisions as to where and when you study. Let’s focus on where.

At the risk of boring you with common sense or sounding like somebody’s mom, let’s first talk about where not to study. Anywhere there is a TV, talking, loud music, or a lot of movement can be quickly eliminated. Let’s face it. You’re not that fired up about Statistics. You probably enjoy it about as much as a trip to the dentist. Given that, you’ll settle for just about any distraction possible to pull your head out of your notes. Said another way, if you study any place where you can be distracted, you will be. And that means one of two things: either you won’t do well on the exam, or you’re going to spend a whole lot more time studying for it than you would have otherwise.

If you haven’t tried the library, I’d highly recommend it. Find an out-of-the-way corner and plan to stay for a while. Just avoid the “Social Section,” the area where hordes of “C” students gather for literally hours at a time to talk about how unprepared they are for the exam tomorrow. You’ll know the “Social Section” when you see it. Avoid it like the plague.

Get serious. Focus on what you’re doing so you can maximize your results with a minimum amount of effort. No friends, no phones, and no potential candidates for a big date on Saturday night.

You’ll get your studying done faster and then be able to concentrate on these other highly important issues.