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downtownn:

First week of college done…and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opted for buttery, strawberry-filled, nutella-y crêpes and Snickers bars instead of something good. As a journalism major, I do a lot of writing, and I feel the need to munch while I’m working (and obsessively stressing over my words). There are better options out there, I promise!!

downtownn:

First week of college done…and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opted for buttery, strawberry-filled, nutella-y crêpes and Snickers bars instead of something good. As a journalism major, I do a lot of writing, and I feel the need to munch while I’m working (and obsessively stressing over my words). There are better options out there, I promise!!

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mindofamedstudent:

Tutorial: how to make organized notes.

  1. Read the objectives of the lecture. If there aren’t any, flip through the lecture slides and make an outline. This puts into perspective what you need to be learning and what you should get out of this lecture.
  2. Skim the book to get familiar with how the information is divided compared to your outline or objectives. While doing this, you’ll figure out whether or not you need the extra details from the book. Sometimes the lecture is enough and you could keep the textbook just as a reference to things you don’t get.
  3. Write down the first objective and flip to the page in the book that has the information pertaining to that objective. Read the lecture slide then refer to the book for details.
  4. Combine your lecture notes with the textbook information. Do this by rewriting the information in your own words and try to be as concise as possible. 
  5. Keep doing this for every objective. Paste things if it helps.
  6. Make sure that you’re not just copying information. Use visual aids as much as possible. Put the information in a table, flowchart, diagram, etc.. (refer to this post to see how I make my flowcharts).
  7. When you’re done with all your objectives, go through the lecture and your notes to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

General tips on how to keep them organized:

  • Be systemic. Making objective-oriented notes is one way to do that. 
  • Use two (or more colors). Color-coding information helps me remember it + it doesn’t look that bad.
  • Section your objectives according to the topic. Then make sure that when you’re writing out the information, it’s in a sequence that’s understandable.

Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making my notes since I started med school. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.

Hope this helps and as always, happy studying :)

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raspberrymagazine:

Hey guys! Finals are upon us and we’re all pretty done with learning at this point. Despite how painful it is, the best thing you can do is push through. Here are some of my weird tips for surviving and studying! Everyone is different so try things out, but for me, these tips keep me sane. 
Avoid cramming. Or rather, do not put yourself in a position where you have no choice but to cram. Be brutally honest with yourself and admit that no course is designed to make you cram. If you find yourself with 24 hours left, and nothing accomplished, you did that. Start studying early and in smaller more tolerable amounts. Research indicates this is much more effective, and you’ll thank yourself. 
Health is important. This follows the last one. Don’t make it so that you no longer have time to eat properly or sleep. No matter our excuses, we all know that we do better in school when we are healthy. Again, start studying earlier so you have time to care for yourself, and even when you are cramming, force it to be a priority. You’re allowed to eat, and you’re allowed to sleep.
Know when to push forward, and know when to protect your sanity. If you are upset, frustrated, tired, or just generally depressed about finals, take a break. It can be a long one. Having a mental breakdown won’t help. No matter how important people tell you school is, taking care of yourself is just as if not more important. 
Take showers midday. Sounds weird, but personally, I start to crash and feel gross in the late afternoon. Taking a shower is so refreshing and relaxing, and it is a really quick way to take a study break. 100% guarantee you’ll feel better. But make it quick so you don’t get sleepy.
Schedule your day. Down to the hour. I like to plan what I am going to do and alternate tasks every hour. It keeps me productive and allows me to take guilt free scheduled study breaks. Try studying for 50 minutes, take a ten minute break, and then switch to something else, and repeat!
Quizzing yourself is always better than reading. Obviously you have to read everything at least once, but testing yourself is overwhelmingly supported by studies as the best method. Reading can often fool you into thinking you know things because it gives you recognition. It does not give you the ability to recall the information though. Make cue cards, or do what I do and essentially make a test covering all possible material.
When it comes down to it, be prepared and don’t let finals get ahead of you. If you start studying properly, and early enough, you will be able to avoid stressful last minute study sessions. Exams don’t have to consume your life if you allot your time well!
Happy studying!! If you have any of your own tips, reblog, and add them!
-Kelsey

raspberrymagazine:

Hey guys! Finals are upon us and we’re all pretty done with learning at this point. Despite how painful it is, the best thing you can do is push through. Here are some of my weird tips for surviving and studying! Everyone is different so try things out, but for me, these tips keep me sane. 

  1. Avoid cramming. Or rather, do not put yourself in a position where you have no choice but to cram. Be brutally honest with yourself and admit that no course is designed to make you cram. If you find yourself with 24 hours left, and nothing accomplished, you did that. Start studying early and in smaller more tolerable amounts. Research indicates this is much more effective, and you’ll thank yourself. 
  2. Health is important. This follows the last one. Don’t make it so that you no longer have time to eat properly or sleep. No matter our excuses, we all know that we do better in school when we are healthy. Again, start studying earlier so you have time to care for yourself, and even when you are cramming, force it to be a priority. You’re allowed to eat, and you’re allowed to sleep.
  3. Know when to push forward, and know when to protect your sanity. If you are upset, frustrated, tired, or just generally depressed about finals, take a break. It can be a long one. Having a mental breakdown won’t help. No matter how important people tell you school is, taking care of yourself is just as if not more important. 
  4. Take showers midday. Sounds weird, but personally, I start to crash and feel gross in the late afternoon. Taking a shower is so refreshing and relaxing, and it is a really quick way to take a study break. 100% guarantee you’ll feel better. But make it quick so you don’t get sleepy.
  5. Schedule your day. Down to the hour. I like to plan what I am going to do and alternate tasks every hour. It keeps me productive and allows me to take guilt free scheduled study breaks. Try studying for 50 minutes, take a ten minute break, and then switch to something else, and repeat!
  6. Quizzing yourself is always better than reading. Obviously you have to read everything at least once, but testing yourself is overwhelmingly supported by studies as the best method. Reading can often fool you into thinking you know things because it gives you recognition. It does not give you the ability to recall the information though. Make cue cards, or do what I do and essentially make a test covering all possible material.

When it comes down to it, be prepared and don’t let finals get ahead of you. If you start studying properly, and early enough, you will be able to avoid stressful last minute study sessions. Exams don’t have to consume your life if you allot your time well!

Happy studying!! If you have any of your own tips, reblog, and add them!

-Kelsey

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freshprogressgeek:

Timing is everything, however even though most advice is to study when you are most productive, I would flip that and say have studying account for a larger percentage of your day.
Prioritize. The best thing that helps me decision what to study for is: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, he says that we spend time in one of four ways, as this.
Anytime when you are flooded with work make this box!
Take some sort of time for you. For me I like listening to podcast! I have a dark sense of humor, so my favorite was Brilliant Idiots. Also studying with friends, (independently like all of us having our laptops, typing) was motivating. Find these moments of motivation and self care - and milk it. 
Don’t tell people dreams, show them. This is true for finals. Let your work speak for itself. Try your hardest. But do not feel disgusted or devalue yourself if you do not meet your goals. I found this beautiful quote, it said, “No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future.” This quote spoke to me. Because college should be treatment experience in which you come out stronger than you entered. Life is too short for shame and self blame. It is ability to sustain self worth, that can make students powerful and believe their abilities. 
Make distractions inconvenient. Keep phone in your bag. Work in timed increments. Use “Self Control” on Google Chrome.
Index card summaries. Color code, redraw figures, diagrams, and tables. Write the professors comments in one color and other resources (textbook, and google) in one color. 
I used Evernote this semester. Engineer your study guides early and combine them! Color code, and use the professors office hours as the ability to re- lecture your ideas, and repeat things you do not understand. Office hours is the best. I plan to use this more. Verbal repetition helps me a lot. 
Use the rule of 8.  Use the 3,3, 2 hour chunk rule. 8 hours of work a day, it is a start. 

freshprogressgeek:

Timing is everything, however even though most advice is to study when you are most productive, I would flip that and say have studying account for a larger percentage of your day.

Prioritize. The best thing that helps me decision what to study for is: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, he says that we spend time in one of four ways, as this.

Anytime when you are flooded with work make this box!

Take some sort of time for you. For me I like listening to podcast! I have a dark sense of humor, so my favorite was Brilliant Idiots. Also studying with friends, (independently like all of us having our laptops, typing) was motivating. Find these moments of motivation and self care - and milk it. 

Don’t tell people dreams, show them. This is true for finals. Let your work speak for itself. Try your hardest. But do not feel disgusted or devalue yourself if you do not meet your goals. I found this beautiful quote, it said, “No amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future.” This quote spoke to me. Because college should be treatment experience in which you come out stronger than you entered. Life is too short for shame and self blame. It is ability to sustain self worth, that can make students powerful and believe their abilities. 

Make distractions inconvenient. Keep phone in your bag. Work in timed increments. Use “Self Control” on Google Chrome.

Index card summaries. Color code, redraw figures, diagrams, and tables. Write the professors comments in one color and other resources (textbook, and google) in one color. 

I used Evernote this semester. Engineer your study guides early and combine them! Color code, and use the professors office hours as the ability to re- lecture your ideas, and repeat things you do not understand. Office hours is the best. I plan to use this more. Verbal repetition helps me a lot. 

Use the rule of 8.  Use the 3,3, 2 hour chunk rule. 8 hours of work a day, it is a start. 

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freshprogressgeek:

1. Find a place to write down on a blank sheet of paper. Write on the top “Who you are” and on the back “Where you want to be”. Dedicate serious time to jotting thoughts on this paper. Use mind maps, drawings, even color code. Force yourself to think for yourself.
2. Try craving out time to assess your schedule and your professors. Why kinds of professors are making your stronger as a student, which professors are not? Create an office hour appointment. Create a list of problems/ ideas you want to clarify. 
3. What do you do repeatedly. Are you finding yourself devoting more time to a class, or sport. This question is beyond procrastinate, many student procrastinate, but with this question try getting at the core. Find what interests you and what activities are on autopilot versus those on manual.
4. Write down your goals. Mentally and physically create scene where your dreams outweigh excuses
5. Enhance the good rather than (repeatedly and unsuccessful) fix the bad.
6. Try to be dependable. Return phones calls and text when you can. Little things matter. That includes calling family and friends time to time.
7. Learn when to say no.
8.Be present. Sometimes thinking of future can make one lazy in the present. Just start. That is often times the hardest part.
9. Find love in your studies, and your student life. I think if one loves and is engaged in their work, procrastination might be more avoidable. 
10. Take care of yourself
As one semesters closes another one opens. The routine begins, new pencils, stickie notes, and note books, planners have smiles and students have motivation. 
But then the motivation begins to fluctuate. Some highs, some lows, the ability to pick up ones pride and start a new strategy is difficult. I do not think the hardest aspect of learning let alone getting good grades in motivation, instead I think it is how well a student has mastered themselves. In honors of finals week, I has created a list of thoughts aimed to help students improve their navigation of being a student:

freshprogressgeek:

1. Find a place to write down on a blank sheet of paper. Write on the top “Who you are” and on the back “Where you want to be”. Dedicate serious time to jotting thoughts on this paper. Use mind maps, drawings, even color code. Force yourself to think for yourself.

2. Try craving out time to assess your schedule and your professors. Why kinds of professors are making your stronger as a student, which professors are not? Create an office hour appointment. Create a list of problems/ ideas you want to clarify. 

3. What do you do repeatedly. Are you finding yourself devoting more time to a class, or sport. This question is beyond procrastinate, many student procrastinate, but with this question try getting at the core. Find what interests you and what activities are on autopilot versus those on manual.

4. Write down your goals. Mentally and physically create scene where your dreams outweigh excuses

5. Enhance the good rather than (repeatedly and unsuccessful) fix the bad.

6. Try to be dependable. Return phones calls and text when you can. Little things matter. That includes calling family and friends time to time.

7. Learn when to say no.

8.Be present. Sometimes thinking of future can make one lazy in the present. Just start. That is often times the hardest part.

9. Find love in your studies, and your student life. I think if one loves and is engaged in their work, procrastination might be more avoidable. 

10. Take care of yourself

As one semesters closes another one opens. The routine begins, new pencils, stickie notes, and note books, planners have smiles and students have motivation. 

But then the motivation begins to fluctuate. Some highs, some lows, the ability to pick up ones pride and start a new strategy is difficult. I do not think the hardest aspect of learning let alone getting good grades in motivation, instead I think it is how well a student has mastered themselves. In honors of finals week, I has created a list of thoughts aimed to help students improve their navigation of being a student: