Young people have all heard the advice that it's great to get a career in a field that you enjoy. As a result, many focus on the wrong part of that advice.
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It's currently "crunch time" at schools and universities around Australia, which means plenty of students are starting to have exam-induced freak outs. If you or your son/daughter are in the midst of a study cram, there is a simple, science-proven remedy that will help to bring stress levels down. It involves whiskers. And fur.
With lectures, you only get out of them what you're willing to put in. You might be bored by the slides, but that information is still important. If you spend that time thinking from the teacher's perspective, you might get a better grasp of the material.
Writing things down, on paper or on-screen, is the best way to make sure you remember important info and tasks, but sometimes you've got to rely on your plain old brain to keep essential data sorted and handy. Whether it's a client's name, a password or combination you want stored only in your head, or answers for an upcoming test, there are plenty of techniques and tools to help you lock in important stuff and pull it out when needed. After the jump, we round up some memorable memory-boosting hacks. Photo by furryscaly.
If you've been hard at work in school and haven't had the time to study for an exam, then perhaps you should set aside time the night before to cram for the exam. Depending on what type of learner you are, you may feel comfortable cramming by rereading your course notes, reviewing summaries in college textbooks, recording critical information into a tape recorder (or computer), or applying memorization techniques. Quiz yourself to review the information you've retained. Sure, it might be better to space out your studying over a few days, but if that option fails, cramming might be your only option—and these suggestions should get you on your way. What are your best cramming techniques? Let's hear them in the comments. How to Cram for a College Exam
Perfect your writing style by following the habits of great writers, especially with regards to scheduling. The Study Hacks weblog has reviewed interviews of many non-fiction writers and discovered that most writers schedule their work in the morning. To apply this advice, the article suggests that you spread out your writing over a few days, and when you do, get up early. Go to an isolated location and jump-start your day with an activity to get the blood in your brain flowing. Work for a few hours and then take a break. Don't write during other times. While this advice may be sound for morning people, reversing it to the night may be more practical for night owls. The takeaways are to make the writing "me" time and keep yourself far from distractions. How to Schedule Your Writing Like a Professional Writer
For many of you, finals are right around the corner. If you're starting to prepare, the College Scholarships blog has six considerations to account for when you're getting your learn on. Avoid caffeine and other stimulant drugs, especially if you've exceeded the normal usage amounts as you wouldn't want to crash during the exam and end up performing poorly. Choose your study area carefully: is a setting with music better or worse for you? Make sure your study setting accommodates your wants and needs. Don't stress and be positive. Remember, your exams will all be over soon. Prioritise and put your most important classes first on your list. Manage your time efficiently. Study alone or with your classmates, but avoid hanging with your crush. It's a distraction you'll want to avoid.
If you have additional study tips, feel free to share them in the comments.
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