Category Archives: College Studying

How To Make Most Out Of Your Group Work

Aside from self-reliance, our school also wants to integrate the value of cooperation and teamwork among its students; hence, group projects are part of every course’s curriculum. There are very seldom courses or programs that do not require group projects; in fact even online degree studying involves some sort of group project or discussion.

However, students perceive group work differently: some likes group works, others hate working with their course mates. And the reason is very obvious because not all students are doer; there some students who enjoy leading while some are too lax.

But working with a group is a task that everybody does after school years as it extends even in our professional career. So it is better for students to know the right approach and proper mentality when working with a group.

In every group work, it is essential to allocate certain roles that will guarantee that the group will complete its task. There should be somebody who will serve as coordinator, someone who will serve as a note-taker, a time-keeper who will ensure that meetings keep to the topic and somebody who will remind the group members about the upcoming meeting and if the task assigned to each member is progressing.

And for a team to be successful, each member should know the entire team members. It is also nice to analyze the strong points of each member and identify the team’s goals and tasks. It is a must that a group works according to a time-frame and that each one understands the task deadline. Most of all, evaluate each member according to the quality of their work or contribution and not the member as a person.

Check this out for more tips about successful group work.

The Past Exam Papers Technique

I read one easy technique to get high score in exams: using the Past Exam Papers Technique wherein instead of reviewing textbooks, students will use their past exam papers as their review materials. According to this site, this is not cheating  because you will just collect or save previous test papers so you can get a pretty good idea of what will come up.

Well, this technique can really cut the time you need to review your notes and entire textbooks because what you have is the set of questions that will likely to be included in your upcoming exams. And I think this is even more effective if you knew someone who is in the higher batch of the same degree that you are taking up.

The only disadvantage that I can see in the Past Exam Papers Technique is that you need to be more resourceful because collecting previous test papers is not that easy especially if you want to use those that are used by the upper batch. You need to be have contacts if you want to use this technique. To read more about the Past Exam Papers Technique, please proceed here.

Is Caffeine A Good Studying Companion?

The answer may be yes or may be no because although both coffee and tea have several scientific studies claiming that these drinks are good to our brain, the effects of caffeine are really dependent on the person as there are people who are simply not a caffeine tolerant and there are those who feel great after consuming a cup of coffee.

So how will you know if caffeine can be your studying companion? It is simple: If drinking coffee or tea makes you alert, attentive or boost your memory, then, you are like many individuals who benefited from caffeine, hence, you can use it as studying companion.

However, if you are someone who feels restless,  have palpitations or unable to sleep after drinking a cup of coffee or tea, then, caffeine is not your friend and you should avoid drinking it 12 hours before studying or even before going to bed.

As for me, I am not a coffee drinker because I have palpitations after drinking it but I am a green tea lover because its mild caffeine content is already enough to keep me alert. I love its bland taste and mild aroma that is simply a perfect companion while I am studying or writing something.

College Studying Tips From A 23 Year Old College Graduate

I stumbled upon this press release from PRWEB about the 3-minute secret of a guy who overcame his mental obstacles and successfully graduated in college. I also checked out his website but I didn’t bother to explore more because the site seems to be affiliate website or perhaps selling ebook about college studying.

Anyway, I still talked about it because of the valuable tips that I read from the press release. It is indeed true that although most freshmen are excited about college studying, students are quite nervous about the life that is waiting for them in college.

The write-up enumerated the following tips to overcome your fear as a college newbie:

  • Learn the campus – It is suggested to visit and go around the campus few days before your classes start. Knowing your classrooms, buildings, library, and important landmarks will definitely slash your nervousness.
  • Be friendly and confident – You are not alone in your feelings so take this opportunity to make friends. Fellow newbie like you surely want to have friends and companion. Initiate friendliness by giving a smile.
  • Take a class that interests you – learn something new by taking one or two classes that will nurture your other interests aside from the degree that you are pursuing.
  • Create a graduation goal – This is the ultimate achievement of every college student. Set a goal that will inspire you and keep you excited until you finished all the required courses.

These tips are all doable and only require motivation. College is an exciting adventure, so be prepared and confident!

Budget Calculator for Students

I found two online budget calculators that are specially designed for students who want to set their budgets:

By using these online budget calculators, allocating your monthly allowances will be easier and faster. And because this is an online tool, revising and formulating a good student budget are just few minutes away.

Budgeting For Students

Budgeting or allocating cash is not just for parents or employed people. Students should also know how to allocate their money wisely because this can be a good foundation toward a more stable financial situation in their later lives.

The need to budget is often encountered once we entered the university. We are now compelled to allocate the money that our parents gave us in monthly basis. We should start listing down our expenditures and the easiest way is to detail our expenses in a weekly and monthly basis.

Here is a basic list of common student expenditures:
* Accommodation rent, associated utility bills such as. heating, telephone, TV, internet
* Food shopping, lunches.
* Books, stationery, printing costs etc.
* Travel- weekly costs and trips home.
* Insurance for personal belongings.
* Clothes, shoes, toiletries etc.
* Socializing drinks, cigarettes, tickets to discos, cinema.
* after school costs, laundry
* Tuition fees
* Council tax only if living with non-students.
* Other credit card or loan repayments

If your monthly allowance is not enough, cut some expenses from your socializing activities and other things such as clothes, toiletries or unnecessary snacks. Check out this great write up for successful budgeting for students.

Stick To You Schedule

Many students fail to develop a good study habit because of the very simple reason: they fail to stick to their schedule. The best way to combat those distractions is to be loyal to your schedule for that time. Refrain from creating excuses and you will see that you can manage your time better.

Self-discipline is very important and the easiest way to impose a self-discipline is to stick on the task or activity that you are scheduled to do for a particular period of time. If you happen to have an unexpected activity, just try your best to finish your scheduled task ahead of time. Remember that if you are known to be a person who does things as scheduled; your peers or your colleagues will also respect your time.

Read more about here and learn how to set your priorities and manage your time efficiently.

The Importance Of Long Term And Short Term Study Planning

Both long term and short term or daily study planning are important to make your planning efficient and realistic. Long term planning will help you see the overview of what you need to accomplish within a month. On the other hand, a daily study schedule will help you become more organize and efficient in your day to day schedule.

Students who have plan about the things they must accomplish in a month and what they need to do in a day to day basis in order to accomplish those scheduled stuff are more productive but less stressed. Having both plans allow the students to manage their time efficiently as the unnecessary time exerted on contemplating on what needs to be done in a particular time-frame is minimized.

To give you more ideas on how to make your long term and short term study planning, check out this website from Community College of Aurora, they have this nice calendar animation on how to schedule or plan your day.

Great Resource For Studying Humanities

Humanities is one of my favorite courses in college because it offers interesting topics about culture, language and literature. However, some students find it boring probably because it is similar to the study of History wherein we are bombarded with stuffs that we need to memorize.

But as we move from college to build our career this is when we will appreciate the ideas that our professor in Humanities taught us. So don’t hate Humanities, and better yet, check out this great resource in Humanities called the Perseus Digital Library Project.

Perseus Project is a digital library of resources that can help you in the study of the humanities.  It has an extensive collection of materials, textual and visual, on the Archaic and Classical Greek world as well as literary and historical collections ranging from the English Renaissance to the American Civil War.

This resource even has the Greek and Latin translation tool. Cool, isn’t it? So begin exploring the wonders of Humanities at Perseus Digital Library Project by clicking the Perseus Lookup Tool Page. To know more about this resource, please visit the  Perseus FAQ Section.

5 Bad Study Habits You Should Resolve By Cal Newport

I just read Cal Newport’s study tips hacks about the 5 bad study habits that college students should resolve to avoid in 2008. Knowing that Cal Newport is a prominent college expert and the one who authored the books How to Become a Straight-A Student (Broadway Books, 2006) and How to Win at College (Broadway Books, 2005), every student who is serious to jump start their studies or revive their grades this year should follow Newport’s suggestions.

Cal Newport is definitely right in saying that students commit several common mistakes which lead to more painful and time-wasting studying. And for me, bad study habits are just as bad as not studying anymore because we still perform poor in our academics even we spent time reading and reviewing our lessons.

So the 5 bad study habits that students should avoid are studying without a plan, skipping classes, using rote review, studying after midnight and not taking notes on your reading. These are self-explanatory but Newport did a great explanation about the said bad study habits and I insist you to read them completely here.