Test prep: Make the most out of your study time by following these study tips

Monroe Community College Students Studying. (Courtesy of David Maiolo)

Monroe Community College Students Studying. (Courtesy of David Maiolo)

Whether you’re a first-year college student or a seasoned veteran of finals, you know that studying is a major part of being in college. If you learn to master your study techniques, you won’t have test anxiety when exams come around.

Grab your course syllabus, Smartphone, your tennis shoes and a snack, and follow these study tips to prepare yourself to ace that big exam!

Be proactive about studying — it’ll save you a lot of stress

Look at the course syllabus; chances are the dates of the exams are listed. Take a moment to write those dates in your planner. Now, leave yourself a reminder about a week and a half before the exams to get an early start by looking over your notes and quizzes. Read more

Top apps for back to school — educational, organizational or just plain fun

Back to school apps

Which back-to-school apps are you downloading? (Photo credit: dougbelshaw)

Whether a new semester is just starting or you are already in the thick of your course load, odds are you could use a little help staying on top of your classes, as well as getting organized. The magical world of apps is here to help you. It is estimated that about 300 apps are created EVERY DAY. While we wouldn’t dream of going back to the dark ages before apps (shudder!), it can be challenging to shift through all of available options. So what are the top apps every college students needs before heading back to school? Here are your best bests—for educational or organizational purposes, as well as a few apps that are just plain fun. Because all work and no play… Read more

Final exam time: How to study and top 10 ways to blow your finals

Finals seasonAack, it’s that time of year! The summer sun is calling, but before we break for freedom, there are those needling final exams to get through. The final exam torture routine includes all-night study sessions and copious amounts of Red Bull. We scour study tips and test taking tips in the hopes of gaining a few extra points on our tests. Often we know what we’re supposed to do — practice effective study habits; get a good night’s sleep. But there are plenty of things we should not do. Here are some fool-proof ways to bomb your finals (that you should probably avoid!): Read more

The skinny on drinking coffee: The good, the bad and the bottom line

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...If you’re one of the myriads of college students who need their morning caffeine fix before you can have a coherent conversation, you’re part of a national trend of rising coffee drinkers. While experts have gone back and forth over the good and the bad effects of coffee, the latest studies show that college students over the past 10 years have increased their coffee drinking by nearly 14%. In addition, many college students are ditching soda for coffee, which has a higher caffeine content. When it comes to academic performance, however, caffeine may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Find out here what the real skinny is on drinking coffee.  Read more

Practice test, prep course, study materials, oh my! How to prepare for the GRE

Taking the graduate record examination (GRE) is stressful, but when you figure in all the time you’re going to spend studying, it’s enough to drive you crazy. In order to feel prepared, you’ll want to be sure you’ve taken a GRE test preparations course or at the very least, taken a GRE practice test or two. Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions regarding the GRE. Read more

Study help: Academic tutoring and college writing centers take the stress out of studying

study helpAs you finished up the end of your previous semester, you may have felt as if you were barely able to keep your head above water. As you venture into this new semester, however, take a look at all the study help options you have available including academic tutoring centers and college writing centers and make sure you stay on track from the get-go.

Check out the writing lab

Most schools have a learning center, tutor center and/or writing lab where students can get help with their term papers and projects. Read more

From student health to study habits: What not to do when starting the new school year

Start the new yearYou got through the first semester – phew! But another semester is looming. Friends, parents, and older siblings who have done it all before are hammering you with advice on how to handle dorm life, student health, study habits, avoiding plagiarism, and mental health awareness. To avoid causing yourself unneeded stress this semester, here are six things not to do: Read more

Top tips for setting goals for the new year: Academic success, career planning and more

It’s now a brand new year and there’s no time like the present to re-evaluate your goals for academic success and career planning. Setting goals is the process of defining where you want to go and the best way of getting there.

Set yourself up for success by setting goals. (Credit: Cieloscent)

Set yourself up for success by setting goals. (Credit: Cieloscent)

It’s easy to do and definitely worth taking the time! Here are some top tips to get started on defining your road map for next year. Read more

Top 10 ways to relieve stress during (and after) finals week

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De-stress with meditation (Photo by lululemon athletica)

Maybe you are in finals week right now and totally stressed out. Perhaps your final exams are quickly approaching and you are overly anxious about these tests. Or, you may be completely finished with this term, but you still feel stressed about how you did on your exams. Well, stop worrying! Instead, follow these top 10 tips and learn new ways to relieve stress during and after finals week.

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Top ten ways to manage time when studying for final exams

Managing study timeFinal exams are just around the corner for most of us and, in addition to really learning the material you’ve been taught all semester, you should learn how to manage your time so you get those top grades you’ve been working hard for. To help you on your way, here’s a top ten list of hints for staying on track as you get down to business.

  1. Make a schedule and stick to it. It may not be possible to plan every minute of your day around studying for final exams, but do your best to try! Read more