Academic training begins with learning how to study effectively: Test taking tips and learning strategies for college students

Judges give 4.0This summer, get yourself in competitive shape mentally and physically for another session of fall classes, term papers and projects. Inspired by the Olympics, we’ve put together our own academic training program for you to tackle any class. All it takes is a little planning and a lot of persistence.

Mental gymnastics

Your mental training will include strategies for using your memory such as using acronyms, acrostics and rhyme-keys. Don’t know what those are? Check out the Joe Landsberger’s Study Guides and Strategies website where you’ll learn tips for how to study and ways to build your mental mass. For example, one way to recall information is called “chaining.” Read more

Five tips for pulling a healthy all-nighter

Late night studyingWhile studying consistently and frequently throughout the semester is the best bet for nailing an A in any given course, you may come across a test or two that calls for a late-night cram session at some point during your collegiate career. If you find yourself pulling a red-eye before finals, we’ve got some great tips for doing it the healthy way. And, for even helpful study tips, check out our post, “Techniques to improve memory: Memorization tips to sharpen your mental pencil.”  Read more

How to stay organized as you prepare for finals week

Finals weekYou’ve worked tirelessly all semester and now you’re mere weeks or even days away from a relaxing summer break. The only thing standing in your way now? Finals! Here are some valuable tips to help you stay healthy and organized while preparing for final exams. For even more advice on how to make it through finals week, check out our post, “Finals week also means turning in final research papers.”

  • Plan ahead – Procrastination may be your middle name, but don’t wait until a week (or day, yikes) before the final to begin your preparation! Read more

How to study for finals week: Finishing strong at the end of the school year

Study tips: Final examAfter a much-needed spring break, you may be dreading the remaining weeks of classes that you’ve come to know as the most stressful times of your college career. During these last challenging months of the semester, don’t let disorganization and that overwhelming feeling from crunch time get the best of you. This is your last chance to squeeze out as much as you can to improve your G.P.A. before the end of the school year. Finish strong with these tips on how to study for finals. Read more

Study: Facebook affecting grades in college?

Is there a relationship between using Facebook and getting lower grades in college? A recent study exploring this topic came up with some interesting conclusions. Read more

Learning to learn drives student success

Lifelong learning is more important than ever as we enter the 21st century. Learning to learn is key to success both in school and in the workplace. Student success is achieved when learners understand their different learning styles and use that knowledge to develop research skills and problem solving skills. Read more

Techniques to improve memory: Memorization tips to sharpen your mental pencil

That big exam is just days away and the closer it gets the less you seem to remember. But you still have some time and with a few techniques to improve memory, you can sharpen your memory skills and pull off a great grade. Read more

Study Strategy

Make Note

The main thing to know about note-taking, says Richard Palmer, is that “All notes that are not accompanied by solid understanding are useless.”  In Brain Train: Studying for Success (London: E & FN Spon, 1996), 102, he explains, “Your notes are both part of your thinking and a reflection of it, done as part of the preparation for a piece of work or as a record and reminder of your reading and research. Class notes…are as formal as the textbooks you study, and a significant part of your course material.” Read more

The Effect of Your Environment

Dazed and Confused

Are your efforts to work at peak effectiveness at school or on the job being derailed by the clutter in your workspace? Try these quick and easy tips to organize your desk.

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Retrain Your Brain

Magnificent Obsession

“Healthy preoccupations,” say Eric Maisel, Ph.D., and Anne Maisel, “aren’t just for people driven to accomplish something out of the ordinary. They are for everyone.”  In their Psychology Today article Go Ahead, Obsess! written with Carlin Flora, they say, “In order to lead a life that makes you proud, you likely need to up the ante and get obsessed.” Read more