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Test Taking Tips

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Sylwia Baran

Tests are a dreaded, but necessary part of college. They are the cause of countless sleepless nights and stressful breakouts, but they don’t have to be. Feeling fully prepared for a test can take a lot of that stress away. Here are a few ways to make the process a bit more bearable:

1. Use Your Notes

The notes you take in class are probably your best tool when it comes to studying. Simply re-reading your notes may not be enough though – instead, rewrite your notes. This may seem too time consuming, however I’ve found it to be much more effective when trying to remember the material. It may also allow you to re-organize the material in a way that may make more sense. I’ve also found that rewriting them by hand is more effective than typing the notes out, but you have to find what works best for you.

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2. Explain The Material To Someone Else

This is a trick I’ve used for years. After studying the material, do your best of discussing it with another person, or try to teach them the material. Sometimes just saying the words out loud and hearing the material can help you soak it up. If you can’t teach it, you don’t know it. During this process, you can realize which material you need to study more.

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3. Eat Before Your Test

Nothing is more distracting than trying to silence the growls coming from your stomach in a silent room. Never go into a test hungry! Instead of focusing on your test, you’ll be thinking about the embarrassing noises coming from your stomach that are causing your classmates to give you funny looks. Keep a granola bar in your bag for such emergencies so as to avoid this unnecessary distraction. Also, fueling your stomach fuels your brain!

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4. It’s Just A Test

Tell yourself those four words. After all, it IS just a test. This may seem like the easiest thing to do but actually letting go of the stress and pressure of a test is very difficult for most of us. No matter how important the test is, once you’ve already sat down to take it it’s time to relax and just do the best you can.

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Do you have any tips for improving test-taking? Share with us in a comment below. Good luck and remember, it’s just a test!

 

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Fresh Start To A Great Year

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“This year I’ll do better.” These 5 words, and similar variations of them, are probably the most common words uttered by students all across the globe. It’s what we tell ourselves at the beginning of every school year and yet 3 or 4 weeks into the semester we realize we’re not exactly living up to it. But have no fear! This year WILL be better if you just follow these 3 rules and stick to them!

1. Don’t Procrastinate

We all fall victim to procrastination at one point or another but you must fight the urge! As soon as an assignment is handed out, start working on it. Now, I’m not saying to complete a 10 page paper the day your professor announces it, but each day take some time to work on it. Not only will your course load seem lighter when you do this, but it will also take a huge amount of stress out of your daily life which will lead to an overall better college experience.

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2. Forget the Past

If your previous semesters didn’t go so great, don’t let that put a damper on your present and your future. It’s important to start every semester with a clean slate, that means no pouting over that Math class you failed last year! If you go into each school year with a negative outlook, you’re more likely to get negative outcomes. It may seem difficult, but try to forget the bad of the past and focus only on the possibilities of the future.

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3. Set New Goals

College is about challenging yourself. Start each semester with some short-term personal goals for yourself – whether it be to get better grades, to meet new people, join a club, party less, party more, find an internship, etc. Whatever it may be, make a list of a couple of things you’d like to have done by the end of the semester and actually do them. This way you’ll feel more accomplished as you cross off each goal, but you’ll also be creating more memories and hopefully be bettering yourself.

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If you remember these three rules, this could be your best year yet! What short term goals do you want to accomplish this year? Tell us in a comment below!

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Top 5 Summer Reading List

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Whether you are on summer vacation from school or you’re still taking summer classes, there’s no doubt summer term is usually a lot more easygoing than the rest of the school year. Classes tend to be relaxed and the homework load is usually lighter, leaving you with some extra time. In between hanging out with friends, taking weekend road trips, and hanging by the pool, pick up one of these books that are sure to be summer hits and great beach bag stuffers.

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

It’s already made box office history by being the top grossing romantic movie. Sixteen year old Hazel has cancer and is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she meets and falls in love with seventeen year old, Gus. Want to find out what happens in between and if the two get together? Rent it from us today!

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2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Looking for a thriller/mystery? It didn’t take me long to finish this suspenseful story of Nick Dunne and his wife, Amy, who mysteriously disappears one evening. Suddenly, all eyes are on Nick. The book switches from Nick’s point of view to Amy’s, which will leave you switching sides every couple of pages. What happened to Amy? Did Nick kill her or did something else happen? Read it before the movie comes out in October!

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3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

If you’ve never read anything by Angelou, now is the perfect time. This book is a memoir of Maya and her brother, Bailey, who are sent to live with their grandmother in a small town and have to deal with prejudice of the locals. Maya later learns of love for herself and to feel free instead of imprisoned. This read is sure to touch your heart as a good summer read.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Book

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4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Another movie set to be released this fall, The Giver is a classic. Jonas, a young boy, is chosen to learn about pain and pleasure of the “real” world which contradicts his seemingly perfect community.

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5. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This is a book about the author who realizes one rainy afternoon that she isn’t living for the things that really matter. She dedicates a year to The Happiness Project and chronicles her adventures and lessons learned. Needing inspiration? Rent it with us now!

The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin Book

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Which book will be making your summer reading list this year?

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Tips For A Successful Internship Search

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Spring semester is now starting, and so begins the stress of finding an internship. Having internships as a college student is highly recommended as most jobs won’t hire you after you get your degree unless you have some experience under your belt. The hardest part is, where does one even look? Well it’s actually not as difficult a task as it may seem. These are the places I’ve found to be most helpful in my internship search:

1. Your College/University

This is probably the most helpful place to look for an internship because you get to work with an actual person who will help you in your search. Most colleges and universities have a special office for just this type of thing. At my college, this is called the “Career Development & Internships” office. It is this office’s job to place students in internships; it’s your job to take advantage of this great opportunity.

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2. InternMatch.com

Internmatch.com is a great website you can browse for internships and even entry-position jobs based on your city and/or your major. This website shows both paid and unpaid internships! Start searching!

InternMatch Website

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3. InternQueen.com

This is another great free site that allows for students to search hundreds of internships. You can also narrow them down by your city and the industry in which you’d like to work. You can even upload your resume and cover letter to your account on the website so as not to have to repeat the process each time you apply for an internship.

Intern Queen Lauren Berger Internships

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4. Going Directly to the Business

Another option, for those who already know where they would like to intern, is to simply contact the business/company for which you would like to intern directly. Send them an email or call them asking if they offer internships and tell them you would be interested. It can be that simple. Better your chances by walking in professionally dressed with a resume in hand.

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No matter how irrelevant an internship may seem, it could really help your resume. The more internships a student has under their belt at the time of graduation, the better their chances of landing a great job. Another benefit is that many internships could potentially turn into full-time positions once the intern earns a degree.

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Group Project Tips

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Working on group projects can be one of the most frustrating things you will face during your college years. Even if you’re assigned a topic you like, there’s always a good chance you will be stuck with people who, even though they might be nice people, don’t like to contribute their fair share of the work. Next time you’re faced with the task of a group project, there are some things you can do to make sure you don’t end up doing all the work alone.

1. Pick Your Team

If possible, pick your own group. Throughout the first week or two of class, keep an eye on your classmates to find the ones who are studious and good workers. These students usually sit in the first few rows of the classroom, rarely miss a class, and are typically taking notes. You’ll want these people on your team!

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2. Organize Meetings

Right away, it’s a good idea to combine schedules and pick a good time for everyone to meet up to work on the project. You don’t have to meet up a million times, but remind everyone that the more productive you are during that first meeting, the less you’ll all have to do later.

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3. Assign Tasks

Have everyone pick sections of the project to complete. Figure out what people are best at and share the work evenly. Maybe one person does the research, while the others type out the report, and others put everything into a presentation.

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4. Use Google Docs

The best thing about using Google Docs is that it can be shared between everyone at the same time. You can all work on the material together (or even at different locations) all at once and it automatically saves your work. It is not a file you have to send back in forth, but rather available anywhere as long as you have internet access. You can even see who has last made an edit and you can see who is contributing.

Google Doc Document Work

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Remember, you can’t force everyone to do their work, but chances are if most of your team is doing their part, it’ll motivate everyone to contribute and not be the one to not help.

What tips do you have for successful group projects?

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