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Group Project Tips

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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Studying Secrets

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Studying isn’t anyone’s favorite part of college. It is tedious, boring, and the material can be lengthy and overwhelming. Especially at this point in the semester, it can be intimidating to suddenly see all you have learned and now having to remember it all at once for a test. It seems everything comes down to studying. That kind of pressure can make students nervous, but don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to make studying less boring and to help you focus.

1. Candy

We’ve all seen the pictures of using gummy bears to mark each paragraph of text read. Finish a paragraph, eat a gummy bear. Use whatever candy you want – you may just find yourself reading faster! But do not eat that candy until you have reached the check point!

2. Race Yourself

Are you competitive? Ask yourself how fast you can finish studying a certain part of the material, set a timer, and race to beat your time. This will help you break you studying into chunks instead of feeling overwhelmed by the big picture and this will also help you manage your time. Do remember that it is still important to cover all the material you need to though.

3. Location

Often times we choose to study in places that will most likely sabotage us rather than help us succeed. If you pick a spot like your room, where a computer and TV are easily accessible, you’ll be tempted to check Facebook, turn on your favorite show, or start having a conversation with your roommate. If you can, try to study where electronics and people won’t be a distraction.

4. Inspiration

Places like coffee shops and libraries can be a great source of motivation to get your work done. The people there tend to be on a mission to get something done. Maybe it’s the music that plays quietly in the background or maybe it’s the dim lighting creating a cozy environment. Whatever it is, order a mocha and treat yourself to a brownie when you’ve finished.

5. Study Buddy

If you have a friend in the same class, recruit them to help you study. You can quiz each other on terms, math problems, history trivia, and even share notes. To make it even more fun, promise each other a reward when it’s all over. Having something to look forward to will make you study faster. Just be wise with who you choose as a study partner – do not pick someone who you know will not take it as seriously and could be more of a distraction. Bonus: Also pick a prize for getting a good grade on the final test, such as a new outfit or video game.

Do you have any techniques that help you study better? Share them with us in the comments!

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3 Ways To Take The “Dying” Out Of Studying

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s finally November; meaning that the first college semester and quarter of school is nearing its end. If you are like me, you may be burnt out from studying for midterms and exams by now. Don’t stress! Here are three of my favorite tricks to making studying more interesting.

1. The Reward System

I learned this studying trick back when I was in elementary school. My parents used to reward me for completing homework assignments with tasty treats like ice cream or cookies. Luckily, I have continued this habit of rewarding myself after completing long studying sessions since I learned this to be a great motivation tool. Assign yourself a certain amount to study and have your reward waiting right beside you! I usually like to reward myself with things I rarely indulge in, such as a nice Starbucks drink or yummy cupcake treat! Or you could try the most infamous studying incentive – the gummy bear tactic.

2. Study Buddies

Throughout the past four years that I’ve been in school, I’ve really learned to love study groups! Having study buddies livens up the content that you are studying and you learn more when you study together. In previous study group sessions I’ve had, we like to play different games such as Jeopardy, Fact or Fiction, and Hedbanz. My favorite game is Hedbanz in which we use the actual game Hedbanz but replace the game cards with our flashcards. The objective of the game is for the rest of the players to define the word and the person with the word on their forehead has to guess the correct term that is on their flashcard without ever seeing it. You can mix up the rules so that the players have to explain a concept, event, theory – or whatever it is you are studying for – for you to guess.

3. Study While Working Out

I like to download my professor’s lectures and listen to them while I’m working out. If there is no podcast available, then I like to bring my notes or books and read them while I’m biking or on the elliptical. I’ve noticed that because I’m multitasking by running and reading, I really concentrate on reading the material. It really works for me, so give it a try!

Hope my three tricks for making studying more interesting will help you quickly grasp the material while also having a bit more fun. Instead of just sitting and reading the material, try these out.

Good luck with studying this semester!

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4 Ways To Be Productive In-Between Classes

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

For those of you who have longer breaks in between your classes, take advantage of them! Don’t simply use them to eat your lunch and sit around waiting for your next class. Below are four ways you can put those breaks to use without even leaving campus:

1. Homework

The very best way to spend time in between your classes is to do your school work. Whether it be reading your textbooks or writing essays, it can be done on campus. This way, when you get home at the end of the day, you can truly unwind and do other things because you won’t have to worry about doing homework.

2. Print

Why waste your own ink and paper at home printing those 15-page research papers when you can do it at school? On your breaks, head to your campus’ computer room and print everything you need. Most colleges offer unlimited free printing for students, but some do charge – so be sure to find out your best option.

3. Professor Office Hours

Most professors spend their office hours waiting for students to come to them for help. Yet students rarely take the opportunity to do so. Even if you’re not struggling in a class, use each break to go to a different professor. Ask them questions about the lecture, the homework, or your overall major. Not only will it help you understand the material more, it will also show your professor that you care about your education and that can have a positive effect on your grade in that class. Bonding with your professor is also a good idea if you ever need a letter of recommendation for grad school.

4. Socialize

Use your breaks to meet new people and network. If there is an on-campus event going on during your break, go to it! College is a lot more fun if you make friends and the breaks go by a lot quicker when you have someone to spend them with.

What do you like to do in-between classes? Tell us below.

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Back To School: Things To Consider

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Summer is finally at an end and it’s time for a new school semester. Are you ready? Here are some things to consider before heading back to school to make the semester as stress free as possible.

1. Schedule

It might be a good idea to go back and review what your class schedule looks like. This way you can develop a better time management plan to make the most of your semester. With the right time management you can have time for a great social life as well as acing your classes and maybe even picking up a part time job.

2. Books

What books do you need? How are you going to pay for them? Will you rent or buy new or used or ebooks? Take the time to sit down and figure out the best way to pay for your books so you can find the best deals around.

3. Budget

How much money can you spend this semester and how much will you save? Having a realistic budget that you strictly follow will help to prevent overspending and should still allow for some fun time. It may even be a good idea to leave the plastic card at home and to plan your budget at the beginning of the month before you start spending.

These are certainly not the only things to keep in mind this semester. Finding a good place to consistently study as well as figuring out an exercise schedule will also make for smooth sailing. Remember, one secret to success is finding the perfect balance between fun and play. Too much work will drive a person insane but too much fun and you will end up paying for it come finals week.

What are some things you do to prepare for a new semester?

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