College Exam Mistakes To Avoid

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

As most college students should know by now, taking an exam can be a nerve wracking experience. Even if you have spent hours studying to prepare yourself, it can be easy to make simple mistakes.

There are some pretty common exam mistakes students make and that can be avoided:

1. Rushing To Finish

It’s pretty standard to be constrained to a time limit when taking a test, but you shouldn’t get too caught up on the time. If you spend a few seconds every minute or so to check the clock, all you are doing is wasting valuable time and possibly stressing yourself out. And when you are stressed about time it causes you to rush and miss things. You will read questions less carefully and could miss important instructions detailing how to answer the question. Additional instructions could ask you to explain your answer, or answer by drawing a diagram rather than explaining. It won’t matter what you write if you don’t follow the directions.

2. Not Moving On

Conversely, it’s also easy to spend too much time on a question. If you are stuck on a question that you just don’t know the answer to, it’s best to move on to answer the ones you do know so you can get those out of the way and return to the ones you don’t later.

3. Not Planning Ahead

When writing an essay, make sure you take the time to outline it before you write it. This is a situation where taking the time to prepare beforehand really pays off. Because if you really know what you are talking about it shouldn’t take anymore than 15-20 minutes for you to write a page-long essay.

4. Leaving Questions Unanswered

Even if you don’t know the answer to something, it’s always better to guess and fill in something than to leave it blank. You would lose the points for not answering anyways, so you might as well try for it. Who knows, maybe you could get partial credit? Especially if the question is multiple choice and you don’t know the answer, just circle one and maybe you’ll get lucky!

5. Cheating

I know plenty of people who have cheated and have gotten away with it, but that doesn’t mean you will be better off if you cheat. For starters, if you are cheating off of someone else’s information or answers, you better pray they have the right answers. If they don’t then you will get a reduced grade and similar incorrect answers may raise some red flags. And getting caught usually means you will receive a 0 and possibly further disciplinary actions like getting kicked out of the class or even the school! Cheating is considered immoral, but the biggest reason not to cheat is because you’re just cheating yourself in the long run. Putting in the work to succeed on your own is not only character building, but feels great when it pays off. Plus, the point of your class is to learn the material, not just pass the class.

6. Not Reviewing Your Answers

If you still have at least 5 minutes left, you should go back and check all of your answers. This is the best way to ensure that you haven’t made any mistakes and followed all the instructions.

As long as you pace yourself, read through the questions carefully, and study – you should do just fine!

What are some of the biggest exam mistakes you’ve made? Share with us in a comment below!

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6 Ways To Kick Your Cold

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

No matter what time of year it is, a cold can somehow hit you at any moment. A cold can come out of nowhere, but usually comes right before you have a lot of plans and things to do, and it hangs around making you miserable and takes its sweet time to pass on to someone else.

If you do end up with a cold, fortunately there are several ways to make sure the worst of it only sticks with you a few days rather than a week or longer.

1. Take Vitamin

College students are notorious for not taking great care of our bodies. Whether it’s not getting enough sleep, drinking too much caffeine, or a bad diet in general – having a weak immune system is one of the easiest ways to get a cold. Vitamin C, Echinacea, and calcium are three of the body’s best allies. Make them your best friend when you have a cold, and try to work them into your daily regimen even when you are feeling well to prevent any sickness. It’ll give your body the boost it needs the next time you feel a cold coming on.

2. Drink Tea

If you’re not a fan of tea, take this as a sign to be one! There are many varieties out there that offer tons of health benefits. Ginger, mint, and chamomile are my favorite when I have a cold. The warm liquid – combined with honey if you add it – is a great soother for a sore throat. I prefer it to those so-called “cherry flavored” cough syrups.

3. Get Your Rest

Like I said previously, college students are notorious for not getting enough sleep. If you are not feeling well, this is the time to be selfish and rest. Go to bed early, sleep in, and take plenty of naps! Also, try not to stress yourself too much. Don’t force yourself to go to class if you aren’t feeling well, cancel dinner plans with friends, and make best friends with your couch or bed. It’s okay to take care of yourself!

4. Drink More Water

Aside from drinking hot or cold tea when you’re sick, chugging water is prudent to helping your body fight off sickness. The more water you get, the better. In my opinion, water doesn’t taste very good, so when I have a sore throat, I usually prefer tea or watered down juice to make sure I stay hydrated.

5. Honey and Cinnamon

This is a lesser-known form of fighting off colds, but very effective. In fact, there have been studies done which prove this method can shorten a cold by up to two days! All you do is combine half a tablespoon of organic honey with half a tablespoon of cinnamon and swallow. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?

6. Practice Good Hygiene

Above all, remember to wash your hands with lots of soap and warm water, and don’t share utensils or food if you or anyone you know is sick. Yes, that applies even to your significant other. No one wants to catch a cold, so don’t feel bad about missing a class or two either. Whoever you grab notes from later will thank you!

It’s not fun getting sick. Try these methods to kick your cold to the curb and share your wellness tips with us in a comment below!

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Ways To Prepare For A College Midterm

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Christine Henson BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s that time of year again… college midterm time! That means the semester is halfway over and it’s time to see what you’ve learned (or need to refresh on). Preparing for a big exam can be a little daunting, but there are a few different things you can try to prepare:

1. Re-write Your Notes

Writing things down can be the best way to remember information. Whether you type your notes in class, or write them in a notebook, try re-writing them again before test time. It is time consuming, but this trick will help engrain those notes in your memory! While you are re-writing your notes you are reviewing the class material and have the opportunity to reorganize and restructure the information to make more sense to you.

2. Make Your Own Study Guide

It’s always helpful to come up with your own way to remember things. One way to do that is to create your own study guide. Even if your professor provides you with one, you should take it and use it to make your own. Not only will this become a great reference tool for a quick study break, but it will also count as studying to make it!

3. Color Code Your Notes

Color-coding your notes is a great tool to help with memorization. You could have a different color for every topic, or you could color code based on importance. Either way, your brain is more likely to remember a fun color as opposed to just black ink. This works well if you need to remember how things are associated; just use the same color for things that are grouped together!

4. Eat A Good Meal

We have always been told to eat a good breakfast before a big test, and it’s true. A breakfast that has protein in it, like eggs and bacon, is a great way to curb hunger and help you to feel fuller longer. No one likes feeling hungry, especially during a big exam! You need to remain focused on the exam, not your rumbling stomach.

5. Get A Good Night’s Rest

We have also been told all our lives to get a good night’s sleep before a big exam. However, this can be tricky when you’re in college and you don’t have anyone telling you it’s time for bed. Don’t think you need to stay up late just to study. You can always start studying earlier in the day so you’ll be sure to get everything done before bedtime. Your exam performance will be much better with a well-rested body and mind.

These are only a few ways to prepare for an exam, try a few and see what works best for you! Share your midterm studying strategies with us in a comment below!

Good luck on midterms!

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Penny Pinching Tips For College Students

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Megan Lehman BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

Saving money in college is hard, plain and simple.  As a college student and soon to be young professional, I have compiled a list of tried and true experiences and opportunities that I know will help you be successful at saving too!

Try any of these penny pinching techniques:

1. Store Cards

Has the cashier at the store you frequent ever asked if you have the store discount/rewards card? If you don’t have it, sign up! Most grocery stores have store cards that not only offer the opportunity for extra coupons, but also discounts on gas. There are also websites that allow you to download digital coupons on to your card, giving you an extra discount on top of the store or printed coupons that you might already use. This may not make you an extreme couponer, but it will make your bank account a little steadier!

2. Public Transit

Yes, waiting for the bus can be a drag, especially in the rain and snow.  But after driving myself for four years and paying to park in a parking ramp for up to seven hours at least four days of the week, I paid over $700 a year in gas and parking just going to class. All because I didn’t want to wait for the campus bus, which happens to be free! Plan wisely and get a bus schedule and you can save so much money (plus it’s eco-friendly)!

3. Recycle

Do you live in a place that charges a deposit on bottled beverages? Recycle! Upgrading your technology with a new phone, laptop, or tablet? Recycle! Almost everything you have you can recycle to save money.  Laptop stores will often give you a discount on a new piece of tech if you turn in an old version when making your new purchase. Find a re-sale shop and sell some old, lightly used clothing and put the money towards new clothes for the upcoming season. Recycling is not only good for the planet; it’s good for your bank account.

4. Website Discount Sites

There are so many websites out there that exist purely to get you a discount! Ebates and Mr. Rebates will give you money back on almost anything you buy online. Save money on your next haircut by skimming through Groupon before you make an appointment. RetailMeNot always has coupon codes for some cheap pizza and more. SocialLiving is designed to help you save while trying some new experiences! Do some research and you will find discounts online everywhere!

The life of a college student is super busy, but these extra few tasks and planning opportunities will benefit you in so many ways.

Good luck, Penny Pinchers!

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5 Easy To Make Valentine’s Day Desserts

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Amidst the romance, celebratory pink and purple hearts, and love stuff – the best part of Valentine’s Day is probably the desserts. Rich chocolate cakes drizzled with yummy sauces, crunchy cookies with colorful frosting, and lots and lots of sprinkles! If you’re planning on a sweet (literally) Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of super easy desserts that can be quickly pulled together if you’re short on time this coming Love Day.

Check out these mouth-watering treats for some baking inspiration:

1. Rice Krispies Hearts

The age-old favorite hasn’t lost its appeal! Combine butter, marshmallows, and Rice Krispies together to make the typical Rice Krispies Treat. For different colored treats, have a separate bowl for each color to mix ingredients in. You can then use your favorite cookie cutters (I suggest hearts or letters to spell out a sweet message) to add some flair. Give them to your special someone, your best friends, or enjoy them yourself!

2. Muddy Buddies

Who doesn’t love this guilty pleasure?! It might be directed more towards the kids, but who are we kidding: this treat knows no age limit. Combine Chex rice cereal, confectioner sugar, shortening, sprinkles, and pink candies to make yet another tasty treat made of cereal.

3. Classic Cherry Bread

If you like Maraschino cherries as much as I do, you’ll love this recipe for cherry bread. Combine things you probably already have in your kitchen (sugar, flour, salt, eggs, etc.) along with one 10-oz. jar of maraschino cherries. Bake and then drizzle it with a cream cheese icing. I think I know what I’ll be making for Valentine’s Day!

4. White Chocolate Popcorn

If you “heart” popcorn more than any other snack, this recipe is for you. Melt 12 ounces of white chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave) and then drizzle it over your popped popcorn. Use a spoon to toss it and then spread it out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, your favorite sprinkles (hopefully pink and red), and feel free to add some conversation hearts for cuteness! Once it’s all cooled, start snacking!

5. Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies

We all remember Fruit Roll-Ups as the most coveted snack at the lunch table when we were kids. Some of our parents were nice and stuck one in there for our mid-day treat, while others had to beg and plead with their parents to buy them. Turns out, they’re perfect material for making fortune cookies. Buy a box of fruit roll-ups (one roll-up equals one cookie), use a circle cookie cutter, and fold! Don’t forget to tuck in sweet “fortune” messages! Super easy, and super sweet!

Whatever you make, you can’t go overboard with red and pink colors, a smooth frosting, or anything classic. Other hits include chocolate-covered strawberries, pink and white M&M cookies, or the infamous heart cake topped with your favorite frosting.

Do you have a favorite dessert you’ll be making for Valentine’s Day? Share it with us in the comments below!

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