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How To Make The Perfect Study Guide

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Megan Lehman BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

Making the perfect study guide is the key to being successful in college. I have tried many different tricks over the years discovering what kind of learner I am and what sort of study techniques are best for me. Now, I am getting ready to pass this knowledge on to you. Get your pen and paper ready, you’re going to want to take notes!

1. Gather The Information

Starting with the obvious, attend class! You are going to learn more by actually being in the classroom than reading out of a textbook. Sometimes there is material covered in class that doesn’t even appear in the book, so don’t skip out on any classes! I suggest recording the lecture if you can. By doing this, you can go back and listen to find information to ensure more concrete notes later. Put all of the information you have together into a handwritten study guide (writing it helps your memory).

2. Group Up

The saying “two heads are better than one” is completely true. Five is even better. Gather up a group of people in your class, but be wise to who you select. The most valuable students are the ones who sit in the front, participates in discussion, and arrive early; all traits of successful students and smart planners.  You can either share notes, or divide up the class material between each person so each person is creating a section of the study guide. Asking one person to solely focus on a specific section means they can put in more effort to detail and the facts. Set a timeline for completion and piece together what everyone’s created to create the ultimate study guide. Be sure to share the information in a timely manner so that everyone has enough time to study. Then get together after the study guide has been created to review it, share notes, and quiz each other. This was by far the best study guide creating method I’ve ever learned.

3. Details, Details, Details

Go through your lecture or discussion notes and look for specific things that can be expanded upon in your study guide, such as vocabulary word definitions, theories, life examples, and anything that was mentioned more than once during lecture. Make your study guide as concrete as possible so that nothing is missed when you’re studying! The point of the study guide is to solidify everything you have on the topic so that you only need this guide to ace your exam, making it easier to study anywhere!

Once you think you have mastered something from your study guide, explain it aloud without the assistance of your study guide. Try teaching the material to someone to see if you really do understand the topic. If you’re struggling, study more on that topic.

Now you know the ways to prepare a study guide and the details to look for in your notes. As long as your study guide is solid and you spend enough time reviewing the material, you should do just fine!

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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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7 Reasons To Have An Internship

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Megan Lehman BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

Graduation (it is right around the corner!) means saying goodbye to classes and hello to full time jobs. As much fun as it sounds to step into the adult world, there is one more thing you need to do before graduating; complete an internship.  An internship is not just about gaining experience, it’s about putting yourself one step in front of the competition. If you’re not too keen to the idea of interning, you might want to read this blog and think twice.

Here are seven excellent reasons to work an internship:

1. Build Your Network

As you enter the adult working world, landing your dream job may not be as easy as it seems. By completing an internship, you build your network of personal and professional references. You may not want a job in the field or with the company you intern for, but the people you meet along the way may know or have just the place in mind for you. Keep in contact, send thank you cards, and set up informational interviews with these people that you meet!

2. Resume Building

Adding an internship to your resume automatically puts you into a different pile than other job applicants. You can also use the contacts you make at the internship to review your resume.  They will know just the right way to word things, what else to add to your experience, and what information is unimportant or could be removed.  Editing and reviewing your resume may seem like a large use of your time, but it will always benefit you in the end.

3. Learn Your Desires

Just recently, I completed an internship in the field that I had always dreamed about working in, along with a good friend of mine who was chasing the same goal. What did we learn? I loved the internship and everything about it, but my good friend absolutely hated it. This is another beautiful thing about internships. You don’t know if you really like something until you try it. This opportunity gives you that experience with less of a commitment than accepting a full-time job (and it saves you time to start rethinking your career move). Or, you can learn that you really like what you’re doing – which will give you much more motivation to achieve it. Learning more about ourselves is something that should never be taken for granted.

4. Test Your Skills

After just graduating from college, you will not know everything about the field that you want to step into. Internships let you test your skills and knowledge, while learning new skills and tools to apply on the job. Take every opportunity and do not hesitate or step away from a new project that requires learning something new. The point of internships is to learn and gain experience. These skills will serve you in the future and it will look even more impressive when you already know how to do it.

5. More Money

This experience boosts your resume, boosts your list of skills, and could potentially boost your bank account! This may not necessarily apply while you are completing the internship since most are unpaid, but once it is completed, the internship experience could prove your worth in terms of a slightly hirer salary than most starting positions would normally allow.

6. College Credit

There is required homework of course, but completing an internship for college credit can be one of the most fun and meaningful ways to work towards completing your degree. Some college major programs even require college credit to be earned through an internship for completion. However, if your major doesn’t require this – college credit is still probably an option I recommend looking into.

7. Job Opportunities

Many companies have created internship programs designed to hire the interns as full-time employees after graduation. Find the right company and find the right job! Start researching which companies you’re interested in and set up informational interviews with someone in the company or the position you’re aiming to be in.  Once you’ve done these things, start applying and use the name of the person you had an informational interview with as a reference!

The reasons listed above are only some of the reasons why you should seek an internship while a college student, but they should be pretty convincing I think! Share your internship stories with us in a comment below!

Get ready, get set, and get those applications going!

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Second Semester Struggles

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

The second semester of college can often feel like the home stretch before a long summer break. For some, this can be a stressful time of the year for various reasons. For others, especially seniors, it’s the time of the year that they just can’t wait to be done with.

Here are some tips to combat second semester struggles:

1. Dress For The Weather

Second semester starts in the middle of winter when the majority of the country is usually experiencing some pretty inclement weather. A lot of places get snow, some more than others, but temperatures drop everywhere and bad weather is common. Especially if you go to school further North, be prepared! There is nothing worse than walking to school the morning after a blizzard without boots! And I’m not sure if there is anything colder than a winter morning, so bring a warm jacket with you at the minimum (unless you like your morning coffee with a dash of hypothermia). Eventually the weather will warm up, so do bring a good balance of both winter and summer clothes with you to school.

2. Prepare For A New Routine

Chances are you do not have the same schedule you had last semester and you got used to sleeping in over winter break. Just keep in mind that you will have to make some adjustments. You may have to change your meal times, your study times, and even your social life. The sooner you figure out your new routine, the sooner you will feel at ease.

3. Battling Senioritis

It’s not officially Senioritis unless you’re a senior, but anybody can feel symptoms of Senioritis during the last semester. Senioritis distracts you from staying focused at school with thoughts of your summer and how awesome it’s going to be. The last thing you’ll want to do is homework. I find the best way to treat this debilitating affliction is to just keep to your routine to stay focused. If you can get a solid study group together that’s even better; just as long as socializing doesn’t get in the way of your work. Just stay focused and remember it will pay off in the end!

The second semester can seem to drag on and be tedious, but don’t slack off just yet! Hang in there and enjoy the last semester of the year!

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Celebrating Thanksgiving On Campus

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

Parades, football games, delicious food, and of course seeing family and friends are just a few things that make the holiday season so great. The other great thing is taking a break from school! But what if you live too far from home to visit for Thanksgiving? Or what if you just can’t afford it this time? Don’t assume you’ll be stuck feeling alone on Thanksgiving. It may be easy to give in to that depressed feeling, but you can distract yourself with a multitude of ways to celebrate on campus.

Celebrate Thanksgiving on campus in your own way:

1. Buddy Up

Get together with anyone you know who may also be still on campus for the holiday. You can all go out to eat together, or maybe even collaborate together to put together a home-cooked meal.

2. Volunteer

Local charities and organizations are always looking for volunteers during the holiday season. They usually need help putting together an event or dinner for the community. Reach out and I bet you they will thank you for your service with a nice yummy meal. Don’t forget the side of having accomplished something nice for others (which is what Thanksgiving is all about).

3. Don’t Be Afraid To Eat Alone

It’s okay to have a Thanksgiving dinner to yourself. Sometimes, that can be the most stress-free and relaxing way. Decide if you want to cook or just get takeout! You can take all the time you need to choose a good Netflix movie and enjoy! Don’t forget the dessert too!

4. Go Out, Get Busy

Sometimes a good distraction can take away any loneliness. If you want to get out, go see a movie, go to a park, or start some early holiday shopping! Have some fun and maybe get some things done that you’ve been wanting to do.

5. Ask For Leftovers

There is always enough food to go around. If you can’t get a meal of your own, ask a friend or someone if they can bring you some leftovers so you can at least get a little taste of Thanksgiving. In the meantime – get a head start on homework, make a list of things you’re thankful for, and maybe even Skype with family/friends to distract yourself!

6. Watch TV

Seriously, Thanksgiving is a great time for television. The Macy’s Day parade and football games can fill your entire day! Make it a point to get cozy in your dorm or apartment with some blankets and goodies from the grocery store and watch whatever you want! If you don’t have cable or a television, then try online!

The important thing is to make the most of what you can. Bake your favorite kind of cookies, listen to your favorite music, or even plan what to do with the money you saved by staying on campus! Remember to be thankful for what you DO have.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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