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Studying Strategies For Finals

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

This time of the semester is usually crazy with college classes. Between professors cramming in material at the end of the semester, to team projects, and loads of homework and tests (including finals), it’s no wonder students can be burnt out this time of year. However, this is a very crucial time to stay focused and make sure you carry through the best you can to continue to learn and get good grades.

Have successful studying session for tests and finals with these recommendations:

1. Work In Increments

You should break up your class and homework assignments you’re working on and accomplish them one piece at a time. This makes it easy to track your progress and keep up your morale by accomplishing a series of mini-goals. You should also make sure you take breaks in between each segment. Experts recommend about 15 minutes of break time to every 1 hour of studying to not exhaust your brain power. Whether you decide to eat a quick snack, go outside, or socialize for your break, just make sure you take that time for yourself (and then get back to studying).

2. Stick To A Schedule

You should plan specific times to study and stick to your schedule. This makes you more accountable to actually study. After a few weeks of this, studying will become just another habit in your regular routine.

3. Set Goals

Don’t start studying until you have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, such as to learn more about a certain topic. This will keep you focused on the things you need to work the most on as you study and can help you plan out where you are spending your time as you study.

4. Limit Distractions

First, you should find a quiet place where you won’t be distracted much by your surroundings. You should also be wary of digital distractions. You may need your laptop or tablet to study, but limit your social media and web browsing. You can also tell your friends not to bother you when you’re studying, or just turn off the notifications on your phone.

5. Ask For Help

Much of the work you will accomplish “in the real world” will come from collaborating with others. For this reason, and for the sake of your sanity, you should feel comfortable reaching out to other students in the class if you are stuck on a problem or topic. Or you can even reach out to the professor. By communicating your difficulties, not only will you likely receive help, but if a lot of people are also having trouble with the topic, the professor may be willing to alter or review the material to fit the needs of the class.

Remember, everyone studies differently for what works for them. It may take some time to find out the best method for you if you haven’t found it yet. If you have found your ultimate study method, share with us what it is in a comment below!

Good luck studying!

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Homework Hacks

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

It’s that time of year again, when we all have to do our best to find a routine that keeps us on track. One of the most common things college students skip (besides class…) is homework. When we have a quiz or a test, we make sure we are present, but the same does not always so easily apply to homework.

Here are a few hacks that have helped me complete my homework over the years:

1. Timing Is Everything

I’ve found that if I can make time to do the homework assignment right after the lecture, I get it done. Not only that, I get a much better grade because the lesson is fresh on my mind! Procrastination can get you into trouble. Just get it done and over with and you’ll be golden.

2. Do The Work

I stress this because after two years of blowing off reading assignments, I can honestly tell you that it makes a difference. I used to say I didn’t have time, but we do. Now, I read my book while I am working out, between commercials, or while taking a bath. I’ve learned to incorporate it into things I always do so that it’s less of a chore.

3. Constant Reminders

If you really struggle with remembering to do assignments, your best bet is to annoy yourself with continuous reminders. Set several alarms throughout the day, have a board in your room that you can write your assignments, write it on your hand – do whatever it takes! If I really have trouble, I’ll even tell my roommate to remind me when I get home everyday to do my homework!

4. Find A Study Buddy

Collaborating with other students is usually highly encouraged in most college classrooms, as long as you aren’t cheating. Share ideas and concepts, but formulate your own answers. If you don’t know anyone, try to meet someone. We’re all in this together.

College is supposed to be about preparing you for a successful life ahead. Well, one way for a successful future is to find a routine that works for you in your daily life. All of these things apply not only to homework, but to how you should carry through life in general.

Share with us what homework hacks you have, or how you turn your stress into success!

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5 Secrets To Back-To-School Success

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A new semester is upon us. If you’re like me, you look forward to the start of a new year, new classes, and a new chance at starting off on the right foot. Usually, we promise ourselves we’ll do better this time – we’ll study more, not go out as much, and maybe even meet with our professor (if we have to).

Sometimes goals like these can seem overwhelming after we get into the first few weeks of a new semester when things become less important, and we expect less of ourselves. But there are a few tips that might help your goal(s) seem easier and help you achieve back-to-school success.

1. Minimize Distractions

When it comes to where you’ll study, try not to isolate yourself to your bedroom. It’s good to separate your study area from your living area to restrain yourself from distractions and to maintain focus. Pick a quiet study spot, like the library. If it’s not quiet enough, bring earplugs or headphones to study while listening to music (unless this can become a distraction). Put your phone away in your backpack, too. As they say, out of sight out of mind. When you’re studying, the less distractions available around you, the more you will accomplish.

2. Find Inspiration

Take notice of who in your class is smart, volunteers, asks questions, sits up front, etc. Try to emulate that. If they don’t have their phone out, don’t have yours out. Seeing other students so focused on learning can be a major source of inspiration. Bonus: go the extra mile and form a study group with them. I did this while taking a very difficult math class (the most failed one at my university) and I passed by the miracle of studying with a group of girls determined to also pass.

3. Download Apps

Not all apps out there are for games! Use apps to help with your classes, homework, or to get organized. I recommend checking out Quizlet, Evernote, or myHomework. Ask your friends if they use any apps that are helpful for college.

4. Watch Your Stress Level

All work and no play, well, you know the rest. Studying and reading the book for your classes is important, but don’t overdo it. It’s easy to overwhelm yourself and feel like you have to get something done by a certain time. Remember you don’t have to sacrifice eating or sleep to get a good grade. The first week is a good time to get a good reading on how long you’ll spend studying for each class. We all study in our own way so don’t feel pressure to get things done right away. Take time to play!

5. Use Your Campus Resources

Advisers can be very helpful if you utilize them. Most of the time, before you sign up for classes, or even after if you’re thinking about changing your mind, they can recommend a class based on your learning style that will satisfy your requirements. Just ask!

What do you do to have a successful term? Share with us in the comments below!

Good luck this semester!

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3 Ways To Take The “Dying” Out Of Studying

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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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25 Favorite Five Minute Study Breaks

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Study breaks keep the gray matter in your head fresh after long periods of thinking. With that in mind, the BookRenter “Digiterns” (aka Digital Interns) compiled their favorite five minute study breaks (in no particular order). So when you’re feeling the mental burn, take five and be ready to cram even more knowledge into that noggin.


Real Life

  • 5 Minutes of Exercise


Online Games and Activities

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