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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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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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5 Things To Start Doing In 2016

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

At the beginning of every year, most people spend time thinking about what they want to change in the new year. After reading several articles and reflecting on what has worked for me this year, I’ve put together a list of five things I think people (including myself) should start doing this year if they aren’t doing it already.

Why not make this year the best one yet? Start doing these things in 2016:

1. Grow Your Savings

As college students, we’re all aware of the struggle of handling our money. Some people are just better at it than others, I am not one of them. Last year I decided that instead of managing my savings account and depositing whenever I wanted, that I would setup automatic deposits. This has been life-changing for me. I never noticed the money gone, and it’s already added up greatly. For every paycheck, it automatically deposited $20. I also have saved any tip money I received at the end of the month from my job.

2. Find Your Relaxation

I feel like this world becomes more and more stressful each year, and each year I feel less equipped to handle it. I’ve been researching many different solutions and I think I’ve found a remedy for me. Over the past two months I have replaced soda with hot tea, which was mainly for weight loss reasons, but it has helped my emotional health tremendously. The most important thing to remember is that relaxation looks different for everyone. My relaxation is making myself a cup of tea, and either sitting in my yard, or rocking in the chair on my porch. Learn what calms you down and leaves you feeling happy, then remember to practice this often to reduce stress and increase your inner peace.

3. Read More

This is actually a goal of mine for 2016. I have read more this past year and picked up a book or two every now and then, but it’s my goal to read one book each month for this year. I remember how much I used to love reading, and how calming it was. I want to get back to that instead of filling my nights with Netflix. Reading is found to help in so many areas of your life including stress, happiness, creativity, and even your grammar! Visit www.bookrenter.com for some reading inspiration!

4. Volunteer

For most of us, our schedules can be almost maxed out to the limit. Adding another thing to it can seem impossible. Even still, I’ve decided for this next year that I’m going to overcome the impossible and set some time aside to volunteer at the local children’s center. I’m passionate about children, so it’ll be a great fit. Find what inspires you and you will see that it will seem less like a “chore” and more like another fun thing to do. If you really can’t give your time, get creative to think of how you can give back. A few weeks ago my friend and I had a “purse stuffing” party to stuff unwanted backpacks and purses full of everyday essentials to hand out to any homeless people we cross paths with. Imagine if everyone gave back just a little bit? It would make things just a little bit nicer, don’t you think?

5. Let Go Of The Negative

After a pretty rough year for me, it will be great to mentally refresh. If you’ve had a rough year too, or had a few bad instances, let go of any negative feelings and leave it behind in 2015. Make a decision to be positive going forward. This could even apply to negative situations you may find yourself in or people you hang out with – if you want to improve your situation, think of removing yourself from these scenarios. Use goals and daily motivational quotes to get you started, then it’ll become a routine. The past is the past for a reason, so get past it and look positively toward your future.

These five things are things that I’ve been working on for myself, and will continue to do in 2016. With how busy and stressful life can be, I think the most important thing to remember is to relax. Enjoy life and don’t worry about the small stuff!

Happy New Year! What change will you be making for 2016?

Leave a comment and let us know!

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Making The Most Of Winter Break

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 Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

This is my fifth winter break from college, and I’m prepared to make the most out of it. When I first started college, I didn’t value the break as much as I do now as a senior coming off of an 18 hour day semester. The main thing to remember is that this is your break, so do some things for you!

Here are a few suggestions for how you can make the most out of your winter break:

1. Spend Time With Family

I know this isn’t applicable to everyone because we don’t all live close to our family, but now that I’ve moved back to Texas, I’ve realized how important it truly is to spend as much time as possible with them. Life is incredibly short and semesters are incredibly long, so take some time to get some quality time in.

2. Have Some Alone Time

As important as it is to spend time with the people you love, I’m a big believer in spending time alone too. I frequently have “me” dates at the movies, or at a good dinner. Being alone to be peaceful with your thoughts and to do something you enjoy can be very calming (which we all can need at the end of a semester). This gives you time to regroup, recoup, and relax.

3. Do Some Reading

This has turned into a tradition of mine, and one that I cherish. Every year before winter break begins, I pick one novel that I’m going to read. I’m not a huge reader, so I set my goal realistically with just one book. It’s a great way to keep your brain active, and a great way to make sure you aren’t glued to the TV all break. This year my novel is Animal Farm (for the third time). This also allows me to remember the entertainment in reading, and not to just think of reading as “studying” or homework.

4. Volunteer

During the last four of my winter breaks, I have always gone and worked at the homeless shelter for a few days. This year, I will be working a lot so I figured out another way to give back to the community. I collected unwanted purses and backpacks from friends and family and filled them with essentials (toothbrush/paste, deodorant, snacks, etc.). I now keep them in my car to hand out to any homeless people I may see over the break!

These suggestions are just a few things that I like to do during my break. But, like I said, this is YOUR break. You have to figure out what you can do to make the most out of it because before you know it, we’ll be back in class.

What are you doing this winter break? Share with us in a comment below!

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