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Surviving College like a Pro

Listen While Reading: Flowers // VIVIAN.  College. Visions of books piling up on a desk, pulling all nighters with cups of coffee all around, and a gigantic amount of work that seems to never end pops up into the mind. College is quite an interesting time, but also one of the best. It’s a time to discover who we are and discover how what we want to do for the rest of our lives. At the same time, the idea of trying to choose one thing to do for the rest of your life is quite stressful and scary. There is a lot of pressure to choose a degree and start a career as soon as we graduate from high school. When I started my first year of college, I was a very confused individual. I had an idea of where I wanted to be, but I had no idea what I wanted to do in that field. I felt a little out of place because it seemed everyone else around me knew exactly where …

8 Tips For Incoming College Freshman

Listen While Reading: Do You Want It All // Two Door Cinema Club. I’m at a school that I love, I’m in a city that I love, and I’m studying what I love. Now, fortunately for me, I have all of those things, but I think that the last one is all you really need to be happy and successful in college. The first two are simply perspective. You have to go into college with the attitude that you’re going to make the absolute best of your academic and social life, even if it isn’t what you had imagined for all this time while you were obsessing over your dream school that you ended up getting rejected from or couldn’t afford. It’s a harsh truth, but yeah most people don’t end up at a college that they thought they would go to because the U.S. sucks at making college affordable, but that’s okay. It’s on the colleges to decide they want you or how bad they want you by the amount of money you receive, …

Succeeding at School

Listen While Reading: Coffins // Misterwives. More often than not the school year is stressful and the majority of people dread it. I, who has finally graduated high school, think that learning is one of the most incredible things to experience and it is such a shame that education system is so flawed that it brings more stress than joy into teenagers’ and young adults’ life. However, you have to work with it, not against it. I compiled a list of things that I think have helped me a lot throughout my final years of school. Consistent sleep schedule. You can be the smartest person out there but if you stay up late and wake up before the dawn or if you pull all-nighters frequently, you’re not going to live up to your potential. Go to bed before 12 am every night, don’t snooze your alarm too many times in the morning. If you get at least seven and a half hours of sleep at night, that’s a success. You’ll feel well rested, relaxed and …

How to Do Well in School‏

The new school year is slowly but surely creeping upon all of us. It’s an exciting and daunting time of the year. For most, people are going to be rekindling old relationships, catching up, and talking to people they haven’t seen in a long time. For some (like myself), they’ll be walking through doors knowing absolutely no one, on a new campus where they can’t navigate, yet excited nonetheless to embrace change for all it has to offer. But school is not only for socialization. People have other responsibilities, part-time jobs, extracurriculars, and schoolwork to do. Here are some tips to increase productivity and make sure everything gets done in a timely manner. Take advantage of study halls or breaks between classes. Use this time to get a head start on readings, projects, essays, or studying for upcoming tests and quizzes. Also utilize this time to meet up with teachers to elaborate concepts you do not understand or to clarify assignments. By meeting up with teachers, not only do you show you genuinely care about …

Study Tips and Tricks

It seems inevitable that at some point we’re all going to have to sit some sort of exam. The most common issue I heard discussed in high school was a complete lack of knowledge as to how to study. Frequently, I would hear people before exams mentioning to their friends their study techniques. I was absolutely baffled at the amount of people who assumed simply reading over their notes would suffice! As a third-year university student, I’d like to think I am well schooled in exam sitting. This article aims to offer you some study tools and techniques that I am sure will go a long way in improving your exam results. Firstly, identify what type of learner you are. If your school is divided into streams or accelerate classes, it is likely that those in those top classes got to that position purely by knowing what type of learner they are. It is not that those in lower streams are incapable of learning or retaining the same knowledge; it’s simply that they have misidentified …

High School…

Let me tell you, it’s one hell of a ride. Through my experience, I have learnt so much about others and myself. I have found who I am and who I want to be. It has helped me discover the values I believe in, the friends that deserve my time and the things that truly matter in life. I am not saying I have it all figured out or that I know where I’ll be in 20 years from now. What I’m saying is that high school is an adventure. An adventure filled with risks to take, choices to make and obstacles to overcome. It is a journey where the destination is unsure. It is a moment in your life where you have the opportunity to try new things and live a little. Trust me when I say that high school is not easy. Friend problems, grade problems, stress, anxiety… You start questioning yourself about who you are or who you should be. “Am I pretty enough?” “Am I smart enough?” “Am I good enough?” You start …

Handling Exam Period (Aka You Will Survive)

Ιt’s that dreadful time of the year again; you can almost smell the anxiety and sweat of horrified herds of students in the air as we all come to the abrupt realization that this school year is finally coming to an end but only after, well, to put it charitably, the inevitable torture of exams. While few of us are a novice to the notion of exams that doesn’t lessen the dramatic effects that it has on our stress levels. But as I like to think, this too shall pass, and if you’re wise enough you can manage your time and efforts so that you get the best possible results with the minimum amount tear-soaked papers and sleepless nights illuminated only by your depressing screen light. I still maintain that studying is a very personal thing and that no matter how much your best friend swears by a particular studying method, if it doesn’t work for you, it probably never will. So think to yourself what makes you the most effective- be it reciting out …