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Monthly Archives: August 2017

College Students Study

Plan yourself properly
All students who attend collage are not all very young. Some of them are older parents looking to advance their studies through masters and PhD programs. What kind of a student are you? If you are a young scholar without any other activities, you can add a new responsibility in your life. Perhaps you can take a degree course along with a new language or an art course. In addition, you can arrange with your dean to take one extra unit or module every semester in order to finish your program quickly. If you are an older student, perhaps you can take one university course at a time because of the other responsibilities awaiting your attention. Always try to come up with a logical and reliable schedule for yourself. A schedule and discipline can enable proper use of time and other resources. If you cannot handle too much school work, go with the institution’s schedule.

Set clear objectives and goals
There are many collage students who are learning a course that was suggested by their parents. If you are into this right now, just strive to finish. Education has no end; thus, you can find work after school and enroll for the course that interest you the most. Make a habit of setting clear goals and objectives per class you want to attend every semester. Sometimes you do not have to attend some classes, as they are optional. However, if you want to use a course for any purpose, such as get a recommendation letter, you can do it.

Attend all important lectures
Every course has simpler and difficult units. Your chances of passing the latter are slim if you miss many classes. Always give more preference and attention to your weakest subjects because of their potential to drag you down. If you miss classes, always borrow notes from more than one student. Copy them and do further research on areas you do not understand properly.

Become Lab Assistant

If you are looking to begin a career in Laboratory Testing and are seeking a challenging career with impact and opportunity joining a Laboratory Support team can be a good start. It is a good opportunity to get exposure to an array of in demand skills and increase your knowledge of the medical and lab tech industry.

Lab assistants work in a variety of settings including medical practition and research. An associate’s degree from a local community college or nearby vocational school is a good entry into the job market.

Most local schools offer courses in the medical and lab tech field, with several specializations to choose from including medical assisting or medical lab technician work. Some majors you may want to consider include biotechnology or biology in general.

Ask at local hospitals to see whether they are in need of lab assistants, starting with their human resources department. Additionally search online for positions, there are several websites dedicated to jobs in the medical industry. Also look at specific lab based organizations.  There are several nationwide organizations.   If you have a high attention for detail, a strong work ethic and a desire to make a difference you’ll be on your way to a rewarding medical career in no time.

Study Tricks For University

Begin Studying For Exams EARLY
Between academics and your social life, time is not something you’ll have lots of throughout your University career. But one thing you should always make time for is exam studying. There’s nothing worse than leaving all of your studying for the night before an important test or exam. The stress causes your brain to panic and when you panic, you won’t learn as well as you normally would. Studying a little bit each night during the week leading up to the exam will not only make you better prepared but it will remove most of the stress you’d have if you had left your studying for the last minute. Early exam studying allows a student to identify weak spots in their understanding and to prioritize their studying accordingly. Just imagine studying until the early morning of the day of your exam only to find you’ve completely ignored a section that you have little to no understanding in. Don’t let that happen by studying EARLY!

Use a Laptop During Class If Possible
If permitted, use a laptop for note-taking during your lectures. Most students can type faster than they can write so they will be able to record much more information than they normally would. If the classroom has WiFi you’ll have the added ability to research topics you’re unsure of during lulls or breaks in the lecture. If a professor uses a word you’ve never heard before, just alt-tab over to and look it up! Or, if the lecture is completely flying over your head, e-mail the professor from your seat and set up an appointment to discuss the day’s lecture. There are many uses for a laptop during class, I’ll let you imagine the other not-so-academic uses. Many students have grown up with a computer being a staple in their lives so it’s only natural to use it as a tool for learning as well. It’s an easy transition for your brain to go from Facebook to Powerpoint! If a laptop purchase is in your future, refer to our article for tips on choosing a budget laptop for students.

Use Your Time Wisely
In between classes as well as before and after school, there are many opportunities to sneak in some studying or homework that many students either don’t realize or just don’t use. I’ve known people who would study on the bus during the ride to and from school. I’ve also known people that would combine their time at the gym with their study time! Just bring your notes and instead of watching the TV’s and listening to your iPod, wear ear plugs and read your notes. You get a workout for your body and for your brain! Always keep your notes handy and try to use any spare time you have even for simple review to make sure you’re on top of the material. All of those small moments you fill with studying will really add up to a solid understanding and you’ll find that you require less studying when exam time arrives. That’s huge.

Get Your Questions Resolved ASAP!
University classes tend to operate with the “snowball effect” as the primary method for topic progression. That is, the information is cumulative and the last stuff you learned will be instrumental in understanding the next stuff! So anytime you don’t understand something or have a question about the subject matter, get your question answered as soon as you can. Whether by asking during or after class, through an e-mail or phone call to the prof, or even by asking a fellow student, you need to stay on top of the subject matter in order to be ready for the next stuff that’s coming. Don’t let the holes in your understanding be knowledge pits for the future!

Get To Know Some of Your Classmates
This one can be extremely difficult and stressful for many people these days. Meeting people is becoming increasingly difficult in a world of social stigmas and fears of disapproval. I’m not going to tell you how to meet people, just that when you do, the benefits will be immediately apparent. Having a buddy to sit with during class, having someone to lean on for notes from a lecture that you missed, being able to bounce questions and ideas off of somebody, and most importantly having someone to check your assignment answers with before you hand it in, are all spectacular reasons to swallow your nerves and start saying “Hi! My name is….” to the people in your class.

Explore Other Class Resources
Many class outlines will have “optional” reading listed along with the required textbook. This is often a HUGE opportunity for easy marks and guaranteed success in the particular class. Professors are humans just like me and you. Their job is to relay the required material and then test you on it. If they’re using the required textbook as reference for the learning part, where do you think they’re going to get the material for the testing part? If you said “the required textbook”, you’re wrong and you need to stop thinking like a high school student! Professors will often take test questions out of their favorite textbooks, resulting in quality assessments from a trusted source. Those favorite textbooks are often listed as optional reading material either on the class website or on the course outline. Also don’t forget the mighty Internet. YouTube is an insane resource for How-to’s, recorded lectures from other schools, and general knowledge videos on every subject matter imaginable. Use Wikipedia and Google as well to find extra(often better!) resources on whatever it is that you’re struggling with.

Pre-Read Lecture Material
I discovered this one by accident, even if it is, or should be common sense. One night I was bored. Really bored. I grabbed a text book for a class whose lecture I had the next morning and I began reading from the point we stopped at in the previous lecture. It was difficult to understand and took a lot of focus to push through it but the next day in class while listening to the Professor, it crystallized in my mind and was easy from then on. It had the added benefit of being committed to my long term memory giving me a greater and more thorough understanding of the material. It makes sense if you think about it, I was essentially learning the material twice. Once independently and once with the help of an expert. These combined into a solid understanding that I still possess to this day. Now I’d love to suggest that you do this for every class, every night. But we all know that isn’t reasonable so what I do suggest is that you use this technique for anything that you deem to be very difficult or abstract. That way you’ll have a great head start on understanding and mastering the hard stuff, leaving plenty of time for filling in the gaps with the easy stuff!

Creat Productive Study Environment

1. Comfortable space. The place should be a little comfortable, but not to the extent that you’re so at ease that would result to become sleepy easily. Make sure that you’re far away from your bed. There’s a great correlation between the bed and studying. When you study in bed, you’ll easily get sleepy.

2. Organize space. Make your study room well organized, clean and everything are in their proper place. Make it a habit to always clean your study room before and after leaving. An orderly room makes your learning much better.

3. Good lighting system. It’s important to have your study room well lighted. It also includes what colors of lights you installed. Light colors greatly affects your learning ability. Study shows that black, dark blue and dull gray light colors do less to help our brain function than warmer colored ones. While, light colors such as green, is a color of creativity, and light blues, warm yellow or cream yellow are good colors too.

4. Inspirational music. For me, I can’t concentrate without a soft mellow music around. I prefer classical music, instrumental jazz, and western songs. Though, others prefer a silent place, but most people I talked, prefers to have with them a soft mellow sound during their study hours.

5. Good attitude of study habit. A good attitude can get you with lots of challenges you wish to accomplish. Creating a productive study environment may seems tedious, but with your good attitude in relation to your good study habit is just as easy creating bad ones. Just be patient to force yourself to be disciplined.

6. Privacy matters most. To avoid distraction, make your study room more private, that no one can get in when you’re studying inside. Let all members of your family know that your study hour should be kept private and nobody is allowed to disturb you unless in case of emergency.