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Category Archives: Education

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 dictionary.com 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.

Study Better And Not Harder

Subject Priority

When you study, you need to learn how to prioritize your subjects. What you would normally do is choose to do first those materials that are easy and leave the difficult ones at the end. The problem with this is that when you will already work on the difficult subjects, your energy level is already low since you have already used it up on other subjects. What you should instead do is to work on the difficult subjects first so you will have better concentration on completing them.

Using Visual Aids

Another effective strategy of studying is to use visual aids. In making your reviewer, you can make use of diagrams and charts that will help facilitate details on your paper. When reading your note, make use of colored pens to highlight the important terms you need to memorize.

Refresh Your Mind

Make it a habit to perform some sort of refresher activities that will promote retention of details in your mind. Each time you study, you can allot about ten minutes to review and read your previous lesson. Frequently studying your lessons will also help reduce the amount of time needed in studying for a major examination.

Many students choose to study bulk lessons only before an examination. This will only cause the brain to be overloaded with information, which can often produce unwanted results. Bombarding your brain with so many details at once is not good. The brain will only tend to forget them. With refresher reviews, you allow your brain to absorb what it has learned within a reasonable amount of time.

Use Metaphors

Metaphors or symbols are greatly useful when studying. What you need to do is to associate your lesson with something simpler and one that you can really appreciate. Sometimes, a student skips studying because he finds the lessons boring. With metaphors, he can think of something else he likes that can be associated with the lessons. For example, a computer enthusiast needs to take up a psychology class. Instead of studying the brain as it is, the student can associate parts of the brain as sections of a computer.

Private High School Application Essays

Usually, the essay questions directed to parents are analytical in nature. Instead of asking for facts, these questions ask you to speak about your teens character, to discuss family dynamics and to gauge your role as a supporter of the private school. Private high school admittance directors recognize that teenagers who are brought up in a stable, education focused home, are much more likely to succeed than their peers who have less support at home.

Similarly, private school administrators look at your essay answers to determine whether you can be counted on to support the high school financially or through volunteer work. As you might imagine, administrators cannot legally or ethically ask some of these questions but they can draw inferences based on your answers to application questions.

Analytical Questions

For example, an entrance application question may ask what you believe your child can contribute to the XYZ school. This type of question is really asking you to speak to your child’s academic, social, athletic and out-of-school interests. If you have visited the school, reference your visit to show that you have made an effort to learn more about the school. Your answer should address each of your child’s areas of interest and strength. Here is a sample answer to this question:

During our recent visit to the XYZ School, Tommy pointed out to me the well equipped science lab and asked a number of questions about the science curriculum available to students at the school. Tommy has a long standing interest in studying science and he has performed well in elementary school and we believe that he will bring that interest and aptitude to his high school studies. His current teachers note that Tommy regularly asks thoughtful and insightful questions in class. In addition to working hard to perform well academically, Tommy will be an willing participant in the school’s baseball team and/or its marching band. Tommy keeps a busy schedule during the school year and as a well rounded and serious young man, he will represent the ideals and message of the XYZ School now and in the future.

Family Stability and Religious Questions

Other questions will more directly ask you about your future participation in school fund raising and other activities. These questions are designed to evaluate the stability of your home life and your future financial support potential. For example a religious school application might ask about the role your religion plays in your life. A non-religious school might ask why you are considering the XYZ School. Here is a sample answer to this type of question:

Our family is an active member of XYZ church. We are active members of the social action committee and every Thanksgiving, our entire family, including Tommy and his two sisters, volunteer at the XYZ Church gently used clothing center where we help distribute gently used clothes to homeless people. Tommy and his sisters have been greatly impacted by this activity as well as other church related functions. With a hands-on opportunity to minister to the less fortunate, Tommy has a personal understanding of the message of XYZ religion. We try to reinforce that message at home by attending services regularly and making daily prayer a part of our routine. At the XYZ Private Elementary School, both my husband and I have served on the Board of Directors and we are active participants in the school’s Feed the Hungry annual campaign.

Answers like the ones set out above are designed to send a message to school administrators that both you and your teen are serious, dedicated and stable people who will fit in well with the community that develops within a particular private school. If you make an effort to study the type of community that exists within a particular school and you model your entrance questionnaire essay to that community, you greatly enhance your child’s chances at gaining admission.

Info of Lab Tech Job

Laboratory technicians are trained to work with and handle infectious material and specimens. While not without risks, when proper safety protocol of infection control and sterilization is followed these risks are greatly reduced. Protective clothing such as, goggles, masks, and gloves are used regularly for the protection of technicians. Laboratory techs usually work in shifts and need to be in relatively good health as they can be standing for long lengths of time.

Laboratory techs receive either a certificate from a teaching hospital, a technical or vocational school, or an associate degree from a community college. Also, different branches of the Armed Forces can train people to become technicians.

Many lab techs work for hospitals. But there are many places a tech can apply. Some of these are: federal labs, public health labs, biomedical companies, universities and colleges, pharmaceutical companies, and the Armed Forces.

The demand for qualified laboratory technicians is on the rise. Over the next few years, employment opportunities for medical techs are expected to increase ten to twenty percent. In a slow economy, this expected growth is very promising. As technology becomes more and more advanced it contributes to the growth in the medical laboratory fields as it opens new ways to discover better medicine and cures for people and disease.

Study for Distance Learner

The first thing to do is setting up your study schedule. This should include dividing your time between “attending” school, doing homework, research, and assignments, and studying for tests. Most people try to schedule 2 hours of study time for every hour they spend online in class and in discussion groups. This isn’t a hard and fast rule but it is a good starting point until you get a grip on what works best for you.

You will need to pick a time when work or family activities will be least likely to interrupt you. One way to approach this is deciding if you’re a morning or evening person. If you’re a morning person it makes sense to get the majority of your studying done in the quiet of the morning before everyone else gets up. Again, do what works best for you but it is imperative that you avoid distractions as much as possible.

Avoid choosing a time when the family is busy and active throughout the house. Just before dinner is probably the best time to be studying. Constant interruptions can affect your ability to concentrate and get any worthwhile studying done. It is also important to emphasize to all your family members that you are not to be interrupted while studying, unless of course if there is some sort of family emergency.

Now that you have a designated time or times during the day or night to study you need a place to study in; a spare bedroom, a room in the basement, some people even carve out a space in the garage. It just needs to be a place where you can go that is conducive to studying. It should have a desk with room for your computer, a comfortable chair, and a bookshelf for storing books and other study necessities.

Once you have your time and place set up how you study is up to you. Everyone approaches it a little differently because we all seem to learn a little differently. But the main thing to remember is that when you are studying, your are studying. Surfing the net, posting on Facebook, or any other distractions are to be avoided. You will invest a serious amount of time and money in your distance learning degree; it only makes sense that you will get out of it what you put into it.

High School Lab Safety

  • All experiments should be conducted under the supervision of a teacher to ensure the lab safety regulations in the high school.
  • Equipment from the lab should be taken only after the teacher’s explanation, a complete comprehension of what is required in the experiment, and receiving permission from the teacher, in order to keep your safety.
  • When heating materials or tools, you have to hold them with the appropriate holder, made from materials that have a low heat conduction factor.
  • Students should not smell any chemical materials, as inhaling these materials can cause significant damage.
  • Never mix different materials, unless given explicit instructions to do so by your high school lab supervisor. When mixing materials, you must wear safety goggles, especially when dealing with biology lab safety procedures.
  • When you are boiling a liquid material in a test tube, the liquid must be directed to the opening of the tube so that the material will not be sputtered in case of extreme boiling. In any case you must wear safety goggles to protect your face. Please note that this is the safety glasses policy and you must adhere to it.
  • Students with long hair should always collect their hair and cover their faces with safety goggles. Please note that this is the safety glasses policy and you must adhere to it.
  • The students should not taste any of the materials in the lab. This is against the high school lab safety regulations, and might result in severe damages.
  • Never touch any chemicals with your hands. Lab safety protocols dictate that you use tools such as a spatula, spoon, tweezers etc
  • Lighting the gas burner will be done only by the high school teacher or lab assistant. Once finished, alcohol burner should be turned off immediately after heating. In any case you should not leave alcoholic burning.

Useful Study Manage Time

Imagine that it’s a history class and the chapter you’ve been assigned to read has 25 pages. If it’s Monday, and the unit test is going to be on the following Wednesday, that gives you 10 days to read, study, and learn that material. If you divide the 25 pages by the 10 days, you’ll see how very little work is really required to stay on top of that material.

All that you have to do is read and understand about 2.5 pages per day. If you only have to work through 2.5 pages, and you are using good note-taking and study tools, then you can easily accomplish this much work on a daily basis for each class. Or, if you want to be able to take the whole weekend off, you can take out Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from your time table, and that leaves you 7 days. In the example above, that would mean that you will have to study about 3.5 pages each day. If you follow this plan, you can keep up with the work, and you can still “play” all weekend.

This study time table lets you adapt to fit the schedule you want to have, and that’s the beauty of taking just a little time to plan your study time. Spend a few minutes each day reviewing the previous day’s notes and information, work through your budgeted number of pages, and you’ll find that the material is easy to manage and you can avoid those last-minute cramming sessions.

Using this strategy, you can easily work through assigned reading, papers that have to be written, test preparation, and any type of school project. Remember to allow time for research work, gathering of supplies, etc. if the assignment includes those needs, but a study time budget is easy to do, and highly effective for all subjects!