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A Guide To Studying More Effectively

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Download As Many Books As You Can

We’re in a very privileged position living in the era that we’re in. There’s so much technology around to help us, and we can use it when studying. I often find that going to the library and looking for books is so tiresome. They’re almost always taken, and then you feel pressure to rush through them quickly when you do manage to rent them. Instead, I prefer downloading books on a mobile device or computer. Here, you can use things like MarginNote to write notes and annotations on the pages without worrying about getting kicked out of college for defacing a book! Even if you get a book and take pictures of it, you can often convert the photo to a pdf and then access the file like that.

Or, if you really want to be cheeky, you can sometimes buy eBooks on Amazon, screenshot the pages you need, then ask for a refund within a week. The whole point of this is that you now have study materials that you can doodle on and write notes or underline things without ruining a library book. This helps so much as it keeps your notes all in one place.

Do What Works For You

This sounds like pointless advice, but what I mean is that everyone studies best in different ways. Your friends may want to study in a group as it helps them get out of their dorm and actually do some work. But, if this doesn’t work for you, then you have to say no and do your own thing.

If you work best on your own in absolute silence, then go ahead and do that. If you like listening to music as you work, then crack on with that as well. Don’t copy what other people do because it might not work for you even if it works for them!

Create A Timetable

Personally, my biggest weakness is not knowing where to start. So, to counter this, I made timetables to help me study. Every day, you should split your routine up so you’re studying something for a few hours, then you rest, then you move onto another topic, and so on.

Instantly, there’s more structure to everything, and you feel like you actually have things to do. It makes you feel bad if you don’t stick to the schedule as well, which is an added bonus.

This advice should help you study more effectively, and ensure that you graduate with your college degree! Don’t overdo it with 18-hour long study sessions as this ends up frying your brain. Take regular breaks where you can relax and clear your mind, and you’ll be mentally charged for the next study session.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Thanks so much for reading and good luck on your finals!

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December 19, 2018
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Managing Your Finances After You Graduate

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When you study at university, there tend to be plenty of different resources and professionals at hand to help you manage your finances. You will receive notifications from your institution regarding when scholarships, bursaries, and grants will enter your account. You can access materials that will teach you how to budget. You may also have a student bank account that allows you to monitor your spending. However, when you graduate and leave university, you may feel like you are flung into the big, wide world with little advice or assistance regarding your finances. But not to worry. There are various steps that you can take in order to avoid slipping into major debt! Here are just a few to consider.

Create a New Budget

Whether you head out of uni and don’t have a job, or whether you walk straight into employment, you are going to have to create a new budget. The amount of money making its way into your account will inevitably be a little different. Your outgoings may change too, as graduates have to fork out extra expenses, such as taxes, that students don’t. So, take a look at your income, deduct necessary expenses and note down your new disposable income. If this is more than you are used to, great! If it is less, make sure to avoid overspending. Live within your means! I find that making a spreadsheet of my monthly expenses is super helpful, I can keep track of my bills and how much I make in a month or spend in a month. 

Consider Student Loan Repayments

When you leave university, you’re going to have a lot of student debt to your name. So make sure you are familiar with the process of repaying your student loan. Generally speaking, you will only have to pay this back once you exceed a certain income. If you are employed and exceed this limit, payments will automatically be taken from your wages. If you are self-employed, you will have to put contributions aside and pay these when you submit your tax return. If you come into a lot of money, you can always pay off your student loan in advance. You can find out more about this at https://budgetboost.co/how-to-pay-off-student-loans-fast/.

Sell Unnecessary Belongings

Many of us purchase multiple expensive textbooks throughout our university experience. If you are never going to use these again, you should consider selling them to people in the year below you on your course. They will be glad to have a second hand copy at a cheaper cost, and you will free up space and make a little money back at the same time!

Managing your finances following university can be relatively complex – after all, it’s untraversed territory. However, hopefully, the above advice will help to get you started in the right direction! Incorporate them into your financial regime as soon as possible!

I hope you enjoyed the post and learned something from it!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

November 30, 2018
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Signs That You May Be Uninterested In Your College Degree

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If you are doing a degree course right now then you will understand how much it can benefit your career. After all, you can prove that you have more training and knowledge than your competition and you can also feel much more confident when applying for certain positions as well. You have to remember however that just because a course benefits your career, doesn’t mean that it is the right one for you and the sooner you understand this, the better.

Not Showing up to Lectures

If you skip lectures or if you just turn up without actually taking anything in then this is a clear sign that you are enrolled in the wrong course. At times you might feel as though you just can’t register the words that are coming out of your lecturer’s mouth and at other times, you may feel as though it just doesn’t excite you. Sure, now and again you will get a bad teacher but if you know that every single class that you go to feels boring or uninteresting then this is a big red flag. I definitely have skipped a few classes and took a nap instead because I wasn’t interested in what was being taught – I really don’t recommend doing this because it can really affect your grade!

Awful Grades

There are a couple of reasons why you might get bad grades from your university lecturer. You may feel stressed and this could be having an impact on your grades and you may even feel as though you don’t get on with the professor as well. If you don’t feel as though any of these things are to blame then there is a high chance that something else is wrong and if you are not careful it could have a long-lasting impact on your education.

Zero Passion

If you know that you don’t have a spark after university then this could also indicate a problem. Your first year can be very turbulent to say the least but at the end of the day, you should always feel excitement about finishing up your course and finally getting that degree. It’s so important that you have something that you feel passionate about because this will keep you motivated during the hardest of times. If this is the case then consider taking a course from the University of Redlands Online to find out if they have anything that interests you.

Lack of Studying

Studying can be hard and you may even feel as though at times, you just don’t have the energy for it. This is completely normal but if you can’t study at all or if every single time you look at a textbook, your mind goes blank then you may not be on the right course. It may be that you are just not adapted to that type of learning, the topic may be too advanced for you or deep down, it just may not be a good option for you in general. The only way for you to find out if this is the case or not would be for you to try and look at the course and your own interests, or even take another course side by side to find out if it feels better. I like to use Quizlet to make flashcards when I know a big test is coming up. I also know that people don’t recommend to cram all of your studying the night before or over a long period of time, but for some reason that helped me do better on tests. I would go through the flashcards over and over again until I felt confident with the terms. Then I would start over and do this a couple of times, typically the night before the test (and somehow it worked!) 

Even if you hate the subject, studying and attending class is important, especially if you can’t drop the class. Try your best to pass the class and you’ll be proud of yourself and you won’t have to retake it or make up those lost credits!

I hope you enjoyed the post! I have some midterms coming up, and if you do too – I wish you luck!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

October 24, 2018
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