Top 10 Best Study Tips of All Time

Exams can cause tremendous stress. Not knowing what to expect and how you’ll end up doing can be nerve-wracking. Have no fear! You will feel like you’re ready to take on anything after learning these study tips and tricks. Practice them and you’ll be ready to tackle that exam in no time.

1. Scent

Put a little bit of perfume, cologne, essential oil, body spray, body mist, or scented lotion on while you’re studying, and then put on the same scent when you’re going to take the quiz or exam. You may also try using a body wash or soap to achieve the same effect. The scent will trigger the memory that you stored in your brain when you were studying. For best results, try a scent that you don’t have a lot of association with already.

2. Flavored Gum

Chewing a flavored gum is another great trigger for your brain. The flavor and texture of the gum can help you retrieve information from your brain quicker. For best results, try a flavor that you’re unfamiliar with.

3. Candy Trail

gummy bearsIf you need a little motivation to read books or lengthy passages, try the candy trail method. Place a bite-sized piece of candy, such as M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, Skittles, Junior Mints, or gummy bears, beside every paragraph on the page. Once you finish reading each paragraph, reward yourself by eating that piece of candy. Positive reinforcement is a great way to motivate you and help you learn. If you don’t have a sweet tooth or prefer to stay away from excess sugar, choose something else bite-sized that you enjoy, such as pieces of cereal, pretzels, dried fruit, nuts, or crackers.

4. Times New Roman

Make sure your typed notes are in Times New Roman font. This font is one of the best and easiest to read in, and you will breeze through your notes.

5. Color Your Notes

Try taking notes and doing homework assignments with colored pens, markers, and highlighters. The colorful notes will improve your visual memory and therefore allow you to access information from your brain during an exam faster.

6. Teach Your Friend

You may think that you have the exam in the bag, but what happens if during the exam you have difficulty finding a way to explain your answers or put your thoughts into words? By lecturing to a friend, you are training and preparing your mind to recall and express information on demand, putting it in a fast, accessible place. This technique is especially helpful if you need to prepare for a speech or presentation.

7. Listen to Recorded Lectures

Listening to recorded lectures is helpful, especially if you are reviewing the notes you took along with it. This is a great way to refresh your mind of the lessons you have learned. These records are helpful because it brings the original information to a more easily accessible place in your brain in time for the exam.

8. Instrumental Music

TWhile music is a great stimulant for our brains, some music can overwhelm and exhaust them. That said, not all music is bad for your brain. If you dislike the silence of a library or your roommate won’t turn the TV off, try putting in some headphones and jamming to some instrumental music while you’re studying. This will help energize your brain cells, making them happy and active, which will in turn make you feel more motivated to study.

9. Study Old Exams

If you have access to old exams, take advantage of it. Try re-taking old exams and treat them like the real deal. Studying old exams are also helpful because they can give you a good idea of how a professor phrases exam questions, the important ideas that may be included on the new exam, and what your strengths and weaknesses in the subject are. The better you do while practicing your old exams, the more confident you’ll be going into this new exam.

10. Outfit and Setting

If you can, study while wearing the same outfit you plan to wear on the day of the exam. By doing so repeatedly, your brain will associate your clothes with the studied materials so it will not appear new to you. Routine and familiarity are big keys in helping your brain retrieve information and from preventing your nerves from getting the better of you.

These study tips are great for all types of exams. Although it is important to study hard, don’t forget that you should also take breaks to rest and recharge your eyes, body, and mind. Food fuels the brain, so don’t forget to eat healthy and exercise to send more oxygen to your brain. Stay hydrated and don’t over-stress yourself! Practice these study tips and you’ll have the confidence to take on just about anything.

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Original Post Date: April 21st, 2014

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College Decision Day Checklist

Categories: Admissions Advice

National College Decision Day is May 1!

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National College Decision Day is the day by which you must inform a college or university that you plan to enroll there*. Usually this involves sending in a deposit to secure your place. Before you make your final decision, review our checklist to ensure you make the best choice for you!

Read your award letter.

Cost is an important factor when making your college decision! By now, you should have received award letters from the colleges you’ve applied and been accepted to. Before you make your final decision, you have to have a good idea of how much you will need to pay for each college. Think about it…would you agree to buy a car without knowing how much it cost? First take the time to make sure you fully understand each award letter and then compare your award letters to help narrow down your choices. Click here to download our “Can you afford your college choices?” worksheet.

Visit the campus.

Another factor in your college decision should be whether you actually like the campus. If you visited a college and didn’t really enjoy the time you spent there, perhaps you should think twice about choosing that school. That campus is where you’ll be spending the majority of the next four years, so you’re going to want to actually enjoy the time you spend there! If you haven’t yet been able to visit the colleges on your final list, make every effort to do so. To use our car analogy again, you wouldn’t buy a car without seeing it in person, would you? If you are absolutely unable to visit a campus in person, at least take a virtual/online tour. Click here to download our “College Visit Checklist” worksheet.

Do it for the right reasons.

Try not to base your final college decision on the wrong reasons. For example, the college your best friend or significant other has decided to attend might be a great fit for them, but that doesn’t automatically make it a great fit for you. Or maybe your parents had their hearts set on you attending their alma mater. Instead of these reasons, try to base your final college decision on factors that are more important for you personally, such as academics, programs of study, athletics and extracurriculars, financial aid, campus size and location, housing and dining, and other things that you want most out of your college experience. Click here to download our “Choosing Your College Priorities” worksheet.

Go ahead, make your choice.

So you’ve considered everything mentioned above, done a lot of thinking, and have finally narrowed your college list down to a single one. Congratulations — you’ve made your final college decision! Take a moment to celebrate this amazing achievement. By making this important decision, you’ve taken a huge step on your journey to achieving your higher education goals. You should be proud!

After you’ve made your decision, join us for our Cappex College Decision Day celebration! We’re proud of you too, and we’d love to know where you decided to go. Be sure to log on to Cappex and update your college list! Then tell us what school you chose by posting on our Facebook timeline or sending us a Tweet with the hashtag #CappexCollegeDecision.

Congratulations!

* Note that some colleges and universities might have a different deadline for putting in your deposit; contact your college or university of choice to confirm.
 
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Original Post Date: April 18th, 2014

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Buying a Work Wardrobe on a Student Budget

InterviewingSU2Beginning your summer job search? Or perhaps you have several internship interviews lined up? Whether you’re a high school senior or soon to be college grad, it’s never too soon to have office-appropriate clothes on standby. Even trickier is assembling a work wardrobe on a limited budget, which may spark you to frantically ask, “What do I wear!?” There are many simple ways around it, so don’t fret. The following advice will help you throughout and after your college career.

Invest in Workplace Staples

You’ll always have a need for blazers, nice slacks or pants, nice blouses or collared shirts, skirts, and button-ups. You can dress them up with accessories and other accent pieces. Remember to always dress more formally for interviews, even if the office has a casual dress code. Flip-flops are a major no-no, but hiring managers report that it still happens. If you’re unsure about whether your outfit is appropriate, check out these great visuals.

Mix & Match

Instead of buying new everything, mix and match what you already own. Versatility is the key to saving money – a nice shirt has a completely different look when paired with denim jeans than it does with nice pants or a skirt. This strategy allows you to be a chameleon; you never know when you might have to go from casual to business or vice versa.

Sales

While the latest styles in store windows are tempting to splurge on, you can create similar looks with items from the sale section. Try to shop out of season when possible; for example, in the spring, you’ll find lots of sweaters and cardigans for the fall on clearance racks.

Resale and Consignment Stores

These hidden gems are great ways to find quality pieces without spending a fortune. Even if something isn’t your size, you can easily have it custom-tailored and it will still be less than retail. Brand name suits, often notorious for being on the higher end, are more affordable in price at resale stores.

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Original Post Date: April 16th, 2014

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