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Multitasking: Are You One of the 2%?

Categories: College Life

As efficient as we think we are with the ability to check our emails on our smartphones, while highlighting the important information in biology textbook, while listening to a football game on TV, a recent infographic, The Perils of Multitasking, provided by onlinecollege.org indicates that very few people truly benefit from this type of work. It’s true: the skill our grade school teachers had tried to instill in us, actually has the potential to lower IQ scores by 10 points!

According to the infographic, multitasking allows for individuals to feel as if they are accomplishing a lot all at once, when in reality, they are only being distracted and delayed from completing any number of tasks in the high quality and time frame it would take to focus on one.

Multitasking as a Student

Students who try to do multiple things at once will find their overall understanding of material and quality of work to diminish, both in class and while studying. Out of all the students who bring their laptops to a lecture, 62% of the web sites they visit will be completely unrelated to class. It is estimated that on average, students will generate 65 different screen windows per lecture! Those who send texts and messages while doing homework are more likely to identify themselves as academically impaired.

Why This Matters: When students are unable to focus on one activity at a time, their production goes down as much as 40%. Instead of saving time, time is being wasted.

Multitasking as an Employee

Students aren’t the only ones trying to get ahead by doing multiple things at once! According to the infographic, those who use a computer at work will be distracted every 10.5 minutes! Of all employees who have a smartphone, 89% of them admit to having used them at work, even though nearly half of all employees believe they have too many things they are trying to do at once as it is!

Why This Matters: It is estimated that with all of the distractions and interruptions that happen over a given workday, employers are losing over two hours from their employees everyday! That adds up to over 546 hours, or 68 days over the course of one year!

Multitasking in Your Personal Life

Would you believe that 67% of those who own a smartphone will admit to checking their texts and emails or surfing the web while they are on a date? Nearly half of all smartphone owners would check their phones at the movies, and while watching TV at home.

Why This Matters: You may be thinking, why does it matter if I multitask at home when it’s my own time that I don’t have to be held accountable for? Take a date for instance. How well are you really listening, or getting to know a person when you’re on your phone? How well are you really relaxing and enjoying a movie if you’re taking the time to email someone?

 

The Perils of Multitasking

Source: OnlineCollege.org via Mashable.com

The Perils of Multitasking

5 Ways to Make Studying More Fun

Categories: College Life

5 Ways to Make Studying More Fun

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As a college freshman, you might find the study and exam schedule to be a bit different than in high school. There will probably be a lot more reading expected of you and you will need to cover more material in depth for each course. Studying and reading can get monotonous. The good news? There are things you can do to shake it up and have more fun while you study! I promise!

1. Pick new locations. Studying in your favorite Starbucks day after day might seem like a good, comfortable idea – the baristas might even know your order by heart – but changing up study spots every now and then is an even better idea. Explore the different coffee shops on and around campus. Find a cozy spot outside on particularly nice days. Pick out different libraries or computer labs where you could study. Mixing things up gives you something new to look forward to each study session!

2. Work with a study group. Typically, a 3 to 4 person study group works best. There are enough people to share the work, but not so many that you get off task. Take turns teaching each other concepts or chapters discussed in class. You will definitely find out what you know and still need to work on when you try teaching it to someone else. Combine forces for a more engaging study experience.

3. Try a different method. Do you find yourself resorting to flashcards for every class? Give the cards a rest for a semester and see how your study habits change. Convinced you are not a visual learner? Second guess yourself and try creating graphs, charts, or pictures to educate yourself on a subject. Retreating to the same tools gets boring, so try incorporating new methods!

4. Switch between subjects. Drowning yourself in a Shakespeare course for an entire study session can be overwhelming – and exhausting! Separate your session into blocks of time. Switch between Shakespeare and something similar or related – like an art history class. It will keep your brain active and give it breaks at the same time.

5. Study actively. Instead of just reading the material, complete any study guides or questions your professor creates. Participate in class by asking questions and taking notes. Don’t forget – teaching someone else about a topic or idea is a very strong way to learn it. When you speak terms and concepts out loud, you learn and remember them better.

If you struggle with studying or feel lost, you can always ask your professor or TA (teacher’s assistant) for tips that might be tailored to the class.

Tips for Studying for Finals

Categories: College Life

Even though the dreaded college finals have arrived, you can take comfort in the fact that all your friends are going through or have gone through the same thing. Here are some tried and true tips for studying for finals:

Start early

Obviously. Start studying as early as possible. All the work will pile up at the end of the semester and if you start reviewing your work early, you will put yourself in a much better position come crunch time.

Make a study guide

Make a study guide for your final. Maybe go to the library with a couple friends from your class who you know are good in the class. Pool your notes and come up with a comprehensive study guide. Four or five hours spent together coming up with a great guide will save you hours of misery in the long term.

Barter

Here’s a little secret: Once you have your study guide, if you have friends taking multiple classes together, trade your guide for theirs. If you trust their work, this can be a great way of cutting down on time spent making guides for multiple classes. Or if you had a friend take the class a semester earlier, ask them for their guide. Also to be more thorough in the same class, trade study guides with other people in the class. Read through these guides constantly wherever you go whenever you have downtime.

Find old exams

Often times, classes will make available old exams from previous years. Study these exams as much as possible. Many times, professors will recycle questions or just slightly tweak them. These also will give you an idea of what type of questions you should be expecting.

Some schools will bar you from studying from old exams and consider reviewing old exams to be academically dishonest. Other schools have professors who tell you how to find said exams. So know your school’s policies before doing this.

Go to study sessions!

This is the best thing you can do! If your class offers an extra study group session for the final exam, go to this. This session, often led by your Graduate Student Instructor/Teaching Assistant (GSI or TA depending on the school), will be a great way to find out what to expect on the test. Your GSI/TA is often the person grading your exam so this will be a great way to find out what the expectations are for your level of work.

When you’re done, use your free time to search for some scholarships!

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