10 Quick Tips On Cramming

Cramming is something that chronic procrastinators are forced to do. Studying for any test in college can be overwhelming and waiting until the last minute isn’t the smartest decision. However, many of us just get busy and forget to study ahead of time. Here are some tips for those of you that are currently cramming for a big college exam.

1. Get some sleep

Prep up as much as possible before you sit down and study consistently for X number of hours. You’ll need energy if you want to study for long periods of time.

2. Make sure to eat

Try to get your energy up by eating at least a snack. Don’t skip any meals, make sure you’re getting the nutrition that you need as much as possible.

3. Highlight what you need

Make sure you single out the important points in the chapter or whatever you’re reviewing for. Don’t just study the whole chapter again and again, make sure you talk back to the text. Ask questions about what you don’t understand.

4. Make a practice exam

Read and answer the questions at the end of each chapter. Looking over these and analyzing how it’s set up is important. You can follow that before you make questions for a practice test. A practice test will help you prepare properly for the upcoming exam.

5. Type your notes

If you have handwritten notes, typing them helps. Looking over these will help you review as you type them up. Taking handwritten notes is important because it helps you retain information while you’re in class. This is a strategy I recommend trying.

6. Review graded assignments/quizzes/tests

Look over what you got wrong and do your best to see what you did wrong. Looking over this several times will help you retain this information and remember the right answers.

7. Work in the library

You need a quiet studying space and what spot is better than the library? It’s quiet and has a positive environment where you can get your work done with minimal distractions. Probably a lot better than any dorm will be.

8. Breathe!

This is an obvious yet one that we sometimes forget. When we’re under a lot of stress, we can forget to breathe. So just relax and keep on breathing as you get through this intense study session.

9. Have study buddies

Having a group to study with can be extremely effective if you stay on task. It can be fun to have someone else there to quiz you and to share ideas with. Just make sure your able to focus on studying only!

10. Use flashcards

Making your own flashcards on the particular subject your studying for is a strategy that pretty much always works. Make sure that the flashcards are filled with necessary information. You can use any other strategies to help you remember the information but this is probably the most common and effective one I can come up with. Then just keep on quizzing yourself and you’ll retain the information in no time!

Random Football Facts

It’s no secret that I’m seriously obsessed with sports, football in particular. Here are some of the most unexpected and random facts about the sport.

1. Just two years after finishing their careers, about 78% go bankrupt. 

This statistic is pretty crazy to think about! We always think football players have so much money all saved up. However, I think they must spend a lot of the money while they have it then once they retire, it all stops coming in.

2. The Steelers and the Eagles once combined and called themselves the Steagles. 

During World War II, so many football players were serving in the military that the two teams were forced to combine.

3. NFL games last three hours but only just 10 minutes and 43 seconds of actual action. 

Commercials account for about 60 minutes of the three hours.

4. The huddle was invented by Paul Hubbard. 

Hubbard was a legally deaf quarterback at Gallaudet University for the deaf and hard of hearing. He used to huddle his team together so they could see and hear him better and so the other team wouldn’t be able to read their sign language.

5. It takes 3,000 cows to make a year’s worth of footballs. 

The cows supply the NFL with leather to make the footballs. 3,000 cows for just one season alone? Man, that’s a lot of footballs.

6. Mr. Irrelevant is the name given to the last guy in the NFL draft. 

It seems like a rather harsh name to give the 487th pick in the NFL draft. The name has just stuck for many years although there are several of these guys that have gone on to do good things. Jimmy Walker was Mr. Irrelevant in 1967 even though he didn’t even play college football. That same year, he was the number one overall pick in the NBA draft and chose basketball over football.

Why Do We Hate Education?

As I stated in my post earlier this month, Americans often take advantage of having an education since it’s always been there, no one has ever prevented them from dong it. Now, I wanted to take a moment to talk about why so many students dread school and the education system in general.

There’s a lot of reasons why so many students all around America despise education. Partly because students feel as if teachers just don’t care about their education, they just want to get paid. I think this certainly isn’t true about every teacher. Some teachers deeply care for their students and want them to continue receiving a quality education. Sometimes, it just happens to be that the student believes the lie that school doesn’t matter. Being a well-educated person is extremely important and will allow much more job opportunities as well as other advantages.

Many students do care about receiving an education, it’s the school system that bothers them. This then causes students to just shut down and believe that what they learn isn’t all that important. This isn’t true, as I already talked about, kids in other parts of the world risk their life just to go to school everyday. While the American school system has it’s obvious flaws, at least we have schools that we can safely attend.

It’s a big deal to appreciate the school system that we have. I think that just because you have bad experiences with the school you attend, doesn’t mean you should care less about learning. If anything, you should care more about diving deeper and discovering things that you don’t know due to whatever reason it may be. I’m not sure if schools will ever fix the problem of having some teachers that could care less about anything other than a paycheck. Unfortunately, it’s just something that students have to learn to adjust to. There’s a lot of learning left to do and we shouldn’t forget that.

An Education From Movies & TV Shows

Sometimes we don’t really associate movies and TV shows with learning something. We typically consider it to be just a form of entertainment and there’s nothing educational about it. However, these movies and TV shows prove that there’s still many lessons to be learned here.

The Rise Of ISIS

PBS’s Frontline takes on a popular topic in our world today. For those of you that have heard of ISIS but know next to nothing about it, this is perfect for you. It’s really vital information that we all need to know and this documentary does a great job at laying out all of the pieces for us.

Brain Games

I happened to accidentally stumble upon this show one day and I’m pretty happy I did. This show is filled with interesting and random facts about the brain that you definitely don’t know. The games are fascinating and challenging. They make you think but in a fun way that you thoroughly enjoy. The show is set up in such a cool and unique way you can’t help but love.

Crimes Of The Century

CNN’s multi-episode Crimes Of The Century takes a closer look at some of the most popular criminal cases in recent years. They present each case with many different interview subjects as well as candid and old footage surrounding the case. Among the stories include: the D.C. Sniper, Amanda Yates, Unibomber, Amanda Knox, Oklahoma City bomber, Ronald Reagan attempted assassination, and the John Lennon assassination. The John Lennon one in particular really pissed me off because it looked at so many different sides that I was unaware of until I watched this. It’s deeply informative and I certainly learned from these events in history that aren’t talked about enough.

10 Things You Don’t Know About

Henry Rollins hosts this fascinating H2 show. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from this show. It’s filled with people and event that you learned about in history class but you didn’t learn these facts. It consists of a lot of lesser known facts that are often overlooked. The show makes me really remember exactly why I love learning so much.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

This Carl Sagan reboot is much better than I expected it to be. Neil deGrasse Tyson has one of those commanding deep voices that makes you shut up and listen to what he’s saying. The general sights and technology used here is incredibly innovative and awesome to watch.

Spring Into Fashion!

March gives us some serious hope that Spring is just around the corner. While we’ve had glimpses of Spring this winter, it’s always gone back to the bitter cold at the end of the day. But there’s definitely some hope that Spring is lurking in the shadows waiting to come out. So here are some looks inspired by the warmer weather that will hopefully give you some inspiration and hope.

1. Mod Cloth Skirt

Corny names aside, this is ridiculously cute skirt that’s perfect for Spring.

2. UO Dress

I can always count on Urban Outfitters for the cutest clothes regardless of the season. There’s just something about their Spring collection that is even more amazing than usual. I highly recommend buying one or two things from there if you need some cute clothes for this season!

3. Wallet from LuLu’s

This super adorable bow wallet from LuLu’s is perfect for Spring! You can just carry it around wherever you go and manage to look extremely style while doing it. I highly recommend this one!

4. Sunglasses from the Loft

Really love how stylish these sunglasses are. Spring may not be exactly the right time, but it’s close enough to get into the warm weather spirit of it all.

5. Anthropologie Oxfords

Obsessed with these oxfords. I’ve always thought these shoes were adorable but these are especially attractive to me. This is perfect for the weather and it’s cheerful and screams Spring.

6. Topshop Sundress

This might be more appropriate for summer. But if there’s some really nice days or if you have a special event, this would be an adorable dress to wear. This is especially incredible for those of you going out of town for Spring break, maybe even taking a beach trip.

7. Charlotte Russe Top 

The colors of this top have Spring written all over it. The crochet-back is lovely and pleasant. I love clothes from this store because of how the vibe is Spring and Summer.

8. Wet Seal Shirt

This basic floral print shirt is essential and weather appropriate. Wet Seal offers affordable and trendy clothes. You got to love the colors and patterns.

9. Old Navy Shorts

These shorts may be a little too early to break out. However, if you’re going to the beach for break, these are needed. The floral pattern is gorgeous and fun. Old Navy definitely has the cutest shorts.

10. H&M Shorts

Figured I’d include one more pair of shorts. These are very Summer like, but will work in Spring as well. High waist shorts are the best so we might as well start breaking them out before Summer officially begins.

Books That Teach You Something

I’m a total book nerd, I’ll admit it. These are some of the books that have taught me many facts about the world. I take these lessons and recall them on a fairly frequent basis. Who said learning wasn’t fun??

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

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Pretty much everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned from this book. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve brought up an interesting statistic that I learned from this book ever since I first read it. Yeah, it’s pretty much useful information but it’s cool information that you’re going to love and bring up quite frequently in your day to day conversations.

What If? by Randall Munroe

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My dad introduced me to this really cool book by former NASA worker Randall Munroe. Munroe started this comic called xkcd which is a hilarious scientific look at the world. He also started answering questions that were sent to him which adapted into this book. Questions include: What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% speed of light? And also, what if everyone in the world just had one soul mate – one random person somewhere in the world? Could they ever meet? These are weird questions but it’s interesting to here his scientific and illustrated responses.

Rules For Writers by Diana Hacker

This is a key tool for college students. Basically any college paper that you have to write is going to be in MLA or APA format and this book takes you through all of that. Sure, OWL Purdue is pretty handy with MLA as well, but Rules For Writers is something that you can easily flip through and also offers tons of grammar lessons that you may need a refresher on. It also has helpful little quizzes throughout which are all really awesome.

On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing is a helpful non-fiction novel from the successful horror writer Stephen King. Not only do we learn more about the writer himself, but we also get a look inside what works best for him and different methods that you may not be too familiar with. I found this book particularly fascinating and I really love it.

Now I Know by Dan Lewis

I actually subscribe to Now I Know’s daily newsletter. You can always count on the facts that Dan Lewis comes up with to be intriguing and to teach you a thing or two about the world in general. It’s all really fascinating and I commend Lewis for spending so much time collecting these facts and sharing them in a cool way with the rest of the world.

The Book Of General Ignorance by John Mitchinson

There aren’t many books that are witty and hilarious like this one. Author John Mitchinson informs readers that the book will set you up to win Jeopardy! or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? And that is very much true. I appreciate all of these facts because they are so random yet you learn so much about the world and stuff that you were unknowingly super ignorant to for all these years.

The History Buff’s Guide to the Presidents

I love and recommend all of the books in the History Buff’s series. However, I had to shout out to this one in particular because I love all of the trivia and facts it taught me. Now I know a lot more about the U.S. Presidents and I think this guide stands out from the other one due to its easy to read format and how it manages to keep your attention the entire time.

 

Useful College Studying Sources

Flickr via Clay Shonkwiler

Flickr via Clay Shonkwiler

One of the biggest things I’ve struggled with when it comes to studying in college is not having many sources to turn to. It can be hard to endure studying for midterms and all your exams when you’re not sure the best methods of studying. Here are some of my favorite sources for finding what studying strategies work best for you!

How To Study

This website is really helpful because it has different guides and methods by subject. It also has general study tips, reading comprehension tips, and organizational tips. What I linked to was reading comprehension tips because I found those especially helpful. Sometimes reading my college textbooks can get a bit overwhelming and these tips really helped make that less daunting.

Study Guides and Strategies 

Some of these seem pretty basic knowledge you may already know but there are plenty of helpful guides as well. I found the time management guide especially helpful. I found the memorizing strategies helpful as well because I can always use those!

Study Guide Zone 

This one has so many different study guides that it can be overwhelming. There’s a lot of options here but that’s a good thing! Just find what works best for you. It’s pretty guaranteed that these site will have whatever subject you’re struggling with. They also have guides for those of you that are graduate students as well!

Academic Tips 

Yet another useful website filled with interesting tips. This one consists more of general tips than in depth looks by subject. However, the information is very specific and might be helpful for you guys for whatever you may be struggling with. It also may be useful for students that are not in college yet and are looking to get a head start on figuring things out.

SR Trends

SR Trends isn’t specifically a study blog. But it is a blog dedicated to college life and I found these basic study tips extremely helpful. It’s well researched and also has super pretty pictures to go along with it. What could be better than that?

Study Hack

Study Hack has tons and tons of cool resources and strategies. I personally enjoyed the speed reading, flash cards, active reading, and memory techniques that Kat gives us. It’s a really awesome and well organized blog that I strongly recommend!

Dani Dearest 

This is a personal college blog which is something I always enjoy since these are students that are actually going through this currently. I love Dani’s post about making your own binder dividers and I found that to be seriously helpful. I also love all of her posts about organizing and there’s ton of them! She gets really specific about organizing your computer and other applications which can be useful for those of you who are balancing all of your college assignments, schedules, or whatever else it may be!

Nitty Gritty English

A tool for those of you that may be struggling with writing college essays. This site has tips about avoiding plagiarism, proofreading, finding a topic for a research paper, and much much more. I think every college student could learn a few things from checking this one out.

Hopefully you’ll learn some new information from these 8 different resources!

Why Education Matters

Education is an important privilege that many Americans believe is a right given to them. This isn’t the case, Americans are lucky enough to have this available and accessible but many other countries don’t have that. In other countries, people would actually die to get a proper education. Millions of students risk their lives just to attend school. This seems pretty unfathomable for us since it’s never been anything we’ve had to personally fight for. On the other hand, these many leaders are to be credited for their academic achievements.

One leader to be highlighted is Malala Yousafzai. “Education is neither eastern nor western. Education is education and it’s the right for every human being.” Malala may only be 17 but she’s accomplished so much and used her voice for the greater good. She was shot in the head when she was only 15 years old by the Taliban. They targeted her due to the impact she’s had on girls attending schools in her village. Her dad started the school and Malala had become a voice heard around the world due to her speaking out in BBC journal entries and giving speeches.

This girl is someone we can all learn something from. The major lesson is to stand out and speak up about what you believe in. If you believe there’s some kind of injustice in the world, do something about it. The attitude that you’re just one person that couldn’t possibly make any kind of a difference is completely false. We can all use our voice to change the world. Age is something that doesn’t matter. If you’re passionate about it, then make it happen. Fight for what you believe in because you never know what will come out of it. Malala is making a world of difference in the life of girls around the world by speaking up and not letting anyone tell her that her voice doesn’t matter.

Tips For Fitting In At College Parties

As Spring break draws near, here are some tips for fitting in at college parties. This is an article that I originally wrote for The Prospect. The Prospect is a really great resource for college study tips and just general advice that helps student survive college. I’m not just saying that because I write for them, I’m a big fan of how the blog is ran in general! It’s filled with helpful articles to help you through anything you might face throughout your academic career and I highly recommend checking it out!

Education Tips: Studying

Flickr via Steven S.

Flickr via Steven S.

These are some of my own education tips that I will highlight from time to time on my blog. This first one is going to be about studying.

1. Write down questions 

When you’re reading a textbook, don’t just go highlight crazy. Interact with the text and ask questions within the margins or on a separate piece of paper. I’m sure you’ve been told these tips before but I’ve found that it can really work.

2. Make sure you have no electronics near you 

It’s important to study with no distractions. Having electronics near you during that set study time is a major distraction. Make sure to put them in a different room or in a place where you refrain from touching them for an hour or so while you take time to study.

3. A quiet study spot 

Having a quiet place to study is definitely one of the big keys to having an opportunity to actually get things done. Having a place where you can just completely focus on what you’re doing and not worry about any noise or interruptions is really important.

4. Color code your notes

Sometimes when you take notes during class, they can get a little bit sloppy. You just try to write down as much as what the professor says as possible so your notes may not end up to be all that organized. Once your on your own and studying in your quiet space, make sure you go back and organize what you can. Use whatever works for you but I think it’s a good idea to dedicate one section such as key terms will be highlighted blue, important statistics and facts in green, and anything else you need to know in pink.

5. Have a schedule 

Scheduling it out is extremely significant. If you schedule it, you will be more likely to stick to it. If you just sometimes take an hour or two here and there, it becomes scattered and not set. Once that happens, you don’t have a consistent routine. Just make it much easier on yourself by taking out your calender and marking what times you have free and take it week by week.

Here are five tips that I hope you find kind of useful. You may know most of these, but hopefully this helps you see the importance of it all!