NEAT & TIDY: Calendar Coordinated

Okay, admit it. How many of you have calendars and only glance at them for the day of the week? We have facebook for birthdays and events, so us college students don’t use a paper calendar that much. The paper calendar is an amazing tool and can be a daily sobering reminder that you need to get to work. So let’s get the calendar in order!

Coordinating your Calendar

I like everything to be streamline across the spectrum of study supplies. I pick a color for each class and stick with it for the entire semester. It helps when you are trying to decipher which class that one worksheet is due for at 2am. 

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1. Assign your colors and get out your schedules (from your syllabuses). 

2. Write: Go through every month and write out exams, quizzes, important assignments, volunteer work, etc…put your finals on there if the prof has provided them.

3. Evaluate what you have in front of you. Should you really go to that party this weekend when you have three exams next week? 

Now you can wake up and see how much studying or no studying you need for each week in pretty colors. It is super helpful for people like me who find it incredibly difficult to visualize the week ahead. You can even make it fun by drawing little doodles when you are planning a trip somewhere. Make organizing your life fun…you’ll look at studying with a slightly more positive attitude if you do this.

Sincerely,

Cassie

NOTEWORTHY: Half & Half Note-taking Method

You have your lecture notes and you have no idea what to with them? They are sloppy and frankly you have no idea what in the world you scribbled across the bottom of the page. Wait, is that even English?

It is time to rewrite and organize lecture with textbook notes.  Let’s indulge on the half & half note-taking method (And no it has nothing to do with coffee. Haha.)

HALF & HALF NOTE-TAKING

Taking textbook notes easier…

Half of the page is for lecture and the other half is for book notes. Simply, fold the page in half and get to work rewriting your lectures notes then go back and write your book notes on the other side of the page. I have done this before and it is super helpful. I suggest using different colors so you can quickly identify which is which. This also gets your memory working in a different way. In this image I use a light blue pen for my lecture notes and a dark green for books. I marked green stars next to the  lecture topics I talked about in the book portion page. This is so you can connect ideas with your book notes. 

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When to use this method? 

  • When the book is a large portion of the test
  • When lectures are vague or have many holes
  • When you need to go into detail on some points in your lecture notes
  • Need a change in your regular note-taking methods

Variations

  1. Words and Definitions
  2. Dates and Events 
  3. Names and Chemical Structures
  4. Diagrams
  5. Mathematical Formulas

You can be creative with the way you take notes. Think outside the box and you will most likely remember more information. Everyone remembers the crazy things celebrities do so why can’t we apply this logic to memorizing and learning subjects during college?

Study on, study warriors. 

Sincerely,

Cassie

New Theme, New Blog! (Sort of)

I am back and had a fabulous two weeks of rest from Korea. Now I shall get down to the business of answering your lovely questions and writing blog posts. 

New theme and new blog! Well reused or recycled? Whichever it is…it is beautiful! Thank you, Olle Ota Themes for your wonderful one. Now I have to explain some things because there is now a menu which I will be utilizing. 

The titles are inspired by the qualities we, lazy college students want to be. 

  • Studious- Study skills
  • Noteworthy- Notetaking strategies
  • Neat and Tidy- Organization Tips!
  • Punctual- Time Management skills 
  • Wise- All of the Best Advice posts will be allocated here and quotes.

Now, give me time to sort out these tags. I am going to write blogs all this week so there should be many new posts in your futures. YAY! Study hard, study effectively, study warriors. 

Sincerely, 

Cassie

tushal117 asked:

Hello,I'm going to start my freshmen year in abt 2 weeks and i will be doing biochem aaannddd I need a laptop --'. Can you please advise me? (apart from a mac,this is way out of my budget... :/ )

Hi tushal117, 

I have asked the computer tech team at my school…and they said Acer, Asus, and Toshiba are the best affordable computers. I am eventually going to switch from a Dell to an Acer. You can find a nice Acer or Toshiba for a decent price at Bestbuy too. I recommend buying from a well-known brand store like Bestbuy so if your laptop has problems, there is nice customer service there to help you. 

Also, ask your school if you can buy microsoft office from them for a discount. It costs $20 at my school. So, you can save a lot of money there. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your school’s tech team. They can really help out in times of need. My computer crashed and they helped me wipe it clean and start from scratch. 

I am not really one to advise people on computers so this is all the stuff I know about them. Thanks for the question. 

Sincerely,

Cassie

Anonymous asked:

When is it advisable to take hard classes, during the summer or fall/winter?

Dear Indecisive Class taker, 

I know how you feel. I have battled with this myself. Do I take classes during the summer or fall? Now there are pros and cons to each of these. For example, summer is relaxing and laid back. You won’t have to fret over your class load. It also cost extra dime. Which can be a big drawback for lots of people. Taking your harder classes during the summer would probably be easier but also more rigorous. At my university there are eight week courses. So for a regular sixteen week course…it is jam packed into eight awful weeks. Students are usually only taking one class though during the summer so it is manageable. 

If you can’t afford summer classes (which most of us can’t) then definitely take your hardest classes when you feel most recharged and have that go get em’ attitude. For me, I always do my best fall semester and have a slightly bad spring semester. The weather in my campus definitely affects my mood so I am grumpy during the spring. If you feel more focused in the spring then take them in the spring and vice versa. 

My advice is to take summer classes if you can afford them or take classes during your best semester. Hopefully that helps.

Sincerely,

Cassie

Dissecting the Big Bad Textbook

Hello, again! Sorry for the lateness. I have had a stressful March + April and making posts with pictures is super difficult work! Anyways…

Have you wondered why your professors have told you to buy a $200 book that is probably going to give you arthritis in your back? The truth is that it is a treasure trove of resources that will probably boost your grade, understanding, and self-esteem. How? Once you read the textbook and understand it, it will feel like an accomplishment. You understand the material better and you might even help other students too. 

The Textbook. The big scary monster book you probably never opened. Well maybe after this advice you may want to reconsider…

The Basics:

What most textbook have:

  • Table of Contents
  • Chapters with a set-up of their own
  • Study questions or main idea checkpoints
  • Vocabulary terms
  • Glossary
  • Useful resources like websites or other references

How to use it:

Use the glossary to look up a certain topic. I cheat like this all the time. Who has time to read 50+ pages? Some people may think this is reasonable but on top of a paper, studying for a test, and other 50+ page readings. NO ONE thinks it is possible. 

Look at the diagrams throughout the readings. They often summarize a whole chunk of a page then after you look at the diagram, skim the paragraph. 

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Use your notes to your advantage. Take notes in class? Use them as an outline to the textbook. The professor knows where to focus his or her information. Use it as a guideline of reading the tex. Look for keywords and play ‘find the words in the text.’

Study the vocabulary. If you know the lingo then when you are reading, it will click in your head. Oh, that is what polyphenol oxidase means and then you can apply the functions  and importance of this enzyme, for example. Don’t browse over the vocab either. I always get similar words confused and switch them on exams. Don’t let this happen to you. Give each vocab word a distinct personality so you don’t confuse Sally with Sarah. 

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Look at the study questions. I use to gloss over these but now I find them helpful. The textbook authors include these because they help with your information recall. You just read an interesting paragraph on gram-negative bacteria. You read the question and have no clue how to answer it. Read the paragraph again and try to answer the question. Study hack: read the questions before you start reading so you know where to focus your attention. 

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Look for color. Making textbooks bright and beautiful cost money. Lots of it. So if you can’t possibly study anything. Look at all the diagrams and photos. It is usually where the authors want you to focus most of your attention. I mean, we are easily distracted college students and anything remotely colorful will draw our attention. 

Hopefully these tips help!

king-gavinofree asked:

Hi! I'm going to be a freshman in high school next year, but was thinking, "is there any way to get college credit?" I want to get a doctorate in forensics, but i'm not entirely sure what I want to DO in forensics, I want to be well rounded in all divisions in it, but I don't know how to start off on the right foot. Is there anything that you wished you'd done in high school? Or even some more college tips to prepare, (books, necessities, study tips, extras,etc) Thank you!

Dear king-gavinofree,

First, I have to say awesome username! I love all things Rooster Teeth. Hahaha. So many good times spent with RvB, RWBY, AH, and in general the shenanigans of the RT crew.

Now…moving on with the important question. If you are interested in forensics search for forensic programs in your area. Apply to an internship at your local police station or hospital and ask to work in the labs. The possibilities are endless. Get a feel for the vast field of forensics. 

You can probably read loads of books on forensic career choices too. When I decided my major I read a lot of books about it and researched it on the internet a bunch. I have no clue about forensics so I don’t know exactly how to reach out into the community for it but that is my best advice. 

Here are some general college tips to prepare for the oncoming storm. College is going to be difficult especially since you are going into the sciences. Sciences are crazy because it can range from difficult to ‘I can feel my brain cells dying.’ So, I would suggest developing good study habits now like reading a textbook, taking good notes during class, studying them, and writing excellent papers.  Try going through the motions first and maybe everything else will fall into place. 

Hopefully this helps. 

Sincerely,

Cassie