Time Management Tips For Graduate Students

Time management is a form of art that is difficult to master. This is especially true for those juggling graduate school, extracurriculars and maybe even a job. The key to successful time management isn’t in the amount of time you have, but how effectively you use what you have.  This article gives a few tips on how to get organized and get things done better and faster. 

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How to NOT Get Bored Studying

School has started for me, and after only a few days, I’m already feeling pretty bored with the homework. Throughout this weekend’s fine Sunday I was very hard at work to find some ways to cheer myself up! Although it involved some relocating and redecorating (I know, it was supposed to be homework time), I was able to successfully finish everything I had planned to do. Behold:

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1. Change your study locations

I found it surprisingly refreshing to relocate myself to a different room and start on a new assignment there. With a cup of tea in my hand, I felt pretty motivated to study. Didn’t expect this from myself, especially since I came to that room looking for a distraction, but actually ended up completing some work!

2. Use the Pomodoro Technique

I have underestimated the power of the 45-15 rule! Turns out, if I focus on something reaaally hard for a short period of time and then take a break, I feel like I’m not losing a lot of energy and am able to get back to it easily after the break. The only thing to watch out for is the timing: perhaps the Pomodoro Timer App can be helpful in doing that.

3. Switch Subjects Every Hour

Okay, well, this actually works out well for me every time I do it. I tend to think “If I don’t finish this whole 50-page reading right now, I’ll never finish it” when really, I can just do a little bit of reading in the evenings and actually process it better (smaller chunks of information). Switching subjects can distract you a bit from the already-boring essay or textbook chapter and give your motivation a little boost!

4. During Breaks, Do Something ‘For the Soul’

I added some recent photos to my wall and felt very creative :)

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New! Download these tips here: How to Not Get Bored

 

What do you do to keep studying and not get bored?

 

5 proved tips for writing a fresh book review

I’m very pleased to introduce to you my friend Chloe from Youreasystudy.tumblr.com blog! Most students have had to write book reviews or responses at least once in their academic careers, so here Chloe explains how she likes to approach the task.

Do you know how to write a fresh book review? You may have already faced with this unordinary task but we have some tips for you to do it at your best. Some basic things you should know is that a book review is intended to describe, analyze and evaluate. It also should render your personal opinion in accordance with a plot of a book. Let’s see what needs to be remembered to write as a master.

1. Look for a literature to get prepared.

Gather as much information about your book and its author as you can. Search results may contain what you need, otherwise use online libraries.

2. Use simple and neutral language.

Try to express your thoughts in an ordinary manner which is understandable and simply readable. Avoid difficult sentences and phrases but rather use short ones. Write as simple as you think and speak. This skill should be practiced but the more you do it, the faster you learn to write without making the things sound difficult.

3. Seek advice in some online tools.

Increase a vocabulary for your report in seconds with the help of some tools like synonymizers or programs to find antonyms, English dictionaries, etc. To determine how many words you have overused or repeated in your text try this great online service named Wordcounter to check it out.

4. Do not plagiarize!

There are possibly the sources in the Internet offering a report on the same book as you have. You will want to use it for help. This is a good idea if you try to inspire and utilize it as an example. But it is also a bad idea if you try to copy some parts of it. Copying somebody else’ ideas is always not the greatest decision, especially when it is checked by your professor. Stay original, use your own words.

5. Give somebody to read what you have written.

It’s better to ask somebody who didn’t read a book. If a person understands everything outlined in your report then you have done a good job! Ask that person to make a list of questions for you on the parts which were not understandable for him/her. This is a good trick to come to a thought that you could miss something important. On the contrary ask him/her opinion on the whole.

Be cool at your reports writing, train hard and train harder than before. In case you need somebody’s help, you can use Paperdunow.com for an expertly written paper from scratch made in the short term and use it as good example.

Check out Chloe’s blog http://youreasystudy.tumblr.com/ and say hi! 

My Favorite Pens for Note-Taking

In the last post I talked about taking notes in a journal and some things to remember when doing that. To expand a bit more and answer a lot of your questions, I’d like to share with you my most favorite pens that I use for school in a few close-up photos.

I tend to write in cursive way more than in print: it’s faster, easier for my hand, and doesn’t look half-bad. It’s very satisfying to flip through the pages of a finished journal and see everything written in the same style, with the same pen, and with the same note-taking structure . Some time in the winter I bought a couple of very simple-looking G-TEC-C4 Pilot Pens at the UW Bookstore. These pens are amazing and I love them so much that I haven’t lost a single one in the last few months (new record!).

Taking Notes: Things to Keep in Mind

Hey everyone! These kinds of posts seem to be the most popular and requested posts all in all, so let’s focus a little bit on the tips now :)

With the school year rapidly gaining speed, I think this is as good a time as any to review some tips on taking notes by hand, in class. It’s one thing to type on the computer, where the only option to do it quickly is with an outline method. When using a journal, however, we have more freedom about how and where to write things down, which note-taking system to use, etc. No matter what the preferred way is, there are some things I like to keep in mind when starting a new class.

Taking Notes- keep in mind

1. Figure Out Your Method.

~There are several ways of structuring your notes. Here are a couple to get some ideas, but a simple Google search can really expand on that.

2. Keep the Structure

~ Once you pick something you like and try it out for a couple of lectures, it’s important to maintain that structure. Otherwise notes will be disorganized and will be hard to focus on the actual info

3. Highlight and Comment Later

~We all like to highlight and use pretty pens, make the class notes look perfect from the very start. I found that for me personally, leaving the highlighting and marking of notes till the evening actually helps with studying and is a good reason to review those notes afterwards. Not only will simply rereading those notes help the new info settle better, but also you can take your time with the marking of the text.

4. Look Up What You Don’t Get

~If you missed something in the lecture or simply don’t understand what the professor is saying, don’t be afraid to raise your hand to clarify. Even if it seem like a silly, awkward thing to do at the moment, no question is stupid enough when studying. You’re learning stuff to gain knowledge, not to look good in front of people. So ask away. And if this problem comes up during a review, take the time to reread the section in the textbook or look it up on the internet!

5 Ways to Hack Undergrad Studies

* This is a post written by my friend James from Homework Market. Whether you have just been admitted to college or have been studying for some time, read through these tips for help!*

From study groups and final exams to frat parties and sleep deprivation, there are many worries on the minds of undergrads. Social media feeds seem to be filled with tips on how to clean things, how to pack things, and other quirky little life hacks (like, clever things to do with binder clips and duct tape). But there are five hacks that make the undergraduate years more fun, more successful, and even less expensive.

If you need better sleep, better homework answers, better food, and a better overall college experience, then keep reading!

1.      The Food Hack

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