All posts filed under: For Fellow Procrastinators

How to Speed Read

These last couple of weeks have been homework-free for me. As much as I’d like to think that it’s because I did it all in advance, that’s not true. I’ve been slacking off quite a lot, and the 50-page articles that need to be read are finally catching up with me. After calculating how much time I need to read through everything carefully I realized it may be physically impossible after such a long break. So I figured now is the time to learn about some speed reading techniques and share them with you guys. Speed reading: what is it and how is it learned? I can’t how many times I’ve tried skimming through long texts, thinking I’m a pro at speed reading and not understanding why it’s so hard for others to learn. Well, it turned out I wasn’t speed reading at all – I was just looking through words without comprehending what they said, and in the end I didn’t remember anything. I’ll tell you right off the bat that speed reading is …

Anti — Study Tip: Netflix Shows to Procrastinate With

Who has never binge-watched several seasons of Netflix shows in one night? I can’t say I haven’t, as this is my perfect way of procrastinating, aside from exploring Tumblr and trying to figure out this blogging stuff. TV is a great way to sit down and unwind after a long day, although I do feel very unproductive when there’s lots of homework to do. Nevertheless, you should always allot time for yourself to relax . Here I present to you my most recent Netflix faves, in no particular order. 1. Gilmore Girls. Yep, I’ve mentioned it in my last post, but I’ve been getting pretty hooked on Gilmore Girls. It seems like such a simple show to watch, with very light drama and not much information to process, and it’s perfect for some crafting background. I can really relate to Rory in her academic pursuits and habits, although I still have some room for improvement. 2. Arrested Development. My favorite show on Earth, up to maybe the fourth season. From now on, every line and …

How to Make a Study Plan

*My fall quarter starts on September 24th. Professors started posting textbook information, test information, syllabus, etc. on the course websites a couple days, so I thought it would be a good idea to prepare for each class before it starts * Once you have your textbooks, a little bit of information on the website, and the syllabus, start preparing your study plan for the quarter. 1. Read the course syllabus. Professors know exactly what they will be teaching, how big the workload will be, exam schedules, reading material, etc. Once you read the syllabus, you are already mentally prepared for the class, and it won’t seem as overwhelming on the first day. ** Important information to take away from the syllabus: – Homework load – Class schedule, test information – Retake and make up policy – Any class- specific information 2. Look up your professor on RateMyProfessors. By reading other students’ reviews, you can get a preview into what your classes will be like. It’s important not to believe every word you read there, simply because every student …

Small Things That Affect Your Concentration

  Humans can’t pay full attention to two things at once: it’s a fact! (Source 1, 2, 3). While we think we can do two things at the same time, like doing homework and watching a TV show- we’re actually doing neither. Thus, when there are distractions around us, we cannot fully focus on our work no matter how hard we try. Small things that we usually don’t think about affect our concentration, but are easy to control: 1. Cell Phone -put it on silent, out of reach and check only once an hour. It can totally wait and whoever texted you can wait a few minutes. 2. Mess -It sets the mood. The messier your room, the less organized YOU are! Clean and organize your desk, make your bed, and make a schedule everyday. 3. People -I’ve found that if I study at home, everyone always bothers and distracts me because they know I’m home and can answer a question, clean something, drive, etc. To avoid the same fate, go to the library! Bring …

Multitasking

The Pro’s and Con’s of Multitasking. Big picture: when you’re studying, try to get rid of all distractions. Listening to music, watching TV or texting while studying makes us divide our attention. So in the end, we don’t fully concentrate on either task neither of them gets done 100% well. Sources: Psych 101; 2  

Focus

Psych fact: you can only have full focus in one activity. That’s why when you are multitasking, neither of the activities is done perfectly well. This rule also applies to having background noises/music/movies when studying: you divide your attention between studying and the background stuff and neither of them is done completely. Also, apparently multitasking is not good for your brain! It affects your memory and attention (see source 1), and levels of stress (source 2) Sources: 1, 2, Bonus: how multitasking is actually promoted by today’s technology and how you can get things done faster: 3