The Power of Naps

Power Naps are a great way to boost your energy in the middle of the day!

If you are feeling drowsy and tired and still have a ton of homework to do, take a 20-30 minute power nap! It doesn’t take too much time and helps increase productivity.

1. They are most effective if they last 15-20 minutes;
2. They are good of alertness and motor performance
3. BETTER than caffeine. Caffeine just postpones your fatigue, while power naps actually get rid of it.

Best time of day to take a nap: 1-3 p.m. If taken after 4 p.m., you may disturb your sleep at night.

Sources + More Info: 1, 2, 3

Happy napping!

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

Studying for Math

HOW TO STUDY FOR MATH.

The KEY: 1) Understand all the concepts before you go on any further
2) Do practice problems to secure that understanding

— Follow along as your teacher explains a concept and try to understand it in class. If you have any questions, ask right away or after class so you don’t get behind. In math most concepts are built upon each other, so missing something early on might cause some trouble later!

— At home, do practice problems (on that same day) to help everything sink in. With no review, you could forget what you’ve already understood and it may be difficult to recall later on.

Reading a Complex Text

When facing a difficult text, the easiest way to understand it is by breaking it down into smaller chunks and annotating it. 

 

To those taking Science classes!

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Universal tips on approaching a Science class!

I’m taking a BioPsych course this quarter and have found that doing all these things really helps. I’m not behind on my readings and the amount of information is not as overwhelming as everyone says it is.

Notes for Reading

Note-taking Method when Reading a Text

This helps if you need to read and analyze any text. The quote goes in the left column and your thoughts/questions/ideas go in the right column.

Textbook Reading Advice

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Textbook reading advice: compiled by my Psychology professor Dr. Lauren Graham for BioPsych 202

Preparing for a Test

If you have a test coming up and you don’t know where to start, here are some things you can do to prepare!