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Before our Classes Begin: A Checklist

A quick checklist to prepare for the upcoming semester. 1. Office supplies. The most important step of all (probably not, but why can’t it be?). Go out and get yourself some cute stationery! Journals, pens, pencils, highlighters, extra paper, sticky notes, etc. 2. A planner. I don’t know about you, but a few weeks into any quarter I stop using my planner completely. I feel confident enough in my memory, despite the numerous times I’ve forgotten to turn in assignments. A new year is the best! time to go out and get a new planner. Some posts: Free printable weekly to-do template, planners online, filofax love, chronodex planner, bullet journal. 3. Check the classes Make sure to take a look at the class websites and read the syllabi (syllabuses? that sounds weird). Take a look at the textbooks and see if there are any assignments that need to be completed prior to the first day. See some reviews on ratemyprofessors.com, get an idea of what to expect from a class. 4. Have some note-taking options This …

Where to Buy Textbooks

It’s no secret that college textbook costs makeup a significant amount of money every quarter – the maximum I’ve paid was about $500 per quarter for all new textbooks. Well, that was dumb, but that was also the first quarter of my freshman year in college, so no judging please. Since then I’ve rented, borrowed, bought and sold over 30 books, so here are some good websites I’ve used to do that. Format Variety 2. New Textbooks: buying books new deliciously shiny textbook is always nice, but also expensive. Unfortunately, there’s no way around it if you’re buying a custom-made book, but I’ve always been able to find used copies for more generic textbooks. 3. Used Textbooks: the textbook can be lightly (or heavily!) used by someone before you, but that means that it costs much cheaper now. I’ve owned used textbooks and saved tons of money, but found that there’s no guarantee as to what you’ll get, how much writing will be in it, and which pages will be all highlighted. Risky, but if you’re …

How to Take Notes from a Textbook

Hey guys! I’ve received so many questions about reading textbooks and taking notes on that, so I am going to share with you how I do it. I like to write on the margins. Not highlight. I don’t use a special color coding technique to separate my comments from key terms from titles from definitions. My system is very simple and makes sense to me. All I use are: A pencil An eraser Small (not tiny) sticky notes To start, I think it’s important to read actively. This means to think through the material, note things you don’t understand, complete little practice problems at the end of each section and connect new concepts with each other and the old ones. The margins of my textbook are pretty thick – so thick I can fit a small 2 x 1.5 inch sticky note. On the sticky note, I write definitions and very important concepts that go with the definition. This means that I have anywhere from 2 to 6 sticky notes per page. I underline important explanations …

Scholarships and Financial Aid Websites

*Credit goes to the Bellevue High School Counseling Office* Chegg: www.chegg.com Database for scholarships and purchase/rental of textbooks. Very helpful for college students! Zinch: http://www.zinch.com/ Find scholarships, colleges, financial aid information, etc. here. FastWeb: www.fastweb.com Over 400,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. Customized search based on your personal information and achievements. Athletic Aid: www.athleticaid.com Sports scholarships for student athletes Careers and Colleges: www.careersandcolleges.com General search for scholarships College Success Foundation: www.collegesuccessfoundation.org Scholarships and mentoring to low-income students in Washington state Colleges, College Scholarships, and Financial Aid page: www.college-scholarships.com/100college.htm Links to helpful information about colleges and scholarships College Board: www.collegeboard.com Scholarships, loans, internships and the CSS Financial Aid Profile. College Planning Network: www.collegeplan.org Information on financial aid and scholarships. FAFSA on the Web: www.fafsa.edu.gov/ (MAKE SURE THE URL ENDS WITH “.gov”!!) FindTuition.com: www.findtuition.com 3+ million scholarships and grants. Search by eligibility, major, college and more. Go College: www.gocollege.com Different Funding Sources. Mach25: www.collegenet.com/mach25 Provided by CollegeNET, a databse of 600,000 scholarships. Also creates a letter to send to scholarship coordinators. MeritAid: www.meritaid.com A directory of merit-based scholarships National Collegiate Athletic Association: www.ncaa.org Official website of NCAA Scholarships.com: www.scholarships.com …

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 …

Remember Better: Active Recall

To remember new information better, we have to look at studying at a more biopsychological level. When new information enters our brain, it is first processed in the working memory. This type of memory is not very big- with it we only remember things for about 30 seconds. Example: when you do a math problem, you think about the numbers you’re working with. However, when the problem is solved and you move on to the next one, the numbers are forgotten immediately. In some cases, the information (now a memory) moves to the short-term memory (STM), where it is kept for a few minutes longer. However, if this memory is not recalled enough times, it will be forgotten. That’s why when we procrastinate and leave the memorizing and studying until the last minute, we don’t remember that information after the exam. Now for the final part, to transfer the new memory from STM to Long term memory (LTM), we have to use something called active recall. Basically, it’s like quizzing yourself: the more times you …

How to Remember Your Lecture

Listen actively- think about what you’re hearing, connect new and old information and write things down in your own words Pay attention and ask questions: it helps if you understand what’s going on. Review your notes after class (in the evening) Study a little every weekend– it’s better than studying for 12 hours in 1 day.