All posts tagged: study-hack

Memory Techniques

If you have a hard time memorizing large amounts of material for school or work, there are several techniques that could help. 1. Give it some meaning: Information is best processed when you apply some kind of meaning to it. For example, to remember random words “baby, chicken, music, tennis shoes”, you can imagine a baby in tennis shoes dancing the chicken dance. 2. Mnemonic Devices: Rhyming, acronyms, songs, associations, anything that helps you remember the order of the words. A wonderful example of this is a poem to remember the number of days in each month: Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; All the rest have thirty-one Excepting February alone: Which hath but twenty-eight, we find, Till leap year gives it twenty-nine. Check out these Mnemonics Generator sites: 1, 2, 3.Movie Get Out (2017)Movie A Dog’s Purpose (2017) 3. Flashcards Memorization with flashcards cannot by any means compare to any of the methods above or below. Mindless memorization can get you through only for a short period of time: if you do …

Chronodex planner

I’ve received quite a few messages asking about the Chronodex Planner system (designed by Patrick Ng), so I decided to write a few sentences about it. Basically, it’s a very compact and organized way to put all your daily tasks in one little circle, as well as a daily opportunity to color something (stay inside the lines!). All you do is get a Chronodex Template (I used this one), come up with a to-do list, color in specific sections on the calendar and go be productive. You can tweak the system according to your needs, of course. Here are some photos: Chronodex templates can be found with a simple google search and printed out for your convenience.  For reference and a little inspiration, here are some helpful links: Home page for Chronodex Planners: although it looks a little outdated, the template is always the same and can be used any day Facebook Page Make it a stamp!  Stamp No. 2 Chronodex Group on Flickr What types of planners do you guys use? I’d love to …

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 …

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 …

Paper vs. iPad

Hey everyone! I received many, many questions recently regarding taking notes on paper versus on a tablet. I will be talking about an iPad in this case, because it’s the one I’m most familiar with. Taking notes on paper: + You’re able to write things down yourself, which should help remember things better + You can organize your notebook any way you like and use any note-taking technique you want + Journals aren’t very expensive! – Too many notebooks add up to a heavy backpack. – To annotate any other files, readings or powerpoints, you”’ have to print those out before class – “Should I keep my 7th grade science journal in case I need it in the future??” Um, the most important question you’ll ask yourself during spring cleaning.   Taking notes on an iPad: + You can hand write (with a stylus) or type (attachable keyboard) your notes + There are many, many apps to take notes as well as keep you organized and stay on task. + All your work can be backed …

Multiple Choice Exams

Quick Tips for Answering Multiple Choice Questions 1. Read question and underline what it’s asking you. 2. Cover the answer choices (a, b, c, d) with your hand and try to answer the question yourself, without any help. Seeing the answer choices will just confuse and distract you. 3. Use the Process of Elimination:  – Eliminate what is obviously a wrong answer – Now only focus on what’s left. Now you won’t pay attention to the wrong answer choice and it won’t distract you anymore. Note* Strongly-worded answer choices are rarely the right answer! See example on the picture 🙂 My econ professor told us a few of these- you still have to study, but these techniques makes it easier for you to find the right answer among all the wrong ones that distract you. ** If you have any more tips you’d like to share with us, Submit them to me and I will post them and credit you, of course, or comment below!