Success: 10 Study Tips to Help you get your best grades possible in college and life!

Success! How to study for an “A” is so much more than studying.

What about all the things that come up each semester to distract you including getting sick? How do you stay on top?

Last week I covered the habits of a successful college student and this week we are focusing on helping you achieve success through your study habits.

In college I had many obstacles to overcome each semester just like many of you do. I battled chronic medical conditions, transportation issues, time constraints, and sometimes I just took on more than I could do. Balance is key.

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Here’s my top 10 Study tips:

1. Create a study schedule and stick to it. The discipline and management of time will help you succeed and go far in college, career and life.

2. Pay close attention to how you study for each class. Some things will come easier than other things. The harder the class the more senses you need to incorporate into your study time.

Check out this helpful interactive study checklist. You can get help in the area’s you are weak in:

//http://www.ucc.vt.edu/academic_support_students/study_skills_information/study_skills_checklist/index.html

For instance in law classes for my paralegal degree I had to not just read the material, take notes and listen to the lectures. I reviewed it all audibly before each test because I know my ear memory is stronger than my visual memory.

By the time you reach college and career age you probably have an idea where your brain’s strengths and weaknesses are so tap into what works the best for you.

3. Write it. Speak it. Draw it. Yep that’s right. Some classes like certain science classes may be good to do more than speaking it out loud and writing it out. Try drawing your chemical formulas and labeling them and doing the same with your Biology study. If you are studying or reviewing the anatomy of a cell for instance draw it out, color it and label it. Then review it out loud.

4. Ask. Ask for help from a tutor or college professor if you are really struggling with something. They may be able to show you the concept in a different way that helps it click in your head.

5. Math! I had a 5th grade math level when I started remedial classes and worked my way up to college math. I stuck with a very simple study pattern that helped me a lot. Write out your equation on the left side of your paper very neatly. On the right side write out the steps needed to solve the equation very simply not too wordy. Then solve it. If you do this each time you work a problem you’ll remember the steps and formulas needed for each one.

Also, I got a whiteboard to write out equations on because as they became more complex seeing it larger somehow helped me to focus on the main concepts and steps needed to solve the problem!

6. Concept. Focus on the concepts you need to know and don’t get lost in the million little details. I often see students struggling because they can’t see the big picture and are distracted with all the little things. You can overcome this simply focus on the overall concepts you need to learn.

7. Set a timer for 20-30 minutes and study without stopping. After the timer goes off take a small walk, drink some water. And go back and set the timer again. Frequent breaks help you not feel so overwhelmed and you retain the information better.

8. Try again. If you ever fail don’t fret. Simply try again and look for new study techniques that can help. Get creative. I failed a class or two because of ongoing medical complications that left my brain really foggy and spacy. I had to stop for awhile so my body could recover. But I haven’t stopped forever. I will succeed if I simply don’t give up on reaching my goals and so will you.

Before re-taking a course it is important to identify the cause of failure so you can succeed the next time!

Here’s a helpful blog on How to Study: The link function is not working. But here’s the URL

http://www.rasmussen.edu/student-life/blogs/college-life/how-to-study/

9. Work hard. Nothing really comes close to this one. Hard work is vital for success in anything and you can’t re-place it with wishful thinking. Work hard, don’t give up and you will succeed.

10. Stop Procrastinating. If your not the natural high goal oriented type person you may be more likely to put things off until later. However, we all struggle with this from time to time. Get up. Kick yourself in the butt and as long as you are able to finish and finish strong!

Bonus Tips: Surround yourself with other focused, hardworking students and cheer each other on! Create study parties with food if you need to! Just make sure you actually study and review.

What if you study for an “A” but don’t eat, hydrate and sleep? What are your chances of getting the “A” you worked so hard for? Taking care of your bodies needs will help you get the grades you’ve worked for.

What if anything is your obstacle to success in college, career and life?

Laurel Live

3 Lifestyle Habits of a Successful College Student! + 7 Bonus Habits

3 Lifestyle Habits of a Successful College Student:

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How do I know what it takes to be successful?

Because I had to re-learn much of my education which was lost due to having many seizures in my early 20’s.

So when I went to college I started out in remedial reading and math. That’s right!

I had to re-learn how to spell, read at Highschool level and take 2 Algebra classes all before I could take my college courses.

My math skills were at a 5th grade level.

My reading was at a 7th grade level.

My writing skills were actually fine but I couldn’t tell you one thing about English except what a noun and a verb was.

That’s where I started.

I stayed focused and worked hard.

I rode a medical bus early every morning and wouldn’t get home until evening. I worked night and day during the week.

I was glad to finally be able to work! Once I was successful in my college classes I started joining clubs to bring up my social skills and give back.

Before I knew it I was learning how to win grants, scholarships, keep up my grades, serve in student government and in my church.

College

College

I did all of this while I was unable to drive or work for the most part. I only drove and worked briefly in college and then had to stop again.

I was disabled with numerous major health problems and I pressed my way and succeeded with God, hard work, and the patience of my professor’s.

How much more can you succeed if you have the ability to work and do even more than I did?

Here are some of the things which helped me to be successful:

1. Sleep. Staying up late occasionally is likely in college. However, as much as possible you need to stay on a solid sleep and rise schedule. This helps you to actually remember the things you need to.

2. Hydrate. Coffee and Soda are not hydration and will not help you in the long run but water will. I did very well in college without drinking one ounce of coffee! Water is key for optimal brain function and retention of information.

3. Eat. Before exams I used to eat a carbohydrate, a fat, and a protein and of course would be hydrating with water. This helped me be able to focus and score well on many exams.

Here’s an article with information from the Mayo Clinic to help you stay sharp:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/healthy-aging/in-depth/memory-loss/art-20046518?footprints=mine&pg=2

4. Immunity. Some semesters I didn’t eat a lot of sugar and deserts until after I finished my finals because that plus getting green tea and eating healthy kept me well which meant I had a better chance at succeeding. I got sick some but usually from allergies or other things not the flu or cold that was going around on finals week. It’s important to boost your immunity by also washing your hands before you eat and all other appropriate times.

5. Study. Set aside a study schedule and stick with it and make more study time if needed. Also, be creative think about what helps you remember things the best like audio, visual etc.

Honor's Society

Honor’s Society

6. Rest. Take one full day a week off from all studying. This is so important. You will remember things better if you give your mind a rest.

7. Fun! Do something fun with your friends at least once a week on your day off from studying. This helps you loosen up before tests as well!

8. Balance. Work at maintaining balance in your diet, sleep, study, social and all other activities. Each is important but there are always distractions that will come up. You’ll have to make a plan and stick to it and say no to your friends and family sometimes.

9. Serve. If you are able to be disciplined with your time and are high goal oriented try serving your fellow students in Student Government, a club or other outreach you are passionate about geared toward your peers.

10. God. Ask God for help. Not last though, ask Him everyday to help you succeed. I once prayed for God to help me get an A on an exam and He said “Study for an A and you’ll get an A.” It was that simple. I did everything I could possibly think of and when I would go in to take an exam I’d ask Him to help me remember everything and He always would. But He isn’t going to help you if you don’t do your part. Of course, there’s times where something crazy happens and you can’t study as much but for the most part you can study!

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Taking breaks and walking helped me a lot as well. Since I couldn’t drive I walked all over campus and this was my main workout each day!

What area’s do you need to work on to make become more successful?

Laurel Live

Emotional Eating: How to balance those urges to eat the junk for a happier life!

The greatest candy ever!

The greatest candy ever!

Eating, emotions, food, feelings how do we balance it all when they now have Easter candy up on every corner of almost every store?

I admit I already caved and ate one Reeses Egg. They taste so amazing right?

Over the years I’ve noticed when I choose healthier foods more consistently I also crave those foods instead of the junk foods.

So, why revert back to the junk ever? Because it brings with it fond memories I have growing up and how my grandpa always had Reeses on hand in his work fridge! It’s like a thing in my family you must like peanut butter and chocolate to be a part of the family!

Knowing why I like to eat something helps me put things into a healthier perspective so I’m more likely now to eat one Reeses here and there as opposed to one or two a day for the couple months they sell them over Easter.

It’s healthier to eat one here and there rather than to binge on them here and there.

I’m 34, and have had many serious health battles. Take it from me it’s not worth sabotaging your health over… eating tons of junk. You may be able to figure out something healthy your body actually needs to replace the junk with like real food of some sort. Ok, I know, Reeses are real food sort of but you get my point.

Reeses are my favorite!

Here’s what is working for me and I hope it helps you too:

1. Before eating the junk food of my choice I now ask myself “why am I going to eat this?”

Sometimes my answer is simply because I want it and it tastes good. Sometimes though it’s because eating certain things comes with fond memories and it is temporarily fun and comforting on some level but this lasts only for a moment.

Favorite Movie Candy!!!

Favorite Movie Candy!!!

2. Find something else to eat if you are hungry that has what you need so you won’t feel so much of an urge to run to the junk.

3. Eating healthy snacks and meals helps curb the cravings for the junk foods. When we haven’t eaten enough of what we need and we’re hungry is when we are all tempted to buy and eat the junk.

These are just a few tips that help me but here is an article that talks about this further.

Here’s an article entitled: “Emotional Eating” by Marcelle Pick OB/GYN NP

http://www.womentowomen.com/digestive-health/emotional-eating-2/

The greatest candy ever!

The greatest candy ever!

What foods do you eat too much of for emotional reasons?