Picture it: The gentle rustling of papers flapping and pages turning, the scratching of pens on notebooks, the snoring of the kid next to you, and your professor lecturing at a speed that makes you wonder if she's going to combust. Odds are, somewhere in this scenario, if you are like me then you're lost and writing furiously trying to take some kind of notes before the slide changes for the 47th time. But there's a problem; the professor is moving faster than you write. Typically the best thing to do is to raise your hand and ask her to slow down. The next step however, comes the point of this Note. The best way to take notes is to take as few as possible! By this I mean why write two words when you can write half of one? It'll allow you to keep up with the professor and return your attention to the board or the slides. "But how do you do this word-cleaving Black Magic, Frank?" you ask? You don't need seven years at Hogwarts for it. It's simple: short hand. Try to develop... read more
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I've never been amazing at Chemistry; I've always been the best at Biology. There's just some concepts in chemistry that don't get through to me very well and that brought down my grades in both general chemistry courses in college. Despite studying and completing all homework, I just couldn't increase my grades! As a Freshman, I was stubborn enough to feel like I shouldn't need help from my professor (that view has changed since then)! So, in my frustration, I visited my chemistry professor for advice. What he told me was...so simple, and yet it changed my study habits for life and I haven't turned back. So what advice could he give me that would be life-changing? For some background, our homework questions were primarily online through the University website. The homework would pose a question, and you did all the work on scratch paper and then entered your answer in the provided space. There was a dropdown box where you could choose which question you... read more
I always enjoyed math, however shortly after beginning college algebra, I began to dread going to class. My grades dropped like a lead weight. Determined to raise my grades, I tried to figure out what was different about this course than other math classes I had taken. It finally dawned on me that prior to college, I had math class every day. Now it was only three days per week. I was spending significantly fewer hours studying and practicing mathematics. Math is like music. It must be practiced every day in order to maintain and improve your skills. I realized that if I wanted to succeed, I needed to work problems daily. I started doing math seven days a week and soon leaped to the top of the class!
For students who want to prepare to go back to school but only have a few minutes to spare each day, I would suggest making a plan. For younger students, a parent can organize a set plan for which subject to review each day of the week. For instance Monday: 15 minutes of Reading Comprehension Tuesday: 15 minutes of Math facts Wednesday: 15 minutes journal writing etc. If a student struggles in a particular subject more time should be spent in this area. Every little bit helps. 15 minutes of reading a day is better than nothing. As well it is important to remember that reading is reading regardless of the medium. Reading a comic book still counts as reading. Allow students to read what they enjoy. For older students I would even suggest unofficially quizzing yourself/summarizing what you have learned each day. For math, search online and find fun puzzles or math games online. All in all make it fun and it won't feel like a chore.
Hello fellow tutors and students! This is my first blog post, but I do feel that it is an appropriate one. If you are the type of person that loves to get involved in every single thing, but still love to get good grades, don't fret. I'm one of those people, too, and even though it can get mind-boggingly stressful sometimes, it all pays off in the end. I'm here to give you a few tips on how to make it without dropping any activities. 1. Schedule Your Day I cannot stress this one enough. The night before, schedule out time blocks for everything. Even if it's not specific (algebra here, philosophy here), make a slot for homework time. For example, on Monday, I have class from 9:30 to 12:20, then I eat lunch until 1, then go to my Student Government office hour. From 2:30 until 6:00, I have homework. At 6, I go to dinner. From 7 to 9 I either have free time to go to my club meetings or work on more school work. 9:00 is musical, and 11:30 until I go to bed... read more
But do both. Self-confidence is the trust you have in yourself, a feeling inside that you can do it. Just as athletes compete and win who believe they can compete and win, so, too, students must have a positive and constructive outlook to realize their own "personal best." So the first best study habit is to believe in yourself. Only then can the adage "Perfect practice makes perfect" really come true.
No matter what level or grade you or your child may be returning to, there are always a few key tips that can help prepare for success. Step One: Take just a few minutes a day to get yourself back in the study habit. That is, when you come home spend about 15 to 30mins organizing a study chart for assignments or just reading. Step Two: Once the chart is in place, then stick to the schedule--update the schedule every week like for instance on a Sunday afternoon. Step Three: Read, read, and read. Even reading a simple article in the newspaper, keeps your brain functioning at optimal level. Step Four: Find your trouble areas. For instance, if you are a weak writer or reader, then engage yourself in practicing writing sentences or crossword puzzles (Hint: all crosswords come in all levels and age groups). Step Five: Find a tutor. If you are unsure of how to manage your study time, or how to sharpen your weaker skills, then find a tutor. They... read more
The best advice I received from my college professors: Before taking any exam always complete EVERY single question at the end of the chapter, even if they were not assigned for homework. This piece of advice was given to a student 30 years ago who ended up becoming a professor at the same university he attended. During his lectures he made it a point to give the same advice to his students and explain its origin. I had the pleasure of taking classes with both professors and hearing the same advice several times throughout each semester. Now it's my turn to pass along the same advice. If you want to fully understand the conceptual and computational aspects of a finance course, do every single problem at the end of the chapter. The end result - mastery of the subject and usually a 100 on the exam :) This really does apply to any and all courses as well, since it is a very good study habit. The history of how it was passed along to... read more