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Hello Students!   Many of you that I work with soon realize that the flaw in your academic subjects is mostly because of bad study habits. I think it is important to stress as your courses get harder and grade levels progress, more active learning should be ocurring than passive learning. What is the difference between the two? Passive learning is reading a textbook, watching a movie/documentary, looking at pictures, or hearing a lecture while active learning is participating in discussion, teaching material, flashcards, testing yourself, simulating a similar experience and so forth. Really try to do active learning after you do some passive reading this way your material will sink into your head!   Good Luck and Study On!

If you couldn't tell from the title, I'm really excited about this one study technique. I wish I had started it in high school, when my dad was hounding me abut it, but I waited until college. Once I started using this technique, I was so shocked at how little I needed to study before a test I actually had time to do fun things during midterms and final seasons while my other friends spent the day (and night) cramming. And the best part, it took me less than 15 mins (and I mean it - I timed myself). And without further ado, your study technique: I'm supposing your going to class and taking notes. So, let's go through the week and implement this study habit. Monday: read over all your notes slowly. Not like, turtle slow, but try to think of why you wrote that note and what your teacher was commenting on or what you noticed that made this note important. Do this for all your subjects (if you're in high school, and you're taking 7 classes, this may take you 20-35... read more

Hello Students!   Start this year off strong with good organizational and note taking skills. Make sure you understand the material and are not just taking notes aimlessly. Try to take in what your teacher is saying and don't be afraid to ask questions!! If you start taking the initiative to learn and understand now, college will be a much more pleasant experience for you. Trust me!   Stay organized and plan your homework and study schedule!   Quiz yourself!   Study with friends!   READ YOUR TEXTBOOK! :)    Remember, homework isn't busy work and a chance to copy down your notes, it is part of the learning process. This is especially important with math, as it builds on itself and understanding the basics will make the other subjects easier!   Have a fantastic and fun year!

Hey there! I am going to start upload my collection of worksheets, subject outlines, study tips, study images, and various other study materials. I have uploaded a "test example" of the nursing process. This was just something quick I put together. I am just getting the word out that more materials will be available shortly! If there are any topics in the realm of nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology, or anatomy and physiology that you would like addressed, please let me know and I will do my best to assist you!    Here is the link to the example/test document: http://www.wyzant.com/resources/files/262100/overview_of_the_nursing_process   I am also now available for Skype sessions! Therefore, distance and location are not limiting factors! Thank you! Happy studying :)   Please visit my profile page here: http://www.wyzant.com/Tutors/TX/Spring/8057262/

#1  Get appropriate amount of rest. That is what breaks are for.  Doing something you love for a while will bring your stress levels down and make you more motivated for work after the break is over.   #2 Go over any difficult material that might show up again. I know it is hard, especially if your study material have fried your brains even before the winter break have started.  But, you don't want to be in the same trouble if the material shows up again.  If you had problems with sinθ and cosθ chapter in college geometry, the trigonometry class, that is next semester, is based on them.  Look over old material, reach out for help, figure out a pattern for the work that makes sense.   #3 Look over new material. Buy a book early for a class in a new semester.  Let's say, you skipped Physics in high school, took a lot of life sciences like Biology instead (personal example). You might not know what lies ahead. Prepare... read more

As a student myself, winter break is a time for relaxation, and unfortunately, to let many of the skills learned through a semester of college to slip away far more quickly than they were learned. I understand personally how easy it is to let one's brain grow dull over the winter break that we all look so forward to. So what are some ways to keep your brain sharp? And more importantly, what are some fun ways to do so that won't make you feel as though you're actually working scholastically the entire break?   Pick up a fun reading book: Reading is a great way to keep the mind sharp. It's engaging, it encourages critical thinking and imagination, and it challenges the mind to stay focused and recall facts about a story (especially if you don't read the book in one sitting!) To make this a more "social" activity, try to get a group together as a reading or book club. That way, you will all benefit from talking about the book and its contents, the storyline,... read more

Every student that I have tutored in organic chemistry asks me how I became adept at this rather challenging subject.  I tell them all the same thing: use your resources. A teaching professor that I worked with taught me from his many years of teaching experience, when a student utilizes at least seven resources, their mastery of the subject of organic chemistry increases (linearly), i.e., the average improvement was one to two letter grades over the course of a semester.  These resources include, but are not limited to, going to class, reading the text, taking and reading over notes from class, attending study groups, outside tutoring, supplemental instruction (SI), reading a concise supplemental text, working problems, etc.   Organic chemistry is a difficult subject to understand when you are taking it for the first time (and after!). To become successful at, and to truly master organic chemistry at the level required for graduate school or medical school admission,... read more

As a Wyzant tutor, it's been a interesting to experience a variety of ages, cultures, preferences and learning styles. Another variation upon my tutoring is location of the session.   Skype - my first experience with Skype and other video chat applications started when my cousin taught me Danish using WindowsLive in college. I've a Danish heritage but it goes back to my great-grandparents, so I didn't grow up knowing much about any of the language or culture. I found it strange at first to see a live-streaming video of a person on my computer, and sometimes the connect was bad or the microphone didn't work, etc. Getting past the initial weirdness was easy, because video chatting is kind of a modern miracle that I came to love. It works so well for me now that I tutor, because I can have a session with someone at a convenient time for both of us, without having to arrange travel plans (life sans a car) or take up time getting to a certain location. It also... read more

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