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You’re Behind in Your Work. Now What?

studyIt’s October, the fall semester is well underway and the assignments are starting to pile up. This is the time when some students start to get behind in their work. The good news is, there’s also time to catch up.

David Leibow
, psychiatrist and author of What to Do When College is Not the Best Time of Your Life shares his tips for getting back on the ball. He proposes the theory of FLAM, or the First Law of Academic Motion, a twist on Newton’s laws of motion. The idea is this: once you get going, you’ll be more likely to finish. But the longer you procrastinate, the worse the situation will become. Here are some more of his suggestions:

Stop Making Excuses

Don’t tell yourself, “I’m too tired now” or “I work better under pressure.” Say, “I have to do that now,” and then really do it.

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Two Useful Study Websites for Students

booksSchool is officially back in full swing, and that means that homework is also back, plaguing students on a nightly basis. Sometimes homework is pretty simple and only takes a little while to finish but other times, it can turn into a long, painful ordeal. When you are suffering through your homework (instead of breezing through it), these two websites can really cut down on the time you spend on it, as well as help you better understand the material.’s The Homework Center is an awesome resource aimed at students in grades K-8 and is customizable for age and gender. This site features study tools, information, and other resources on a wide variety of subjects, including history, language arts, mathematics, sciences, and many more. The Homework Center offers an interactive guide to the periodic table, daily historical facts, flashcards, and language arts quizzes so students can have fun while getting homework help. Read the rest of this entry »

New Research Ditches Common Wisdom About Studying

study-habitsAre you a left-brain thinker or a right-brain thinker? Are you an auditory learner or a visual learner? New research says that we should forget these categories entirely. An article published in The New York Times reveals that researchers have discovered much of the advice about learning and studying that’s been handed down to us is unsupported at best even flat-out wrong.

Take the idea that you should stay in the same place when you study, and that it should be a clean, quiet space. Psychologists found that students who studied the same material in different places, one of which was not quiet, did better than students studying the same subject in the same room. “What we think is happening here is that, when the outside context is varied, the information is enriched, and this slows down forgetting,” said Dr. Bjork, author of the experiment and psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. Whenever you study something, your surroundings also get registered along with the information that you’re explicitly trying to remember. It seems that the more surroundings that get attached to that information, the more likely you will be to remember it because it will have “more neural scaffolding.”

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Students Study Less Today than Ever Before

We’ve all heard that awful statistic that for every hour you are in class you should be studying two hours. So, if you are taking 15 hours, you should be studying 30 hours outside of the classroom. Yeah, right….study

When I first got to college, I tried to make myself study the 34 hours my schedule “required.” It just wasn’t possible. Not because I was slacking off or spending too much time on Facebook, but because there just wasn’t enough work to do.

Philip Babcock, a professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Mindy Marks, a professor at the University of California Riverside, conducted a survey of students’ study habits. They found that “the average student at a four-year college in 1961 studied about 24 hours a week. Today’s average student hits the books for just 14 hours.” Read the rest of this entry »

Cramster is an Online Study Community for College Students

cramsterSometimes it is just impossible to learn a concept from a textbook. When this happens to me, I jump on my computer and try Googling the problem. Sometimes I find what I am looking for and the problem is solved. Other times though, I cannot find what I need to save my life, and then I am no better off than when I started.

Is there any way to guarantee online homework help?

Yes, and it is called Cramster.

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Take Advantage of National Testing Day to Improve Your Test Score

the princeton reviewTaking the SAT, ACT, or PSAT is a nerve racking experience. I froze up my first time taking the ACT and didn’t finish the math section. I knew how to do it; it was just new and scary. It would have been awesome if I had been able to take a practice test beforehand. That way I would have known what to expect, how to pace myself, and known where to spend most of my time, based on my strengths and weaknesses.

Evidently the people at the Princeton Review have heard several people share my same concern. They have declared March 20, 2010 as National Testing Day they are offering a free full-length, SAT, ACT, or PSAT practice test to anyone who signs up.

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Maryland Students Ace AP Exams

studying for a testIf you live in Maryland, the College Board’s Advanced Placement tests should not be nearly as intimidating as if you lived anywhere else in the country.


More high school students in Maryland have taken at least one AP test, and 24.8 percent of students passed the test with a score of at least a three. This is great news for high school students who want to go to college; a three earns college credit at many colleges in the country.

“We have an accelerating number of students taking Advanced Placement,” said Maryland Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick. “The courses are being taught with fidelity. The students are meeting the expectations of the coursework, and it’s revealed in their performance.”

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Three Good Things About Finals Week

studyingArgh. It’s finals time. It’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year with the holidays almost here, but if you are in school, this is also one of the most stressful times of the year.

So far, I’ve pulled two all-nighters and drank more cups of coffee than should be humanly possible, all in the name of studying for those darn tests! If you’re in the same boat as me, it might seem quite easy to sink into a finals depression, where dropping out and living under a bridge sounds better than looking at your notes one more time. If that’s where you are, then try to take comfort in the three nice things about this week so that you can stay sane during finals.

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Finding Time to Study

booksThere really is not enough time in the day. We are supposed to sleep eight hours, attend classes, eat meals, maybe go to the gym, study and for some students, work a part-time job. The list seems endless.

Some days I wake up at six o’clock in the morning, go to classes and my job, and don’t get home until eleven at night. On these crazy days, I have no time to sit down with my textbooks and notes to study. What is a college gal with a hectic schedule to do about finding time to study?

She just has to get creative.

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StudyBlue Allows Students to Collaborate Around the World

Sometimes studying by yourself isn’t that much fun. You don’t remember what your professor was talking about; that example you copied down doesn’t make as much sense as it did two weeks ago; you can’t read your own handwriting. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to access someone else’s notes about your subject? Maybe check out their flashcards, quizzes, or diagrams? Sounds slightly unrealistic, right? Well, thanks to, it’s no longer just a dream.studyblue is a new website that allows students to collaborate with other students from around the world, or just from across town, on subjects ranging from art history to organic chemistry. Students on post their notes, flashcards, old quizzes, study guides, etc. These files then become available to everyone on the site. Think Napster, except you are trading knowledge instead of music and there are no sticky legal issues. Read the rest of this entry »


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