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It’s essay writing season for tons of students!
After being a college writing tutor for over a year, I thought I would share my advice with all you awesome people on tumblr. This is how I write essays, but if you’ve got more tips, feel free to add them below.
Happy writing. You can do it!
It actually involves a lot of discipline when it comes to reading your textbooks. There are certain strategies that make reading more efficient (quicker and helping your process more information), but require that you follow certain routines. I was taught that the following helps:
1. First, scan…
Tutorial: how to make a study schedule.
- Make a reference sheet with separate lists for each subject. This reference sheet is used to orient your daily studying.
- List the material you need to study for each subject. Be more specific than you would be on a study schedule and make sure you put down everything you need to go over.
- On your schedule, highlight the exam dates and deadlines and put down any relevant information.
- Using your reference sheet, assign certain material to go through each day.
- If you haven’t been working on study material throughout the semester; schedule days before your study leave to work on study sheets for revision, flash cards, summaries, whatever you use to study.
- Take a day to gather your study material before your study leave begins. Like the weekend classes end or so. This will save you a lot of time when you sit down to study every day.
- Schedule your studying so that you start studying for the last final first, and the first final last. Make sure you start this early enough to give yourself time to revise for the subjects you need to.
- If you have a day between each of your finals, take the night of the final off and revise for the next exam the day after. If not, take the couple of hours after your exam off then revise for the next one.
- Schedule the harder/heavier material in a subject first, so that you work on that material when you have more energy.
- If you’re taking subjects that you have difficulty with, or subjects with a heavy workload; schedule catch up days. However, don’t let that encourage you to slack off. Try to stick to your schedule and only rely on the catch up days if you really need to, and if you don’t; then it’s a day off!
- Also, schedule days off… a day or if you can’t afford it, half a day. I can’t stress how important it is to take time for yourself, it’ll help you avoid burnout.
Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making study schedules since I started college. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.
I’m sorry I’m posting this by the end of the year when a lot of people are already done with exams, but perhaps it’ll be helpful for people taking summer courses now? And also for next year :)
Living spaces and schedules can get pretty cramped these days. But that doesn’t make squeezing a couple exercises between furniture — or roommates! — impossible. Just under three hoursper week of moderate-intensity exercise (the challenge level of a brisk walk) can help reduce heart disease, some cancers, and improve mental health and cognitive function. So in addition to power-walking to and from class, here are eight moves that’ll really get you movin’ — right in the comfort of your own home.
1. High Knees
Targets: Quads, glutes, calves, shins (anterior tibialis), hip flexors, ups that heart rate
How to: This could cause a riff with that cranky neighbor downstairs. But go ahead, we understand putting cardio before others’ quietude. Run in place, bringing the knees above hip level. Pro tip: Keep your hands in front of you at hip level, palms down, and try and slap ’em with your knees to get the most out of this one. Or, pump your arms like a sprinter, elbows at 90 degree angles, and pump those arms fast. (Your legs will always go as fast as your arms go!) Land on the balls of your feet (not your heels) for 10-second bursts, working up to 30-second sprints. Aim for 3-5 sets with 20 seconds of rest in between.
2. Butt Kicks
Targets: Hamstrings, quads, glutes, calves, shins (tibialis), aaand heart rate
How to: Ready to kick things up a notch? Keep running in place, but this time kick your heels to your butt with each stride. Go as fast as you can for 3-5 rounds of 20-30 second bursts, 20 seconds of rest between each.
3. Jump Squats
Targets: Quads, glutes, calves, shins (anterior tibialis)
How to: Again, if you’re on the top floor, you may piss someone off. But this is a wonderful way to get back at your downstairs neighbor for pumping the bass during finals week. To start: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward. Sit back into a squat then drive your whole body up through your heels, shifting your weight onto the balls of your feet as you lift off. Be sure to land on the balls of your feet and immediately bend the knees into a full squat. Aim for three sets of 10-15 reps. Pro tip: If you can do these in front of a mirror, make sure your knees aren’t wobbling side to side while you squat or land.
4. T Push-Ups
Targets: Chest, triceps, shoulders, core, lats, adductors, abductors
How to: Cramming for an exam, or tackling those taxes? Hit the floor between tasks to help you think. Place the hands slightly wider than the shoulders and lower yourself down, tucking your elbows to your sides. Keep your chin from jutting forward (your chest should graze the floor first — not your head, hips, or anything else). (Pro tip: draw your shoulder blades in and down the back to protect your rotator cuffs.) As you push up (keep that back straight!), shift your weight to your right side, lift your left arm off the floor, and rotate your torso to face the wall. Inhale here. On the exhale, carefully rotate the torso towards the floor, catching your weight with a slightly bent left arm. Lower down. Push up and, this time, balance on your left side, lift your right arm and rotate your torso towards the opposite wall. That’s one. Shoot for three sets of 7-10 reps.Modification: Can’t support your full bodyweight? Stick to the standard push-up but do ‘em with your knees on the floor.
Illustration by Shannon Orcutt
Targets: Chest, shoulders, triceps, core, hip flexors, hamstrings, quads
How to: Remember high knees from exercise #1? This is the same, but face down in the push-up position. Start by hiking your left knee towards the chest. Then quickly get that leg back and pop your right knee up to the chest. Go as fast as you can for 3-5 sets of 30-second bursts. Pro tip: As tempting as it may be, don’t bounce your booty into the air — keep as close to a straight arm plank as possible. And if that isn’t hard enough, make sure you only ever have one foot on the ground at a time (so that “high” leg isn’t tapping down and bouncing).
Targets: Shoulders, arms, shoulders, back, shoulders, and core
How to: Now don’t get too comfy on the floor. Move into downward facing dog — hands pushing into the floor, torso straight, butt in the air, balls of the feet on the ground, heels driving down. Shift your weight forward so you’re in a push-up position. Lower down, place your knees on the floor, then shift to the tops of your feet as you push through to upward facing dog, arching your spine. Tilt the pelvis forward to protect the back. Inhale, exhale. On the next inhalation, lift the hips up and back to where you began. Repeat 5-10 times through, at your own pace.
7. Leg Lifts
Targets: Hip flexors, abdominals, obliques
How to: Lie down on the floor. Press your lower back against the ground. Put your hands under your butt or beside your hips. From here, lift your legs straight up to a 90 degree angle, then lower back down until they hover just above the floor without touching. Aim for three sets of 10 to 15 reps. Modification: Assume the same position and motion, but carry it all out with bent knees, toes tapping the floor on each rep. Feeling discomfort in the low back? With a stable core, try alternating legs instead.
Targets: Low back, lats, shoulders
How to: No cape? No problem. Simply roll onto the belly, and reach your arms above your head, keeping the legs straight. Lift your right arm and left leg at the same time, squeeze your glutes and low back muscles, then lower each and lift your left arm and right leg. That’s one. Shoot for three sets of 10- 15 reps. Option: fight crime simultaneously.
Dude, you totally just rocked your room. And probably weirded the heck out of your roommate or significant other. But you got that full-body workout in, so kudos to you. And maybe they’ll join you next time!
1. Create a playlist that you ONLY LISTEN TO WHILE STUDYING. Don’t you dare listen to it while you’re on Tumblr or neopets or facebook or whatever it is that these crazy kids do these days. But the minute you open your history book or start a paper, crank that bad boy up. It will trick…
- Plan on spending an extra $100 on things you forgot or didn’t think you needed for the dorms.
- Budget your money. Give yourself an allowance for groceries and fun money every week. (You may roll your eyes and pass over this but money goes fast. Sometimes life happens- cars break down, doctor…
♡ C O L L E G E tips and resources M A S T E R P O S T ♡
by akira endtable
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Many feel a justified anxiety over the prospect of the inevitable feat of aging and having to take on daunting adult responsibilities despite still feeling like an overgrown child. Even if you feel ready to be independent, it doesn’t hurt to have a little help along the way.
I’ve been seeking out tips to help give myself and others a better sense of readiness in the upcoming years. This masterpost is used to organize this information into a concise, easy to navigate list and share what I’ve found with anyone who wants to utilize it.
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♡ General College Tips ♡
- Things I Wish I Told Myself Before Going to College
- A Student’s Guide to College
- Year 12 Guide (And beyond!)
- Student Survival Guide
- The “Secret” to Doing Well in School
♡ "Adult" Things ♡
- How to Balance a Checkbook
- How to: Become an Adult Masterpost
- Be a Good Person and Get Your Student Loans Paid Off
♡ Books for Cheap ♡
♡ Study Tips ♡
- How to Make a Study Schedule
- Finals Survival Guide
- Five Creative Ways to Take Notes
- How to Overcome Math
- How to Overcome English
- Organizing Notes
- Focus While Studying
- Reading a Textbook
- Things NOT To Do When Studying
- Top Ten Study Tips
♡ Writing Help ♡
- How to Write Kickass Essays in 1/2 the Time
- Inflated/Concise wording
- BeeLine Reader
- Avoid Saying Very
- Word Definition Sites
♡ Apps and Tech ♡
♡ Safety ♡
♡ Dorm Life ♡
♡ De-Stressers and Health ♡
- Sun Salutations (yoga poses)
- Self-esteem boosters
- Fitness Masterpost
- How Long to Nap
- 8 Unconventional Ways to Destress
- Relieve Menstrual Cramps
- Pictorial on condoms
- Productivity Help
♡ College Help Masterposts ♡
♡ Helpful Blogs ♡
♡ Other Assorted Masterposts with Helpful Links ♡
♡ Playlist to Study To ♡
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Don’t forget to utilize campus resources as well! Good luck!