Author: Elizabeth Lovejoy

Some Tips For Successful Study In College

People have been debating about successful study tactics for a long time. Recently, several scientific studies have emerged that challenge traditional wisdom about the best places, times, and ways to study. Let’s take a look at some of these different tips:

· Vary your studying location – Contrary to popular wisdom, evidence suggests that studying in different places at different times can help you memorize things faster, because the different locations can stimulate your brain in different ways. Try different areas in and around campus for more benefits!

· Take advantage of group work – Utilize the strategy of dividing and conquering by asking people from your classes, your roommates or people you know if they are interested in studying or working with you.

· Flash Cards – In some cases, however, the old strategies remain excellent options, and there is a reason they have been used forever. Flash cards help to visually impart their information directly to your brain (most people are visual learners), and they also help you with other techniques such as memory association.

· Get a good night’s rest – Another piece of old advice that turns out to be wholeheartedly true; if you are tired, your brain synapses just aren’t going to fire as quickly and cleanly as they would if you were well rested. If your mind is tired and slow, so is your thinking!

· Attend class regularly – This adage is at the top of every parent’s list (and everyone who pays their own way through college!), but it’s there for a good reason. Regular repetition and discussion of subject material helps you to review and solidify the material in your mind.

· Avoid subject immersion – Here we are; one of the counterintuitive points. Recent studies report that avoiding immersion in one subject, and spreading your attention between a varied group of categories, is the best way to retain information. Not to mention it’s less boring!

Following tips like these can help make studying less of a chore, and hopefully something more interactive and palatable to experience (Note: we didn’t say pleasurable!). Make sure to apply yourself in college, so that you can develop into a well-trained and well paid professional in your field.

 

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7 Do’s & Don’ts for Decorating Your New Dorm Room

As a college freshman, there are so many different things to plan for when preparing for the big move to your new college dorm room.  When I was starting freshman year, I knew I wanted to bring a little bit of home with me, to remind me of all the things that got me where I was, as well as start off fresh and introduce a fun and energetic style to my new living space. Many college dorm rooms seem to be so bland, cold and drab…but they don’t have to be!

You may think that your college dorm room has no decorating potential but there are many savvy design and storage techniques to make your new place into a home away from home.  It isn’t easy to look at your dorm and be able to envision all of its potential, but with a few tips and some creativity, you will be able to turn your space into a comfortable and cozy home.

DORM DO’S:

DO think of your dorm room as a home away from home. You want to feel comfortable coming back to your room after a long day of classes, and feel that your dorm is your safe haven.  Bring items that are familiar to you from when you lived back at home such as pictures, stuffed animals or blankets—anything that brings comfort in order to make the transition easier.

DO collaborate with your roommate.  If you and your new roommate are willing to coordinate a theme, the two of you can have a lot of fun with it! Themed rooms are a simple way to pull a small, bland room together, and getting your roommate involved will make the decorating process easier and more fun, and hopefully will help the two of you to get to know each other better. It can also be a big help to coordinate ahead of time the items you plan on bringing so you avoid bringing the same things.

DO be creative as possible when decorating your room…but be aware of building safety codes and regulations.  Some universities have restrictions on what you can bring into your dorm room such as hot plates and candles, as well as restrictions on what you can hang from the ceilings.   But other than that, be as creative as you want! Color-coordinated linens and curtains, decorative rugs, entertainment centers and consoles, books and posters are all an option, and just the starting point.  There are many DIY projects online that can help you add some creative design to your walls if you want to go even further.

Fun tip—instead of taping a bunch of photos to the wall and cluttering your space, consider blowing one picture up to poster size to make a bigger statement.

DO consider bed risers if you want to maximize under-bed storage space.  Seeing that the space is limited in most dorm rooms, you have to get creative in order to maximize your storage space.  Simple things such as raising your bed will create space you never knew you had! Wait until you’re on campus to buy storage and organization bins so you can get a better idea about the space you’re working with.

DORM DON’TS:

DON’T over pack and bring so much that move-out will be a huge pain.  Remember everything you bring into that dorm room is going to have to leave in only a years’ time, and you also accumulate things as the year passes.  So be careful on all the stuff you decide to keep in your dorm room because eventually it will be your responsibility to move it out. A long move-out process is the last thing you’re going to want to do when you’re on your first summer break as a college student.

Don’t bring items that heat up, it’s best to leave them at home.  Items such as lava lamps, candles, grills and toasters are most likely going to be forbidden in your building and frankly they are a big hazard that you don’t want to have to worry about.

Don’t panic about the things you forgot.  If you forget anything you can always buy it at a local store in your college’s town.  And don’t worry, there will be plenty of other college students in the same boat as you.

Have more DORM DO’S & DON’TS? Please share them with us in the space below!

About the Author: Trae Lewis is a recent graduate from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she majored in journalism. She is currently a staff writer for CollegeFocus and an active community blogger. You can find CollegeFocus on Facebook at www.fb.com/collegefocus.

eCampus.com Introduces eWards

Finally, get rewarded for buying your textbooks and other college merchandise….

eCampus.com is so proud to announce our eCampus.com eWards loyalty program! eWards is the ultimate loyalty program for buyers of college textbooks and merchandise. Just like everything on eCampus.com, earning and redeeming eWards for exclusive rewards and VIP benefits is easy, simple and fun.

There are two ways to enroll, after a purchase, or via the customer’s eCampus.com account. In fact, just signing up earns members 50 points. Once enrolled, members receive a 5% off deal that they can easily share via Facebook, Twitter, or email. If a friend completes a purchase through the shared link, referral points will be awarded to the original customer.

The eCampus.com eWards program lets students use the power of their social network to save money on future textbook purchases. Members can come back to eCampus.com throughout the semester and continue to earn points by simply sharing deals and products to their social network. This way, members collect points throughout the semester that can be used toward next semester’s textbook purchases.

In addition to social media and email, members also earn eWards points when buying, renting and selling books and other merchandise – and they can trade in their eWards points to earn rewards and discounts toward shipping and future purchases.

After each purchase, members will be awarded badges that they can share with their friends and contacts throughout social media. Badges represent college progression from freshman year to graduate school and beyond.

One profitable feature for members is the ability to earn eWards when renting books—two points per dollar. Given that 79% of responders in a recent eCampus.com survey said that they rented their textbooks, earning points from renting could easily become the most popular and lucrative consumer feature.

Customers also have a chance to earn both cash and eWards when selling books back to eCampus. eWards members will receive one point per dollar when selling books back to eCampus.com or through the Marketplace, where books are sold to other students.

So, what are you waiting for? Join today at www.eCampus.com/ecampus-ewards.asp.

How to Stand Out in Your Summer Internship

When companies take on a summer intern, the odds are very good that they’re not just looking for someone to fetch coffee and make copies. Internships are a recruiting tool for many employers. At the end of the summer, interns who stand out are often told that a job will be waiting for them after they graduate — they may even be asked to work part-time while they’re still in school. Even if you’re not offered a job at the company where you intern, you can still gain valuable professional experience and make connections that may come in handy when you’re starting your career.

As an intern, don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’re flying under the radar. Conduct yourself as if you’re being observed and judged at all times; this way, you won’t miss any opportunities to make a strong professional impression. Here are five ways to stand out in your summer internship:

1. Do what you’re asked to do and then some.
Complete every task (no matter how menial) with enthusiasm and energy — then offer to do more. This is the best way to be given more challenging tasks where you can really shine. It’s also a good way to make yourself indispensable to your employer and coworkers.

2. Make yourself heard.
Since an internship only lasts for a few weeks, you don’t have a lot of time to show what you can do. You could be a valuable asset to any employer, but no one will know that if you don’t speak up. Contribute to brainstorming sessions, ask questions and make suggestions. When it comes time to evaluate the summer interns, make sure that people know who you are for all the right reasons.

3. Write it down.
A lot of information may be coming at you in the early days of your internship, from assignment directions to tidbits about company culture. No one can remember everything, so take good notes. Review your notes often and jot down questions and assignment ideas to pitch to your supervisor.

4. Stay positive.
No matter how many hours you’re asked to work, keep a positive attitude. Your employer probably paid his or her dues to get to their current position and expects you to do the same. By showing your enthusiasm and keeping a smile on your face, you’ll be sending the message that you’re enjoying the opportunity that your internship provides.

5. Let everyone know what you want to do.
Make sure your supervisor and coworkers know about your future career plans. This could influence the assignments they give you doing your internship and could help you land a position with the company after your internship is over. It will also show that you’re motivated and thinking about your future career.

A summer internship can be a great experience but you’ve got to be proactive if you want to get the maximum benefit. Don’t be shy, get to know everyone on the job. You never know when a contact from your internship will turn into a career opportunity.

 

Melissa Woodson is the community manager and LLM guide for Washington University in St. Louis’ @WashULaw, a top-tier online LLM in U.S. law. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and making half-baked attempts at training her dog.

 

 

The Ultimate Dorm Essentials Checklist

Freaking out about moving into the dorms this fall, or know someone who is? I know when I was moving into the dorms I was a mess. When I was making a list of everything I needed I kept leaving things off. It’s really hard to think of all the stuff you are going to need. Thankfully, this checklist has all the essentials on it and you won’t have to worry about whether or not you have everything. Makes everything so much easier! Take it with you when you go dorm shopping, share it with your friends, or just share it in general! It will come in handy when you get that feeling that you’re forgetting something. You can also download and print the PDF version of our Dorm Essentials Checklist here.

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