college-finals

How to Create a Semester Assignment Spreadsheet

This really is one of the most important ways that I keep my schoolwork and study time organized! 


What is a Semester Assignment Spreadsheet? you might ask.

It is one single list that combines the due dates and important info from all of your classes. 


Ok, but why is that important? 

I think it is really helpful because it allows me to see which class should take top priority at anytime during the semester. 

I also like to put the total points available for each assignment so that I can keep up with my own grades. 


{It will save your life during midterms and finals, seriously.}

It was a really exciting couple of weeks and now we’re finally down to the Final Four. In case you missed it, it’s Louis, Liam, Niall and Harry Styles. So if you had Zayn, you’re bracket’s busted. You got a busted bracket.
—  Seth Meyers, Punchlines
Anti-Procrastination Tips

In the comments of the Time Management System post, a reader requested that I write a post on procrastination and how to deal with it. Well, when I started researching the *causes* of procrastination… I found so much useful information that I just went ahead and wrote three posts! So, March has kind of turned out to be an anti-procrastination month! 


I am always happy to write requested posts, so don’t be afraid to ask!  


Why We Procrastinate and How to Stop

8 Anti-Procrastination Strategies 

How to Start Working Smarter, Not Harder

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Passing your FINAL MATH CLASS EVER!!!

The Best Study Techniques:

I’ve recently come across a 2013 study which aimed to compare the efficiency of different study techniques.They evaluated whether the benefits of the techniques generalised across learning conditions, student characteristics, materials, and criterion tasks. Here is a summary of their results:

Least Effective Study Techniques:

  1. Highlighting — including underlining textbooks and other materials
  2. Rereading
  3. Summarisation
  4. Keyword mnemonics — the use of keywords and mnemonics to help remind students of course material
  5. Imagery use for text learning — creating mental images to remind students of material

Moderately Effective Study Techniques

  1. Elaborative interrogation — uses “why” questions to get students to make connections between new and old material.
  2. Self-explanation — prompting students to provide their own explanations for problems while learning material
  3. Interleaved practice — mixing different kinds of problems or material in one study session

Highly Effective Study Techniques

  1. Practice testing — any form that allows students to test themselves, including using actual or virtual flashcards, doing problems or questions at the end of textbook chapters, or taking practice tests.
  2. Distributed practice — studying material over a number of relatively short sessions.

(Source)

COLLEGE FINALS

Stage 1: Studying

"WHAT EVEN DOES THIS MEAN?"

"WHERE THE FUCK DID ALL THESE ASSIGNMENTS COME FROM???"

GOING TO YOUR PROFESSORS OFFICE HOURS ONLY TO REMEMBER YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO ASK

YOUR FRIENDS TRYING TO REMIND YOU TO EAT PROPERLY

AFTER YOUR 60TH CUP OF COFFEE IN THREE HOURS

WHEN THE BEST PERSON IN THE CLASS OFFERS TO HELP YOU STUDY/SHARES THEIR NOTES WITH YOU

THAT LAST MINUTE CRIPPLING ANXIETY/PANIC ATTACK

GETTING LAST MINUTE ASSIGNMENTS

FINISHING ASSIGNMENTS YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO FINISH A MONTH AGO

Stage 2: Taking the finals

"NONE OF THIS IS WHAT I STUDIED!!!!!!"

"I ACTUALLY KNOW THIS QUESTION!"

YOUR PROFESSOR/CLASSMATES STARING AT YOUR TOTAL STATE OF DISARRAY AND BUNNY PAJAMAS THAT YOU DIDN’T CHANGE OUT OF BEFORE COMING TO THE EXAM.

TRYING TO DECIPHER IF THAT IS A TRICK QUESTION OR NOT

Stage 3: Post Exam

YOUR FRIENDS DRAGGING YOUR DEFEATED CORPSE HOME

GOING INTO ODIN SLEEP

SEEING YOUR EXAM GRADE

"DID YOU PASS?"

CRY OVER YOUR GRADE