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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Become a more Confident Student, Here Its Tips

confident-studentIn the event that you are a college understudy who is considering and confronting exams, you definitely realize that you will profit by adapting better concentrating on strategies and better note-taking techniques. What you may not know is that a vital part of being a decent learner is to feel exceptionally sure about your learning capacity.

Why is it imperative to have great trust in our capacity to learn?

When you don’t have a decent trust in your learning capacity, you will approach learning circumstances and exams in a condition of apprehension and uneasiness. An absence of trust in your learning capacity will really meddle with you capacity to concentrate successfully, and it will meddle with your capacity to recall what you have realized.

Being completely confident and happy about your learning ability will lessen your anxiety. Confidence in yourself will improve your learning perfomance and improve your memory of what you have studied.

How can you tell whether or not you lack confidence in yourself as a learner?

If you lack confidence about your learning ability, you probably already know it because you become very tense and nervous about facing exams.

When you are in a learning situation, pay attention to the sorts of thoughts that frequently go through your mind. What messages are you telling yourself? Spend several days becoming aware of the way you talk to yourself internally. Write down the thoughts that pass through your mind so that you can review them.

Are your statements about yourself mostly positive or mostly negative? Do your thoughts reflect confidence in your own abilities? Or are you constantly yelling at yourself for your mistakes and shortcomings? Are you calling yourself stupid, lazy, or unsuccessful?

If your statements to yourself about your learning ability are mostly negative, you may think that yelling at yourself will make you try harder and improve your performance. Actually, this negative self talk will increase your anxiety and will interfere with your ability to learn effectively.

Take some time to watch very young children learn. During the first few years of life, humans learn a huge amount of information at a much quicker rate than they will ever learn again. When very young children learn, they do so in an attitude of joy and exploration. They don’t criticize themselves for being bad learners.

Even as adults, we do our best learning in an atmosphere of fun and exploration. We learn better when we think learning is fun. We don’t learn as well when we tell ourselves that we are stupid.

If your negative opinion of yourself is holding you back, how do you go about changing it? Two very effective techniques that can help you change your self-image are affirmations and visualization.

Instead of focusing on your current negative self-assessments, focus instead on the kind of person you would like to be. What personal qualities do you want to have?

Write down a description of how you would like to be and how you would like to perceive yourself. Write out some simple phrases that express your desired qualities as something that you have right now.

Spend time creating images of yourself learning easily, and let the feelings of confidence fill you up. Revisit these positive images frequently. See yourself succeeding in your exams, and feel the sensations you would feel as you get a very good mark.

Using visualizations and affirmations correctly can go a long way to improve your confidence in your ability to learn, and when you are more confident about your learning ability, you will actually learn better.

Why Go to College?

Life is full of options and choices. The choices we make shape our future. As we stand at the cross roads after high school we must have the right vision to make the decision to go to college.

# A college education secures our future. The number of employment opportunities is greater and statistics reveal that most leaders are college grads.

# If you have a college education you will make more money which in turn will enable you to have a better lifestyle. If a high school graduate earns US$ 34,303 annually, a college graduate will earn US$ 56,334, and a person with a professional qualification will net at least US$ 99,411.

# It is not just earnings. A college education makes you a rounded person. It shapes your communication skills, expands your knowledge base, makes you methodical and organized, and exposes you to a whole new world of learning.

# People with a college education have better value systems and are healthier. They are able to guide their family positively.

# College can help you qualify in fields you are interested in. So if you are an innovator, inventor, or healer, or artist you can train in the specific field and qualify.

# According to experts, college graduates are self confident, have greater knowledge of governance, are less likely to become criminals, are emotionally and financially secure, make better partners and parents, and have a deeper understanding of human nature.

# College instills a deep sense of right and wrong and is they very essence of a democratic world.

# Education opens the doors to many things like multiple jobs, career choices, the chance to further education at any point in life, and the option of teaching others what you have learnt. Be it a child, family member, or a poor person you meet.

# College education is an investment in you that yields much more than Wall Street investments.

# College educated citizens will ensure the continuing success of the “American Dream.” The ability to see the right path and work for peace and prosperity.

Students according to Jose Marti a patriot are the very ramparts of a nation and the strongest advocates of freedom. Education creates a conscience and as a result a better human being. College education eventually becomes a legacy for future generations. Most succeeding generations of college educated people go to college themselves. The value of a good education becomes ingrained in their genes. Huge stones can be moved with muscle power but it is brain power that tells you how to move it and what can be done with it.

Balancing Academics and College Life Tips

# Control Your Schedule

Association and time administration abilities are two of the most profitable aptitudes you will ever have. One of the primary things you ought to do toward the start of every semester is compose the dates of all class tests and venture due dates from every syllabus, and every required meeting and occasions from every association. All commitments ought to then be signed into a concentrated timetable you keep at all times, for example, a day by day organizer, work area date-book, or even a PDA (individual computerized aide). For the following 4 months, you now know precisely what you should plan whatever remains of your life around.

Next, it is very prescribed for you to set a timetable for yourself in composing to incorporate every single other thing you need to make as a schedule. In particular, this ought to incorporate times of concentrate, for example, each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 – 6:30. Physically close off these eras each Tuesday and Thursday for whatever is left of the semester. Obviously, the most essential piece of making a calendar is adhering to it! In this way, be sufficiently trained to plan whatever other exercises that are less vital around those that are generally imperative.

# Ask For Help When You Need It

Whether it involves academics or organizational responsibilities, everyone comes to a point where they feel overwhelmed. This is what friends, fellow members, and other university resources are there for. Unfortunately, there are several reasons why people don’t seek help when it is available. Some people try to take on too much, trying to prove to themselves that “I can do this all on my own.” Some may not want to admit to people that they “can’t handle everything.” Others may feel they must do everything all on their own, because only then will they know it will get done right and on time (an early signal of being a control freak). However, delegation is a learned skill, and (when used properly) can actually aid in tasks being completed quicker, with less mistakes, and less stress.

Academically, seek out help when you don’t understand something. There should be plenty of resources available, from writing centers, to computer labs, to graduate assistants, to your professors who offer office hours. There are also other students who may understand that subject better, or who have even taken the course before. Especially in very large classes, some students may be intimidated to ask for help. But, the sole purpose of the institution and all of these resources is to help you learn. So use them. Ask for rope to be thrown down before you drown!

# Keep A Firm Grasp On Your Priorities

Understanding what your PRIORITIES are each and every day is one of the biggest keys to college success. It is also one of the easiest concepts to lose track of. It is a fast-paced world, where it is easy to become sidetracked with social activities, TV shows, video games, etc. Some people carry a card in their wallet, or even a post a card on their PC, where they list the top 1-5 priorities in their life. The card says “Is what I am doing RIGHT NOW with my time directly contributing to one of my top priorities in life?” If the answer is “No,” then that serves as a good reminder that you could be doing something more important.

Everyone has exactly 24 hours each day. People who achieve more in life simply make better use of their 24 hours each day than everyone else. What you do with each of your 24 hours has as much to do with your success during college as any other factor. There is an old saying that “if it important enough to you, you make time for it.” Be sure that nobody is in charge of your time except for you. It is one of the most valuable assets you have.

# Don’t Wait Until the End of Your College Career to Stop Procrastinating (Get It?)

Whether it is an event or a semester project that is two months away, ask yourself each day “What can be done now instead of later?” Write down when you are going to do something, not simply when something is due. Set deadlines for yourself, and put them in writing. Then stick to it. Most people procrastinate because the activity they are supposed to do is not as desirable as what they would rather be doing. However, if you complete tasks early, you can enjoy your leisure time worry-free. This is one of the biggest ways to alleviate stress.

If it is the 3rd day of the month, and there is a project due on the 28th of the month, most students hardly have that project on the radar screen yet. Then, they see the project creep up on their calendar on the 24th or 25th, and they say “Uh-oh!” Further, they realize there is an event planned on the 26th, and they have to work at their part-time job on the 27th! This lack of planning is what leads to either missed deadlines, or turning a project in on time, but with poor quality. In addition to poor quality, it also led to undue stress for 4 days. One easy way to tackle projects ahead of time is to break the project down into several smaller ones. For example, instead of writing a 10-page paper in one night, write 1-page per day for 10 days, or 1-page every other day. This will save time, increase quality, and decrease stress.

# Go to Class

That’s right. Skipping class is one of the most dangerous, yet tempting habits on college campuses today. Sure, you might be able to miss a class here and there—perhaps even miss a lot of classes—and still pass if you cram hard enough. However, don’t make things hard on yourself, make things easy. The more you attend class, the less you have to study, and the more time you have for the everything else you want or need to do. Professors also have a way of telling you what will be on the test, and explaining the answers in class—but you are only privy to that if you are actually in class.

Try to get in the habit of forcing yourself to sit in the FRONT of the class, especially in large classes. Studies show that students retain more information, and pay more attention, even if they don’t realize it. It also helps keep you awake. That usually allows you to take better notes, as well. And make sure the professor knows your name!

# Find a Mentor or Example of a Great Student Lifer in your Organization

Almost every organization has one or more students who are shining examples of the balance between extra-curricular activities and academics. They make the Dean’s List every semester, hold an important office in the organization, work part-time, and even have a girlfriend or boyfriend. Everyone seems to ask “How do they do it?”

So, are they smarter than you? In most cases, ABSOLUTELY NOT! There have been literally millions of college students that were “smart enough” to graduate, but who failed in the areas of time management, priorities, and responsibilities. So, understand the habits of those who are successful at balancing college life and academics. Ask them what their secrets are, and hey will surely be willing to help. Follow the habits of those who are succeeding, not the ones you struggle. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

#  Have Fun!

Ok, so most college students don’t need help with this tip, right? However, enjoy it while you can–you are only in college once! Many Americans recall their college days as the best time of their life. Believe it or not, professors, administrators, and us college speakers want you to enjoy every minute if it! Making efficient use of your time and controlling your schedule are important ingredients in being able to enjoy yourself. They allow you to alleviate stress and succeed both inside and outside the classroom, so you can have a BLAST during your college career. Good luck!