5 Study Hacks you’ve Been Missing Out On

 

Get those A’s.

Studying can sometimes get really tricky. It shouldn’t be hard generally but depending on the circumstances and situations it can take a toll on your brain. There are times when you can cover the hardest of subjects within no time and then there are instances where your mind lingers on and on the simplest of things. That’s all about the mood of the brain and how it wants to react to the situation. It is like a stubborn child dragging in the aisle of the supermarket.  

Take a walk

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It is said that exercise boosts your memory and brain functions. Taking a walk before studying can freshen up the brain by ten times. Exercising induce endorphins, a happy hormone, that leaves the brain fresh and healthy for that time. So the next time you are going to start studying, kick start your brain by a twenty-minute brisk walk inside a room. It’s even better that you go out and take a stroll, change of scenery and a bit of fresh air can also do the magic.   

 

Chew a gum

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Chomping on a gum doesn’t hold any side effect. It is also known to be a brain booster, of course not for its nutritional value but it keeps the brain attentive. Scientists have deduced that it makes the brain work promptly. The act of chewing keeps the brain awake and focused. The downside to this hack is this will only work for shorter periods. But if you have the stamina to chomp for hours, go ahead you have got this!  

 

Speak out loud, rather than reading

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Speak your lessons aloud! It is said that it is 50% more likely to remember something if you speak out loud instead of simply reading it over and over again. This might seem a little crazy to you but the brain processes the information quicker when interpreted at loud volumes.

 

Reward yourself with a treat

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Give yourself with a milestone treat! Assign yourselves short milestones and finish them in time. Keep a pack of gummy bears, kisses or any small treat that you like. And pop one after every milestone. That will keep you motivated and the greed of treats will keep you going. Keeping a high sugar treat will also be an instant boost to the brain.

 

Teach Yourself

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This one always works! Act like you are a teacher delivering a lesson. Think of an imaginary class in front of you and prepare the topic and deliver the lesson. You may also ask questions, give hints to your imaginary students and answer on their behalf. You may jot down the key points on board to engage your students (your own brain).

 

These are the top five hacks that have worked for us for ages. If you have any hack that works exclusively for you, feel free to share it, there is a possibility, that it could come handy for any other student as well.

What are your favorite hacks? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your creative methods @stcathys.

These Tweets Depict How We’re Feeling at This Point in the Semester

It’s a Lifestyle.

University life is more to attending lectures. The life of a student is all about juggling through assignments, lectures, career fairs clubs and societies. Life of a student may generally vary from person to person. The toppers will be mostly found in the library, the average scorers are somewhere between the library and sports areas where some of them maybe always found lazing around in the university lawns. Despite such differences, typically, students go through the same kind of mental situations and experiences. And none of them will deny it.
Here are a few tweets which rightly depict how all of the students feel at some point in a semester.

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When in stress, Netflix it away! This one here talks so honestly about the student-Netflix relationship. No wonder this ultimate love-hate relationship is inseparable.   

 

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Who would approve of constant reminders of the bad that you did in past? No one! This one is really mad at the cumulative exams for the horrific past mistakes.

 

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And you thought to fill in the university applications and handling rejections was worst? Wait, till you reach there. Such stress, much wow!

 

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Talking about study breaks, It takes so much more than getting back to desk in time. This one speaks for all of us. Doesn’t it?

 

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As much as we want to get into a university, we hate being tested. And we will go to any length to get rid of an exam. Absolutely any length! This one just did. Check for yourself.

 

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Even if you are prepared for the finals, there is always a news ready to explode your mind off at the professor’s desk. This one feels you all here.

 

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Exams are not the only stress that students endure. Budgeting is bigger. This one here shares the dilemma of being on a stressful budget.

 

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If only all the formulas could get into the mind like A-B-C and *POOF*. Congratulations you are Ph.D. in Chemistry now! If Only!

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When despite of all the failures your parents are proud AF of your existence and you play it so well.

 

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This one still dreams big and doesn’t let go of them this easy!

 

Couldn’t you just relate to all of these? This is how the student life is so similar and it can be conveniently related in one aspect or another. Do you have more fun Tweets to share or relate to? Send them in the comment section or reach to us @stcathys to add your collection of relatable tweets.

6 #LifeHacks to Ace Midterms

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You begin with a semester and as soon as you are about to get hold of the subjects an alarm starts to buzz in the background intimating about the upcoming midterms!! But didn’t we just start? Is the first question that pops! The exam tremors start creeping up and the hysteria starts to knock the leftover sense. And the brain finally tries to sink in the reality and announces, ‘My dear! There is absolutely no escape. Therefore you better start studying before your student residence becomes a scene from a horror movie!

Midterm fever may try to take you down with all its energy but hey there, we have got you covered! Here is a compilation of some extraordinary guide points to help you get through your midterm examination!

PLAN IT AHEAD

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Don’t get carried away at the thought of Syllabus Sea. It’s alright! Make a schedule and divide the subjects or included topics and plot them against the number of days left. Making a plan will actually regain your confidence that you can still do something about it. The plan needs to be followed religiously. Do NOT just make it and let it sit inside the journal. FOLLOW! Also, your schedule should be three things. Achievable, Realistic and Crisp!

STUDY SMART NOT HARD

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Be smart in a way; that before you stick down to cram up the whole syllabus, it is recommended to gather all the hand-outs and notes taken in the class. Pile these up, and start going through these first. It is very smart to go through all the past tests and assignments to give yourself a fair idea of what your teacher thinks is important from exam point of view. However, this should not be just it; you must go through the other parts as well.

GROUPING

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Must have heard, ‘Two heads are better than one’! Well, you may ask a couple of your classmates to gather in your student residence for giving your study game a raise. This will make you feel felt and you’ll have the confidence of others being in the same boat as you. Make sure the partners that you choose must have the same targets as yours; otherwise, the whole plan can be a fiasco! Grouping can also help you with the missing notes and concepts. So do not hesitate to ask for it!

SAVE THE TIME

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STOMPING ON SLEEP

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This one is strictly prohibited. A fresh brain can perform thrice as better than an insomniac or worn out brain. Try not to drag yourself through the all-nighters. Take at least three to four hours of sleep before appearing for the exam.

CHANGE PLACES

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Change of scenery can help you feel afresh and can affect your retention. Try changing places while prepping. If the grouping worked for you, you may take turns in others’ rooms as well. And if not that, use the library or a nearby coffee shop for the purpose!

 

Keep yourself all collected through the midterm mania. A stitch in time saves nine. Don’t rely on the last minute preparation. Start preparing well ahead to save yourself from distress. Also, this guide works before the eleventh hour as well. We have warned you!

What are your favorite hacks to get through the midterms? Let us know in the comment section below or tag us in your creative methods.

7 Ways to Decompress After Finals

Chill out a little.

You made it! Well, hopefully. Now that finals are officially over, it’s time to let go of that corresponding stress. That being said, after having been in that mindset for a month (and may longer cause well essays), letting go of that stress and shifting your frame of mind  isn’t always easy. Luckily, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite ways to decompress post-finals.

 

Head to the Spa

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What better place to decompress than a spa? Take advantage of the zen surroundings and therapeutic baths to calm yourself down and get ready for the all the new adventures coming your way this summer.

 

Get a Message

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Sometimes stress can literally physically take a toll on your body, making a relaxing massage an ideal way to chill out after finals. You’re sure to be feeling renewed yet relaxed; the perfect mix of feelings to begin your summer.

 

Take a Day off

You probably haven’t had a day where you focused on absolutely nothing in a while. No school, no work, no responsibilities – take a day to literally do and think of nothing. Not only will you give your brain a break from the over-drive mode it’s likely been in over the past month, but you will start your next day with a completely new outlook and fresh vibes.

 

Exercise

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Since you’ve probably been too busy to stick to your ~strict~ gym regiment, take some time out to hit up an exercise class or start a new workout routine/program. This will help you get a fresh physical start for the summer, while simultaneously giving you brain a break and releasing healthy positive endorphin to ensure you start this summer on the best note (oh and get a rockin’ bod).

 

Spend a day on the Water

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Sometimes a change of scenery is all you need to decompress. Whether it be on a paddle board, at a beach, or on a dock, heading out to the water will surely help de-stress and get some much-needed vitamin C.

 

Buy a Plant

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It’s science! Houseplants actually help you calm down, and serve as an air purifier. This two-in-one solution will help you get back into a serene mind sight for clear thinking. Need a suggestion? Try on of these plants for best results!

 

Treat Yourself

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Whether it be through chocolate, shopping, a glass of fancy wine/craft beer, or any other one of your favorite ways to pamper yourself, treat yourself to something just slightly indulgent after your hard work this scholastic year! This is not advocating over-indulging in really any activity, but there’s nothing wrong with a little self-reward after hard work.  
Take a day to pursue one of these decompressing suggestions and start your summer off with a fresh, stress-free mind!

7 Tricks to Ace Finals

‘Tis the Season

As finals season approaches yet again, we’ve decided to brainstorm our favorite studying tricks to achieve optimal results.  Trying to get some A’s? Follow these 7 tricks and you’re sure to bring that GPA right up.

 

Study with Someone

Working with a study partner is sure to help you process the information you’re trying to memorize. When you explain concepts to a partner, you’re forcing your brain to process the information instead of just regurgitating it.

 

Make Cue Cards

A great way to force yourself to think critically is by making cue cards. This way you not only get a review of the information while making the cards but also get a mini practice exam that will help you memorize your answers.

 

Eat Healthy

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Give your brain and body and extra edge by eating healthy and fueling your body with good foods.

 

Get Sleep

As helpful as cramming can be, a study republished by Huffington Post shows that students who get sleep before an exam typically perform better.

 

Set Goals

A sure way to get all of the lectures and readings needed for review in is by scheduling your time and setting study goals. This will ultimately help you avoid cramming and lead to better performance.

 

Stay Positive

Studying can easily wear you down, but by remaining positive and keeping your goals in mind, you may find that little bit of extra motivation you had previously been lacking.

 

Take Breaks

Another great way to maximize your performance is actually by taking breaks! After an hour of studying, going for a walk and clearing your mind will ultimately help you come back to your work with a clearer mind (needed for memorizing notes and working out hard problems).