Archive | November 2015

Scholastic Monday: Tips for college! (The things they didn’t tell you in high school) #12

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Hello everyone! Welcome to another scholastic Monday! So today I’m going to put my money where my mouth is. It’s after Thanksgiving break so that means that things are going to pick up and finals season will be here before you know it. I know that in my previous posts I’ve talked about how important it is to take a break and cool down before you have to work again. Today that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Instead of a long blog post I’m going to take a break.

I have a couple of things to finish up before I graduate and since I have some down time I’m going to take a break.

I suggest you all take one too!

Even if it’s five minutes of sitting quietly, playing a game, listening to music, or that funny video on Youtube.

It’s going to rev up soon and it’s best to relax then tackle everything with a clear head.

Have a great week everyone!

Paul the study ghost says: “It’s important to put your health first. Relax and tackle everything head on!”

 

Goodbye November, hello December!

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Wow can you believe that we’re at the end of the month!

It’s going to be December soon which means Christmas will also be here! I know I’m 26, but I still love Christmas and the holiday season!

Now it’s time to round up what happened in the month of November.

-I participated in NaNoWriMo though I didn’t write on the story I planned and did little projects instead.

-I posted on twitter every day for NaNo! That’s the first time that’s ever happened and it was pretty fun to do!

-I went through math this semester and I’m actually passing! I’m quite happy about this.

-I’m trying to work more on not stopping or doubting my writing anymore. I’m working on keeping this posting schedule up on both my stories and the blog too.

-I’m trying to accept that fact that I am actually graduating which is a good thing even if it means going out into the horrible job market. I hope it’s not too bad.

-Working through my seasonal depression and I’m doing a good job about it, though I know it’s because I’m trying not to worry as much.

Alright that’s all I can think about when it comes to November. Now on to my December goals!

-Keep up with the posting

-Make sure to take care of college stuff

-Clean up resume

-Look into twitter ads

-Take care of self a bit more

-Look into Patreon again

-Finish up those fics that need finishing

-Keep up monthly posting of New Home and weekly posting of Second Chances

I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with all these goals, but I will try!

I hope December goes well for you all too!

Scholastic Monday: Tips for college! (The things they didn’t tell you in high school) #11

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Hello! Welcome to Scholastic Monday! We are coming closer and closer to the end of the month which means that one thing is coming around. That thing is finals. Finals happens at the end of every semester that wraps up the classes you’re taking for that year. Finals can take the form of an essay that can be around 5-7 pages or in some cases 7-10 pages. It can be a cumulative test that will have a little something from each chapter since the start of class. It can be a painting, portfolio, essay, and anything from whatever class that will test your knowledge about what you learned at the end of the year.

As a freshman this can become a very daunting thing. It’s different than in high school when there were no finals. You had that long essay to do around senior year, but it was no longer than 4 pages at most. In college it’s a bit different because the classes you have will meet at different times, focus on different things, and one finals can take up your time more than the others.

When I took my first finals I was very lucky. I nearly came in most of my classes late, my pencil had ran out of lead, I didn’t have a Blue Book, and because I came at such a late time I almost couldn’t find a seat. I didn’t get a proper night rest so I was running on caffeine and not much food that day, so it was hard for me to concentrate. The fact that I passed that semester was luck, but it did show me what I had to do.

Finals may be daunting your first time around, but it doesn’t have to be!

Here are some tips that can help during final season.

  • Get some sleep

I know getting some sleep as a college student is not the easiest thing to do. There’s always some assignment, some reading, something that has to be done that makes you stay up to make sure that you finish it. After a while it will wear on you, until something happens. You’re so tired, you fall asleep in class or you end up messing something up since you can’t focus on that task at hand. When you have finals the best thing to do is to get some sleep. The assignment will be there tomorrow. You can always studying tomorrow, get further in that project tomorrow, but get some sleep. Even if it’s a little catnap of thirty minutes, it will help. There’s nothing worse than being in a middle of a final and you doze off missing precious time.

Go to sleep when finals time come around. It will pay off in the end.

  • Keep track of your times

One of the easiest things to do is forget what time a final meets. After going to the same classroom or lecture hall for these few months when the final is somewhere different it throws off where you have to go. You can get there really early and wait or you could there late. One time I made a mistake and read the time wrong for a final and missed it. Luckily, my professor liked me and let me take it over in her office. If it wasn’t for that I would have missed a final that was worth about 40% of my grade.

Make sure you keep track of your finals time. Put a reminder on your phone, set your alarm, and write it down in a notebook, anything you can do to make sure that you don’t miss the time. Also make sure to try and get there at least ten minutes before it starts. That way you can find a place to sit without having to make a lot of noise or having to step over someone in a lecture hall.

  • Make sure you eat something

I know it’s easy to go “I’ll eat something after I finish this” or you want to eat after you take your final try not to do that. When you’re hungry it becomes much harder to try and concentrate. If you’re like me, your stomach will growl right in the middle of a final when the room is silent, then it becomes the only thing on your mind which doesn’t help in the middle of a written final. If you have some time try to eat something. It doesn’t have to be a full course meal, but it should be something that keeps you full for a while. I’ve eaten things on the go and then had a full meal afterwards. Eating something helps you concentrate better during the final too.

  • Make sure you have your supplies ready

One of the things that your professors will let you know is the supplies you’ll need for finals. Make sure you have them. It can be very easy to think that you have everything then you check five minutes before finals and you don’t have the very thing your professor told you that you needed. Then you’re running across the campus to try and get this thing, hoping there’s no one in line so you can get out as quickly as possible, then run back to the classroom to take the test. Yes, I had to do this one semester and it wasn’t the best time. However, now I know to have these things a week in advance at least.

Make sure you know what stores sells scantrons, blue books, mechanical pencils, pens, etc., Get them and put them in your bag. It will help a lot when finals come around and you’re getting stressed from all the things you’ll have to do. Not worrying about your supplies will feel great.

I added an extra one today because it’s so easy to forget what you need for what class sometimes. Taking finals for the first time can be very nerve wracking. You could do all this, see that test in front of you, and freeze. Don’t worry though! Take a breath, remind yourself that it’s only a test, and finish it.

It will be over before you know it, then you can relax.

There’s nothing better than that.

Have a good week everyone!

Here are some links for finals survival:

6 Tips for Surviving Finals Week: A nice article that gives you some tips on how to make it through finals week.

8 study tips for Finals Week: This article gives you some tips on how to study during finals week which is something new you have to learn when you start going at first.

Finals Tips and Inspiration: A pininterest board that gives inspiration for those times you might lose it during finals week.

Paul the study ghost says: “Finals isn’t something to be afraid of. You’ll get the hang of them. You got this!”

 

Scholastic Monday: Tips for college! (The things they didn’t tell you in high school) #10

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Hello! Welcome to another Scholastic Monday! Today we’re going to talk about that one thing many college students goes through that’s not described very much. At least not in the things I’ve read and that thing is stress. I can’t begin to tell you the amount of times I’ve heard these phrases:

“You’re going to school that can’t be as hard as going to work.”

“How can you be stressed out you’re only going to school?”

“You’re not stressed out, you’re only going to school that’s not as hard as trying to raise a family.”

These are just some of the phrases I’ve heard during my time in school. I used to get really confused by them before I got angry then I sat down and thought about it. Why is school suddenly seen as not important as a job? I know some people who go to school, go to work, and take care of a child, yet the school part is always disregarded. Contrary to what some people believe going to school is not as easy as it looks, especially when it’s during a time when you’re trying to get your life on track.

When I was in high school I didn’t know how much pressure there was in college, until after my first semester. I thought I was so ready for college when I got a rude awakening. I had to change my study habits, the way I did assignments, and how I read too. Then there’s the pressure of trying to find a job during a recession, which is fun, then there’s trying to have a social life while your family keeps asking such “helpful” questions about your major. If you don’t watch it, it’s not long before that can pile up and stress you out.

I feel that this is something that should be addressed more. I don’t know where the idea that going to school means that there’s no stress when there is a lot of stress there. Some people leave because the stress becomes too much. It can cause sickness, your mind to play tricks on you, or for small situations to become bigger ones. Stress during school isn’t something that can be swept under because you’re going to school

For me whenever I heard that I would always go “Oh yeah I’m not doing anything I guess.”

Well I don’t feel that way anymore. For anyone taking one class or three, working a part time job, taking care of a family while going to school you guys are awesome. I feel that’s not said enough, you all are awesome. It’s already hard enough trying to keep up your grades when you don’t have a job. I’ve never been able to get hired while I was in school, so I could just imagine how it must be when you have other responsibilities.

Despite what anyone says going to school is an accomplishment. Doing that while taking care of other responsibilities is a big accomplishment too. I have to say tired of the statement that anyone who’s going to school doesn’t have a lot of stress to go through when you have so much stress to face daily. Between walking around the in elements, studying, and finishing assignments it’s not the easiest thing in the world.

However, I have taken some time out for myself when I feel the world closing in around me. Stress can do that to you before you know it, you’ll be really tired and skipping meals trying to finish an assignment. Sometimes you have to step back for a while even if it’s 15 minutes, a break is needed. Listen to music, drink some tea, play a game (yes Candy Crush counts), watch Netflix, a movie, something to help you calm down.

Stress may be something that happens when you go to college, but it doesn’t have to rule you.

Don’t forget there are resources on your campus if the stress becomes too bad.

Good luck this week! Continue to be awesome!

Paul the study ghost says “Stress doesn’t have to rule you. You can tell stress to take a hike!”

Here are some links to help combat stress:

A Student’s Guide to Balancing Stress: Nice article that tells you the causes of stress and how to work through it.

Managing Stress: Nice article that talks about managing stress in college.

Student Guide to Surviving Stress and Anxiety in College & Beyond : A interactive article that describes stress and the different ways to work through it.

See you next week!