Why You Should Talk to Yourself After Studying

The next time you finish studying, Id like for you to give yourself a 5 minute lecture on what you just read. Yeah, I know it sounds crazy, but just give it a try. You see, one way to help new ideas cement in your mind is to recite them back to … [Read more]

How to Improve Your Reading Comprehension

If youd like to improve your reading comprehension, try the SQ3R method. This is an acronym that means: Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review. Heres how it works: Survey Your Text Prior to reading, take a few moments to scan through your … [Read more]

SAT Test Preparation Tips

As you know, one of the best ways to prepare for the SAT is to take practice tests and quizzes. Thats why we recommend checking out SAT preparation books at your local library. These books are usually loaded with various quizzes and tests so you … [Read more]

When Do You Study Best?

My best time to study is early in the morning. I usually get up at 5 a.m. and start studying - and drinking coffee - by 6 a.m. I can study straight until 3 or 4 p.m. - with brief breaks for stretching and snacks. I then have the rest of the … [Read more]

Beware of These Tricky Words on Essay Exams

Ive taken tons of essay exams as an undergraduate and graduate student. And one of the keys to answering the essay question successfully is to fully understand the question. I know that sounds obvious, but youd be surprised how many students skim … [Read more]

Math Test Strategies

Here are some tips to help you on your next math exam: 1. Estimate first. Before you start, try to estimate what you think the answer might be. Even a rough estimate will help you double-check yourself after you arrive at your answer. 2. … [Read more]

8 Mathematic Tattoos You Need to See

Ive been really enjoying Carl Zimmers Science Tattoo Emporium a blog dedicated to showing science-based tattoo art. So here are some of my favorites posted on his site along with some others that Ive found: 1. Quadratic Formula 2. Elliptic … [Read more]

The Cure for Writers Block -10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Brain

As an English Lit. major in college, I had to write dozens of essays a quarter. And, unfortunately, I got hit with writers block on a regular basis. I tried to combat it by spending more time researching in the library, but that just made my … [Read more]

Where Do You Nap on Campus?

Ive been a sleep-deprived college student for over 7 years, and Ive had to take my share of naps on campus. As an undergrad, Ive napped all over the Charles E. Young Research Library. I usually tried to find a spot far from the air conditioning … [Read more]

How to Choose a College Major

Your college major is just one part of your college education. Youll probably devote only a third of your total course work on your major. And most of your time will be spent on general requirement courses and electives. That said - your college … [Read more]