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Dealing with Stress

In Uncategorized on July 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Have you ever had one of those day you feel like you could just have pulled all or hair out! Frustrated feeling as if nothing seems to be going right or that everyone and everything has been put on earth to drive you nuts! Well I have a few tips to take a time out, and distress mentally and physically.

First, go some place quite away from as many distractions as possible. If you are at home with the kids try to go in your room and close the door, this should take about five minutes, so if you have little ones make sure they are safe before you close the door free from any hazards they can find. If you are at work see if you can get away to your car or to the bathroom. Next if you have things you need to do what I call a mental dumb. This entails of writing everything that is on your mind down so you can clear your mind. Additionally, once you start if any other thing comes to mind go ahead and write it down and then continue. Once you are in a quiet place and have done a brain dump, you can try a breathing technique in which you close your eyes and breathe long deep breaths. Visualize as you are inhaling that it is white, good clean air. Furthermore, as you exhale imagine that is all the stress and tension and that is dark and black. As you continue to do this visualize that the dark turning gray until it eventually turns white because all the tension has left.

If this doesn’t work you can also try rolling your shoulders. When people are stressed the muscles in your neck and shoulders tend to tighten. This is also why some people get tension headaches when they or stressed out frequently or over a long period of time. Another option which can be a bit costly is acupuncture or massage Therapy. Some people have also found that exercise can help reduce stress; even people who do a light walk have seen a reduction in stress.

Although, on days when we are stressed beyond belief and it seems that hiding in a hole would be the only way to survive, I recommend trying out some of these tips first. Then maybe a vacation later.

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Surviving College Exams

In School life on October 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Test

Do you hate to take tests/exams? Do you feel like you are not the “test taking type”? If you answered yes to either of these questions I have some help for you.

Tip #1 Check Your Study Guide Questions Online

In today’s fast past economy most professors are not only teaching but they are also working fulltime jobs. Many times when they give you study guides the questions come straight from the test bank that they draw their questions for the test from. Not to mention, that they may even give you the test/exam question. Sometimes with a little luck the answer key is online or at least the page numbers to each answer. Some keywords to use when searching on like are “test bank”, “Answer Key”, or event the titles to the sections on power points and/or in the textbook.

Tip #2 Check Out the Textbook’s Website

 Although, most professors don’t use the textbook’s website it is a tremendous study tool. Unfortunately sometimes you have to pay for this supplementary website but for the most time they are free with sign-up. Usually, on these websites you can find videos, links to articles covering current topics, practice tests, and possibly chapter summaries. You can typically find these websites at the introduction of the text or even on the title page.

Tip #3 Take Notes

Typically in lectures professors tell you that something is “important” or even “This will be on the test/exam”. These are key phrases. If you don’t like taking notes at least write down these areas or highlight the section in the textbook. Be careful when using shorthand or writing every single word down because you can miss another “important” topic. One way to help overwriting if they say the definition will be on the test write the word and just put “def.” then you can lookup  the definition later, which is great review.

Tip #3 Do a Brain-dump

Typically, most students stress about taking the tests/exams, most of us start stressing the moment we sit down in class. This stress leads most of up to forget what we had studied so hard for in the first place. In this case, ask your professor if you can use a blank piece of paper when taking your test. Then once the test/exam starts you can take the first couple of minutes and write anything you think you might forget or that you feel is important. (Beware the longer you do this the less time you have on the test)

Tip #4  Eliminate the Wrong Answers

When taking multiple choice test/exam there are typically at least two obviously wrong answers. Go a head and rule them out even if you think you know the answer. Sometimes, you can look for key words in the question that are the defining characteristics to the right answer.  For example, they may ask a question about a “personality trait” and one might be a trait but not related to personality.

Tip #5  Look for Small Details

Okay so it sounds like that was tip number four. However this is more for textual clues. So we all know sometime student just don’t have time to study. This tip will come especially useful for these students. Look for different text sizes and/or fonts. Sometimes professors change the right answer that they feel is more or less challenging than what  the test bank offered. However, the fail to notice the slight difference between fonts and size. Also, look for punctuation and capitalization differences. For instance,  if the answer is in the middle “do_____ round” then the answer is not going to begin with capital, unless a proper noun. Furthermore, sometimes the answer is a the end of the question in this case there will probably be some type of punctuation at the end of the answer if there isn’t then it probably isn’t the answer.  Not to mention, lookout for names and gender clues  if the question is asking about a male then the answer usually won’t be something with a female name.

All in all, these tips typically works for most college exams/tests.  However, one of the best ways to survive college tests/exams is to read and attend classes. After all, you are paying for this class and you may need to know the information for your career. 

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