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A College Student Guide to Improving Your Time Management Skills

As a college student, it is critical to develop effective time management skills for your academic and social success. Your college success is greatly affected by the effective use of time. As a college student, it is a time consuming job, therefore, it is important to develop good time management skills to help you achieve academic success, as well as help you on the road to professional success. The points in this blog post will help you effectively manage your time, improve your time management habits and practice effective time management skills.

Plan an adequate amount of time for study. At least study two to four hours daily to complete your writing assignments, create notes, prepare for quiz and more.

Create the habit of studying daily and try to revise the lecture at the same day of class. This will help you memorize the concepts in the long run.

It is advisable to get a weekly planner and note all due dates for research paper writing assignments, tests and quiz dates. Weekly reminders will help you complete your particular assignment before the actual deadline. In short, you will stay on top of your college assignments by weekly reminders.

Whenever you get free time in college, copy your notes and review the course material. Study for at least 20 to 25 minute intervals as research shows that studying in shorter intervals and then taking a small break to refresh your mind is more beneficial than studying constantly for long hours. Therefore, it is better to review the material in smaller intervals of time.

Be flexible and have some unscheduled time for things that you actually want to do. Participate in extracurricular activities. Hang out with friends and plan some fun activities with them. Keeping a balance of both academic and social life is essential to become a well-rounded individual and achieve success in both professional and academic life.

Sharpening Your College Writing Skills

Students should practice their writing skills in order to create an effective, grammatically correct and well-planned research piece. Creating an outline before you start writing will definitely help you ensure your ideas are easily understood and logical. For college students, it is important to develop writing skills so as to effectively communicate the complex ideas.

Sharpening your writing skills is extremely important for every college student. Many new college students continue to make syntax and spelling errors that are simply not acceptable at higher education level. Below mentioned are a few important skills that must be developed for quality writing:

Clarity

The key to write effectively is conciseness, clarity, proper sentence structure and grammar. Students are advised to practice writing skills in high school in order to get academic success.

Grammar

One of the most important technical skills is grammar that is critically essential to come up with a well-written piece. Learning proper grammar is a matter of reiteration and understanding. The easiest way to employ proper grammar is to keep your sentences concise and explicative. Keep in mind to use the same verb tense throughout the paper and avoid any ambiguity.

Conciseness

Conciseness and clarity are other important elements of quality writing. Unlike grammar, there are no clear guidelines govern their execution. Conciseness and clarity both complement each other. Therefore, prior to start writing, it is important to consider the arguments that strongly support the topic. Being concise is a key to an effective paper. One of the most effective techniques to make your writing clear is dividing your writing into well-constructed paragraphs. Every paragraph must explain a well-defined, clear idea.

Strong Reasoning

The significance of strong reasoning in effective writing can never be denied. Strong reasoning means an argument that is clear, persuasive and convinces the readers. Creating an outline before start writing is the best formula to ensure your final draft is well reasoned. An outline is a crucial tool of effective writing that includes a sum up of ideas. It prepares readers that you are going to explain the topic in detail and clearly states the thesis statement and a few supporting arguments. It must be clear enough that it supports greatly reinforces the main theme of the paper.

Mastering these important skills will certainly help you produce a clear, grammatically correct and persuasive paper, essential for success in the real world after you graduate high school.

Making Research Paper Editing Fun and Easy

Editing a research paper is an important step in the writing process, ensuring that your thoughts get across clearly to the readers. It might seem obscure to encourage yourself to edit your own paper. It might also feel weird to help edit your fellow’s work if you weren’t involved in writing process. There are some easy ways to make your paper editing fun and easy.

Start editing your paper at least an hour or two after you complete the paper. Editing your paper without refreshing your mind can lead to more frustration and less concentration.

Print out your research paper so you can edit the paper easily. It gives you the freedom to read the paper anywhere, away from a computer screen. Sit in a comfortable place to check the paper carefully. Create a calm environment to produce a better outcome.

You can use highlighters to make corrections. Read your paper aloud; this will help you point out mistakes you might ignore by going over the words in your mind. Plus, it seems more enjoyable to add value to the paper.

Highlight the sentences in the paper that you are specifically proud of and find out what you want to keep. Don’t just consider the negative points.

Allow your friend or family member to edit your paper and make any improvements. This will help you improve the quality of the paper by preventing plagiarism.

Read the paper aloud, read it sentence by sentence to check the flow of the paper, paragraph transition and any grammatical mistakes.

Stay relaxed and comfortable while editing your paper. You can take breaks if you feel too much pressure.

Following these easy and simple tips will help you make the research paper editing fun an easy task, while enabling you to come up with a perfect piece of writing.

Dissertation Writing Block

Nothing seems worse than having your cursor flashing on the screen, and you are blank as you do not have a clue on how to start writing for your essay or dissertation.! For students who are in school or college would know what I am talking about; when in school you are given an essay or assignment to write, the difficult part is how you will get started and get into the flow of writing.

Having a writer’s block is more serious than having a bad day. The ability of you writing goes out of the window, where you are staring blank at the screen. Writer’s block is caused because of the lack of motivation and you not been able to produce an academic piece as you usually do.

Procrastination is a common problem that is seen amongst writers and students. Writers usually face writer’s block and this results you feeling helpless and angry with yourself for not being able to write. Do not give up, and these feelings will make things worse.

Things get worse for students, when your instructor tells you to write a dissertation. Higher levels of frustrations amongst students are seen when they are writing your final dissertation:

  • Read something

If you face a writer’s block while writing your dissertation, try reading up on something related to your topic. If that does not help, then start reading something that is not related to your dissertation. This will help you to think fresh.

  • Look at the  bigger picture

Look at how much you are left with when writing a dissertation. Do not look at the part where you are stuck; leave that part for a while and move on to another chapter.

  • Take a break

If you have had enough of writing, then take a break. Go out with friends, or do something that pleases you.

  • Research

Do some more research on the area of the topic that you are stuck, gather different sources and read up so you can write better.

  • Take out your frustration

As weird as it may sound, take out all your frustrations on paper, and write what you are feeling. It has worked for many people and has “cured” the dissertation block.

Starting a Blog – Some Easy Tips

Blogs are an excellent means to share information and express your ideas. Many students find online blogs to be an excellence medium to express their points of view or to socialize with people who share the same interests. The following are some tips that will help you write a blog.

Identify your topic: Before you begin your blog, it is important that you specify the main topic for your blog. Are you really passionate about a topic, do you want to start your own business or do you just want to start your blog for fun? No matter what the reason, you should be very clear about it. A good tip would be to think what you would like to gain from the blog in a year’s time.

Understand your target market: The theme you choose for your blog should be according to what your target audience likes. You can also ask for feedback from your readers to find out about their likes and dislikes. The more user-friendly your blog is, the more hit it gets.

Be Consistent: Consider your blog as a brand that conveys a specific message to its audience. Once you build your brand image, you need to be consistent in it so as to attract relevant target audience.

Update content regularly: It is important that you regularly update new content. The performance for any blog is measured against its published material. Give your audience something new to read every time they log in.

Invite feedback and discussions: For a blog to be successful, it is important that you ask the audience to give their feedback and suggestions. The more two-way communication you have, the livelier your blog is.

Tips to Manage Stressful Situations

It might come to you as a surprise that the inception of biological stress is a recent discovery. It was in the late 1950’s, that Hans Seyele, an endocrinologist identified and documented how and why stress is caused. However, stress isn’t something that cannot be worked around. Dealing with the problem in an optimistic way, usually helps in relieving stress. To overcome stress has become easy, if you follow the ten simple steps, I hope

  • Organize your Life

If you feel if your life is out of place, start putting your “scattered” life in to place. Organizing your life offers a sense of peace to your mind. Get to the root of the problem, tackle each problem step by step and get rid of the problem. Remember; always have a very positive approach while you are dealing with your problems.

  • Massage

Everybody loves a massage right?! But did you know that a message is usually a stress reliver. It benefits you in many ways such as improving your health and giving you the ability to tackle your problems in a calm way!

  • Mediation

If you are stressed, meditation is the key! Mediating for 15-50 minutes every day will make you a calm person, giving you peace of mind. Just give yourself some silent time to let your thought run free where you can think of ways on how to deal with your problems!

  • Listen to Music

If the situation for you has become over whelming, take a break and give some time to yourself. Listen to music of your choice, and once you have calm down, think how you can deal with the situation that you are faced with.

  • Call a friend

If you need a break, and you feel that your point is not getting across to any one, or you do not know how to deal with your problem It is always a good idea to speak to a friend who can give you some good advice, or talk to someone who can be an “ outlet” for you. A reassuring voice can put everything in perspective

  • Talk yourself Through it

Sometimes talking to yourself might also help you get to the root of the problem. Don’t worry about seeming crazy, if you are talking to yourself- just ask yourself why you are feeling stressed and frustrated?   Make yourself believe the fact that everything will turn out Okay!

  • Laugh it off

Laughing is one of the best therapies that can help you release stress. Laughter releases endorphins that improves the mood and decrease the levels of the stress-causing hormones

  • Sleep Better

It is a stated fact that when you are stressed, it causes “deprived sleep”. Lack of sleep is the key to stress. The level of stress increases, if you do not catch up on your sleep! Sleep & then think how you can deal with the problem.