Finals, unfortunately, are a time full of stress. During this hectic time, there are certain habits you should keep some you need to kick immediately. Here’s a list of some dos and don’ts for finals time.
Do: Study. This should be a given, but now is not the time to be lazy. If anything, you should be studying more than you have all semester. The only time it’s safe to say not to study would be if you know you’re guaranteed a grade in the class.
Don’t: Lie in bed and watch Netflix all day. This should be another given, but it’s easy to be tempted. Create a reward system for yourself. Maybe for every hour of studying, treat yourself to one episode. Now is not the time to have a Friday Night Lights marathon
Do: Exercise. Working out is a great stress reliever. Give yourself a half hour each day to take your mind off school. It’ll also help counter the junk food you’re bound to eat while studying.
Don’t: Give up (too much) sleep. I know firsthand that it’s easy to cut hours of sleep in exchange for a few more hours of cramming. But a lack of sleep is not healthy, and you can actually perform worse if you’re over-tired. If there’s no way around an all-nighter, make a schedule where you have a nap every couple hours. You’ll thank yourself later.
Do: Work with a partner or study group. The saying “two heads are better than one” is so true for this time of year. Get together with classmates and quiz each other on test material. Working with a partner often helps you retain information better and create fun ways to remember difficult concepts.
Don’t: Expect your classmates to do all the work. Nothing is more annoying than getting a text the night before an exam from that one kid who never came to class and now wants you to send him all of your notes from the ENTIRE semester. Do not, I repeat, do not be this student. If you chose to forgo class in exchange for an extra hour of sleep every morning, rent the textbook (short term rentals are great in this situation) or look on Quizlet for previous students’ flashcards.
What are some of your recommendations for what to do or not to do during finals week?
Why do we go to college? To get a degree and get a job in a specialized field, right? It sounds like a no-brainer, but sometimes the purpose of college tends to be forgotten with all of the friendships students make and events they participate in. College is a social institution where as soon as you get your degree, you are out in the real world. It might seem daunting, but there are ways you can prepare yourself while you are still getting your education.
Take advantage of your school’s career services office and its members. They are there to help you! They can assist with resumes, cover letters and everything you need to get a job once you get your diploma. You don’t have to wait until you are a senior or close to graduating. Work on building your resume and cover letters from the start, and you will be a master by the time you are ready for your first post-college job.
Take advantage of every career fair, even if it is not at your campus. College faculty want you to get a job as soon as you get out. They want you to feel confident in your degree and put it to good use. A lot of universities will hold frequently host job fairs on campus. If yours doesn’t, check out another campus nearby that does! This is a good chance to get your name out there and network. Networking is the key to getting a great position after graduation.
Experience and resume builders are everything. Join societies and clubs dedicated to your field of interest. Seek out internships no matter what education level you are at. The more experience, the better. It stands out to employers that you are dedicated to your field, and are willing to work to make yourself stand out as a prospective employee.
Have any other tips for students anxious about joining the workforce after college? Let us know in the comment section below!
It’s true, some college classes are just extremely BORING. You could be a writing major in a biology class, or vice versa. You find it hard to pay attention, even more so if it is an afternoon class. You look out the window, think about what you’ll have for dinner, or start to daydream about the guy you met Friday night. While you’re distracted, however, you could be missing important information that will make or break your grade! Use these three simple suggestions to get the most out of your class time:
Take a small snack and a drink with you to class. Unless your instructor tells you otherwise or you’re in a computer lab and those are the rules, you’re allowed to bring a small snack and a drink with you to class. Have a favorite cereal bar? Pack it in your bag. Also, invest in a thermos or a cup that can keep your liquids cold, like a Tervis. This allows you to keep your mind focused instead of letting thirst and hunger distract you.
Sit in the front. You’ve heard it a million times, but it is totally true. Studies have shown that people who sit in the front and middle rows of a classroom learn the most because they are more likely to stay focused. Sitting in the back causes too many distractions, and if you are in a big classroom, there is a chance you could sleep or end up people watching. Cut out this extra distraction and aim for the front of the class.
Get plenty of sleep. That means avoiding stimulants like caffeine and nicotine late in the day. Also, limit your intake of electronic consumption, meaning limit your television, internet, or gaming time. Shut everything down, including your body, and get a good night’s rest.
Have any other suggestions for fellow victims of the dreadful boring college classes? Let us know in the comment section below!
It’s that time of the year again- Registration! Time to stress, fret and sweat as you watch the classes you need fill up before it’s your turn to schedule. They say the more credits you have, the better your registration will go, but I’m not so sure I believe that. Now, I can’t guarantee a smooth registration process for you, but here are some of my recommendations for having the best possible registration experience.
Meet with your academic advisor Meeting with your academic advisor once a semester can help eliminate a lot of problems. They can help ensure you’re on track for graduation and not missing any requirements. Plus, they might be able to give you some hints as to what classes are like and their recommendations.
Have a plan. Don’t arrive at your registration time without having some sort of plan. Know what classes you need to take (hence meeting with your academic advisor). Having a few different plans never hurts because you never know what classes will fill up before you get to them.
Don’t aim for certain class times or days. As much as I hate waking up early to walk across campus for class, sometimes you just have to do it. While I love avoiding early classes if possible, I know I need to be realistic. If staying on track to graduate means having an 8 a.m. class or having Friday classes, it’s worth it to me. I don’t want to have to pay for another semester of school because I refused to take classes at times I didn’t like.
Finally, don’t miss your registration time! Write it down. Hang it places you know you’ll see it. With everything else going on, the time you register may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s something you do not want to miss. Your best chance at getting into the classes you need is if you register the moment you are eligible.
What suggestions do you have for a smoother registration process?
If you’re anything like the typical college student, you LOVE Halloween! There is nothing better than dressing up and celebrating with friends. But Halloween is more than just costumes and pumpkin carving. This is the best time of year to let yourself get caught up in a spooky, suspense filled novel that will get you in the Halloween spirit. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween reads that you can find right here on Knetbooks.com.
1. Hidden Order by Brad Thor: Well known author Brad Thor knew what he was doing when he wrote this thriller. This book is great for those who love action and suspense.
2. The Whispers by John Connolly: A thriller from the Charlie Parker series, this text will have readers on the edge of their seat reading about underground smuggling operations, drugs and powerful ancient evil.
3. Extinction by Mark Alpert: Soldier-turned-scientist Jim Pierce must find his daughter who has gone MIA because she was able to crack a serious military secret and is being hunted by a Chinese assassin.
4. Black List by Brad Thor: The black list is a guarded list only seen by the president and his secret team of advisers. When your name is on it, you don’t come off until you’re dead. Scot Horvath, counterterrorism operative, must find out who has added his name to the list and have it removed before he gets killed.
5. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn: This is one you have to read for yourself. This intense thriller details the adventure of CIA hit man Mitch Rapp who is being targeted for taking out some of the most dangers criminals in France.
7. Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo: What appears to be a tragic car accident turns into a potentially much more sinister, targeted hit of an Amish deacon and his three children.
8. Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave: This thriller is not your everyday “flawed hero” story. Full of mystery and surprises, Cemetery Lake will keep you guessing the whole time you’re reading.
9. A Simple Act of Violence by R.J. Ellory: Ellory’s best serial killer novel will keep readers enthralled in the mystery of several Washington D.C. murders.
10. Safe House by Chris Ewan: This thriller shows that even the closest knit communities can hide dangerous secrets.
11. Blood Game by David Lyons: Federal Judge Jock Boucher has two men’s deaths on his hands and has found himself in mortal danger. This suspense filled thriller will not disappoint.
12. The Killing Hour by Paul Cleve: Once you pick up this suspenseful thriller you won’t be able to put it down. Filled with murder, romance and mystery, this novel is one of our favorites.
13. The Survivors Club by Lisa Garden: Three women who were able to overcome being victims by helping to catch the man who changed their live forever, are now suspects in his vicious murder. This suspense filled book will keep you guessing the whole time you read it.
The scariest read of all? Your college textbooks! Take the terror out of ordering books when you find great deals and rent your books from Knetbooks.com I hope this list helped you to find the perfect read to fit your frightful fancy. Have any other suggestions of thrilling, suspense filled Halloween reads you think others might like?
One of the biggest learning opportunities college has provided me hasn’t been in the classroom; it’s been in my home away from home. Learning how to live peacefully under the same roof with different people has been a huge challenge. Differences also arise in the way people are raised and problems occur when there are clashing personalities. But there really is something to be learned from all of it!
I’ve had my fair share of roommate issues. At first I thought, “Maybe something is wrong with me”, but I’ve come to find that everyone encounters problems with their roommates, whether they’re friends or not. A big issue in my apartment this year is different standards of cleanliness. We’ve also had problems when it comes to guests and partying.
I won’t get into any specifics, but my advice for everyone is this: sit down at the beginning of the year and establish rules with your roommates. Whether you live with one other person in a dorm, or three other people in an apartment, establishing a common ground is an easy way to express your expectations and meet your roommate(s) somewhere in the middle.
Maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “But my roommate and I get along great!” That’s fantastic! Embrace the fact that you two can get along so well.
My takeaway lesson from three years now of what I call “crazy roommates” is this: everyone is different. Once you can understand and respect that, you’ll have a much easier time living with someone who isn’t necessarily your best friend. It’s also a lot like the real world- not everyone is like you, but you have to accept how they are. You may have to work with someone that you could care less about, but you need to be able to be civil and mature about it.
Have any good roommate tips you’d like to share? Let us know below!
If you watch any television show or movie about college, they always portray it the same way: students go away to school and do nothing but party and drink all day and all night. Although there will be college parties, you don’t have to go to them just to be apart of the college social scene. Here are some tips for keeping yourself busy away from all the partying:
Join or create a club.
Every college campus has several student organizations you can join, or if there aren’t any you like, create one! You’ll be surprised by how much you have in common with people. If you build it, they will come, and the same goes for joining an organization. It looks good on resumes and it keeps you busy. It’s a win-win!
Create a study group.
Here’s a secret: you don’t just have to study with your “study group”! Invite your group over for a movie night, or go out to a restaurant and bond. Going to college is a chance to form lasting friendships with new people. Experience it!
Who says you even have to go out? Stay in and read a book you’ve been meaning to read, or catch up on the latest episodes of your favorite shows. Everyone needs some down time every once in a while. This is the perfect excuse!
Attend campus events.
Although it may seem like everyone but you is going to college parties, this really isn’t the case! You would be surprised how many people like to have fun the good ole fashioned way. Almost every campus has sober events throughout the week you can go to and meet people. Don’t be afraid to go to on campus concerts, free movies or game nights in order to find a social scene with your same interests.
Do these tips help you? Have any others for us? Let us know in the comments below!
For our whole lives, our parents have been telling us to eat healthy and to not do things that are bad for our health. However, when you go away to college, you call the shots. You get to do what you want, when you want, and no one can tell you not to (other than your common sense, of course). Although finally being in charge of your own life is exciting, you can’t forget to take care of yourself so that you can stay at your prime. Here are some helpful tips to keep you healthy this year:
If you’re contagious, don’t go. This doesn’t mean if you have a headache or a hangnail you should skip class. However, if you’re running a fever or running to the bathroom a lot, stay home. Your professors will appreciate it. As a side note, always get a doctor’s note. Many professors will deduct points for absences if you don’t have a written excuse. Read this guide for more tips on college sick days.
Does your school have a gym? Utilize it. Many universities have their own gym and swimming facilities that are open for student use and are often included in tuition. Even if you’re a commuter student, you can still use the facilities any time you like. Staying active through exercise prevents illness. And it sure beats paying for a doctor’s visit!
Get a good night’s rest. Some people can function on five or fewer hours of sleep, but that doesn’t make it healthy. Make sure you get at least six hours of sleep each night to keep your immune system at its best (and to keep you at your best throughout the day). Going to class and doing homework doesn’t seem so terrible when you’re not sleep deprived!
Got any other tips for us? Let us know in the comment section below!
You force yourself out of bed, your toes reluctantly coming awake as you prepare to get up and embark on another long journey through campus – from Starbucks, to class, and then on to the gym. Sound familiar? The daily routine of a college student can be exhausting. Whether you’re an undergraduate or have already embarked on a pre-professional path, good health is essential to your peace of mind. However, many put their physical well-being and their workout routine on the back burner for school success due to a simple lack of time. In fact, this is the most common excuse you will receive from someone who has begun slacking on his or her workout routine.
Although it can be difficult, you can’t make excuses! To be successful you need to first be healthy. Simple at-home workout routines can be interesting and efficient. Many individuals think that expensive equipment or a costly gym membership is necessary to get a perfect bod and stay healthy. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The “no time” excuse is also easily disputed. An effective workout routine does not depend on how long it is – but rather, on its intensity and execution. A 20-minute at-home workout that engages your whole body and challenges you will burn just as many calories as an hour spent on a treadmill staring at the hot guy standing in front of you. Just remember, how are you supposed to go to class and be successful in school if you’re sick all the time? Regular exercise improves the function of your immune system and will help you stay at your best so you can always do your best.
If you’re looking for a time-saving alternative or simply hate going to the gym at busy “rush” times, consider constructing an effective at home workout plan that will get you sweating and keep you healthy. Sometimes you really do benefit from staying home!