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Flash cards can help you memorize information quickly and more efficiently.

As long as you carry them with you, you can study whenever you have a free moment. You’d be surprised how many times during a day you can break them out and start studying.

And flash cards can be used to narrow down the subjects and terms you’re having the toughest time learning. As you practice, you can start creating two stacks of cards: the stack of cards you know well, and the cards you still need to study.

Flash cards not only help you learn quicker, but it builds your confidence with the material you’re learning.

Here are 5 great websites that you can use to create, share, and find free flash cards:

Flash Card Wiki
Create and share your web-based flash cards

Pauker Open Source Flash Cards
Create and import your flash cards

Pro Profs Flash Cards
Tons of free flash cards ready to download

Flash Card Machine
Interactive web application for you to create and share your flash cards

Flash Card Exchange
Print and share your flash cards

Even though everyone has access to grammar and spelling check features on Microsoft Word, students still make the same spelling and grammar mistakes.

Sometimes the errors are just careless, but sometimes it’s simply because the grammar rule has been forgotten. So here are some common mistakes that you can learn to avoid:

Plural vs. Possessive
Whenever you want to make a noun plural, you can usually just add an “s.” There’s no need to add an apostrophe unless you want to make the word possessive. For example:

  • The rappers (plural)
  • The rapper’s delight (possessive)

This seems like an easy rule to follow, but you’d be surprised how often students mistakenly add an apostrophe where it doesn’t belong.

It’s vs. Its
Another common apostrophe mistake can be avoided by knowing the difference between its and it’s. Just remember that “it’s” is a contraction of “it is” or “it has.” And “its” is the possessive form of “it.”

  • It’s a great hip hop album.
  • The turntable is in its case.

A quick way to know which word to use, simply ask yourself if the sentence will work with “it is” or “it has.” If it works, then use the contraction form “It’s.”

To/Too
It’s easy to forget if you should use “to” or “too.” One way to remember the difference is that “too” refers to “also” or “too much.” For example:

  • I love that song too.
  • That song has been played too many times.

If you’re simply using the word to introduce a destination or a receiver of action, then use “to.” For example:

  • I went to the hip hop show .
  • I want to see the DJ scratch.

There, Their, and They’re
This is one of the rules that we learned back in elementary school, but very easy to forget. If you’re trying to talk about a place: use there. If you are talking about a group of people in a possessive form, use “their.” And when you are trying to say “they are,” use the contraction “they’re.” For example:

  • I went over there. (Place)
  • I love their new album. (Possessive)
  • They’re some good musicians. (They are)

You’re/Your
If you don’t know what word to use, ask yourself if the sentence will work with “you are.” If so, then use “you’re,” which is the contraction of “you are.” If you’re trying to convey the possessive form, use “your.” For example:

  • You’re a good DJ.
  • Your mix tape sounds nice.

Once you know how to use these words properly, it’s very important to double check your papers before turning them in. By simply scanning your paper for these words, you can check to make sure the word is used properly.

Everyone wants to succeed in college, but it gets tough when you have three or four different classes demanding your attention.

To help you study smarter, here are 7 hacks to help you succeed:

Talk with your Teacher during Office Hours
Most students never visit their teachers during office hours. Office hours are a great time to get clarification on concepts taught in class, and also a great way to get advice on studying for tests or writing essays.

Most teachers love when students visit them because it means you’re interested in learning and getting your assignments right. Don’t be like other students—meet with your teachers on a regular basis. If you can’t meet with them during office hours, try talking with them during class breaks or right before or after class.

succeed in college Get Approval on Your Essay Thesis and Outline Before Writing
Okay, we all love to procrastinate, but when it comes to writing great essays, you need to start early. Write your essay thesis and outline as soon as possible. Then meet with your teacher in office hours, or via email, and have your outline reviewed.

Your teacher will probably give you some great advice on how to improve or shape your paper. Once you’re essay is finished, get it proofread by several other students. And if you finish really early, ask if your teacher will review your essay before submission.

Get a Study Partner from Class
It’s not always practical to study with another student in your class, but try to do this at least once—especially before a final exam. Study partners can be extremely helpful because they can help clarify subjects taught in class. They might have also written down some notes you might have missed. They also can be great proofreaders for your class essays.

Use Flash Cards
If you’re class requires memorization of key terms or concepts, make flash cards. Flash cards can help you learn concepts quicker because you can study the cards wherever you are. All you need is a big pack of flash cards and a rubber band. Just remember to just have one main point or concept on each card. Don’t make the mistake of putting too much info on a card.

Highlight Your Books
You know those big, yellow highlighters that you used to color with as a kid. Get one and use it to highlight important concepts in your book. Highlighting important parts of your textbooks will help you quickly review your textbook later.

Write in Your Textbook
One of the best ways to learn is by getting involved in your study material. You can get involved by writing notes in you textbooks. Circle important words. Underline vital concepts. Write down questions in the margin. Summarize key concepts and write them down on the page. The more you write, the more you’ll probably learn.

Get the Contact Info of Students in Class
Get the contact information from at least two other students in class. You never know when you’ll miss a class, and it’s nice to have someone to call to find out what happened. This is a must for any student.

Succeeding in college takes work, but if you study smart and meet with your teachers on a regular basis, you’ll have a much easier time earning your degree.

goals 2007New Year’s Day is typically a time for setting new goals and resolutions. So here are some tips to help you accomplish the goals you’re setting for yourself:

Set Achievable Goals
To avoid disappointment, create achievable goals. If you set your goals too high, you might fail. So spend some time thinking about a realistic goal, and get ready to tackle it.

Write Your Goals Down
It’s important to write down any goal you’re setting for yourself. Writing down the goal will help you mentally prepare yourself. It’s also a good idea to write down any small goals that will help you accomplish your larger goals. And review the goals you’ve written for yourself on a regular basis.

Don’t Give Up
If you break one of your resolutions, don’t worry. Most people break their resolutions by mid-year. The key to achieving your goals is to realize that you might make a mistake, but to press on afterward. It’s all about your attitude and how you respond to mistakes.

Share Your Goals
It’s sometimes helpful to share your personal goals with a close friend or loved one. Sharing your goals can help you get support and encouragement. This is also a great way to get others involved in helping you become successful.

Be Positive
Make sure to write positive goals for yourself. Instead of writing a negative goal like “don’t eat soda or candy anymore,” you should write “eat healthy foods.” Writing positive goals will help you stay more positive. And staying positive is important when changing habits.

We hope some of these tips help you when creating new goals for yourself. We wish you a wonderful 2007!

improve study timeIt’s difficult to juggle a job, family life, and school. That’s why it’s extremely important to maximize your study time.

Here are 7 keys to help you improve your study time and avoid distractions:

1. Choose Your Best Study Time
Most people study when they can find time, but it might not be the best study time. Do you study better in the morning, afternoon, or evening? Whenever possible, study when you feel you’re at your best. Time studying during those periods will maximize your study time. And it’s a lot better than studying when you’re overly tired.

2. Choose the Best Location
Most people study at home because it’s the most convenient, but it’s also the place with the most distractions. If possible, find a location you think you can study best in. If you study better with background noise, consider studying in a local coffee shop or bookstore. And if you need total silence, consider a city library or college library.

3. Use Note Cards
Note cards allow you to study whenever you have a free moment. Leave the note cards in your pocket or purse and pull them out whenever you have a free moment. You’ll be amazed how much studying you can get done just by referring to note cards throughout the day.

4. Don’t Procrastinate
Most students procrastinate on huge projects or tests because it seems like it will take a long time to finish.

To avoid procrastination, don’t think of your assignment as something monstrous; instead break the project up into small, manageable projects. For example, if you have to write a 10 page paper; spend one day doing research; spend another day writing an outline for the paper; spend two days writing the paper; spend another day editing and revising; etc. If you break up the project into manageable tasks, you should hopefully put an end to procrastination.

5. Reward Yourself
Another key to studying well is to think positively about your study time. Plan on rewarding yourself after spending time studying.

6. Study Groups
Time spent in a study group can really help make studying more enjoyable and more effective. It might not always be practical to meet with a study group, but even a brief meeting with other students can help you focus on key areas to study. They can also clue you in on something you might have missed in class.

7. Take Breaks
Take breaks regularly to relax your mind. It’s refreshing to take a break, and it gives your whole body time to rejuvenate. It’s recommended that you spend your break walking around and stretching a little bit. You’ll feel better, and it will probably make your mind more focused when you return.

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career training testMany students feel anxious during test, so what can you do to decrease your stress?

Here are 5 simple methods to clear your mind and help you relax during a test:

Arrive to Class Early
The worst thing you can do is arrive late for a test. Not only do you lose valuable time, but you’ll probably be more stressed out. Make sure you arrive to class extra early so that you can sit down and relax. Don’t start cramming test notes or talking to other students, just close your eyes and take a mental vacation.

Take a Deep Breath
After the instructor passes out the test, just let the test sit on your desk for a moment. Close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths. Everyone else will be frantically working on the test, but you should take a brief break to relax your mind before the exam. You have plenty of time, and you want your mind to be fully relaxed when you look at the exam.

Scan the Test
After a brief moment of relaxation, take a moment to scan through the whole test. You’ll notice there will be many questions you immediately know the answers to. After you finish scanning, start going through the test only answering those questions you can answer in less than 10 seconds. If you know it, answer and move on. If you need some time to answer, then move to the next question. The key is to answer what you know right away. By doing this, you’ll feel more confident that you’re getting a bunch of questions answered before anyone else. You then have the remaining test time to work on the more difficult questions.

Take a Break and Stretch
Make sure to take several stretch breaks during the test. Make it point to put your pen or pencil down so that you can close your eyes and relax. Stretch out your arms and legs if possible. A brief mental break will be a nice reward to your body, and will help you re-energize.

Review, Review, Review
Even though you may finish early, take the extra time to review. Don’t get up and turn in your test. Every minute is valuable, and you should start reviewing your answers. You might be surprised about some silly errors that can be easily caught. Take the time to review. It’s not stressful to review, and it will help you feel even better when the testing period is over.

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