Study Tips For College Students

8 Study Tips For The Overworked College Student

Because It's Always Grind Season.

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As many students return from spring break and the second half of the semester kicks up again, being bombarded by assignments can feel very overwhelming. Here are some study tips I've used many times that always work to minimize my stress, even when my to-do list is huge.

1. Plan out the order that you’re going to complete everything you have to do

Do the smaller assignments first, then the bigger ones. Because they probably take less time, getting the little stuff out of the way first will not only make you feel pretty productive but give you more leeway with how much time you have to spend on bigger things on your to-do list.

2. Download an app that that will help you be less distracted by your phone

There are probably hundreds of apps that can turn off notifications and apps, so you definitely have a lot to choose from. My personal favorite is Flipd because once you turn it on (you can pick how long you want it to run), it disables all apps except for your essentials, like messages and calling. This way, you know you won't be physically able to waste time Instagram scrolling instead of writing an essay.

3. Don’t always study in the same place

I've definitely noticed that studying in the same corner of the same library every day can get boring and make me feel like I'm stuck in a slump. So remember that a change of scenery is always nice, and chances are that your campus has an abundance of different places to get work done. If you have a busy week, maybe explore a little bit every day to find a new place.

4. Make a homework/study playlist

If music helps keep you focused and relaxed, a playlist is perfect for work sessions. Use Apple Music or Spotify to make collections of calming music that can help you drown out outside distractions.

5. Don’t be afraid to take a short break

Staring at books, notes, or a computer screen for hours on end can make you feel like you're going crazy. Taking a walk, eating a snack, or doodling can rest your brain for a little bit and make you feel ready to take on the world.

6. Know your limits when staying up late

If you're not a night owl and know that any work you do at 3 or 4 a.m. will not be your absolute best, don't feel like you need to push yourself. You can always go to sleep earlier and set an alarm to wake up early and get things done before your classes start. Plus, you'll be well-rested!

7. Utilize any breaks in your schedule

If you have any breaks between classes, whether they're an hour or five hours long, use them to get some work done if you're feeling overwhelmed. Head to your favorite study spot on campus, maybe get some food and grind until your next class. You'll have more done by later in the day and maybe even go to sleep earlier, instead of pulling an all-nighter.

8. In extreme cases, coffee naps can be your best friend

Coffee naps, or cappuccinos, are when you quickly drink a cup of coffee or something else that's caffeinated then immediately nap for 20-30 minutes. The trick is that the length of the nap is about as long as it takes for the effects of the caffeine to kick in, so you'll wake up feeling refreshed from sleeping and more awake from the coffee. Two of my friends told me about this a while ago, and it really works if you're staying up late to do homework or study. But be warned, making cappuccinos a habit can decrease their effect, so only take one in emergencies!

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Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Is The Most Influential Song Of 2019, Change My Mind

And the music video may be even better.

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Lil Dicky is a known musician know for his songs 'Pillow Talking' and 'Freaky Friday' featuring Chris Brown. The songs are fun silly and are very catchy. Last week, Lil Dicky released a new song titled 'Earth' featuring about 30 plus artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Zac Brown Band, and many others. This song is just as enjoyable as his other songs; however, this one carries an extremely important message.

In this song, Dicky brings awareness to the condition of the Earth along with the idea of world unity. Through the inclusion of several animal species, he shows how the earth doesn't just belong to us as human, but to the animals as well. Oftentimes, the human race can be extremely selfish and forget that we do share the planet with other species who are just as important as us.

In one of his last verses, Dicky mentions the way we are harming the earth through pollution and fighting wars. This part of the song becomes more serious to emphasize the importance of this topic. In the music video, the colorful visuals turn dark and gray which can bring to attending the dying planet.

In his effort to save the earth, Dicky calls for unity among all countries and continents. Saying how all past issues are in the past and we all need to come together since we live on the same planet. With all the political issues happening on a global scale, the earth and its health are often pushed to the end of the priority list. By adding this part to the song, Dicky brings awareness of that topic back to the top.

'Earth' by Lil Dicky is the most important song of 2019. Through his creative artistry and inclusion of over 30 artists, people will notice the message of this song and hopefully begin to make changes that will impact the earth in positive ways. If you haven't watched the music video or listened to the song please do.

Earth is the only planet we have; thus, we need to show how much we love it by actually taking action to care for it.

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Turning Pain into Power

Thank you MIP for making a difference in my life.

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When your world gets turned upside down, nothing seems to take your mind off the diagnosis, the treatments, the pain. Hospital visit after hospital visit feels endless and lonely. As a nineteen year old in a pediatric hospital you can imagine most events and activities aren't geared to my age group.

When my social worker, Zoe, introduced me to "The MIP Foundation" I was blown away. MIP, meaning, Most Important Person, is a new foundation assisting teens and young adults fighting cancer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Their mission is to encourage and offer support to as many young adult oncology patients as possible.

Zoe nominated me for a "MIP Kit" where she interviewed me on my likes and interests outside of the new life I've been thrown into. She continued to tell me to share as many details as possible to make my kit as personalized as it could be.

Less than two weeks later, Zoe brought my kit to me while I was inpatient and really needing a pick-me-up. I held back tears as I was handed a huge tote bag stuffed to the brim! Full of journaling, coloring, and mindfulness books, snacks, face masks, fun little signs and cards to lift your spirits, and so much more!

While I was and still am overwhelmed by my MIP Kit, what touched my heart the most was the letter that came with it, written specifically for me. Founder, Melissa Delaney-Doliner, wrote to me, "You may have cancer, but cancer doesn't have you."

She went on to tell me that I am the Most Important Person in my treatment plan. Now each patient I see while receiving my treatments I consider the Most Important Person in their plan.

Receiving a MIP Kit was an honor and beyond appreciated, but aside from the physical gifts, knowing that there are people I don't even know supporting me to the extent they are is the best gift of all.

"The MIP Foundation" is still very new but I am looking forward to seeing what big things they accomplish in the name of Colin, the original MIP. He would be so proud of the foundation as well as to see us all fighting our hearts out with smiles on our faces.

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