5 Unconventional Study Tips for Finals

5 Unconventional Study Tips for Finals

Not many people may know this, but these tips are actually the best ways to study.

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It's that time of year again. The time of the semester when you have to dedicate you entire self to studying for classes that you just want to forget about and zoom into the holiday season. However, we have to thrust ourselves into self-created hatred due to procrastination (I have a wine class journal due tomorrow, and I've barely drank any extra white wines. Send help!).

Genuinely, as unconventional as these tips are, they are incredibly helpful.

Take breaks.

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The most important thing is to know when to stop, calm down, and take a moment away from your study regimen. While it may seem impossible to stop so you can attempt to absorb all of the information that you can, know that it's better for you to actually take a breather. If you cram, you're bound to forget something.

Reward yourself!

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Yes, you heard me! Set goals for yourself to finish reading chapters or studying flashcards. Whether it is a time increment, breaks, or snacks, definitely take the time to step away from the textbook.

Don't study in your bed!

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Apparently, if you study in your bed, you'll always associate your relaxing, personal space with anxiety and school work. Take it to a desk or even the library! Plus, distinct places or distinct snacks/foods will help you remember your content better.

"Teach" others! 

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Reading your homework or your book to friends or family tends to help you read. It gives you a visual learning stimulant and an auditory learning stimulant. You're reading it to others and potentially explaining it in depth. It's extremely beneficial to press your curriculum on others, just don't press your opinions on others.

Exercise! 

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Whenever you take your breaks, spend a bit in the gym. It helps you focus, jogs (haha) your memory, and keeps you fit. It also makes sure that you're not stuck at a desk all day. Get moving and keep your eyes on the prize...that A!

While I have yet to find the "perfect" way to study for exams or finals, these tips actually get me through everything. I do several of these tips per study session, and it's so worth it. Don't limit yourself to your same old routine, eventually your brain will need to be challenged.

Happy studying and, remember: Saturday is coming and so is the hard liquor!

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

"Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"
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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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No, A Colored Student Did Not 'Steal Your Spot,' They Worked Hard To Get Here

I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

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Real talk, this whole "they're stealing our resources!" thing has to stop.

It ranges from welfare to acceptance letters into prestigious universities. People (and by people, I'm referring to those who identify as white) have made the assumption that they are having their opportunities stolen by people of color. That's ridiculous.

I love my university. I love the people at my university. However, when I sit in a classroom and look around at my colleagues, the majority of them are white. Of course, there are some classes that are filled with more people of color, but for the most part, they're predominantly white. So, let's say that out of a classroom of 30 students, only 7 identify as people of color.

In what world can somebody make the argument that those 7 students are stealing the spot of a white student? I don't think people realize how hard those 7 students had to work just to be in the same spot as their white counterparts.

Let me use my experience: I am a Latina woman who is attending university on a full-ride scholarship. I don't always tell people about this, because I don't feel like being asked, "wow, what did you do to get that?!" A lot. I keep hearing this ignorant question of, "How come illegal immigrants can get scholarships, but I can't?"

First off, those "illegal immigrants" you're bashing, don't even qualify for financial aid. They don't qualify for most scholarships, actually. Second, have you considered that maybe, that "illegal immigrant" worked hard in and outside of school to earn their scholarship? I received my full-ride scholarship on the basis of my GPA, but also because I am a lower-class woman of color and was selected because I am disproportionately affected by poverty and access to a quality education.

So, this scholarship was literally created because there is an understanding that minorities don't have the same access to education as our white counterparts. It's not a handout though, I had to work hard to get the money that I have now. When white students get scholarships, it's not a handout but when you're Latina like me, apparently it is.

This way of viewing minorities and their education is damaging, and further discourages these people from receiving a quality education. We didn't steal anybody's spot, we had to work to get where we are, twice as hard as our white colleagues that are not discriminated against on a daily basis.

Instead of tearing down students of color because you didn't get a scholarship, why not criticize the American education system instead? It's not our fault tuition is $40k a year, and we have no reason to apologize for existing in a space that is predominantly white.

To students of color: you worked hard to get where you are, and I am proud of you. To white students: I'm proud of you too. We all worked hard to get to where we are now, let's lift each other up, not put each other down.

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