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#StudiousSeptember: Satisfying Study Sessions

19 Sep

Now that the semester is underway and the homework is rolling in, it’s time to study! While we usually meet this challenge without much enthusiasm, it is possible to make it an event to look forward to.

Spoil Thyself!

Have a well-deserved treat when you put your study time in! Small rewards like this will give you a little boost in your day.

Having a little caffeine can help your brain along. Try curling up in a café to do your assigned readings in caffeinated comfort. Even taking yourself out for a long lunch can make a thankless homework task into the highlight of your day.

Make Peace, Not Grief

Find a spot that evokes a sense of peace so you can study longer without struggling to sit still. The summer is almost over and the lawns are cool and green. There are tons of hidden benches and shady trees to give you a seat with sitting in, they’re the perfect places to have a meditative study session.

Having a regular study space set up at home can really help. Once you’ve established a spot that puts you in study mode, your brain will automatically know what you’re up to when you sit down. Since the hardest part is getting started, this will make things much easier in the long run.

If you find yourself getting distracted, try putting your headphones on and listening to some music. This is almost like putting the blinders on a horse so that he focuses on the road ahead.

That being said, limit your access to text messages, Netflix, and social media while you work. Maybe make a post letting your friends know that you’re getting ready to bear down for an hour or two. They’ll totally understand.

Organize to Limit Suffering

Have you ever looked at all of your papers, folders, books and handouts in a pile and felt like your head was going to explode? Getting overwhelmed is a good thing to avoid and a simple problem to solve.

If you know what’s on your syllabus, you can break things into steps and prioritize. Is it more important to study for a quiz that’s worth 15% or and exam that’s worth 40%? Making lists, writing your syllabus dates and deadlines on a calendar, or using the library’s assignment scheduler can help you. Not only will you know what to do with your study session, but you’ll be able to look ahead. Check out Think Tank’s “Semester on a Page” for a cool organizational tool.

Once you have your to-do list made, it’s time to knock it out. If you’re taking your studies out for a night on the town, be sure to pack your chargers, writing utensils, scratch paper and all of your materials for the classes you’re working on. The last thing you want to do is to get settled in only to find that you’ve brought the wrong book.

If you know you’ll be struggling with the material from a class as you study it, go where the help is! Getting stuck or stumped can be an important part of the learning process, but you want to connect to the resources around you before you get frustrated. Study near your professor’s office during their office hours, bring your work to Think Tank, or make a study group to give yourself a support network.

By spoiling yourself, seeking out your study oasis and breaking big tasks into small steps, you’ll set yourself up for success this semester.

Keep calm and study happily!

-Amanda

 

15 Binge Worthy Shows on Netflix

13 Mar

For some, Spring Break is a time of sleepless nights and grand adventures, but for others it is a time of much needed rest and leisure. During this time of leisure, many will take part in binge-watching TV shows. When flipping through Netflix, how does one decide what to watch? There are so many choices out there, and half of them are practically unwatchable. Here is a list of the Top 15 shows to watch on Netflix, but before you begin, remember to binge-watch responsibly.

15. Undeclared

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Undeclared is an awesome example of how unexpected and awkward college can be. College is a time of growth and self exploration. Take a few tips from Steven Karp and try new things. Get out of your comfort zone and have some fun.

14. About a Boy

If you are looking for a humor and a family dynamic, check out About a Boy. This kid is a tad peculiar. With a free-spirited, vegan, single mother, Marcus becomes attached to the commitment-phobe, Will, next door. Their crazy adventures will have you rolling with laughter.

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13. Drop Dead Diva

Drop Dead Diva is a fun rom-com with law thrown in. Deb dies and returns to earth in Jane’s body, at which point she has to learn how to navigate her new life as a super smart lawyer. This show has a bit of everything – comedy, love interests, drama, court cases, and fashion.

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12. Once Upon a Time

Who knew fairy tales could be so relationship-driven and dramatic? Once Upon a Time is a modern twist on the classic fairy tales.

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11. Scandal

Scandal is exactly what the title implies. Olivia Pope and Gladiators are amazing at making bad things go away – for the right price. Olivia is the person you want on your side when it hits the fan.

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10. Doctor Who

Doctor Who is one big, fantastical, science-fiction adventure. Join the Doctor as he travels through space and time battling evil.

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9. Bates Motel

Nothing is quite what it seems in Bates Motel. What’s not to love about murder and mystery? Watch, but try to not let the suspense consume you.

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8. Friends

If you have not had the chance to watch Friends from the beginning, now is the time. With 10 seasons of drama, humor, crazy adventures, and love dilemmas, why waste another week not watching it?

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7. House of Cards

Looking for suspense and deceit? Follow Francis Underwood as he manipulates the system to gain power and take revenge on those who cross him. In this show, the ends always justify the means.

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6. New Girl

New Girl follows Jessica Day and her 3 roommates as they awkwardly try to find their place in the world. Jess is quirky and rocks a lot of polka dots. Even though her roommates don’t always understand her, they are always there to support her.

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5. How I Met Your Mother

Humor, heartbreak, love, and adventure are all words that describe this show. Join Ted on his round-about journey fraught with embarrassment and misunderstandings as he searches to find the woman he will spend his life with.

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4. Sherlock

Love mystery, action, and adventure? Then Sherlock is the show for you. Watch this highly-functioning sociopath and his loyal companion, John Watson, as they solve murders and take on crime rings.

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3. Parks and Recreation

Watch as the Pawnee Parks and Recreation officials fight for change with absurd tricks and crazy schemes. Led by Leslie Knope, the Parks and Rec crew never fails to make you lol to the point of peeing your pants, but also remember tissues for the touching and heartfelt moments too!

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2. The Walking Dead

Where would you be if the walker apocalypse hit? Follow Rick and his group as they try to survive this new, desolate world. The sheer brutality of the show will have you questioning your ability to survive.

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1. Supernatural

Horror, suspense, heroism, love, adventure, and humor – this show has everything and more. Join Team Free Will as the Winchester brothers fight against all odds to save as many people as they can. Emotional investment is almost certainly guaranteed, so watch at your own emotional risk.

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Whether you prefer HIMYM or the Walking Dead, the art of binge-watching is something everyone can take part in. This is a new phenomenon that has taken the world by storm, but always engage responsibly. Drink some fluids, remember to eat, and get some human interaction after every 5th show (or at the end of a season…doesn’t loving a fictional character or two constitute enough “human” interaction?). Remember, there is nothing wrong with saying “Heck yes!!!” when Netflix annoyingly asks: “Do you want to continue watching?” (In case you’re wondering, it asks after every three episodes.)

-Erika