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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!



#StudiousSeptember: Counting to 10 Around the World

29 Sep



Having lived in different places all over the world, I have acquired many language skills. Just to get even more cultural knowledge under my belt, I thought I would go back to basics and start from the simple task of counting in other languages. This does not only include verbally counting in other unique languages, but also learning their hand gestures to count as well. What many people don’t intuitively know is that other regions of the world may have different standards for counting with your hands. This is quite a fascinating notion that I want to share with all of you. My challenge for #studiousseptember was to delve more into this enthralling new information, and learn to count to ten in Chinese, Arabic, and in American Sign Language (ASL).

American Sign Language:

[Another peer mentor actually offered to teach me to count to 10 in ASL one day at work, so I then got really interested in other exotic ways to count with your hands and fingers!]

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Chinese number gestures:

[I chose Chinese hand symbols because I just find them so fascinating and shockingly different from the standard European/US gestures! Plus I could never actually pronounce the numbers…a good second best is learning to visually count don’tcha think?]Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 11.01.47 AM

Keep in mind that there are also different variations of hand gestures 6-10, but I just chose the most commonly understood. 

Arabic numerals:

[Note here that in the Arabic language, the hand gestures are the same as in the Western region of the world. Learning to write the letters was easy; the hard part was remembering to pronounce all of the numbers correctly!]

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I hope you all accomplished or learned something new this #studiousseptember—I know I sure did!