Most of us are aware of the subtle differences in how each of us learns information, both in the classroom, and on the job or in the field. There are some commonalities in how memory works, for example remembering the first and last items in a list, or having an easier time digesting numbers in groups (it’s usually easier to remember 483 than 4, 8, and 3). But that being said, there are also distinct differences in our strengths and weaknesses. Some people truly do learn better listening to a lecture than reading a book, while others will get the most out of classes where slides and diagrams are used. Some of us like to organize our information in bullet point lists, while others need a single mnemonic to memorize an entire paragraph. But when it comes to language learning, study suggestions are so often the same; vocabulary flash cards in particular come to mind. Don’t get me wrong, flash cards are great, and sometimes they can turn rote memorization into a more streamlined process. But given how many different ways we all prefer to intake information, it’s not a bad idea to collect different techniques and tools. Continue reading “3 Study Technique Tips for New Language Learners”
If you going into college already set on what you want to study and the degree(s) you hope to graduate with, then college electives may seem like stumbling blocks to the finish line. But they’re actually incredibly useful and can improve your overall job prospects if you approach them right; it’s not just universities trying to take an extra dollar out of your pocket. Although it can sometimes feel that way – try to make the most of your required electives! Plus, if you go into school with no idea what you want to do or what you want to study, they’re just that much more important and helpful for exploring. Continue reading “How to Make the Most of Your College Electives”
“Home is where the heart is”, but it has also become where students and parents provide a non-traditional setting for learning. Parents and students, alike, have chosen to take part in home-based instruction, but some are still hesitant on wondering if it is the best decision in getting seen by the college of their choosing. Homeschooling is not a new phenomenon and has continued to grow since the 1980’s. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 2.5 million students are homeschooled in the United States. Whether accompanied by individual instruction or e-learning supplementation, homeschool is a fantastic alternative and is respected by institutions of higher-learning. Continue reading “How to Get The Most Out of Being HomeSchooled”
Whether it is midterm exams or a brief quiz, you know to prepare your mindset to do well. Although most students feel cramming for an exam is ideal in certain circumstances, you might want to think twice.
Do you ever feel the pressure of college standardized testing the same as a ton of bricks piling on top of you? Most students sense this way as they prepare for a new journey to school or study abroad.
Besides students feeling overwhelmed, they often lack direction how to plan for standardized testing. Here are some useful tips to keep you on track with your studies and sanity.
Studying a new language can be tiring, and if you’re studying abroad and immersing yourself in a new language and culture, your days can be exhausting. I studied in Spain. I remember my first day listening to and speaking in Spanish, with no English breaks. I walked home that evening and my brain felt like a bowl of mashed potatoes. While learning a new language can be exhausting, it is one of the best things we can do for the health of our brains, not matter the age. Learning new things strengthens our brains, and the more you learn, the stronger and more connected the parts of your brain will become. Continue reading “Language Brain”
Junior year has been just as strenuous and time-consuming as everyone said it would be. From the first week of school, I found myself completely overwhelmed with my AP classes, ACT prep, the school newspaper and cross country. Before I could catch my breath from one busy day, the next one started. All the pressure I was feeling left me feeling depleted. I realized I needed to shift how I was thinking about all my work, in the hope it would shift how I felt. Continue reading “Shifting Attitude to Gratitude”
Sure, you have made the commitment to study abroad, and your courses are challenging, motivating, and driving you to success. However, all study and no relaxation can overwhelm even the most serious student. Otherwise, your brain follows a tedious pattern with no incentive to learn. Brain breaks are crucial parts of any curriculum to allow the mind to relax and build creative ways to learn new material. Aside from studying at school, look for healthy options to generate creativity and innovation in learning. Here is a list of tips to help you in your quest.
Nobody needs me to tell them that interest in the humanities is declining. A quick Google search on “decline in humanities graduates” will turn up pages and pages of articles, op-eds, and blog posts, as exemplified here or here. These articles will tell you about how students are turning increasingly toward the “practical” college degrees in the STEM fields, and how humanities are often considered to be a waste of time in a world that needs more doctors, scientists, and engineers. Continue reading “Learning about the Humanities Abroad”
Just as a suitcase is full of memorabilia from across the globe, you feel the excitement to starting your study abroad program. How do you consider the maximum potential of your experience? As an organized student, you prepare and plan. Likewise, what are some tips that can make meaningful experiences feel like an adventure of a lifetime?