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April 2018

Effective Studying Habits


Studying requires time and practice. Don’t you have that one friend who is always doing well in class? Some might even boast that they don’t have to study hard to get good grades. However, the majority of students require time to study. It takes time and practice to fully comprehend and remember concepts, definitions, formulae, theory, and the list goes on.

Do you recall telling yourself, “There’s still a lot of time, I’ll study later…”. Don’t worry! This is completely normal. By nature, studying can be a rather gruelling process for many of us. Follow these simple tips to figure out ways to make your study sessions effective:


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1. Plan Ahead

Studying is usually seen as a chore for most students. Students tend to procrastinate and postpone studying if don’t they include it in their daily activities. Planning ahead and getting started in advance is the best way to work towards excelling in your studies. Consider setting aside a few hours a week to complete your schoolwork and study. 




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2. Reward Yourself

Don’t just study hard! It’s equally important to reward yourself for following a study schedule. Reward yourself by planning an outing with your close friends, going for a jog at the nearby park, spending an hour reading your favorite book, or even something as simple as catching up on your latest Netflix episode. Rewarding yourself after studying hard reinforces the habit of studying. You’ll get brownie points for good time management as well!



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3. Conducive Study Area

Do you often find yourself getting distracted when you study? One possible reason could be – the area you’re studying at isn’t quite conducive. It’s definitely a plus to have a quiet study area. A quiet environment allows you to focus on your studies and get rid of unnecessary distractions. If you are having trouble finding a quiet place to study at home, try visiting the libraries, nearby parks or visit our MENDAKI Homework Cafés.



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4. Neat and Organized Study Desk

It is just as important to keep the area around your desk neat and tidy. A clean and organized study desk makes studying less stressful and more enjoyable. Also, you will have sufficient space to put your textbooks, stationary, study notes and snacks.





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5. Hydrate

Studying takes up a lot of energy – mentally and physically. Remember to take a glass of water periodically. Although many people don’t make it a priority, it is important to stay well-hydrated. If you don’t already have a bottle of water on your study desk, use your study breaks to get up, stretch, and quench your thirst.



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6. Get Sufficient Rest

Have you heard that ‘8’ is the magic number? Young adults are recommended to get approximately 8 hours of sleep every night. Research has established that sleep deprivation causes difficulty in understanding material taught in class and susceptibility to false memories (which isn’t the best condition to be in during your exams). So, the next time you’re having thoughts of staying up until midnight to study for an exam, remember that an extra hour of sleep could do you wonders!







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7. Test Yourself

For our last tip, you might have constantly heard it from your teachers and lecturers. Test yourself after you have studied for a subject. This is one of the oldest strategies, but certainly not one you should overlook. This invaluable method gets your study materials glued to your memory. Let’s face it, this may not be the most thrilling way of studying; but it is by far one of the most effective methods of studying.




We hope these tips will be put to good use to help build a strong foundation that encourages and promotes effective studying habits. Try to incorporate these tips into your daily schedule and monitor your progress in school. Good luck studying!

References
https://www.brainscape.com/blog/2011/12/effective-study/
https://www.floridacareercollege.edu/blog/the-dos-and-donts-for-successful-studying
http://captureapps.com/effective-studying-5-dos-and-5-donts/
https://www.hercampus.com/school/waterloo/10-dos-and-don-ts-study-breaks
https://www.nwtutoring.com/2016/04/16/the-dos-and-donts-of-effective-studying/

5 Tips for Job Hunters!


If you are a final year tertiary student, you may be thinking “what will I do after my very last final exams are over?” Indeed, the transition from school to work may be a challenging leap. Thus, it is important to be prepared, as you embark on a new chapter in life. Here are some tips to help you be on the ball when it comes to job hunting! For those who are still in school, these tips may also be relevant in the years to come. Wherever you may be in life, we wish you all the very best!


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1. Curate your resume with 
the potential employer in mind

Your resume should show that you are fit for the job. Streamline and customise your resume so that it highlights necessary achievements and important skillsets which would be useful for the position you are applying for.

 






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2. Dress for the occasion

First impression matters! It is important not to underdress or overdress. Outfits depend on the job you are applying for. If you are intending to apply for an office job, it may be more appropriate to wear collared shirts, long pants and covered shoes. Jeans and sneakers may only be apt for casual jobs which, for instance, require you to be outdoors most of the time.







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3.       Do your research about the company

Finding out more about the company or organisation ensures that you are making an informed decision about the position you are applying for. This will also help you feel prepared if the interviewer asks you to display your knowledge of the company. 







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4.       Know your goals 

Before you send your job applications, spend some time reflecting on what you really want to do. Weigh the pros and cons of working in the company and have a game plan for your own personal development. Being clear in your objectives also helps answer common questions such as “why do you want this job?” and “where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?”




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This is a wonderful opportunity to clarify any doubts and know more about the company! Career progression, training opportunities and current projects are among the questions you can consider asking if relevant to you.