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New Year's Resolutions for the College Student

As the new year is nearly upon us, revelers will spend tonight celebrating this new beginning with family and friends. Another tradition for the New Year's is that of making resolutions, and this year will be no exception. However, for many students it is difficult to know where to begin making resolutions-especially ones that we will keep.

Here is list of suggestions for those of you who on New Year's Eve need a little help in making resolutions for 2014. Be sure to check out number 3; the ARC may be able to help you out on that one in 2014.

http://collegelife.about.com/od/cocurricularlife/a/GoodNewYearsResolutions.htm

Happy New Year!

The Freshmen 8! Sleep Challenge

The first study tip for the year has nothing to do with studying at all! In the study cited by the Huffington Post in the article below they found:

"In a study of short sleepers (less than six hours); average sleepers (six to eight hours); and long sleepers (eight-plus hours) ... the long sleepers had the highest GPAs. Then in 2007 researchers looked at what type of sleeper got better grades: A "morning person" or a "night owl." What they discovered: an extreme night owl would have an average GPA of about 2.5 and, as each person became more and more of an early bird, their GPAs increased all the way to a 3.5. This year, researchers discovered that nearly a third of college students surveyed at least one sleep disorder. These researchers found that students without sleep disorders had a higher GPA than those with sleep disorders. GPA scores lower than 2.00 were more likely to be those of students with at least one sleep disorder."
Personally, I have seen this …

Tips for better test taking

Analyze how you did on a similar test in the past.
Review your previous tests and sample tests provided by your teacher.
Each test you take prepares you for the next one!Arrive early for tests.
List what you need beforehand to avoid panic.
Good preparation prepares you for the task at hand.Be comfortable but alert.
Choose a comfortable location with space enough that you need
Don't slouch; maintain good posture.Stay relaxed and confident.
Keep a good attitude and remind yourself that you are going to do your best.
If you find yourself panicking, take a few deep breaths
Don't talk to other students right before: stress can be contagious.Read directions carefully!
and avoid careless errors.If there is time, quickly look through the test for an overview.
Scan for keywords. If permitted, jot any notes that come to mind.Answer questions in a strategic order:
Easy …

Twenty-five Ways to Improve Motivation and Concentration

1. Design an adequate environment for yourself. Check lighting, noise, comfort of furniture, etc., in three or four places to determine which spot works best for you.2. Make sure you have all the tools (i.e. compass, notebook, pens) you need before beginning a study session.3. Choose a regular time to study each day so that you set a pattern for yourself.4. Have a special reminder pad for jotting down extraneous thought that enter your mind while you are studying (e.g. Calling a friend for a lunch date).5. Use a symbol for studying. Choose an item, like a hat, that you put on when, and only when, you are studying or an item that you place on your desk as you study.6. Relax your body before you start studying.7. Relax your body and give yourself an affirmation and/or an image that will motivate you.8. Do some alternate nostril breathing before you begin study. Active-Passive: Do 3 rounds, starting with your active nostril, break 3 rounds starting with you passive nostril, br…

10 tips for Managing Procrastination

1. Know it when you see it:There are days when you know exactly when, why, and how you're procrastinating. Other times, it's a little harder to tell. Convincing yourself that you can do less if you accept a lower grade or substituting one activity (like cleaning) for a more important one (like studying) are as much forms of procrastination as watching TV or hanging out with friends just before something is due. If you want to stop procrastinating, you have to recognize when you're doing it.2. Be positive:Taking a positive approach to whatever it is that you're doing can help motivate you and will reduce procrastination. Instead of thinking that you have to do something, tell yourself that you choose to do it. When you succeed at a task, acknowledge your hard work and don't pass it all off as good luck.3. Overcome perfectionism:The quest to be perfect isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Perfectionism can cause high stress levels and lower your p…