Surviving School

Lets face it. School is a huge part of your life, whether you want it to be or not. Might as well make the most of it! We help make sure you get the grade, get involved and actually enjoy your busy school days.

The Notetaker’s Handbook


As a student, you have a lot of work to do. Learning a new skill or several complex subjects can be very difficult. You have to attend lectures, classes, study sessions, and loads of other educational activities. With all of this work, you have a lot to store in your head. After weeks of learning and studying, this becomes a struggle. And, so, you need a way to give you mind a break. In most cases, the best way to do this is in the form of notes. To help you out with this, this post will be going through the different tools you can use to get this job done. Now, you just need to get writing.

For speed, a lot of people find that their digital devices are best for their notetaking. In the modern world, typing is much more common than writing with your hands. And, this means that most people are more proficient with a keyboard. The best device for typing at school or college is a laptop. You don’t need something very powerful, so a Chromebook or other low-powered laptop could be the best option. Or, for those on a lower budget, you could also get a cheap tablet with a BlueTooth keyboard. Typing gives you the chance to save your files all in the same place, limiting the chance that you will lose them. With modern tools like Google Docs, it’s possible to handle nearly all of your work from your computer. But, of course, traditional notetaking still has its place.

To start, you should have a paper notebook along with any digital devices you own. Being able to write on paper is better for your memory than typing. And, a lot of people like to make sketches to help their work. Along with this, it can be very helpful to have paper versions of your textbooks. Digital copies are usually cheaper or even free. But, the real thing will give you the chance to add your own notes and make easy additions. This sort of reference material can be perfect when you’re revising. And, most good establishments will even recommend it. When making paper notes, you can learn a clever filing system to make it easier to find the parts you need.

Finally, you won’t be able to get very far with your notes without some stationary to go along with it. The items you buy will depend on the way that you like to take notes. Some people will want to have highlighter pens, to make parts of their work extra-visible. And, other people will want to have byros to make their work look professional. You should always buy stationery online, to avoid the steep prices a lot of physical shops will present you with. This will give you the greatest selection of goods. And, it will enable you to look up reviews of the good you like. These resources are essential if you want to get the best products for your money.

Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of what can be done to optimize your note taking abilities. As a student, you need to do everything you can to remember what you’re learning. Having a good set of notes can be the very best way to achieve this.



5 Ways to Improve Memory and Concentration in School


Your brain is the one thing that never stops evolving. Scientists have conducted various studies that prove the mind’s ability to change and adapt when exercised. Neuroplasticity, as medical professionals refer to it, is the process of your brain forming new neural pathways with the right stimulations. Improved memory is one of the benefits that come with neuroplasticity, which is an incentive that is essential to performing well in school and at work. Here, then, are five ways to get your brain stimulated for positive change.

1. Engage in new activities

The brain, like any other part of the body, quickly becomes accustomed to the routine and grows lazy. Such is the reason why you have to incorporate new activities into your agenda to give your mind the challenge that it needs to grow. Learning how to play an instrument is an excellent way to build neural pathways that contribute to improved memory. Taking a different route to class also challenges the brain to expand beyond its comfort zone and retain more in the future.

2. Get in on physical exercise

You workout for the physical appeal of it all, but there are mental benefits to playing sports and training in the gym as well. Exercise sends more oxygen to the brain, which reduces the likelihood of you developing diabetes and heart disease prematurely. Both of these illnesses affect your ability to retain facts. Workouts that require good hand-eye coordination have immediate effects on the mind since they challenge the brain to push beyond its limits to complete the task at hand.

3. Get Sleep

The average young adult needs at least 7.5 hours of sleep to avoid deprivation. Adequate rest also helps with memory retention as the brain engages in essential memory-enhancing activities when you are deep in sleep. It is best to place yourself on a sleeping schedule and stick with it to improve concentration and memory function in school.

4. Cultivate healthy relationships

Did you know that friendships contribute to memory retention and concentration in class? Research shows that individuals with meaningful relationships experience memory loss at slower rates than those without such social connections. Consider building a network of friends for better concentration at school.

5. Use supplements with a balanced diet

Supplements that support cognition and mental performance are ideal when you want to better concentrate at school. It is also a good idea to consume foods high in omega-3 fatty acids along with fruits and vegetables when you want to improve your memory retention rates.

You may not have the best memory when it comes to exams now, but there are many steps that you can take to change that. Downloading the latest brain exercise app lends short-term success, but only lifestyle changes can completely alter your brain’s activities.



How Educational Institutes Are Improving


When you take a look at the old school system compared with the new school system, it isn’t difficult to see that things have improved. It’s hard to believe that children were allowed to be physically punished by their teachers! However, there’s still room for improvement. Many educational institutes are still improving today. Here are a few ways they are getting better:

Different Learning Styles
People have different learning styles. One learner may learn best in the traditional way; simply reading things, repeating them, and writing them. Somebody else may retain information better if they practice it themselves. Some people may need to see somebody else do it before they can understand it. Many institutions are realizing this and catering to different styles.

Technology
Technology is incorporated in many classrooms today. Tablets are used to take notes, smartphone apps can be used to help give and retain information; there are so many ways that technology helps the education process. In fact, around 75% of educators said that the believe technology benefits the education process in a positive way.

Data Analysis
Data analysis is now an imperative part of any educational institute. By incorporating data analysis, just about everything can get better. With data analysis, expenses can be reduced, learning analytics paid attention to, and even teachers matched with the subjects most suited to them. Things that need to be addressed can finally be addressed when data analysis is used effectively.

You can learn more about data analysis using the infographic below.


Credit to Maryville University



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