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Oats don't have to be boring!  Here's a picture of my morning oatmeal :) Oats don’t have to be boring! Here’s a snap of how I fuel my morning :)

This will be my third semester here at Fontbonne, but it seems like it was just yesterday I was brand new.

My first impression of Fontbonne was how easy the transfer process was.  I continue to love the small, accessible size of the campus, and the staff and advisers that are always extremely helpful and dedicated to what they do.  In my search for a great Dietetics program, I instantly connected with the Fontbonne campus after my first visit (The ridiculously cool food lab was a plus too!)

Fast forward to the present and Fontbonne students are already several weeks into the semester where the inevitable tests, projects, and homework are coming full-force.  Stop.  Take a deep breath.  Here’s three ways to get your study on and still keep your cool:

1) Use Study Blue as a free tool to make flashcards, quizzes, and notes for your classes.  Set up and account and create your cards online, then once you’ve made your flashcards, quiz yourself online OR download the Study Blue app on your phone and study your flashcards anywhere!  I flip through my note cards in whatever spare time I have, even if it’s just for five minutes.  A little bit goes a long way!

2) Been known for procrastinating?  Feel like you’ve studied for hours without accomplishing anything? Read this article from The Greatist for 22 Science-backed Study Tips to Ace the Test:

3) Eat Breakfast!  You’ll have a brain-boost for those morning classes and you won’t be starving by the time lunch rolls around.  My latest breakfast obsession is oatmeal, (see my picture above!)  I like to test out new, fun recipes like these:

Overnight Oatmeal Recipes

 

If you try these three tips you’ll be well on your way to a good semester!

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Carlyn

Happy Studying

by Carlyn on October 3, 2012

in Academics,College Life

When I am doing some hard-core studying, there’s always a certain process I go through. First of all, I turn off all distractions. I’m not the type of person that can work with music or TV on.  Because, I can guarantee you, as soon as Justin Bieber comes on, all of my focus is lost. I like being in my room the best. Whether it’s my room at home or dorm room at school, it just feels like the safest place to be.

At the beginning of my study session, I usually sit at my desk and read over notes continuously. Then, I will move to my bed, chair, or even floor, and read the notes again. I like to shift positions so that I don’t get too tired and stop absorbing information. Sometimes, I”ll even stand and study. After I feel like I’ve read my notes enough times, I like to quiz myself. I write my own little test based on the study guide (or whatever notes I am referring to). I take my test with all notes away, then grade myself. This is a great way to see what I still did not remember, so I know what to focus my attention on. I feel like a study session shouldn’t last more than two hours. Anything longer than that gets to be too overwhelming in one sitting.

Finally, the morning of a quiz or test, I read over my notes one last time. I like to read while I eat, so breakfast is a good time for me to refresh my mind with the information. This process must work for me, considering I’ve gotten straight A’s throughout my high school and college career so far. Good luck to anybody trying to figure out their own study habits that work best for them.

Happy studying!

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