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Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Motivation to Study

December 3, 2018

Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Motivation to Study

Motivation is a well-known problem that many students experience, but most don’t know how to motivate themselves.

Students not only struggle with motivation to study and excel academically but, according to Delta Discovery, 69% of them drop out of colleges because of lack of motivation. This statistic shows how serious this problem is and urges us to find immediate solutions.

Luckily, there are some tips you can follow to boost your motivation to study. They are easy to follow and take little to no time, which is perfect for high-school or college students, who are always in a rush.

So here are top 5 ways to boost your motivation to study.

  1. Organize a Studying Space

According to a study performed by Harvard University, students who study in a clutter-free workplace are able to work 7.5 minutes longer. So, before you start with your assignments, find some time to tidy up your desk or any other space you’ll work in.

Multiple studies have proven the connection between clutter and stress. Your desk is the place where you spend most of your time studying, so you need to make it as tidy as possible. You’ll see how fast it will help you think more clearly and make you more motivated to study.

Tip! If you don’t have time to de-clutter, go to a place where you can concentrate, like your school library. It’s always quiet and peaceful, and the workspace is clutter-free.

  1. Eliminate Distractions

Procrastination is how our brain reacts to irritants such as stressful situations, however, it can be difficult to break the habit of constant procrastination.

Psychology Today singles out 5 major reasons why we procrastinate:

  • No structure. If there’s no direction, it’s hard to concentrate. To be productive, your brain needs elaborate steps to follow.
  • Unpleasant or boring tasks. Unpleasant tasks can unwillingly force us to procrastinate.
  • Lack of vision of the result. If you can’t envision being rewarded for performing the task, you’re more likely to delay doing it.
  • Feeling of anxiety. Fear of failure is a real reason why people procrastinate. Knowing that you’ve done everything you could to achieve the best result will help you feel more confident.
  • Weak self-confidence. The same as with the previous reason, weak self-confidence causes the feeling of being unworthy or fear of failure.

Tip! To avoid procrastination and find the motivation to study, you can use different smartphone or browser apps, like Tomato Timer, based on Pomodoro technique, as well as Forest app to help you concentrate.

  1. Imagine the Result

Several years ago, there was a real buzz around the visualization technique. The movie called “The Secret” had so many supporters and haters that everyone got interested, whether the power of visualization actually works.

A study by Texas State University, performed on athletes, has shown that 51% of participants improved their free throw after visualizing the successful results, which is a very impressive statistic.

Tip! Take 5 minutes before you start studying, take a comfortable position in a chair or lay down, close your eyes and start imagining the successful results of your work. You’ll feel more motivated right away.

  1. Take a Power Nap

Taking a nap before studying can help you feel refreshed and motivated. A report posted by NBC News shows that a short nap before working/studying results in an immediate alertness and increased cognitive performance for almost 3 hours.

Tip! You can combine your power naps with guided meditations. Downloading apps like Headspace or Calm can help you put your mind to rest and have a power nap to recharge and get motivated.

  1. Exercise

It’s also a well-known fact that exercising can help your body recharge and get energized. A quick workout can help you get motivated immediately. Your brain gets filled with oxygen, which helps you think clearly.

Tip! Try a simple 7 to 10-minute workout to get motivated quickly.


Motivation is Easy to Find

The only thing you need is persistence and desire to find it. Hopefully, the tips mentioned in this article will help you get energized and motivated to achieve success in studying.



Tom Jager is a professional blogger. He works at A-writer.  He has a degree in Law and English literature. Tom has written numerous articles/online journals. You can reach him at G+  or  Facebook.

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Rock Your Notes; A Beginners Guide to Note-taking

November 27, 2018

Young students who have just entered a college almost never pack an art of note taking when they attend their first lecture. Studies show that almost 40% of listeners fail to put down an important or consistent summary. This leads to forgetting the material altogether. 

The drawback is missing out on significant items for the term papers and turning in written assignments that significantly stay clear from the requirements. 

With disregard to the proficiency of the topic, taking college notes is crucial to any follow-ups and activities. Moreover, it facilitates the process of getting ready for tests and exams. Sometimes, the test is based on the data provided only in class. 

Tips to Develop Note-taking

Use Highlights to Activate Your Brain

Visualizing activates different types of memory and your study methods become more effective. Highlighting draws the attention to what’s on the paper. Draw a flow and create an outline. If you miss the beginning of the new subtopic and put it as a bullet point, then further you can highlight the subtopics in the same color so you will know when the new stage of the discourse begins. 

Timeline for Events in Order

The lectures on the history of anything generally present the data in a form of the time flow of the events. This is a solid clue on how to follow what you hear. Prepare to draw a timeline of the events in your notebook. The focus here should be on the events presented in the classroom. Meaning that it’s better to draw a vertical flow to the left of your notebook leaving enough space on the right for the peculiarities of the events that might not be accessible elsewhere.

Mind Maps

This is a helpful tool that has found its way in most workplaces today. It helps to study too. Use the free online websites that allow creating the mind maps. With a little practice, you will develop this key skill that will aid you throughout the career. Start with placing the core of the map in the very center of the page and spread the items sideways. A mind map is a very flexible scheme of relations, interactions, and organization of notions

Graphic Organizer

Use easy hand-drawn graphs, pie charts, and schemes. Copy them from the tutor’s presentation. Don’t worry if they are not perfect at the beginning. As you train visualizing skills, you will improve note-taking strategies.

Journey Methods and Prompts

If you are engaged in a repeated daily activity, like commuting on the bus or train, cycling or running, connect the things you see daily by tying them to the facts you’ve learned recently. 


Put a name of the object of studies on the card then put prompts about the object on the reverse side of it. Draw a small doodle as a cue for efficient memorizing. 

If you are not into writing, at first, the recorder will help. But it may never plant a seed if you don’t write it down. The professors also provide additional materials from the lecture to the emails of attendants. Some even send the materials on the eve of a lecture or event. Whatever the case, these Tuesday Tips will help you excel! Remember that you heard it from GradGuard first.


Susan Wallace is an expert writer. She is passionate about both writing and education. She has been able to assist students and businessmen develop their writing skills both academically and professionally. 

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College Students Over 25, is it Too Late?

November 26, 2018

When we think of college, we can often think of young people at the cusp of late teen years and early adulthood. With many lifestyle changes happening today, more and more adults are going back to college or even starting school in later adulthood. This means older students who often have full-time jobs, life experience, and even children of their own are attending college. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, as of March 2018, more than one-third of college students are currently over 25 years of age. With such an increase in numbers, more and more colleges and universities are providing resources for older students.

The Primary Concern of Cost

College and financial aid tend to go hand in hand. For many older college students past the “traditional” college age of 18-22, resources such as parents or high school scholarships like Bright Futures are not available to them. Fortunately, there are many other financial options out there for non-traditional students. For older college students who work, many companies offer full or partial tuition reimbursement upon successful completion of their courses. Some states offer state scholarships for non-traditional students. Loans are another option, and some lenders offer flexible payment plans for students.

Fitting College into a Busy Schedule

Returning students or students beginning college may feel some apprehension balancing busy lives with academic workloads. For older students with established jobs, careers, families, and other commitments, they may feel they don’t have adequate time for college and might ask younger students to help them with their homework. With this in mind, many colleges and universities have created supportive programs and assistance specifically geared toward these students. More institutions offer night courses for those who have full-time jobs as well. Some schools even have weekend options and most offer online courses. Online classes can be very effective and offer useful tools for students including webcasts, tutorials, and discussion boards.

Life as an older college student can be fulfilling and exciting. Aside from the normal concerns such as time and cost; college has many benefits. From those seeking to expand their education and land a more promising career, to those starting out for the first time ten or twenty years past the “traditional” age of college students, the benefits of attending school are significant. Older students can pace themselves while they are in college. Unlike their younger peers, older students may be established enough that they can take fewer courses at a time and still work toward their degree at a more suitable pace (Lumina).

Having passed the traditional college age, many older college students are actually able to appreciate, truly absorb, and instantly apply their college knowledge to their lives, which can make the journey even more rewarding. With more and more students either returning or beginning college later in life, a new wave of experienced and professional students is emerging. There is such a bright turnout and many agree that it is never too late to go to college.

If you do decide to go back to college, know that GradGuard has you covered with both insurance and all your need-to-know hacks.



Christine is a professional essay writer who writes on several different subjects. Due to her experience with essay writing, she has helped many people land their difficult tasks doing what she loves.

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What to Ask Your Renters Insurance Agent

November 15, 2018

Being an adult can mean so many different things; first, you have to do your own laundry, second make your own coffee, and third purchase your own renters insurance policy. This can honestly be super daunting to those who still have issues making their own dentist appointments, but we’ve made a simple list of things that you should be sure to ask your renters insurance agent when the time comes!

How do I know what my coverage limits should be?

Most renters insurance policies come with both personal property coverage and personal liability coverage. Personal property coverage is the limit that protects your personal items that are inside of your residence, and personal liability coverage is what protects the actual structure itself. Be sure to talk to your university or rental property to see if they require any specific limits while you are living there.

How much is the policy?

See if your renters insurance agency is charging you monthly, annually, semi-annually, or another billing option. Talk through it with them to see if there is a benefit to one billing option as opposed to another.

How long does the policy last?

This depends on the company that you are purchasing through and what you opted to pay for the policy. If you paid annually, then the policy likely lasts for a full 12 months from the date that you chose your coverage to begin. If you are only needing the insurance for a certain amount of time, be sure to ask your agent about their cancelation process and what is required to terminate the coverage.

What does this policy cover?

This is SUPER important to ask and have an understanding of. For example, if you want to have renters insurance in case someone breaks in and ransacks your apartment, just be sure that theft and burglary is a covered peril under the policy you are wanting.

How does the claims process work?

This is a general question with an important answer. Most people have no idea how to make an insurance claim if needed and it should be one of the top questions to ask your renters insurance agent. The claims process can be different for each agency, so just to be sure you clarify it if needed.

When it comes to purchasing renters insurance, questions are important to ask! We want you to ask questions and have a full understanding of what you are getting. It is so important to know that we are here to help you. Much like a doctor, you should be asking your renters insurance agent as many questions as possible and do not feel like any question you have is too small or too silly. GradGuard has your back and encourages you to ask whatever questions you think are necessary. We are there when you need us and will help you with all of your adulting needs.

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7 Ways to Combat Homesickness

November 12, 2018

There have been plenty of studies that show that homesickness is common among freshmen. More than 58% of students in the United States feel moderately homesick after spending a few months away from home, while around 33% feel highly homesick during their first school year. We’ve got some advice on how to overcome homesickness and cope with the loneliness you can feel at college, but first – remember to keep your head up and heart strong no matter what happens!

Get out of your room

The first step you must take is leaving your room and searching for new experiences. You have completely changed your environment, so feelings of loneliness are normal to pop up. Even when you pursue your daily activities, try to do it outside – read your book in a public place or study at the university’s library. There’s a higher chance you’ll meet cool people this way!

Learn something new

Ever wanted to learn how to row, play basketball, or become a chess expert? College is very good at helping you transition from one environment to another – so make sure you take advantage of the opportunities you’re offered. Pursue the activities that you like, and you’ll soon meet more people than you could’ve imagined!

Create a new comfort zone

Everyone has their own personalized comfort zone. Whether it’s your bed, desk, garage, or park bench, there’s always that one place where you feel utterly safe. Here, you can unwind and be yourself, regardless of what others think. Finding that comfort zone in college is a necessity! So go out and find one today if you don’t have one yet.


Even though you’ve moved out of the city, be sure you make time for old friends and family. Keeping in contact with them is crucial, especially when you miss them. If you can visit them, that’s even better. Remember though – if your hometown is located close to the school, you’ll be tempted to visit them too often. Try to designate only one weekend per month for this activity just to make sure you still integrate on campus and make new friends.

Go to a party!

Parties are a part of the true college experience. Just remember to be safe while also having a good time. Try to go with some friends from class or who live in the same residence hall as you. There is always safety in numbers and it will also help you expand your social circle.

Get involved on campus

Joining or opening a new club is an excellent activity to pursue in college. People with common interests should meet up and become friends, shouldn’t they?

Study hard

When you are part of numerous clubs and party endlessly, school grades tend to get shaky. Make sure you are always on top of your assignments. Attend office hours and go tutoring if you need to. Always reach out to your professors and be active in class! Staying focused on your studies leaves less time for your mind to wander 

Just always remember that homesickness is normal. Worries are normal. Parties are normal. Making new friends is normal. Just go with the flow, enjoy the process, and have some fun!

GradGuard is around every week with new motivational and tip-worthy content to help you through the rough patches! Follow us on social media to stay in the loop!


Scott Mathews is a professional content writer at and writes about topics such as education, school & college development. Scott’s biggest passion is blogging and traveling. He regularly takes part in different conferences and contributes his posts to different websites. Contact him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Halloween Tricks and Treats

October 30, 2018

As Halloween approaches (arguably the best time of the year) there are always fun crafts and treats that can be done! Here are a few suggestions from the GradGuard team to have a fun and safe Halloween!

Ghosts in the Graveyard

Always a fun no-bake dessert! Get yourself some vanilla pudding, Oreo cookies (look for the tombstone Halloween ones!), gummy worms, and some Ghost Peeps and you are set to make this fun Halloween treat for your whole floor! Just start by following the instructions on the instant pudding and put it in a glass/metal pan to chill in the fridge. Then crush up some Oreos and cover the top of the top of the pudding with the crumbs to create a “dirt” effect. Once that is completed, just add the ghost Peeps, gummy worms, and Tombstone Oreo cookies to make your own creepy, delicious design. Definitely a Halloween favorite!

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Everyone knows this one! Sometimes the best part of having to carve a pumpkin is getting those yummy seeds! Once you finish gutting your pumpkin, be sure to clean the seeds and place them on a cookie sheet covered with foil. Once they’ve had a chance to dry (3-4 hours) you’re welcome to add a few spices and pop them in the oven for about 45 minutes at 300 degrees! This is a great, healthy snack for all diets and eating lifestyles! Not to mention they are perfect for the fall weather.

Making Gingerbread “Haunted” Houses

This could be a good one for those that are already in the Holiday spirit but aren’t ready to bust out the Christmas lights yet. Start with your favorite Gingerbread mix/premade cookie squares that you can find at the store, then load up on all of the funky fixings that you can find (gummy worms, gummy hands, candy eyeballs, candy spiders/bones, etc.) and go to town! Build your structure then add all of the fun additions that you picked out. You can use your favorite frosting as “glue” to add on the treats and keep everything together. This is a fun tradition you can start with your family or friends!

Witchy Apple Heads

Witchy apple heads are a cute craft that is simple, yet a little more time-consuming. Start with shaving an apple of the skin, then carve your own funky face into it. It can be scary, silly, or simple and then insert a popsicle stick in the bottom of it and leave it on a paper plate to dry. Give it a few days to wilt and become really wrinkly before adding your own artsy flare to it! Once the apple is dried, you can give it a witch hat, some yarn hair, a cloak, and maybe a little witches broom. This is not one to be eaten, but a cute little centerpiece for your coffee table.

As the witching hour approaches, put on a scary movie or podcast and gather your friends to create something cute this Halloween season! Remember, GradGuard is spooky this week! Be sure to check us out for fun Halloween posts!

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3 Tech Trends For College Students

October 23, 2018

Since college students are actively studying competing for a place in the job market, it’s no surprise new tech trends often appear among them first. The latest in digital communication and security hardware can help you improve the way you access information, experience new ways of learning, and even protect your dorm and belongings. If you’re looking for upcoming technology in education, these trends are on the bleeding edge.


The rising cost of textbooks (or the inconvenience of heavy backpacks) is driving up the use of e-books at almost every university. A four-year study conducted by Aimee deNoyelles and John Raible at the University of Central Florida found e-text use was up to 66% of students in 2016, growing year over year. As students get more familiar with digital technology, e-books are becoming a preference.

Many institutions are jumping on the bandwagon. Florida recently launched a $656,000 program to drive up the use of e-texts in state universities. The University of Indiana reports that e-texts saved its students $3.5 million in the 2016–2017 academic year, making information access more affordable and more convenient.

Video Learning and Virtual Reality (VR)

Video has been in classrooms for decades, but developing technologies in video communications are opening new doors for students in 2018. Video education tools like Google Expeditions already provide advanced VR-powered learning tools for teachers across the globe, offering digital tours of far-off historical sites and ecological hotspots. VR in college classrooms provides new ways for students to learn and experience the material.

Video also continues to enable distance learning. Video lectures allow professors to teach in a more engaging way to students taking online courses, which has increased the effectiveness of these types of courses. With distance learning, a college education is more accessible and affordable, especially to people in countries that lack wide offerings of higher education.

Dorm Room Security

Students in universities have already adopted AI techs like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. Now, the latest in home security is making the jump to college dorms. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 27,500 criminal incidents at universities in 2015, an increase from 2014. The risk of losses to personal property is enough to push many students to install security cameras in their dorms.

New smart security cameras offer advanced features like smartphone compatibility and cloud storage that allow you to stream the feed to your phone when you’re not in your dorm room. Voice controls and IFTT compatibility let them link up with other smart devices as well. Remember to do your research and find the system that works best for you.

The Next Big Trend

A lot of our modern digital world traces back to university laboratories and messy dorm rooms. The next big trend in the tech world at large might start somewhere on your college campus this week. But for now, these technological tools are shaping the college experience—at least until next semester. Who knows what innovations might be waiting right around the corner.

Remember to check out GradGuard on social media for all of your college tips and hacks.

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Stepping into the Professional World on the Right Foot

October 22, 2018

Planning for the future can be confusing at times, but who says it has to be a struggle? From standing out at your internship to planning your post-grad plans, there are plenty of easy changes you can make to look and feel your best in order to succeed. Having the confidence to thrive in the professional world will position you to excel in whatever you do. Here’s what you should be doing to ensure you start off on the right foot:

Update Your Resume Frequently

It never hurts to get a second, or even a third, opinion on your resume. Rather than talking about your day-to-day duties on your resume, it’s best to demonstrate the skill set and benefit that you personally brought to a company/organization, and to have your desired company in mind while doing so. This can and should be, a process that it is completed regularly before applying to any job. Also as you engage in volunteer events, clubs, internships, and other extracurricular activities.

Utilizing the knowledge of classmates, professors, and your career center can help you to compile the best of what you have to offer, and showcase what is most important. Accepting constructive criticism, updating your vocabulary, and finding new ways to create a quality, eye-catching resume will put you ahead of the game.

Don’t be afraid to get creative when structuring your resume, as some employers like to see out-of-the-box interpretations, but use your best judgment. If you’re applying for a position at a young, creative company, for example, consider tailoring your resume to fit the company’s mission, values, and overall aesthetic. As you would tailor a cover letter to fit the job you are applying for, you should always do the same with your resume. Having a strong skill set on paper can help you emulate the confidence you need to score the job of your dreams.

Dress the Part

A big part of being the best version of yourself in the professional world is dressing the part. This doesn’t mean you have to dress business professional every day, but elevating your style to look more put-together, and especially well-dressed during important moments, is a great first step. For ladies, it’s easy to be stylish by pairing trendy loafers with dark wash jeans and a button-down top. Swap the jeans out for a pencil skirt and add a cute suit jacket for a more professional twist. Purchasing staple pieces that you can alternate from ultra-casual to business is a great way to elevate your look. For men, try renting a great suit for a big interview or networking event. In your everyday wear, get some stylish dress shoes to pair with dark jeans or khakis and a nice shirt or sweater.

Of course, you’ll still have days where wearing sweatpants in public is fine, but try to limit it to the weekends or for running quick errands. You never know who you’ll see on a grocery store run or in class, so it’s important to always be on your A-game and grow more comfortable dressing professionally.


Networking is an important step to take when positioning yourself for success. No matter how far along you are in your collegiate career, it is never too early to take advantage of networking opportunities. When it comes to events, showing up in your best professional attire with a resume and business card in-hand can give you the confidence to interact with anyone. Work on your elevator speech, build an off-paper resume that you can speak to, and work on some speaking techniques to command the room and exude confidence.

The most important thing to remember about excelling at networking is maintaining the connections you make. Reach out to your connections on LinkedIn, offer to meet them for coffee when you’re in their area and don’t be afraid to ask for advice or insight when the opportunity presents itself. If you keep these connections into your career, it may turn into a mutually beneficial connection down the road.


Be sure to look to GradGuard for all of your Motivational Monday posts!

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4 Ways to Perform Your Own Smartphone Detox

October 16, 2018

As a young adult, your whole life probably revolves around your smartphone. But to avoid its adverse impact, you must consider going on a smartphone detox. Did you know that nearly 60% of teenagers look at their smartphones 110 times a day? For some, the number could even go as high as 900 times. 

We live in a time where there’s an app to solve even the smallest issues and it can be hard to stay away from smartphones. However, smartphone dependence could turn out to be a cause of concern for your overall health. That’s why you should consider a detox process so that you can get over this dependence.

Don’t set unattainable targets

In order to cut down on your smartphone dependence, it would be best for you to start by setting smaller goals for each day. Whether it’s during studying, having dinner with your family, or when you’re performing a chore, if you gradually remove technology from your daily life (like, not checking social media or using instant messaging apps or making/receiving video calls), your detox will be all the more effective. These small but significant changes will help you achieve our target, but only when you set attainable objectives.

Delete your social media apps

The whole process of a smartphone detox would be incomplete without having these apps removed. Hence, get rid of these apps if you want to be free from the spell of checking your phone every 5 minutes. Now even though the process of detox is only for a limited span of time, and you might consider being back on the social network, but you would definitely notice a considerable reduction in your smartphone dependence.

Switch off cellular data completely when away from home, studying or at school

Switching off your cellular data not only helps your wallet but also gives your idle internet browsing a rest. However, it’s not too difficult to find places where there’s free Wi-Fi, thus taking away from your valuable downtime. Now, it all boils down to, having a little self-control. Exercising self-control will allow you to thwart any negative impact smartphones may have on your overall health.

Make sure turn the ‘airplane mode’ on before retiring for the night.

Now it’s a common excuse for teenagers (or for that matter adults) to keep their phones turned on through the night because they need to set the alarm for the next morning. But having a phone next to you compels you to check it repeatedly, and in the process, you disrupt your precious sleep and makes you prone to mindlessly scroll through the social media sites. That’s why the eminent therapists recommend that you should keep your phone on the airplane mode as it will starkly improve the quality of sleep and make you feel well-rested throughout the day.

When you religiously follow these tips, you will definitely notice the positive outcomes of your smartphone detox.

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Author Bio: Marceline Joseph is an online educator, programmer and an academic writer associated with Assignment Help Company. Besides being associated with the education and teaching industry, Marceline is a passionate stamp collector and chess player.

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Discovering Efficient Strategies to Learn New Skills

October 9, 2018

As a student, it is important to be able to learn new skills. The ability to retain information is an important part of your education. You don’t need to be a genius to be at the top of your class. These strategies will help you retain and master new skills.

Learn by Doing

You will have better results when you actually try out the things you’ve learned. If you focus solely on retaining the information, you will likely forget that information after you’ve finished exams. Instead, if you put the information you are learning into practice and use other aspects of your knowledge to relate the information to, you are more likely to permanently retain that information and be able to use it in your future career.

Move From One Place to Another

A common mistake that most college students make while studying is staying in the same place all day. Your brain will make connections between what you study and the things that surround you. Therefore, if you spend hours on end in your room studying, your creativity will suffer. So, try studying in various places like the park, a coffee shop, the library, or places around campus. 

Test Yourself

An important part of studying is ensuring that you are retaining the information. While studying, quiz yourself at the end of each chapter to make sure you are understanding the material. Most textbooks will include a section at the end of the chapter to test your knowledge. You can also test yourself with flashcards alone or with a friend.

Take Notes

A good strategy to help retain information is to take notes. Summarizing the information into your own words and typing it or writing it down with help with memory recall when you need it. Another plus side to notetaking is you will have easy access to this information in you need it in the future.

Start Small

It’s normal to be ambitious and want to take on everything at one time. However, this can cause you to lose your concentration and become overwhelmed. In order to stay on track, it is better to focus on one or two strategies at a time, and split these into smaller, more achievable goals. Once you’ve met the first goals, you can move on to the next and progress down your list to success!

Self-improvement will help you to develop new skills that you will utilize long after you graduate. Of course, learning strategies will vary from one person to another. You can try the different methods above and see which ones will help you to master new skills and obtain better results in college and your future career.

Be sure to check out GradGuard‘s social media for new content every week!


Kristin Savage nourishes, sparks and empowers using the magic of a word. She does her voodoo regularly on the Pick Writers blog and occasionally contributes to other educational platforms. Along with pursuing her degree in Creative Writing, Kristin was gaining experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in marketing strategy for publishers and authors.