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How to Take Good Notes for Studying

Many students have a tendency to believe that taking notes is just writing what an instructor is saying or copying what’s on the board. However, taking quality notes involves just a bit more work and focus, but a small amount of additional effort can make a huge difference in how study sessions go and may help improve your grades.

Getting into the habit of good note taking can make it easier for important facts and concepts to stick in your brain. Further, when you need to study for midterms or final exams, good notes can reduce the stress and time it takes to properly prepare for an important test. Here are some methods and tricks to improve your note taking.

Pay Attention

Unless you really enjoy a subject, chances are, you fall prey to boredom and spacing out when in class. If you’re not actually paying attention to what’s being said, your note taking is going to suffer. You’ll likely miss important points and may just jot down random phrases or keywords that will mean little to nothing to you later.

Therefore, you need to make sure that you’re paying attention in class and that you’re taking in and understanding what is being said. This will allow you to not only take better notes; it will help ensure that you ask questions if you don’t comprehend a particular topic.

Bring The Right Tools

Whether you take notes by hand or use a computer, it’s important that you come prepared. If you take notes by hand, you’ll want a notebook or a binder and different colored pens and/or highlighters. A notebook or binder will help you keep your notes in the same place. If you take notes on loose-leaf paper and don’t have anything to keep your papers together, it increases the risk you’ll lose them.

Multiple colored writing utensils can help you break up topics as well as allow you to color code your notes. Using a different color of pen or highlighting words can help you bring attention to important topics or vocabulary words. It may also be a good idea to create your own shorthand instead of trying to make up abbreviations on the fly. What makes sense in class may turn into Sanskrit when you’re reviewing what you’ve written.

If you’re taking notes on a computer, you may want to consider a good note taking program. While a standard word processing program may do the job, it’s easier if you’ve got a program that will let you sort notes into topics, highlight keywords and concepts and break up your notes into digestible segments with little effort. You should also be sure that your computer is charged and/or that you have a power cord handy.

Stay Organized

Taking great notes does you little good if you lose them or are spending enormous amounts of time trying to find what you’ve got on a particular topic. Hand note takers can benefit from binders or notebooks with pockets in them to help keep track of written notes as well as any handouts. At the top of each page of notes, you should include the date, chapter and topics covered. It may also be a good idea to skip lines when taking notes so that you can add details later.

If you keep your notes on a computer, make sure that you separate each class into its own folder and that each document is labeled so that you know when the notes were taken.

Review Your Notes After Class

Some people find that rewriting their notes after class or after school helps them cement what they’ve learned and ensure that their notes are clear. You may find it beneficial to transfer your notes to a computer if you normally take notes by hand. Computer users may also want to review everything and make sure what they’ve written is clear and makes sense. Reviewing your notes after a class makes it easier to correct errors or clarify things that could be confusing in a few weeks.

HURRICANE IRMA – ALERT!!!

 

!!!ATTENTION!!!

Hurricane Irma, currently a category 5 hurricane, has reached top sustained winds of 185 mph and is currently forecasted to head west towards Florida later this week.
A state of emergency has been declared by Florida State Governor Rick Scott.
At this time, ASA Management is monitoring the storm and begins to take precautionary measures:
All ASA FL Campuses will be closed on Thursday, September 7th 2017 and Friday September 8th, 2017
We will be communicating important instructions and information to you via e-mai, ASA’s website or an emergency phone line # 877-441-6709.
Accordingly, we ask that you please monitor your e-mail, ASA’s Main website or to call in to the emergency phoneline # 877-441-6709, and give your prompt attention to any instructions you may receive.

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8 Tips to Create the Best Flash Cards

Although flash cards are often used in elementary school classrooms, they are effective studying tools for college students as well. When crafted correctly, many are effective vehicles that help the brain absorb information. Here are eight ways to make flash cards that will bring you the most successful results.

  • Create Unique Cards. Although many students share their flash cards or use pre-made items, it is better to draft a unique set. Your brain will absorb more information when you use your words and choose pictures.
  • Combine Words and Drawings. Many flash cards only contain words. Although this is acceptable, it may be better to incorporate pictures. A Toronto study found that the best results occur when words are combined with drawings. Mixing a picture with a simple phrase or sentence is enough to increase the mind’s ability to recall information.
  • Mnemonic Devices are Effective. A mnemonic device is defined as a trick that creates a link between two different pieces of data in the brain. For example, many music students remember the names of the spaces of the treble clef by using the acronym FACE. A rhyme may be used as well. Another successful way to remember information is by using an associative image.
  • Since they are memorable, it is smart to invent crazy associations. Your mind is built to recall things that are not common. When creating your cards, draw unusual and funny pictures so that you remember the information. Even if no one else gets the joke, it only matters that it helps you study.
  • Limit Facts on Each Card. As you create flash cards, it is best to place only one fact on each piece of paper. When you include lists, you may easily skip over bits of information that you may not know.
  • Split Complicated Ideas Into Different Questions. When one topic is very complex, there may be numerous questions or pieces of information that accompany it. To make sure that you learn everything that goes with the subject, it is important to create multiple flashcards. Even though this will increase the number of cards that you have, you will be sure to master all of the data.
  • Vocalize Your Answers. Many students study flash cards in silence. This method is not as effective as saying your answers out loud. The best way to study is by reviewing your cards with a friend. However, if no one is available, you can still vocalize your answers before you flip them over.
  • Study Your Cards Forwards and Backwards. By only using one side of your flash cards during your study time, you may not be adequately preparing for your test. For example, when you are studying chemistry element symbols, and one card reads “Na,” you will be able to tell that the answer is sodium. However, if the exam question asks for the symbol for sodium, you may not be able to recall the right answer.
  • Flash Cards are Just the Beginning. Flash cards are reliable ways to study for a variety of tests. However, there are other methods that may bring you successful results. They are useful when you are covering vocabulary or definitions, but they will not be as effective when you must recall more complex material.

When you use flash cards as your study buddies, the above tips will help you create the most effective tools. Learning what makes flash cards successful will decrease your study time and will allow your brain to recall information in a simple manner.

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Maintaining Healthy Habits in College

College is a time of dramatic changes. For some students, it’s the first time that they’ve lived on their own with the responsibility to finally take charge of their own life. College courses are also much more difficult than any other previous schooling, leading to late nights of studying and plentiful amounts of stress. It’s easy for new college students to feel overwhelmed and pick up some unhealthy habits, but with a little preparation you can make sure that your health is up to the challenge.

Stick to Solid Sleep Schedule

Getting enough sleep every night is a good way to keep your stress levels down and feel energized for each day of class. Make a sleep habit that you can stick to, even during the weekends. If you have trouble falling asleep, try to avoid using your smartphone or your computer for about 30 minutes before bedtime. Reading and drinking tea can help your brain start to relax and prepare for sleep. Be sure to avoid having excessive caffeine in the evening so that you can fall asleep easily.

Learn to Say No

College life usually means easy access to tasty foods, from the candy in the vending machines to the doughnuts in the bakery across the street. If you’re now living on your own, you might feel emboldened to partake of delicious treats at any hour. Learning when to say no is a good skill that will help you keep the extra pounds off. Avoid eating when you’re not actually hungry, and stick to light snacks when you need a little treat. Try to avoid eating too much late at night as well; this can cause heartburn and weight gain.

Eat Regular Meals

When you’re racing from one class to another with twenty different deadlines looming ahead of you, it’s easy to forget to eat a meal now and then. However, if you start missing meals regularly, your body and your brain won’t be properly fueled for the demands of college. Adjust your schedule so that you have enough time in the morning to get breakfast without feeling panicked about missing class. Start taking your lunch with you, or find a healthy place you can buy a lunch. Keeping a handful of healthy snacks in your backpack, such as peanuts or dried fruit, can help you get some nutrition when you unexpectedly are late for a meal.

Find an Exercise Activity You Love

Regular exercise is a great way to burn off some stress, boost your fitness levels and lose some weight. However, there’s little point in picking an exercise that you hate. Instead, choose an activity that you that you enjoy and would look forward to. This can include:

  • Yoga with friends
  • Walking around campus
  • Joining a gym
  • Taking a sports class, such as badminton
  • Making time for exercise, even if it’s only for a few minutes a day, can help you unwind and take a break from your deadlines and homework.

Load up on Healthy Foods

Filling up your plate with healthy foods, including vegetables and fruits, can help you avoid eating too much unhealthy junk food. Aim to build a colorful plate with a variety of fresh foods for each meal. A simple meal of grilled chicken, brown rice and roasted vegetables will keep you full and be easy on your waistline. If you want to indulge in the occasional calorie-rich meal, such as pizza, pair it with a nutritious salad with a light dressing.

While you’re in college, maintaining your healthy habits may be a challenge. Including a little extra time each day so that you can take care of your physical health is a good way to reduce stress and become healthier.

Stop Procrastinating

College students face tons of essays, courseworks and science papers during their years of study. And it’s not a big deal when these works are just in the ordinary flow. But when it comes to a 90-page senior thesis, you have to spend at least 1 year on it. This is where procrastination finds and catches you. A way too big project presupposes planning an explicit strategy. Almost every student decides to start in the middle of a year in order to meet the deadline. What happens next? Months pass by and dust covers your thesis.

Then you invent another strategy – to start two months before the deadline. But two months turn into one, which turns into several weeks. So one sunny morning you come out of the oblivion with two days until the deadline without a word written. What a challenge, to produce 90 pages in 48 days. You don’t sleep, eat or relax, struggling to be in time. Yes, you will get your mark, but results are nearly always frustrating.

How to avoid this Procrastination Monster? You’ll need to get rid of all the leisure temptations that prevent you from completing tasks. But let’s face the truth: students are not so responsible. It is impossible to kill procrastinations, all of us are subjected to it. But you can optimize your work for the sake of your career. Consider your calendar, mind the whole process and don’t let anything ruin your study goals.

Try not to burn out

Life in college is full of activities. Most of them are odd and unwanted. But it takes time to get this fact. Various competitions, contests, matches, socials, soirees, rave-ups..how not to surrender? Moreover, every mate will try to drag you to a new party and resisting is tough! It is very dangerous not to have a time-schedule, because participating in the each and every scene, you will burn out quickly. Pick up the most significant events and don’t violate your precious time. Set the priorities and maximize the advantage of your college experience.