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How to Live With Roommates Without Losing Your Mind (Ep. 153)

Pick one to live with: a close friend or the dreaded rando.

Gut instinct may say to pick the friend, but that may be just as risky as the person you don’t know — living styles and expectations are more important than hobbies if you want to avoid souring a friendship over an ice cream cone on the floor.

So we’re going to talk a bit about how to handle living with roommates, be they friend or newcomer, along with:

  • How to keep a sleep routine while still having fun
  • How many things to take on at once

Oh, and we’ll also be talking about why you might need to eat your weak hamsters.

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How to Take Good Notes from Books (Ep. 152)

Books are wonderous creations — yes, even some of the books you’ve been assigned in class.

But if you’ve ever felt overwhelmed trying to absorb every word of every chapter of every book you’ve been assigned, there’s likely a better way.

So today we’ll be talking a bit about how we takes notes from books, both paper and digital, along with:

  • Making the most of your walk between classes
  • How to prepare for exams early

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Mixing Paper and Digital Note-Taking Systems (Ep. 151)

Sometimes it can feel like we wished for technology on a monkey’s paw.

We have untold connectivity and conveniences, but we’ve traded a lot of focus and connection to the present. The simple pleasures and feedbacks of writing on paper, for example, are lost if you want the benefits of near-unlimited storage and searchability. Or are they?

In this episode, we’ll talk about our attempts at harnessing the benefits of both the paper and digital worlds, along with:

  • The importance of grades vs. extracurriculars
  • How to choose a career

Also, having just hit 151 episodes, I’d like to take a moment here to thank that monkey’s paw and its technology for the first generation of Pokémon. Everyone go play Sun and Moon.

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What to Do If You’re Always Tired (Ep. 150)

You know what they say: grades, social life, sleep. Pick 2. Unfortunately, picking the first two and neglecting that last part can leave you feeling so tired you can’t effectively do the first two anyway. So what can you do if you can’t stop yawning?

We’re talking a bit about how to feel more awake in this episode, along with:

  • How to apply the Feynman technique
  • How much buffer time to schedule between tasks

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Optimize Your Sleep: 5 Tips for Falling Asleep Faster and Sleeping Better

Do you remember the last time you had a really good night’s sleep?

If you’re in college, it may have been awhile. College students aren’t exactly known for their amazing sleep habits. People brag about caffeine-fueled all-nighters and only needing two hours of sleep a night.

But despite what you might like to think, there’s no substitute for good quality sleep. Sleep is like an oil change for your body. Just as fresh oil keeps your car’s engine running cleanly and smoothly, so does a good night’s sleep keep your body in top running condition.

Sleep rebuilds muscle, regulates your metabolism, and helps you stay focused. Also, it’s an integral part of the learning process. Since learning is basically your full-time job as a college student, getting excellent sleep is a must.

Most of us kind of suck at sleeping, despite it being something we’ve done every night for our entire lives. Even if we get the recommended 7-8 hours per night, many of us find ourselves waking up groggy and anything but well-rested. Luckily, this is a problem you can fix with a few simple changes. In today’s post, we’ll break down five essential tips for falling asleep faster and sleeping better. Read More…

Do You Have to Be an Expert to Start a Blog? (Ep. 149)

In the internet age, we have unprecedented power to share our knowledge and thoughts with the world through blogs, podcasts, videos, or a mass of robotic carrier pigeons. But what if you don’t feel like you’re qualified to share anything?

In this episode, we’ll talk a bit about how much you should know before starting a blog, along with:

  • How to keep up with people as an introvert
  • What music to study to

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How to Stop Procrastinating and Focus: A Guide to the Pomodoro Technique

As someone who has to create videos, podcasts, and other articles on a weekly schedule, procrastination is my number one enemy.

You would think that after years of working on this site I would have gotten over this problem, but it still rears its ugly head every week.

Procrastination is a familiar foe to every student as well. Whether it’s that 10-page research paper that you wait to write until 12 hours (or 4…or 1) before it’s due or that exam you meant to start studying for a week ago, we’ve all had that moment when procrastination made our lives really unpleasant.

There are lots of ways to combat procrastination: planning ahead, starting work long before it’s due, or even taking on fewer commitments are all options you should consider. The most effective technique for me, however, has been the Pomodoro Technique. Read More…

How to Promote Yourself Without Bragging (Ep. 148)

Promoting yourself involves walking a very fine line. Go too far to one side, and no-one will ever know what you care about, what you’re good at, or what you’ve accomplished. Go too far to the other, and you’re a terrible braggart who will soon understand why people say it’s lonely at the top.

How do you strike such a delicate balance between the two?

In this episode, we’ll be talking about the art of tastefully promoting yourself, along with:

  • How to handle feeling competitive with or shunned by friends when trying to better yourself
  • How to become a better speaker

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