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What’s In My Backpack: My 2017 Gear and EDC

A couple of years ago I did one of those What’s In My Backpack videos that all the kids seem to be doing these days.

And despite the fact that my backpack didn’t contain anything truly exciting, like a gateway to a pocket dimension filled with talking hot dogs, or disco ball gloves, people seemed to enjoy it anyway.

Given the response that article received, I figured it was high time to take a renewed look at the gear I’m carrying on a daily basis. Read More…

Why You’re Tired All the Time: How to Have All-Day Energy

You and I both know that the one difference between you and people like J.K. Rowling and Elon Musk isn’t your smarts, isn’t your motivation, and isn’t even your work ethic.

The only difference between you and them is that you’re constantly tired, right? If not for that one teensy little difference, you’d easily be able to crank out a couple chapters of the next great american novel each morning before heading out to fight crime. And lesser tasks – like studying for exams and not subsisting entirely off of Totino’s pizza rolls – would be trivially easy.

But, as it stands, you can’t do those things because you are basically a zombie. Well, maybe not a literal zombie, like in that one episode of Space Dandy – but the similarities are mounting. You feel sluggish, you’ve got bags forming under your eyes, and then there is that inexplicable craving for raw meat…

But, more importantly, you just don’t have the energy to do the things you want to do. So today I want to explore some methods for breaking that cycle of constant tiredness. Read More…

A Beginner’s Guide to Library Research

Picture this: It’s 2 am, and you’re on your fifth cup of coffee (or was it the sixth?). You’re crouched at a table in some dark corner of the library surrounded by fifteen open books. Equally as many tabs are open on your laptop, and the clock seems to tick in time with the blinking cursor in the document of your barely begun 10-page paper that’s due in seven hours.

Sound familiar? I know I’ve been there. I hope you haven’t, but I bet you’ve at least been in a similar situation. There are a lot of things that can explain how you got to this point, including procrastination, poor organization, and a messy schedule.

But I think, very often, the problem is also a lack of research skills. I know that my formal training in the actual mechanics of library research was limited to a couple 1-hour sessions my freshman year. Beyond that, I just had to figure most of it out through trial and error. Read More…

How to Stop Falling Behind on Your Homework

When I was in the 6th grade, back when the Sony PSP was still the bomb, my mom promised me that she would buy me one if I made the honour roll for my grade.

This meant that I had to have a 95% overall average in all my classes for an entire school year.

Well, I worked hard enough and was on track… Until I hit the mid-term mark.

By this time, I was tired of studying all the time and not having enough time to play… And that Sony PSP seemed like a distant prize.

So I started spending less time studying, and more time on things that mattered more at the moment – like playing Digimon World 2 on my Playstation One.

Needless to say, I never got that Sony PSP.

You’ve probably experienced something similar.

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How to Create a Great Study Space (With Examples)

Where do you normally study? If the answer is “lying in bed with my laptop propped on my knees while eating deep-fried Cheetos,” then you might want to consider revamping your study space.

And that’s what today’s post is all about. We’re going to look at how to create (or find) a study spot that lets you get in, do your best work, and then get back to having high density fun.

We’ll examine the different types of study spaces, the do’s and don’t’s of study space creation, and the key principles to make sure your study space does what it should: help you study better. Finally, we’ll give you some examples of study spaces that put these principles into action.

Because this is a pretty extensive guide, I’ve broken it up into section for easy navigation and reference. Click each link to visit the corresponding section:

Let’s get started! Read More…

How to Finish Homework FAST

I was a competitive swimmer as a freshman in university.

I would get up at 4:30 am for practice at 5:30 AM. Then I’d bike to the station and take the 1.5-hour train to school, try to stay awake in class, then bus back to the pool in the afternoon for evening practice.

I would clock in about 20 hours of training in total every week.

Somewhere along the way I found the time to study and I ended up finishing my freshman year with a 3.8 GPA.

By my sophomore and junior years, I had retired from swimming so although it would seem like I had more time on my hands, they were disasters by comparison.

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How to Make Studying Fun

Let’s get one thing straight: studying is boring, right?

You know the feeling: every time you have to read a textbook or review for a test, you start thinking of a million things that you’d rather be doing – like skydiving, or watching paint dry. You know, fun stuff.

Of course, studying is just something you have to do – which leads to the obvious question: if I have to do it, is there at least a way to make it fun?

The answer is yes, and today, we’ll be covering some mindsets and practical tricks you can use to make studying something you look forward to more often.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Along With Your Roommate

Unless you attended Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, or shared a room with a sibling growing up, college is probably the first time you’ve ever had a roommate. Whether you’re literally sharing a bedroom with another person, or just sharing an apartment, living with a roommate is a whole new world compared to living with your parents.

And, really, it’s not something anyone ever talks about until you get to college. Sure, there’s the odd glimpse in college movies or maybe a weird story from one of your parents, but nothing can truly prepare you for the experience of coexisting in close quarters with someone who’s quite possibly a complete stranger. Read More…

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