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The Top 10 Apps to Help Organize Your College Life

September 1st, 2015

BY JANE HURST

College may seem like a hectic time, especially in the beginning, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need to do is find the best tools to help get your life organized, and keep it that way. Here are 10 awesome apps that will help you to do just that.

IStudiez Lite – If you find yourself doing other things rather than studying, this app will help to get you back on track. It will help you to map out each semester, assignments, exam schedules, etc. You can manage as many as five courses with 15 classes and exams for each course. You can even set alarms. There is a free version and the pro version costs just $2.99.

inClass – This app lets you set your courses, instructors, assignments, and more. You can even use it to take visual, audio, and text notes that you can sync with your computer and share through iTunes and Facebook. This is a great app to help you stay organized throughout your college life.

Todoist – This app is the best to-do list app you will ever find. You can track assignments, bookmark web pages, set reminders, and so much more. You can combine the mobile app with the web browser plugin to really get the most out of this learning tool. There are Mac and Windows versions, as well as plugins for Outlook, Gmail, Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird, and Postbox. There is a free and a paid version.

Lifelock Wallet – Never worry about losing your purse or wallet again when you have this app. It is a digital wallet that lets you upload all of your credit card info, coupons, and more so you have everything you need, wherever you are. You can even track all of your credit card transactions, cancel lost or stolen cards, and much more.

Pearls Only – Not only should you be organizing your studies, you need to organize yourself and how you look. What you wear says a lot about you, and you can say a lot when you are wearing pearls. Find a great selection of pearl jewelry at this website.

MyScript Smart Note – This is a great note-taking tool that actually recognizes your handwriting to decipher the notes you take in the classroom (yes, there are still some people who prefer to do things the old-fashioned way and take written notes). There is a free version with limited features for iOS and Android, and a paid version where you can use all of the features.

Exam Vocabulary Builder – More than six million people have used this app to help better their vocabulary. Spaced repetition is used to help you learn how to remember things better, and there are search and organize features along with study, flashcard, and quiz modes. This is a great app for anyone that doesn’t have English as their first language.

XMind – This is a great tool for studying and taking notes. It is a mind mapping app that lets you plan projects, study sessions, and more. The only drawback is that there is no mobile app, and you can only use this with a desktop/laptop. There are so many features in the free version that you may never even have to pay for the other features, unless you feel that you really need them. Just remember, you will have to pay for cloud storage.

Mint – Here is a tool that all college students need: one that will help you stay on a budget. You will be able to track your spending, and everything is divided into categories so you always know exactly where every penny goes. You will even receive alerts if you go over your budget or don’t have much money in your bank account.

Venmo – This tool lets you send money to your friends’ bank accounts, so if you are splitting the check for dinner, you will be able to easily pay your share even if you don’t have any money on you.

Byline:

Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a

HOW TO GET IN WRITING MODE AFTER SUMMER: TIPS FOR STUDENTS

August 31st, 2015

BY JANICE KERSH

As we all know, summer is the time to relax. For many students, this means turning off our brains completely and only writing tweets and Instagram captions. Even if you planned to have an extremely productive summer, reading books relevant to your education, you probably ended up by the pool somewhere, reading a blog post.

Well, the new semester is only a few weeks away, and nothing is as important as impressing your new professors early on. Here’s how you reset your beach brain and kick your writing into gear so you can dazzle everyone with the very first thing you write this year:

Start with the basics. Remember all that stuff that you learned in school about essay composition and mapping it out before you put pen to paper? Time to brush up on it. If you’ve forgotten everything you’ve ever been taught, a good rule of thumb is to divide your essay into thirds, each with a singular mission: describing a phenomenon, dissecting it from your perspective and discerning what the implications of it are.

Review what you’ve written before. Hopefully, you’re not one of those people who delete everything they’ve written during the semester once finals are over. Read the work you’ve submitted in the past and look at the feedback you got on it. What do you want to change? If you were writing the same thing now, what would you do differently? Look at the feedback you received once more and note what issues keep coming up again and again.

Remind yourself what proper sourcing means. When you’re making a point, which is essential in a college essay, always remember to have at least one significant source. A great way to please your professor is having one of each: an expert opinion, a reputable study, and a historical example or analogy. And try to avoid the common mistake of just following your sources’ outline. This usually results in something that reads as a list of things tied together by “and then…”.

 

Remember the motive. In college, you’re probably writing because it’s your homework assignment, but that’s not where good writing comes from. Before starting your outline and even before you start compiling sources, think about the things you want to accomplish, what point of view you want to show and how you want to show it. A good essay is someone’s original thought framed by some expertise in the subject, backed up by good sources and framed by strong argumentation. Some jokes wouldn’t hurt, either, but use them sparringly.

Learn how to read something closely. The best writers are attentive readers, so commit some time to learning how to read in a way that would be productive to your work. Take out a book, pick up a pencil and underline everything that strikes you as interesting, surprising or useful. Look for useful patterns like repetitions, contradictions or similarities and see if their combination tells you anything.

Get inspired. Even motivated writers need to look for something to drive them from time to time. Pick out a few authors whose work you are fond of and mine the Interned for previously undiscovered work of theirs (trust me, there’s always something). I guarantee that, after reading the work of someone you admire, your motivation will revitalize.

Write a practice essay. No doubt, there’s a story in the news right now that’s getting your attention. After brushing up on everything you’re supposed to remember before college starts, put it to good use and solidify your knowledge by writing a practice essay. Look at how writing without all that pressure treats you and you might even enjoy writing, who knows? Maybe it won’t be such a labor now that you don’t have to write for a grade. And if it doesn’t go so well, just remember the advice most professional writers give to people who are just starting out: the only way to become a good writer is to write more bad stuff.

Hopefully, this guide will be helpful to all you students getting ready to start the semester in a productive way. In any case, nothing you do will be better for your writing than reading constantly and thinking about what you read. Ask any professional writer and they’d tell you the same thing.

Janice Kersh is a blogger, writing expert at http://essaywriter.pro/ and freelance writer with 4+ years of experience. She helps students and young authors to develop their writing skills and provides tips for editing and thorough research. Follow her on Twitter.

Things every new student entrepreneur should pay attention to

August 28th, 2015

By Melissa Burns
College students of 2015 can obviously be named the generation Z. It is a completely new generation of people born and raised in the era of rapid development of technology and the “business out of the air.” Generation Z fundamentally differs from students who were before them. However, there is still something in common between them. So as college students before 2000, the college students after 2000 dream of success in their lives. However, if previously success could be marked by a degree, well paid job in a company and full social package, nowadays all of this is just a bonus to real success. Young people no longer dream to work for Coca-Cola or on Wall Street. Now they want to have their own business. Despite the fact that huge corporations don’t lose their positions we can watch the booming of small business, too. The main axiom of a young small business in 2015 is “do something small, but be the best in it!”

This explains the huge number of startups, which is growing rapidly every year. It will not be a mistake if we say that almost every third student wants to start a small business. Is there any universal advice that will help them with this difficult matter in 2015?

So, to navigate your future career, students need to know about:

Ability to use free Internet tools

Indeed, it can be very useful. After starting business while in college, it is very unlikely that a student will posses enough money to pay for customized web design, promotion, advertising and other costs. A little time spent on the internet will help you to find for example websitebuilder.com that is a free website builder service, or a platform for online marketing. Another great way to claim yourself is to write a guest post in the quality authoritative blog. The ability to search for free options will help to save money, and that is always useful.

Motivation

In order to start a business and achieve some success in it, you will need a powerful motivation. And this motivation should concern not only the desire to make money. It should encourage you to assess your business skills correctly, find out the niche in which your idea will be best implemented. It is necessary to develop a stellar business plan, and even if it is perfect at a first glance, you must not shun and do amendments if it is necessary. Flexibility and the ability to evolve helped people to survive in wild nature, and the same happens to businessmen in business.

Continuous self-development

Efforts should be made to engage in competitors’ research, so that no area would be left unknown. Adequate assessment of your competitors success can bring fresh ideas to your own business. Also try not to miss any trading shows personally. Another good advice is not to reject the help of a mentor. Even if you think that you have made a perfect business plan and started to implement it, it does not mean that the advice of an experienced person in this field will not make your plan better. Learn to listen.

Conclusion: believe in your success and do not give up at the first fall. Most of all, you’ll learn about business only by being involved in it, not sitting at a lecture by Professor with a textbook on economics. Trial and error has always been the best teacher.

Melissa Burns graduated from the faculty of Journalism of Iowa State University in 2008. Nowadays she is an entrepreneur and independent journalist. Her sphere of interests includes startups, information technologies and how these ones may be implemented in the sphere of education. You may contact Melissa: burns.melissaa@gmail.com

 

 

Pell Grants Go To Dropouts, Over 850 Colleges Drop SAT/ACT

August 27th, 2015
From ECS:

Financial Aid 
Billions in Pell dollars go to students who never graduate
An analysis of Pell grant graduation rate data from a cross section of colleges and universities suggests that billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded Pell grants nationwide go to students who never earn degrees. (Hechinger Report, August 17)

Postsecondary
More colleges drop standardized tests
More than 850 U.S. colleges and universities no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT, tests that have been a feature of American student life for decades. (Reuters, August 16)

Let the Best Assignment Writing Tools Make You a Better Student!

August 26th, 2015

BY ROBERT MORRIS

Can you think of a student who loves writing assignments for college? If some of your classmates are enthusiastic about different projects, they have probably found the right online tools and apps that help them research and write with no obstacles. Fortunately, you can do the same!

This list of the 8 effective assignment writing tools will help you cover all stages of the writing process with ease.

Assignment Survival Kit

This tool has a noble goal: enabling freshmen to complete their first assignments with success. Staffordshire University tries to develop digitally and technologically literate graduates, and the Assignment Survival Kit contributes towards that mission. The software helps you plan your time and tackle the assignment step by step. You enter the date when you start working on the project, as well as the deadline, and you get an assignment schedule for the steps you need to cover.

Creating Successful Research Skills Assignments – Penn Libraries

This online resource offers detailed explanations about a particular type of assignments: research papers. You will understand the purpose of these projects, you’ll get example assignments, and tips for creating your own content.

Assignment Help

You need something more than advice and tips when you’re working on a particularly challenging assignment? You can hire professional Aussie writers at this website. When you submit an order, you’ll start collaborating with an expert from the appropriate field of study. The direct messaging system enables you to monitor the progress of your assignment and see how a talented author crafts content from scratch. The customer support agents are available 24/7, so you can get all needed information before placing the order.

Writing – Study Guides and Strategies

Many students don’t like reading essay writing guides; they think they will develop these skills intuitively. That won’t happen. You need to know which stages to cover before you get to the flawless paper. At this website, you’ll find a detailed explanation of the process and types of writing. In addition, you’ll also get links to helpful guides that can help you write better.

Time4Writing

Your teachers are not explaining the essay writing process well? Maybe you need to learn from someone who is more interested in helping you become a successful academic writer. This online service enables you to learn from a certified teacher for a really affordable price. You’ll get quick and honest feedback that will enable you to write better assignments in a shorter period of time.

Encyclopedia

This is the perfect website to rely on when searching for trusted reference information. The search engine launches information from trusted sources, such as encyclopedias, thesauruses and dictionaries. When you locate materials you can use, Encyclopedia will enable you to get an instant citation in MLA, Chicago, and APA style.

Simplenote

Every great assignment starts with detailed planning. This note-taking app will help you track your thoughts and ideas on the go. You cannot plan when to get ideas, so this smartphone app is very useful for every student. You’ll be able to find notes by the tags you attached to them. The best part is that Simplenote is a collaborative tool – it enables you to publish your thoughts and get feedback.

iA Writer

This iPad app enables you to write on a distraction-free screen. Your attention won’t be consumed by unnecessary features, so the writing and editing processes will be much more focused and effective. Your content will be automatically synced to Dropbox and iCloud, so you won’t have to worry about losing your work.

The most important thing you need to remember is that assignment writing is not as difficult as it seems. Your professors are not trying to make your life miserable with these project; they are teaching you how to become more focused, attentive to details, and able to express your ideas with authoritative arguments. Now that you found the right tools, you can finally meet their expectations.

Author bio:

Robert Morris has worked in education for over 7 years as a teacher, school newspaper adviser, literacy consultant, curriculum writer. He provides teaching and learning materials

Regulation For An Unbundled World: Nano, Stackable Degrees

August 25th, 2015

Moving beyond college: Rethinking higher education regulation for an unbundled world

Michael B. Horn and Andrew P. Kelly

Key points

  • New “unbundled” higher education providers with modular, low-cost offerings powered by technology have begun to emerge, but they are constrained by the higher education regulatory system’s reliance on the traditional bundled model.
  • Policymakers could set up a path for these providers to receive federal aid in exchange for enhanced transparency on outcomes and cost, use independent authorizers to approve new providers and hold them accountable, or establish a market-entry regime based on labor-market outcomes and student satisfaction relative to an institution’s total expenditures.
  • Policymakers could also develop new financing approaches that may reduce taxpayer risk. They could require new providers to put up private capital to become eligible for federal aid and reimburse them if they exceed agreed-upon outcome targets or utilize tools like need-based grants and income-share agreements to spread risk across students and investors.
  • Policymakers may also simply wait for this emerging market to mature on its own and let consumer demand and competition drive innovation, though this pathway is slow and uncertain.

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Few Parents Know About Substantial Changes In The SAT

August 24th, 2015

New York, NY (August 24, 2015)—A Kaplan Test Prep survey finds that 85% of parents of college-bound students are still unaware that the SAT is changing, even after two years since the change was announced and less than seven months before the new SAT launches in March 2016.* When provided more details about the proposed changes to the SAT, the surveyed parents’ opinions about the new format were divided: 30% say they viewed the changes as something negative or think the exam will be harder; 30% view the changes as something positive; 20% are indifferent; and 15% still don’t know enough to form an opinion. However, views on specific changes reveal that a majority of parents believe the new SAT will be harder:

  • Math: The current SAT focuses on computational skills and allows students to use a calculator during all sections. The new SAT will focus on advanced algebra, data analysis, and real-world problem solving and calculators will only be permitted for one of two math sections. Fifty-six (56%) percent of parents say these changes make the Math portion of the new SAT harder; 18% say it will become easier; and 26% say it makes no difference.
  • Reading: The current SAT Reading section includes three 20-25 minute sections of sentence completions, and long- and short-passage reading questions. The new SAT Reading section will last 65 minutes and be made up of long passages followed by reading comprehension questions and will also test understanding of passages from U.S. and World Literature, History/Social Science and Science. Fifty-three (53%) percent of parents say the redesigned SAT Reading section will be harder than the current one; 12% say it will become easier; and 36% say it makes no difference.
  • Writing and Language/Grammar: The current SAT tests grammar in the form of individual sentence correction. The new SAT will test grammar in the form of passages and will also include questions about structure and reading comprehension. Fifty-three (53%) percent of parents say the Writing and Language/Grammar portion of the new SAT will become harder; 13% say it becomes easier; and 34% say it makes no difference.
  • Essay: The current SAT essay is required, and asks students to develop a persuasive essay about an issue; facts and grammar have little bearing on the overall score. The new SAT essay is optional, and asks students to read a 650-750 word passage and then prepare a facts-based essay analyzing how the author builds her/his argument. Sixty (60%) percent of parents say the SAT essay will become harder; 15% say the essay will become easier; and 25% say it makes no difference.

No Wrong Answer Penalty: The current SAT includes a ¼ point penalty for wrong answers. The new SAT eliminates the wrong answer point penalty. Fifty-six (56%) percent of parents say this change will make the new SAT easier; 22% say the change will make it harder; and 23% say it makes no difference

who should go to college; where should they go; and who is going to pay for it.

August 20th, 2015

by Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & CEO, Educational Policy Institute

Well, it’s another school year. Students around the country have started the sojourn back to their elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools—the pathway to enlightenment for some; the tunnel of darkness for others.

This year’s return is framed by a political discussion that has raised the platform of education as a federal issue. Although we haven’t heard much from the GOP side of things, both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have made education a seminal platform of their respective campaigns. I have been fairly vocal in my opposition to their views of a “free” higher education, and I don’t think they have much political capital, even if either of them were to become president.

Yesterday, Lumina Foundation released a framework to discuss what is affordable for students and families with regard to higher education. This is a different twist compared to the constant “college is unaffordable” dialogue that we host most of the time (me included). The framework talks much about using a family’s disposable income as a gauge for expected family contribution (EFC). This makes sense, but as their own analysis shows, it does not provide near enough in one sense and arguably too much by another. According to Lumina, a family should contribute what can be saved over 10 years through a metric of 10 percent of disposable income. Makes sense, until you also want those families to save at least 10 percent of disposable income for retirement, and those families that do believe in tithing and supporting their church and community. All of the sudden, disposable income is goggled up pretty quickly. Even by Lumina numbers, that 10 percent, for a family of four earning $50,000/year, equates to $1,500/year in EFC. By the way, most families at that level do not save for college; they do not save for retirement; they do not have pension plans. They work.

NOTE: This is a significant issue because we are now seeing the first retirees who have student loan debts and we are the verge of the first generation that will have emptied their retirement accounts, if they had them at all, to pay for their children’s higher education.

Also according to Lumina, the net cost for a four-year public education is now $111,600, and according to their calculations, a family of four should provide up to $6,000 for that education. I’m not sure what federal or state plan will account for the remaining $105,600 of the cost. Pell sure won’t cover it. Institutional aid and discounting won’t help too much at public institutions. So it comes back to other family resources in the form of (a) student work; (b) student loans (sub and unsub); and family loans (PLUS and private loans). The Lumina report suggests that students can work 10 hours a week and hazards against more. In some cases, students need to work more, and most research suggests that students can work up to 20 hours a week with little or no impact on their studies. But they have to earn funds to assist with college.

Most Americans feel that a college education is important. The 2014 Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup Poll found that 43 percent of those surveyed felt that college was important and an additional 48 percent stated “fairly important.” Only nine percent said it wasn’t that important (Interestingly, 58 percent of Democrats selected “very important” compared to 40 percent of Republicans). Regardless, these numbers resonate with many of us. College is important.

But this conversation comes back to three critical issues: who should go to college; where should they go; and who is going to pay for it.

The first and second questions invites a more lucid, honest, and robust discussion of why we need higher education. This sounds academic, if not elementary, but many of the pundits and analysts in our higher education/workforce arena have done a remarkably poor job of making the argument that we need more college. There is little evidence that we need more. We need better. We need more higher education that is connected to the workforce and societal needs. But we don’t need more degrees. We need more equity of opportunity, but we don’t need more BAs in the United States. We arguably need less. We need more people with stackable credentials and specific skills, many that can be trained in the workforce by companies and corporations and apprenticeships. And not all of these are blue collar positions. At EPI, we can take a smart, young person and teach them up to the talent of a person who has been master’s trained in research. I attended some pretty decent colleges in my time, but I learned most of my research in the field. I learned little about teaching in my undergrad; I learned almost everything in the classroom. The graduate level courses and experience helped, but nothing compared to working on projects with season veterans. So why did I need a Ph.D.? Because the field requires credentials before skills. I know great researchers with BAs that many Ph.D.s can’t hold a candle to. It isn’t about the degree. It’s about the skill. And we do a very poor job of linking higher education with the workforce, and it is costing us billions of dollars in excessive “training” at excessively expensive institutions.

The question of who will pay is important, as Lumina attests. But we cannot talk about affordability without talking about the cost centers. College is too expensive and we have finally reached a point where it just doesn’t make financial sense to a majority of students. Our economy is asking for $100,000+ for a degree from which their graduates will either be unemployed, not working in their field, or earning $30,000 to $40,000/year. Yes, some make a lot more. But most do not. An entry level teacher earns between $27,000 and $49,000/year with an average of $36,000. The higher numbers, by the way, are driven by cost of living in more expensive cities. College professors, by the way, average only $42,000/year. Many of those who will read this letter earn over $125,000, I’m guessing. You’re earning more than your colleagues (or are they earning more than you?).

But everything hinges around the cost centers. We cannot talk about affordability in a meaningful way without talking about controlling the escalating costs of higher education. The model has to change, which means the nature of higher education needs to change which requires that the nature of teaching and professorships needs to change. The immense weight of this system is simply too hefty for today and certainly tomorrow. We cannot make higher education affordable, regardless of anyone’s definition, without reducing—not just plateauing—the cost of a higher education. We don’t need an education for another four years of enhanced high school, unless, of course, it is seriously linked to a professional, like lawyering and doctoring, for instance.

Lumina is trying to tackle the problem from another angle because we can’t seem to tackle it from the cost angle. I give them credit for raising the issue of affordability, and their brief on this is required reading. But the other conversations have to continue. We have to be much more realistic about what this dialogue is about. What is it about?

Revolution, not reformation.

 

Ways to Boost College Students’ Creativity

August 19th, 2015

BY JANE HURST

There is so much that being creative can do for you, including making you happier and even healthier because you are happier. But, it can often be difficult to get creative. You need to find ways to boost your creativity. Here are some things that students can do.

Create Comics – Who doesn’t love cartoons and comic books? Creating comic strips or cartoons is a great way to unleash your creativity, and there are all kinds of tools you can use to get started. Check out Cartoons for the Classroom, a website that has loads of comic strips for students and teachers.

Write – Take a few minutes each day to write things down. Whether you keep a journal or just take notes here and there throughout the day, it is going to help you to get ideas. Later, look over the notes and see if there are any cool ideas you can work with.

Don’t be too Hard on Yourself – You are not going to always be perfect. No one is. You don’t have to expect perfection from everything you do. If you do expect constant perfection, you are going to be in for a huge letdown. Let yourself make mistakes. You may be surprised. Some of the greatest creative ideas come out of mistakes.

Get a Second Opinion – Sometimes, you need to go elsewhere for ideas. Don’t be afraid to ask others to help you with whatever you are working on. The more ideas you can get from any source, the more creative you are going to be in the long run.

Start Drawing – For example, you may want to start drawing to become more creative, and then you can turn those drawings into embroidery digitizing designs and converting them at Absolute Digitizing. You may even be able to sell the designs to make extra cash.

Enjoy Daydreaming – Let your mind wander. It is good for you. Obviously, don’t spend all of your time daydreaming. But, a few minutes here and there can really do wonders when it comes to refreshing your mind and improving your creativity.

Lie Down – Did you know that it has been proven that you can solve problems better while lying down than while in a sitting position? Maybe this is why we seem to come up with so many great ideas when we’re lying in bed at night and trying to get to sleep. The next time you are having a problem with creativity, lie down and try brainstorming in that position.

Meditate – Sometimes, you just need to take a time out and stop thinking about everything in order to really get your creative juices flowing. Try meditating. This is a great way to relax, and it will change your state of mind so you can be more creative.

Listen to Music – Music really does soothe the savage beast, and it can bring out your creativity. The type of music you listen to will affect what you are doing. For instance, if you are studying and want to boost your creativity and brain power, listen to classical music. If you want to create something really off the wall, listen to progressive or heavy metal music.

Tell a Story – Storytelling is a great form of communication, and telling stories helps to improve your creativity and imagination because you get to explore what your own experiences actually mean to you, and to others. You can create digital stories using free tools, such as Story Bird and Slidestory.

List Your Problems – Each time you run into a problem, write it down. Then, you can look at what you have written later and come up with creative solutions that you can use the next time you face similar problems.

Byline:

Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot.

Thank you!

Effective Motivation for College Students to Study

August 18th, 2015

By Linda Merill

Often, what discourages students to study is not the inherent difficulty of a subject or task. Instead, it is their loss of motivation that hinders them from tackling a boring or even difficult subject.

Thankfully though, there are ways to give motivation for college students to study and complete any school related task. After all, they will be able to reap the undeniably rewarding feeling of success in the end. Listed below are a few tips to help students get motivated to start working and to do what needs to be done.

Stop Overthinking

Unfortunately, the only truly effective way to give motivation for students to study usually requires a significant amount of effort both on your part as a parent or teacher and on the student’s part. It will be both an emotional and mental struggle for both parties just to end up finishing a task that might not seem the least bit interesting or inspiring.

Therefore, the most effective way to get over that initial hurdle is to simply open up that book or laptop and just get to work. The beginning is always the hardest part, and worrying will not get you anywhere. You will find that the work gradually gets easier as you go along and starting early will only help you end earlier as well.

Imagine the Best

Imagining yourself completing your task does not necessarily require you to have great artistic ability. All you need to have is that wish to finish a task and reap the rewards and you can already imagine yourself getting things done. Though it is a given that actual manual labor will still be required, a little positive and creative visualization just might be that push you need to get your mental engines going.

Every Act Counts

What often happens is that a student would spend more time just worrying about how a project could turn out without getting any actual work done. Likewise, they might end up procrastinating and cramming later on due to their various delaying tactics.

However, the truth is that even the small acts or steps you take towards the completion of a project do make an impact. In order to lessen the stress that a particularly enormous task, report, or reading, it is better if a student would be told to break it down into smaller tasks and aim to complete them a little at a time. Force yourself to reach your daily goal and you will be surprised how quickly you finish an initially long paper or book.

Begin with the End in Mind

In the case of studying and finishing papers, the idea that they will eventually end is a comforting thought that could carry students through all the hardship. Students should always keep the end in sight so that they will be better motivated to just keep going until they finally reach that finish line.

Giving motivation for students to study also requires the proper mindset from the students themselves.

Bio:

Linda Merrill is a professional writer and content creator at writing services like Iwritemyessay.net for college and university students. She loves to write about college life. Contact Linda at lindamerrillme@aol.com.