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Guide to Studying Smart

3 Oct 2016 by Venetia Sng

The dreaded end of the year examinations are here and if you feel like you’re still not prepared for the upcoming papers, we have some tips to help you study smart and save time.

Summarise 

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Identify the key statements and always make a summary of every chapter that you study. There’s no point in highlighting the whole book and then flip through all the pages when you need to revise. By creating summaries of your own, you establish an effective studying method by skipping large amounts of irrelevant data.

Teach A Friend

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Find a friend who doesn’t understand the topic well and explain it to them. This exercise forces you to revisit all the concepts, terms, formulas etc of the subject you are studying. Spending five minutes explaining a concept can save you an hour of studying for the same effect. It saves time, you get to revise and your friend learns at the same time. It’s a win-win-win situation!

Test Your Understanding

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A good way to know if you have been studying the wrong way is when you can’t move between concepts. If you don’t understand what you are studying, you can’t link between the sections and you won’t be able to think through connections while doing your paper. Test yourself if you truly understand the subject by practising more. If your answer is wrong, find out what you did incorrectly and comprehend your mistake.

No Last Minute Cramming

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Do not try to cram and squeeze information into your brain during the last few days as it is incredibly inefficient. It slows you down and it breaks connections that you have made previously. Instead, try to slowly interlink ideas as they come to you while going through your summaries so studying becomes a quick recap rather than a first attempt at learning.

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10 Ways To Break That Bad Habit

27 Sep 2016 by Teenage

Old habits die hard. If you’ve ever struggled with habits like snacking before you sleep, failing to put things back where they belong, looking at your phone all the time or simply preventing procrastination, here’s a guide for you to axe those bad habits once and for all.

Out of sight, out of mind

Refrain from things that may trigger your habits. If you’re a heavy coffee drinker, resist the urge to study at wherever coffee is readily available. Stop buying snacks to munch on, and drink more water instead. This will prevent yourself from subconsciously reaching out for them.

Celebrate milestones

Great achievements are rewards in itself, but it surely feels better when you receive a physical reward for your achievement. Allow yourself a cheat day when you have gone a week or a month without giving in to your bad habit. That being said, it’s not a chance for you to gall back into the vicious cycle, so reel yourself in when celebrating your achievements.

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Supportive people

You are the company you keep. That’s not to say that you should stop being friends with people who enable your bad habits, but surrounding yourself with people who support a positive chance in you will definitely help when you’re trying to kick a bad habit.

Don’t give in to peer pressure

Its okay to be different, especially when it means getting rid of the bad habit that may seem cool to others. When you are tempted to give in, think about how far you’ve come and why you embarked on this journey in the first place. After all, it’s all in your head. 

It’s okay to fail

Breaking a bad habit is no walk in the park. There are bound to be failures and setbacks. When that happens, figure out what went wrong and learn from your mistakes. You are already a winner as long as you don’t give up on your efforts. What matters most if picking yourself up and trying again.

Study your behaviour

If you are trying to get rid of your coffee addiction, note the time, situation and state of mind when reaching out for a cup of joe – the same goes for other habitual vices like checking your social media feed or biting your nails.

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Figure out what it is

The first step to solving your problem is to recognise it. It’s hard to change a bad habit when you don’t even know what it is. Ask your friends or close ones to list something negative about you that they would like to change, but remember to take it in your stride even if it’s something you don’t want to hear. The truth is usually hard to swallow, but if you want to change for the better, it’s good to have some tough love from those you trust.

The habit jar

Similar to the swear jar, whenever you find yourself committing the bad habit you’ve been trying to break, fine yourself by dropping a dollar or two into the habit jar. You’ll definitely feel the pinch in you wallet, but that’s the point: it helps to deter you from repeating you guilty act. Plus you can also make use of the funds you accumulated to reward yourself with a treat whenever you reach a milestone.

Think of your game plan

You should never tackle a problem without a plan. From your observations, think of ways to counteract the reasons to why you practice a bad habit. Is it stress-related? Try meditating instead. Do you behave a certain way because of the company you keep? Maybe all of you con motivate each other to curb the habit. Whatever it is, think of a solution to help you from succumbing to your shortcomings. 

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Just do it

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you have decided to rid yourself of a nice, overcoming the inertia of change is the hardest. Take baby steps but be consistent. Experts say most habits can be developed and changed if you practice it for 21 consecutive days, It might seem like a long time, but keep at it and you will surely see results.

Now that you have/are working on getting rid of that bad habit, try to pick up some good ones here.

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Get a University of London Degree Closer to Home

23 Sep 2016 by Teenage

Reached a crossroad where you have to decide if you should further pursue your education? If you’re worried about the costs of a degree or if you’ll find the right course with the right level of student support, University of London could be your perfect choice.

Study affordably in Singapore

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Furthering our education often comes with a hefty price tag especially if you’re planning to do so at a prestigious university overseas – but with University of London (UOL), you won’t have to worry about that. You can study for an internationally respected degree right here in Singapore. Think about all the money you can save!

Highly sought-after programmes

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No matter if you’re a foundation, undergrad or post-grad student, UOL has programmes specifically suited for everyone. Among their most popular and sought-after undergraduate programmes are the Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting, Banking, Finance, Management, and other mathematical/social science programmes – all of which are developed by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Local teaching support

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Many of UOL’s programmes are supported by local teaching centres, including Singapore Institute of Management Global Education (SIM GE), PSB Academy, Stansfield College etc. These centres provide lectures and seminars, while many offer all the benefits of a campus environment so nobody misses out on campus life.

Transfer possibilities

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And if you’re keen on studying abroad, some programmes enable first-year students that have performed exceptionally well to transfer and complete the remainder of their degree in the UK campus. So study real hard and you might just be able to fulfil the dream of travelling for your education!

Find out more about University of London and their programmes available in Singapore at their website.

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5 Instant Ways To Feel More Independent

22 Sep 2016 by Teenage

Not feeling too great lately and need a little boost to get yourself going? Try these few things that will not only help you feel more independent, but revitalise that confidence you have instantly at the same time!

#1 Alone time

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Spend a day or two with nothing but your own thoughts. Read some books, watch some shows and go for a peaceful run. You’ll feel much more refreshed after clearing your mind.

#2 Make plans

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Make plans for the upcoming week, where you want to go and what do you want to do. When you’re out with pals, be the decision maker. What movie to watch? Where to go for dinner? You have it all covered! 

#3 Do chores

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It might be a chore, but hey, adults do it all the time and it’s called being responsible of your own space. Clean your room, do your laundry and wash your dishes. We guarantee that you will feel a sense of achievement when you’re all done.

#4 Digital detox

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Have a healthy relationship with social media and stop looking at your phone all the time looking for updates on other people’s lives. No more getting into Twitter fights or stressing over how many likes your Instagram posts get!

#5 Set a budget

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Do up a financial plan so you can start handling all your monthly expenses and saving up for rainy days. You’d be surprised at how a little planning can go a long way (and money saved)!

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Got all these down? The next step is to start working on being the boss of your own life and here‘s how you can do just that.

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Start Owning Your Life In 4 Simple Steps

20 Sep 2016 by Chew Hui Ling

Contrary to popular belief, true independence doesn’t come with age – but experience. It’s not an easy ride, but here’s how you can take proper control of your life.

#1 Earn your own keep

Nothing is served to you on a silver platter when you step out into the real world. If you’re confident of juggling between work and studies, try applying for a part-time job or an internship – it can be more lucrative than you think, and provides you with bonus resume-building material. But don’t just mass-send applications at home; get out and look around for opportunities by networking at events or social gatherings.

#2 Talk less and listen more

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Communication is a two-way street, but we often find our impatient adolescent selves planning our responses, interrupting mid-sentence, or completely zoning out while the other person is still talking. We’re not suggesting that you keep your opinions to yourself. Rather, focus on what’s being conveyed and learn how to listen, before offering valuable advice in return. Not only will you improve the quality of your exchanges, the other party will also definitely notice and appreciate your effort in having a good conversation.

#3 Set the rules

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It’s easy to get caught up in popular trends, but maybe it’s time to follow what actually interests you instead of rolling with the crowd. You don’t answer to anyone, so don’t be afraid to live life the way you want. However, bear in mind that even though it’s okay to be grounded in your beliefs, you should always keep an open mind if others don’t share your views. You have your rules, they have theirs.

#4 Seek long-term goals

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As kids, we whine for toys; as teenagers, we splurge mindlessly on temporary materialistic pleasures. A sign you’ve matured is that every move you make is a step towards your goal, whether it’s acing your exams or getting a head start on your career. Start by planning each step in manageable chunks and rewarding yourself for each small success, before aiming for the long haul. It may be hard to stick through it, but trust us, what you sacrifice now will reap infinite benefits of later.

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How about giving that confidence a boost? Here are a few ways on how you can do just that.

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