Wednesday December 4, 2013
Are you afraid of speaking in front of a group? The fear of speaking in public is shared by people of all ages and people from all walks of life.
This fear affects different people in different ways. Some people are afraid of speaking to large groups but comfortable speaking to a small audience, and some people get over the fear of public speaking after they gain a little experience.
There are ways to conquer your fears, especially if you prepare well ahead of your event. You might find a trick that works for you in this list of resources.
You may also feel free to share your own tips
Wednesday November 27, 2013
What is the first thing you do when you receive a test? Many students will spend a few minutes glancing over the entire exam to do a quick assessment of the length of the test and the types of questions they'll have to answer. This is a good idea as a first step, but you should take your assessment a step further.
During that first look, take another moment to do some time management. If there is any chance you won't be able to finish the entire exam (and therefore miss a lot of questions) quickly divide the test into sections and determine how much time you will have to finish each section. Stick to your time management plan and finish all parts in the pre-set time limit. If you have time left over after you've completed all sections, you can go back and check your work.
You may also use the first minutes of your test time to do a mind dump if you've spent the night cramming. You should be able to predict a few questions in the last moments of study time and store answers in your short term memory. Then you can use the first minutes of a test to mind dump some answers to questions you've predicted.
Saturday November 23, 2013
Believe it or not, failure to follow directions properly is one of the most common mistakes students make on big tests.
As you get closer to the end of the term, you should be mindful to read over all the instructions carefully to make sure you understand what the teacher really wants from you. For a little practice, you might want to review a list of instruction words to make sure you understand how to answer each question.
Wednesday November 20, 2013
Math seems to be the one subject that intimidates students the most, and many students feel they were just born with limited potential when it comes to math. But some scientists say that the notion that we're stuck with a certain level of math ability, or intelligence in general, is just a myth.
While it is true that some people really are born with impressive math ability, it is also true that many other students can increase math skills with hard work and practice. The greatest challenge, psychologists say, is believing we can.
So there are two belief systems:
- some people think we're born with a set amount of intelligence and we're stuck with it
- some people think we can increase our intelligence (and math ability) with confidence, good study habits, and hard work
Maybe it's time you changed the way you think about your intelligence. Believe in yourself and improve your study habits, and see how far you can go!