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Oct 09, 2019
Midterms are Here, Have no Fear!
Oct 09, 2019
It’s October Panthers! The excitement of a new school year is over, that backpack you bought has finally worn in, and you can feel fall in the air! Actually, this is Atlanta, so it’s still hot and humid but the rest of the country is talking about pumpkin spice lattes and plaid scarves, so we will take their word for it. But with fall comes...MIDTERMS. You’ll get your first taste of how your professors like to grade, and you’ll really test the effects caffeine has on your ability to stay awake studying. Here are some of our best tips and tricks to pass that midterm (and eventually finals!) this semester.
Notes, Notes, and Notes!
First and foremost, take good notes! These are the best references for when you are looking back over the material of the year thus far. A good trick to remember is to write it down versus taking notes via your laptop. Computers can be distracting and recent studies have shown that when you physically write things down, you have a stronger conceptual understanding of the material and are more likely to remember what you are learning. In addition to taking good notes, save all your tests and handouts from your professor. This is usually where they pull test questions from!
Make a Plan
Before diving into your notes and books, make a plan! Time block your schedule, look up study groups and library hours, and prioritize your weakest areas first. Students who make study plans end up spending less time studying, and doing better on exams and papers than those who go at it without structure. Study groups are a great resource and help with staying focused. Other students will most likely share their notes and their own tricks for getting through this stressful week!
Variety and Breaks are Key
Now that you have a plan and all your notes in front of you, take a break! You are more likely to stay focused with a few breaks scattered throughout your week. Remember that food is fuel and will keep your brain and body from feeling sluggish. Change it up by asking a friend to quiz you or turn your notes into a song or rhyme. If you are burnt out from proofreading your term paper, change the font to something wacky and increase the size and you will trick your brain into reading something new. Taking a break to work out also stimulates brain function, so hit the gym and the books!
Test anxiety is the real deal, so follow these steps to help ease your stress. Get lots of sleep, stay positive and hydrated, and you’ll do great Panthers!
Sep 23, 2019
Get This Bread, and Save It!
Sep 23, 2019
College is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. Between textbooks, lab fees, paying for food, and other necessary living expenses, the cash never seems to stop flowing out. We’d like to say that once you are out of college financial life will get easier - but that’s when the real adulting starts. But never fear! We’re here with some clutch financial tips to start you off on the right foot!
Here’s the dirty truth about college textbooks: most of the time, you don't really need the edition listed in your syllabus. Textbook companies know they have a captive audience with college students, so they will make minor changes to their books like rearranging chapters or changing page numbers. All so you will have to buy the latest edition. Find someone who has taken the class before and see if you even need the book before shelling out upwards of $70 on a history of some obscure branch of math. If the textbook is crucial, see if you can find a used version online, or go halfs on one with a friend and share.
Build That Credit
Credit cards can be a dangerous thing but used right, they can be your best friend. Most people coming out of college have no credit at all, so by taking some small steps to build up some credit, you’ll graduate aready ahead of the game! Lots of banks offer secured credit cards that require you to give them a couple hundred dollars, but when you make small purchases and pay them off, they will report to the credit companies and your journey to a solid credit score is on its way. Just make sure that you pay off your purchases right away to avoid paying interest!
Take Advantage of Discounts
Your student ID is like a coupon book rolled up in a card! TONS of places offer discounts for students, sometimes up to 10-15%. So anywhere you go, be sure to ask if they offer a student discount. Don’t leave money on the table!
Become a Gourmet Chef
Meal plans are great and all, but sometimes you just want to branch out and eat something new. GSU has some awesome restaurants around, and we are totally here for it. But that can add up real quick. Instead, head to the grocery store and load up! Try some new recipes, dust off some family favorites. If you make large batches, you’ll save money AND have meals for days!
It doesn’t take much to build good financial habits and come out of college ready to take on the world! Try these life hacks and graduate in a better financial position than your classmates.
Sep 13, 2019
Surviving Roommate Life in College
Sep 13, 2019
It's the start of a new school year, and everything seems fresh and exciting! Whether you are rooming with an old friend or you were paired up by our Roommate Matching service, this year is going to be packed with memories that will bring you closer together. But keeping the peace in your apartment can take work! Here are a couple of easy ideas to help make sure these are the best years of your life!
Lay Down the Ground Rules
Not everyone has the same idea of what living together should look like. It’s important that roommates be on the same page on certain basic things to keep the peace. At the start of your time together, sit down and work on a set of house rules that you all feel you can live by. Maybe one person doesn’t want visitors without warning. Or another wants a set time every night to keep quiet. Find common ground and places to compromise until everybody is satisfied with the rules. By setting the ground rules from the beginning, you can avoid miscommunications down the line!
It is important that everyone does their part to keep a happy home. By pitching in on things like chores, grocery shopping or household bills, everyone can feel a sense of ownership over their living situation. Try setting up a rotating schedule for chores so everyone gets a turn doing the hard stuff. Set clear expectations for how much everyone should contribute to cleaning supplies, food, or other common necessities. From the very beginning, make it clear what is communal property and what is private. If everyone is on the same page, it’s easy to maintain a friendly atmosphere!
Spend Time Together
Communication is key to any good relationship, and the best way to build communication is to spend time together! We’re often more likely to go out of our way to keep those we love happy, so keeping communication lines open will help maintain a strong roommate relationship too! Set aside a designated movie night each week or make sure to have dinner together sometimes. Maybe you and your roomie can also be study buddies. A little bit of quality time can go a long way!
Follow these simple tips and you will have more than a roommate. You'll have a lifelong friend!