Successful Study Tips

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Let’s talk grades. When it came to my scores on assignments, I’d always been a total Type-A perfectionist with high expectations and pressures on myself. But throughout my time at UCLA, I experienced a total shift in the way I viewed grades. I realized that easy A’s and devastating low scores were influencing me far more than actual learning, and that my experiences of frustration with a subject, hard work, and then final “light bulb” moment had been more rewarding than high grades ever were. When I invested in my learning, my education began to mean so much more to me. I have adjusted how I study, have been able to adapt to more challenging classes, and now can take advantage of thousands of study resources at my fingertips thanks to Cengage Unlimited. When I realized the importance of a mindset that didn’t measure success by grades, but by how hard I had worked, the funniest thing happened: I found that my grades were higher than ever before. In college I’ve really had to learn to press into challenges and use every resource I have in order to feel that I’ve done my absolute best on a project, paper, or assignment. Cengage Unlimited will help me do just that. With the beginning of the school year right around the corner (or for some, already beginning), I thought I'd share some study tips that have been useful to me!



Stay Organized 
Half of the battle is in taking useful, organized notes and keeping your thoughts focused while you are in class. If you do that, studying is so much easier. For me, staying organized includes using a great day planner (I LOVE this one), keeping a to do list of all upcoming assignments, and immediately reviewing and revising my notes after class. If you take it one task at a time, studying for an exam is much less intimidating.  

Avoid Procrastinating
I know, I know... It is so hard to do that reading assignment when Netflix is calling your name! Although it is so much easier said than done, staying on top of your assignments and doing them ahead of time really is key to feeling prepared for a big test. Distractions are bound to come up, so make sure to start studying early so that you're able to cover all the material and avoid cramming at the last minute. 

Study With Others 
I do most major studying by myself, but combing brain power can be a great way to test your own knowledge, break up the monotony of studying, get new perspectives on a topic, and make sure that you didn't miss any key information! 

Use Your Resources 
A resource that I can’t wait to use this school year is Cengage Unlimited. Basically, Cengage is a platform for students with thousands of online resources and course materials. A Cengage Unlimited subscription gives you access all of the products and services they offer. The best part is, no matter how many courses you enroll in, or how many ebooks you use, the price stays the same.  

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