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J&B: I’m nervous! How can I get a good start in grad school?

Dear J & B,

I’m not performing as well as I would like. I don’t attend lectures. I do spend 3 hours per hour of lecture watching media site. I’m a visual learner so I color code my notes. I then try to draw all the mechanisms. I’m studying all of the time, yet I never have time to do more than 1 pass through the material.

— Overwhelmed and Underperforming.

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Hot Link: Study Finds Studying a Big Appetite Stimulant

Why are we hungry when we study? Scientists at the University of Alabama found that intense mental activity, like studying for exams and boards, stimulates hunger more than physical exercise. Click on this link for the full article.

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J&J: I’m nervous! How can I get a good start in grad school?

7-Effective-Techniques-To-Overcome-Your-NervousnessJ&J are Touro California Director of Academic Support Dr. Jill Alban, Ed.D. and Learning Specialist Jennifer Pimentel, MAEd.  

Dear J&J,

School is starting just around the corner! I just received my orientation information and it’s starting to get overwhelming. Although I am excited for classes to start, I don’t know if the techniques that I used in undergrad and post–grad are good enough. Do you have any suggestions for me, or what services does campus provide?

— Nervous in the North Bay

Congratulations and welcome to Touro! We’re so excited for you to join our campus and look forward to welcoming you during the campus-wide orientation on July 29. In reading through this blog you will find tips and techniques that will allow you to be successful here at Touro.

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Hot Link: 13 Important Differences Between Learning In Undergrad Vs. Learning In Grad School

Kovie Biakolo at Thought Catalog put together this thought-provoking list of ways she observed grad school was fundamentally different than undergrad. (May apply more for the humanities than the hard sciences, though.)

 

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Design Thinking Promises Life-Changing Results

The New York Times recently published an article about a strategy that has been helping entrepreneurs and engineers develop successful new products and businesses. You’re probably wondering, Well, how does this help me as a student? Well, when used effectively, according to writer Tara Parker-Pope, design thinking can provide a solid foundation for understanding what is blocking you from forming positive habits and achieving your goals, whether academic, career or personal.

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