How to focus with a Mac

Distractions often occur when students are trying to write a paper. There is Facebook, e-mail, or ESPN online. Either way, distractions can be annoying and stop and hinder the writing process. Students who have Mac should give WriteRooma try. This download tak

Write Room

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es up the entire screen to prohibit distractions. Students will be forced to focus on the task at hand.

For Mac & iPhone users to write without distractions. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment. Unlike the cluttered word processors you’re used to, WriteRoom lets you focus on writing.”


It’s a shame that this is only available for Mac users, but for those who do have Macs this program might be the solution.



Celebrities Confront Procrastination

Both videos end with a certain lack of closure. But procrastinators, you are not alone! Get hold of this time-killer before it undermines your academic progress. Scheduling study time, keeping a master calendar with due dates for course assignments, and keeping track of your grades and course standing can help you be accountable to yourself and successful.

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Spongebob Squarepants: Typical American Procrastinator

Background noise is your friend when you’re trying to concentrate

College sImage of White Noise app screenshottudents often need to study or sleep in environments that are crowded or noisy, and background noise like your trusty fan can be helpful or even essential. There are also white noise apps for smartphones and online noise generators than can help. Check out:


Taking the GREs? Have an interview? Want to add some new vocabulary words to your repertoire? Vocab Sushi is an easy and fun way to build your vocabulary.

VocabSushi provides thousands of sentences that demonstrate any vocab word’s contemporary usage in news articles. Compared to the brute force method of flashcard definitions, a deeper understanding of the word can be attained simply by reading several interesting sentences that contain that word.”


Challenge yourself to learn a new word everyday!


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The dog ate your homework excuse doesn’t work anymore

Having a difficult time managing homework? Can’t seem to fit it into your busy schedule? The solution to questions like these can be found with the program Gradefix which generates a homework schedule for you.


 “GradeFix is the world’s most advanced homework planner. You enter how much time you have and what you need to do and GradeFix will automatically optimize your homework schedule.”


Keeping to a schedule like this could help to boost grades and allow for more free-time.


How to do well on a final exam

Michael Leddy has written a great post about the best way to prepare for finals. Check it out here:

How to do well on a final examination

Saying the word “final” is usually enough to bring a classroom to dread-filled silence. Exams can indeed be scary. Studying ahead of time and getting a good night’s sleep are two ways to defuse stress and do well. Here are five more:

1. Overprepare. That might seem like a poor way to study. But over many years of teaching, I’ve found it to be sound advice. It’s much wiser to take an exam too seriously and find it easier than you expected than to wish — when it’s too late — that you’d studied more.

Quick study tip: Break it up!

What's your best time?

What's your best time?

Only three days left of classes here at Rindge, and the last day of finals is just a week from tomorrow on Wednesday, December 17th. 

Here is a study tip for students preparing for finals and completing final assignments: Break up your study time into manageable segments, an hour or less.  (For most people less than an hour is optimal.) Study or work for a while, then take a break, and then go back to work. 

You might think that you need to plan to spend all night cracking the books without out coming up for air, but that doesn’t work out for most students. If you plan to study hours at a time with no break, you’ll really only get a couple of  hours of work done. Figure out how long you can work without getting frustrated or inefficent–is it 20 minutes, 30, or 45? Then plan multiple segments of those 30 minute sesssions.

(Thanks to my car pool friends for suggesting this particular study tip.)

Study Tips for the Last Two Weeks of Classes

We have two weeks of classes left here on the Rindge campus of Franklin Pierce University. Here are five tips for preparing for exams:
1) Don’t wait until the day before the exam to study. Look at what you need to review between now and the exam and and do a little bit each day.
2) Make sure you know the format of the exam–will it be multiple choice, essay questions, or something else? Will you have to draw diagrams? Will it include material you’ve already been tested on? Look at the results of your previous work in the class. What did you do well on? What should you practice more? Use that information to prepare and practice for the test.
3) Form study groups with friends.
4) Go to peer tutor sessions for the class.
5) What do you still have questions about? Ask the professor in the last class session or during his or her office hours.