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Tips for Students With Anxiety

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Anxiety can really be hard to cope with. Being a student who suffers from anxiety is nothing like cakes and butterflies as in addition to stress and pressure you have some personal difficulties that you need to beat every single day. Penn State study reports that more than 60% of college students deal with anxiety and name it their main health concern. Scary statistics. However, we are absolutely sure that a lot can be done to make the situation better. Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you cope with anxiety throughout your college years.

Stay Committed to Self-Care

College life sometimes makes us push our boundaries and learn a lot of new things and not only in a classroom. Learning how to take care of yourself and regulate your regime, hygiene, diet, routine, and finances is crucial not only because it’s important for your physical health but for mental wellbeing as well.

Sleep

Managing your day sometimes helps a lot in managing your anxiety. For example, a healthy and consistent sleep pattern will definitely make it easier for you to complete your daily tasks and stay focused during classes. Create a routine and try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Healthy sleep is everything to a student as it allows your brain to work productively and cope with stress faster and easier.

Diet

Consumption of alcohol, junk food, caffeine, and sugar is very high among students. And it’s not surprising as sometimes these are the things that help you stay awake longer or have a fun time partying. However, they don’t help to cure your anxiety.

Make sure you take care of your diet and work on eating healthy. Meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy, and cereals – should be the basis of your healthy meals as they contain protein, healthy fat, vitamins, and elements to support your nervous system. Not always need to take additional supplements to keep yourself healthy – pay attention to what you eat and your mental health will thank you.

Exercises

In order to relieve stress and keep yourself energized you need to incorporate at least mild physical activity. Some exercises, yoga, workout, swimming, biking, or even an everyday walk in the fresh air will make a huge difference. Once you stay active in between your studies, you help your system release 

Don’t Run Away

The first thing that comes to mind when facing stress is to avoid it. It might make you skip classes or avoid being among your peers, stay in your room, etc. However, this is the wrong strategy as it will only make it harder for you to continue your college journey.

Of course, skipping a class because you face anxiety is tempting. It’s only one class, right? But the more you do it, the less motivation you have to continue studying. Think of all the hard work that you have done and how it all can be wasted. We don’t want that for you.

So, make sure you have the right approach in order to cope with stress and anxiety instead of avoiding it. The first step is to acknowledge the problem. If you are reading this article, you might have already done that – you know you need to do something in order to make your college years better and not let anxiety ruin this experience.

Try Breathing Techniques

Breathing exercises are very effective when it comes to anxiety. You can try them whenever you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or scared. Inhale slowly through your nose, hold your breath for a few seconds and exhale through your mouth. Do it slowly and deeply. Listen to your heartbeat and try to calm down – tell yourself that nothing bad is going to happen to you. Continue breathing until you feel better.

Journaling Might Be Very Helpful

Sometimes you just need to let your thoughts, emotions, and fears out. This is when journaling might come in handy. Create a habit of saving half an hour every day to write down a few things about what’s going on with your mental health, how you feel, what was interesting and new that you encountered, and what the whole day was about. This is a simple, yet very effective method to cope with emotions and anxiety. It helps you feel that you can control yourself and that you can always let them out by writing. Many great authors discovered their talents because of journaling during hard periods of their lives. You might also discover your hidden talent as a bonus to useful exercise.

Wrapping Up+

Facing anxiety as a college student is not something extraordinary or rare. Don’t be scared or ashamed as many other students walk the same path as you do – the worst thing now that you can do is to shelter out and block yourself from the outer world. Be sure to check if there is someone on campus who you can talk to – it might be a college advisor, mental health specialist, or even some groups for students with similar problems. Don’t be afraid to seek help or talk to other people about how you feel – it will help you manage your emotions. 

 

College Writing: Why You Need It in Your Life

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Some of you might be wondering about the necessity of writing so many essays, papers, reports, and analyses throughout your academic career. Do you really need it? Is this skill so important? Let’s find it out through the following blog post.

What Is Different About College Writing?

Is there anything different about college or academic writing that makes it so important to our knowledge and careers? Academic writing might be different for each of the students simply because they study different subjects and classes, and thus have different requirements for their papers. However, the terms “academic writing” and “college writing” are pretty similar and can be used to describe the overall tone and list of basic rules applied when writing college or university papers, as well as scientific research and dissertations. 

When talking about academic writing among students, it’s common to use the words “college writing” due to a simple reason – the majority of students ace their writing skills specifically in college. But is it so different from high school writing?

High school essays are usually built in the same way – they are classic five-paragraph essays that require you to gather some kind of information into a piece to answer the asked question and fulfill the task. Such homework allows you to get acknowledged with a basic essay structure and general rules or requirements – you have to start it with an introduction, come up with a decent thesis statement, gather facts, and sum up with a conclusion.

Academic writing in college is far deeper. It teaches you how to analyze facts, think critically, prove your point of view, operate arguments and supporting evidence. Academic writing in college is also about you improving your researching and writing skills, learning a formal language, and expressing your opinions. All of these things are crucial for your adult life and college writing helps you in building those soft skills for your future career.

Why Do You Need It?

Many employers confirm that they prefer hiring college or university graduates even though practical skills can be taught in the process. But why? College gives you an opportunity to build not only hard skills but also soft skills, such as time management, teamwork, cooperation, perseverance, patience, etc. But one of the most important skills that you gain through college is critical thinking – the ability to analyze information, make decisions based on the current situation and data, and form a judgement.

The most common writing assignments at college are the ones that teach you how to:

  • Analyze: to dissect something into its component parts and explain how those parts function or fit together.
  • Argue: to state a point and back it up with arguments and proof.
  • Classify: to organize individual objects into groups according to their shared traits, independent of other groups of items.
  • Compare/contrast: in order to examine important similarities and differences between two or more subjects.
  • Define: To explain, research, or give a general description of a term, concept, or phenomenon.
  • Summarize: to rephrase the core idea or ideas of someone else’s writing.
  • Synthesize: to combine different components or ideas from two or more sources.

As you can see, each and every type of assignment can significantly boost your skills in various fields which are important for your future career and life in general. 

Though you might not be interested in a career as a writer, journalist, or even a scientist, college writing is still necessary in order to get needed skills that will help you a lot in other fields of knowledge. Moreover, college helps you organize your knowledge and structure it – instead of having random pieces of information mixed in your mind, you have rather formed and global understanding of connections between the facts, inner and outer correlations, how the systems work, and how to manage your knowledge to serve the practical problem-solving.

Critical Thinking

Developing your critical thinking while you are still in college is crucial as it helps you get a faster and better start in your career. The ability to cope with challenging tasks and operate information to your benefit is an important element of your soft skill baggage. 

Critical thinking helps expand your skill set even further. If you ace critical thinking, you can grow in any direction of your liking. Even if it is one of the rather creative ones. Each and every profession requires you to have critical thinking to operate the information that you get and make your own opinion.

Academic writing though is quite different from creative writing is not the opposite. It helps you reflect and observe, use your creativity and combine them with a scientific approach. Your essays should not be boring if they are academic. So, don’t feel limited or bounded by the assignment rules. Rather think of it as a challenge to put all of your skills into one particular task.

 

Start Smart Budgeting

Making out the most of your income and cutting down your expenses sometimes seem like a hard and challenging mission. Moreover, it might seem like a living with lots of limits and minimum fun. However, we can share with you some tips that will ruin these myths and will make saving a lot easier. 

Helping Tools

Budgeting is not always that hard to learn how to do. Planning expenses nowadays becomes an easy process that will only require you to have a device and software to manage your bills and income. No tedious notes and calculations.

If you would like to start planning your budget, make sure you install an app on your phone or computer that will help you understand your income and spending. Nowadays, there is a variety of apps that have similar features but have specifics that will suit your needs. Like, for example, you can find an app that will notify you if your spending on a particular category (for example, dining out) will exceed the maximum limit you set for yourself.

Managing your spending with help of modern technology is easier than ever and will not take much of your time, or your effort.

Basic Expenses

To understand your budget better, you need to set categories and find out your basic and additional or unexpected expenses. In order to be financially stable, you need to have a least some money in your bank account untouched as a fund for unexpected circumstances or additional purchases that you might not see coming yet. Like in the case when your computer suddenly breaks or if you need some dental work done. This sum can also be called a financial cushion and will allow you to feel much safer about your financial situation.

So, what can your basic expenses be? For example:

  • Groceries, cafeteria meals
  • Household items
  • Clothes
  • Cost of living, utilities, internet, phone 
  • Gas or transportation

These are more or less can be predicted and planned after a few months of tracking your budget. You know how many times a month you need to buy food and how much your average grocery cart costs, how much gas you need, or how much your rented apartment costs. Thus, you can easily plan your expenses with this knowledge.

Tuition Expenses

If you are paying for your school right away, you need to add the cost of tuition and supplies, like textbooks, to your budget. Not that many students are able to pay for their tuition while they are still in college. Moreover, student loans can be exhausting and absolutely ruining even after you land a successful career. That’s why your payments towards your tuition should be planned and managed well.

We recommend starting paying off your student debt as early as you can. Even small sums spent on your loan can make it much easier later to pay it off. So, if you have a chance, add this category to your expenses and manage your loan with the help of your parents or financial advisors as there might be some options for you on how to make your loan less of a burden.

Unexpected or Additional Expenses

Many students face difficulties when it comes to understanding and prioritizing their expenses. For example, many of them go eating out and spend money on things they don’t really need, expensive clothes, parties, etc. 

If you know how to prioritize your expenses and categorize them, you will not have any trouble defining which items you can afford and which you can’t. By paying your rent, tuition, and credit card expenses right away, you significantly reduce the chance of ending up not being able to make your end meet.

So, when it comes to additional expenses, like dining out, partying, buying gifts, or having a trip, it’s important to put them for later – after you plan your essentials for the month and know for sure you can afford that.

As it was said earlier, it’s better to have some amount saved on your account for things like Christmas presents or that concert that you really want to attend. Having an opportunity to avoid eating only instant noodles for a month because you have bought a ticket or a dress, is what makes you feel like you can really control your finances and spend your money wisely.

Make sure you have a category of additional expenses that can vary from month to month and trying not to spend all of it, saving some. You can even set up a system of envelopes to put your money while planning your expenses by categories and make it work for you in case you deal with cash often.

Wrapping Up

We hope you liked our simple tips that will help you plan your budget. Make sure to track your expenses – some people find it very useful to store their receipts and make their calculations at the end of the month. Maybe this method will for you too. Otherwise, you can write down what you bought and plan your budget using an app or a planner – try it and see that smart budgeting is definitely possible.

How to Get a Job After Graduation (And Why It Is Hard)

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Graduation is a door into something completely new. Your whole career is starting and you surely want to get a good job from the very beginning. But you might be worried that it’s not happening as fast as you would like it to be and what you can do to increase your chances of getting hired without any work experience. You came to the right place as this blog post is just for you.

Why Is It Hard for Graduates to Get a Job?

There are many talks among graduates about their struggles of getting a job after finishing college. It happens due to various reasons, like:

  • Not enough network opportunities. When you are just starting your career, it’s normal to lack network connections. However, it might make you look for a job longer when there is no one who can recommend you. Make sure you check the options you might have (job ads held on college campuses, connections through college mates, friends, family members, etc.)
  • Little to no work experience. Make sure you highlight your skills and education, college projects, and achievements when you don’t have any work experience to be proud of.
  • High competition. Many students start going to interviews long before their graduation which means that not many spots are available once you graduate. Don’t be desperate! You just need a little hope, faith in yourself, and effort.

Averagely it takes about 3-6 months for graduates to find a job after getting their diploma. If you think that you are specifically unlucky, don’t be. Many students face difficulties when it comes to finding a really good workplace, especially after the pandemic. Just don’t lose hope.

Work on Your Resume

A resume is one of the most important elements of a hiring process. It tells recruiters about your background, skills, and interests as well as allows you to present yourself in the most compelling light. It doesn’t mean that you should be lying in your resume, surely no. But what it means is that you definitely should take advantage of the opportunity you are given to highlight your strengths.

For example, being a communicative person is not only a personal trait that you think is not that important for an employer. It should be put in your resume in order to catch the attention of recruiters who need a person just like that for the vacancy and their company. So, make sure you work on your resume with thought and effort.

Don’t Forget About Keywords

Another important thing about your resume is keywords as they are commonly used by recruiters when searching for the right candidates. Usually, keywords used mean specific hard skills like the software you are able to work with or particular fields of knowledge and interest.

To make the most out of your resume you can have a few versions of it in order to tailor it to the specific position. It is especially useful if you don’t really know yet what field you would want to work in or which position you are qualified for, so you might want to try various options. Tailoring your resume for different jobs is a useful technique that will help you get invited to more interviews faster. Be sure to search for different job ads to understand which keywords you need to add to your resume.

Keep Up With Job Postings

In order to get hired faster, you need to put effort and avoid being passive, hoping for the best. Positive affirmations are surely great but some action is also needed.

Make sure to check job postings every day in order to be among the first candidates to share your resume with the recruiters. It will also allow you to keep yourself toned as many people who stay unemployed for a long time and don’t really have what to do with their time tend to be less active and enthusiastic. The more time it takes to find a job after your graduation, the harder it will be for you to apply your skills and knowledge to practical job duties. 

Always Be Prepared

Prepare yourself for the list of questions that you will likely be asked, for example:

  1. Why did you choose our company?
  2. Where do you see yourself in a few years?
  3. What are your weaknesses?
  4. What are your salary expectations?

Also, be sure to practice a little to interact with an interviewer and how to act when you are under pressure of being a candidate during the interview. You might want to even practice your handshake or the way you sit and articulate.

Also, don’t underestimate the value of a professional appearance. You’ll need an appropriate interview wardrobe and a little bit of healthy confidence. Don’t forget to take care of your social media as it definitely will be checked in order to understand what kind of person you are. 

How to Learn a Language Fast

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Learning foreign languages is not only about having another thing to put on your resume – though it might boost your chances of getting hired so much. It’s also about getting more freedom to travel and discover the world, experience new customs and cultures, communicate, grow, and develop. Some people dedicate their lives to studying various languages, even the ones that are now not commonly used, and are successful at learning fast and without any tutors. If you would like to learn a new language, you will definitely enjoy our quick and easy tips.

Be Consistent

If you have a busy daily schedule and you need to squeeze some new classes in, you will inevitably face the need to prioritize. It all depends on whether you are about to learn a language with a teacher or on your own, online or offline, with a particular purpose and deadline or for your own development. Bur in order to learn a new language fast, you need at least half an hour each day to spend studying. Create a schedule and try to find the most appropriate time for your language lessons and rehearsal practices. It can even be a quick 15-minutes long new words rehearsal before bed. But if you are consistent and don’t put your studies away, you will see progress very soon.

Set Goals 

Setting goals is crucial when you are learning a new skill or a new language. It helps you stay motivated and understand why you are doing it. Remember to set not only long-time but also short-time goals, like finishing another module until the next Friday to keep up with your schedule and celebrate small victories.

Practice as Much as You Can

The more you dive into the learning process and implement constant practice into your daily life, the better results you get. Whenever you are learning new words like “apple,” “milk,” “bus,” etc. try to use them whenever you see the object at least by saying them to yourself. It helps you memorize words better and it’s as effective as sticky notes on your espejo – mirror. The earlier you start to speak, even if it feels awkward and weird, the more you get used to it and the better your pronunciation will be.

Don’t Multitask

When it comes to learning languages, sometimes you might be too excited about it and would love to learn a few at a time. However, it’s not that good for your brain. You need to focus on one language and avoid multitasking. It’s hard enough to learn one new language, moreover when you get mixed words from two languages or more in your memory. Be sure to have a separate time when you are practicing a foreign language and stick to your schedule.

Don’t Bite More Than You Can Chew

Another wise tactic is to go step-by-step without trying to consume large chunks of information at once. You need to start slowly and work your way through the alphabet and easy short dialogs to understand the basics. Once you feel confident about the basic phrases, you can work on your spelling and pronunciation with the help of audio lessons or tutors. 

If you still find it hard to remember the right word, try to implement more into your daily life, as well as rehearse information from the past lessons. Make sure you go through the material a few times the next day after you learn it, then again after three days, seven days, two weeks, and a month. This pattern will allow you to train your memory, refresh the material in your head, and avoid forgetting.

RWT

The basic rule that will allow you to really learn the language fast is the “RWT” rule which stands for “read-write-think” in a foreign language as much as you can.

It was said earlier that you should implement language into your daily life, for example, you can name the objects or count to learn and remember new words. Another step is to maximize the time you interact with a foreign language throughout the day. You should keep your goal in mind and stay motivated to do that.

Basically, you need to learn how to focus on the language while you are learning. Try to phrase your thoughts, at least partially, using the words you have learned. Read some short articles in foreign languages – even if your vocabulary is small, you will still get used to the sentence structure and the basic phrase chains that will be easy to memorize. Don’t skip writing exercises as they help you boost memorization too – the word that is read and written can be memorized better than the one which is only read.

Wrapping Up

If you have a goal and work to achieve it, you surely are capable of making learning fun and productive. Be sure to study consistently, implement language into your daily routine, and practice as much as you can. We hope you find out tips on how to learn a foreign language fast useful. We wish you great results and the best of luck!

4 Tips on How to Prepare for an Upcoming Presentation

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Presentations are quite challenging in general – you need to write a speech, prepare your slides and plan your presentation from the beginning to the end. It takes much time, so you will be glad to know that there are a few tips that will help you save time creating your presentation and do it much more effectively to impress your professor and the audience. Let’s get started!

Tip #1. Have a Solid Plan

Whenever you have a task to do a presentation, you likely get the general guidelines that you need to follow, for example, on how many slides your presentation should include, how much time you will have on your presentation, and what aspects you should be focused on while giving the speech.

These are the basics that are very crucial in order to do your best and get high grades – you need to follow the instructions and understand what is expected from you. 

The first thing that you should start with when you are working on a presentation is to plan it. Write down the requirements that you have received from your professor or which are mentioned in the syllabus to be sure you can check yourself during the work process. Write down the plan of your speech which should contain not only the main elements of it but the timings too – how much time you can spend on each point, how many slides you will need to cover all the key ideas, what additional sources you need to explore in order to complete your presentation.

Tip #2. Don’t Try to Memorize Everything

It’s a fact that reading your whole speech from a piece of paper is not good and can ruin your presentation. Many students try to memorize everything and end up losing the line when giving a speech or being too nervous which makes not a good impression. 

There is a golden middle that you should aim for – memorize the key messages of your presentation and focus on the elements that will get the most attention from the audience. It means that the best option would be to focus on the opening and closing sentences, thesis statements of your presentation, and the most important evidence or key point if there are a few.

The opening and the closing lines are crucial to be said not read. They stand the most in the memory of and help you find the connection that you as a person who presents your project should have with the audience.

Tip #3. Organize the Text

The text of your presentation is as important as the slides while the way you navigate through the text and the convenience of it might make a drastic difference. There are a few ways how you can organize the text of your speech in order to perform better.

  1. The first option for you is to write a simple text that you will read while giving your presentation. Make sure you break long paragraphs into smaller parts for more convenient navigation and highlight the main words, concepts, formulas, or stats.
  2. The second option is to prepare a list of key points that you can elaborate in your speech. It’s not that hard to navigate through such a list but it takes more time to get prepared.
  3. The third option is to combine the two methods above – you can write your text in two columns with one column focused on the key points of each paragraph that is written in the other column. It’s a method that allows you to rehearse your speech more effectively as you can go through both the texts and key points at the same time. It will also make it easier for you to find the needed information in the text while rehearsing or giving your speech.

Depending on the method you choose, it will take you some time on preparing the text that will suit your needs. Make sure you take this step about two or three days before the presentation at least in order to give yourself time for probable edits and rehearsals.

Tip #4. Ask for Help

If you are the one who is extremely nervous about giving presentations or don’t have much time to write the text and design the slides, you might want to order a speech and accompanying slides from a writing service. 

We are a team that can help you with creating a presentation that you will be absolutely satisfied with. Our experienced writers know how to make the text of your presentation seamless and professional while keeping the logical flow and avoiding any structure mistakes. If you would like to order a presentation instead of doing it yourself, you can also request our experts to come up with perfectly designed and structured slides to accompany your speech. 

As every slide should be carefully completed to suit your needs, audience, and the occasion, it’s no surprise that you might be a little overwhelmed by the need to create it yourself. We can do it for you. And when you receive the completed presentation, all you need to do is to rehearse it at home before the event.

Best Online Tools for College Students

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If you are one of those students who wish a day had more than 24 hours and if you would like to save your time while studying, this blog post is just for you. Here we have a list of the best online sources and apps that will make your studying easier as well as will help you plan your day more effectively. Let’s get started.

Evernote

Evernote is a product that is probably one of the most useful ones for any person, especially for a college student. This is a helper that allows you to store all of your notes organized and in one place. But not only that. You can also store your photos, voice messages, memos, projects, webpages, pdf files, etc. You can surely access you’re your files from various devices which is one of the greatest features that this software provides. You can always share the content with other people and even use digital assistance like Siri to access your files. If you still store all of your study materials in separate files on your computer, you should definitely check the Evernote browser extension and the website itself.

GradeSaver

Gradesaver is a tool with an incredible reputation that speaks for itself. Here you will find a guide to almost every literary piece that will save your time and make it easier to get through a large reading assignment. But that’s not all. It also offers editing and proofreading services as well as a stack of essay samples; it’s a whole collection on various subjects and topics – medicine, law, literature, business, history, biology, etc. These essays can be used as your guides to help you craft one of your own.

MyHomework

A great planner is what every student needs, so meet myHomework. The app is very simple to use and it allows you to set reminders, keep your notes and files organized, track your deadlines, and receive notifications – you will never forget about another assignment anymore. This is a platform that can be used on various devices and has both free and paid versions, so you can choose what is best for you. With such a powerful tool, you can plan your time and your study sessions more productively. You will have a few chapters, like Classes, Homework, Teachers, Priority to organize and separate all of your reminders and notes. This is a convenient way to improve your study routine.

Udemy

Every learning platform has its pros and cons. Udemy is the one that many students like for its prices, accessibility, and variety of courses. If you would like to learn or improve your skills, become more acknowledged on a particular topic, or just clarify some concepts that you need for your study program, Udemy is a great choice for you. It has a wide stack of subjects, experienced instructors, and multiple languages (more than 65) to choose from. You can learn something new about the field that you have already chosen to be your major or about completely different spheres, like sociology or music. This is your chance to develop yourself and gain lifetime access to the study materials for a relatively low price.

MarinaraTimer

Procrastination is something that we all struggle with from time to time. And if you have ever heard of a Pomodoro technique that allows you to boost your productivity and spend your time wisely, then you will definitely like this tool – MarinaraTimer. It helps you to avoid scrolling through your social accounts and focus on your studies. It’s simple and convenient – the system will set the programmed timer itself and will notify you when it’s time to have a break. You can also create your own patterns.

ToDoist

If you need to plan not only your studies but also your work and everyday tasks, it means that you need ToDoist. It is a planner that every busy student needs – it has all the features to help you balance your work, study, and social life. With this app, you can create separate to-do lists, manage your events and important dates, track your goal status, and prioritize your tasks. It’s a good choice for students because it allows you to share your lists with other users, for example with your learning project mates, and have common access to share each other’s progress. And if you like to break larger tasks into smaller steps, this app can also help you with that and create subtasks, associations, and connections between all of your plans.

Every student knows how hard it is sometimes to pick the right app – you need to spend your time looking for the best one that has all the features and functions that you need. Sometimes you might not even know that such great tools exist. That’s why we made this list for you to improve your study routine and ease your college life a little. We hope that you find our list of the best online tools for students interesting and useful. 

How to Cope With Excessive Perfectionism

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Perfectionism might be a useful thing when it comes to doing something as good as you can and putting effort into academic assignments or your job. However, sometimes perfectionism might cause serious issues, even mental health problems, stress, and self-blaming. In order to live a happy and full life, a person should understand how to regulate their perfectionism and avoid being too hard on themselves. Keep reading to learn how to cope with excessive perfectionism.

A Need to Be Perfect

A perfect life, perfect results – these are the things that many people are trying to achieve. A belief that everything can be perfect is somewhat delusional, though, as it’s nearly impossible to achieve ideal results all the time without failing even once. And while the majority of people learn from their mistakes and are able to move forward from a negative experience, perfectionists are very focused on each of their imperfections, making it into a life-long battle with themselves and the whole world around them.

It’s no surprise that the inability to avoid focusing on mistakes or not being the best in some spheres causes serious mental health issues and high levels of stress. Being so judgmental about yourself can do no good in the long-time run. Perfectionists are the ones who more than others suffer from OCDs and also might be less emotionally stable.

And while the best option is to turn to a specialist for professional help, there are some small things that might help you cope with your excessive perfectionism and be less stressed about your studies, job, and life in general. Here are a few tips from us.

Set Goals that Are Reasonable

Not everyone is born to become a Nobile prize winner, right? Being hard on yourself for not winning one is that kind of tendency that you should cope with. There is nothing more destructive than setting unreasonable, unachievable short-time goals and later being sad and even punishing yourself for not hitting that goal. 

What you need to do is to make sure the goals you set are understandable and achievable. Low your standards when it comes to your school or job performance to a reasonable level. For example, finishing a dissertation in two months is cool, of course, but unrealistic. Being the best in every class is unrealistic. Getting the best job from the very beginning of your career is realistic but can depend on luck. 

Also. Try to avoid being that competitive when it comes to things that don’t really matter. For example, there is no need to get the best grades all the time – studying is no competition. 

Celebrate Small Victories

When you are a perfectionist, it’s hard to notice small victories because you are always in a rush to do even better. Once you start this game of outrunning others and your own previous results, it’s never going to stop. Make sure you appreciate and understand your effort. You can even treat yourself with something that you like whenever you finish a task or get control of your perfectionist tendencies.

Stay Optimistic

Optimism is always a good cure for things like perfectionism as they allow you to stop for a moment and appreciate the world around you instead of being focused on another thing that you should do right now. Whenever you feel down, make sure to remind yourself that you are worth living and being happy. That you don’t depend on your wins or fails. That you are more than grades or job salary. You are not perfect because no one is and no one should be. 

Don’t Treat Mistakes Like the End of the World

We all make mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes are small, sometimes big, sometimes they can stay unnoticed and live only in your memory, sometimes we get punished for them, and sometimes we just need to learn our lesson.

This is what makes a perfectionist addicted to success – they are afraid of making mistakes and afraid of being responsible. But the truth is – mistakes are inevitable. Moreover, we learn from mistakes and they make us better. 

Don’t be afraid of mistakes. Allow yourself to make them and you’ll see that your life becomes much easier and less stressed.

These are all of the tips that we have for you. Treat yourself as a person who is not afraid of being not the best in everything, be aware of tendencies, like self-blaming or even self-punishment, anxiety, nervousness, etc. And make sure you get therapy in case you want to get rid of perfectionism with help of a professional. We wish you a happy life and the best of luck!

 

How to Build Your Soft Skills in College

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Any job that you will be applying for will have a list of requirements and skills for an employee to be able to fit the position. As you might already know all the skills can be divided into two categories – hard skills and soft skills. While the first category stands for particular abilities, like computer skills, or management skills, the second one is all about you having the necessary personal qualities. Let’s find out what these qualities are and how to develop them to get ready for your future jobs.

Soft Skills 

There are a lot of soft skills that you might need in your life. When it comes to a professional career, it’s usually specified what exact skills you should have, for example, the most common are:

  • Communicative skills
  • Time-management skills
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork/Cooperation
  • Leadership/Management
  • Creativity/Imagination

Some of the skills above are required only for particular positions, for example, leadership skills if you are applying for a team manager, supervisor, or head of a team. However, the majority of job ads will definitely include such required skills as teamwork, punctuality, time-management, etc. This is why it’s so important to know how to improve or develop these skills in order to be ready for your first job or your next one. So, let’s get started.

Take a Course

There are particular college classes that can teach you how to work in a team,c, how to be more open-minded, or even how to improve your imagination. This is a good start if you feel like you lack some of the skills that you know you can improve while in college. It’s even better if these classes can provide you with so needed credit points. It’s a win-win situation, no doubt.

Search for Online Lectures

There are many decent video lectures and guides on how to improve, for example, your communication skills. Talking to your colleagues might not be a problem for you, you might think. However, some specific situations can occur that you should be ready for. For example, if your colleague is being rude to you and you don’t know if you should talk to your manager about it and how to do it properly. Anyways, you should definitely check at least a few of such lectures on work etiquette, cooperation, etc.

Find a Part-Time Job

Nothing is more effective when you are trying to boost your soft skills than to try yourself in some field. It might not be the job of your dreams, but it will definitely teach you a lot. For example, a lot of students work as waiters or shop consultants. It helps them improve their communicative skills, allows them to develop self-discipline, and become more punctual. 

Ask for Feedback

Whenever you have a chance to ask about feedback from your boss, manager, or internship curator, you should definitely do it. It’s the best way to understand what skills you should improve and what impression you give. For example, when your internship comes to end, you can always ask your supervisor if they find you perspective, what they think about your abilities, and what opinions are about you in the team that you were working with. It’s always great if you leave a working place with some experience that you can later use for your benefit and improvement.

Listen to Others

As it was said earlier, feedback is a good start for you in order to develop your soft skills. However, it takes something – you need to be ready for critique and know how to comprehend it. Not everyone is ready for the truth about themselves. If there are people who are telling you that you are not that good at teamwork, the first thing you should do is to listen to their argumentation. Then, you might ask your college mates if what you were told was really true. You might be involved in some group college projects, so your pals have definitely an opinion of their own. If you hear the same thing about your soft skills for different sources, you should definitely work on them – change your approach, don’t act aggressively when someone is criticizing you, but learn a lesson instead.

Self-Reflection Is the Key

Make sure to analyze your mistakes or your weaknesses when it comes to soft skills. For example, you might be not the best leader, but you have great problem-solving skills that are best shown when you are not in charge. This is not a rare situation – many people are good at being executives, not leaders because they are afraid of failure and stress. Make sure you know what you feel is the best for you and what skills you can be proud of. Keep working on the rest – practicing is one of the most effective methods, so never give up on doing achieving your dreams.

Ways to Improve Your GPA 

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College GPA is one of the things that cause the most stress among students. Many of them are tracking their GPA all the time, making sure they do their best, and get very sad when something goes not as it was planned. If your GPA is going down or if you would like to change the situation with your academic performance for the best, then you will definitely appreciate the following article.

Does GPA Matter?

There are a lot of points of view on whether people should really be that obsessed about their GPA. Many people think that GPA doesn’t really matter once you are out of college because of a few reasons. First of all, t’s not that common for an employer to make their decision based on a candidate’s GPA, nor that can be used in the real world to prove anything. So, if you are not going to continue your education, apply for graduate programs, or work in an academic and scientific field, there is no need in stressing that much about that 0.1 GPA drop.

However, you should still understand that doing nothing about your academic performance is not the best option for your overall personal growth. Do what you can and avoid being dramatic about your grades – this is the optimal strategy for a college student who knows their responsibilities and still knows how to find balance.

So, how can you improve your GPA in one or two years? Here are a few tips.

Don’t Miss Deadlines

Sometimes you can’t even understand why time flies so fast. One day you have plenty of time to finish your assignment, and then – boom! You have already missed the deadline. This is the most common reason why students get low grades or zero for their essays. It’s much easier to improve your GPA when you do your tasks on time without any delays that you later have to talk about with your professor.

In order to manage all of the deadlines, make sure to create a schedule that would compile all of the tasks and their due dates in a form that suits your needs. It might be a Google Calendar notes or a spreadsheet on your computer – it all depends on what you prefer. Make sure to add all the new assignments to your schedule right on the day they were announced and set the notifications on your phone or computer that would remind you to complete your papers.

And if you want to always meet your deadlines, our team is always here for you to help you with your assignments.

Join a Study Club or Group

Study groups might feel like something that you don’t really need or enjoy but the fact is – they do work. If you lack self-discipline and often find it hard to force yourself to sit down and study, a group like this is the perfect option for you.

It’s much easier to complete your homework when you have meetings with students like you, discuss various difficulties that you might face when working on a project, and get useful advice from much more experienced people.

You should definitely give it a try, especially now, when the majority of club meetings are held online. 

Take GPA Booster Classes

Easy classes are commonly called GPA boosters for a reason. They are great for students who don’t even know what classes to choose but also for the ones who would like to get those easy A’s. Such easy college classes don’t require much of your free time – some even don’t bother you with homework and might even introduce you to some unexpectedly interesting spheres of art, science, and life.

Such classes can be:

  • Acting introduction, performance
  • Physical education
  • Intro class of any social science
  • Media, cinema, cyber security, online art
  • Art & Music appreciation
  • Numerical methods, logic

Almost any intro courses are easy to handle, but make sure to check testimonials from students who have already taken those classes with the same professor. For example, you can visit the website ratemyprofessors.com and check if the course is really worth it.

Make the Most out of the Office Hours

Professors and tutors commonly have office hours when they are available for students. You should definitely use this opportunity to: 

  • Ask questions about the assignments. For example, you can ask about some details that seem to be not very clear or ask if the topic that you picked is suitable for this paper.
  • Ask for additional assignments that you can complete.
  • Ask for additional materials and sources that you can check to make sure you clearly understand the lectures.

Such meetings with your professors can not only give you an opportunity to get a good grade for your paper but also to build a relationship and give an impression of a student who really cares about their academic career.

That’s all of the tips that we have for you. We hope you will find them useful and they will help you improve your GPA without struggling.