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8 simple study aids to help with online classes and exams

Written by Ashworth College on Friday, 08 June 2018. Posted in Life Hacks, Online College

8 Simple Study Aids to Help With Online Classes & Exams

Being nervous about tests seems hard-wired into our systems. Even online classes and programs, like those offered at Ashworth College, can produce some anxiety. Are you worried about an upcoming test? Fear not, as there are ways to ensure that you are studying better and smarter! Scroll down to see the most effective study techniques that help students of any age prepare for success.

Create a conducive study space

Ambient music, dim lighting, and minimal distractions describe the ideal study space—but only for some students. The Thought Company states that what others find an optimal environment for learning might not work best for everyone else. Some prefer the hushed chatter of cafe-goers, while others find the corner table in a library the best place to absorb information. In other words, it’s important that you find a space most conducive for your learning style.

Write down your worries

Everyone may face a bout of the jitters before taking a major exam. To avoid or counter this scenario, the author of Choke, Sian Beilock, PhD, recommends a simple writing exercise. By listing what worries you about a test the most, you ease the negative effects of test-taking anxiety. The experiment showed a 5 percent increase in the test scores of students who participated in the exercise compared to the ones who did not.

Draw diagrams

Diagrams, flow charts, and mnemonic devices are tools that you can use to improve your memory recall. These fall under the category of visual learning. Ashworth College previously identified visual learning as one of three primary styles of learning, with auditory and tactile being the others. Such tools help you simplify and summarize information so you can compress them into visual aids which are known to increase learning efficiency.

Create mental associations

Sherlock Holmes, one of the most clever literary figures of all time, goes into what he calls his “mind palace” to solve crimes. While the extent of this memory technique is amplified for dramatic effect, you can still employ a similar method of creating mental associations when trying to improve your memory. Think of your memory as a palace with many distinct rooms, and as you open each door, ‘place’ a chunk of information for you to revisit later on. The mind is essentially making mental connections and context that will help jog your memory.

Do not cram

Procrastinating and then cramming is the worst thing you can do for your grades—yes, even with an online school! Cramming only works to familiarize you with information, but not embed it in the mind for recall. You’re here to learn! Maryville University highlights the value of spacing out review sessions as you work through your online classes so you’ll be better prepared for upcoming exams. Also, note that if you cram, the knowledge you’ve acquired is not likely to stick for long.

Focus on one subject at a time

Many of us think that multi-tasking is the only way to get things done. However, multi-tasking has been debunked by researchers over and over as an efficient productivity tool. Very Well Mind shares different studies that support this idea, explaining that switching in between tasks actually loses time and generates more distractions in the process. When studying, it’s best to allot time periods; say an hour, for a specific subject, then move on to the next.

Teach what you’ve learned

The best way to test whether you understand a particular topic is to try to teach what you’ve learned to someone else. It forces you to organize your thoughts into a coherent structure as opposed to stuffing your brain with information. By conveying the ideas to someone else, you internalize a topic more and deepen your understanding of it.

Do a practice test

Constantly quiz yourself on important concepts and key notes. This results in better memory retention and, therefore, better academic performance.

Nick Mitchell is an online blogger who writes about education.

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You’re looking for a career to have and to hold, one that encompasses all your skills and makes dreams come true. With a love for planning, parties, and romance it may seem like your talents are more suited as a hobby. However, that’s not the case! Your career match is out there. As a wedding planner, you’ll put your creativity and organizational skills to work as you plan the happily ever after couples are searching for.

You’ll be working with couples from the time of their engagement and beyond. Every step of the way, you’re there helping plan their fairytale wedding. As a wedding planner, you’ll act as a liaison between vendors and the bride and groom. In your Ashworth studies, you’ll complete courses to help prepare for your role such as:

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As a wedding planner, you’ll be busy helping couple’s dreams become a reality, all while starting your own business and traveling and coordinating events. Your work will be unpredictable, but exciting! With an 11% expected job growth by 2026, now is the time to become a wedding planner.

When you enroll you’ll also receive a one-year membership to the Association of Bridal Consultants® (ABC). With the membership, you’ll have access to workshops, conferences, and networking opportunities.

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Life Hacks Trust Us, People Care What You Wear to Work

You’ve probably heard the saying, “look good, feel good.” It’s true, especially when you’re saddling up for a new career adventure. Looking good means you feel better about yourself and you stand a little taller. You want to feel confident going into an interview and then at work once you land a job!

Then, you start the job and for a few weeks you dress your best, alternating between your nicest tops, polos, and pants. But before you know it, you’re comfortable and your job isn’t so new. You fall back into old habits and start wearing your comfiest yoga pants and hoodies. You may feel relaxed, but your outfit tells your boss and coworkers that you have low drive and opportunities in the workplace may pass you by. Don’t make this mistake! Here’s why you should put some pep in your step with your style choices at work.

Look good, feel good, do good.

You may not realize that what you wear and your job performance go hand in hand, but think about it: When you feel good about yourself you project good out into the world, and ultimately, your work space. If you’re confident about the way you look then you’ll be more confident in yourself and the work you do. According to an article published by NPR, a study found that wearing formal clothing makes employees think more like a leader.

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Dress for the job you want.

Has anyone ever told you “dress for the job you want, not the job you have”? Remember this saying as you get ready for work. If you look like you don’t care then your bosses, coworkers, and customers are going to assume you don’t care, too.

You should treat every day like it’s an interview, a Forbes article advises. Since you’re more than likely being evaluated by your peers at any given time, it’s important to dress your best to show you’re serious about your role.

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People care what you wear.

Trust us, your coworkers, bosses, and even customers care what you wear. Whether you like it or not what you wear on the outside has a lot to say about the person or worker you are. Putting some effort into what you wear can go a long way. You may not get a promotion right away for wearing a blazer to work every day, but you will build your self-esteem and be more comfortable with yourself. This is equally as important as career growth.

Even if no one says this to you, your managers are evaluating your appearance each day. Dressing in a way that impresses them, or even better, impresses their superiors, means a lot. Each day is an opportunity to put your best foot forward and put a little extra time into you. When you show yourself some love, it shows. Not sure where to begin putting yourself together? All skills can be learned. Check out our Personal Style Career Program to learn more about how to package yourself like the gift you are.

Believing in yourself and being comfortable with who you are and in what you wear is the key to furthering your career journey. Take the time to make sure your clothing choices reflect that you’re hardworking and ready for opportunities that lie ahead.

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Why Ashworth HELP! Ashworth Resources to the Rescue

Being an online learner means you’re independent, but it doesn’t mean you’re alone. Ashworth has various resources to help you stay on course throughout your educational journey. From phone support and tutoring to career guidance, Ashworth has your back every step of the way.

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Additionally, teachers are available to assist with course-related material through email. You can find contact information for your academic support team in your program or course syllabus.

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Resources to help you succeed

While your instructors are more than happy to help you, sometimes doing some research on your own can go a long way. That’s why Ashworth created a Learning Resource Center. This center is your online Library, Writing Lab, and Guidance Center.

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  • Writing Lab. The Writing Lab is here to help you be an overall better writer. The center includes citation guidelines, useful writing style guides, and information on plagiarism.
  • Guidance Center. The Guidance Center offers non-academic resources to students. Here, students can find information on career planning, financial aid and personal finance, test preparation, and learning styles and study skills. The center also offers resources on bullying, sexual assault and harassment, health, wellness and safety, and Title IX Notice of Non-Discrimination.

Start connecting with classmates

While it may feel like you’re alone as an online learner, there are thousand of Ashworth students just like you. You can start networking and making friends on the Student Community. On the Community, you can find motivation, share study tips, connect with classmates, and join in discussions, and more. You can also find classmates in your program and help each other stay on track.

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Ashworth wants to see you succeed. That’s why it’s easier than ever for you to have the tools you need for your job hunt and to grow your career. Ashworth EDGE is available to you as soon as you enroll. This online career services toolkit helps you translate your lessons into the career skills that can help you in the future. The toolkit includes a resume builder, mock job applications, an ePortfolio, cover letter tutorials, thank you letter help, and help to create a business plan. You’ll have access to Ashworth EDGE even after you graduate.

Take advantage of the resources available

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