Alleviating Test Anxiety

Do you suffer from test anxiety? Test anxiety can affect people in a variety of ways such as high heart rate, excessive sweating, nausea, difficulty concentrating, being easily distracted, your mind “blanking” during the test, etc. to name a few. If you experience any of these, Oregon State University has a variety of suggestions to help you manage your test anxiety and control your nerves in the exam hall!

If you think their advice is useful, here are more tips on how to test better.

Lifelong Learning

Your ability to expand your mind and strive for lifelong learning is critical to your success, both in your personal and academic life. By dedicating yourself to learning, you can get ahead in every aspect of your life. All it takes is a conscious effort and commitment.

Watch this TED talk by Bernie Dunlap, president of Wofford College, as he shares the story of how Sandor Teszler, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.

How to start the dissertation?

Initiating the dissertation is one of the major milestones in a students academic journey. Drawing a work schedule devoting sufficient time to planning and following the plan are some of the challenges.
In this post you will find a short videoe listing tips for writing a dissertation. A write up on ‘Starting the dissertation’ from the’American Psychological Association’is also included.

Starting the dissertation from ‘American Psychological Association’: Experts offer tips on picking a topic, conducting a lit review and narrowing your focus.

A literary journey through 196 countries

How many books do you read every year? Have you ever paid attention to what’s on your bookshelves? Watch this so inspirational and interesting TED Talk to find how Ann Morgan achieved her ambitious goal: read one book from every country on earth in one year!

Now, if you want to discover more about this inspiring project and chart your OWN journeys with the help of the interactive maps provided by Ann Morgan, you could read

Learn to Manage Your Time Effectively!

University life is hectic and comes with plenty of conflicting commitments – assignments all due in the same week, hall activities sprung on you, reserving time to chill with friends and family, etc. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by everything and panic when the days and hours are dwindling so it’s important to know how to manage your time.

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Here are some tips we’ve gathered from other university websites to help you effectively manage your time.

The University of British Columbia came up with a Big Five list to help you manage your time better –

  1. Plan: set personal goals (both short term and long term) that are realistic and achievable and reevaluate them as needed
  2. Assess: keep a log of how you currently spend your time so that you can identify time wasters and patterns you never consciously noticed
  3. Organise: create to-do lists for the day
  4. Prioritise: prioritise your list and keep track of commitments
  5. Schedule: keep a notebook or use a mobile app to send you reminders and keep your checklist of things to do

In addition to this, the University of New South Wales recommends figuring out your optimum study conditions early on to be more effective in your studying as well as completing simple tasks as soon as possible so that you have more time allocated to more difficult tasks.

Time management skills are useful not just for your university career but also in your personal life as well as professionally. Pick up the habit early and use it to keep sane when you’re bombarded by commitments you can’t get out of!

How to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills







Public speaking is a very important skill that everyone, university students included, should strive to master. Research has also shown that an audience will perceive a speaker’s intelligence based more on the way he or she speaks rather than on the contents of the speech. Hence it is crucial to learn to speak properly so that you can capture your audience’s attention and get your points across to them effectively.

Below are some tips from WriteMyEssays for improving your public speaking skills.

  1. Work on your posture – Stand straight with a relaxed spine to project a self-assured outward image
  2. Avoid mindless language – Do not speak in clichés or use buzzwords as it conveys a lack of original thought
  3. Speak loudly, not forcefully – Learn to project your voice but do not shout
  4. Pay close attention to your voice – Listen carefully to your own voice so as to refine it
  5. Avoid ‘vocal fry’ or other vocal irritants – Do not use rising intonation and end words with a raspy growl
  6. Don’t be afraid of silence – Pausing emphasizes and adds thoughtfulness to your speech
  7. Don’t weigh in unless you have something to add – Steer conversation towards familiar ground

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PhD, pursue a doctorate degree?

How long does it take to get a doctorate degree? How do you get into grad school? Are you qualified to do a PhD?. Why should you do a PhD? For many people, pusuing a doctorate degree is the absolute achievment of academic pursuit. Years of commitment to higher education, gives the path to call themselves “doctor”. Pursuing a PhD can be a complex, frustrating, expensive and time-consuming exercise. But with the right PhD preparation, some sound advice, and a thorough understanding of the task at hand, the years as a doctoral student can be the the most rewarding.

Watch the below video from UC Berkeley on ‘How to Apply to Graduate School.’

Refer to the below link for more on Doctorate program tips:

Prepare for Doctoral Programs:Doctoral Programs from MIT

Essential PhD tips: 10 articles all doctoral students should read

Improve your memory

Do you think you have a good memory? How excellent is it? Well then, try this memory self-test for informational and fun.


A good memory is truly important for everyone, especially for students. it will help them to retain important information which they have obtained from class and help them to learn effectively. Watch these two interesting Ted Talk below to learn more about memory and how to remember more effectively.

The following tips will help you improve your memory as well:

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How to Read Critically

We’ve posted before on critical thinking skills; this time let’s consider critical reading.

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In an age where we are bombarded with new information through innumerable sources with varying credibility, we have to be critical of all information we consume. Information is hardly ever truly objective and has to be carefully examined to discern an author’s opinion and possible biases from underlying facts. Learn more about critical reading in the video below by Townsend Press.

Critical reading is not finding fault in the literature or information but rather to evaluate the validity and weight of the argument. The University of Leicester has come up with a study guide to provide guidelines in helping you take a more critical approach to reading, whether you are analyzing a more technical paper or a study in the humanities fields. Their guide provides a template from which you can more critically evaluate your sources and questions you should ask yourself when gauging the validity of the information.

Tips for Disertation Defense


Thesis writing is an important and a challenging task you will encounter as a graduate student. The thesis defense is the culmination of that process.

The thesis defense procedure may vary across institutions. By the time you are ready to present your defense, your thesis paper should be nearly complete, and some schools may require that your thesis paper be completely finished. During your thesis defense, you will be expected to present and defend your thesis in front of your advisor, faculty thesis committee, and other audience members – and to do so in a cohesive manner. You can expect to be asked a number of questions after your presentation, and you need to be prepared with the knowledge and skill necessary to answer the questions confidently.

Refer to the below URLs for tips:

A short video from Texas A&M University :


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