Be Fabulous this Fall!

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Hey Edumagicians,

It's Sam with a special episode of the edumagic podcast – Episode 18 how to be fabulous this fall. Many of you are starting college in a few days, or maybe today is your first day back. I have 5 areas of habits that you can get into now to keep you being fabulous all fall long! Without further ado let’s jump in! For a complete list of all strategies and bonuses check out . Follow these PLN power players to learn more!

  • Syllabus – when you get your syllabus for each of your classes mark all important dates on your calendar or schedule. All important dates for projects, assignments, tests, or quizzes. Then make a notation in your calendar 1 week before the date of a test so you can start studying little by little and you are not cramming for test. Hannah Sansom shares, "Don't let yourself get behind. Get organized right away by marking due dates for all classes in your planner or calendar."

  • Allison Alfonso shares, "Make a schedule / routine and follow it. Having a routine will allow you time to complete your work but also have fun. You won’t feel burned out with this method. " I personally like the pick 2 method from Panera Bread. I pick 2 priorities for the day and get those accomplished then anything I else I get done is bonus.

  • Michelle Mentary - Prioritize; have a must do/ may do or order of importance list to help stay on top of deadlines.

Note taking
  • Take meaningful notes in class. Don’t write down very word your prof says! There are great tools that can help you take notes, for examples Microsoft One note has note taking templates. What I love most about them is that they have a way to organize your notes and review top concepts discussed. There is also a place for you to document your homework assignments.

  • Office lens – too much on the screen to write down? Use MS lens to capture pics of whiteboards, documents, etc. With MS Lens you can take a picture and save it as a pdf, word doc, jpeg and more. Make the edumagic happen by taking pics of all handouts from class – you might loose an important doc you need for class so take a pic of it.

  • Review your notes after each class – just take 5 minutes and check them over. If you have questions document them and ask your professor. Or send your professor an email with questions. If something in the notes or discussion intrigued you look up more information about it or ask professor if s/he suggests any further resources about the topics- videos, podcasts, articles. Fuel your passion.

  • Emily Sattler shares, “ Study where ever works for you!”

  • Jonathan Spike shares - "Also, schedule out study/work time in a planner and stick to it. This was my biggest change from freshman to sophomore year and it completely changed my work habits and GPA."

  • Sleep is not overrated friends. You need to take care and recharge yourself. Get enough sleep. Did you know according to the national sleep foundation young adults ages 18-25 need 7-9 hours of sleep a night? Sleep can help you recharge and be refreshed!

  • I recommend getting up a half hour or hour before classes begin. Get ready and eat breakfast. You wouldn’t get in your car when you are on empty why attend a class when you are on empty? Grab something to eat and get ready for a day of learning. Don’t just roll out of bed and go to class in your PJs (unless its pajama day) you are not mentally prepared for the class. Invest in yourself and your well being. Treat classes like a job.

  • Set your alarm and then turn off notifications and flip your screen down to minimize blue light. Or put your phone across the room so you have to get up to turn off the alarm.

  • Don't pull an all nighter. If you put the time in to study and review day by day you will be OK and won’t have to stay up all night. Besides what is the point of studying for a test and you are going to forget most of the info right after anyway? Don’t we want to be lifelong learners? Let’s start that habit now!

  • Doug Alichwer shares, “Get help early if you think you are having trouble with a class. Make connections with your prof, a fellow classmate (make connections in class) or tutor.”

College life
  • Get to know the people around in your courses. Don’t just sit a a class for 14 weeks and not get ot know the people are working with.

  • Work hard but enjoy the whole college experience! – Kim Berton

  • Missy Halcott suggests, “Make connections with other students and faculty. Get connected w current educators online and find time to explore your passions. College is a time to develop your skills and yourself!’

  • Jennifer Brinson - Find your people - people who will help and push you to grow. Someone (at least one) in each class that you can go to as a study buddy or can help bounce ideas off of. Visit each professor during office hours to help form those relationships and put names to faces. Review your notes/readings everyday.Have fun!

  • Michelle Mcfeaters - So, the two things that came to the top of my head have already been mentioned, but they are worth repeating: treat school like a 40-hour a week "job"--and expect to work some significant "overtime" some of the time AND don't be afraid to ask for help. Happy back-to-school, everyone!

  • Sydney Kincade - Having a place that’s just for work and a place that’s just for relaxing (ex. not using your bed to study. Make that a place where you relax and sleep only)

  • Emily Sattler shares, “Also, get involved! Find a club or two to join. That will give you an instant connection with people to start a friendship”

  • That's my art teacher - Schedule time to do things that are a priority. For example, if you like running, plan a time and how often you want to do it. Same for calling home. It’s easy to leave out the essentials that aren’t “mandatory.”

  • Debbie Reynolds - Take advantage of opportunities but remember self-care is important too!

  • Beth Poss - Introduce themselves to their instructors whether they are in a big lecture or in a smaller course. Making connections early will help them when they have a question, need help or even an extension on an assignment

Coursework approach
  • Amy Fly - Treat school like a job... you work 40 hours on the job... so if you are in class for 20 hours a week, 20 should be spent studying prepping, reading. There might be some big projects that need some overtime just like a job. Spend the time during the week and you can enjoy your weekend

  • Rachel Murat - Setting up a planner so they schedule in studying time, and making sure that they do have social time because it's all about balance! Visit the professor's office hours, set up study groups, group source notes in Google Docs and create gaps sheets white you are going through a unit so you have targeted what to study.

  • Sandy Herald - Off the top of my head, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Faculty & staff are real people & we care about your success!!

  • Tracy Kelly - Be mentally present in class. Or to use eduspeak, engaged.

  • Dr. Stephanie Hendrith - Enter every class with an open mind, and willingness to learn.

  • Margaret Sisler - If focus is a challenge, consider a strategy like the Pomodoro timer to create habits of focus.

  • Jonathan Spike - Communicate strategies that help them succeed and highlight scenarios in which you may struggle to their instructor.

  • Karyn Fillhart - Study habits and tools would have helped me. Here’s a list of resources I recently shared during a seminar with incoming freshmen here.

  • Ann Craven - First, take care of yourself & your health. Make yourself take breaks and do things that you enjoy. Second, manage your time. Be realistic about how long tasks will take and be proactive about getting things done well before the due date. (Hint: this will help you with the first habit.)

  • Aubrey Jones - Get a planner and use it FOR EVERYTHING

  • Brian Costello When you create your schedule, learn to put things that are most important to YOU first, then work everything else around the rest. When you meet good people who can help you with anything in life, keep them. Collect them in your life.

  • Barbara Kurtz - Never settle. Pursue diligently and wisely your academics, your social life, your talents, and your faith.

  • Michael Mahoney - Find the right balance between academics and social life.

  • Dr. Will - Know yourself. If you know mornings are tough for you, stay away from early morning classes. Being self-aware is so important in navigating the college experience.

  • Erin Lewis 1) So many people make a to do list but very few people actually create a results list. Create yourself a results list things that you absolutely must accomplish by the end of the day and do that every single day so you can actually work in a focus task oriented way rather than just adding a whole bunch of things to your to do list that never actually get done. 2) Find those resources on campus like your career center student financial services tutoring academic support academic success all of those people I work with faculty and other resources on campus to help and sure you find and reach what you define as a success. These people know tricks they know inns and outs they have connections and their primary job is to help you to succeed. Use them!!! 3) My personal favorite is that career development begins on day two (We all know that day one is for being lost overwhelmed and confused 😉) start thinking about what kind of jobs or careers that you want after graduation and heck it’s probably going to change and that’s OK but if you don’t start thinking about it now by the time you do start thinking about it in three years or maybe even four years getting some of the opportunities like internships or study abroad or part-time jobs or job shadowing experiences , etc.... it might be too late. Don’t wait until your senior year to think about these things because time flies in college. TRUST ME 💜💜💜

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