Four Ways To Stay Motivated And Finish The School Year Strong

Stay Motivated

It’s May! That means state testing, prom, research projects, just a bit more homework than you bargained for, and a whole bunch of other things that can really take a toll on your focus. It’s easy to start slacking right around this time of year. The end of the school year is in sight, summer’s on the way, the weather’s nicer, everything seems more upbeat and relaxed. But you’ve got to stay motivated!

Don’t fall for it!

There’s a lot you can do to sabotage yourself in this critical time in the academic year. It’s okay to stop and smell the roses every now and then, but you’ve also got to stand up straight, square your shoulders, and put in the work. Here are four ways to help you do that:

Organize and Prioritize

If there was ever a time to stay organized, this is it. With so much going on in school and at home, it’s important to keep every date, every obligation, every meeting straight in your head. If you don’t already, keep a planner handy to write down things that you know you need to take care of in the future. Then, rank those things from most to least important. Now,  you can direct your attention to the things that need it the most, and you’ll feel less stressed as a result!

Be Mindful

Speaking of stress, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything that’s going on around you. In the midst of all the chaos, take time to slow down and understand what you’re working on. Group projects and research assignments pile up during this time of year, so it’s a good idea to be especially aware of your work habits and how you’re feeling. When choosing how to divide your time, be selective! Ask for help if you can’t meet a deadline, focus on delivering quality work, and above all, set aside some time to take care of your health.

Get Some Perspective

The tests you take during this important season can improve or hurt your chances of ending up with that A you’ve been working so hard for, or the high SAT or AP score that will take you to the college of your dreams. It’s a crucial moment! But that’s all it is. A single moment in the vast timeline that is your life. Don’t put any unnecessary stress on yourself. One test does not decide what your entire future will be. Chin up, shoulders back, do your very best, and your future will fall into place, you’ll see!

Remember Your Goals

There are so many contradictory things about May. It’s testing season, and you should study hard, but prom is coming up, and you want to party hard. Graduation is coming up, and you feel like you’re finished, but those last few assignments count—it’s not over yet! Take time to remember your goals. What did you set out to achieve? Make them more visible in your everyday life. Write them on post-it notes and stick it in your notebook, on your refrigerator, on your bathroom mirror, EVERYWHERE. With summer around the corner, it’s very easy to get distracted with all the fun things going on, but that doesn’t give you an excuse to stop short of the finish line.

 

Students, this is time to remain focused and do all you can to finish the school year strong! Keep yourself accountable, check your urges to slack off, and accomplish what you set out to do! For more helpful tips, homework help, test preparation, and one-on-one tutoring, visit us at StudyGate.com!

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Fighting The System: Good Students Vs. Academic Dishonesty

Academic Honesty

Students are blurring the lines between academic honesty and legitimate study more and more as time goes on. While the nature of cheating is still clearly defined, students can now find help online in a multitude of ways. It can be difficult to determine what is dishonest and what isn’t.

For example, is it cheating if a tutor works out a math related homework problem for a student to study later? The student did not technically do the work, but the student does not turn it is as his or her own work. The distinction is becoming more and more unclear.

As students go further in their academic careers, there is a greater urge to be academically dishonest. The students who have cheated in the past will continue to do so. But what about everyone else? What about the students who normally perform well, but find the need to find extra help elsewhere? There are many reasons why students cheat, but the most consequential reasons come from the fact that students in higher education are often pitted against an unforgiving system that gives very few second chances.

 

Numbers Matter

Many rigorous college courses weigh some assignments more heavily than others. It’s very common for a teacher to instruct a course in which there are two important assignments—a midterm and a final, or a final and a research project. The homework has little, if any, influence on the final grade. Students understand that they’ve got to learn strategy if they want to succeed in higher education. It’s not enough to just show up, listen, and do the assignments. You’ve got to know how to work the numbers and figure out what hits you can and cannot afford to take. If both your tests are each 40% of your final grade, and you don’t do so well on the first one, you know you’re performing damage control for the rest of the semester. This is part of the problem. Students will do anything to boost or stabilize that grade percentage. Sometimes, they run into situations that are less about ethics and more about survival.

 

Full Speed Ahead

The pace of the course is also a contributing factor to why students cheat. You’ve got to be absolutely ready for a midterm in a ten-week course because, again, doing poorly will cost you for the rest of the term. It’s one thing to have difficulty learning at such a rapid pace. Being penalized for it is another matter entirely! Yes, that’s just part of the challenges students face in higher education and they should learn to adjust. But the breakneck pace leads to a lot of anxiety among students who have a lot depending on the outcome of a course. A low or average grade could cause a student to miss out on an internship, university admission, or scholarship. The challenge itself is not what causes academic dishonesty. The outcome and subsequent effect on a student’s life is enough for even the most ethical student to weigh their options more closely.

 

Learning Factory

Many universities around the country offer courses with an enrollment size of 100 or more students total. Professors often do not have time to get to know each student individually, much less learn their handwriting, work ethic, and learning style. Academic dishonesty becomes much more attractive knowing that the instructor may not know that the student is cheating in the first place. It’s much harder to do in community colleges or schools with smaller class sizes, but is relatively easy in larger university courses.

 

So What’s The Takeaway?

I don’t believe new technology has any influence over a student’s decision to cheat. The way we cheat today is the same way we’ve cheated 30 years ago, those methods have just moved to an online format. However, today’s students are aware that they have to understand the system they’re engaged in if they want to survive. Every course syllabus explains the weight of various assignments. The student decides what to focus on. If they slip up on a certain assignment, or perform poorly on a test, they understand that it’s not enough just to do well on the next one. Academic dishonesty isn’t necessarily a route for lazy students to avoid applying themselves. It’s also a way for students to stack the odds in their favor. If we want to address the growing threat of academic dishonesty, we first need to understand the situation students all over the country contend with. It’s so much more than just studying and taking tests. It’s strategy, too.

 

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StudyMate: Smart And Secure Strategies To Survive The SAT Showdown (Part 2)

SAT Survival Strategies

“If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.” -Sun Tzu, The Art of War

 

It’s 6:30AM. You’ve had a good night’s sleep, ate a good breakfast, and you’re about to make your way to the test location for the big showdown. This is what you’ve been preparing for all these months. Now it’s time to put that training to the test.

But wait!

This is the real thing! This is where it counts! Even with all that preparation, you’ll need to walk in with a winning strategy if you truly want to do your best. Listen up, solider! Here are some things you can do to stay confident in the fog of war and emerge victorious!

 

Roll Call!

Before you leave, double check to make sure you’ve got all your important stuff. Make sure you’ve got your calculator, your pencils, erasers, snacks, and ESPECIALLY your watch. You can’t afford to leave a single thing behind. While you’re at it, make sure you’re carrying your I.D. and any test registration materials!

 

Set Up Your Station

As soon as you find your desk, lay out everything you need. Take out an eraser and an extra pencil, and keep everything else tucked away under your seat. You don’t know how tiny your work space is going to be, so make the most of it and minimize any distractions.

 

You vs. Time

When your test administrator has gone over all the rules and you’re allowed to begin, take a look at the top of the section you’re about to start. There is usually a suggested time limit printed at the top, and you should set a pace to work within these confines.

Remember that watch we told you about earlier? This is where it comes in handy (sorry).

Having the time right next to you all the time will help you stay focused on your test. If you have to crane your neck to look at the clock alllllllllll the way across the room (and see all the other anxious students working on their tests), it’s going to mess up your flow. You’ll never wonder how much time you have left because you can check it periodically and adjust your pace as you go!

 

Sacrifices Must Be Made

While taking your SAT practice tests, you tried to simulate the real test conditions as closely as you could, but you couldn’t help taking time to answer each question to the best of your knowledge. And that’s great!

But this is war.

And in war, you’ve got to count the cost of your actions.

If you come across a question that you cannot answer in a reasonable amount of time, or has you stuck between two or three answers, don’t hesitate to skip it. It may feel like you’re losing out on valuable points, but an unanswered question hurts less than a wrong one, and more correct answers are going to earn you a better score!

I understand you didn’t want to leave that question behind, son. I know you could have saved it.

But it ain’t worth it, soldier. Move on.

 

Refuel

There will be a designated time to use the bathroom and take a short break. This is when you have your snacks! Yes, you’ll probably be hungry anyway, but OUR reason for bringing snacks is for morale. If you bring a snack you love, it’ll make you happier and put you back in a positive mood after a couple hours of testing. Then, go back in there in finish it off!

 

Live To Fight Another Day (Unless You’re Happy With The Result)

When you’ve handed in your test and have run far, far away from it, remember that you did your best, and that’s what counts. Also remember that you can take the SAT as many times as you want to improve your score. Many people take it two or three times! Get your results when they’re released and take the time to figure out where you excelled and where you could use improvement. Add these things to your strategy for next time, and increase your chances of scoring higher!

 

 

And that’s it! Keep yourself motivated, remember your training, stick to your test taking strategy, and we guarantee you’ll be successful! It’s all about keeping your cool, managing your time wisely and keeping yourself motivated. Once you understand that, half the battle is already won! For more helpful SAT tips and homework help, visit StudyGate.com! Dismissed!

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StudyMate: Smart And Secure Strategies To Survive The SAT Showdown (Part 1)

SAT Survival

If there’s one test that fuels the anxiety of millions of students around the United States, it’s the SAT. Students and parents alike invest tons of money, time, and energy into preparing for the test that will decide their fates, and many people prepare the wrong way. Contrary to popular belief (and all that bad advice you’ve gotten) the SAT is all about strategy. Taking the SAT is like going to war (just go with it), and if you’re going to war, then you need an effective plan. Take a look at these smart SAT strategies to help you prepare for battle and ready yourself for the big test.

 

1. Gather Some Intel

Whether you’re taking a subject test or the full-blown SAT, you need to know what kinds of questions you’re going to run into. Go to your local bookstore or library and pick up a couple of books with complete tests that you can practice with every few weeks. If you search online, you can find actual tests from previous years that you can practice on. Before you even THINK about registering for the SAT, take a practice test and see how you do. With any luck, you’ll do pretty badly, and that’s the perfect place to start your training!

 

2. Get The Lay Of The Land

I cannot stress this enough: The SAT is all about strategy. You’ve got to know when to jump, when to slide, when to duck, and when to run for your life! Study the test format. The SAT is written with the easiest questions at the beginning and gets progressively harder as you go. Study the wording of each question. SAT writers love to use seven words to express what you could probably say with three. Get used to the language and the way certain questions are asked. The quicker you can read and anticipate what you’re being asked to do, the quicker you can answer and move on!

 

3. Words Win Wars

You know you’re in deep trouble when you’re taking the reading portion of the test, and you run into a word you don’t know.

Like “nadir”. Or “halcyon”.

You can try to guess the meaning through context clues, but if you can’t, you’re sunk. Get some flash cards and learn the definitions of just five SAT words per day. 5 per day turns into 35 per week! Also, take the time to read anything you can: books, articles, journal entries, essays, and try to figure out the author’s main point as quickly as you can. If you’re unprepared, the reading section is going to be a pain! Arm yourselves!

 

4. Meet Calculator, Your New Best Friend

In this battle, you’re allowed to bring only one weapon (besides your brain), and it’s your trusty scientific calculator. Your mastery of your calculator can potentially slow you down or give you a much needed speed boost! Take some quality time to learn every function, every shortcut, and every formula you need for the test. It will also clear room in your brain for other information you’ll need to memorize. Make sure you know which situations call for which formulas, but make your calculator do the heavy lifting.

 

5. Train Yourself

Now that you know the test inside out, learned a lot of big words, and bonded with your calculator, it’s time to begin your training. Set aside about 1 to 2 hours every other week to sit down and take a practice test from beginning to end. If you like, you can simulate actual test conditions to allow yourself to adjust. Take a test early in the morning, bring some snacks with you, close yourself off in a cold room, whatever you have to do! Pay special attention to the way you manage your time. Time is such an influential factor in the SAT experience—many students feel rushed at times and completely abandon their strategy in order to finish as many questions as possible. Make your time work for you!

 

6. Assemble A Survival Kit

On the day of the test, you shouldn’t be wondering where all your stuff is. Take a few minutes to gather everything you need. In your kit, you should include:

  • A bottle of water
  • Your calculator
  • A couple of extra pencils
  • An eraser
  • Some (a lot of) snacks
  • A watch (yeah, the ones with the hands that you wear on your wrist)

Put ’em all in your favorite bag and store them close by so you can just grab it and leave. Simple.

 

7. Energize

Energy is your greatest resource when taking the SAT. It’s not time, intelligence, or anything else. When you’re sitting in that classroom, you’ve got to have a clear mind and sharp focus. What does this mean for you? For a start, eat a good breakfast! Get plenty of sleep the night before the test! Do all the healthy things you’re supposed to! You need to be in tip-top condition, so take care of yourself! Don’t leave anything to chance!

 

Preparing for the SAT is about dividing your attention between learning the material and developing your test taking strategy. Even though mastery of these two aspects will leave you in the best shape to perform well on the big test, you’re not out of the woods yet! In Part 2, we’ll show you how to handle yourself during the test! Stop by StudyGate.com for more helpful tips and homework help!

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StudyMate: How To (Quickly) Find Credible Sources For Your Research Paper

Research. Finding credible sources.  The most terrifying words you’ll hear in your entire academic career. Just hearing them made me go into denial:

 

“What? What do you mean I have to form an opinion? Wait, wait, you mean I can’t just say whatever I feel like? I have to look for…facts and evidence?”

 

Yes. You’ve got to do all that, and I know it can be a lot of work. It doesn’t have to be so terrible, though! Good research is systematic. It follows a certain logic as you develop what you want to say. You might be dreading all that time you’ll spend combing through textbooks and clickin’ around the internet, but if you follow what I’m about to tell you…

…and really focus…

…you can finish your research in a day. In. A. Day.

Look!

 

Step One: Take A Position!

Before you even begin your research, you’ve got to know what you want to say. Take some time to read the assignment, understand the expectations, and develop an opinion on the subject. This is going to make things a lot easier for you in the long run. Let’s just say your topic is:

“Is climate change real?”

Decide if your answer is yes or no, and begin thinking about your reasons. It sounds obvious, I know, but SOME people have been known to just pick the easiest standpoint to get the assignment done as quickly as possible. Don’t be that person. Think about it!

 

Find Credible Sources For Your Research Paper

Step Two: Find A…Book? At The…Library?

Yes. They exist for a reason. You can find the most credible sources of knowledge in actual books! Imagine that! Decide what your answer is, then take an hour or two to look for a few library books about your subject. Look through them and pay special attention to certain sections that can help support your main point. Then, take them with you and refer back to them as your prime research materials. Looking for a book should always be your first step; they can help you think of more specific things to say, which makes your research more specific as result.

 

Step Three: Find Some Journals

Next, you’ll want to search for some academic journals. In my opinion, some of the best academic journal databases are EBSCOHost, JSTOR, and Google Scholar, but there are so many others, so experiment and find out which one you like best. Your college or university will most likely have a subscription to many of these databases, so go crazy. Remember those specific points you got from those books? You can use those to search for articles devoted to those points!

So if you’re arguing that climate change isn’t real, and changes in sea level is one of your main points, you’ll look for those articles that support both your ideas and those in your books.  As you find more articles that support them, you’ll continue to refine your own argument. Aha! We’re getting more and more precise as we go!

 

Step Four: Yeah Alright, Now You Can Run To The Internet

At this point, you couldn’t get more specific if you tried. Now, it’s all about proving your point. Look for quality sources on the internet. You’ll be looking for quick statistics, helpful numbers, and short quotes that you can sprinkle into your paper.

At this stage, you’d be looking for numbers that reflect changing or consistent sea levels to support your previous research. I know they’re the easiest to find, but internet sources should be the last thing you look at. Anybody can go online and publish anything they want without having it reviewed. Keep an eye out for credible sites—ones where you’ll find articles with a clear author you can cite, and who has cited information themselves. When you leave those sources for the end of your research, you already know what your paper is about, and now it’s just a matter of finding figures and evidence that support all those books and journals!

 

Step Five: Trim The Fat

So now you’ve got bunch of books, academic journals, websites, and a rough draft of your research paper. Great! Now start cutting the stuff you don’t need. A lot of professors give you a minimum of number of sources they want for each medium—2 books, 3 journals, 2 websites, etc. If you’re going for the minimum, then make sure you have the best material you can find! If you’re going for only 2 books, they better give you a TON of information and support every point you make. You should never wonder whether to use a source or not. Make them work for you!

 

 

And that’s it! When you’ve got all your sources ready, make sure you cite them all correctly! If you don’t know how to cite, you can visit the OWL Purdue website to brush up on all the different styles. As I said earlier, if you follow these tips and stay focused, you can have your research done in a day (I’m serious)! Now go! To get more helpful academic tips and homework help, visit StudyGate.com!

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Amazing Time Management Tips For Someone Who Just Can’t Get It Together

24 hours. That’s all you get in a single day. You can either waste them, get nothing done, and wonder where the time went, or you can make things easier and use your time wisely. At StudyGate, we’re no strangers to time management. We’ve decided to take a moment to share some techniques that will help you develop amazing time management skills!

 

Make A List

Instead of committing to memory everything you have to do today, why not make a short list? Download a note taking app on your phone like OneNote or Google Keep, or use a simple pen and paper and make a to-do list starting from your most urgent task to your least. This something you should do out of habit every day because as your tasks become organized, so too will your thoughts!

 

Know Your Sweet Spot

When I was in high school, you couldn’t get me to do anything productive until around 6:34 PM (very specific). After that, I could hit the books and study for hours, late into the night! It’s worth finding out what time of day is best for you to get things done. Some people work best in the early morning, while many people consider themselves night owls. Understanding when you’re most productive can help you plan your day more efficiently.

 

Prepare Beforehand

I can’t wake up in the morning.

I mean—I can—but I don’t want to, and it’s a big problem when I’ve got to pack all my meals for the day, choose what I’m going to wear, exercise, and get to work on time. Take some of the pressure off and start preparing the night before! Make your lunch, pack your backpack with everything you need, lay out tomorrow’s outfit in a chair (yes, like you did when you were little), and do as many necessary things as you can. Now, you can focus on more important things, and when it’s time, you can just grab your stuff and go!

 

Dream A Little Dream

Only robots can work straight through the day without stopping. For the rest of us, it’s good to take a minute or two to stare out a window or look around and just think. Rest your eyes and give your brain a chance to pause. Daydreaming can be a welcome break from a steady workflow!

 

Future Sight

At the end of the day, when you’re maxin’ and relaxin’, take a moment to just think about what you’ve got to do tomorrow. Organize your thoughts and think of all the ways you need to prepare. It will put you in the right mindset to take on the next day’s tasks and do what you need to do!

 

 

Try some of these out and see how they feel! To tell you the truth, 24 hours is A LOT of time. When you manage your time well, you feel as though you have more time in the day. You have more time to work, more time to sleep, more time to spend with friends, and more time to do more of what you love. Check out some more helpful advice, study tips, and homework help at StudyGate.com!

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Valuable Life Skills That Extracurricular Activities Can Teach You

Back when I was in college, my classes took up ALL my time. During one quarter, I was attending five classes in one day, from 8 AM to 10 PM. It was brutal! As you can imagine, I got burned out pretty easily and wanted to do something fun in between all the work. That’s where extra-curricular activities come in!

There are sports teams, community service clubs, and other interesting things to do in your spare time! I joined my campus Circle K International and since that day, I had tons more fun and learned a lot of useful life skills that I just couldn’t learn in the classroom. Check out a few of them:

 

Leadership!

Nothing will make you prouder than overseeing something important and dedicating your efforts to make sure it succeeds.

I had the pleasure of becoming club treasurer while I was in Circle K, and that responsibility really helped me mature.

  • I was in charge of all the club funds and decided how to spend them,
  • I worked with our fundraising chair to come up with ways to bring in more money,
  • I wrote checks to all the charities we donated to.

It was great! Everyone needs to develop their leadership abilities in some way. You’ve got to learn how to take ownership of something you care about because that’s what sets you apart! It’s how you find success later on as you build your career!

 

Social Intelligence

Spending your time only at home and at school isn’t very good for you. Why? Because you’ve got to learn how to talk to people! This means learning how to listen, to have a good conversation and to use your natural charm to persuade. This is how you relate to others and make friends! You can’t get a lot of that in class, as you’re supposed to be paying attention, and you definitely can’t do that at home. Get out and meet people! It sounds intimidating (it was to me at first)! The goal is to become comfortable in your own skin. You’ll be more proactive, attract success, and be the best person you can be.

 

Valuable Skills Extracurricular Activities Can Teach You

Service And Empathy

During my time in Circle K, I was involved in a lot of community service projects. I worked at food banks, volunteered at sporting events and charity walks, and even cooked dinner at a homeless shelter. Helping others feels great, plain and simple. You should get into the habit of serving others once in a while because it teaches you one very important lesson:

It’s not always all about you.

I spent so much time worrying about my grades and finding a job that I would often forget that there are many in our world that don’t have even have a roof over their heads, much less the opportunity to go to school. Empathy is a very important trait. It’s related to social intelligence, too! It pays to be able to sense what people are feeling in order to be a better human being overall.

 

Marketing,Management, Strategy

Running an on-campus club is a lot like running a business. You’ve got a boss, a second-in-command, a bunch of other officers that oversee specific aspects, and a large group of people that benefit from what your club offers. As you get more involved, you start to wonder how you can make your club more popular and successful. That’s where marketing, management and strategy come into play. Delegate tasks to different people, advertise your club based on what you think people want, and plan events and activities that your members will want to come to. It’s not so different from the real world!

 

Creativity And Resourcefulness

Sometimes (Often), things just don’t work like they should.

Once, my club was scheduled to volunteer at a dog show one Saturday at noon. At the last minute, many of our freshman members called me to ask for rides to the event. Suddenly, with only an hour left to get there, my team and I scrambled to find a way to pick up twelve additional members and still arrive on time! So what did we do? We pooled our resources. Our club secretary had an old van that would accommodate half the members, and the rest of us split the other six among our own cars.

Was it a comfortable ride? No.

Did it work out in the end? Yes!

And that’s what matters. When things go wrong, you’ve got to know how to use your head, think on the fly, and come up with a solution.

 

 

They may say that extracurricular activities are all about having fun, but they do so much more than that. They teach you real-world skills and allow you to apply them in a whole bunch of situations. That’s valuable! Think about that the next time a friend invites you to their business club meeting! For more interesting perspectives and homework help, stop by StudyGate.com!

 

 

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The Pain Of Traditional Tutoring, and How StudyGate Saves The Day

Let’s face it.

In-person tutoring is painful. It’s inefficient, troublesome, and painful in so many ways. And it has been for a while.

Everyone has a different experience with in-person tutoring. We’re willing to bet that most have a horror story about a tutor who was simply a waste of time and money. All of us here at StudyGate have heard these stories, and we’d like to tell you about five of the worst tutoring pains—and what we do to cure them.

 

Pain #1: Embarrassment and Confession

Admitting you need help is difficult. Academic culture around the world links academic achievement with positive or negative feelings of self-worth. You should feel proud when you get an A on that grueling statistics exam…

But it’s also easy to feel worthless when you get a D.

Think about it: getting a tutor means that you’re finally willing to admit to a complete stranger, “I’m supposed to understand this material, but I just don’t and I need your help”. It can be embarrassing, especially if you normally do well.

StudyGate understands that, and totally removes that element from the tutoring experience. Instead of feeling ashamed to find someone and ask for their help, we empower students to put their questions out into the world and discover a community of people who are eager to help them.

Our Homework Emergency feature allows students to post any homework question, set their price range, and watch tutors worldwide offer their help. Isn’t it a beautiful thing when you feel lost and someone gives you a hand? With StudyGate, help will always arrive.

 

Pain #2: Learn Less, Perform Better

Why do we send our children to Kindergarten? Is it so they can get amazing grades and get accepted to a top college by the age of 10?

No.

We send them so they can learn basic skills and develop their ability and desire to learn new things.

But as our children grow, this goal shifts in a very troubling way. By the time a student reaches high school, learning and understanding take a backseat to scholastic achievement and attracting colleges. That’s great, but this mindset trains students to study hard for tests just so they can jump through the hoop and make it to the next level. Even worse, it motivates tutors to teach to the test, and only to the test. StudyGate puts the focus back on learning so that a student can focus on understanding concepts so they can increase their knowledge. Our Group Meeting feature allows students to study together as their questions are answered and teach one another. This service allows students to focus on understanding and learning together, rather than cramming alone.

 

Pain #3: Chatty Chat Chat

This one really hurts.

Imagine you’re a student who meets with a math tutor once a week. You sit down with them, take out your books, and prepare your questions. Your tutor asks how you’re doing, and you begin to tell him…

But then he launches into a 15-minute detour about your life choices:

  • He tells you to stay out of a relationship until you finish school.
  • He tells you that a career in (insert career field) is the ONLY worthwhile career, and anything else is a waste of time.
  • He goes on and on about how marriage isn’t worth the trouble and you should look out only for yourself because a partner will only bring you down…

All that is nice, but it’s NOT WHAT YOU’RE PAYING FOR.

StudyGate tutors are here to teach, period. In our live online sessions, you only pay for every minute you use, and every minute is used to answer your questions. That’s all. Seriously, take a look! We skip all the unsolicited life advice and get to work!

 

 

Pain #4: High Learning Curve

Lots of people get their friends to tutor them. The problem with this is that they’ll often solve problems the way they are used to, or solve them without much explanation. It’s frustrating and demoralizing. A tutor should teach, not show off. StudyGate tutors teach to your needs. They reach out to you, so you can go as fast or as slow as you want, which means that you learn the way you want to. They’re here to help you, so take your time and get the help you need.

 

These pains have been a problem as long as tutoring itself has been around. Here at StudyGate, we strive to take this stress out of your way so you can focus on what really matters. Find out for yourself! To post a homework question, find a tutor for a live online session, or just find out more about us, visit us at StudyGate.com!

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The Three Things To Think About When Choosing The Right Tutor

Choosing the right tutor is a matter of personal preference. In the same way that there are so many teachers out there with different strengths and teaching styles, so too are there a wide range of tutors. As with many other things in life, finding the right tutor comes down to understanding the best way you learn and the teaching styles you respond to. Once you’ve got that down, there are a few traits you’ve got to look out for. Before anything else, look for someone who:

 

Knows What They’re Talking About

Your first time bringing your homework to a tutor is a gamble. You just don’t know if they REALLY know their stuff until you improve. And let’s just be honest: some tutors charge way too much for their services when their qualifications just don’t stack up. That’s the great thing about StudyGate; we’ve got a tier system that separates tutors into Standard, Premium, and Ivy League tiers so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Ask as many questions as you like and get a good feel for their skills. You deserve the best customer service. Tutoring is no exception.

 

 

Helps You Learn Instead Of Feeding You The Answers

This should be the standard by which you judge all tutors. The right tutor knows that they’re being paid to teach you, not solve your problems for you. If you don’t understand something, they are there to help you approach the material in a different way. They should not act like your really smart friend in your statistics class who loves to show off and solve problems without explaining himself. He’s nice and everything, but he’s not helping you. Effective teaching will stick with you long after the session is over. Choose that kind of tutor.

 

Is Reliable

It’s not a good sign if your tutor makes excuses and has to cancel and reschedule again and again. Place your trust in someone who will show up when they tell you and give you the time they promised. As we said, you’re a customer at the end of the day. You have the right to great service—the kind you’ll find at StudyGate—and you should never compromise.

 

Take these things into consideration and you’ll be on the right path to choosing the right tutor. Speaking of choosing, StudyGate has hundreds of amazing tutors to choose from! If you’ve got a question, or need some one-on-one help, stop by StudyGate.com and take your pick!

 

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The Many Reasons Why Online Tutoring Is Definitely For You

Tutoring has really come a long way!

If you needed a tutor back in the day, you’d have to post an advertisement (a paper one!) on a bulletin board at your school or a local college and wait for a phone call. You would speak to a few candidates and find out their availability and qualifications. You’d also find out how much they charged per hour…

After you fainted, you’d get yourself together and travel all the way to the library or learning center for your first meeting, then travel all the way back home to finish all your other homework and hopefully get to bed at a reasonable hour. What a hassle!

But good news, everyone! Online tutoring is a thing of the future, and the future is NOW.

It’s a fantastic alternative that saves time, money, and energy. Still unsure about it? Here are a few reasons why online tutoring is a great investment that will do wonders for your academic career.

 

It’s Much More Affordable!

Cost is the biggest thing people consider when looking for a tutor. It’s also the main reason why many people decide NOT to get a tutor. Some can charge $100 or more per hour for each session! The average student doesn’t have this kind of money, and although many parents are willing to pay whatever it takes to find help, you don’t have to make that choice anymore.

You have options!

Nowadays, online tutoring costs much less than that. For example, StudyGate tutoring rates start at just $10 per hour for homework questions, and in a live tutoring session, you only pay for every minute you use . Tutors can set their own prices, and they’re nowhere near that expensive. Lower rates take the pressure off, so you can focus on quality!

 

 

Save Time!

Travel time is also a major factor in whether to get a tutor. You’re a busy student: If you got a tutor, you’d have to find time after school in between all your other activities, drive to your tutoring session, and still find time to return home, finish your homework, have dinner, and go to bed. One of the benefits of online tutoring comes from all the travel time you’ll save! You and your tutor simply agree on a regular meeting time, then you can get help without going anywhere at all. Spend less time traveling from Point A to Point B and more time calculating the distance between them!

 

You’ve Got Gadgets And Gizmos Aplenty!

Let’s face it, tutoring has always been a little…clunky. Your tutor would show up with a couple of messy notepads and old textbooks, maybe a whiteboard if they wanted to be fancy, or maybe nothing at all. With online tutoring, you can have access to so much more! You can video chat with your tutor, and a StudyGate live session offers a virtual whiteboard that you and your tutor can write on together. This means less watching, more doing, and a lot more value for your money. Test it out for yourself!

 

It’s Portable!

Tutors can get very busy, and it’s always been hard to fit in with their schedules. Online tutoring allows you to decide when to meet your tutor, and the location doesn’t matter! Have a quick live session in the library after class if you want to get a good grasp of the material. Maybe meet with a tutor in the morning or on weekends if your school schedule keeps you on the go. Have an urgent question? Post it on our system as a homework emergency and take care of other things while your tutor finds the right answer for you. The possibilities are limitless, and the power is YOURS!

 

If you’ve ever had any hesitation about online tutoring, you shouldn’t. It takes all of the pain and uncertainty out of the tutoring experience, gives you more options, and leaves more time for you to get things done. Trust us, you’ll see a huge difference in no time! When you decide to give online tutoring a try, look no further than StudyGate.com! Our service is 24/7 and we’ve got plenty of world-class tutors ready to help you!

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StudyMate: A Smart Way To Take A Test

So, you’re going to take a test today. A geometry test. Or a calculus test. Or a physics test. Doesn’t matter. You walk into the room, your teacher hands you the exam, and you find a seat. Then, you look at the test, glance at the clock, and start working. How do you feel? Stressed? Relaxed? Powerful? Did you give up before it even started? Forget everything you know about test taking and try this method!

 

Skim It!

Spend a minute or two reading the test. Just look at it! Get a feel for the questions and the length. Touch it, smell it, tear the pages a little (don’t), and get comfortable with it. Find out what you know for sure and what you’ll need to spend time thinking about. Recall any equations you’ll need and how you would set up any problems. Relax and take all the mystery out of it!

 

Easy Questions First

Now that you know what your test looks like, it’s time to knock out the easy questions! Go through the test from beginning to end and take care of any questions you can answer correctly in one or two minutes. You’ll likely finish a big part of the test quickly and gain some confidence in the process.

 

Set Up Anything You’re Unsure About

Tricky questions take time. Use it wisely. Go back to the beginning and start doing some of the harder questions. If you’re taking a multiple-choice test, take the time to quickly jot down short definitions or explanations. If you’re solving equations, write out the first couple of steps you’d take to solve them. Then leave it alone and move to the next tricky problem. When you’ve gone through it and set up all the questions you can, go back and begin solving them. This will do two things for you. One, you’ll approach each question with brand new eyes. You’ll be able to find the answers because you’ve already started each question and are now focused on the small details. Two, you’ll save time and reassure yourself that you know what you’re doing. Remember, you’ve studied hard for this test, don’t let your confidence fail you!

 

Dive Deep, But Come Up For Air

Tackle those questions that give you the most difficulty. Give each of them your undivided attention. Take the time to think and make sure you’re on the right track. Once in a while, though, look up from your test and look at something else. Focus on something else for about 20 to 30 seconds. Glance at the clock, stretch, and do what you need to do to make yourself comfortable. Then, get right back to it.

 

One Last Look

When you’ve finished, take a minute or two to review your test and make sure you’ve answered everything to the best of your ability. Then:

Get up,

Turn that thing in…

and forget about it.

That’s right. Put it out of your mind. You’ve studied, you’ve prepared, you’ve done your best, and now the test is over. Now go and live your life. Get some ice cream.

 

 

Take the test, don’t let the test take you! Sometimes taking a test feels like going into battle. You’ll need a good strategy if you want to win. Try our techniques, and we guarantee that you’ll emerge victorious!

For more top-notch test taking advice, homework help, and tutoring, drop by StudyGate.com!

 

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StudyMate: Test Preparation Pointers For The Stressed Out Student

Test preparation has always been very stressful. You’ve got to plan your study time around all your other classes, your travel time, and your time with friends and family. If you’ve got one, or two, or three tests coming up, it feels like there isn’t enough time in the day to get anything done! We know your time is valuable, so we’ve thought of some tips to help you get ready for your next test (and ace it!).

 

Know EXACTLY What You’re Studying

Be fully aware of what will be on the test. Know exactly which book chapters and concepts you will be tested on. You don’t want ANY surprises. This is pretty straightforward if we’re talking about a math or science course, but if you’re in a humanities or English class, make sure you’re familiar with the texts and outside materials you’re supposed to be reading. If your professor gives you a study guide, congratulations! You’re ahead of the game! If not…

 

Go Over Your Notes

Review and organize your class notes as soon as the test is announced. Immediately.  Your notes should at least give you basic knowledge of the subject you’re being tested on and can help you cut down on study time. If they don’t, check out our hints on effective note taking! When you review your class notes, you should be asking yourself what you remember about the material. Do you have a rough idea of what it’s about? Or are you struggling to remember definitions? This will give you an idea of how long you should study, and it’s a HUGE time saver. Try it with your friends and ask each other questions!

 

Speak Now!

A lot of students don’t like talking to their professors either because they’re embarrassed, or they’re scared of them, or they don’t want to reveal that they haven’t been paying attention in class. Here the thing:

Your professor WROTE the test, and if you ask nicely, they’ll probably tell you EXACTLY what’s on it.

Seriously! It’s that easy! Meet with your professor after you review your class notes so you get a complete idea of the test questions and format. Make sure you ask for any helpful hints that might help you get through the test. Trust us, most professors would love to give you as much help as possible.

 

Take Action!

Everyone has their own way of studying. If you’re a visual learner, consider using a whiteboard or a piece of paper to write out concepts where you can see them (this works wonders for math and science courses). If you learn best by listening, maybe read your notes aloud, record them and listen to them as you go through the day (or you and a friend could record each other’s notes if you don’t like the sound of your own voice). Can’t sit still? Walk around or do an activity while you study! Anybody can sit in a cold library and stare at a textbook. Change it up, know yourself, and start studying your way!

 

Take Care

STOP. DOING. ALL. NIGHT. CRAM. SESSIONS.

Yes, you have a lot of homework to do.

Yes, you want to get good grades and be successful.

Yes, you want to know as much as possible so that you do well on your test.

These are all important things. You cannot do any of them if you’re running on half a banana and 30 minutes of “sleep”. Be nice to yourself for a change. Give yourself enough time to review and GO. TO. BED. Eat breakfast and bring snacks for the day ahead. Take good care of yourself.

We get stressed out while preparing for a test because we’re trying to both remember and memorize everything we’ve learned in a very short time. Good test preparation is all about gathering information ahead of time, and then reviewing it at your own pace. Go on, try these tips for yourself on your next exam and see the difference it makes! For more helpful test preparation advice and homework help, visit us at StudyGate.com!

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