Complete Change Your Life guide

The Change Your Life guide recently concluded with the post ‘Know your goals‘, but if you missed the 9 posts before it, don’t despair! The Change Your Life guide is available as a PDF for FREE soon to everyone who signed up for the SmartStudent newsletter & updates. You can still sign up by entering your email address in the right sidebar! In the mean time, here is the full listing of all the posts,...

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What to expect on your first day in university

The first day at university can be daunting for any student, and one thing you should expect is chaos. Between finding your classes, trying to take shorthand notes & book references, you might go a little bit crazy.. But there is hope! Try to walk around campus a few days before school starts and find out where your classrooms are located. It will save you from arriving 15 minutes late for your classes, which irritates some...

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Improve typing skills the fun way

Whether you are typing an essay or chatting to your university friends, good typing skills are essential. You can improve how fast you type by doing some boring typing exercises, or do it the fun way by playing one of our flash games. Typing Defense Key Master 2  Play some typing games

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Surviving the first year

Unlike school, nobody at university will force you to attend lectures, take register or call your parents if your grades are poor. What may seem like long-lost freedom could result in overwhelmed first-year students — having to take on so much responsibility for the first time in their lives. The director of the Centre for Student Counselling and Development at Stellenbosch University, Professor Charl Cilliers, says the key to...

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Change your life: Get smarter

This is Step 4 in the ‘Change your life in 10 Steps’ guide! Previously we talked about Appearance & Hygience. Get smarter and more knowledgeable Develop a list of books you want to read. This should be composed of non-fiction about many subjects (politics, geography, religion etc.) so you become a modern day Renaissance Man, as well as fiction that isn’t just good entertainment, but will also make you think. Keep...

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Learn more while you sleep

Scientists have found that if you need to remember a bunch of information (say, for a big exam), do NOT study right up until time for the exam. Study at least 24 hours before, and sleep on it. They did a study at Harvard that proved this technique works. Participants were separated into three different groups after being shown images that they were told to memorize. One of the groups was tested on the memorization after 20...

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