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Balancing School AND Work

“Some Have to Earn to Learn”

Work and school seem to be two inseparable evils to most college students. To the fortunate few who have the “financial” ability to “choose” one without the other, we hate you (just kidding).

Unfortunately, most college students have to “earn” in order to “learn.” Personally speaking, I held so many jobs in college that my friends called me the “Job Man.” During any given semester, I worked at least two jobs, sometimes three, for a total of 50 – 60 hours a week! No joke. Matter of fact, after graduation, the “real world” seemed a lot easier than college. My mother was very poor and my father didn’t offer me any financial support. I know this sounds like a story from your parents, but I’m still in my late twenties.
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Motivating Reasons to Exercise

Reasons to Exercise Your Student Body
by Lee LeBlanc

If you still need a reason to stay physically fit, here’s some additional motivation to live, feel and eat healthier:
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Improving Your Grades

Here is an excerpt from my book “Tricks of the Grade,” which talks about one of the ten guaranteed ways you can raise your GPA by “out smarting” the competition. Use it today!

As a professor, there is one thing that concerns me more than anything else about students, it’s the fact that most students treat college like a vacation (i.e., a social club) rather than a vocation (i.e., a job). This is not to say that you shouldn’t have fun in college. That’s like saying you shouldn’t have fun at work. Not only is that ridiculous, it’s stressful. On the contrary, I mean that you need to accept college for what it is… a business.

Look at it from an employee’s (your) standpoint. In college, aren’t you held accountable by someone in an authority position? Do these authority figures sometimes get on your nerves? If you do not perform up to par or do not demonstrate the basic competencies to perform, will you get promoted (i.e., pass the class)? Don’t you sometimes feel like you’re being overworked? I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a job to me.
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Motivational Tricks and Gimmicks

I think speaker and author Jim Rohn said it best when he said, “There’s only one type of motivation and that’s self motivation.” I know that may disappoint a lot of my students and loyal listeners, since, as a professional speaker, I’m paid to motivate students, staff, and managers. However, in actuality, all I’m really trying to do when I speak (or write) is to communicate something that might possibly get you to motivate yourself.

Let’s face it, people do things for their own reasons and motives, no one else’s. But the key to self motivation is learning how other people do it. Therefore, I’ve listed as many ideas, techniques, tricks, and gimmicks that I’ve heard other students use (including a few of my own) to motivate themselves to “get started,” with the hopes that at least one idea will inspire you to do the same. Good luck.
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Reducing Text Anxiety

A RealWorld student writes:

Professor Martin,

I study very hard for tests, going over and over the material that I have on note cards. But when I get into the test I cannot recall answers for fill in the blank questions and short essay. Do you have any suggestions on what I might do that would help?
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Working Effectively and Efficiently

A RWU Student writes:

How do I become effective and efficient? Because I find myself doing a 45 minutes assignment for 3 hours.
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