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Bruin Success with Less Stress

Tips from Students

The following are tips on studying and researching, juggling busy schedules, tackling multiple assignments, resources to know about, and whatever else other students thought would be helpful.

Take advantage of the time given
I used to wait for the last minute to start doing my homework. It doesn't help when you have to write a paper that is required to do research as well. I noticed that if you start working on the paper right away it does help. You don't have to finish the paper in one sitting, but finish parts of the paper a day.

Submitted by: Eric Martinez
On: September 23, 2011

Research
Read a lot about your topic.

Submitted by: aya osama
On: August 28, 2011

Use an audio recorder
Many times I have recorded my thoughts, observations, and views on material. Later, I can "go back," and review my work.

Submitted by: Glenn Stephens
On: June 23, 2011

Handwriting notes
The tip that has always used is organizing my notes on the notebook. It doesn’t matter where I research for the information, I always like to put together my information on a notebook. I hand write my notes because I can always go back and scratch lines that I don’t need and can always find spots using arrows to add line or ideas that I read later.

Submitted by: rajwinder kaur
On: February 27, 2011

Wikipedia
Not always accurate, but contains tons of info.

Submitted by: danh pham
On: February 11, 2011

Tip for LIB10
A tip that helps me get through difficult work is I set up a solid hour or two in my day for homework and studying. I make sure that environment is a quiet place and stress-free. The tip I learned from watching this slide show is to organize my material. Make sure I know where to find specific notes I have taken. I do this because it relieves stress when I need to quickly refer back to things. That is a wonderful step I use while researching topics.

Submitted by: Miguel Rodriguez
On: November 8, 2010

Bookmarks
When researching a topic online, I create a bookmark folder and book mark web pages that have helped me gain insight on my topic.

Submitted by: Kevin Richardson
On: September 17, 2010

Planner!
Organize all your papers into files, at home and the notes you carry around. Note all deadlines of papers, midterms and finals in your planner (have a planner!) at the start of the quarter...there's nothing worse that realizing you only have a week for a 7 page paper!

Submitted by: aliya
On: June 30, 2010

Resources
I have never relied on websites as the primary source for my research. Try to use mostly books or scholarly journals, they are more accurate.

Submitted by: Claudia
On: June 25, 2010

Revision
Continuously revise and update your work, it is never completed till the dead line is up!

Submitted by: Gyurme Tethong
On: June 21, 2010

Scanning
For me using the scan method while looking for information is a lot faster and pretty easy.

Submitted by: Steven Fenner
On: April 27, 2010

Text A Librarian
At UCLA, students can also get help by texting a librarian. The new program was featured in the Daily Bruin last quarter.

Submitted by: Rachel Borowski
On: April 10, 2010

Organization
After you take notes put it in a file just for that subject.

Submitted by: Eric
On: November 18, 2009

Use time wisely
Instead of fighting for your next assignment take the time and do it early if you have to cancel your own plans and do the work. Anything to get the best grade you can.

Submitted by: Lizzey
On: November 16, 2009

Test Tips
Before the test you should try to get at least 8 hours of sleep and make sure you studied enough

Submitted by: lauren stumpf
On: November 16, 2009

Reading to Retrieve.
When you are reading a novel make sure you take your time. Make sure when you read you re-read to understand.

Submitted by: Mikia
On: November 4, 2009

Friends
Friends can help keep you focused, or help take stress away. Use them to your advantage. That's what friends are for.

Submitted by: Eric Mundt
On: September 20, 2009

Procrastination
Get your work done in a timely manner and don't wait until the last minute to complete your work.

Submitted by: Katie
On: March 1, 2006

Organizing notes
I put citation information on large notecards as well as notes about any references listed, search terms, etc. Then on 3x5 cards I put all the notes, quotes, and other information I want to use in my work. I code these so I can match the 3x5 cards to the source card and put them in a plastic card file. The large cards act as dividers in the file. I can label the card files by subject. I then have research that I can use and add to.

Submitted by: Wanda Larrier
On: November 14, 2005

Professor
Meet with your professor early enough and regularly to make sure you are on the right track.

Submitted by: Talia Salem
On: April 20, 2005