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7 Golden Rules for a Successful Semester



After having a long, happy vacation and spending time with loved ones, it sure is a little tough to gather all our focus once again for a new semester. Well, one cannot be blamed because the inertia is too damn high!

There are so many of us who make it a point to take the,”This time I am not going to waste time and instead get good grades from the start!” resolution for every semester and hopelessly give up on that somewhere down the line.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to know a secret which if you followed could put your grades on top? Maybe it’s obvious that there can’t be just one golden rule that can lift your GPA. There are many! Trust me, they are easy as well. All you’ll need is determination and time management skills ( once you execute your plan of action, all these qualities will automatically build up! So, chill out, but not too much!!)

1) Maintain Good Attendance

Professors observe the level of involvement students demonstrate throughout the semester. These will be the same people you will turn to for letters of recommendation and you can’t expect them to vouch for you if you’ve barely set foot in their classes! And being attentive in class, interacting with the tutors and answering questions in class, is the best way to expand your knowledge with minimum efforts without stressing out!

2) Make Wise Use of Resources

Most students don’t make use of the vast network of readily available resources colleges have and go through the semester on the bare minimum – attending classes alone. Make it a rule to frequent the campus libraries, tutoring and writing centres, computer labs and career centres for free, valuable information. The ‘spoon fed’ phase of your life is over and you simply have to manifold your efforts to teach yourself things and get a grip on the subject.

3) Talk To Your Academic Advisor

rules for a successful semester

The most approachable as well as a knowledgeable person has to be your class advisor. He or she can guide you about ways to improve your grades, going about different subjects, the best campus resources, familiarize you with college rules, procedures and formalities and update you on workshops, internships, campus events and organisations that you can benefit from.

4) Be Consistent

“Procrastination is the mother of poor grades”. It is so easy to postpone works at the beginning of the semester, only to suffer from lack of urgency and leave assignments until the last minute. Studying immediately before a test is the surest way to overload and fry your brain due to which it mostly breaks down mid-exam. Make it a point to study frequently – this way you will reduce the volume of information you need to take in as well as reducing stress and being able to sleep the night before an exam (that is true bliss).

5) Set Reasonable Goals

rules for a successful semester

Try to set achievable and measurable goals each semester. This will keep you motivated and help you push yourself to continue setting and achieving goals. Don’t ever overwhelm yourself with long-term goals, but do plan ahead and think about how you see yourself in the future both personally and professionally(just so that you can opt for proper subjects when you are given a choice and not feel lost when someone asks what your future plans are). There may be few set backs that can always be amended. Do not give up on yourself or your goals at any point. Just increase the efforts and decrease the distractions.

6) Perfect your Studying Techniques

Even successful students often need to revise their studying styles when they get to college. Ideally, you need to develop an approach that leads to the execution of a routine, it could be one topic a day or one chapter a week, whatever it is, stick to it. Consider joining a study group – peer pressure can be a great way to motivate oneself to get things done. Talk to your academic advisor for suggestions and find a calm place to study.

7) Reward Yourself

rules for a successful semester

Motivation is the single most powerful catalyst for positive change, so be sure to take advantage of that. Every goal – small or big – you manage to complete, ought to be marked in a way you see fit. Incentives are the ideal way to keep our focus on the end goal and work towards achieving it, a chocolate bar or anything that makes you happy, YOU DESERVE IT!

As long as you follow the study advice in this article, you should be well on your way toward academic success in the long run. Remember – your professors and fellow peers make for a great support network, but ultimately it is your knowledge and your abilities that will be tested! Don’t fool around and end up with the same old grades, cheat days simply don’t work here. A successful semester does not only mean good grades, it means to make you a more confident and organised person who is all set to achieve their goals.


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Five Preparation Tips for Non-Engineers For Cracking CAT 2018



Common Admission Test (CAT) for admissions to the best business school of the country is generally considered to be fit for those having an Engineering background as it demands to have expertise in Mathematics which generally students from Humanities, Commerce and arts stream don’t have.

Also Read: CAT 2016: Top 20 Positions Secured By Engineers with 100 Percentile Marks

IIMs have time and again emphasised that CAT is not solely for engineers but in reality, the institutions have a good mix of students from all stream. Students with an educational background in arts, Commerce and humanities are time and again excelled in the exam. Not only CAT but they were extremely successful in the IIMs in which they pursued their degree.

The preparation strategy remains same for all students. Here are some tips which can help you in cracking CAT 2017 exam.

1)Study Plan

Have a good study plan should be the top most priority and sufficient time must be allotted for different sections. One can choose accordingly on where to focus more or less depending upon one’s own capability.

2)Brush up basics

Having a strong foundation is the basis of all success and especially those from the non-engineering background it becomes much more crucial to brush up their basics. Mathematics from Class 6 to 10 can be greatly beneficial for those who have lost their touch with the subject.

3) Read Every Day

Verbal ability forms an integral part of CAT exam and to clear this section developing a good reading habit is a must.

4) Mock Test

Candidates aspiring for IIMs should take a sufficient number of mock tests before sitting for the exam as it gives an idea of one’s performance and preparation along with making us familiar with the exam pattern.

5) Avoid Guess Work

The candidates should focus on accuracy in answers to avoid negative markings. As there is provision for negative marking in CAT exams, avoiding guess work is always advisable.

Consistency in preparation and hard work is the key to success and even those with the non-engineering background can crack these exams with high percentile if their approach is correct.

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Buzz Words Every College Student Uses These Days



In today’s era of WhatsApp and Twitter, certain words have emerged which have become a part of the conversation of every college student. Although it is difficult to find these words in the dictionary, if you are not updated with it, you are probably going to miss out on these recent trends. Here are some of the terms which you need to know.

Going Dutch

Going Dutch means splitting the bill in half. So if you go for a date or a trip next time you can use the phrase and tell your friend that let’s divide the bill into half so that no one has to pay too much.


The word originated in an online game Warcraft, where the designer of the game misspelt ‘owned’. The computer was supposed to say, so and so ‘has been owned’ but misspelt it and since then it is widely used during verbal arguments to indicate that one person has made a killer point against another.


The word is a substitute for the word ‘Hungry’ amongst the college students. The students who can’t wait for a lecture to end so that they can grab a bite from nearby canteen use this word out of anger.


Dweet=Drunk + Twitter. It means tweeting when you are drunk.


It is a short form of the word ‘totally’. If you do maths, the average time saved by using the word totes instead of totally will save you 26.6 seconds a day and 2.7 hours in a year.


Lit has been a slang term which means ‘intoxicated ‘ for over a century, but more recently it has been in use as the synonym for ‘exciting ‘ as well as broader meaning along the lines ‘excellent’.


It is a plural term of selfie and basically, means selfie with a lot of people. The word was trademarked by Huawei to mark a new smartphone that can take ‘panoramic selfies ‘


Legit is to stress on the seriousness of something and is a short form of legitimate. It is a modern synonym for words such as ‘cool ‘,’ill’, ‘tight’ or ‘dope’. Which is used to describe a noun which is of excellent quality?


It is mostly used for makeup skills and signifies clean or excellent or tidy. ‘On fleek’ means that something is on point and is a way of complimenting someone.

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Top Awesome Websites on The Internet Every Student Should Know About



The Internet is the biggest thing in the world and every day there are lots of things going up. According to a survey in 2015, more than 10 websites are launched on the internet in a single day. If that was the case in 2015, imagine the case now. But it is not practically possible for an individual to keep track of all websites so we have made a list of top awesome websites on the internet. Have a look.


Top Awesome Websites on The Internet

One of the best website for ftudents which provides a better way to solve mathematic problems and could teach you different way to do it.

2. Livestream

Top Awesome Websites on The Internet

If you always wanted to attend shows like CES, Mobile Expo, E3 etc. This website would take you there by their live streams.


Top Awesome Websites on The Internet

This websites allows you to protect your e-mail id from spammers and hackers. A very protective way to protect your Email.

4. Microsoft 15 Minute Webinar

Top Awesome Websites on The Internet

If you don’t know how to use  Microsoft office, excel, PowerPoint etc then you should must check out this website by Microsoft. And yes only in 15 minutes.

5. Academic Earth

One of the best sites which provides a world class education. Every course on this website is very authentic and gives the best knowledge.

6. Quora

Top Awesome Websites on The Internet

Ask anything and you will sure get answer. Because there are millions of users on this website who knows enough to give your answers.

7. Skyscanner

Top Awesome Websites on The Internet

Want to go on trip and got no idea about how much you have to spend ? Then you should check out this one. This will help you in making your budget for the trip.

8. Account Killer

Everyone cares about their personal data shared on a website so that’s why This website would help you to look out where you created account but didn’t deleted it. A must check out website..

9. Xkcd

Top Awesome Websites on The Internet

Feeling bored ? Visit this website which would give a short comic stories. Stories on this website are awesome enough to make you happy.

10. How stuff works

Top Awesome Websites on The Internet

The best of the best site which gives you the knowledge about everything. Want to know how anything works. This is also a must see website.

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