Make the Most of Your Study Time

Brain workoutStudy Smarter and watch your brain grow!

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Are you one of those college students who claim they don’t have time do study? People are pretty casual with the way they spend their time.  Many spend over 7 hours a day watching TV, and then complain about not having enough time.  Try something different, something most don’t dare do.  Lose that TV!  At least while you’re in college.  You’ll be surprised just how you will end up spending your time!  The same goes for internet surfing, but, you’ll probably not want lose the computer just yet.

Think of time as money.  You have it, you spend it. When it’s gone, you’re SOL (So outta luck).  So, use time carefully and remember what Benjamin Franklin said, “Do not squander time, for that is the stuff Life is made of.”

Study Smarter, Study Less  Yeap-o.  You read that right.

Don’t study:

  • Anything you already know. Why should students spend their time just to study material they know?  Don’t bother re-hashing old news!
  • Anything you haven’t reviewed quickly first. Skim through your notes, text.etc. Research shows that when you quickly review within one hour, you retain what is learned even better.
  • When the TV is on. Many say they can multi-task when they study, but MOST students just think they can!
  • When your time is better spent napping. 20 minute power naps can do wonders to improve retention when you study.
  • When you’re distracted. If you’ve got a lot on your mind, perhaps you should take care of that business, particularly if it can be resolved quickly.

Better to spend 15 minutes of time with focused studying, than 60 minutes when your mind is elsewhere.  Do not even think about wasting your time this way.

Clear your head.  Focus.  Study.  Review.  Be done.


College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio LinkHi, I’m Crystal Jonas,

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

Going Beyond the GPA

If Your College GPA is Not a True Measure of Future Success, What is?

Balancing GPA, with everything elseI was once an Assistant Professor of English at the US Air Force Academy for 7 years and I’m here to tell you that I think it’s great if you’re making good grades.

I’m also saying, a good GPA will only take you so far.

Now, this is either good news or bad news, depending on how you see it.

I tell students my goal is to help the them “Cash in on the College Investment.”

The goal of getting maximum ROI (have you heard that business term before?  It means “return on investment.”) is to launch a great career upon graduation from college.

Which means what?

To get the most return on your college investment, you:

A) Have grades good enough to stay in college

B) Have grades good enough to inspire your teachers to want to help you make the right contacts in the ‘real world.’

C) You do all you can to prepare for that job while still in school

D) All of the above

The answer?  D of course.

Success goes beyond the grades.  So make sure you’re living a balanced life with this in mind.

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College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link

Hi, I’m Crystal Jonas,

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

Help Students Grow Personally-Find Out What’s Important

It’s been said that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. College students aren’t just worker bees; they have full lives of their own. Most people want to be successful; they just have no idea how to do it.