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What are your thoughts on flash cards for language classes?
Sept. 15, 2022

A lot depends on what’s on them and HOW you use them. What’s crucial about any method of study is what mental processes the student engages in and how it fits into a multi-faceted approach to learning what is most important.

Practice at retrieval and self-assessing can be very powerful methods for learning and solidifying knowledge…

Exercise is really important to me during the semester. Should I continue to work out during reading and finals period?
Dec. 9, 2021

You can gain these cognitive benefits from as little as 10 minutes of exercise prior to your exam.

I know I need to do SOMETHING different in my classes to achieve my goals, but I’m not sure what. Can McGraw help?
Nov. 16, 2021

As learners we adjust our approaches to learning to the features of each course—and all the courses (and other things in our schedules)—we are taking. Much figuring out of expectations and ways of teaching and testing is done at the beginning of a course. But, actually, this process of adjustment, or alignment of our learning with how we are…

Even though I want to do well on my midterms, I’m procrastinating on studying. Why is that?
Sept. 29, 2021

If you’re experiencing this you are not alone and perhaps the following explanation can help you understand the underlying reasons for your actions so that you can re-direct your efforts towards your top priorities.

Yes, burn out is a thing, and there are some things you can do about it.
March 25, 2021

Students (and others on campus, I might add) more frequently comment in the period after spring “break” that they are experiencing burn out. It seems people are feeling more depleted and less energized, and experience the ‘weight’ of their academic (and other) demands more powerfully and persistently. While some of the reasons for this are…

What’s the most prevalent challenge that students face as they acclimate to the academic environment at Princeton?
July 3, 2020

There are a number of factors that go into this and there are important differences among students. But, having said that, perhaps the most prevalent challenge, academically—and academics are for many the biggest challenge at Princeton—is adapting to the fact that what worked academically so well in the past as to get you to Princeton, once you…

Test-taking Techniques
May 8, 2020

Tests are not transparent measures of what students know, and performing well on them is not simply a matter of knowing the relevant course content. Therefore, how one practices is crucial; becoming fluent, and flexible with conceptual content, as well as methods of problem-solving, all while working under timed circumstances, is a necessity.

Studying and Exam Prep: What exactly are they, and how are they different?
April 30, 2020

It’s useful to distinguish the act of ‘studying’ from the process of ‘exam prep’ in order to home in on how to do each of them optimally. In short, while they certainly overlap both in terms of methods and mental processes involved, they differ in that studying generally emphasizes ‘taking in’ information and organizing, synthesizing and…

Final Projects, Dean’s Date Papers and Final Exams on your mind?
April 24, 2020

McGraw can help you prepare for and excel on end-of-semester assignments and exams.

What Can I Do Now To Prepare For Dean’s Date & Finals?
April 20, 2020

Q: Finals feel far away, but I know they will come quickly. What can I do to get ready for finals?

A: With all the disruption to academics (and our lives) many students have voiced concerns that they’ll be as prepared for Dean’s Date and Finals once classes end as they usually are, so this is an important question. Recently we…