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Facts on Learning

Did you know that:

1. We only remember about 10% of what we read (textbooks, papers, articles etc)

2. We only retain about 20% of what we hear (lectures, talks, podcasts, conversations etc)

3. We only remember about 30% of what we see (videos, graphs and photographs)

4. We remember about 50% of what we hear and see together (a presentation, demonstration or exhibition)

5. When we’re an active participant in learning, we remember 70% of the material (This includes taking part in a discussion, writing down what you hearing and observing, and actively reflecting on presented material)

6. When you are the teacher or presenter, and have to share your learning with others, you remember close to 90% of what you’ve learned.

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10 Things to Consider when Making a Decision

1. What strategies have you used before – and which were the most helpful in making the right choice?
2. What is your gut instinct? What is your intuition?
3. Which of the options appeals to you the most?
4. Will you feel proud if you decide to take this step?
5. How will it affect the other people in your life?
6. If it was a friend who was making the decision, what questions would you ask them? What advice would you dole out?
7. What’s the worst thing that could happen to you here– and what are the chances that this will be the outcome? How would you cope in that outcome occurred?
8. Do you have to talk yourself into making the decision? If you do, then it is possible you’re making a mistake.
9. How does it line up with your purposes and goals? Does it help to move you forwards, and closer to your dreams?
10. How will you feel when you look back in ten years time? And which of the options will you wish that you had taken?

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How to Cope with Test Anxiety

Although it’s normal to feel some anxiety when you’re preparing for, or taking, a test - too much can hamper you from doing well. Below are some tips to help you to cope with this:

1. Learn and apply proven studying techniques so you feel you really know the test material. This should help to improve your confidence and reduce excessive anxiety.

2. Work on staying positive while you’re studying. Think about doing really well, not always struggling, or even failing.

3. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before a test.

4. Don’t forget to eat right before a test either. You need protein to have enough energy to concentrate fully for the length of the test. Avoid junk food as that tends to lead to a high and then a low.

5. Try to calm and relax yourself as you enter the test room. Take a few slow, deep breaths. In your head repeat positive self-statements like “I am well prepared. I’m going to do a good job on this test.”

6. Don’t start to panic if the questions seem too hard. Just skip over the ones you can’t do, and keep reading until you find something you CAN do.

7. Ignore the fact that other students seem to be finishing before you. Take all the time you need and focus on doing your best.

8. Once the test is over, try and forget about it. There’s nothing you can do until your mark is returned to you … and maybe you’ve aced it, or done really well!

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To Achieve your Best in Life …

1. Keep on investing in your strengths (Don’t focus energy on your weaknesses.)
2. Establish good boundaries and learn to say “no”.
3. Work on building networks that could open doors for you.
4. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes .
5. Develop perseverance and tenacity.
6. Don’t lose sight of your vision, your dreams and your goals.
7. Be your own cheerleader and your own best friend.

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How to Deal with Different Types of Roommate

Roommates can be divided into the following types:

1. The thoughtless roommates: This is the person who leaves their stuff scattered around the room and never cleans or tidies up after themselves. First, remember that he or she is not deliberately trying to annoy you. However, you need to discuss this or nothing will change. When you do that, don’t come across as being angry and accusatory. Instead, stay casual, warm and friendly. Also, ask if there’s anything you can do to make life easier for them.

2. The “borrower”: This is the person who takes your stuff, and treats your belongings as if they’re also theirs. This can range from something small like a few slices of bread to something more important like your clothes or bike. Clearly, this is NOT OK and needs an open discussion so that everyone is clear as to what the boundaries are.

3. The explosive flatmate: Often, this type of person seems calm and tolerant – then suddenly blows up over fairly minor things. Yet, we come from different backgrounds – and each person is unique – so different stuff annoys us or becomes an irritant. Here, a frank honest, discussion will often do the trick so that tension doesn’t build, and spoil a good relationship.

4. The irresponsible flatmate: This individual is unreliable and doesn’t seem to care about the impact of their actions. For example, they break stuff and just leave it, or forget to pay the bills … They never see it as their problem, and they just don’t seem to care. This person needs confronting in a firm, respectful way. And if things stay the same – don’t ever share with them again!

5. The ghost roommate: This is the person who is rarely around. They often have a busy life or else they travel with their job. They’re rarely problematic – so be glad that they’re so easy – and enjoy your time together when they happen to be there.

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How to Identify your Strengths

1. Notice what other people comment on.
2. Identify what feels easy and natural for you (especially if other people find it hard.)
3. Notice what you’re doing when you lose all sense of time.
4. Identify the tasks that help to make you feel alive.
5. Look at subjects you do best at in exams.
5. Take an online quiz, or a questionnaire.

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10 Things your should give up to be happy

1. Give up your need to always be right.

2. Give up your need for control.

3. Give up blame.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk, and your limiting beliefs.

5. Give up complaining.

6. Give up your need to impress others.

7. Give up your resistance to change.

8. Give up your fears.

9. Give up your excuses.

10. Give up on living your life to fit other peoples’ expectations.

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Preparing for interview questions

One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to anticipate questions the interviewer may ask. This will allow you to give thoughtful and organized answers during your interview. Here are some questions you should be comfortable answering:

• Why do you want this job?
• How did you become interested in this field of work?
• What do you have to offer this organization?
• What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?
• What do you see yourself doing in five years?

Here are some tips to help you strengthen your answers to potential interview questions:
• Review your experiences at work, at school, and in volunteer activities.
• Think of examples and situations that demonstrate your abilities or strengths (for example, a time you demonstrated good judgment, initiative, responsibility, or communication skills).
• Make a list of your accomplishments or achievements to reference during the interview.
• Think about challenges you’ve faced in the past, and be prepared to describe how you dealt with them and what you learned.

Source: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/interview.shtml

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Top-10 tips for a successful job interview

1. Dress for success. Professional business clothes are always appropriate, regardless of the type of job you are interviewing for. Proper hygiene and a tidy appearance are important. Iron your clothes if you can, and avoid strong perfumes or colognes.

2. Be there on time. Try to arrive 5 or 10 minutes early to be safe. Find out ahead of time where you’re going and how long it will take to get there. Drive or travel the route a day or two ahead, at the same time of day as you will on the day of the interview. Confirm how often the buses run. Have a back-up plan.

3. Let your personality shine. If you’re excited about the job, don’t be afraid to show it. Employers want passionate employees, so be yourself. Just remember to always keep it professional.

4. Be confident. Feeling nervous in an interview is perfectly normal; just don’t let your nerves overpower your interview. Eye contact and a calm, clear speaking voice are excellent ways to show your confidence.

5. Watch your body language. During your interview, relax and sit naturally, but don’t slouch in your chair or lean on the interviewer’s desk. Avoid chewing gum, or fidgeting with jewelry or your hair.

6. Be professional. This begins with a smile and a firm handshake. Remember, this is your first introduction to the organization, so be polite to everyone you meet and turn off your cell phone.

7. Listen and ask for clarification, if you need it. Remember to listen carefully to the interview questions so that you actually answer the question, and never interrupt. If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.

8. Let them know what you have to offer. When answering the questions, let the employer see what you have to offer their organization. Talk about your past experiences and accomplishments without bragging, and tie those experiences to how they can help you contribute to their organization.
9. Think before you speak. Although you want to be open and honest in your interview, avoid talking about your personal or financial problems.

10. Don’t linger. Leave as soon as the interview is over, making sure you don’t linger. Shake the interviewer’s hand again, restate your interest in working for the organization, and thank them for the interview.

Source: http://www.youth.gc.ca/eng/topics/jobs/interview.shtml

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