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Finals Study Hacks

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Nov 24, 2015 10:02:05 AM

1. Feed Your Mind: Pepsi and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos (while delicious) won’t give you the brain power you need to conquer finals. Although convenient, the calories in those processed carbs will ultimately leave you exhausted and sluggish. Instead, eat foods that are digested slowly, like whole grains, fresh fruits, veggies and proteins – especially right before an exam. (Think: nuts and seeds, yogurt, eggs, avocados, blueberries, beans, etc.)

2. Cardio, It’s Good for the Soul: Research has shown that just 20 minutes of cardio may improve memory and concentration. Dancing in place, going for a run or walk or hopping on the elliptical are all great ways to get that cardio fix. And JJC has a great fitness center so you can squeeze in a quick cardio-sesh without ever leaving campus.

3. Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day: Start by studying the material you already know, then add more challenging or recent information. This helps you associate new information with familiar information. The approach is not only less daunting, but it will ease you into a comprehensive review and ensure you have a good understanding of the basics.

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Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Nov 12, 2015 1:04:01 PM

Thanksgiving – a time for family, football and food….lots of food (and if you’re like me, a good pair of ‘after-dinner-fat-pants’). But before the eating comes the prepping, and that’s where we can help! Read on for a list of our best Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks. 

SPOILER ALERT: These tips won’t help you escape Aunt Millie’s ‘hilarious’ story about her cat, or your grandpa’s thoughts on the 2016 presidential race.  

1.) Prep Like a Boss: Ever heard the saying, ‘However long you think it’s going to take, double it.’ Same goes for party prepping. Crossing a few items off your to-do list the day before will save you some serious scramble time the evening of the party – even if you think you’ll have ‘plenty of time to get it all done.’ Prep self-serve drinks, stick Post-It notes to empty platters and bowls indicating where the food should go or prepare a few fridge-friendly dips or desserts that you can pop into the oven an hour before guests arrive. 


2.) Set the Mood: No, this step does not involve Marvin Gaye. Create a relaxed dinner vibe by dimming the lights, lighting a few candles, or turning on some dinner tunes using a custom playlist or Pandora. (Bonus: the first two suggestions will make any space look elegant and may hide any spots you missed while cleaning.) 


3.) Brine Baby Brine: When in doubt, follow the advice of JJC’s Chef Michael McGreal, “When roasting a turkey, let the meat rest in a homemade brine for 6-8 hours before cooking. Brining allows the protein to absorb moisture and retain it during the roasting process, making the meat moist, tender and flavorful.” 

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3 Tips for Staying on Top of Homework

Posted by Michelle Nagy on Sep 28, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Homework…it’s a never ending cycle. Although it’s not cracking anyone’s ‘Top 5 Favorite Pastimes’ lists, it IS important for helping you retain and apply what you’ve learned in the classroom.
Next time you’re in a homework rut, try these tips to get back on track:
1. Unplug 
Let’s face it, there's about a million other things you’d rather be doing than homework – whether it’s texting friends, snapchatting or creeping on Facebook. And when given the choice between homework or procrastinating via social media, social media's always going to win. So instead of bouncing back and forth, put aside a set amount of time to unplug – even if it’s just for 30 mins. By physically logging off of all social media accounts on your computer and switching your phone to airplane mode, you’ll be surprised how much you can get done.
2. Create a routine
It’s easy to push homework off until the last minute because you just..can’t..even. But at some point, it has to get done – and then you’re under the gun to slap that 10 page report together. Maybe that causes you to rely on Wikipedia a little (or a lot) too much, or skimp on the proofing. Either way, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Instead, establish a routine for doing homework. Set aside a few times during the week that you dedicate to homework and ONLY homework. Even if it’s just 3 times a week at 2 hours a pop, you’ll have 6 hours under your belt by the weekend – and that can go a long way.


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