Thursday, December 5, 2013

Study tips from my Psychology professor

With finals coming up, I thought everyone would find some study tips helpful.  I'm not a Psychology major or even a Psychology fanatic, but in my Introduction to Psychology course this semester, my professor shared with the class some tips for memory improvement during our chapter on memory.  The chapter included the study of the nature of memory, memory models, forgetting, the biological basis of memory and memory loss, and tips for memory improvement:


  • Pay attention and reduce interference.  Focus in class and when you study.  Even if you think you can study and complete work despite distractions, do not attempt to do so.  You won't remember the material as well.
  • Use rehearsal techniques.  Study the information in a manner similar to that in which you will recall it on your exam.  Rehearse the information repeatedly, mentally, on paper, and aloud.
  • Use the encoding specificity principle.  The encoding specificity principle states that the retrieval of information is improved when conditions of recovery are similar to the conditions when information was encoded.  For example, if you drink from a water bottle after you finish studying a topic, be sure to drink from a water bottle after you complete the same topic on the test.  It's kind of a silly example, but the concept is there.
  • Improve your organization.  This one is pretty self-explanatory.  Even if you have not been organized all semester, it's not too late to start.  Organize your notes and compile a sort of study guide so you know exactly what you have to study.
  • Counteract the serial-position effect.  The serial-position effect states that you remember words better at the beginning and ending of lists (primary/recency effects).  You are more likely to remember the first and last things you study, so make sure you pay particular attention to the information you study in between.
  • Manage your time.  Do not wait until the last second to study.  You'll remember things much better if you study over an extended period of time.
  • Employ self-monitoring and over learning.  You are responsible for your learning and your grades.  Take pride in your education and always strive to be the best you can be.  Learning information more than you think you need to will only help you when you take your exam.
  • Use mnemonic devices.  For example, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.  This is a mnemonic device used to remember the lines on the treble clef, EGBDF.

Good luck on your exams.  Happy studying!

TTFN,
Liv

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Playing catchup

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!  It's finally the holiday season, which means things are going to get even busier.  But I hope you all can take some time to really enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.

I had hoped to post two OOTDs last week, but I failed, so here are two OOTDs from this past week to make up for it!


I rolled up the sleeves of a striped hand-me-down button down, originally from American Eagle (similar), although I inherited it from my sister.  The J.Crew Drapey sequin tank is used as a sort of shell in this outfit.  With my huge soccer thighs, it's difficult to find a pair of jeans that actually fit.  After owning jeans from Abercrombie, Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Old Navy, Gap, and J.Crew, I finally found a pair I love: Hollister's jeans have just enough stretch to make them fit in all the right places (and don't worry, they're not jeggings--I refuse to wear those).  I like to purchase the darkest wash jeans I can find because the darker the wash, the dressier the jean.  You can find a pair that might work for you here.  Riding boots for the shoes and that blue jeweled headband for a hair accessory…again.  My necklace is just some opera-length pearls wrapped around my neck several times.

Now, for Outfit #2:


This was one of the outfits I wore the last week before I went home for Thanksgiving break, so I was already immersed in holiday spirit.  It's possible that a bit of my holiday spirit transferred into my outfits…I bought this dress from Gap (similar) over the summer for possible interviews for internships.  I rolled the sleeves up over this cardigan from Old Navy.  I love this cardigan because I can wear it year-round--it's lightweight and perfect for layering.  I borrowed my friend's red scarf, which she bought near her home in Cape Cod.  I found a similar scarf from Old Navy, but it doesn't have the light pattern that my friend's does.  I removed the original belt from the dress and wrapped it around my head to make a matching headband.  The belt shown in the picture above is actually from an old Lilly Pulitzer resort collection dress.  There are those boots again (they truly go with just about everything)!  Here's the best part: the socks I'm wearing are my Adidas soccer socks from my last season of high school soccer!!

Enjoy Turkey Day!

TTFN,
Liv

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November 18 OOTD

I apologize for being behind on this OOTD, but hopefully I can make it up to you all by posting two OOTDs this week!



On Monday, I wore a long-sleeve knit tee from J.Crew a few seasons ago.  J.Crew replicates this tuxedo top style often, but this is the closest thing I could find from the current collection. I've worn this same skirt with a Peter Pan collar tee, also from J.Crew, which is very similar to the top in the previous link.  My skirt is the J.Crew soiree skirt in teaberry floral, which I was dying to get for so long.  It's surprisingly versatile--I wear it year round.  I'm wearing the same belt and boots from my November 11 OOTD.

I've recently taken to wearing headbands.  I don't have bangs, so I don't slide the headband up from my hair line.  Instead, I place in between the crown of my head and my hairline, creating a sort of crown effect.  This headband was a 17th birthday present from a friend.  It's from J.Crew, but is no longer available for purchase.  Here are some similar ones:



Girls' jeweled headband from J.Crew Factory

Gem headband from Gap
TTFN,
Liv

Friday, November 15, 2013

Getting back in shape

I tore my ACL playing soccer on May 15, 2013.  I had surgery on May 31, 2013.  The typical rehabilitation period for such an injury is about six months from the surgery date.  Here I am, about five and a half months later, finally starting to run again.  My doctor and physical therapist provided me with a running progression, which is not only helpful for anyone recovery from an injury, but also for anyone trying to get back in shape for whatever reason.

  • Warm up and stretch before running
  • No hill work
  • Ice after running for 10 minutes
  • Run every other day
Week 1
  • Total time: 15 minutes
  • 2-3 minutes running, 3-2 minutes walking
Week 2
  • Total time: 15 minutes
  • 4 minutes running, 1 minute walking
  • Progress intervals as long as gait is normal and pain is minimal
Week 3
  • Progress to 15 minutes continuous running as tolerated
Week 4
  • Progress to 20 minutes continuous running
Week 5
  • 10-15 minutes running
  • 5 minutes large figure 8 runs--20 yards
Week 6
  • 10-15 minutes running
  • 5 minutes large figure 8, 3 minutes small figure 8
Week 7
  • 15 minutes running
  • 5-10 minute workout incorporating large and small figure 8 and Z pattern runs--20 yards
Week 8
  • 15 minutes running
  • large and small Z patterns
  • 100 yard sprints x5--sprint out, walk back


Good luck!

TTFN,
Liv

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lulu app for reviewing guys

Have you ever wished you could warn other girls about that guy who used you and broke your heart? Have you ever wanted to rat out the bad boys and warn other girls to stay away? Or maybe you have a wonderful guy friend who maybe is not your type, but you want to talk him up to other girls? Whatever the reasons may be, girls need to stick together, especially when it comes to guys. However you don’t have to be best friends with every girl you meet to do so. Luluvise, Inc. has created a social networking app, available for free on iTunes, which “is the first-ever network to unleash the value of girl talk and empower girls to make smarter decisions,” starting with relationships.



Lulu is safe and private. The only way to log in is through Facebook, which prevents guys from logging in to see what girls are saying about them. That’s right, Lulu is for girls only! The app uses Facebook to show your male Facebook friends who have been reviewed by other users. You can “search for a guy” in the search bar at the top of your dashboard or filter the dashboard to show guys you’ve “favorited,” reviewed, guys nearby, trending on Lulu, latest, highest score, lowest score, funny guys, hot guys, sweet guys, etc. You can also find guys by filtering through Marist College. This allows you to see every guy on Facebook who has Marist College listed under their current education, regardless of whether or not you are friends on Facebook or they have been reviewed.

Once you find a guy, you can see his Facebook profile picture and average score on a scale from one to ten, with ten being the highest. His Lulu profile displays the number of hashtags girls have used to describe him on Lulu, the number of times he’s been reviewed, and the individual score and relationship with each girl who reviewed him. When you click on an individual review for the guy, you are shown a list of the best and worst hashtags used to describe him on Lulu. If you scroll down, you can see his ratings in five different categories; appearance, humor, manners, ambition, and commitment, which are averaged to calculate the guy’s rating.

Lulu isn’t just about acquiring information from other girls. You can provide information, as well. When you find a guy, click “Review him anonymously.” Lulu is anonymous, so you can be completely honest without worrying what other people might think of the often personal information you are sharing. First, you’ll be asked how you know the guy you’re reviewing. You can chose between the options of ex-boyfriend, crush, together, hooked up, friend, or relative. From there, you’ll be asked a series of questions regarding humor, manners, ambition, commitment, appearance, for which you can choose one preset answer tailored to your relationship selection, or skip to selecting as many preset hashtags as you’d like to describe the guy’s best and worst qualities. Then, Lulu calculates an average score for the guy based on your review.

Created for young women, the Lulu app for reviewing guys can be useful for the most obsessive adolescents as well as for seemingly aloof young adults. As with almost anything, this technology should be taken with a grain of salt. Its intended purpose can be abused, though if used properly, Lulu can empower girls where they often need it most.

TTFN,
Liv