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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Should I be eating more fiber?

High-grade cancer that’s still confined to the prostate is generally treated surgically. But a third of the men who have their cancerous prostates removed will experience a rise in blood levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). This is called PSA recurrence. And since detectable PSA could signal the cancer’s return, doctors will often treat it by irradiating the prostate bed, or the area where the gland used to be.

In February, Dr. William U. Shipley and his colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital reported that radiation is a more effective treatment for PSA recurrence when given in combination with androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT). ADT interferes with the body’s ability to make or use testosterone, which is the hormone (or androgen) that makes prostate tumors grow more aggressively. It targets rogue cancer cells in the body that escape radiation.
Here’s what the study found

The newly published study randomly assigned 760 men with detectable PSA after surgery to one of two groups. One group got radiation plus ADT and the other group got radiation plus a daily placebo tablet. The study recruited patients between 1998 and 2003, and after an average follow-up of 12 years, 5.8% of men in the combined treatment group had died of prostate cancer, compared to 13.4% in the radiation-only group. Rates of metastatic prostate cancer were also lower among men treated with ADT: 14.5% compared to 23% among the placebo-treated controls.

“The take-home message is that ADT has a major and beneficial impact on the risk of death from prostate cancer when added to radiation for PSA recurrence,” said Ian Thompson, M.D., a professor of oncology at the UT School of Medicine, in San Antonio, Texas, and the author of an editorial accompanying the newly published findings.

Men in this study received a high dose of the ADT drug bicalutamide, which doctors use less frequently for PSA recurrence today, instead favoring other testosterone-suppressing medications that have since been shown to be more effective. Therefore this is an instance of a long-term study reporting results after treatment standards — in this case the selection of a specific ADT regime — have changed.
A new treatment standard

Still, some men have difficulty tolerating ADT, and not all of them should get it, particularly if they’re older and more likely to die of something other than prostate cancer. “I’d reserve ADT for younger men with a long life expectancy ahead of them who were diagnosed initially with high-grade or late-stage disease,” Thompson said.

“This important study confirms that combined therapy is superior to radiation alone and should be viewed as the standard treatment for PSA relapse,” said Dr. Marc Garnick, the Gorman Brothers Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and editor in chief of HarvardProstateKnowledge.org. “High dose bicalutamide has been associated with cardiovascular side effects, but ongoing and future research is clarifying how best to use ADT in this particular setting.” The prescription retinoid that my dermatologist suggested sounded like a great idea. It was a topical vitamin A-based cream, which has been shown to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Now that I’m a middle ager, I thought I’d give it a try. Then I got to the drugstore, and found that the little tube had a huge price: $371! I didn’t want to shell out that much for a mere face cream, so I didn’t fill the prescription.

But my case was only skin-deep. What about people who can’t — or don’t want to — pay for prescription medications to treat chronic or serious illness? “It’s a real problem. Medications only work if people take them, and you can’t take them if you can’t afford them,” says Dr. Joshua Gagne, a pharmacist and epidemiologist with Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

According to a National Center for Health Statistics survey, about 8% of adults in the United States don’t take prescribed medications because they can’t afford them.

Even if cost is not affecting your medication regimen, the following ideas may save you some money.

    Try generics. Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as brand-name medications, but generics are substantially less expensive. For example, the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor retails for about $390 for a 30-day supply. The generic version, atorvastatin, is about $10 for a 30-day supply. Always ask your doctor if a generic is available. “If a generic isn’t available, ask if there’s a similar drug with a generic version,” suggests Dr. Gagne.
    Go to a big-box store. Many pharmacies in grocery stores and big-box chains offer hundreds of generic medications for just $4 (for a 30-day supply) or $10 (for a 90-day supply). Ask for the list when you’re at the pharmacy or look it up on the Internet, and bring a copy to your doctor. Don’t be discouraged if your medication isn’t on the list; check a different store. “Different chains have different lists,” says Dr. Gagne.
    Get a bigger dose. Some prescription medications can be divided with a pill splitter. Ask your doctor if that’s the case with your medication, and if it’s possible to get a double dose. For example, you might get 10-milligram (mg) pills that can be split into 5-mg pills. Some medications cannot be split, such as capsules or tablets that are enteric-coated, or those that release medicine over time. “As a general rule, extended-release or slow-release medications should not be split,” says Dr. Gagne. These include drugs like metformin ER (Glucophage XR) for diabetes and pantoprazole (Protonix) for heartburn.
    Get a larger supply. Instead of getting a prescription that lasts for 30 days, and making an insurance copay each time, ask for a 90-day supply so you can make just one copay every three months. This works for medications you take long-term.
    Apply for assistance. There are many kinds of prescription assistance programs, offered by state and local governments, Medicare, nonprofit groups, and even drug makers. The programs typically have income requirements. Nonprofit organizations include: Needy Meds and Partnership for Prescription Assistance. Other resources include state assistance programs and Medicare Extra Help. Another option is to call the manufacturer of your medication directly. You can look up your medication on this Medicare website.
    If you’re on Medicare, consider updating your plan. Medicare plans can change from year to year, including the medications they cover, and the copays and deductible amounts. You have an opportunity to switch Medicare plans during the annual enrollment period from October 15 to December 7. Review the options using Medicare’s personalized plan search on its website.
    Shop around. Medication retail prices vary. Some pharmacies buy directly from drug makers; others use a middleman, which can drive up prices. Call pharmacies in your area to compare prices, or use a computer or smartphone app to do the work for you, such as WeRx or GoodRx. The attorney general’s office in your state may also have a website that provides similar information.

This last strategy is the one that worked for me. My dermatologist directed me to a pharmacy that sold the retinoid cream for less (because of a deal with the drug maker). It wasn’t free by any means, but the price was enough to get me to fill the prescription. Do I look younger yet? Not quite. But thanks to the discount, my wallet is looking a little better. Imagine a chronic medical condition in which the treatment itself has serious side effects. Examples of this are plentiful in medicine. For example, in diabetes, giving too much insulin can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), a dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition. That doesn’t happen very often, but imagine that it was a common complication of treating diabetes because doctors couldn’t really tell how powerful a given dose of insulin actually was. And suppose that doctors and patient safety experts advocated for places where patients with diabetes could be carefully monitored when taking their insulin. Would you be opposed to this idea? Would you blame the patient for developing diabetes, or for needing this carefully supervised medical treatment in order to live? I suspect that the answer is “of course not!”

Now, let’s shift gears and discuss opioid addiction, specifically people who use illicit drugs like heroin and black-market fentanyl. Heroin is the strong opioid substance derived from the poppy seed that has been used for thousands of years. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be hundreds of times more powerful than morphine or heroin. Increasingly, illicit heroin is adulterated with fentanyl and similar chemicals, which public health experts believe is the reason for the continued rise in opioid-related deaths despite aggressive measures to decrease opioid prescriptions, increase substance use disorder treatment facilities, and widely distribute naloxone, the antidote to opioid overdose.
Saving lives in the face of increased risk for dying of a heroin overdose

People who use heroin are now at significant risk for overdose death, mainly because the opioid content can vary considerably from dose to dose. Previously, a little too much could have caused a decrease in respiratory rate and a high dose could lead to overdose. Now, with the variability of potency from the synthetic opioids, the strength of each dose can be markedly different. Furthermore, the uptake of fentanyl in the brain is so rapid that a fatal overdose can occur much more quickly than with heroin alone.

If we, as a society, are truly serious about saving lives, we have no choice but to allow people who use injectable opioids to do so in safe, monitored locations without fear of negative repercussions (e.g., being arrested). If you had asked me about this several years ago, I never would have believed that I could write the preceding sentence. I would have said, “Why empower junkies to abuse illegal drugs? Why make it easier on them instead of harder? Why should society condone this activity?”

However, I was wrong — dead wrong.
Good reasons for a change of heart

It turns out that addiction (called substance use disorder or, more specifically here, opioid use disorder in medical jargon) is a disease that can affect any one of us, just like diabetes or high blood pressure. It does not discriminate and does not represent a moral failure on the part of the individual who develops it. It is a condition that no one chooses, but when it attacks, it changes the brain of those with the disease. We can actually visualize those changes with tests like functional MRIs. It leads people to make choices that destroy their lives and the lives of others, such as loss of job, isolation and loss of relationships, incarceration, and even death. We also now know that this is a treatable disease, but the window for successful treatment depends on the psychological state of the person. We must be ready to engage them in treatment at that moment when they are ready.

My opinions changed drastically after a visit to a local needle exchange facility. By current law, individuals can’t inject inside the building. They have to take their chances outside and then they can come inside to be monitored after injecting. I initially envisioned the facility to be sterile, dirty, and depressing. Instead, I was surprised to see that it looked like a living room. There were sofas and a television. There was a warm light, and it appeared to be a welcoming place. Across from the sofas were two desks where staff members sat. Their job is to watch for any signs of overdose (a person who is too sleepy or who is breathing too slowly) and then rapidly respond by providing a nasal dose of naloxone to reverse the overdose. More importantly, they are there to help people right when they are open to treatment for substance use disorder. The staff will help connect them to treatment resources, whether it is group therapy or medical treatment like buprenorphine (Suboxone) or methadone.

If that moment of opportunity in which the individual is receptive to treatment passes, the consequences can be deadly.

Furthermore, the facility is all about harm reduction. There are boxes of free supplies: needle kits so that people do not share needles, condoms for safe sex, kits to help treat small skin infections, even little clean cups to freebase injectable drugs. Naloxone kits are also provided free of charge. There is no judgment there. It is only about reducing a person’s risk of serious, life-threatening infections like HIV and hepatitis C, or the risk of death. And it makes sense. If we are going to agree that opioid use disorder is just another medical condition that needs to be treated, then the compassionate thing to do is to remove the stigma associated with it and reduce associated harms while a person is suffering with substance use disorder. Plain and simple: people with this disease are going to use drugs. Is it better for them to use in the shadows, risking transmission of serious infectious diseases, or monitor them when they are using and be there for them to get them treatment at the moment they are ready?

Currently it’s still illegal in the US to allow people to inject in these supervised environments, but the tide is turning. The city of Ithaca, NY is contemplating a safe injection space, as is Seattle. Multiple studies have confirmed that they work. In Vancouver, Canada, where such facilities were implemented in 2003, they concluded: “Vancouver’s safer injecting facility has been associated with an array of community and public health benefits without evidence of adverse impacts.” Massachusetts is also contemplating a similar pilot supervised injection facility program. With the crises of the opioid epidemic now claiming more than 30,000 lives every year in the US, it’s time to change our biases and old ways of thinking — people’s lives depend on it.
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Eat only every other day and lose weight?

The alternate-day fasting thing is very popular right now. This gist of it is, basically, feast and famine. You starve one day, then feast the next. Proponents claim that this approach will lead to weight loss, as well as a number of other benefits.

As a physician researcher, this annoys and alarms me. I preach sensible intake of real foods as part of a lifelong approach to health. I also depend on scientific evidence to guide my counseling. So, I welcomed this yearlong study comparing alternate-day fasting with more common calorie restriction.
Some data on alternate-day fasting

Researchers divided 100 obese study volunteers (mostly African-American women, without other major medical issues) into three groups:

    one group followed an alternate fasting plan, which meant on the fasting day they would eat only 25% of their caloric needs and on the non-fasting day they’d eat a little bit more (125% of their caloric needs per day)
    a second group ate 75% of their caloric needs per day, every day
    a third group ate the way they typically did, for six months.

The two diet groups received counseling as well as all foods provided. This “weight loss” period was followed by another six months of “weight maintenance” and observations.

Both diet groups lost about 5.5% of their body weight (12 pounds) by month six, and both regained about 1.8% (four pounds) by month 12, and had significant improvements in blood pressure, blood sugar, insulin, and inflammatory proteins when compared to the people who ate their normal diets.

At the end of the 12 months, there was only one difference between the two diet groups: the alternate fasting day group had a significant elevation in low density lipoprotein (LDL), an increase of 11.5 mg/dl as compared to the daily calorie restriction group. LDL is known as a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, so that’s not good.
And how would this work in real life?

This was a very small study to begin with, and, more importantly, there was a fairly significant dropout rate. Only 69% of subjects stayed to the end, which decreases the power of the findings. Twelve people quit the alternate-day fasting group, with almost half citing dissatisfaction with the diet. By comparison, 10 people quit the daily calorie restriction group, and none cited dissatisfaction with diet, only personal reasons and scheduling conflicts (eight quit the control group for the same reasons).

It’s not surprising that people disliked alternate-day fasting. Previous studies have reported that people felt uncomfortably hungry and irritable on fasting days, and that they didn’t get accustomed to these discomforts. Interestingly, in this study, over time people in the fasting group ate more on fasting days and less on feasting days. So basically by the end of the study they were eating similarly to the calorie restriction group.

The authors note more limitations. The control group did not receive food, counseling, or the same attention from the study personnel, potential factors that could affect their results, besides how they ate. And this study can’t tell us about the potential benefits for people who have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes because the study didn’t include individuals with those conditions.
The bottom line

Usually at this point we say something like “more studies of this approach are needed,” but I won’t. There’s already plenty of evidence supporting a common-sense lifestyle approach to weight loss: ample intake of fruits and veggies, healthy fats, lean proteins, and plenty of exercise. From apples to zucchini, there are over a hundred “real” foods you can eat endlessly, enjoy, and yes, still lose weight.

I would advise against spending any more money on fad diet books. Or processed carbs, for that matter. Rather, hit the fresh or frozen produce aisle, or farmer’s market, and go crazy. Then go exercise. Do that, say, for the rest of your life, and you will be fine. No one got fat eating broccoli, folks. (That said, if you tend to binge or stress-eat sugary or starchy foods, and you feel like you can’t control your habit, talk to your doctor, because that is a separate issue to be addressed.)
In 2012, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) took the unprecedented step of recommending against prostate cancer screening for all men, regardless of age, race, or family history. Now this influential group of independent experts is reassessing its position based on more recent data. Instead of discouraging screening altogether, the UPSTF is urging doctors to discuss its potential benefits and harms with men 55 to 69 years of age. The same recommendation applies to all men in this age group, including those at higher risk of prostate cancer, such as African Americans and men with a family history of the disease. The USPSTF continues to recommend against screening men older than 70, since they’re unlikely to experience a survival benefit from treatment during their expected lifespans. The USPSTF was silent on men younger than 55, because Task Force members don’t believe there is sufficient information for them to make a recommendation.

Screening is usually done with a blood test that measures levels of a protein released by the prostate gland called prostate-specific antigen, or PSA. Elevations in PSA may be due to prostate cancer, but other conditions can also cause levels to rise, such as inflammation or an enlarged prostate. PSA levels also vary from man to man and can be unusually high in men who are otherwise healthy. To confirm or rule out a cancer diagnosis, doctors will typically order a biopsy of the prostate. However, prostate biopsies can lead to complications like infection, bleeding, and pain, and they often detect slow-growing, low-risk cancers that may never cause a man any harm during his lifetime. Treating low-risk cancers can leave men impotent and incontinent for years without extending their survival.

The USPSTF recommended against screening five years ago because its members felt the harms of treatment outweighed the benefits. However, newer data make the tradeoffs between potential harms and benefits too close to call. A European study published in 2014 found that PSA tests can prevent three cancers from spreading, and prevent one to two prostate cancer deaths, for every 1,000 men screened over 13 years. Then a study published last year found no difference in 10-year survival among men who were monitored or treated for low-risk prostate cancer. Monitoring, which is also called active surveillance, entails periodic PSA tests and biopsies to check for cancer growth, and thus allows men with low-risk prostate cancer to avoid the harms of treatment, at least temporarily.

It’s important to emphasize that the Task Force is not recommending that men in the 55-69 age group be screened, only that they talk about it with their doctors and then decide personally if it’s something they want to do, in accordance with their own values and preferences.

“Even the most serious student of prostate cancer and prostate cancer screening can appreciate the enormous endeavor that the Task Force undertook,” said Dr. Marc Garnick, the Gorman Brothers Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and editor in chief of HarvardProstateKnowledge.org. “Patients should consider shared decision making with their health provider when it comes to screening. But as in 2012, the ability to show an overall survival benefit from any screening recommendation still eludes us, and the cancer-specific survival benefit, if one exists at all, is at best very modest.”
In April, scientists reported encouraging results from a pilot study of men with metastatic prostate cancer, or cancer that has spread beyond the prostate gland. Long considered incurable, these advanced cancers are usually treated by giving men systemic drugs that target new tumors forming in the body. The scientists who led this new study took a more aggressive approach. In addition to giving systemic therapy, they surgically removed the prostate gland and affected lymph nodes, and also treated visible cancer in the bones with radiation. By throwing everything but the kitchen sink at these cancers, they achieved a stunning result: some of the treated men are still cancer-free after four years, and one has lived without evidence of cancer for five years. “If these remissions persist long enough, then we have to ask whether some of these men have been cured of their disease,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Matthew O’Shaughnessy, a urologic oncologist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in New York.
How the study was conducted

The small pilot study enrolled 20 men, and O’Shaughnessy emphasized that follow-up with a larger group is needed to confirm the results. Five of the men had cancer that had spread to lymph nodes in the pelvis, and 15 of them had cancerous lesions in their bones. All the men were treated for between six and eight months with hormonal therapy, which blocks testosterone (the male sex hormone that makes prostate cancer cells grow faster). As noted previously, they also had their prostates and lymph nodes removed, and bone lesions were treated with radiation as needed. What the researchers were aiming for is a complete absence of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in blood for a minimum of 20 months after the start of hormonal therapy. Prostate cancer cells will shed PSA into blood, but if the gland has been removed and all traces of cancer removed from the body, the levels should drop to zero and stay there, even after testosterone levels return to normal.

Overall, five men had undetectable PSA at 20 months and counting, although that number is too small to draw any conclusions about who might benefit most from the approach. According to O’Shaughnessy, when used together hormonal therapy, surgery, and radiation all contributed to prolonged remissions that would not have been possible if only one treatment was used. A study employing the same methods is planned for later this year.
What this means for treating advanced prostate cancer

Until recently, taking out the prostate and lymph nodes in men with advanced prostate cancer would have been unthinkable. Doctors worried that surgery could release cancer cells into the bloodstream, but newer studies show it can safely lengthen survival. Researchers have also been combining hormonal therapy and radiation with encouraging results, and now giving all three treatments is “consistent with a trend of doing more for advanced prostate cancer than doing less,” said Dr. Marc Garnick, the Gorman Brothers Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and editor in chief of HarvardProstateKnowledge.org. Still, Garnick cautions that cures for advanced prostate cancer can take decades to confirm. “Hopefully follow-up research will support this transformative approach,” he said.
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Vita Health Tips to know

Let me just say it was a real struggle figuring out I wanted to feel with like the viewers the background but then the lighting was all under my desk was messy so I didn’t want to have that as a background. So here we are, I’ve got my studio lights up to help support me so I’m hoping that this video turns out okay.
Anyways, as you can see for the title today I’m going to be doing a video all about how to do well at university so I’m going to be talking more about the academic side of things. So once I’ve always talking about the social aspects and the partying on my channel, so I thought I’d bring it back a little and actually give some academic advice. I’m going to be discussing study tips, ways to get organized how to keep on top of things.
So if you’re looking forward to the video, make sure the thumbs up button if you are an idea I would like to see more of my videos don’t forget to
the subscribe button down below and click the subscribe button so it will push notifications are that fair review let’s just go ahead and jump straight into the Tips.
So my first tip on how to do what a university is definitely getting organized and remaining organized throughout the year I’m the best way to do this is getting a plan. Our panelists are so important in helping to keep up with things and knowing what your schedule is week two we actually just get mine from TK Maxx.
I believe this whole candles literally free costs 99 amazing we are getting a tonight is definitely an essential when it comes to university. It’s a great way to see when you have your lectures when you have deadlines, assignments, etc. Particularly in the first time of university it’s very hard to keep up with things because on top of going to lectures you’re also doing societies are going out we’re making friends and socializing and so from that when you’re not keeping track of what you’re supposed to be doing it is very very easy to forget things or forget you have that 9am often get that your assignment still friday so to avoid anything like that happening. I definitely
about getting a planner if you don’t like to write down things it doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical one like the one I showed you I mean there’s so many apps we can actually just use the note section on your iPhone I used to do that all the time via regardless of performance we’re doing yeah I definitely recommend having a plan on write down everything keep on top of thing and ensure that you know exactly what you’re meant to demean each week.
The next tip I’m going to be talking about is something I’ve been doing it since like year nine I want to say by any found out the actual time for this morning apparently it’s called the halo so what the halo effect basically is, is that when you first school or university within the first couple of weeks, just how you’re forming an opinion of your class and your teacher. The teacher is also doing the exact same thing with their students at it from day one of your lectures about the front of the class engagement for teacher having the eye contact, paying up your hand to ask a question for teacher it’s going to immediately see as like a good shooter, someone who’s very keen in the subject, someone that really wants to do well.
Essentially someone that they like. Whereas if you’re sitting in the back of the class, which is a bit noisy, oh, like a group of friends than your teacher might just think, okay, I always recommend getting close on time it’s sitting at the front. I’m just kind of engaging with your teacher from the get go find that once you establish a good connection with your lecture are live on his they get so much easier, they’re often more willing to go above and beyond when it comes to answer your questions. I hope out because they know that you’re genuinely interested in the subject.
But personally I love most about this halo effect is that once you spend a few weeks establishing that good bond that get connection for the rest of the year, I find that you can kind of get away with more things that if you miss your lecture, for some reason, I feel like maybe they’re bit more understanding because they know that you wouldn’t miss it for a stupid reason. You know, they’re just a bit more lenient and understanding throughout the year. So definitely recommend being a good student. Usually at the start of time let your team know that you’re really keen on wants to do well.
Tip number three is more of a study tab and something which I strongly recommend it
And that is pre reading before you going to close this is something I did more towards the end of my A Levels and found it so so helpful that I wish I did it before so it’s definitely something which I recommend doing from the very start University is if you’re unaware of what pre reading so it’s basically reading up on the topic that you’re going to be studying in class I find that doing this makes your lectures make it so much more sense because you’re not trying to grasp everything for the first time we’ve actually already had some prior knowledge so it’s more so confirming it reiterating it and just allow yourself to understand the topic so much better so for my personal University which has a lot of you guys know it is University of the Arts London London College of fashion my uni we have this include noodle where our teachers but done exactly what topic we’re going to be doing each week and I often already have like the reading materials out there if I need that I’m going to do in crisis management for example I can go on to the regional is for that topic and just have every little bit before class so that one are actually in class it will make a bit more sense and what’s amazing about pre reading is I honestly doesn’t have to be long at all actually just fine. minutes of skim reading is enough, it’s just something to do that you just have an overview of the topic before you learn a more in depth. So that hopefully makes it more sense.
You can literally do it on your way to lecture as well sure, having breakfast it doesn’t have to be a task that you have to go to the library for, can literally just do it on the go. And if for some reason your university hasn’t published by the reading materials for it, or like resources that you can use your goal is the thing and I you can actually just type in on Google happened over through and hopefully that allow things to make so much more sense to you.
The fourth tip for today’s video is also a study tip and that is to clarify any doubts that you have immediately say when it comes to university, things move pretty quickly. And so if you’re in class and you don’t understand the topic and you know asking questions because you think it will make sense closer towards exam period or whatever the chances are by the time you get to exam here is will also have certainly other topics that you’re unsure about. I was just getting to the point where you physically don’t have time to go over everything again.
So my best piece of advice to all Asked Questions that maybe don’t understand something obviously for teachers just introduce the topic way into she finishes explaining it until you ask a question but at the end of that class you’re like wait a sec I actually don’t understand this concept either asking cause then in that because chances are other students didn’t understand over you asked that question in front of everyone over may be beneficial to the other students that if you’re perhaps shy or the transition classes past, definitely stay back to the end of the class to ask you a lecture about it. Or if you have tutorials or university awesome then in that as well.
But honestly, the Wise we can do is just leave and definitely want to make sure that you just understand things as you go along that by the time you get to your assessments or sound, you already know the content and you can just focus on exactly the thing I’m going to talk about in today’s video lectures. Lecture.
Our lectures is the lecture Do I go to university? I don’t know. But yeah, in terms of lectures, first and foremost, go to a lecture. It’s like maybe it’s because I never had 9am Like all of my lectures, I don’t some people don’t go to lectures, it’s so much easier to just sit in a room for like an hour and a half then to stay at home and cut off your lecture on your laptop and be making notes and not really understanding what’s going on. Even if we’re completely hung over or you just can’t be bothered. Just drop yourself into unique it’s literally about to sit there like arms folded, and just listen and then to be at home and not greater than lecture and then catch up later while you frantically trying to make notes and piece everything together. Like it’s just not worth it. So personally just go to other artists in my opinion, but the second thing and tells the lectures it’s definitely make good to know one thing that took me quite a long time to graph is that you generally don’t need to write down everything that’s on the board. Literally just write down the most important point I know that if you’re like me that it’s quite hard not to do because you want to get down all of the information but learning to make condensed notes from the get go. It is definitely something which is beneficial because it saves you from condensing your classmates later on in the year and it was me so if you’re looking for quick

information of the answers you can easily find a bullet point which has it as opposed to having to like dissect your class know another thing which makes your lecture notes really amazing is using color I know it’s quite long to bring like a whole purpose okay sometimes so I recommend getting those pens that have like the color wheels around it but you can click for like red and then click for blue and then click for black I love phase I’m making and so if that’s something that’s really important I’ll quickly just switch to read and write that impressive it sounds out there again we’ll come back to your notes you know what’s really important and what keywords you either yeah those are my tips which I hope really hope he was at university also have them a quick and simple it’s really good to just reiterate them and have them fresh in your mind before you start going to an active if you did find the city are helpful if you learn something new then I’d love if you could hit the thumbs up button and let me know in the comments down below if you Are any of you enjoyed the video just getting the scroll down below upload new videos every single Wednesday and Sunday. Yeah that is basically the end of today’s tips. Thank you guys so much for reading and I’ll see you in my next one.
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Year’s Resolutions for Students Study Tips

Hello, my Socratic of friends. We’re here to help you be a great student. Here’s a personal question do you make new year’s resolutions we do both in January, and at the start of the school year, which feels like another new year, doesn’t it? It’s a great feeling, getting a fresh start and thinking about how to improve. That’s really the whole point of the series, isn’t it. So let’s talk about how to make resolutions and how to keep resolutions. First, let’s think about what makes a good resolution. I’m not going to resolve to become president of NASA that’s just not reasonable. A good resolution is one that is actually achievable with a little focused effort on your part. This should also be something that is personally important to you. Make sure your heart is really in it. I’m not personally excited by marathons so I’m not going to make a resolution to take up running my resolutions always seem to be about learning something big surprise here. Don’t make a resolution that’s vague, like I’m going to get healthy or I’ll be a better student pick something very specific you Want to accomplish? break it down into small, concrete doable actions. As in if I want to get better grades, I will set aside 30 minutes every day after class to review my lecture notes. Or if I want to prove my Japanese reading skills, I will study 10 Japanese characters every day, I’ll be able to take very specific actions. To keep this resolution I’ll put 10 flash cards in my pocket every morning. That makes it easy to pull them out and study a little when I’m taking a coffee break done. Another way to pick a resolution is to think about what’s a good habit you want to adopt. I want to take a 20 minute walk every day. Exercise is good for the brain. It reduces stress and it’s a good way to spend breaks between Pompadour sessions. If I genuinely stick to taking a walk in the fresh air every day. I’m going to be much healthier by the end of the year and I’ll have develop the kind of habit that could last a lifetime. Or maybe there’s a bad habit you want to break if you smoke. You really, really I mean, really, you should stop it sticks. It’s expensive.

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It causes cancer. What bad habits do you have? I personally don’t have any. Not that I know. Never heard of them. Now don’t go overboard, trying to remake yourself into a completely different person. Pick one thing, okay, maybe two things. But that’s it. It’s much easier to keep track of one resolution than a whole bunch of them. Especially since people who break resolutions often say it’s because they’re just too busy. There’s just too much going on in my life to pay attention to well, don’t let that happen to you. Let’s keep it real simple. Every day. I’m putting 10 flash cards in my pocket. How hard can that be? It helps if you keep track of your progress. Have you heard of this trick from Seinfeld Don’t break the chain. If you mark off every day successfully kept your resolution on a calendar you see a growing chain of accomplishments. It please a nice little trick on your brain. You can see how much good work you’ve done and you don’t want to mess it up. It’s a little added incentive to keep going. Don’t break the chain.

Our friend Simone Gertz you’ve probably seen her work making interesting robots made a beautiful engineered version of the resolution calendar. You can find it on Kickstarter. It’s seriously like a work of art. Every time you do your resolution, you get to light up a day. And she made this beautiful thing to help her keep her resolution to meditate every day for a year to make that a new healthy habit. And it totally worked for her. Okay, that gives us an idea for another video. How do you meditate? That’s a really useful skill to help you be a great student. Okay, stay tuned, coming soon from Socratic.

Oh, but what if you do break the chain? Don’t beat yourself up, get back on the horse. Tomorrow is another day. Anyway, perfectionism is overrated. If you succeed for 350 days of the year. Isn’t that something to be proud of? Compared with last year? Yeah, remember to be kind to yourself, how would you treat a friend who slipped up you’d be understanding and encouraging be that person for yourself. Another thing that can help is to keep a daily

journal entry about your resolution, make a note of the days that were easy. What did you do that made it so easy? Think about the days that were really hard. Can you figure out what made it hard? Did you forget to pack a healthy lunch? And so you got fast food. instead? Did you forget to write down your assignment in your planner so you didn’t write your paper until the last minute. This kind of self reflection can lead the way to real change where it becomes easier and easier to make a resolution. The true habit is something you always do as a regular part of your life. Have you heard the standard wisdom that it takes 21 days to make a new habit? Okay, we’ll talk here that’s pretty made up number we read that this number came from Maxwell mots, a plastic surgeon who studied amputees in the 60s and he found it took about 21 days for them to adjust to their new routine, missing a limb. Therefore it takes 21 days to adjust to a new habit. That’s a pretty big leap right there max. More recently, psychologist Philippa lolly formally studied habit formation and found that it took on average 66 days to form and

habit, there was a huge variance. However, some tasks were easier and took as little as 18 days to become second nature, while others were more challenging and took as long as 245 days. So don’t worry if you don’t find yourself measuring up to some arbitrary standard. It doesn’t sound like there is one. What else can you do to make it more likely for you to succeed and keeping your resolution, let the people around you help you. It can be much easier to make these changes in your life. If everyone around you is on board. Tell your friends and family what your resolution is. That is if they are genuinely supportive. We know there are some people out there who may not want to see you change for the better. That’s the sad truth about human nature. Please don’t let this stop you. If you feel you need to keep your resolution to yourself. That’s okay too. What’s your New Year’s resolution? Is it something we can help you with? Let us know in the comments below. We’re all learning and growing. Here. At Socratic. We make new year’s resolutions because it’s a little stretch toward becoming that person you’re proud to be.

It’s all part of being a great student. One of our new year’s resolutions here at Socratic is to grow a little bigger so we can make more videos for you. Would you like to help us if you find the work we do here valuable, please consider supporting us on Patreon. With your help we’ll be able to grow our team. Thank you.
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Planners for University Students 2019

Good morning everyone. So today I have something very fun that I’m looking forward to filminit is time to finally invest in a new diary for 2019 I get such a kick out of doing these things. So I’m going to take you shopping with me to find the perfect diary or planner and probably pick up a few extra organizational items. And I’m also thinking of maybe getting a few little goodies for you guys and doing a little giveaway I might do it on Instagram. So stay tuned throughout this video and I’ll let you know more details. But did you notice something different about me? Maybe, maybe not. I got new glasses finally. So if you didn’t know I actually lost my favorite pink pair of frames on the airplane. When I was coming down to Melbourne from Sydney. There was the one thing that I misplaced as I was packing up my entire life so I think I did pretty well but glasses usa.com have come to my rescue. I said me so.

many pairs of glasses I just have to show you this I have glasses drawer right now I’m very excited so as you probably know we’re currently in an Airbnb just for a few more weeks but I had to clean out one of these jewels, my glasses because they sent me six pitches. So I actually think they Sonny’s one of my favorites the ones I’m wearing and also these pink ones Oh and if anyone’s Hilary Duff and she actually did a collaboration with us for glasses usa.com is I have to have her different designs I think there’s over at to choose from there there little bit more expensive than these ones. So I often spend way too much on my glasses. I was really surprised how cheap they are though. So there’s free basic prescription lenses included and frames and lenses started like 30 bucks which is amazing because I used to spend so much on my glasses so I really appreciate being able to save right now and you’re probably thinking okay but clearly you don’t like all six I can’t all fit really nicely. I kid you not. I love I had this little virtual mirror where you can upload a photo of yourself or you can check

out the glasses and the frames on another person’s face. It has a similar shape to yours and you can actually see if they’re going to sit you or not. So they sent me six pairs. I promise you all six look really good and I’m so happy with them. Also, I thought we do a fun little vote between all of my favorite peers. I want to know which ones you prefer the most. We’ve got option one,

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option two. I think these are so cool. I’ve never had clear white plastic frames or option three the pink ones these are very similar to the ones that I had that were my original favorite color which one is your favor guys so if you like my new look, let me know down below but now it’s time to get serious with this video because we’re about to replace my new baby My all baby Why did I say new is not new is a year old and he seemed to be out of date. So I’ve got some pretty strict criteria for what makes for the perfect diary. Yes, I’m pretty hard to place Yeah, but let’s head to one of my favorite stationery stores.

And hopefully I can find the right one for 2019. And look number four. Let’s head out the door.

I’m arriving today I losing my bubbles.

I think I was browsing through the diaries for over half an hour, but I’m really happy with my purchases. So that was a successful little shopping spree, the lady kkk was so helpful and friendly, I picked up a few things that I think are going to make 2019 so much more organized and I’m really excited to show you what I bought and I also picked up a few little prizes for you guys as well so stay tuned for that I’m back and I have to goody bags or one is for me and one is for you. Or it could be yours if you win my little giveaway.

So I’m going to run it on Instagram, I’ve decided. So if you’re not following me at study with Jess, go and follow me now. And I will have all the details for how you can enter to win some very cool little goodies on my Instagram account. So just make sure to be active and checking out my latest post an Instagram story because details will be there. But let me show you what I picked up. All right, let’s start with the diary. Now. Can I just say last year I wanted this exact diary. And I didn’t have it in stock anymore because they only had the weekly layout and not the daily. So let me explain why I chose the stars specifically because I have wanted this one for ages. Right. So the first race that I chose this story is that it has a day per page says plenty of room tried everything down and it has the timestamp in it as well starts at 7am but there’s actually room to write for six or 5am and it finishes at nine but you can also write a little bit later than that and there is a note section as well.

As a line for birthdays now I always need extra room for my reminders my to do’s birthdays when people are traveling where Adam and I travel a lot for work. So I like to keep track of that. And the last year I had this one here, it actually didn’t have any timestamps, so I would write things down, and then I have another appointment that’s a little bit earlier and I’d have to cross it out or raise it and rewrite it because I just didn’t have time to go through 365 pages and number them from 7am to 9pm. It’s just really, really inconvenient for me, whereas this one’s going to save me a lot of time and I think it’s going to be easier to keep tidy and organized. Okay, this is really cool. I’m actually discovering it in more detail as I’m sharing it with all of you, but it has a note section. It has a page for listing website and notes about those sites, books, so section track down titles and authors. If you get book recommendations, you can store them their restaurants and bars, there is a section for riding down and tracking your expenses.

But I did buy something else to use instead of this area of my diary to track my spending. I will share that with you soon. And then when I was in the store I asked the lady if they have any loose leaf shades of stickers to just mark any important things in your diary and she turned to the back of this diary and says to me, um, it already comes with them. How awesome is that? So I’m just really excited to start using my new diary and I think it actually starts for December so I could get cracking right away. It does Wow. The little things that get me excited. Alright, so you know how I said I bought something instead of using the diary section to track my expenses. This is it so it says everyday is a fresh start and it is a photo of organizing all of your receipts and spending so the lady in the store recommended this to me because she uses the same and ha every accountant is going to love me in 2019 and I’m definitely

going to be a lot more on top of my spending and more savvy with how I spend my money. So it comes with different stickers, you can organize all of these following photos according to the months of the year. I think that’s how I’m going to do it rather than different categories. And you just write down the date, the amount of money you spent text involved and the details for items that receipt and you’ve got their seat in the back right so last thing I bought for myself is a wall calendar and actually have this one for 2018. I thought it came in handy so much I want one for next year as well. It does have some beautiful quotes for each month. As you can see on the back that’s little way out there. And I just think I prefer to have a monthly calendar above my desk. Rather than using the monthly spread in my diary, I’ll probably use that monthly spread as well. But I think this is easier just to map out everything and it helps you to feel less overwhelmed especially when you have a really busy month because you can break it all down and say that even though there’s a lot going on, it’s probably early according to specific weeks or days and little chunks throughout the month. It’s not usually a really flat out month although December has been pretty busy for me. So I do think I’m going to use this a lot and I can’t wait to hang it up in Adam and my new apartment. So what little goodies did I pick up for the giveaway. I’ve got two things in here. First thing is the 2019 at daily view diary, which I picked up for myself as well in the past or pink. I just really liked the land and format of the story. I think it’s going to help you stay more organized and there’s plenty of room to write everything down. And then to help you write everything down. I also picked up these really really cute pens says one with ladybirds, one with cats, rainbows and hearts and one with cherries. And I thought that was just a really cute little giveaway to kick start your 2019 So again, just follow me on Instagram and you can check out the details for how to enter their at study with just and also I will leave a link down below of all the glasses that I showed you earlier in this video, including the ones I’m wearing now. Thanks to glasses. usa.com. So do check.

them out. And don’t forget to tune in next week for another video. Just turn on your notifications and I’ll see you very soon.
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Major Mistakes Students Making During Graduation

About a week ago, I came across a video on my friend Kevin’s channel med school insiders called seven regrets of my 20s and watching his video got me thinking about some of my own regrets and mistakes specifically from my college career. Because by no means that I have a perfect college career. By and large, I’m happy with how things turned out. And I didn’t make any huge mistakes.t

there are definitely some things that I would have done differently if I were magically time. warped back to my freshman year. Now all that is unlikely to happen as I haven’t angered any wizards. lately. I still think that detailing these mistakes and going through what I would have done differently will be useful for other people who might be finding themselves in a similar situation in the near future including possibly you that’s because one of my most important beliefs is that you can learn just as much from the failures of others as you can from your own as long as you can call that little voice in your head that says yeah but that won’t happen to me right then you can start to use the experiences of others to prepare yourself potential situations in your own life so today I’m gonna be sharing eight stupid mistakes that I made in college and the lessons that each one of them taught me

first of my list with mistake I made in both my freshman and my sophomore year, which was starting out the semester way too gung ho, thinking I could do a literally every single reading assignment, every single piece of homework everything and then fizzling out after just a few weeks, I’m not gonna lie, I came into college as a very ambitious student, as is befitting somebody who would make an entire website on academic success. And I wanted to do really well in my classes. I wanted to ace every single test and do all the reading.

So when I started my semesters, I told myself, I’m going to read every single reading assignment and I’m going to take notes on every single thing that I read. But as you can probably guess, that didn’t last for very long and there’s a big difference between say, my first week Mrs. Class Notes, which I’ll show right here, and, well, the market lack of any notes beyond that. Now, I have to say that I did get lucky because a lot of the classes that I went to had a lot of overlap between what was presented in class and when



was in the actual reading assignments and homework. But if I had been in classes where a lot of crucial information was locked the textbook, then that burnout that experienced a few weeks into the semester could have really hurt me.



Mistake number two, which is a bubbly, fizzy and caffeinated mistake all throughout college. until probably my senior year. I was absolutely addicted to energy drinks. And I’d like to tell myself that this wasn’t because of the caffeine content. It probably was. Caffeine is a surprisingly addictive substance.

But I was also addicted to energy drinks because they provided what the author Taylor cork calls and his book Starbucks beverage entertainment, they were something that made a study session just a little bit less boring because I knew I got that colorful, can have fizzy, sugary liquid next to me while I went through my math assignments. The lesson here for those of you who haven’t already gotten addicted to energy drinks is don’t let it happen because it can very well happen both for those beverage entertainment reasons and for the caffeine reasons you don’t need nearly as



much caffeine as you think you might as long as you’re maintaining a good sleep schedule. And if you do want to use caffeine or you enjoy drinks that have it, maybe stick to coffee or tea instead, and they’re a lot healthier. And if you aren’t going to Starbucks and buying $4 lattes, they are a lot cheaper as well.



So the next mistake on my list here is jumping the gun when it came to selecting an internship. So this goes back to my sophomore year of college. I spent the summer before that year and the very beginning of that year going as hard as I could to try to get an internship. I went to every single networking session that I could learn about.

I went to all the career fair. So I went to all the pre career fairs and the pre pre career fair breakfasts, I met recruiters from dozens of different companies. I handed out tons of different resumes and all of this work definitely paid off after the career fair season after all that kind of died down. I was presented with no less than seven interview offers at several different companies. And I was pretty stoked about these but I didn’t end up going to any of them because



Before even my first interview was scheduled, I got a call from one company that said, Hey Thomas, we really liked your resume really liked talking with you at the career fair. We think that we don’t even need to interview we would like to offer you an internship sight unseen because we think you’re a great candidate and I was ecstatic when I got this call. And because I was ecstatic and because I was so stoked that they had offered me an internship. I never been offered an internship before I took it right away. No, I don’t want to say that this decision led me down the wrong path, because I’m very grateful for the experiences I got at that internship.

But as a result of taking it right away, I cancelled all seven of those other interview requests. I didn’t even give them the chance to see if they were going to be a better opportunity than that first one. And I remember later during that summer, talking with other people who are my classmates and friends and asking them what their internship experiences were like, and some of them actually ended up getting internships that paid a lot more than mine did. So I think the lesson here is don’t jump the gun. If you get a job offer. You’re going to think that this is the only one that’s going to come to you, you’re going to say



That if you let this opportunity slip through your fingers, you’re making a horrible decision. But it is totally okay to say thank you so much for the opportunity. Can I take a few days to think about it from there, you start to analyze your options. And since I did this internship, and then I went and started my own business and haven’t worked a full time job since then, I don’t have the personal experience to tell you about how to do this correctly.

But I did come across an excellent answer on Reddit about this exact same question. So I’m going to link to that in description down below. And I highly recommend you give it a read in case you find yourself in this situation in the future.



All right. Mistake number four on my list is dropping my very first programming class. So this goes back to my very first semester of college my freshman year, I ended up taking the engineering level Java programming class. And this was because even though I was a business student, weirdly, the business Java programming class, even though it was easier than the engineering level one had a prerequisite that I wasn’t going to be able to take until my second semester Whereas that engineering one had no prerequisites. And I was like, I want to start learning Java, I want to start programming.

This is what I came to college for. So I started that class. And immediately I found it really, really difficult. The labs are difficult.

The homework was difficult. And I even found it difficult to follow the lecture material while I was sitting in class. So, and it pains me to admit this. After about a couple of weeks, I actually dropped that class and just resigned myself to taking the business level Java class instead. And this mistake is really an echo of a mistake I made back in high school where I didn’t get a very good grade in my calculus class because I shied away from the tough problems. The moment a problem presented itself to me, and I thought, I can’t do that.

I don’t even know where to begin, I would disengage I would basically give up and as I learned the intervening years, this is not how you become a better problem solver.

You can’t just disengage the moment a problem seems like it’s too tough to solve. If you focus on it, you’re eventually going to find the answer. And if you can’t do it on your own, you can ask for help. I didn’t do this, which meant that I wasted a bunch of time during my freshman year because I dropped that class and wasted all the hours



I put into it prior to the day I dropped it. But it also meant that I ended up going into a Java class. That was, frankly, too easy for me. I could have done the engineering level Java class if I had really buckled down and focus on the problems, but I didn’t. So if you find yourself in a class that you feel is just too hard, make sure that you’re actually working to solve those problems. Ask yourself, have I really put in the time? Have I really focused or that I just disengage and tell myself that’s too hard?

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All right. Failure number five here, kind of related to number four, I failed to take advantage of Professor office hours for a lot of my college career.

When I got into my junior and senior year I started to get smart and I started to use them a lot more often. But freshman and sophomore year, I hardly ever went to Professor office hours and what’s worse, I remember professors actually offering completely free review sessions you know, after class when people could just come and ask whatever questions they wanted in review for tests and I skipped these two these are



gold mines. I remember going to a couple of these during my again junior and senior year and using them to get really good grades on tests because teachers would essentially answer questions straight from the study guides.

I skipped these in my first couple of years of college and I skipped Professor office hours, which meant that again, when I got stuck on tough problems, I wasn’t utilizing the resources that I had available to me I was just disengaging and telling myself I can’t do that. So if you’re in college, or even if you’re in high school, use the help you have available to you. Professors are there to help you not just by lecturing to you at the front of the classroom, but by working one on one with you as well.



Alright, steak number six. And this is I think, the most emotional one on the list here. I titled it in my list seeking companionship in the wrong places. So to put a long story very short the February of my junior year I ended up breaking up with the girl I was dating at the time and for a while I was totally fine being single but as many people end up finding the start to get lonely after a while and



Remember that my senior year fall started. And I found myself in what I would say is the closest to a depression that I have ever been in. I don’t think that it was a it was a true depression. And I haven’t really experienced what other people have experienced in that realm of things. But it was a very sad and kind of down period of my life. And what I tried to do to fix that.

I thought that I needed to go out and find someone else to date. But I went about it in the wrong way. I started going to bars like almost every single night, and I’m not a huge drinker.

But I would go out there because the only solution to finding someone to date in my mind was that I had to go out to bars, like where else do you meet people who actually want to get in a relationship, right? And this was the complete wrong approach because I would go number one, put myself in an environment where I was very unlikely to find people who had similar interests and passions and values to what I had, but also I psyched myself out every single time I went into a bar nightclub because I went there with the express purpose of finding somebody.



That meant I put a ton of pressure and anxiety on myself. And this went on for a few months. Until one night on a whim, I decided to go to the anime club party at my school because my roommate was the president at the time. So this was just a completely fun thing to do. I had absolutely no expectations from it. And once you know it, that’s where I met Anna, my girlfriend who have been with for six years and I met her there because I put new expectations on myself. I didn’t have any anxiety which allowed me to be myself and that’s why she was attracted to me.

So if there is a lesson here at all, I would say don’t put so much pressure on yourself to find a companion go out, do things with the intention of finding friends and having fun and while you’re doing those things in the process, you’re likely to meet people who again share passion so you might be attracted to and they might be attracted to you and you’re not putting pressure on yourself. So you’re going to be yourself in those situations.



Alright, steak number seven is not doing my due diligence when it came to the costs of college and this is



Typically is referring to the cost of living on campus. But when I was researching what it would take to live on campus because I wanted to live in the dorm, so I can meet as many people as possible and be as close to the opportunities as possible. The first bit of information I found on my colleges website is that I had to pay for the dorm up front for an entire semester, which I believe was about 30, $500



each and every semester. And I didn’t look past that. I said, Okay, I don’t have 30, $500. So I went out and took out student loans to pay for it. Only later in my college career. When I started to really get to know the college’s website for a part time job that I had been hired for did I learned that there was actually a month to month payment option for that dorm.

So to give you some context, my original plan going into college was to get an apartment off campus so I could pay for it month a month with my part time job earnings. I didn’t have parents that could pay for my college. So I knew I would have to basically cover everything myself and I wanted to minimize debt, but eventually decided against the apartment idea because again, I wanted to be in the thick of things I wanted to be on campus and meet me.



Many people as possible, all that good stuff, but I didn’t do my due diligence. I didn’t learn about this month, the month option. And had I done that I probably could have paid for my dorm month a month with my part time job earnings, or at least taken out far fewer dollars in student loans. So the lesson here is, do your due diligence. Don’t take the first bit of information you have at face value, especially if it’s going to involve you taking out a large student loan, dig in, ask questions, challenge your base assumptions, and you might find something that could save you a lot of money.



And that brings us to our final mistake on my list, which was failing to take advantage of what I call the fun opportunities and I call them the fun opportunities because I have to separate them from the professional opportunities in college. I really did take advantage of professional opportunities.

I was in Business Council I started a blog I was in all these like academic standards committees and computer advisory committees, all these things that I had done just basically a boost my resume and that may actually be another mistake that I think about when writing this list.



But when I put off all the things that seemed really fun. So to give you some context here, my college has over 800 student organizations and clubs, including things like downhill, dirt boarding club, skydiving club, all these outdoor adventure clubs. And when I was a freshman, I went to this thing called club best where everyone except these booths, and it was basically this entire event designed to show the freshman just what was available and what they could join.

And I remember seeing all these clubs and thinking these seem awesome. I want to do all of these. But I’m here for four years. I can do them whenever I want. I have all the time in the world.

So of course, I let other things get in the way. Let homework get in the way I let video games with friends get in the way that all these events that I thought would build my professional presence on my resume, get in the way and four years went by without me ever doing any of those things. I never did the skydiving club. I never did the downhill dirt boarding club. I didn’t none of it.

So if you find yourself in a similar situation where there’s something you want to do you feel like you’re all the time in the world to do it. You have to commit to it, find a way to set a date or commit to it with a friend. So it’s actually going to happen. Even if something seems really fun.

If there’s a little bit of friction required to get into it, or if it’s going to take some time, you’re always going to find something that quote unquote, comes up and makes you put it off a week, and then another week, and then another week until one day, you find yourself on your deathbed and you really regret never going downhill dirt boarding.

Now one potential regret that I think we didn’t have to put on this list was failing to use my free time to work on independent learning projects, because this was definitely something that I did in college. While a lot of the guys in my dorm use most of free time to play video games.

I use the vast majority of my free time that wasn’t taken up by classes or projects or part time jobs to work on independent learning projects that really interested me and that really paid off in fact, all the hours that I spent my dorm learning PHP and Photoshop video editing gave me the skills that I needed to build and refine college info geek which eventually turned into a full time business for me so well, I’m not suggesting that you never hang up



Friends are never played video games because I definitely think you should do these things. I do want to leave you with one parting thought. Whether you’re in college or high school, or even in the professional world, make sure that you’re using at least some of your free time to pursue independent learning projects that interest you don’t just come home and spend all your free time on Netflix or video games or hobbies that only result in consumption, learn something, build something. And remember that since you get to pick the project, your higher level of interest in it almost always lead to faster learning and you never know how it’s going to pay off in the future. Now, if you want to accelerate your learning in that project even further, you should also check out skill skill Sure, has library of over 20,000 courses taught by expert teachers and practitioners in a ton of different areas including graphic design, web development, story, crafting, and even marketing. All their classes are hands on with projects that you can immediately sink your teeth into. So you’re learning actively right away. And there’s also a chat area where you can ask questions and get feedback not one class that I want to highlight for you this week is Thomas low risk class. I’m creating a UX design portfolio. And this is partly because creating a portfolio is an essential skill for anyone doing creative work.



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Biggest Teaching Mistake

Hello guys welcome to btw to dress welcome and Happy New Year to you and from btw tutorials we wish you an awesome 2019 hour we believe that this year is going to be the best for you. Okay so happy new year. All right today’s video we’re going to learn about the common mistakes okay so that’s make Dorinda jam registration and how to avoid them okay and if it’s your first time on this channel btw tutorials and educational channel as opposed to that we pray for your watch that’s your wife Nicole GC john pause to me We are here to support you you indication for 2019 so please as this your first time please try to click the subscribe button okay support this ministry to move forward yes I know this is not that is not an entertainment channel is quite slow in growth what please support his ministry. To move forward click the subscribe button share this channel a big my brothers and sisters.



with your friends, family or loved ones I know almost every youth is in school so please people that need this particular purpose or what’s in place for within for exam my practice this can help you this is free resources for you to pass your exams this year here you can see there are 40 questions so one physicists and another 140 question solve or mass for jam there’s around why here why 50 questions so and if you go to the channel that over the seeds once it’s an educational videos introducing mass topics explaining them solving past questions. This channel is here to support you for free women. These videos free of catch all the way from Lagos, Nigeria, my brothers and sisters. Please click the subscribe button. Subscribe. Support us to do more share. Please let us grow. Help this ministry to move forward. Okay, please, I beg you. This is just my heart play for 2099.



need your support guys please share this channel you know if your parents your uncle you don’t maybe you don’t need is share to your siblings or even to another parent that the child is braver for Gina wag as a PDF Virginia way on places the question unsolved and by God’s grace other videos are coming up this year that will support you for in your education please let’s try to click the subscribe button share this video and also if you have any questions comment on this video please try to drop a comment below and I’ll respond to you. Alright so let’s get on to the video to know how we can avoid these mistakes when registering for a champ exams this year. So what are the list of mistakes to avoid when registering for your chance? 2019 Okay, so the first mistake to avoid is accessible to register for you. Okay and so on. Maybe someone that is not maybe your your mom or dad Okay, please.



If you want someone to register for you issued that be your mother or your father, nobody else I your mom or your dad want them also not to give someone someone else’s responsibility to register for you, okay? Now look at anyone’s radar for you to do Gemma’s as notify them people, students registering that don’t go to cyber cafes go to a CVT registered sent that by jam, okay and in my next video on my blog This is the ability to grab the blogs I’m going to post the list of jump ready satisfy them CBC centers where you can go to in Lagos and in all states.



Okay, so please, the first mistake to avoid is accessible to register for you because they can make a lot of mistake mistakes. It is not Yes, so they might not give it like 100% attention or pass.



Okay, so please don’t make that mistake have access to register for you. Now the second thing is inconsistency your name the way you write your names on your certificate from secondary school make sure that name you also use for your job your surname is this your first name is this your middle name is that and make sure you spell out your names correctly. Okay during your dream filling, filling your jump profile and all that things on the jumpers ratio form. Okay, now the topic is using another person’s phone number. Please don’t use anybody else’s phone number apart from yours. Or maybe that of your mom or your dad. Don’t do uncle brother,

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maybe even brother because our product can travel that uncle can travel Okay, and you might see a message and forget that you used his number for yourself.



registration and you will inform you that all he saw a message so please use your mom or your dad or your own phone number for this registration why I keep on hammering your mom on that because they have you had 247 so anything that see there will always inform you okay and also use a number that you can easily retrieve if the phone or the number gets missing all right for pain is using another person’s email address please please please this is a common mistake if our last year so many of them to check their results they were looking for as a matter same address where maybe any email address the cyber cafe they using raised the on the cyber cafe or someone else who’s email address they do the password they do know this or that please use your own email address and it is very easy to get an email address. I will also advise strongly to use a genius



Email, Gmail mailbox, okay. And on my channel I’ve also been going to put the link in the description box a link to the video of how to create a Gmail account. Alright so please make sure you use your own email address is very easy to create a demon in your email account you can use your phone or use a desktop computer make sure also you write down your password, maybe your diary or a journal. All right. And also please try to avoid typing in the wrong address. Make sure you check well that the email address type in juniors Christian is what correct okay if not, you will be receiving mail on any updates on jam 15 is wrong date of bets. Please don’t make mistake in this. Please try to avoid careless mistakes that will cost you re sitting for jam another Yeah, go for it please. So try to write the correct date of this.



If you don’t know that tried to ask your parents for your bed certificates to get the current date of death and also your local government origin okay x your parents clearly of your local government already I make it consistent in your registration Now the 16 is wrong subject combination I’ve done a video on this on the list of jumps object combination you can also check my channel this I’m also going to drop the link for this and it’s also on the computer as blog you can check that for subject combination please a particular course just like a message students you are going for something medical or you are writing mass physics



biology and English no that’s the wrong subject combination the right can we grow right corner subject combination for medical students are going to life science is what your physics, chemistry, biology and your English you don’t need mass it’s only engineering courses that you need much is very compulsory. Okay. You don’t



The bulging in the engineering courses okay so please check the cause of study the school and also check for the subject combination before you go to the gym accredited CVT sent us to register all right please this where people make mistakes and it’s mix them to write another jam okay please try to get the right correct subject combination check my channel on more details of the rights of your combination to use for your course okay and these are the common mistakes that I’ve got that that’s always soon as always make okay and you can easily avoid them by just being very careful in registration of your job this year. Be very careful Don’t rush into it. Remember, don’t use another person’s phone number. Don’t use another person’s email very very important because this is where john will send you updates of your mock exams your results your jam center



Okay, so and I know that this year, you’re going to matriculate okay into that your desire school all right of choice okay so this is all from btw tutorials and don’t forget, please share this video subscribe to our YouTube channel and if you have any comments please feel free to drop below and if you know you if you have maybe some mistakes that maybe you might have made that hot you or any other ones have not mentioned in this video. Please try to drop that in the comments section so others can learn from this. Alright so thank you for staying tuned to dw tutorials you are destined to win and don’t forget jesus christ is coming soon. give your life to ChristHello guys welcome to btw to dress welcome and Happy New Year to you and from btw tutorials we wish you an awesome 2019 hour we believe that this year is going to be the best for you. Okay so happy new year. All right today’s video we’re going to learn about the common mistakes okay so that’s make Dorinda jam registration and how to avoid them okay and if it’s your first time on this channel btw tutorials and educational channel as opposed to that we pray for your watch that’s your wife Nicole GC john pause to me We are here to support you you indication for 2019 so please as this your first time please try to click the subscribe button okay support this ministry to move forward yes I know this is not that is not an entertainment channel is quite slow in growth what please support his ministry. To move forward click the subscribe button share this channel a big my brothers and sisters.



with your friends, family or loved ones I know almost every youth is in school so please people that need this particular purpose or what’s in place for within for exam my practice this can help you this is free resources for you to pass your exams this year here you can see there are 40 questions so one physicists and another 140 question solve or mass for jam there’s around why here why 50 questions so and if you go to the channel that over the seeds once it’s an educational videos introducing mass topics explaining them solving past questions. This channel is here to support you for free women. These videos free of catch all the way from Lagos, Nigeria, my brothers and sisters. Please click the subscribe button. Subscribe. Support us to do more share. Please let us grow. Help this ministry to move forward. Okay, please, I beg you. This is just my heart play for 2099.



need your support guys please share this channel you know if your parents your uncle you don’t maybe you don’t need is share to your siblings or even to another parent that the child is braver for Gina wag as a PDF Virginia way on places the question unsolved and by God’s grace other videos are coming up this year that will support you for in your education please let’s try to click the subscribe button share this video and also if you have any questions comment on this video please try to drop a comment below and I’ll respond to you. Alright so let’s get on to the video to know how we can avoid these mistakes when registering for a champ exams this year. So what are the list of mistakes to avoid when registering for your chance? 2019 Okay, so the first mistake to avoid is accessible to register for you. Okay and so on. Maybe someone that is not maybe your your mom or dad Okay, please.



If you want someone to register for you issued that be your mother or your father, nobody else I your mom or your dad want them also not to give someone someone else’s responsibility to register for you, okay? Now look at anyone’s radar for you to do Gemma’s as notify them people, students registering that don’t go to cyber cafes go to a CVT registered sent that by jam, okay and in my next video on my blog This is the ability to grab the blogs I’m going to post the list of jump ready satisfy them CBC centers where you can go to in Lagos and in all states.



Okay, so please, the first mistake to avoid is accessible to register for you because they can make a lot of mistake mistakes. It is not Yes, so they might not give it like 100% attention or pass.



Okay, so please don’t make that mistake have access to register for you. Now the second thing is inconsistency your name the way you write your names on your certificate from secondary school make sure that name you also use for your job your surname is this your first name is this your middle name is that and make sure you spell out your names correctly. Okay during your dream filling, filling your jump profile and all that things on the jumpers ratio form. Okay, now the topic is using another person’s phone number. Please don’t use anybody else’s phone number apart from yours. Or maybe that of your mom or your dad. Don’t do uncle brother,

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maybe even brother because our product can travel that uncle can travel Okay, and you might see a message and forget that you used his number for yourself.



registration and you will inform you that all he saw a message so please use your mom or your dad or your own phone number for this registration why I keep on hammering your mom on that because they have you had 247 so anything that see there will always inform you okay and also use a number that you can easily retrieve if the phone or the number gets missing all right for pain is using another person’s email address please please please this is a common mistake if our last year so many of them to check their results they were looking for as a matter same address where maybe any email address the cyber cafe they using raised the on the cyber cafe or someone else who’s email address they do the password they do know this or that please use your own email address and it is very easy to get an email address. I will also advise strongly to use a genius



Email, Gmail mailbox, okay. And on my channel I’ve also been going to put the link in the description box a link to the video of how to create a Gmail account. Alright so please make sure you use your own email address is very easy to create a demon in your email account you can use your phone or use a desktop computer make sure also you write down your password, maybe your diary or a journal. All right. And also please try to avoid typing in the wrong address. Make sure you check well that the email address type in juniors Christian is what correct okay if not, you will be receiving mail on any updates on jam 15 is wrong date of bets. Please don’t make mistake in this. Please try to avoid careless mistakes that will cost you re sitting for jam another Yeah, go for it please. So try to write the correct date of this.



If you don’t know that tried to ask your parents for your bed certificates to get the current date of death and also your local government origin okay x your parents clearly of your local government already I make it consistent in your registration Now the 16 is wrong subject combination I’ve done a video on this on the list of jumps object combination you can also check my channel this I’m also going to drop the link for this and it’s also on the computer as blog you can check that for subject combination please a particular course just like a message students you are going for something medical or you are writing mass physics



biology and English no that’s the wrong subject combination the right can we grow right corner subject combination for medical students are going to life science is what your physics, chemistry, biology and your English you don’t need mass it’s only engineering courses that you need much is very compulsory. Okay. You don’t



The bulging in the engineering courses okay so please check the cause of study the school and also check for the subject combination before you go to the gym accredited CVT sent us to register all right please this where people make mistakes and it’s mix them to write another jam okay please try to get the right correct subject combination check my channel on more details of the rights of your combination to use for your course okay and these are the common mistakes that I’ve got that that’s always soon as always make okay and you can easily avoid them by just being very careful in registration of your job this year. Be very careful Don’t rush into it. Remember, don’t use another person’s phone number. Don’t use another person’s email very very important because this is where john will send you updates of your mock exams your results your jam center



Okay, so and I know that this year, you’re going to matriculate okay into that your desire school all right of choice okay so this is all from btw tutorials and don’t forget, please share this video subscribe to our YouTube channel and if you have any comments please feel free to drop below and if you know you if you have maybe some mistakes that maybe you might have made that hot you or any other ones have not mentioned in this video. Please try to drop that in the comments section so others can learn from this. Alright so thank you for staying tuned to dw tutorials you are destined to win and don’t forget jesus christ is coming soon. give your life to Christ Hi everybody. Welcome to a multi tips I’ve been so lucky to have some really great teachers ever since I was young. I’ve also seen some at camps and festivals and on the internet as well that it kind of turned me off. And I’ll tell you why I don’t claim to be a great teacher by any means. I haven’t even spent very much of my life teaching.

Most of the time I’m practicing and writing and performing. But I know one thing and I learned it early on from my own teachers, and it’s don’t show off for your students. I was thinking about a time in high school where the band director was actually a drummer.

That was his main instrument and and our drummer was always in jazz band always trying to get the director to show off he was always saying, I know you’re really good, why don’t you just show me what you mean and and he would never do it or he would say



You take a solo, show me Show me how I should solo and the teacher would never ever do it. Like, I didn’t never hear him fully Go for it. I mean, he’d sit down once in a while and show a thing or two, but, but I never heard what he could really do. I just started kind of thinking about it. And it hit me. The reason that my high school teacher never showed what he could do



was to make the kid feel like they were the ones that mattered, not him as soon as he would have sat down and just, you know, gotten all Buddy Rich up in our faces.



That’s the second that all of a sudden it becomes about him. And the last thing I would ever want to do to an eager, exciting, willing student is to make them feel less than or like, I’m never going to be as good as that. I had a student recently who wanted me to know that her teacher was

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The greatest improviser she had ever heard. And she just kind of went on and on about how amazing of an improviser her teacher, was the first thing that came across my mind. Of course, I didn’t say it to her, but was why did he ever show you that? She didn’t tell me what a great teacher he was. She just told me what a great player he was. That was troubling to me. I also know that when you show somebody how it’s done, let me show you how

they don’t get the hands on experience that they need in order to be able to do it themselves. I was asking my family at the dinner table last night if they’ve ever had a teacher who doesn’t explain but rather shows and my daughter said that her calculus teachers like this, she said that sometimes she’ll ask a question and he’ll go to the board and say, Oh, that’s easy. And then he’ll just start writing and and he’ll do you know what



equations really super fast. And this is the fundamental theory of calculus. I have no idea what that means. But she’s left feeling more confused than she was before she even asked the question. I also got an answer from my youngest son Louie, who’s in the seventh grade Louie said that his teacher will often go to the board, explain a concept, really fast turnaround, tell the class how easy that was, and then say everybody gets it right. First of all, why would a teacher ever say, Oh, that’s easy. Are you trying to make the kid feel dumb? You succeeded? Second of all, as soon as the teacher says, Does everybody get it? And all of the smart kids nod their head? No kid wants to raise his hand and say, No, I don’t.

Could you please go back and waste all of these other smart people’s time and slow it way down for me because I didn’t understand a thing because that kid feels like if they do that, the teacher is probably just going to say sounds like you need to see.

me after class make you feel like an idiot sandwich? I’ve seen a kid ask his teacher before, how can I, how can I put more chromaticism into my solo and I’ve seen the teacher say oh well you just need to use enclosures. You do it like this. And then what happens is that the teacher goes into some kind of crazy jamming trance where they can’t even remember that they were teaching anything and they just get so into what they’re doing that they go on for like a minute.



What happens in that moment is that the student says to themselves I’m never going to be that good and they’re too afraid to say that the teacher could you actually slow that down for me and like backup so maybe the first five seconds of what you did students never going to do that they just feel dumb for not having learned from the minute long demonstration. Recently, my 85 year old neighbor got an iPad and asked me to come over.

And help her to learn how to work it. She said the main things you wanted to do was to play Solitaire. I thought that was awesome. So I put the iPad in her hands, and I never touched it. I just said, Okay, this button on the top, turns it on. Okay, now this is called the home button. What you’re going to do is press it, you get it. Anyway, I walked her through only how to play Solitaire.

That was the thing she wanted to do. And I never touched the iPad because I know what it’s like to have somebody be the one touching the thing that you’re confused about. Like when I went to BestBuy to buy my MacBook Pro and I’ve been using PC’s my whole life. The lady was like, Oh look, you can toggle between screens and she’s using three fingers and she’s using two fingers that she’s using her hand like this and then like this, and then she’s using the touch bar up on the top and she’s showing me all the neat things that the computer can do, but really in my mind.

I’m going oh my gosh. slowdown lady, you’re not going to make a sale.

Luckily, I had the courage to just say, All right, I’m gonna be able to learn this at home later. And I did. But for that second, I mean, she just full on intimidated me it wasn’t helpful at all she should have put my hand on that little trackpad and told me what to do. Like, then I could have been like, wow, I can do this. Now, sometimes a demonstration is needed. And I totally get that sometimes it’s necessary and appropriate to show whatever concept it is that you’re teaching. But in most cases, it shouldn’t take longer than a couple of seconds.

And even if the question that you’re addressing is, you know, how do I develop a solo? Why not just put on a recording of some master you know, to show how they did it instead of showing what you would do and I often do this in my lessons.

I can’t Do it when I’m teaching on YouTube because of you know, the copyrights that will happen to me if I play a full Miles Davis solo six or seven seconds is all I’m ever allowed to show on YouTube. But I wish that I could show full solos and we could talk about them in depth. In fact, my classical piano teacher did that.

When I was a kid, any new piece that I learned he would give me a tape of someone famous playing it and tell me I had to listen to it all week and then copy them. My main point here today is that you shouldn’t aim to be the teacher that your student is in all of you should aim to be the teacher that makes the student in awe of what they just learned from, you know, if your student wants to come to your concert or your gig and see what you do, like when you’re in your element

that’s absolutely appropriate. But when it’s lesson time, it’s all about that student.

That person that just wants to learn to make music who is paying you for the next 45 minutes to make it all about them. Thanks so much for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe and I’ll see you next time on aiming at Tips.
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