Episode 18: Study Hygge

      Season 2 - Episode 18
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February 20, 2019

Name: Joan Cartledge

Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama

Classification: Senior

Major: Secondary Education, Life Science

Are you tired of cramming before exams?  Would you like to find an steady approach to preparation for your classes, so that exams are not overwhelming?  Are you looking for ways to make studying a more cozy and comforting experience?  Take a listen to today's episode with Joan Cartledge.  She shares her essential study strategies that allows her to have a gradual approach, so she is well-prepared for her exams.


Reason for coming to Baylor:

  • Take a leap of faith
  • Go out of state
  • Christian atmosphere
  • Great community

Study strategies:

  • Study alone with no distractions
  • Skim Power Points before class
  • After lecture, compile all notes
  • Do this process every day after class to avoid cramming
  • Notecards help

Favorite study spot:

Study routine:

  • Jog before studying
    • helps to open up the mind
    • relieve stress
  • Eat dinner
  • Light a candle and classical music
  • Divide it up by sections
  • Take a break and eat a snack
  • Study for 3 hours at max
  • Don’t stay up past midnight to study

Morning routine:

  • Wake up around 6:30
  • Have some breakfast
  • Relax in the morning- quiet time
  • Catch up with roommate who is also a student teacher

Studying off-campus:

Overcoming challenge:

  • Freshman year is a big adjustment
    • Figuring out how to study in college
  • Not studying so close to the test day
  • Finding out what study strategies worked best
  • Making a schedule for studying

On-campus involvement:

Time management tools:

  • A planner is key
  • Plan everything from dinner to homework time

Coffee order

  • Vanilla latte with soy milk
  • Iced Cowboy from Common Grounds

Study breaks:

  • Check social media
  • Chat with roommates
  • Eat a snack and walk around

Baylor Resources:

  • Going to professor’s office hours
    • Be open and honest with the professors
    • Come in with a buddy from class
  • Success Center

Hopes beyond Baylor:

  • Have a teaching job in Fort Worth
  • Doing research in the field of Biology
  • Nursing school