6 Travel Tips for Students

Hello, my dear friends. It is that time of the year again when most of us are finalizing our summer schedules. It is likely that you will be traveling over the summer, probably with friends and family or for an exciting new internship, perhaps? Well, whatever your plans may be, here are some handy tips that can help you travel smarter and better.

  1. Check your luggage allowances

Now this may seem obvious to those of us who are traveling by plane. But what I’m talking about here is that pesky in between travel from wherever you are to the airport. A lot of you living in college towns often have to use public transport like buses and trains. Now you might want to check the amount of luggage that these services such as Megabus, Greyhound, Amtrak etc.  will allow you to carry. It is also important to make sure of the exact dimensions of the luggage i.e. height, width and length that will be allowed. Do not assume that buses and trains and planes have the same luggage allowances because they often do not due to space restrictions.

  1. Carry  cash

Now this is quite an obvious one. While it is convenient to conduct all transactions through cash, you might want to have a hundred dollars or so in small change of ones, fives and tens. These can come in pretty handy when ordering food and for emergency purposes during the journey. It is also smart to make sure that you keep this money and your card in separate locations in case you lose one or the other.

  1. Stock up on your hygiene supplies

Now this is more oriented towards those of us who have experienced the horrors of public travel.  It is also relevant to those of us who are traveling over long distances, cross country or even to a different country. These supplies will make sure you look your best at the end of your journey as well as protect you during the unsanitary conditions of your travel.

These are some of my recommendations for your hygiene kit:

  • Wet Wipes
  • Paper Soap
  • Tissues
  • Small hand towel
  • Mini pack of toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A small tube of moisturizer
  • Vaseline
  1. Check your meds

Some people have health conditions that require them to take daily medication. In this case, it is better to talk to your doctor before traveling and  stock up on enough medicine for the duration of your travel. Sometimes some meds are not available at certain pharmacies due to a shortage in supplies and other time refilling scripts can be a hassle due to jurisdiction problems. When traveling to a different country, make this a priority in your checklist as medications across countries might differ significantly.

  1. Check your electronics

When traveling to a different country, it is important to carry a multi-port adapter that will help you charge devices. It is also a good idea to leave house with a fully charged travel charger for on-the-go connectivity to your loved ones. 

  1. Research your phone options for international travel.

This is something that I have personally experienced and it can become a huge hassle. When you are traveling internationally, it is a good idea to research ahead into the connectivity options. For an example, when I first traveled to the US, I realized that the H2O Sim card I had bought on my sister’s advice did not work on my phone. It thus became a hassle for me and I had to borrow a phone off of someone else. It is thus prudent to get online and research into your options, especially if you have a contract with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and the like.

Also, some countries do not have a contract system and so you might need to buy a Sim card and a small phone locally. If your phone is unlocked already, you should check with fellow travelers’ experiences to know your options.

Lastly, whatever you do, enjoy yourself and the new experiences you will make!

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How To Write An Exam Review That People Want And Need!

As I reach the end of Spring semester as a junior in college, my mind already wants to shift towards Summer vacation mode. I have one thing keeping me from being free of my class obligations: FINAL EXAMS.

Ending the semester on a good note can make your grade sky rocket to where you need it to be. Students cannot expect professors to give study guides for exams. Therefore, I prioritize making a study guide that’s easy to understand, underlines basic concepts, key vocabulary and practice questions. This is what I do:

First, I begin by going through the notes I took during class, usually from PowerPoint or directly from the professor’s lecture. Understanding the content that will go on a good review is the first part.

Secondly, I read the selected chapters from the coursepack on Omega Notes. The second part includes the structure and layout out of the document. Make the study guide attractive by bolding vocabularyhighlighting equationsinserting images & graphs and tailor the language! Sometimes professors use language that can make material more difficult to understand; make the guide in the language you comprehend. By bolding the vocabulary words and highlighting the equations, I  can differentiate those words from the rest and memorize them. Adding addition personal notes such as page references or examples from class really help because.

If you feel like the professor may be moving to fast or there is just too much to write or type, write the main points and go back to them on the course pack or textbook later. Writing every single word on the PowerPoint slide may not help you understand the big picture of the concept. Often exams are tailored around understanding the big idea and knowing how to apply it to questions. What’s better than having a solid study guide for the exam that ensures a good grade? Well, making money off of it! By going to class every day and taking the time to make a study guide, you create a valuable product students will pay for. I sell all of my study guides on Omega Notes and earned over $300. That’s right, the big benefit is that I make money studying at really no cost.