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5 Tips To Make It Through Hell (A.K.A. College)

College can be a difficult time for many students. This is usually the first time you are out of the house and on your own. Expectations and standards are raised and as a result the transition from high school to college can be tricky. Below are 5 tips to help make that transition as smooth as possible.

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2. Have Replacements/Goals

You should figure out replacement habits that have the same reward without the downside of your bad habit. You should tell other people about your goals so that you can have someone else to hold you accountable to them, and you will be more likely to stick to that goal.

3. Think About What Reward Will Help You Accomplish Your Goals

When rewards are predictable or easy to obtain, they become less desirable. This has been proven by experiments such as Skinner’s Box, which showed that when over-rewarded, test animals will only pull levers for food when they need it. Find a balance between spoiling yourself with hours of Netflix and holding out on yourself while studying or it won’t have the effects that you desire.

4. Use Systematic Desensitization

If you experience test anxiety for example, then you should start today to separate the feeling of stress with the topic of tests. Try meditating or imagining your body becoming light and fluffy such as whipped cream cheese to begin to associate tests with being relaxed. Read more about systematic desensitization here.

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