blue grass publishing » Tips Wed, 20 Jan 2016 13:56:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MLM Recruiting Tips Tue, 22 Dec 2015 01:49:54 +0000 Multi-Level Marketing Recruiting involves a variety of skills that can be learned or improved regardless of your experience level. Maximize your potential with 10 essential MLM Recruiting Tips that will help you build a strong, lasting marketing network.

Inspire Confidence

First impressions are very important in multi-level marketing recruiting, so use whatever resources are at your disposal in order to present a professional, confident demeanor. Use books, videos, CDs and affirmations – whatever works for you and suits your style.

If you want people to follow you, first you must be a leader!

Be a Visionary

It is important to visualize and quantify what success means to you. Make sure that your goals are actionable, achievable and time-sensitive. Pass this thinking onto your prospects and always follow through on what you said you will do.

Keep Learning

No matter your level, keep learning about your business and about multi-level marketing strategies. There is plenty of information on the internet, among other sources, that will aid your development. An important MLM recruiting tip is to make sure to spend some time every day improving your knowledge and skills.

Imitate Success Stories

Find multi-level marketing businesses that are thriving, and work out what they are doing that makes them so successful. Incorporate these techniques and attitudes into your own offering. Do not be afraid to ask questions. People generally enjoy sharing their skills and specialist knowledge with others.

Master the Telephone

Many people are afraid to use the telephone. As a multi-level marketer, however, you are likely to be using phone calls as part of your lead generation strategy. If you are uncomfortable with phone conversations, immerse yourself in as many calls as you can and you will soon conquer your fear.

Remember to smile. Even if the person cannot see you, they will be able to hear your attitude in the sound of your voice. You may also find it useful to look in a mirror while on the phone.

Continually Improve Your Speaking Skills

An ability to communicate via speech is one of the key traits of successful people, so consider taking a course or reading around the subject. Keep practicing your speaking skills, with awareness, on and off the phone.

Be Selective

A CEO would not employ people at random to take care of their business, and neither should you. Ideally, you want people on your team who have stronger skills than you. Think carefully about the personality traits and business skills that would most benefit your network.

Commit to a Daily Routine

Your daily work routine might involve making a certain number of calls per day, sharing your offering online each morning and improving your skills with an hour of reading, watching videos or listening to podcasts. A daily routine builds momentum and forms good habits that become second nature. This is an MLM recruiting tip that you will definitely want to pass on to your team members as well.

Encourage your team members to do the same.

Make it Easy to Start

Show prospects how they can get up and running immediately. Consider using a step-by-step guide to demonstrate how quickly someone can go from prospect to multi-level marketer.

Focus on People, Not Products

Always lead with people in your communications. Build relationships and rapport, focus on the needs of others and offer solutions as to how their problems can be solved.

These tips will steer you on the right path in any multi-level marketing business. Build your team as visionary leader, coach and teacher and see the increasing results at every level of your business. Be sure to share any MLM recruiting tips you learn with your team.

]]> 0 A New Way To Improve Business Image Mon, 14 Dec 2015 12:30:07 +0000 Making a business successful is no easy task, which is why the reality is that most of us will never endeavour to make a business of our own. An overwhelmingly large amount of business fail relatively quickly, and it’s no surprise given the fierce competition that exists in almost every business sector and industry. Sometimes it feels as if there’s no point even trying to get into the business world when there are already so many huge organisations that you might have to compete with.


However, the fact that so many individuals successfully set up small businesses and earn a decent living is proof that it is very possible. We see the well-known clothes shops in the high street where we assume everybody goes for their outfits, but market stalls and independent shops still profit from the sale of clothing. Sometimes it means selling a niche product that is difficult to find elsewhere, but sometimes business success can be achieved by making use of opportunities available to us.

Effective marketing, well thought-out branding and a good reputation are key to the success of a business. Awards aren’t only available to the big corporations; the new HRH Princess Anne training awards are open to all businesses, regardless of size. We’ll provide a few more details about that in this article, as well as some simple tips to surviving in the world of business.

Multi-Channel Marketing

Even the term is a bit of a mouthful, but the chances of business survival – especially in the early days – are greatly increased if you can utilise multi-channel marketing.

Multi-channel marketing means reaching customers via a variety of platforms. For small businesses, marketing used to be difficult, but with the advent of the internet and with it, social media, marketing can now be done well and for a very small cost.

No matter how small your business is, you should at the very least have your company registered with as many social media sites as possible and you should have a website. Websites are very easy to make by yourself now and the cost is inexpensive. Having these two platforms to advertise provides you with a way to directly interact with customers about your products, promotions and business values.

Gaining Recognition For Your Excellence

Trust in your business can be built by receiving, and showcasing, prestigious awards. All the big companies do it and small businesses can do it too. The HRH Princess Anne training awards have been created to recognise employers who have made training and development courses that have resulted in positive commercial benefits. That means that companies who are awarded instantly receive recognition that they can use to boost trust in their businesses.

This award works as a sort of badge of honour that you can display on your website for the whole world to see. Awards are constantly used in adverts made for all platforms, and that’s because they successfully build trust. Even small businesses can showcase their excellence to the world.

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Can Blogging Help You Be a Better Investor? Sat, 07 Nov 2015 16:22:00 +0000 Blogging can be one of the most valuable tools for learning nearly any subject, as long as you take it seriously. In fact, blogs started out as a way to record information and help people learn new subject matter. These websites are used as a web-based log – hence the term “blog.” It’s like a journal of experiences and knowledge that can be beneficial for yourself as well as anyone else interested in the topic.


How Many Humans Learn Subject Matter

Humans are capable of improving the knowledge retained by writing it down. This is the reason why most teachers have students copy materials from the whiteboard or during lectures. You have to focus more on what you’re writing. By blogging about your experiences with investing, you can enhance how you retain the knowledge gathered from a variety of sources.

Comments from Others

Activating comments on your blog allows you to interact with others and further your knowledge. Perhaps someone reading your post has something informative to contribute. You may learn something new that you haven’t discovered yet through the experiences of others. Over time, your website could be a vast collection of information derived from yourself and a large number of people interested in developing a portfolio. 

Going Back to Refresh Your Understanding

As long as you keep categories and posts organized, it’s easy to go back through your blog and refresh what you’ve learned about any investment experience. This can be exceedingly useful when it comes time to develop strategies. By going back over your “notes,” you can determine what worked and what didn’t. It may also play into reducing your risks for future investments if you keep copious notes regarding everything you’ve done thus far.

Write it For You

Don’t go into blogging about investing with the idea of making money from the site. Although it may be beneficial to monetize your blog with ads or affiliated links, concentrate on writing the material for you. Remember, this method is to help you become a better investor. Should others find value in your experiences, then feel pride that you have helped them. Due to the interest of others, there’s potential that you’ll develop a great deal of traffic over time.

Recording Links and Sites

By citing your work with links, you’ll always have access to the materials you discovered in the past. If you forgot something, the link on the blog is readily available. It helps solidify your own knowledge while giving others access to what you have discovered.

It’s Always With You

One of the primary benefits to blogging about your investing experiences is that the information may always be with you. Smartphones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops all may be able to access your blog as long as you have an Internet connection. This makes it easier to go back and look up information when you’re away from your office or computer system.

Every investment expert, such as Wesley Edens, has spent a great deal of time learning how to maximize investments. Although a lot of these professionals don’t have a personal blog, it may be an excellent method to help you develop a new skill. It’s akin to having a digital notepad that can keep all of what you learned about investing in one website.

]]> 0 Assignments, Essays and Exams: Printer Shopping for College Students Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:54:20 +0000 Although many colleges and universities offer printing services for students on campus, it can turn out to be either expensive or inconvenient to use, so many decide to bring their own printer with them.

Although you might think that you don’t print as much as you used to, that will probably change when you are a student as you will need to print out course notes and assignments, so you will want to find a printer which will do everything you want and is reasonably inexpensive to use.

Identifying the right printer

Trying to figure whether you should buy a laser or inkjet printer and what features you want it to have, will largely depend on where and how you use your printer.

Many students often choose an inkjet over a laser printer primarily because they are cheaper to buy and you can replace Canon ink cartridges or whatever brand you are using, at a lower cost than replacing the toner in a laser printer.

Another plus point for inkjet printers is the fact that you can often buy models which have some extra built-in features such as a scanner, which can come in handy if you need to copy something.

Other factors to consider

Halls of residence and a good number of student digs are often cramped for space, so if you are moving into a room or shared house with fairly cramped dimensions, you should try and find a printer that doesn’t take up a lot of desk space.

A good solution might be to choose an all-in-one printer, so you get all the features you might need without the need for more than one device.

Check out the cost of replacement ink cartridges or toner for the model of printer you are considering, as some models are really inexpensive to buy in the first place, but printing costs can turn out costly if the print supplies are higher than some others.

Another factor to consider is connectivity. A good number of printers are now available with Wi-Fi connectivity but check whether you have access in your room on campus, as you could need a printer that can be connected via a USB.

Alternatively, if you are using an iPhone or an iPad, it might work well to get an Airprint enabled printer for greater convenience.

Choosing your technology

If you are planning to print plenty of images and photos in amongst your printing demands, it is probably best to go for an inkjet printer over a laser version.

Laser printers offer faster printing of documents but don’t always fare so well against inkjet’s when it comes to printing images. If you are not that bothered about printing out photos or images and want to effortlessly print pages of clear text in a fast time, you might want to consider a mono laser as a possible alternative to an inkjet of a comparable price.

If you are short of space and want to get the best value for money, it may well turn out that an all-in-one inkjet might offer the best solution, but do think about how you are going to use your printer before you part with your cash.

John Sollars runs a successful printing ink business. Whenever he has the chance, he likes to share what has worked for him with others. You can read his articles mostly on business, marketing and technology websites.

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Six Snore-Proof Science Videos for the College Crowd Tue, 15 Sep 2015 03:18:35 +0000 Who doesn’t like science? It’s what explains the movement of the Earth around the sun. It explains why jellyfish sting. It helps us understand our natural environment. If you’re a college student looking for all-you-can-eat science videos, start with these as appetizers.


The time-lapse video titled “Earth” shows you what our planet looks like from above – way above. Most of us will never see the planet like this. It’s a time-lapse view of Earth showing what lightning storms, the Aurora Borealis looks like from space, what cloud formations look like, the transition from day to night and how cities light up.

This will be a fascinating video if you’re studying to be anything from a geologist to an aerospace engineer. Actually, just about anyone would find this video simply amazing as long as they had even the slightest bit of scientific inquiry.

Nature By Numbers

This movie is a 3D animation that sets numbers to music and attempts to weave a naturalistic tapestry worthy of the most skilled painters. It’s the kind of video you’d love to have as your screen saver. If you get the creator’s permission, you probably could. This video, hosted by Vimeo, is downloadable using programs like YTD, but only if you have the copyright holder’s permission first. Make sure you remember to respect intellectual property.

The movie is largely inspired and driven by geometry and nature, while incorporating numbers – moving back and forth between math and nature using some pretty slick morphing technology.


Flatline is a short film that explores a niche in the medical community – heart surgery. Patients with heart problems are usually given one of two choices: they can either die or have their hearts replaced with a donor heart. Sometimes, a donor isn’t available. What choices do they have left?

Thanks to the ingenuity of two doctors from the Texas Heart Institute, they have another choice. They can live with a rotary-driven pump. The video explores how life is possible without a human heart, a pulse, or a heartbeat.

It’s pretty radical, but so is letting a patient die when there’s a solution to save him or her. If you’re going into any medical field, you will absolutely want to see this. It’s nothing short of stunning.

Why Women Are Stripey

Derek Muller explores the hidden stripes on every woman’s skin. Weird right? But, it’s true. It has to do with the DNA present in every female. The explanation will seem unbelievable at first. But, when you hear it in full, you’ll realize this basic fact of biology is understandable to just about any high school biology student.

Muller runs a YouTube channel called “Veritasium,” and it’s one of the coolest science channels on the Internet. On it, he explores mostly physics-related phenomenon, but he does delve into other sciences. If you’re interested in physics, you will get lost in this channel. It’s that good.

The Secret Life Of Plankton

Who knew that plankton could be so interesting? This video takes you from life to death of one of the world’s smallest organisms. Seeing the close-up visuals of plankton is pretty cool. Most people have never really examined or appreciated these organisms – understandably.

It’s a pretty boring subject, but this video somehow seems to make it much more interesting than it should be. Every biologist interested in marine life should check this video out. Even if you’re not into marine biology, it’s an interesting documentary.

How Tiny Eyes Inspire Technology

This video is all about a beetle’s eye. Yuck, right? Not so fast. Dr. Chris Forman explains how the lowly beetle has inspired great inventions like the modern smartphone. It seems unusual or “weird,” but this is often how science works. Scientists observe a natural phenomenon, and then they’re inspired to create something that mimics it. Sometimes, the man-made device is a flop. Other times, it ends up giving birth to a technological revolution.

The video is short – just over a minute long, but it shows you a close-up of what could be one of the greatest inventions ever created: a beetle.

Bonus: Carl Sagan – A Glorious Dawn

This isn’t so much a science video as it is a tribute to two of the greatest scientists who have ever lived. With over 9 million views, “A Glorious Dawn” shows us just how passionate scientists can be about their profession. So, don’t ever let anyone tell you that science is boring. Not only will it be your new profession, it may just solve a previously unsolvable problem plaguing millions of people. What more could you ask for?

Ruth Brown has been a passionate educator for decades. With a knack for finding fun and effective teaching strategies using technology, she loves blogging about her insights and inspirations for others to use.

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How to Conduct an Effective Interview Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:47:14 +0000 Interviews are one of the most important stages of the recruitment process. In a relatively short period of time, you need to meet and build rapport with a virtual stranger and then guess and assess whether they are the right person for the role you’re hiring for. It can be daunting for all parties involved. Below you’ll find four tips for how you can conduct effective interviews.

1. Consider Engaging Professional Help

Even if you have an internal human resources department, engaging a recruitment agency can still be really beneficial to help you attract and select the right candidates. Not only do reputable human resources firms like Chandler Macleod have decades of experience in successful screening and selecting of applicants, but they can also help you assess the type of position you need to help you meet your organisational goals and some of the psychological attributes that the right candidate needs to thrive in the position.

2. Have More Than One Interviewer

This strategy can be really effective on a few different levels. Multiple perspectives are important to
help ensure that you understand the person you are interviewing and are making the right decision for your team. It can also be really helpful if you include somebody who will be working directly with the successful candidate – that working knowledge of a role can help ensure the right questions are asked and the right person who can work well with the team is selected.

3. Be Prepared But Flexible

It is definitely recommended that you have a list of questions that help you uncover both details about the candidate’s skills and experience and their personality and where possible you should try to ask the same questions of everybody. At the same time though, you also need to be prepared and able to expand on questions depending on where the conversation takes you. If you don’t uncover all the information you need from a particular question and response, it can help to paraphrase what the person has said to encourage them to tell you more.

4. Take Detailed Notes

It can even be helpful to engage somebody specifically to write down notes and information about each candidate for you. Remember it can be daunting to have somebody writing while you’re talking, so open the interview with a few casual questions to help set the mood and make sure that both the interviewers and interviewees are comfortable and confident before you move onto the hard hitting, really important questions.

One final tip is to make sure that you’re interviewing for the right position in your organisation – remember that just because somebody vacated a particular role with a defined list of responsibilities it doesn’t mean that’s exactly what you have to hire for. You will have more successful interviews and get a higher calibre of applicant for the role if you analyse exactly what your business needs before you start hiring and interviewing!

What is your best piece of advice for making sure that interviews are successful and effective for all parties?

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4 Tips for Saving on the Cost of Textbooks Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:21:13 +0000 Textbooks can be a major expense for college students, with some books priced well over $300. Finding the best deal is important, especially for students on a budget. Read on for some tips on the best ways to save money on textbooks.


Image via Flickr by about college

Often offered by the on-campus bookstore and other community bookstores, as well as online services, textbook rentals cut the cost and reduce clutter; after the semester is over, students simply ship the book back to the company, and most companies will pay for return shipping. This is an especially good for students who don’t plan on reusing the textbook. Make sure if you rent that you don’t damage the book or mark it up though; you may be charged extra for damages. It’s also important to return it on time because many stores will charge you the full price of the book if you turn it in late. 

Check Online

Major online retailers have begun offering used textbooks online, often at greatly reduced rates. They’re a hub for a variety of different smaller book sellers, meaning competitive pricing gets you the lowest cost. New textbooks are often cheaper online as well, as the online retailers don’t have the same markup that bookstores do. Online retailers may also have older editions in stock that the school bookstore wouldn’t hold on to, and older editions tend to be cheaper. Be careful with those, though — sometimes new editions contain important information not included in the older versions. 

Ask the Library 

Image via Flickr by Angela 

School libraries often have a large stock of different textbooks — it’s definitely worth checking out in the beginning of the semester. If you library doesn’t have what you need, it may be possible to request them that they order it from another library. Keep in mind that many popular textbooks aren’t available for check out due to the demand for them, so you may have to go to the library to use them. Libraries are especially good resources for novels or other liberal arts texts since those are almost always available for extended checkout.

Download the eBook

Digital textbooks are a great way to cut down the cost of textbooks and lighten up your backpack. While some cost as much as hard copies, many companies are slashing the prices since the cost to produce is much lower. Consider looking for universities that offer free copies of textbooks online, or you can go through major retailers. Some even often e-book rentals, where the book stays on your device only for as long as the term is, and then the company restricts your access. Ebooks are also great for those who like marking up their texts — many different apps allow e-book citation and note taking, with no chance of getting charged for damages!

Help reduce the strain on your budget by considering these four tips. For the extra savvy buyers, considering using online comparison services like Campus Books to find the best deals!

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Securing your first job – all you need for the perfect interview Fri, 10 Jul 2015 00:32:54 +0000 Applying for jobs can be a minefield, and applying for your first job can seem a total challenge! When you leave uni, you may not know where to turn when it comes to getting a job. If you have applied for a vacancy and been offered an interview, it can feel like a massive achievement. So, don’t let yourself down. You’ve made it to interview stage and you need to do everything you can to impress, so, here are some quick tips to ensuring you get it right:


  1. Don’t just apply for any job. If you throw out your CV to hundreds of companies, it can show. You may come across as not really caring about that specific company, but just being desperate for a job. Apply for the right jobs – ones that you know you can do and would be ideal for. Talk to industry experts such as those as “ten minutes with”. They offer a kind of job matchmaking service to team the right candidates to the right company. Get search alerts sent to you email inbox so that if a job comes up in your area or your industry, you are one of the first to know.

  2. Prepare, prepare, prepare. When you know the time and date of your interview, find out who the interview will be with. Then you can tailor your questions to the right level. Find out about the company – what they do, how long they have been around for, etc. Look at their website and do your research. It can really prove useful in your interview and can impress the interviewer considerably.

  3. Dress properly. Make sure you dress appropriately. If you are going for a car garage interview and are expected to show off your car mechanic practical skills, then you know a suit isn’t going to be practical. Tailor your dress to the situation. Obviously, in most cases, a suit or smart clothing is the most appropriate dress. Wear something dark, smart and that covers your body suitably. Short skirts or armless jackets are not going to be suitable! Read this guide from Forbes on how to dress suitably for your interview.

  4. Have some questions at the ready. You need to come across as eager and willing to learn about the company. Look at the paperwork you have been given before the interview, such as the job spec. Is there anything you’re not sure about? Do you know who you would be reporting to? How does the working day break up – i.e. lunchtimes? How big is the team you will be working in? These are all good questions to ask. You may want to write the answers down as you get them because it can be easy to forget what was said when you come out of an interview.

  5. Calm those nerves. Nerves can show. A bit of anxiety is good, but don’t let yourself get worked up. Get enough sleep the night before and breathe slowly and calmly. Have a drink of water at the ready!

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5 Ways You Can Cover Yourself In The Workplace Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:18:05 +0000 When it comes to your safety and wellbeing in the workplace, it’s always best to take a proactive approach. Yes, your employer has a legal and ethical responsibility to keep you and other employees safe in the workplace, but keeping yourself safe and healthy should always start with you. If you’re involved in a workplace accident of any kind, remember to always consult with personal injury or compensation experts like Sinnamon Lawyers. But also keep in mind that it’s better to prevent accidents in the first place. If you want to keep yourself (and others) safe, then consider adopting these tips and best practices at your workplace.

1. Know and follow your company’s safety procedures

Safety guidelines and procedures are there for a reason: they keep employees safe and healthy. These rules and regulations shouldn’t be there just for show, they should be learned and implemented by all employees. The more you know your employer’s safety guidelines and procedures (including emergency procedures), the better you’ll be able to address an accident or issue when one occurs.

2. Always use the right tools for the job

This is especially important for workplaces that are riskier than others. Each job is different, so make sure to use the appropriate tools for the job you’re doing. This not only means using the right tools to carry out your task, but also using the right safety equipment necessary for your job. Identify the associated risks and issues with the activity you are performing, and use the proper tools and equipment to minimise these risks.

3. Undergo as much training and supervision as you can

Many employers conduct training and special orientation sessions for their employees, especially if the work they are performing poses some level of risk. Take advantage of these training periods and learn as much as you can on how to do your job properly and safely. Even if you already know what you’re doing or have been on the job for years, consider asking your supervisor for additional training to keep your skills sharp or to learn any up-to-date skills safety techniques. This will not only help you do your job better, but may also prevent accidents from happening in the future.

4. Voice any safety concerns or issues you may have in the workplace

When you’ve become familiar with your workplace, it’s easy to become complacent about workplace safety. This complacency can lead to accidents and injuries. It’s important to always be alert to dangers when you’re in the workplace. This mean speaking to your superiors about any concerns or issues you may have, especially if they involve your safety and wellbeing.

5. Make sure you’re in a state to work whenever you go to work

A lot of mistakes and accidents in the workplace are caused by human error or bad judgment. Prevent these from happening by making sure that you’re always in the proper state to work whenever you’re on the job. This means making sure you are well rested and healthy before undertaking your work (especially for high-risk jobs). Ensure you take appropriate breaks (short or extended) as required.

How do you keep safe at your workplace? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Why You Should Exercise While Studying for Exams Thu, 14 May 2015 00:20:31 +0000 Studying for exams can be stressful, but there are many things you can do to help you concentrate better while you try to digest all the information you have learned during the semester. Whether you’re studying at a high-pressure university or in the more relaxed environment of an institute like Evocca College, you should grab a membership at your nearest gym (there might even be one on campus). If gyms aren’t for you, pursue a sport you like, grab a buddy for outdoor workout sessions, or just make plans for morning walks before class.


Because exercise can really help you achieve at your full potential during exam periods. Here’s why.


It has been shown through many different studies that just twenty minutes of exercise a day can improve concentration levels and increase mental focus. Exercise gets blood pumping through your body and to your brain, meaning it can work more efficiently, helping you to remember your notes more clearly or to understand those more complicated processes with more ease.


Having a routine can really help you while you study for exams because it means you won’t over-extend yourself. It also means you will study for a set amount of time. If you already exercise, you can build your study routine around where and what you want to do each day. If you don’t exercise regularly, this can be an excellent way to start building a routine – you will find that both the routine and the exercise will help you focus more on your studies.

Healthy Body

This might seem simple, but if you are sick, you do not perform at the best of your ability. Exercising regularly, in conjunction with eating well, will allow your body and your brain to be in great shape, ready to absorb information. You will also be able to study harder and longer if you are healthy.


Exercise is well known for helping people de-stress, so it can be extremely helpful while you are studying for your exams. Let all your frustrations go as you go on your run or your walk, and then come back to your desk with a clear mind. Sometimes, all you need is a change of scenery for all the cogs to click in your head.

These are some reasons you should exercise while you study for your exams. Doing so in conjunction with healthy eating, a decent amount of sleep and a good study plan will have you set for all of your exams, no matter how hard they might be. Even if it is difficult, make sure you look after yourself. Good luck and study hard!

What do you do during exam blocks to get you through? Do you exercise while you are studying for exams? Keep in mind that exercising can be as simple as a short walk or run! Why do you think exercising helps you study better? Leave your thoughts and comments down below and let other people know your tips for fitting workouts in between study sessions.

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