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Ask the professor: How can I get myself to focus when studying?

Ask the professor: How can I get myself to focus when studying?

—Jordan V.*, University of North Dakota(*Name changed)As I write this response, I’m listening to a radio station, checking Facebook (for the news, really), and monitoring my email for…well, in case I can find something...
Ask the trainer: What are the best pre-workout snacks?

Ask the trainer: What are the best pre-workout snacks?

—Jessica G., Our Lady of the Lake University, TexasNo matter what time of day you’re going to be active, having a pre-workout snack is a good idea. Our body needs energy, and you’ll get...
Student and teacher talking outside

Ask the professor: How do I go about getting a recommendation letter?

—Jennifer W., Pasadena City College, CaliforniaGlad you asked this question, but I am going to use my “editor” cap to add the word “good” before “recommendation letter” as I know that is really what...
Girl asleep with beer mug

Ask the doc: Can drinking alcohol impair my ability to learn?

—Jayden*, Portland State University, OregonYes, in ways both large and small. Are there students who drink from time to time and still manage to get good value out of their investment in higher education?...
Legs of a boy and girl sitting down

Ask the health educator: Can ‘pulling out’ prevent pregnancy?

—Cris M.*, Georgia Gwinnett CollegeI get a lot of questions about the pullout method, also known as coitus interruptus or the withdrawal method. It’s the third most commonly used form of birth control among...
Illustration of two girls: one with bad posture, leaning over a desk, one with good posture sitting up.

Ask the doc: Any tricks to protect my posture while taking notes?

—Angel J.*, University of Massachusetts Lowell Your posture is leading to some imbalance and probably overusing certain muscle groups. It’s a common ergonomic problem, especially during exam times.How to improve your study posture Sit...
Sad boy looking out a rainy car window

Ask the professor: How can you stop feeling like a bad week means you’re...

—Tony S.*, University of Massachusetts Lowell Oh, boy, there are times still that I have bad days when I feel as though I’m not the smartest person on the planet. It usually happens when...
Girl stretching after a workout

Ask the trainer: How can I avoid soreness after a workout?

—Emi D., Wheaton College, MassachusettsWorking out generally makes us feel great. However, sometimes after a workout, we experience muscle soreness for a few days. Physical activity, specifically eccentric contractions (the lengthening phase of muscle...
2 pairs of feet in bed

Ask the health educator: Are there physical benefits to sex?

—Carson G., University of North Dakota(*Name changed)Yes!First, it’s important to define sex. Sex can be with yourself (masturbation) or with others. It’s a consensual act between partners engaging in any agreed-upon activity. Here are...
Tired girl, breaking from working out

Ask the trainer: What are the signs that you’re working out too much/inefficiently?

—Catherine N., University of WyomingIf you’ve been on a regular workout routine and aren’t seeing the results that you want, or aren’t feeling great despite your efforts, that can be very frustrating. Working out...