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An idiom is an expression that is characteristic of a particular language, but which means something different from the literal meaning of the words that form the idiom. For example, the idiom 'having the upper hand' has nothing to do with position or hands. It means to have the advantage in a situation. Here are some commonly used idioms and their meanings.  
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Just as in high school, success in college requires high motivation and effort, strong study skills, effective time management, and good test-taking strategies. Here are some ideas that will help you succeed in college. One thing that is important is to have clear goals for your college experience.
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Improving Concentration

Being able to concentrate while you are studying is essential to doing well in class and on tests. Here are 10 suggestions for improving your concentration while studying. First, study in a quiet place that is free from distractions and interruptions. Try to create a place designated solely for studying.
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Free teaching tip Class participation is an important aspect of student success, but is difficult to evaluate. Here is a simple scale you can use to grade student participation. ... Another free teaching tip A good way to improve the thinking skills of your students is to have them identify the ways in which things are the same. You can start by having students identify the reason that ...
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Free Study Tip Study in a quiet place and take a break every 45 minutes. Keep a timer at your study place to be sure you don't study for too long at a time.
submitted by Loha Laksita
Student, 6th Grade
Hosur, India
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Another free Study Tip Whenever I take a math test, I always doublecheck my calculations. I do this on science tests too.
  submitted by Marissa Lopez
Student, 8th grader
Sacremento, California
A random study tip submitted by one of our visitors Make your own vocabulary flashcards. This will help you to remember the words and what they mean. Don't be lazy and use your friend's cards. This will prevent him from learning and the terms may not be correct. Do not print your flashcards online. You will remember better if you do the writing out.
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Student, 7th Grade
Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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