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12 Great Things That Only Long-Distance Friends Would Know

12 Great Things That Only Long-Distance Friends Would Know

Do you have a long-distance friend? It can be tough having a friend that you don’t see often, but for some people, their long-distance friend is one of the most important people in their life.

Check out these 12 great things that only long-distance friends would understand:

1. You Are Used To Spending A Lot Of Time On The Computer

The computer = the easiest way to talk to your long-distance friend. You are regularly online at 2am chatting to each other and posting adorable pictures of puppies you found on Instagram on each other’s walls.

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2. Your Friendship Has Grown Stronger

When a friend moves away, either you stop talking or you make an effort to stay in each other’s lives. Your bond has grown stronger now that you both have to make an effort to stay in each other’s lives.

3. You Love Planning Future Visits

You have a savings plan in place, and you two constantly discuss visiting each other. It may be half a year away, but you can’t wait to drink wine together while taking silly selfies.

4. When Anything Important Happens, You Update them

Sister got engaged? Co-worker got fired? Trying a new diet? All absolutely essential things you must let your long-distance friend know about. In fact, you need to check in and find out how her new morning workout routine is going.

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5. You Know You Have A Friend Forever

Some friends come and go, but you know this friendship is for life; after all, your long-distance friend lives further away than your parents but somehow you visit her more often than them. Oops.

6. You Love To Reminisce Together

You still start laughing when you think about the time you two went to a water theme park, and your long-distance friend loves to bring up the time you drunkenly fell down their stairs. Lots of people roll their eyes when they realize you’re talking about the same stories over and over again, but you know they will still be hilarious when you’re both 80.

7. You Always Know How To Make Each Other Smile

It doesn’t matter that your long-distance friend isn’t always there because your best memories are all about the times you’ve spent with each other. You are always seeing things that would make them smile, so you make sure to tell them about it later.

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8. You Never Fight With Each Other

You don’t really have anything to argue about anyway, but you both treasure the friendship too much to let anything ruin it. Time is precious, and you would rather laugh and smile with your long-distance friend than fight with them.

9. You Always Have A Place To Stay

If you fancy taking a last minute trip out to see them, you know you don’t even have to ask; as long as they have a home, you have a place to stay.

10. When You Finally See Each Other, It Is Better Than You Imagined

After a few months of not seeing each other, you sometimes worry that it will be awkward and strange when you see them – but it never is. You’re already laughing within the first minute of seeing them.

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11. Your Long-Distance Friend Can Make You Laugh With Just A Sentence

You both find each other hilarious and interesting, and your online conversations are often even better than the face-to-face conversations you have with your local friends. Sometimes your long-distance friend only has to send you an emoji and you will start laughing.

12. Your Long-Distance Friend Always Has Your Back

While they may not live near you, your long-distance friend always has your back. From relationships ending, to troubles at work, they are always willing to listen to you vent about the people who have upset you.

Do you have a long-distance friendship? Share this with your long-distance friend and see what they think!

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

How To Study Effectively: 7 Simple Tips

The brain is a tangled web of information. We don’t remember single facts, but instead we interlink everything by association. Anytime we experience a new event, our brains tie the sights, smells, sounds and our own impressions together into a new relationship.

Our brain remembers things by repetition, association, visual imagery, and all five senses. By knowing a bit about how the brain works, we can become better learners, absorbing new information faster than ever.

Here are some study tips to help get you started:

1. Use Flashcards

Our brains create engrained memories through repetition. The more times we hear, see, or repeat something to ourselves, the more likely we are to remember it.

Flashcards can help you learn new subjects quickly and efficiently. Flashcards allow you to study anywhere at any time. Their portable nature lends them to quick study sessions on the bus, in traffic, at lunch, or in the doctor’s office. You can always whip out your flashcards for a quick 2 to 3 minute study session.

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To create effective flashcards, you need to put one point on each flashcard. Don’t load up the entire card with information. That’s just overload. Instead, you should dedicate one concept to each card.

One of the best ways to make flashcards is to put 1 question on the front and one answer on the back. This way, you can repeatedly quiz yourself into you have mastered any topic of your choice.

Commit to reading through your flash cards at least 3 times a day and you will be amazed at how quickly you pick up new information.

As Tony Robbins says,

“Repetition is the mother of skill”.

2. Create the Right Environment

Often times, where you study can be just as important as how you study. For an optimum learning environment, you’ll want to find a nice spot that is fairly peaceful. Some people can’t stand a deafening silence, but you certainly don’t want to study near constant distractions.

Find a spot that you can call your own, with plenty of room to spread out your stuff. Go there each time you study and you will find yourself adapting to a productive study schedule. When you study in the same place each time, you become more productive in that spot because you associate it with studying.

3. Use Acronyms to Remember Information

In your quest for knowledge, you may have once heard of an odd term called “mnemonics”. However, even if you haven’t heard of this word, you have certainly heard of its many applications. One of the most popular mnemonic examples is “Every Good Boy Does Fine”. This is an acronym used to help musicians and students to remember the notes on a treble clef stave.

An acronym is simply an abbreviation formed using the intial letters of a word. These types of memory aids can help you to learn large quantities of information in a short period of time.

4. Listen to Music

Research has long shown that certain types of music help you to recall information. Information learned while listening to a particular song can often be remembered simply by “playing” the songs mentally in your head.

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5. Rewrite Your Notes

This can be done by hand or on the computer. However, you should keep in mind that writing by hand can often stimulate more neural activity than when writing on the computer.

Everyone should study their notes at home but often times, simply re-reading them is too passive. Re-reading your notes can cause you to become disengaged and distracted.

To get the most out of your study time, make sure that it is active. Rewriting your notes turns a passive study time into an active and engaging learning tool. You can begin using this technique by buying two notebooks for each of your classes. Dedicate one of the notebooks for making notes during each class. Dedicate the other notebook to rewriting your notes outside of class.

6. Engage Your Emotions

Emotions play a very important part in your memory. Think about it. The last time you went to a party, which people did you remember? The lady who made you laugh, the man who hurt your feelings, and the kid who went screaming through the halls are the ones you will remember. They are the ones who had an emotional impact.

Fortunately, you can use the power of emotion in your own study sessions. Enhance your memory by using your five senses. Don’t just memorize facts. Don’t just see and hear the words in your mind. Create a vivid visual picture of what you are trying to learn.

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For example, if you are trying to learn the many parts of a human cell, begin physically rotating the cell in your minds eye. Imagine what each part might feel like. Begin to take the cell apart piece by piece and then reconstruct it. Paint the human cell with vivid colors. Enlarge the cell in your mind’s eye so that it is now six feet tall and putting on your own personal comedy show. This visual and emotional mind play will help deeply encode information into your memory.

7. Make Associations

One of the best ways to learn new things is to relate what you want to learn with something you already know. This is known as association, and it is the mental glue that drives your brain.

Have you ever listened to a song and been flooded by memories that were connected to it? Have you ever seen an old friend that triggered memories from childhood? This is the power of association.

To maximize our mental powers, we must constantly be looking for ways to relate new information with old ideas and concepts that we are already familiar with.

You can do this with the use of mindmapping. A mind map is used to diagram words, pictures, thoughts, and ideas into a an interconnected web of information. This simple practice will help you to connect everything you learn into a global network of knowledge that can be pulled from at any moment.

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Learn more about mindmapping here: How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

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