During Finals Week, it’s easy to forget those last few things on your to-do list.
1. Take a Study Break – Make these last few days on campus before the semester ends worth it.
If your summer is going to be anything like mine, your days are limited until work, internships, summer school, awkward reunions with hometown friends and cheesy family vacations take over your life. While you’re still here, take some time to hang out in the arboretum on a sunny afternoon, play frisbee in Polk Place or have a night out with friends. With all the stress of exams, it’s hard to remember that it will be a solid three and a half months before most of us get to come back to the Hill.
Here are some events happening around campus to help you prepare for your exams:
Finals Boot Camp,April 24-May 3 in SASB North. Stop by the Learning Center for snacks, quiet study areas, raffles and mini-workshops.
P.A.S.S. Exam Support Fair, Monday, April 29, 6-8 p.m. in the Union Great Hall. This event includes massages, craft stations, gaming stations, blue books, scantrons, make-your-own trail mix bar, pizza, Med Deli and much more! Sponsored by Student Wellness and Housing and Residential Education.
Reading Day Stress Relief with Campus Rec,Monday, April 29 in the SRC. Zumba: 4-5 p.m., Cardio Blast: 5:15-6 p.m., Muscle Cut: 6:15-7 p.m., Bliss Down Yoga: 7:15-8:15 p.m.
Exciting changes are ahead, but some things will remain the same
By Megan Carroll and Simon Suber
Starting a new year at school and being away from home can be scary. You always hear about the many changes that you’ll go through during this transition. However, there are a several things that you can look forward to staying the same.
1. School is still school. You will be sticking to the basics: going to class, taking notes, studying, and taking exams. The material you learn may be different, but the concept is still the same. Keep your wits about you and create a good mix of general education courses, first-year seminars, and courses that interest you for your first couple of semesters.
2. You still need basic school supplies. Notebooks, binders, loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens, etc., are all a good idea to bring. College provides you with great new material to learn, but you still have to write it down. Learn the best way to take notes for yourself, and then make sure you have the materials that will help you succeed.
Where to find the perfect study spot during exam week
While it’s still hard to believe that it’s already LDOC, it’s time to finally face reality – exam week is here.
At the risk of sounding a little melodramatic, finding the right place to study can be the difference between passing an exam or not. When you’re in a good environment, you’re more likely to stay focused and productive.
When I was an incoming first year, I spent a lot of time researching, trying to find answers to my questions. While the Housing website was great and showed pictures and floor plans of the residence halls, I wanted to know what it would feel like to actually live on campus. What would life be like when I wasn’t living at home anymore? I decided to share my experiences in hopes that an incoming first-year could have some of his or her questions answered.
It’s 6:30 a.m. in Joyner on a dreaded Tuesday and I’m groping for my insistent alarm clock in the dark. After freshman year, I promised myself I wouldn’t take any more 8 a.m.s, but it was a promise my schedule wouldn’t let me keep. I roll out of my bed (last year I had it lofted, but soon found out my coordination isn’t always up to par when I’m still groggy) and find my shower caddy. My roommate, Kathleen, is still asleep, so I tiptoe out into the blinding light of the hallway and shut the door quietly behind me.
The bathroom, which I remember worrying about before I came into college, is now the most normal thing in the world to me. I don’t even notice the shower shoes on my feet, and I actually find it feels strange to shower barefoot when I visit home. Sharing a bathroom isn’t a problem; there are two bathrooms on my hall, which adds up to four toilets and eight showers. I shower, brush my teeth, and head back to my room.
The top 10 things to munch that won’t leave you in an exam slump
Finals are quickly approaching. With the stress of papers and the ever-present all-nighter, your brain could use all the help it can get. Try these healthy snacks that will keep your mind fresh and your taste buds satisfied.
1. Yogurt: Pack some yogurt in your backpack along with a crunchy cereal of choice and your favorite fruits to mix in. The carbs from the cereal will give you energy while the protein in yogurt will keep you feeling full all the way through your calc review session. Continue reading Top 10 study snacks→
Keep calm and rock those finals with these study tips
Don’t cram–I know that during exam week, this is difficult especially if you have two exams on the same day. Try to spread out your studying as much as possible. Utilize the reading days as much as you can. And I know you don’t want hear this, but if your exam is cumulative, you may want to begin reviewing those notes from August and September over Thanksgiving break.
Find a study spot that works for you–We all have that spot that works best for us, whether it is the back corner of the 8th floor of Davis, a certain study lounge in your residence hall or in your room. But find that spot were you can focus and get least distracted.