Archives—December 2013

Preparing for Finals

Are you nervous about finals? Do you want to know more about how to prepare? Here are some study tips accumulated from reputable sources such as the Huffington Post and TopUniversities to help you ace your exams:

1.) Study in chunks
Popular to contrary belief, cramming is not the way to make As. Try studying in 20 minute to 50 minute increments, taking 5 minute to 10 minute breaks.

2.) Listen to Mozart
Classical music can stimulate both sides of the brain, allowing you to absorb more relevant information.

3.) Organize your study space
Try to make sure you have enough space to spread your books and folders around to make an organized area, and make sure lighting is good. Do you want to fall asleep right before you find the key to solving your Chemistry problems? Be sure to get rid of distractions such as food, music, or clutter.

4.) Organize study groups with friends
If you’re stuck on a Math problem, your friend may know the answer. And if your friend is stuck on a Chemistry problem, you can return the favor. Remember the best way to master anything is to teach it.

5.) Drink Cocoa
With its antioxidants and mood enhancers, natural cocoa is a top-notch study food — IF– you don’t drown it in sugar. Try dissolving organic cocoa in warm milk and adding cinnamon and other spices for flavor and energy.

6.) Avoid Test Anxiety
Test anxiety is when you’re so nervous for a test, you completely blank. This is common in a lot of college students; especially on finals. The best way to avoid test anxiety is to be prepared, calm, and confident.

7.) Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated is essential for allowing your brain to work at its best. It’s a good idea to bring a water bottle with you to your exam (as long as it’s not distracting) to avoid thirst distractions and to get the hydration you need.

8.) Manage your time
With the end of the semester at your heels, time is definitely of the essence. To do your best, it’s important to organize your time productively and prioritize what’s important. Take a few minutes to make a study schedule. For example, schedule a block of time for studying Chemistry ONLY, and a block for Calculus ONLY, etc.  That way you only have to worry about that subject during that time, and you can fit more study time into your day.

9.) Go to Office Hours
Let’s face it; no one really wants to go to your instructor’s office hours; which is why they’re so happy if you show up. Getting one-on-one help from an instructor is so invaluable in learning, especially at crunch time like this. But be sure to be respectful and don’t expect them to teach you the entire semester’s material in a half hour visit.

10.) Make it Interesting
Having trouble memorizing a formula? Make it fun. Relate it to something you know and can easily remember. This can be done for troubling concepts, too. Break it down, understand it, and make it interesting.

Finals aren’t as scary as you might think. They’re just assessing what you know and how you learned throughout the semester. Don’t freak out. Just look forward to your reward: 3 weeks of vacation! If you have any questions about finals or want more tips, feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu.


December Events

December is an exciting month here on Tech’s campus! There’s a lot going on during the last few weeks. Here is a list of some of the events and activities going on this month.

HuskyLEAD
“HuskyLEAD, which is a leadership development series, stands for Leadership Education Accelerating Development. At Michigan Tech, we believe that leadership development is extremely important and essential for all of our students to truly make an impact on campus and society. This program encourages everyone from campus leaders and student organization officers, either aspiring and experienced, to elevate their leadership skills by learning the best techniques, tips, and tricks for not only the success of their organization but also for the real world.”
Tuesday, December 3 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the MUB Ballroom B

Superior Wind Symphony Ensemble United
“Ensembles from different wind families play together in brother and sisterhood to create a more wonderful array of free music.”
Wednesday, December 4 from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Fisher Movie: The Spectacular Now
“A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical ‘nice girl’.”
Tickets: $3
Friday, December 6 from 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM and 11:00 PM in Fisher 135
Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM, and 11:00 PM in Fisher 135

Swan Lake Ballet Auditions
Do you love ballet? Interested in performing with other students who love ballet? “We call on all student and community ballet dancers to audition for a role in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet.” The ballet will take place on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, 2014. Auditions will take place at the following days and times in the Choral Room (Rozsa 120):
Friday, December 6, at 6:00 pm
Saturday, December 7, at 2:00 pm
Friday, December 13, at 6:00 pm
Saturday, December 14, at 2:00 pm

Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra Presents 1863-2013: Lincoln and Gettysburg
“The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address, both seminal moments during the mid-point of the Civil War. The KSO honors these historic events with music inspired by Lincoln, Gettysburg, the Proclamation, and the Civil War, including the first major symphony written by an African-American composer. President Glenn Mroz joins the KSO as narrator of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait to conclude this commemorative concert.”
Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Amahl Auditions
Do you like operatic singing? Do you like to perform? Then the performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors may be for you! The performance will take place on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, 2014. Auditions will take place on the following:
Sunday, December 8, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the Choral Room (Rozsa 120).

CDI Pre-Exam Jam
“Take a little time to unwind before finals week. Stop by CDI for the annual Pre-Exam Jam. Enjoy some relaxation and free snacks.”
Wednesday, December 11 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (Hamar House).

Commuter and Transfer Finals Study Session
Calling all Commuters and Transfers! Join us our annual Holiday Finals Study Session to help prepare you for your first ever final exams! There will be learning center coaches from various learning centers and other upper classmen to help improve your study skills and answer any last minute questions you might have. There will also be free food and other activities to celebrate the holiday festivities!
Wednesday, December 11 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in Fisher 129

Student Commission Meeting
“The Student Commission is a committee made up of students, staff, and faculty who work together to identify and minimize or eliminate barriers or concerns related to campus life, policies and practices. The Student Commission meets twice a month. All meetings are open, and students, staff, and faculty who have questions or concerns are invited to use the meeting as a forum as a place where those questions or concerns can be heard and addressed.”
Thursday, December 12 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM in the MUB Alumni Lounge A

Fisher Movie: Riddick
“Left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, Riddick finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency beacon alerts two ships: one carrying a new breed of mercenary, the other captained by a man from Riddick’s past.”
Tickets: $3
Friday, December 13 at 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM, and 11:00 PM in Fisher 135
Saturday, December 14 at 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM, and 11:00 PM in Fisher 135

Concert Choir and Conscience: Michigan Tech Chamber Singers Present at Winter Solstice
“The choirs of Michigan Tech join to present choral music to celebrate winter in the northland. Selections from Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Israel and the United States reflect on snow and the season of Christmas.”
Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 PM at the Rozsa Center

Commuter and Transfer Finals Study Session
Calling all Commuters and Transfers! Join us our annual Holiday Finals Study Session to help prepare you for your first ever final exams! There will be learning center coaches from various learning centers and other upper classmen to help improve your study skills and answer any last minute questions you might have. There will also be free food and other activities to celebrate the holiday festivities!
Sunday, December 15 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Fisher 129