Back to the Books
Welcome back Michigan Tech students and welcome back to the snow! Parents and family, I hope you had a very enjoyable time visiting with your student over Fall Break. It was great to have a whole week of classes off, to spend time with loved ones, to have some delicious meals, and of course to do some holiday shopping!
I hope your student(s) took some time to relax and recharge because it is time to get back to the books. As we are entering Week 13 it is time to start thinking about . . . FINAL EXAMS! That’s right, final exams are less than two weeks away. This year’s final exams will take place December 13-17. The website for the Registrar’s Office has a lot of helpful information regarding courses, such as the Fall 2010 Final Exam Schedule and Michigan Tech’s Grading Policies. Students may also check their final exam schedule by logging into their account on BanWeb, clicking first on the Student Services tab, then Registration, and lastly, Student Final Exam Schedule.
Learning Centers and Other Resources
As the semester is quickly coming to an end, some students may be realizing they are not achieving the scores they would like to in their courses, or that they are not ready for the final exam. Whether students are looking to get additional assistance, practice a final presentation, or review for a final exam, Michigan Tech’s many Learning Centers are there to help. Below is a listing of the various Learning Centers and other resources that students can utilize.
- Center for Computer-Intensive Language Instruction
- Biological Sciences Learning Center
- Chemistry Supplemental Instruction (SI) Sessions
- Chemistry Learning Center
- Computer Science Learning Center
- Electrical and Computer Engineering Learning Center
- Engineering Learning Center
- Math Learning Center
- Modern Language Lab
- Physics Learning Center
- Writing Center/Mulitliteracies Center
Students may visit the Learning Centers during their hours of operation. The Learning Centers listed above are typically open when during the day and in the evening so students can drop at a time that works best for them. The Learning Centers are of no extra charge to the student to use so there’s no reason why students should not take advantage of these wonderful resources.
Another suggestion I have for students as they are preparing for final exams is to start studying and reviewing early. I would encourage students to set aside a little bit of time each day, starting this week, to go over their notes, homework assignments, and tests, starting back from the beginning of the semester. I would also encourage students to search for a study buddy or to make a study group to assist them in prepping for final exams. It can be very helpful to have someone to compare notes with and old homework assignments. In addition, teaching what you learned to someone else can help you commit the material to memory and understand it even better. There are several great places to study as a group here on the Michigan Tech campus. Students may choose to study in the Residence Hall study lounges, their departments’ labs, or in the Van Pelt Library study rooms. The Van Pelt Library has over 20 rooms throughout the first, second, and third floor that are available during the Library’s hours of operation for students to reserve for group study. The study rooms are equipped with whiteboards, outlets, internet access, and there are even two rooms that have a large 42″ monitor that students may use to practice presentations. The study rooms may be reserved at the circulation desk or through Huskymail, Michigan Tech’s email and calendar system.
Lastly, what’s studying without fun study breaks? Some of my favorite study breaks include baking sweet treats, snowshoeing, making hot cocoa, and playing board games. As a fun and festive study break, the Inter-Residence Hall Council will be hosting the annual Sugar Shack competition. Residents will gather in the Wadsworth Dining Hall to compete with their house in building a creative and delectable ginger bread house. The event will take place this Thursday, December 9 at 8:30 p.m. and the gingerbread houses will be displayed the following day in the Wadsworth Dining Hall for students to vote on. The Sugar Shack competition is just one more reminder that Winter Break is just around the corner; only two more weeks of classes, and one week of final exams!
Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have! Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about the Great Lakes Research Center.