Month: December 2015

One More Challenge

Happy Week 14, Transfer Students!  I hope that your final week of classes is off to a good start, and that those last few projects and assignments are going well.  This will be my last blog entry of the semester, and I just wanted to leave you with a few survival tips for Finals Week, some things to keep in mind for the rest of the semester, and, of course, to congratulate you on completing the Fall 2015 semester!

First, as you know, next week is the infamous Finals Week.  It sounds imposing, and it definitely can be.  However, if you plan accordingly, manage your time well, avoid stressing out (as much as possible), and stay focused, Finals Week becomes much more manageable.

Here are some things that have really helped me prepare for finals over the years:

  • Utilize your notes, quizzes, and exams when studying; these can help you review material you may have forgotten, and can be great guides for studying
  • Create a review sheet: The format depends on whatever works best for you, but try to make an organized outline of the material that will be covered on the exam in a way that makes sense to you.  Think of this as a form of review as well!  The more you integrate the material in different ways (writing it down, reading it out loud, organizing key points in a chapter), the more likely you are to remember it
  • Don’t underestimate the value of practice exams!  If your professor provides them, definitely use them in your preparation
  • Be sure you know the place and time of your final exams; you don’t want to bother with looking this up on the day of the test

Exam preparation can be very subjective among students, so if you have a study method that has proven to be effective and efficient, please share it in the comments section of this blog!

As you prepare to take your exams and go home for the holidays, there are some things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t forget about the Commuter/Transfer Student Study Break tomorrow!  We will be in Library 114 at 5pm, so feel free to stop by
  • If you live on campus, be advised that Quiet hours begin this Friday (Dec. 11)!

Otherwise, safe travels and Happy Holidays to you all!  And, of course, good luck with finals!

Welcome Back!

Hello, fellow transfer students!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break, and had a chance to relax!  We are on the final countdown of the semester; deadlines and holidays are quickly approaching.  In the midst of all this chaos, I wanted to take the time to congratulate each of you on a successful semester here at Tech.  Whether this was your first semester or your tenth, it’s important to keep in mind what you have accomplished!  All that hard work, the late nights at the library, has brought you to this: you’re one step closer to achieving your goals, and that’s nothing to sneeze at!  It’s incredible to contemplate that this is the last Fall semester I will spend at Tech; in some ways, it feels like I just got here!  Likewise, before you know it, you will be preparing to graduate as well.  So hang in there, and enjoy the time you have here at Tech, because it really does go by quickly!

With finals just around the corner, several organizations/departments around campus are putting together some events to give you a break from studying:

Wednesday, 12/9 (5pm): The Commuter Assistant and I are teaming up again to host a Study Break Social for transfer and commuter students.  Location is still TBD, but we will keep you informed.  Take a minute to say hi and grab some free snacks!

Thursday, 12/3 (1-2pm): FINALS: The Other “F” Word.  Join the MUB board in MUB Ballroom A2 to learn new stress-management techniques, and how to effectively prepare for finals.  Yes, there will be snacks!

There are always other events scheduled around campus as well, so keep your eyes open for something that interests you.

I hope to see some of you at the Study Break Social next week.  Otherwise, best of luck in finishing up your classes, and preparing for finals!