Monday, December 12, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
1.) Try to get to the room early and choose spot to sit where you feel most comfortable.
2.) Wait until after the exam to drink caffeinated beverages (it doesn't hurt to bring a water bottle, however).
3.) Try not to talk to others who have not prepared for the exam- their doubt and negativity will only increase your anxiety.
4.) Eat something before the exam.
5.) Make sure to get enough sleep the night before.
6.) Take deep breaths - count to 5.
7.) Imagine yourself taking the exam and feeling confident.
8.) Budget your time while taking the test.
9.) Focus on answering one question at a time rather than thinking about how many you still have left to get through.
10.) Don't panic if other students turn in their exams before you. It's not a race!
Friday, December 2, 2011
The ARC recently added a software schedule for your convenience. Tutor name and the software they can help with are listed. A rating scale is also included to determine level of expertise (5-Expert to 3-some knowledge). Remember these tutors are working on different subject tables. Please ask the monitor for additional help.
Monday, November 28, 2011
1 week until finals' week. About 2 weeks at the most until your last final of the semester. That means you have at least a little over a week to prepare for your final exams. I know, they're not fun to think about, especially when you don't actually have to start studying right now. Nevertheless, it is highly beneficial to begin reviewing material ahead of time rather than cramming the night before. I'm sure you've heard this advice before, but do you really know why cramming is ineffective or what may be a helpful alternative?
Cramming: Using the last few hours (or even the last day if there's a lot of material) to study for an exam. Studying usually occurs non-stop without many breaks and results in loss of sleep.
As I wrote the definition, I thought to myself—this method makes no sense! Yet, I have used it many times (okay maybe almost all of the time in undergrad). Let's face it, it is hard to motivate yourself to start studying when you have homework due the next day and the exam isn't' for another week!
So, why exactly is cramming ineffective? Our brains need time to process information and store it in long term memory. This process called consolidation requires sleep! It is also beneficial to take a lot of breaks when studying to give your brain time to rejuvenate. For instance, it has been shown that studying 20 – 30 minutes and then taking a short break helps the learning process rather than studying for 3 hours straight and taking a break, and then studying another 3 hours. Also, if you want to retain what you learn after you complete the exam, cramming won't help. You will likely forget what you learned shortly after the exam. Lastly, you will do much better on an exam if you have a good night's sleep. Taking an exam while you're half asleep is obviously not going to help you succeed.
I don't want to encourage cramming, but it can be effective when you know none of the material and you only left yourself a short time period to study. In this case, taking the exam while you're sleep deprived, but know some of the material (as a result of cramming) is better than not knowing anything and being rested.
That said, good luck!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
1.) Whole grains (bread, brown rice, oatmeal, etc.) Whole grains keep you full longer because the blood absorbs their nutrients at a slower pace than high sugary foods. So, instead of grabbing a candy bar and experience that sugar and crash that follows, whole grains will keep you going for longer without the plummet.
2.) Nuts (try to go for raw/dry roasted and unsalted) Nuts are a great source of protein and magnesium, which helps convert sugar into energy. I make a trail mix to eat during class when I start to feel a bit hunger and tired. It includes almonds, peanuts, a few walnuts, soy nuts, raisins, and sometimes pepitas (pumpkin seeds).
3.) Fiber (found in beans, whole grains, whole fruits and veggies, and some cereals) Fiber gives you a more study energy supply by slowing down digestion. You can get fiber enriched granola bars and cereals like Fiber One that taste yummy and give you a great source of fiber!
4.) Fresh fruit is full of water, which hydrates and energizes you. Skip the pretzels and grab a juicy apple or celery sticks instead.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
It all comes down to what works best for you. If you realize you don't get much accomplished in a coffee shop setting, then save coffee for a study break rather than a study place. I admit that I like the idea grabbing my latte and typing up a paper at Starbucks (or whatever coffee shop I happen to be near), but in reality I end up getting distracted by the people around me. The next thing I know, an hour has passed by and I hardly have anything typed. Likewise, people may have told you they are much more productive in the library; however, you have tried it a few times and seem to be bothered by the silence. Then, don't go to the library. Just because it is the typical study location does not mean it's the right spot for you!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Students can benefit from sharing ideas and knowledge with others. For instance, you can not only gain a better understanding of the material by learning from your peers, but you can also master a topic by explaining it to others. Furthermore, group studying gives you the opportunity to support and encourage one another. However, it's easy to get off topic and begin discussing your weekend plans or the recent Bears game. So, it's helpful to assign someone the task if keeping everyone on track.
To get the most out of group study sessions stick with the following guidelines:
1. Keep the group number to about 4 - 6 people
2. Work with others who share your motivation to succeed academically
3. Limit the session to about 2 - 3 hours
4. Plan the session ahead of time so you have a chance to prepare and review some of the material
5. Take turns teaching each other in order to reinforce learning
Monday, September 12, 2011
So, what should you do? Talk about it! Set aside a specific time to discuss what is on your mind. Make sure to listen to your roommates response or to any complaints he/she has. Then, agree to make changes to accommodate one another. Remember that it may take some time to change, so don't get too annoyed if your roommate slips up a few times! If you feel uncomfortable talking directly to your roommate, make sure you speak to your RA. The key thing is to not let it go if it really bothers you. Sometimes it's okay to be laid back and go with the flow, but what you don't want to get to the point where you become passive aggressive toward your roommate or let the annoyance build up until you end up starting an argument. Most likely, your roommate will appreciate your assertiveness and be happy to pick his towel up from the floor, lock the door when she leaves, or whatever it may be that has been bothering you.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I am currently visiting Shanghai, China. It is a very modern, interesting city and I appreciate the opportunity I have been given to explore it. As I walk down the streets I take in the environment—the people, the cars, bike, and mopeds rushing by me, the stores, and the buildings—I interpret everything I see, hear, and smell in relation to what I'm used to experiencing in the United States (or rather in the mid-west). I find the fruit markets on the street exotic and the men carrying cardboard boxes and trash on the back of their bikes unusual. I want to take pictures of the clothes hanging from a clothes line over the side walk and of the melon being sold on sticks. Yet, to the people who live here, these things are ordinary. I try to be discreet with my picture taking and hope I offend them when I snap a picture of them or their every day lives. Do they wonder why the White girl is taking a picture of their home or their fruit stand? I think I need to consider what it feel like if the tables were turned.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Remember my post a few weeks ago about moving? Typically you dread the packing and everything else that goes along with moving, as I mentioned in the post. Typically you also feel a great sense of relief when the last box is unloaded at your new place and all of the other annoyances don't seem as horrible as they previously did. I wish I could say this was the case for me. To those who have had a negative experience moving, I now understand how you feel. So, for those you about to move, here are some helpful tips (most of which involve U-Haul).
1.) Make sure you know the exact location of U-Haul or another moving company (do not type Logan Square U-Haul into Google map and assume it provides the correct directions to your destination. It took me to a drop off location, which was 13 blocks away from the actual location!).
2.) Do not assume that U-Haul will have the truck you reserved, especially if it is a busy moving day (weekend, end of the month).
3.) Do not assume that the truck/trailer is ready to go just because you are given the keys and told that it is ready. Check to make sure there is no lock on the back of your trailer/truck! (Yes, we drove the U-Haul from Logan Square to Uptown and realized that there was a lock on the back with no key to open it.
4.) Measure door widths and the width of your furniture to make sure it fits before you ever even think about loading it in the truck. (My couch is now sitting in the alley behind my new apartment because it was too wide to fit through the doorway).
To those who are moving in the near future…I hope your move goes much better than mine!
Monday, July 25, 2011
But what else? I don't think there's any magic answer to our question, unfortunately. Along the same lines as my previous post, I am a fan of going somewhere cool if you can't be cool in your own home. Go to a coffee shop, a book store, campus, a friend's. It won't be a permanent fix of course, but it will be a nice break from sweating. Another option? Go to the beach...there's likely to be a breeze by the lake and you can go for a swim if you get too hot. Let me know if you have any other ideas!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Today's status can be summed up in a few words: it is HOT! 91 degrees and it "feels like" 94! Thank goodness for the window unit a/c I have in my room. As for the rest of my apartment, all I can say is—ugh it is hot as hell (excuse my language). Last year, I spent half of the summer without a/c (which was horrible not only because I felt hot and sticky constantly, but also because I was covered in hives for a couple of weeks—that's a whole different story and made the heat pretty much unbearable!) so I had to get a little creative in my methods of staying cool.
I'll start out with a story from earlier this summer in June when a heat wave decided to pass through the Chicago and I had not installed my a/c at that point. I wanted to get some work done (read some articles, etc.) So, given my love for coffee, a coffee shop was the first idea that came to mind. However, I was sick of going to Starbucks and had vowed that this summer I would make it a goal to try independent coffee shops (i.e. not Starbucks or Caribou). There was one I'd past a few times called Beans and Bagels, so that was the chosen "cool off" location. I even called them to make sure they had a/c (a little ridiculous, I know) and they claimed they did. Well, when I got there, it did not feel much better than my apartment! As you can imagine, I was quite disappointed and still hot. Point of my story? Coffee shops are a great place to go to do some school work, talk with friends, listen to music or even watch a movie on your lap top when it is hot out, but be careful that you choose a place that actually has working a/c!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
year. I don't know about you, but at the end of every school year
(and this is the end of my 19th year in school counting kindergarten!)
I have the same conversation with people. This dialogue usually
begins something like this, "Can you believe the year is over--it went
by so fast!" You'd think we would have learned by now that things
seem to go by a whole lot faster in hindsight. On the other hand, in
the moment, we seem to dwell on the never ending assignments to
complete and studying required to get a decent grade in that
ridiculously difficult class. I remember in January, I was trying
balance classes, collecting data for my masters, practicum, a
part-time job, and fitting a work out here and there. At the time, I
felt stressed, sleep deprived, and as if I had no free time. Although
those feelings weren't completely subjective-- compared to some of my
friends, my life was pretty busy. Yet, here I am now writing about it
and thinking, maybe it wasn't all that bad. Either way, hindsight is
a funny thing that always should be taken with a grain of salt.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
1.) Alcohol: Drinking alcohol can actually increase your stress response- this is exactly the opposite effect of what you hoped. Likewise, always turning to alcohol when you are stressed can create a harmful pattern, which leads you to be dependent on alcohol when things aren't going your way or you're feeling overwhelmed. These effects are subject to individual differences and family history of alcohol use, however.
2.) Sleeping too much
4.) Withdrawing from family and friends
5.) Taking your stress out on others
6.) Overeating (this is often called "emotional eating")
So, if any of these sound familiar, make sure you continue reading for easy stress relief strategies.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Stress: Physiological and emotional responses to an event.
Physiological Symptoms of Stress
1.) Increased heart rate
2.) Dry mouth
3.) Tight muscles
Cognitive/Emotional Symptoms of Stress
2.) Trouble concentrating
3.) Negative self-talk
1.) Stress is the same for everybody
Truth: Everyone reacts differently to stress. Everyone does not get stressed out from the same situations or circumstances.
2.) Stress is always bad for you
Truth: A little stress is good. The most important thing is to learn ways to manage your stress.
3.) Stress is everywhere, so you can't do anything about it
Truth: Nope! You can plan your life in ways to reduce stress, so you don't feel so overwhelmed all of the time. Try prioritizing what you need to do and attending to the simpler things before the really overwhelming things on your list.
4.) No symptoms, no stress.
Truth: You may still be experiencing some stress even if you don't have specific symptoms.
5.) Only the minor symptoms of stress require attention.
Truth: Pay attention to any and all symptoms. Minor symptoms are a sign that your life may be getting out of hand.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Sometimes we get into "go go go" mode. We are juggling classes, studying, that class project, fitting in a visit from mom and dad, a club meeting, and a million other things. As a result, we're skipping out on sleep and grabbing a bag of chips from the vending machine on the way to library instead of getting a full night's sleep and eating a healthy meal. Sometimes it seems like we don't even realize how exhausted we are until we finally get that break. Check out this recent article http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.gl.iit.edu/doi/10.1002/job.699/pdf to learn more about the benefits of a taking a vacation and the positive effects of finding leisure time during your busy schedule as well. According to the article, a vacation gives our mind and body a rest. Yet, these benefits fade after about a month unless we strive to relax once we return to work or school.