Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Resolutions for the College Student

As the new year is nearly upon us, revelers will spend tonight celebrating this new beginning with family and friends. Another tradition for the New Year's is that of making resolutions, and this year will be no exception. However, for many students it is difficult to know where to begin making resolutions-especially ones that we will keep.

Here is list of suggestions for those of you who on New Year's Eve need a little help in making resolutions for 2014. Be sure to check out number 3; the ARC may be able to help you out on that one in 2014.


Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fall 2013 Final Week Schedule

ARC's final week schedule is now available in the tutoring schedule page. Here is the direct link: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B-BjGwaq3YZmNzI3NklNRWlCaTQ&usp=sharing

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Apply to become an ARC Scholar for Spring 2014 http://iit.edu/arc/employment_at_arc

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Freshmen 8! Sleep Challenge

The first study tip for the year has nothing to do with studying at all! In the study cited by the Huffington Post in the article below they found:

  • "In a study of short sleepers (less than six hours); average sleepers (six to eight hours); and long sleepers (eight-plus hours) ... the long sleepers had the highest GPAs.
  • Then in 2007 researchers looked at what type of sleeper got better grades: A "morning person" or a "night owl." What they discovered: an extreme night owl would have an average GPA of about 2.5 and, as each person became more and more of an early bird, their GPAs increased all the way to a 3.5.
  • This year, researchers discovered that nearly a third of college students surveyed at least one sleep disorder. These researchers found that students without sleep disorders had a higher GPA than those with sleep disorders. GPA scores lower than 2.00 were more likely to be those of students with at least one sleep disorder."

Personally, I have seen this affect my own grades. During my third year, I began to prioritize sleep and saw a significant improvement in my grades as well as my energy and attitude. The next time you have to choose between cramming all night and getting your sleep, I challenge you to choose sleep! 

Check out the full story below:

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Final Week Tutoring Schedule

Final week schedule: http://goo.gl/DRhFh


Good Luck!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tips for better test taking

  1. Analyze how you did on a similar test in the past.
    Review your previous tests and sample tests provided by your teacher.
    Each test you take prepares you for the next one!
  2. Arrive early for tests.
    List what you need beforehand to avoid panic.
    Good preparation prepares you for the task at hand.
  3. Be comfortable but alert.
    Choose a comfortable location with space enough that you need
    Don't slouch; maintain good posture.
  4. Stay relaxed and confident.
    Keep a good attitude and remind yourself that you are going to do your best.
    If you find yourself panicking, take a few deep breaths
    Don't talk to other students right before: stress can be contagious.
  5. Read directions carefully!
    and avoid careless errors.
  6. If there is time, quickly look through the test for an overview.
    Scan for keywords. If permitted, jot any notes that come to mind.
  7. Answer questions in a strategic order:
    Easy questions first to build confidence.
    Then those with the most point value.
    On objective tests, eliminate obvious incorrect answers.
    On essay tests, broadly outline your answer and sequence of points.
  8. Review! if you have time.
    Resist the urge to leave when you complete the exam--
    check if you have answered all the questions,
    and not made any errors or mis-marked any answers.
  9. Change answers to questions if you erred, or misread the question!
    You may also find information in the test that will correct a previous answer.
  10. Decide on and adopt study strategies that work best for you.
    Review where you succeed and where you are challenged.
    Check out your academic support center or a trusted teacher for advice.



Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Fall employment application is now available. Visit http://iit.edu/arc/about/ for more information about employment.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Twenty-five Ways to Improve Motivation and Concentration

1. Design an adequate environment for yourself. Check lighting, noise, comfort of furniture, etc., in three or four places to determine which spot works best for you.

2. Make sure you have all the tools (i.e. compass, notebook, pens) you need before beginning a study session.

3. Choose a regular time to study each day so that you set a pattern for yourself.

4. Have a special reminder pad for jotting down extraneous thought that enter your mind while you are studying (e.g. Calling a friend for a lunch date).

5. Use a symbol for studying. Choose an item, like a hat, that you put on when, and only when, you are studying or an item that you place on your desk as you study.

6. Relax your body before you start studying.

7. Relax your body and give yourself an affirmation and/or an image that will motivate you.

8. Do some alternate nostril breathing before you begin study. Active-Passive: Do 3 rounds, starting with your active nostril, break 3 rounds starting with you passive nostril, break, 3 rounds starting with your active nostril.

9. Imagine that your brain is filled with the subject that you are going to study and that there is no room for anything else. See that the entrances to your mind are blocked by that subject.

10. Take two minutes before reading to jot down everything you expect to come up in the text that you are about to read.

11. Employ and SQ3R technique to begin each subject.

12. Break assignments into small step-by-step tasks.

13. Analyze your study skills to make sure that your problem is one of concentration, not faulty study skills.

14. Look for a special interest in each subject for which you do not feel motivated. For example, of Biology does not thrill you but you are interested in keeping your body in good shape, you may be able to develop an interest in nutrition, the effects of exercise on muscles, etc.

15. Develop a contract for a particular study problem. Decide if you are more responsive to reward or punishment and construct a contract accordingly. For example, "For every 10 pages read, I can listen to music for 10 minutes", or "If I don't read 20 pages of history, I must wear mismatched socks tomorrow". Set up the contract on graph paper. Chart your progress over 5 study sessions before you consider making modifications.

16. Set realistic study goals.

17. Solve some of the problems that are interrupting your concentration (i.e., speak to your professor about the lecture that you didn't understand).

18. Keep a pencil in your hand while studying so that you can be an active participant in the process.

19. When you find that you are not concentrating, take some action. Suggestions: Make a check mark every time you find your mind wandering; stand up and turn around every time your mind wanders.

20. Take a short break after every 20-40 minutes of reading to let what you have just read have a chance to sink in and find its way to connectors and memory storage points in your mind. Do not use the break for a phone call, TV. Etc., just sit back and reflect on what you have read.

21. Watch your diet. Limit the amount of chemicals (that includes junk food, too!), sugar, and caffeine you are taking. They can give you a buzz but that don't really make you any more alert.

22. Exercise on a regular basis. Try exercising before you study to increase alertness.

23. Get 7-9 hours of sleep per 24-hour period. It does not all have to happen at one time.

24. Do not give in to mental fatigue - the kind that goes away when you do something besides studying. Push on and wait for the 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) "wind" that is another stage of alertness that will come if you persevere.

25. Talk about your concentration/motivation problems with a friend and/or make an appointment at the Learning and Academic Skills Center.

-University of Minnesota

Thursday, February 28, 2013

10 tips for Managing Procrastination

1. Know it when you see it:

There are days when you know exactly when, why, and how you're procrastinating. Other times, it's a little harder to tell. Convincing yourself that you can do less if you accept a lower grade or substituting one activity (like cleaning) for a more important one (like studying) are as much forms of procrastination as watching TV or hanging out with friends just before something is due. If you want to stop procrastinating, you have to recognize when you're doing it.

2. Be positive:

Taking a positive approach to whatever it is that you're doing can help motivate you and will reduce procrastination. Instead of thinking that you have to do something, tell yourself that you choose to do it. When you succeed at a task, acknowledge your hard work and don't pass it all off as good luck.

3. Overcome perfectionism:

The quest to be perfect isn't all that it's cracked up to be. Perfectionism can cause high stress levels and lower your productivity, which can lead to procrastination. Accept the fact that none of us will ever be perfect. Accomplishing the goals you set out for yourself is what makes you successful, even if you occasionally stumble along the way.

4. Set clear goals:

Setting clear and meaningful goals can help you to focus your energy. A general rule for setting realistic goals is to make sure you allot your time accordingly. Think honestly about how much time it'll take to get a job done, then double it. Remember, things won't always work out the way you planned. By monitoring your progress and making the necessary adjustments to your schedule, you'll accomplish more than you thought possible.

5. Prioritize:

With so many opportunities to do new and exciting things on campus, it's easy to put studying off to another day. Avoid giving in to impulsiveness by writing down all the things that you have to get done. Rate each item on a scale of 1 to 5 and focus on finishing the higher priority tasks before the lower ones.

6. Break it down:

Big projects can be overwhelming and might lead to procrastination if you don't know where to start or if you think there's simply too much to do. Rather than tackling a huge project all at once, work on smaller sections of the task over a longer period of time.

7. Pick your spot:

If you're not getting anything done at home, get out! Similarly, if you're running in to too many people you know, or there are too many distractions to keep you focused, find a more suitable environment to work in.

8. Get organized:

Plan a detailed daily schedule with blocks of time set aside during the day for different tasks. Setting up in advance prepares you mentally for accomplishing the activity. While you can't predict when an unexpected event might throw you off track, building flexibility into your schedule will keep you from falling behind. If you can, avoid arranging blocks of work back-to-back. Instead, plan to take breaks between activities.

9. Set reminders:

Once you get the hang of it, scheduling all the stuff you have to do is fairly easy. The hard part is actually doing it! Leave yourself easy-to-see reminders to keep you focused on the task at hand. Put them on the TV, your bedroom door, the bathroom mirror, or anywhere else where you can't miss them.

10. Reward yourself:

Rewarding yourself for finishing even the smallest task on your list of things to do serves two purposes: it makes you aware that managing procrastination is a process with several steps and it motivates you to do more. Promise yourself phone time, TV time, a get-together with friends, or anything else that you consider a reward.