October is a crazy month! Between midterms, preparing for the spring semester, and thinking about which of the many on and off-campus events to go to, it can be quite overwhelming. All of us at ASC have been through this process and our peer advisors and work study students are still going through it with you. You may have heard the adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We would like to share with you some words of wisdom as you prepare for exams.
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- Start Studying now. Do not cram. You will learn more by not procrastinating and this will help you excel with your midterms. – John Donoghue, Assistant Director of ASC
- Only focus on the same subject/class for 30 minutes- 1 hour and then switch subjects! – Sam Brookings, Peer Advisor
- Use your time wisely and take care of your body. If your health is off-center your focus will not be on the books. – Mayra Raxon, Academic Advisor
- Social studying helps! – Anita Ma, Peer Advisor
- Breathe and be patient with yourself. Study often rather than waiting and cramming at the last minute. Kiara Davis, Work Study Student.
- Examine yourself and think about when, where, and with whom you study best. I studied best in a cafeteria/coffee house/book store setting, but when working on a paper, I needed silence so the 2nd or 3rd floor of the library was my hiding place. I could never study in my dorm – never. Rachel Moody, Academic Advisor
- Try your best and stay positive. You will get through this! Krystal, Work Study Student
- When studying- reward yourself with pre-planned break sessions. For example…”If I learn this chapter’s material, not just read it but keep full focus, receive full comprehension and ensure full confidence in my knowledge for the next 23 minutes, I DESERVE three minutes to eat an apple cider donut and check social media”. If you make it into a game, you will focus less on being overwhelmed and more on challenging yourself to learn the material without the FOMO. – Samantha Miller, Academic Advisor
- Stay organized! Keeping track of due dates on one calendar will ensure nothing sneaks up on you! – Nicole Clause, Academic Advisor
- Know that it is normal to be stressed right now and that this time will soon pass. Check your syllabi often. Map out your test and assignment due dates so that you are prepared. Knowing what is ahead of you really helps to lower the pressure. Barbara Brown, Coordinator of Advising Plus
- Remember to take time off for yourself. Somewhat Anonymous Work Study Student
- Try to keep up that “first week of school” energy. It can be easy to start to slack off in the middle of the semester. Do something fun to celebrate getting this far, then hit the books with a renewed spark! – Amanda Parker, Academic Advisor
- Remember that there is a bigger picture – a greater goal that you are working toward! Do not panic, but do your best. Somewhat Anonymous Work Study Student
- Pace yourself! A little studying everyday goes a whole lot further than trying to cram in one night! – Dr. JoAnne Malatesta, Director of ASC and Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
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