MyStory Mondays Project MyStory

Old School Advice

Picture of a person studying and stressed out

TONIGHT: You are invited to our first Dinner and Discussion Series. The Topic: New Stories: How UAlbany Became a Home Away from Home. We hope to see you there at 6pm, in the Science Library 3rd Floor, Room 340. What is it?

  • Students sharing their stories with other students. 
  • Dinner – Prizes – Information You Can Use – Connections 

In Fall 2015, we asked our advisors, peer advisors, and student workers in the Academic Support Center (ASC) for a list of study tips. Some of those on the list below have changed positions, but what they have to say about studying remains on point!

  1. 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 Academic Support Center 
  2. Only focus on the same subject/class for 30 minutes- 1 hour and then switch subjects!
    – Sam, Former Peer Advisor 
  3. 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, Former Academic Advisor; Currently the Assistant Director for Residential Life, State Quad
  4. Social studying helps!
    – Anita, Former Peer Advisor 
  5. Breathe and be patient with yourself. Study often rather than waiting and cramming at the last minute.
    – Kiara, Former Work Study Student 
  6. 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, Former Assistant Director; Currently the Director of International Academic Partnerships and International Academic Advising 
  7. Try your best and stay positive. You will get through this!
    – Krystal, Former Work Study Student and Peer Advisor 
  8. 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, Former Academic Advisor 
  9. Stay organized! Keeping track of due dates on one calendar will ensure nothing sneaks up on you!
    Nicole DeSorbo, Academic Advisor 
  10. 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 A-Plus Tutoring and Academic Support 
  11. Remember to take time off for yourself.
    – Anonymous Work Study Student 
  12. 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, University Tutoring Coordinator
  13. Remember that there is a bigger picture – a greater goal that you are working toward!  Do not panic, but do your best.
    – Anonymous Work Study Student 
  14. Pace yourself! A little studying everyday goes a whole lot further than trying to cram in one night!
    Dr. JoAnne Malatesta, Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Established in March 2015, Project MyStory is a community building effort to help students better acclimate to UAlbany and to work more effectively toward their goals. We began in UAlbany’s Academic Support Center (ASC), where you will see many of the posters featured above. We are now co-housed in ASC and in the Center for International Education and Global Strategy (CIEGS).

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