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1Mar/160

5 Tips On How To ACE Your Midterms or Other Exams!

Keep your head up!

Keep your head up!

It’s the 8th week of school so that means midterms! Here are some personal studying tips!

  1. Choose a Productive Study Area - Leave your room! Go somewhere that you can get your mind off distractions and solely concentrate on what you are studying. I usually go to the library or the McNutt Campus Center!
  2. Take Breaks - Breaks are healthy for you and give you an incentive to study because you have something to look forward to. Taking breaks gives you a chance to relax and re-energize.
  3. Study Groups - If the test or project you have is very big and you need to break it down, form a study group. You can all split up the work and teach it to each other. This is one of my favorite ways to study.
  4. Use Note Cards - Writing things down and reading them off in short bursts is a great technique to absorb information. Note cards are easily accessible and you can even make you own out of random scraps of paper!
  5. Eat Well - You mustn’t forget to snack and drink water! Staying hydrated and eating stimulates your brain cells. Eating fruit and nuts helps me the most. They give me more energy than chocolate or coffee!

Hopefully these tips will help you achieve ALL A's!

-Mimmi

 

15Jan/160

From the UK with Love, 5 Tips for Adjusting to Life at College

As an international student, at the end of last semester, I was understandably excited to go back home to the UK. The month flew by. I was readjusting myself to home life, which was basically eating good food and hanging out with family and friends. New year was over, and that was when I had to get my mind back in school mode. My last ever semester here at The Woods!

Here are some tips for making that kind of adjustment:

Mims Stretching in Golf Gear

Getting back into workout mode.

  1. Be Disciplined: it is back to reality! You have to have your mind set and make your dreams a reality. Learning to discipline yourself is one of the greatest things you get out of college.
  2. Focus on Health: from all the food and zero workouts I did over the break, I have to get back in the swing of things (pardon the pun) for golf. This means eating healthy and working out.
  3. Find Balance: being a college athlete is rewarding, but it also can be very difficult to balance. School comes first here at The Woods and then sport. But we are very lucky to have professors who will give you extra help if you are busy with a sport. You have to stay on top of things and always ask for help if you need it.
  4. Focus on Friends: college is your second home, so having lots of friends and keeping busy gets your mind off family and friends at home. Sitting with someone new at Tucker or going to the McNutt Center for a game of pool really takes your mind off it.
  5. Keep your Options Open: as it is my last semester, I am currently looking for jobs, and working out what I am going to do with my future. It helps to keep your resume updated as you progress through school by going to see our Career Services director, Amy Dittmer, who is always there to help.

I hope this helps. Keep busy and time will fly by. I promise you!

-Mimmi

4Jan/161

4 Tips for 2016

Hello!  I am taking time out of a busy holiday schedule to share ambitions for my last semester as an undergrad. There are a few goals to which I wish to dedicate my time.

I'm concerned about a huge life transition coming my way, as you may be. The time will fly as quickly as a hot fastball from the hand of an Owls baseball pitcher. Take time out to establish goals. Here are some of mine:

Man reading newspaper

Reading the news can be fun!

1. Read More & Stay up on Current Events

Reading is a great way to increase your vocabulary and knowledge base. When you read, you activate your imagination. It's like watching a movie filmed and produced in your own cranium! I love it, but I don't do enough of it. Read everything. Read the news, a book, song lyrics, a magazine. LEARN. That's goal #1.

2. Be Healthy

I play on the baseball team. Physical health is important to me. Recently, I have tuned in to the importance to mental and emotional well being as well. To kick off my new year, I will limit the number of unhealthy things I put into my body (yes, that means fewer chocolate chip cookies and I'm not too thrilled). This will be a great first step to athletic longevity. I want to be able to play catch with my children. As far as mental health goes, I will motivate myself to harness good thoughts and block negative ones. Emotionally, I will ensure that the people I surround myself with are a positive influence and that I talk about my feelings.

3. Go to Bed Early

That's right folks, you cannot get 6 hours of sleep a night and expect to feel great. I'll shoot for 9 hours of sleep a night, but 8 will be my minimum. This is going to require turning off the Netflix series I've been bingeing on, but also more motivation to get homework finished earlier!

Depiction of two circles that are not touching. One of them in labeled "Your Comfort Zone" the other is "Where the magic happens"

Get into the Magic Zone!

4. Graduate with a Job

This is the golden goose egg of the college graduate. People are always worried about what they will do after college. My advice on that front: get a job. It doesn't have to be the one that you'll hold for the rest of your life, but it might be! Find a door, open it, and see where you end up! That's my plan. We shall see what happens!

 

What are some of your resolutions for 2016?

Peace and blessings, friends!

-Dakota