Get Involved to Give Back

29 Jan

How you get involved on campus truly influences and enriches your college experience. There are many ways to make your campus involvement serve a dual purpose- both improving your life and contributing to the University and Tucson communities. Many extracurricular activities provide you with an automatic group, making giving back even easier if you haven’t really done it before.

Here’s a breakdown of ways that you can get involved on campus that often facilitate giving back!

Fraternity and Sorority Programs: One aspect of fraternities and sororities is their partnerships with philanthropic organizations. Those partnerships offer opportunities to impact complete strangers’ lives across the nation. You also don’t necessarily have to be a member to help out! By attending our chapters’ philanthropic events, you are able to make a small contribution.

Honoraries: There are several honoraries on campus! Some are based on eligibility by GPA, year in school, or are focused specifically on service to others. Regardless of the honorary, all of them arrange service projects for their members. In addition to the benefits of membership, you get the bonus of feeling good after participating in such projects.

ASUA Clubs: Joining clubs that are focused on your interests such as academics or hobbies are a great way to make new friends and network! In addition, many of these clubs provide opportunities to engage with the Tucson community and encourage children to consider going to college.

Housing and Residential Life: Joining Hall Council, getting involved with RHA/NRHH, or becoming an RA or DA isn’t just for people wanting to work in student affairs later in life. These leadership opportunities are also a chance to improve the daily experiences of students living in the residence halls.

On Campus Jobs: Many departments on campus hire students to work on-campus. These are also wonderful opportunities to gain leadership experiences and network if Housing isn’t your thing. This can be a very rewarding experience because you are helping your fellow students get the most out of the U of A. 

There are many avenues to focus your energies. If you are already involved with some of the groups I discussed, start taking advantage of the opportunities for service! Since it’s the beginning of the semester, it’s a great time to join something new.

-Gabriela

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5 TOP REASONS ON WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

29 Jan

Now that it’s the new year and y’all have your fitness routines and such all worked out, it’s time to focus on your hearts. VOLUNTEERING! YAY! Okay, yeah, I get it, you did that one thing, that one time, and you’re set, right? NO. WRONG. It’s always a good thing to volunteer, and let Lili lay some knowledge on why.

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  1. YOUR HEART.
    • Look, let’s be real. You know you feel good when you volunteer, or help someone. Maybe not in the moment, but you know you helped someone who needed it. So, why on earth wouldn’t you want to feel good? Your conscience is calling you! It wants you to help put a smile on someone else’s face!giphy.gif
       
  2. RESUME
    • Who says you don’t have to benefit from the volunteer work? You can definitely mention these experiences on your resume, cover letters, and interviews! After all, the things are building your character, so y’know, GO BUILD SOME CHARACTER. 
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  3. YOU’RE NEEDED
    • Whether you’re helping someone mow their lawn, or you’re tutoring other students, you are making a difference. Although it may not feel like it for the big picture, you are changing someone’s life. It may not be the world, but if enough of us do one kind act like that, it builds up to change the world in the end. 
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  4. CONNECTIONS
    • Networking is the way of the modern world; you need connections to get places, letters of recommendations, and anything else of the sorts. Volunteering opportunities open windows where you can meet new people! This, again, is another way you can benefit from volunteering. 
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  5. IT’S FUN
    • Who said you would have to do it alone? I volunteer all the time with a group of my friends! You really get to bond with your best mates while also helping the community. It’s a win-win!

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All in all, life is what you make of it. Why not help someone who needs it? You can have fun, gain experience, and benefit the community all by one opportunity. So, hop to it!

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Much love,

Lils xx

 

How to NOT Freak Out About Not Getting the Classes You Need

13 Nov

It kind of sucks, but not everyone can get everything they want. What’s even worse is that you woke up at 6am to register for a class you didn’t even get. But don’t worry, friends! Although you might not have gotten the exact schedule you wanted, there are ways to solve these problems. There are stranger things than not having a perfect schedule.

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Your face when you didn’t get your classes, huh?

  1. Breathe!

The first thing to do, is NOT freak out. I know, I know, you didn’t get the course you need and you NEED it. But, first, for the love of Eggos and your sanity, breathe. Freaking out is not going to get you the courses you need or want. Be a mouth breather, and take a breath!

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  1. Waiting list

Hop on UAccess and get on that waiting list! Email your professors, ask if you can get on that waiting list. This is the buffer stage between not having the class and getting into the course. Make sure if you can get on that waiting list you do so. THIS WILL DO YOU WONDERS because people do drop classes, so you’ll be ready!

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get ready for that mad dash to the waiting list

  1. Talk to your advisor

DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Your advisor will help you know if the class you want/need is detrimental to your major and graduation rate.  They’ll help you find substitutes for those classes, or find a way for you to take that course. Your advisor is your Mr. Clarke. They will be there through your thick and thins to make sure you GET what you NEED.

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  1. Look at substitute classes

After talking to your advisor, they probably gave you a list of options to go through. If there are substitute classes you can take that help your major course or anything, go for it! Other classes your major requires that you can take. For some majors you can take a class that will put you ahead, and the next semester you can take the class you missed. There are many possibilities, so make sure you explore them!

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there’s a world of possibilities out there!

  1. Different class versions?

Online? Community College? Summer/Winter course?

Your advisor will walk you through these options too, so make sure you’re utilizing all of your options! You can transfer credits, so definitely ask around!

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run and get that information you need!

With all of this in mind, the first thing you need to do is not stress too much about it. Your advisor and the University want what is best for you. Where there is a will, there is a way. There are many resources on campus to use, and I can assure there is a way and plan to get you where you want to get!

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Get ready to swing at these courses with all your resources!

So get ready, and go get what you want!

Stay beautiful,

Lils xx

 

  • originally published in 2017

Have Fun This Weekend, With or Without Family!

2 Oct

Family weekend is upon us, and the University of Arizona truly does not take this weekend lightly! There are so many activities, from the Bear Down BBQ to carnival-level festivities. For many of you, this can mean finally being able to show off the university that you have gotten to know and love. However, a lot of you might not have family coming up this weekend. I’m here to tell you, there are still a million ways to have a great time this weekend!

 

As an out-of-state student, I really dreaded family weekend last year because I knew that it was not very feasible for my parents and siblings to come up all the way from Texas just for one weekend. I thought I might as well stay in because seeing everyone having a hoot with their own families might have proven to be a bit depressing. However, I was so wrong!

Here are some fun options:

Get some friends together, and go to the movies! Sounds simple enough, right? Basically, this is just another weekend, and the great thing about going to a school this big is that there are always going to be people in the same boat as you! So try to find out who doesn’t have family coming down either, and make some plans. One of my biggest tips is to go out, and make sure to have some fun!

 

Okay, I know some of you will refuse to go out-that’s okay, I love a nice relaxing night in as much as the next person. I think we are all on the same page when I say, there is one clear thing to do if you’re staying in: Netflix! If you’re not sure what to watch I would recommend Parks and Recreation, Friends, or Stranger Things (try to force someone to watch this one with you, it can get a little jumpy)!

 

If you’ve grown close to someone on campus -like your roommate or any friends really- and they offer for you to go out with their families, be open to it! Going out and having fun might get your mind off the fact that your family wasn’t able to make it, and trust me, good food and good company will make for an enjoyable time!

 

And lastly, why not just go down to the mall and partake in the activities the U of A is putting on? Maybe your family isn’t here, but you still have to eat! And I don’t know about you, but carnival rides, U of A football, and ice cream sounds like the makings of a perfect weekend to me!

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So  if your family is not able to come down this weekend, I hope that you will not feel lonely! There truly are so many ways to keep preoccupied. Just try to have fun, whether that means a relaxing night of Netflix or a night out with friends! Hope you all have a great weekend, and Bear Down!

-Amna

 

Just Keep Swimming

12 Sep

In the hustle and bustle of the beginning of freshman year, everything seems to go by so quickly. So many opportunities get thrown at you and before too long your head starts spinning with all of the possibilities. In many ways, that is the beauty of college – you can become who you were meant to be! Some of the opportunities that interest you the most may be things you never would have imagined could be a good fit. My entire college journey has been a mixture of absolute uncertainty and questioning my decisions. Don’t stress too much if you’re in that spot too, it’s hard to believe it now but everything will work out in the end.

Freshman year:

I came to UA as a pre-med student, but the more I explored the options available to me I realized it wasn’t quite the right path for me. I ended up changing my major 5 times between orientation and the beginning of sophomore year. Thankfully, they all had overlapping courses so I was still on track to graduate in four years. One of the most helpful classes I had that year was a 1 unit health professions exploration colloquium. Between the guest speakers for that class and the many mentors in my life I found the perfect major.

Sophomore year:

At this point, I knew I liked my major because I was actually enjoying my classes. Every day I felt really excited about all of the options my chosen field had to offer. In all of the excitement I started to get scared because I could not narrow down my interests to one career. Instead of stressing out too much about this, I decided to just go with the flow and take the time to keep exploring rather than trying to tie myself down to one thing.

Junior year:

Last year, I was able to narrow down to two or three options that I felt extremely passionate about. I spent more time researching how to get started in those fields to start to identify what my life after college could look like. Talking with professors in my field really helped me realize that most professionals had a journey filled with uncertainty and change too, which reassured me a lot.

Senior year:

During the summer, I took on an internship that gave me a lot more insight into a potential career path. While it may not have been exactly right for me, it did help me do a lot more thinking about what careers truly fit with my passions. One day I watched a YouTube video and I learned that public health law exists as a career. Immediately, I made an appointment to sit down with a pre-law advisor to discuss how to showcase my journey in my applications. Finally, after all of the confusion my path forward has action steps.

When the future seems scary or intimidating, just keep swimming! Don’t discount yourself or your abilities, if you put your mind to it you can make it happen. No two people here at the U of A are the same, your experiences won’t be identical either. If you’re like me and need a lot of structure, let yourself be a little uncomfortable in the confusion for a bit. When you do finally find the right path, you will know.

-Gabriela

The One with the Unrealistic Expectations

3 Sep

Ah, finally the time has come! College. You’ll have tons of time to explore the city and go out with all of your amazing new friends. Your courses will be so easy, fun, and laid-back in comparison to high school courses. You’ll have so much independence to make your own choices and do whatever you want!

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While these are all very optimistic thoughts to have, they may not necessarily be true. Sorry to burst your bubble, but many of us as new students jump into college holding many unrealistic expectations of the new world around us.

As a new student, I felt many things in the first few weeks of school. I remember being absolutely amazed that so many people could be in one lecture hall at the same time – and all be quiet. I was eager, nervous, excited, and optimistic about the new semester. I believed that my new college life would be like something out of a movie!

But, to my dismay, it was not just like a movie. If I knew the common misconceptions about college life, maybe I would have had an easier time! Here are some expectations I experienced when I first came to college, and what you should really be expecting from your first year at the UA:

  1. Classes will be easy-peasy! Ha, don’t make me laugh! College coursework is not for the faint of heart! You may believe that your high school courses were the epitome of tough classes, but unfortunately, that is not the case. In high school, I took many dual enrollment classes and AP courses. I took chemistry, biology, history, etc – and I passed with flying colors! When I took my chemistry class in college, I walked in thinking it would be a breeze. I did well in high school chemistry, so I’ll do really well in college level chemistry, right? WRONG. College classes require you to dedicate hours and hours of your time to studying. You might even need to attend tutoring, study sessions, or your professor’s office hours for extra help. The point being that college courses are not something to take lightly – you must work for the grade you want!
  2. I can skip all the classes I want! My entire senior year of high school, classmates and even teachers would often say, “College professors never take attendance!” This, my friends, is the furthest thing from the truth. When professors go over their syllabus, they will often mention attendance policies. Many of these syllabi will include a statement along the lines of “Attendance is recorded for a grade” or “Missing 3 or more classes will lower your grade.”200w_dNot only can skipping class potentially lower your grade, but think about all of the money you will be losing in the long run. Why would you pay for $1,000 courses if you’re not even going to show up? College courses should not be a chore, so make sure you choose a major that you will really enjoy! Gen eds also give you the opportunity to take courses that you may have particular interest in, such as an art course or a mythology course.
  3. I’m going to have tons of free time! Um, no. College courses are going to take up the bulk of your life (refer to number 1). As a new student, you will most likely have class every day of the week! On top of that, you have to factor in the time you spend studying and dedicating time to your coursework. You may even look into getting a part time job to help pay for tuition, living expenses, books, etc. 200w_d2I know, I know. This isn’t what you wanted to hear, but in the end, it will all be worth it! College gives you many opportunities to get out of your comfort zone! Maybe you want to join a club and dedicate some time to that. You could join an intramural sport to get some exercise into your busy schedule! Even though a student’s life is extremely busy, it doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and full of new experiences.
  4. None of my friends are going to U of A, I’m not going to have any friends! This was one of my biggest fears coming into college. Many of the classmates I graduated with stayed in my hometown or decided to go to a different university. I had no idea what to do to make new friends in college, and to be quite honest, I was terrified! giphy-downsizedasedfHere’s the truth: you don’t have to do much to make new friends! A lot of folks live in the residence halls on campus, and that is a great way to make new friends. If you join a club, you will find tons of other students who share similar interests with you. Even in your classes, just by sitting someone new everyday, you can meet a lot of really amazing people!

Even though college may not match up perfectly with what you expected, there are still many fun times to be had and many new things to learn! Open your mind, explore, and don’t be afraid to do what you love!kdkdkdk

– Elizabeth

Welcome to College: Don’t Be a Stranger!

28 Aug

A new thing can be exciting and refreshing. That’s the beauty of change – it’s what makes day-to-day life a little more exciting than it was the day before. But change can be a big hurdle for a lot of people, AND THAT’S OK. Learning how to adjust or figuring out how to best transition into college isn’t a cakewalk for everyone. In fact, it’s probably a bigger issue for a lot more people than one initially thinks. The reality is that change, as exciting as it is, is also pretty nerve-wrecking.

I remember being 18 and moving into my first dorm. Being from Arizona myself, I knew a few people from home that were on campus but if we’re being honest no one that I was close friends with. The excitement of starting college was real but so was the fear that I would never be able to adjust or find friends like the ones I had left back home. Fortunately, that was not the case.

Yes, it is possible to find your niche in college! Yes, it is possible to transition gracefully! It’s all a matter of putting yourself out there and facing that tiny fear of rejection that lies in the back of one’s mind. University is full of opportunities for mingling with other students: clubs, jobs, and tons of other social activities. The only thing left to do as a student is choosing which route to follow; truly the possibilities are endless when deciding on how to get involved on campus. For those that aren’t sure where to start, here are a few option to get you all going.

Joining clubs

One of the most obvious ways to get involved on campus is everyone’s go-to suggestion: clubs. The University of Arizona has over 600 available clubs on campus! Ranging from things like self defense, major related subjects, or cultural communities there is more than likely something to appeal to everyone. And honestly, what better place to find people who share the same interests? The best way to make the U of A home is to find somewhere that feels like home. Take some time to check out their website at clubs.arizona.edu!

Make some friends AND make some money

Aside from school, the second best place to meet new people is probably going to be work. Not only does work give students the chance to make some extra cash for whatever purposes, but it also allows students to connect with other people nearby. Campus offers a variety of jobs whether they be in the student union, in college offices, or doing odd jobs like transporting students in golf carts, assisting in the residence halls, or managing bike racks, garages, etc. However, don’t limit yourself to campus! There are plenty of walking distance jobs on University Blvd that can bring in loads of tip money as well. Finding a fun job to fill in the downtime is more than possible in a college town like Tucson!

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Campus offers more than 50 academic, leadership, and social greek chapters to help students connect with their peers, stay involved on campus, and gain some very beneficial community service hours all at once. There are housed and unhoused chapters and groups based on your identities.  Greek life is just another awesome way for students to make lifelong connections with friends while getting in valuable and memorable experiences for the long run. The university also offers a website (greek.arizona.edu) where students can check out the many chapters available and their corresponding fees.

Give back to your community

Tons of students at the university are not only looking to meet new people, they’re looking to make good use of their time here on campus. For some, volunteering and community service work is an interest that not only lets them find a positive group of peers to surround themselves with, but it also provides them with some incredibly useful service hours that can help build their academic resume. The university has an easy to do interest form that can be submitted to ASUA to help match you with great volunteer opportunities at volunteer.asua.arizona.edu.

Of course coming to a new school or even a new state can be incredibly unsettling for some people. Realistically, it happens to most of us. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be that way forever! There is SO much for students to get involved in here on campus that there really is no reason to waste time wallowing in the first year jitters. It only takes a little bit courage to go out and find the perfect fit and the next four years will fall into place all on their own. Don’t be afraid to go out and find the ideal club, job, or social community! College is meant to be a fresh and exciting new adventure: let’s make the best of it!

-Diana

How to Stay Productive in the Summer

2 May

What time is it? Summer time. ANTICIPATION (cited from High School Musical 2). You know what that means, y’all? UNPRODUCTIVITY!

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I know, I know, you’ve slaved away all semester to finally relax by the pool, play some golf, or just SLEEP. HOWEVER, this time is the time to be productive too! So, buckle up, because Lili is about to show you how to stay relaxed but productive this summer!

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  1. SLEEP
    • Sleep is productive. It’s time to get back on a normal sleep schedule, to reset your circadian rhythm and give your body the rest it needs. This is productive because you can make a schedule or plan things according to your now-normal sleep schedule. I’m not saying to wake up at 8am, I’m just saying it’s time to let your body feel normal and have a DECENT sleep schedule! Also, you have a chance of growing if you sleep more 😉

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  1. MAKE A LIST
    • I know you have things to do this summer, so make a list! This will help you feel like you’re still doing things this semester, and it’ll still give you that satisfaction of crossing things off of your list. You can hang out with friends, read a book, go get groceries, spend time with the family!

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  1. CLEAN
    • It’s time to clean. Not just your house, but your life too! Summer is the perfect time to clean your social media, delete unnecessary documents on your laptop, clean your life! This is how you can stay productive! Stay clean!

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THREE simple solutions to keep you amped, clean, and productive! I hope your summer is a safe one!

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Have a great one, friends!

Xx Lil

You GOT this!

27 Apr

It’s that time again! Does everyone have there everything’s going to be okay face on???giphy.gif

…..Oh, ok maybe not, but that’s okay, we’ll get there! I GET IT! Finals week is probably the most stressful time of year and I’m feeling it too. Firstly you have already been through a hectic semester and your feeling exhausted. Also, you have MULTIPLE exams/papers/projects/extra credit assignments that are due around or on the same day. This is definitely overwhelming but I want you to try to dig deep to gain the last bit of motivation to get through the year. I know it’s WAY easier said than done, but motivation is everything so I am here to remind you of some ways you can gain the little bit of extra motivation to get through the end of the year!

Remember most motivation comes from within:

giphy-1.gifThe best person who can give your motivation is yourself. You can’t expect or rely on anyone to just give you the motivation you need because this is your thing. You are the one in college and the one who are taking the exams. You need to put the effort into studying and do the best you can. You need to be proud of yourself for the progress you have made throughout the year and have confidence you can finish the year strong! You have worked so hard to get to the place you are now, so keep pushing forward to get the grade you deserve on your last few finals. You have been preparing all year and have all the knowledge you need to do well on your exams, so buckle down and get it done! If you need a little push, look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a pep talk! I know it sounds silly, but it will boost you up.

Get motivations from others:

giphy-2.gifI know I just said motivation needs to come from you, but definitely to talk to your friends, family, and professors to give you a boost of motivation if you need it. They are your biggest supporters so they are the best people to go to when you are feeling a little down and stressed out. They can also help you with your accountability on staying on track. If you let someone know when you are planning to study for your final, follow up with them to make sure you are actually doing what you are supposed to do. The only thing you need to be careful is not to put too much on their plate. They can only do so much to help you through your stress and at the end of the day, it’s your job to put the effort into doing well on finals, not theirs. Also, these people are the ones you care about and want to impress, so don’t let them down!

Set goals:

giphy-3.gifIf you are someone who likes to see progress, set short-term goals for finals week. Think back to SMART goals and make sure your goals are actually achievable in the timeline you have. For example, trying to catch up on 4 months of reading for one class in one day is unrealistic, but reviewing all previous tests for a class is more realistic. Write down your SMART goals and put them in a place you always look such as on your calendar, bathroom mirror, or desk. If you do this, you can see what you have accomplished in the remaining last 2 weeks of your freshman year and make yourself more accountable because you have actually written down what you need to do to finish the year. Check them off once you complete the goal to feel the accomplishment!

Redirect when you are set back:

giphy-4.gifLife doesn’t stop happening during finals week. You can’t control everything leading up to your final exams/projects/papers, but if you are set back, you can control what you do about it and how it affects you. Don’t get angry about something getting in the way of your studying plan because it happens. Take a little bit to be annoyed that your plan didn’t work out, but then do something about it! Try to make it a problem-solving activity where you have to get creative with your time. You can find extra time in your schedule to get things done if you are organized, so with that said, DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO START STUDYING!!!!!

Positive thinking:

giphy-5.gifAll in all, having motivation is a lot easier if you have a good attitude about it. I know stress is hard to get through and weighs you down, but it is what you make of it. If it helps, surround yourself with positive messages, motivational quotes, or anything else that makes you stay calm under the pressure of finals. At the end of the day, this is only the last push of freshman year and you can only do what you can. Don’t stress out too much!

You have worked SOOOO hard to get to the place where you are and you are so close to summer vacation! It’s only two weeks away!! As you go through your final exams, don’t forget to treat your body right by eating well and sleeping properly. Also, utilize the Finals Survival Week on campus because it definitely makes finals a little easier. Congratulations on making it through your first year of college and I KNOW you will do amazing on your finals! YOU GOT THIS!!!

Keep on Keepin’ on,
Courtney 🙂

Finals Study Tips

25 Apr

With finals coming up, it’s easy to get into bad study habits, procrastinate, or even just not know how to study effectively. It’s also the most important time of the year to make sure that you’re on top of studying and assignments, since there’s so much going on. Check out these 8 tips below for how to study well and make the most out of this finals season.

  1. Don’t procrastinate! Study a little bit each day as opposed to a lot the day (or night) before a test. It’ll save you a lot of stress, you’ll remember information better, and you’ll probably do a lot better on your finals.procrastinate.jpg
  2. Prioritize your hardest or most important finals. If one finals is worth 5% of your grade and another is worth 50% of your grade, you should focus more time and energy into the one that’s worth more. Acing an exam that’s not worth very much at the expense of failing one that’s worth a lot isn’t a good trade off.
  3. Make a master study calendar. This could mean planning out how long you’ll study for each test each day, what you’ll work on during a specific time block, and what needs to get done by when. This way, you won’t forget about anything and it makes it easier to focus if you don’t have to decide what to work on.
  4. Block social media. It’s so easy to turn on your phone and end up losing an hour of your time just aimlessly scrolling. It’s best to either block social media, delete the apps from your phone, or control the amount of time you spend online.media.jpg
  5. Utilize library databases and citation organizers for papers and projects. Google isn’t a very effective study tool when you’re looking for quality sources. The library and online databases have great sources and save a lot of time scrolling through web pages.
  6. Plan healthy breaks. This could mean taking a walk, eating a snack, taking a quick power nap, etc. Like number 3, just make sure you aren’t blowing hours taking “breaks”.
  7. Utilize different study methods. Try rewatching lectures, reviewing notes, reading the textbook, watching online videos, taking sample tests or doing practice problems. What works for one class might not be what works for another and having a variety of study methods helps you retain information and learn it in different ways.
  8. Stay positive. Stress doesn’t help productivity and if you tell yourself you’re going to fail all of your tests, you’re a lot more likely to. Keep a positive mindset and you’ll be a lot happier, more productive, and have a more successful final season.positive.jpg

Good luck and happy studying!

-Jess