Tag Archives: Midterms

#MiddlingMarch: Indoor Trampoline Enthusiast

28 Mar

Dear reader,

I’ve been living in Tucson for almost 3 years now and I had never been to the oh-so-famous Get Air indoor trampoline park. Midterms have been rough this semester (to say the least) and I just really wanted to let go of all the tension and stress I have been experiencing.Alice 6

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On top of that, my family was also visiting that week so it was a perfect opportunity to go.

I went in thinking I would most likely be trampled by a crowd of children or lose my pants in the jumping pit, but none of that happened. I actually had a really good time, and as a bonus, I was sore the next day from all the running and jumping. It’s actually a really good workout!foam-cubes

We ended up going on a Wednesday night which was perfect because we had the whole park to ourselves. It was my two younger brothers and my boyfriend who truly enjoyed themselves. I was content with just jumping around but they were making a competition out of everything, which was actually fun to see.

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Nevertheless, I really enjoyed myself and it was the stress relief I desperately needed. Sometimes all we need is to act like a kid again to recenter ourselves and get ready for the daily grind again!

‘Til next time,

Becky

Forming Study Groups

13 Feb

Most people claim that when they study with their friends, they are never able to focus. Everyone either begins discussing their exciting weekend plans or something completely off topic and before you know it, you’ve been in the same study room for the past 5 hours and only got through one powerpoint slide. I am pretty sure we all have been there! Don’t give up hope! Here are some tips to ensure that you are able to study with the company of your best friends, but still get some serious studying accomplished.

  • Go over the material individually before meeting as a group so that everyone is on the same page. It is never useful studying with a group if some of the individuals have no idea what the content is about!
  • Come prepared to ask questions/ clarifications. If you come prepared with questions to ask your studymates, chances are everyone will stay on task.
  • Take breaks every 50 minutes for about 10 minutes. Studies have shown that students are often able to retain information better with frequent breaks. Plus, you and your friends will be able to use those 10 minutes to talk about sports/gossip/television/ weekend plans!
  • Take turns bringing snacks to the study sessions. Healthy snacks would be best such as almonds, apples, raisins, oranges, etc. Periodically unhealthy treats such as donuts, cupcakes, and pastries can also be good positive reinforcement!
  • Mix up your studying methods! Instead of just going through the powerpoint slides one by one, perhaps try to develop some sort of game with your friends to make studying both productive and enjoyable. (Jeopardy anyone?)

There are ways to make studying with your friends both educational and enjoyable! Give these a try since the first round of midterms are approaching soon!

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-Erica S.

Five Tips for Relaxation

6 Oct

As an incoming freshman, when it came to studying, I wasn’t riding the struggle bus. I was driving it. I had a peculiar problem, though. My studying went swimmingly…I had trouble with my study breaks. I didn’t know what to do with that time. I usually spent my study breaks telling myself I’d take a quick, five-minute nap. Next thing I knew, I was waking up three hours later.

Over time, I learned some tips on how to have quick, effective study breaks. I want to share those with you!

1. Eat a Snack

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Put the potato chips aside and pick some food with brain power! Nuts, dark chocolate (yes, chocolate!), and apples have been proven to enhance your mental alertness and memory function. Need some ideas for other good study snacks? Click here.

2. Have a Dance Party

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If it were up to me, every second of the day would be a dance party, so this is my favorite tip. Studying usually means sitting in one place for a pretty lengthy amount of time, which makes your body tired and consequently makes your brain tired. Pick your favorite song, put in some headphones, and bust a move!

3. Go Outside

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Get in touch with nature and go outside. Harvard Medical School completed a study on the effects of being outside and found that by leaving the indoors, your body absorbs Vitamin D, your mood becomes happier and more optimistic, and your concentration will improve. (Extra points if you combine a dance party and go outside like Sandra Bullock).

4. Try a “One Song Workout”

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Just like the dance party, doing a one-song workout will wake you up and get you energized. Just Google “One-Song Workout” and a number of different routines will appear to go along with songs from your favorite artists.

5. Watch a Cute Animal Video

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As silly as it may seem, watching cat/dog videos is a great way to spend your study break. Study breaks should be a time for you to let your brain relax and do something that will brighten your mood. Just make sure not to fall into the black hole that is YouTube.

Happy studying, Wildcats!

–Briana

Wildcat Connections (Monday, February 18, 2013 – Sunday, February 24, 2013)

15 Feb

Click the image below to read the newest edition of Wildcat Connections.  We’re preparing for midterms BEFORE we prepare for spring break…

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