Exam crunch and how to stay healthy

Everyone is busy finishing last minute projects, bonus assignments and preparing for their finals, whether that be papers, projects or formal written exams. I am currently enrolled in the SSH practicum program and at the last minute came to the realization that come Dec. 6th, I must present my poster to the faculty and community partners.

My exam schedule is all over the place to put the icing on top. I have exams the first and last day with two others in the middle – however this isn’t my worst exam schedule. Second and third year I had three exams within 26 hours of each other, which meant I was super stressed. If you have this exam schedule, or a similar one I suggest you start studying now or at least plan how you will study, I believe in you though!

Here are some tips for staying calm and healthy during finals:

  1. PLAN- everyone I know who does well, studies over a period of time.
  2. Take breaks- your brain can only handle so much and after four hours your brain doesn’t remember as much; so take a quick 5-15 minute break
  3. If you can’t get a full 6-8 hour sleep try napping, there are so many articles on added benefits of naps – however, aim for 30 mins or less, you don’t want to be groggy.
  4. Eat regularly – eating regularly helps you focus and keep the energy you need to complete assignments and exams. Also eat healthy – we often grab take-out or pre-made meals and eating healthy will give your immune system a boost to keep you healthy during this stressful time.
  5. Breathe – during an exam or project when you feel frustrated, take a quick deep breath and clear your mind.
  6. Trust your GUT – you often know more than you think you do, even if C has been your choice for the last 5 questions.
  7. Visit office hour for last minute clarification.

If you are starting to feel a cold coming on battle it head on with soup, orange juice, and if you feel like it take cold and sinus pills. Sleep will be your best friend, take a day for yourself, it could help you in the long run.

Good luck my fellow readers on your finals! You can push through this semester and have a great break 🙂

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Staying on task this time of year

The end of the semester is approaching deadlines are right around the corner and stress levels are at their highest, and not to mention the holidays are right round the corner. With all this going on I find it hard to stay on track, stay focused and actually get work done. We are so close to the end yet so far, we still need to hand in our last few assignments, study, make it through finals and somehow find time to sleep and eat in between there. This time of year, I struggle a lot to keep on top of myself to ensure I am getting things done when I need to. So I thought I would share some of my tips to keep on tract for anyone else who has the same issue I have around this time of year.

  1. Make sure to get organized and eliminate as many distractions as possible
  2. Make a to do list and a schedule
    • Prioritize the tasks
      • The hardest or most time consuming item first to get it out of the way
    • Include breaks in the list
      • Allow your brain to take a small break – it will help you stay focused when you get back to working
    • Set realistic goals and expectations
  3. Surround yourself with people that will help push you to study and get stuff done ahead of time
    • Avoid studying with people who are known to cram their studying time
  4. Make sure to eat breakfast
    • It will help you stay focused and energetic in the morning
  5. Set times to eat during the day
    • I forget this one a lot, but it is easier to concentrate when I’m not hungry
    • Stay away from greasy and heavy foods it will only make you feel tired and gross, which will make it that much harder to focus and concentrate when you go back to studying
  6. Must set time to get a good night sleep
    • A good night sleep is key to allowing you to be alert and focus during the day
  7. For a courtesy to other people you should also insure you set yourself time to shower 🙂
    • I personally find water relaxing so I count my shower time as one of my studying breaks
  8. Most importantly let your brain relax now and then and reward yourself
    • At the end of a long hard day treat yourself – whether it is to indulge in ice cream, watch a movie or an episode of your favorite TV show – allow yourself to take a breather it will do you some good
      • Personally since I love the holidays that are approaching, I relax by watching a holiday movie so that the kid in me is happy to 🙂
    • Discipline yourself when it comes to your free time
      • Don’t turn a 1 hour break into a 3 or 4 hour break

Just because this works for me it doesn’t mean it will necessarily work for you. But I thought it might help anyone who struggles around this time of year like I do, and has not found a good way to stay focused.

Multiple Choice Midterms/Exams

As midterms are here and finals are quickly creeping up, the stress of studying increases for everyone. I am a second year business student so a lot of my midterms are multiple choice, which I hate. For me multiple choice is the worst way for me to be tested as I always second guess myself and overthink the choices. Multiple choice tests always stress me out and I worry about them a lot. I find that there are lots of other students that I talk to that think multiple choice is difficult too, so I came up with some tips to answering multiple choice;

  • Read the question before you look at the answer.
  • Come up with the answer in your head before looking at the possible answers, this way the choices given on the test won’t throw you off or trick you.
  • Eliminate answers you know aren’t right.
  • Read all the choices before choosing your answer.
  • If there is no guessing penalty, always take an educated guess and select an answer.
  • Don’t keep on changing your answer, usually your first choice is the right one, unless you misread the question.
  • In “All of the above” and “None of the above” choices, if you are certain one of the statements is true don’t choose “None of the above” or one of the statements are false don’t choose “All of the above”.
  • In a question with an “All of the above” choice, if you see that at least two correct statements, then “All of the above” is probably the answer.
  • A positive choice is more likely to be true than a negative one.
  • Usually the correct answer is the choice with the most information.

These are the best tips for multiple choice questions. Most importantly, if you don’t do as good as you thought you would on the test don’t stress about it. Grades are important but they aren’t the only thing that matters. I used to get so worked up and stressed if I got a mark below a 70, but now I know that if I do get a low mark, I know that I need to study even harder for the next one. As long as you’re trying and working hard and studying, the grades you’re aiming for will come. Remember that if you are having problems with understanding concepts, we have a lot of great resources at our school that can help! PASS sessions, peer tutors, teacher office hours and more!

Study hard this midterm/exam season and remember these tips when writing multiple choice tests! Work hard and the outcome you’re aiming for will happen!

Student Services: The ONE Program

What is the ONE program?

The ONE program is a service offered to first year UOIT students that helps them transition from a high school student into undergraduate studies, and also gives students a certificate recognizing their achievements.

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The program works in 3 phrases.

Phase 1 Sept. 10th to Nov. 15th

Lecture & Note Taking Oct. 6th

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tessa Troughton

ONE Study Session & Study Tips

Oct. 14th & 15th

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

UB 3023

Time Management & Goal Setting Sept. 30th

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Candace Chard

Sample Spin Class Oct. 8th

Meet @ 5:45 Class from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

CRWC

 

Phase 2 Nov. 15th to Feb. 15th

Stress Management Nov. 12th

3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Jarek Baginski & Marose Bellehumeur

ONE Study Session & Study Tips

Dec. 2nd & 3rd

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

UB 3023

Budgeting 101

Jan. 19th

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Debra White

Self-Assessment Workshop

Feb. 3rd

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Alison Macpherson

Researching Your Career

Feb. 10th

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Alison Macpherson

 

Phase 3

One Study Session & Study tips                                      ONE Program Community Outreach: Durham Outlook for the Needy

Mar. 9th & 10th                                                                   Mar. 17th & 24th 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. & April 21st & 28th 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.                                                                   **PLEASE NOTE** Register for the time & day that works best for you

UB 3023                                                                                51 King St. E, Oshawa ON L1H 1B4

 

For further information, please visit the ONE program’s Facebook page, or email them at one@uoit.ca