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28 September 2010

Managing Midterms

By this time, you have probably settled more comfortably into your living situation and life here at UC Berkeley (regardless of your class year). However, are you comfortably settling in on the prospects of midterm season (a season that seems to come in wave after wave instead of solo in the middle of the term)? Of course not. Why? Because we're mostly all hard working--or procrastinating--Cal students. No worries. You've obviously made it this far to Cal, but that doesn't mean that whatever you've been doing in the past is going to still work in your freshman, sophomore, junior, or even senior year.

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25 September 2010

Midterm season is here!

Midterm season has rushed here once again! This time of the school year isn't very fun for any of us, but like all things in life, we have to get through them and do the best that we can. Here are some top tips that I like to use around midterm time that have helped me better prepare myself for exams: 1. Do practice tests: This really helped me with nearly all the pre-requisite science and math courses (Chem 1A, Organic Chem, Physics, Biology, Math), I still utilize it today. Try checking out the website for "Tau Beta Pi." This is my go-to website when I need practice tests; simply google "tau beta pi berkeley" and its the first link. Also, if you're a first or second year I would try to apply to the Biology Scholars Program (BSP). They offer amazing resources such as tutoring, study groups, and an amazing test bank. If you have a mitderm around the corner, go to the Student Learning Center(SLC) in the Cesar Chavez building. They offer drop-in tutoring, study groups, and very helpful mock exams. Even if you don't utilize the SLC on a regular basis, go to the mock exams! Check out their website for information about place and time for the mock exams. 2. Make an office hour appointment with your GSI or professor outside of their normal office hours: I wish I would have practiced this my first two years at Cal. Sometimes going to office hours can be like waiting in line at the DMV, whether it is with your professor or GSI, so if you want one-on-one time, this is a great option. GSI's really want to help us do well, I have never encountered one that has refused to meet with me outside of their regular office hours. 3. Take Breaks: Studying for 5 hours straight is not as efficient as if you were studying in increments of 2.5hours with a 10-20minute break in between. Go ahead, watch a funny youtube video or stand up and walk around for a bit, get a fresh breath of air, or call a friend. After taking a break from studying, I feel re-energized to hit-the-books again, making my studying more efficient. Right before exams, try to be calm and relax, eat a banana or an apple, and talk to anyone that makes you happy. You're a smart individual, just be positive and don't second guess yourself!

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Posted by Nancy Piceno at 1:08 | Permalink

22 September 2010

De-stress for Success!

Stress got you down? So… It’s your first year at Cal and you’ve found that it’s a little more overwhelming than expected. You've had all of less than half a week to move in and get acclimated to campus. Before you could even blink, you were sitting in your first lecture with a sea of hundreds of students just like you. The professor lectured about a subject that either put you to sleep or left you completely befuddled. As steam blows fumes out of your ears from a terrible day, you reminisce of getting lost on campus, shelling out hundreds of dollars on textbooks, and fighting with your new roommate over how much clutter you haven’t unpacked in the room. What do you do now? Mom and dad are long gone, and you’re all alone... right? NO! Relax… you have a PAL!

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Posted by Wellington Onyenwe at 1:11 | Permalink

21 September 2010

Classes have begun

Fall '10 has begun and I hope everyone was able to enroll in their desired classes. If you didn't get a class of your choice, please drop by 260 Mulford to get advice from your major adviser on a substitute course. Just a friendly reminder that Sept 24 is the last day to add courses with a $5 fee and drop courses with a $10 fee. Classes added/dropped after this deadline will need the Dean's approval.

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