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19 September 2011

If I could be a freshman or sophomore again…

I still find it hard to believe that I am at the halfway point in college. If I could be a freshman or sophomore again I would make sure that I do the following from the start
  1. Know what you can handle.
  2. Make use of your summer
  3. Plan ahead

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Posted by Yanna Chen at 2:44 | Permalink

07 September 2011

Hot Mess right now, but you should be an MEB OR MOL TOX MAJOR!!!

It's only the 3rd week and I'm already in hot mess mode. Classes are starting and already everything is chaotic like it usually is. Luckily I'm over 13 units so that's half the battle. If, however, you are on the waitlist for more than half of your classes don't sweat! First for most classes usually a lot of the people that are on the waitlist eventually get in. Heck as a unit hoarder myself I started at 22 units and eventually dropped 8 units worth of classes. Also if you drop classes it will now cost you $$$$.

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 3:33 | Permalink

30 March 2011

Planning out Summer/Fall Schedule

As Telebear appointments are approaching quickly, now might be a good time to bookmark schedule.berkeley.edu

At one point I bookmarked

Spring: http://schedule.berkeley.edu/srchsprg.html

Fall: http://schedule.berkeley.edu/srchfall.html

Summer: http://schedule.berkeley.edu/?PageID=srchsmr.html

Anyways, both summer and fall classes are out! As you can probably tell, I love planning schedules. Unlike last Telebears, this time you can select between the summer and fall schedules. Double the fun! Summer courses are

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Posted by Yanna Chen at 7:25 | Permalink

18 March 2011

Productive Spring Break

Spring break is finally here! For some people that means trips, parties, and [insert something fun here]. However, if you are like me and have nothing special planned because you need to play catch up on school work in addition to relaxing then I have some ideas for you!

PLAN - Yes I know that no one wants to plan or think about work but you can efficiently partition your time for studying and relaxing to maximize both. Some people like to spread out their studying time, while others like to get it all done before they relax or leave the last few days of break for work. Either way, it is good to plan it out so you know when you need to study and when you can call up all your buddies to hang out. The last thing you want to do is push all the work until the end but ended up with nothing done because you wanted to hang out with your old high school friends one last time before they leave for school again (it happens..personal experience).

VOLUNTEER - If you find that you finished your work early but still don't have anything to do -- make that time useful! You will find that engaging in meaningful activity is a great way to relax and feel good about yourself!

GET AHEAD ON SCHOOL WORK - Psh, yeah right... But I'm serious! If you can get yourself to do it, you should! This especially applies to humanities courses where you know your readings ahead of time. Think about it: If you read those required readings ahead of time, that's less things to do later.

FIND TIME FOR FUN - So what if you didn't plan your trip to Miami or Las Vegas? You can still have fun! Plan some time to catch up with old buddies from high school if you're back home. Spend time with family or play with your pets. It is Spring Break after-all.

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Posted by Bai Chen at 2:06 | Permalink

04 October 2010

Why Sleep?

Do you ever get the feeling that there is just not enough time in a day for all the things you're trying to do? Especially during midterm season, right? Instead of sleeping we might as well be studying. Well, before breaking out the caffeine shots and prepare for the all-nighters, here me out!

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Posted by Stephen Chen at 4:40 | Permalink

01 October 2010

How to Dodge the Procrastination Bug

"There are a million ways to lose a work day, but not even a single way to get one back. " -Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister
You may delay, but time will not. -Benjamin Franklin
Procrastination is opportunity's assassin. -Victor Kiam

It isn't easy keeping up with coursework. As Richard Gibson of the Student Learning Center (SLC) mentioned two Wednesdays ago at CNR's "How to Study for Biology" workshop, "you are never done." You can keep up with your classes and still not be done. And the procrastination bug just makes this situation even worse.

At Berkeley, being able to be up-to-date with the material can be what differentiates between a good grade and a bad grade, depending on your definitions of each. For example, I have suffered from the procrastination bug in the past two years and have gotten B's where I could've gotten A's if I had spent more time and procrastinated less. In fact, I still procrastinate every now and then, but I've learnt how to handle and better manage my time.

Here are some of the ways that I find work for me, and hopefully will work for you:

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Posted by Elodie Tong-Lin at 8:36 | Permalink

11 March 2010

Midterm Lockdown & how to relieve stress

It's midterm season AGAIN. I feel like no matter how many semesters I've been at Cal, life STILL gets hectic around midterm season. Well this semester I decided to change my studying habits a little bit. I wake up around 9 am to study or go to class and then study in between classes. During lunch time I make sure I have a lot of fun and eat out with random friends. Before I use to just have a quick lunch such as grab a sandwich near by and go back to studying again. The new way actually makes me enjoy studying more because I feel more relaxed when I am not studying. It sounds ironic but I really suggest that everyone try it.

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Posted by Julie Zhu at 1:56 | Permalink

24 February 2010

Staying sane through midterms!

Once midterm season is here, we tend to forget about our health and other priorities in life. It is normal with all the expectations we have for ourselves but remember to sleep well and eat well. This will allow you to study more effectively, because in reality what matters is not the amount of time we spend studying but how effectively do we study during that time. So when it is study time try your best to find that place to study that will relax you (but not put you to sleep LOL) and make your mind be clear and focused. I wish you all the best on midterms!!! Liz

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Posted by Liz Pelayo at 5:06 | Permalink

22 February 2010

Midterm Season!!!!

Midterm Season has ARRIVED! (Insert shriek of doom here haha)! So, it's that time of year again.... MIDTERMS! Okay, so we all want to "reach for the stars" and "soar to new heights" as the old sayings go. But, at Berkeley where everyone is a natural Einstein, how do we shine above the rest? The key is to click below where it says "Continue reading "Midterm Season!!!!" »" ;-)

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Posted by Wellington Onyenwe at 4:35 | Permalink

28 November 2007

Honor: Why you should not enroll in 19 units and work three jobs.

The opportunities made available to me at UC Berkeley are beyond my wildest dreams (although, to be honest, I never dreamt about them ^_^). This May, I got injured and had to stop competing in the martial arts until I healed. Shortly thereafter, I got in a bit of a car accident while on a new scooter (read: don’t get one). While training 24 hours a week, in order to stay on top of my competition in the ring and class, I had to say no to all of those exciting academic and extra-curricular opportunities that pop up. So, once I had healed, I realized I could say YES, YES, YES! Somehow, this has resulted in me taking 19 units this semester, auditing two additional classes, taking on three jobs, and being involved in numerous other programs. Beyond that, I’m taking the GRE next weekend, applying to four very special graduate programs and interviewing for two full-time jobs that would start next year. Surprisingly, I’ve been able to fulfill my commitments thus far in the semester. Unfortunately, as the semester’s end nears, the cumulative requirements of my involvement seems to be peaking, ACK! Here is where my blog title, honor, gets involved. Wikipedia has a nice long article on honor. I was taught, however, a more simple definition: the ability to recognize and fulfill my obligations – both to others and oneself. Additionally, my capability to do this is most important when times are at their toughest – it means the most to come through for people when my life is at its hardest. To everyone stressing out – remember this. If we can follow through at our best now, during the semester’s peak, we will surely be ready to handle life under lower levels of stress. This is our time to shine!

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Posted by Tay Feder at 3:34 | Permalink

29 January 2007

Time Management Resolution

If there is one aspect of my life I can adjust this semester it would be time management. Looking back on last semester, I realized that even though I would stay up late and eventually accomplish what I had set out to do, I wasn't as efficient with my time as I could have been. Trying to read with background noise or having to stop what I'm doing to have a two minute conversation may not feel like much, but in fact my time was being wasted. I feel I can remedy this problem this semester by studying and spending more time in a quiet area where distraction is limited. By accomplishing this resolution of time management, I feel other aspects of my life such as sleep length and happiness will also benefit.

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Posted by Jimmy Rothschild at 9:18 | Permalink

05 October 2006

How to keep your stress level to a minimum?

Hi everyone~I'm sure after the first wave of midterms, you are all quite stressed out and somewhat relieved. Midterm seasons at Berkeley come and go but no one can deny that they can get quite tulmultous. I remember how i used to get so worked up right before a midterm when I was a freshman. And I still get nervous, but from my past three years of exam preparation experience, I now know how to prevent my stress level from exploding and spiralling away. My most sincere piece of advice to everyone is to be diligent and look over your lecture notes EVERY week instead of the day before the midterm. Although it has been emphasized to the point of being hackneyed, preparation is really one of the main components to academic success at Cal. And it is very important to discover what type of studying strategies work for you. For example, I sometimes study better in cafes rather than at the library and I can concentrate better at night. Also, I find that studying with my friends and classmates relieves pressure and gives me a chance to interact and learn from them. But if you ever find yourself stressed from too much studying and in desperate need for an outlet, you could try the RSF..^^..or simply take a long walk on campus. You might even discover how graceful and pretty the campus can be around autumn. Finally, I suggest that within the immediate hours before each midterm, you take a deep breath and have confidance in yourself! Because hard work and tenacity always pays off ~_~ I hope these suggestions will help you in your next round of midterms....good luck!!

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Posted by Simo Yao at 1:45 | Permalink

29 September 2006

Managing Your Time

I don't think I ever had time management problems in high school. But the hectic lifestyle and freedom that comes with college makes it difficult to stay on top of things. There are a few important things I learned about juggling schoolwork, friends, and extracurriculars my last two semesters at Cal. One thing is to prioritize your tasks. Getting your most important tasks done and over with leaves you feeling less stressed out. Another thing that I find very helpful is to make a list of the things you need to do. It helps to see everything written down, and you can group your tasks in categories or in order of importance to have a better idea of how you want to tackle each thing. (And I get a lot of satisfaction by crossing off things on the list!) Also, make the most of free slots of time you have in between classes. Most people don't have back to back classes, and a lot of time can be wasted during those time slots. I find it helpful to go to the library or even a bench (anywhere but my apartment) and get reading or homework done. And finally, try to stay on top of things. This means not procrastinating. Work tends to pile up pretty quickly, and it can be overwhelming if you get behind. Breaking up your work into smaller chunks can prevent it from feeling too daunting as well. And most importantly, don't forget to take time to relax! It's wonderful to take a break after you've been working hard all week. As Berkeley students, we tend to be perfectionists and workaholics. But that doesn't mean you can't stop and enjoy whatever free time you do have. Make sure you set aside time for yourself to unwind and hang out!

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Posted by Wendy Chen at 5:37 | Permalink

27 September 2006

Tips on Time Management

Often it can seem very overwhelming when it’s 9pm by the time you finally get home after class and meetings and you know you have papers to write, lab reports to finish, and reading to get done. There is a way to handle this stress—one piece at a time! My personal strategy has been to keep up-to-date with events, homework, and studying by recording them in my agenda, which I carry with me to and from class. I like to know what I have to do every day and how that fits in my whole week; for me, it lessens the feeling of being swamped down with massive amounts of studying for that bio midterm on Monday or from stress I get for thinking about the future (graduate school). Another tip is learning to prioritize (very important). However, something I have learned is that it is one thing to be able to prioritize, and another to actually get things done. Once you start, it is much easier to keep the flow going of studying.

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Posted by Adrienne Doi at 3:36 | Permalink

26 September 2006

Managing time at Cal

I understand most of us have a busy schedule at Cal. You feel like not having enough rest? not enough time to study? I felt the same way! It is not easy to handle a lot of things, at the same time having a life! I feel the same way when people are saying "You can't have a life at Berkeley!". After years being at Cal, I found it is not impossible to enjoy your college years. If you can well manage your time, you will get the best out of it! For choosing classes, I would talk with advisors on my schdeule each semester. I would group heavy loaded class with lighter class. I would try planning my schedule so that I can best utilize my time. Talking with the peers in your major for their opinion and find out how the classes are about. It is easier to figure out what combination of classes is the best for you. Always being at top of things would never let you down! Try to spare enough time before the due dates for assignments or projects. It is always better than catching up in case of anything happens suddenly. I would mark down the due dates for every homework assignment and make sure I finish it days before the deadline. Learn to say "No" to unnecessary duties. Never overload yourself. This is the hardest thing for me to learn. I used to say "Yes" to every thing other command me. I thought I would be able to finish all the things at one time. I remember one time I cried because I was just too busy to cope with every thing at the same time. It was not because I cannot do it, but there was not enough time and energy to do it. It also made me feel really bad. I would rather not do it, or I will do the best! At last, not to forget yourself to take rest. Doing one thing in hours straight is not going to work well. So it is all about striking a balance!

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Posted by Jelyn A. Evangelista at 1:29 | Permalink

26 September 2006

Managing what little time I have...(kind of)

With work, classes, studying, and extracurricular activities, who has time to relax? Not me!! But really, with everything going on in our busy lives one has to find time to just relax. I think the key to getting through all crazy, hectic busy lives we are living today is to relax and try not to stress out too much (easier said than done right?). What helps me find the time to de-stress and relax is to schedule my week out and have a calendar in my room that shows all the upcoming important deadlines for the month. It helps me to see what I need to accomplish and when they need to be done by. Don’t get me wrong, this system is not perfect. I run behind my schedule often, but it helps keep me motivated to make sure I get my work done on time. I make a goal for myself to get things done early, so sometimes it gets done early, but usually it is done right on time. I think setting a goal before the deadline is very helpful that way if you do get behind you have some cushion to complete it before the actual deadline. The fall back is that since I know when things need to be done I can see what days I can goof off before I really need to start working on stuff (DO NOT DO THIS). This also helps to know when you should ask for time off or to switch shifts (if you work) so that you have time to study before a big test, instead of all that time being taken up by work.

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Posted by Jelyn A. Evangelista at 4:39 | Permalink

26 September 2006

Time Management Falls into Place

Suddenly, midterms are approaching. Quick! What to do? Study, of course. But do you ever feel like all your studying efforts are not helping you for the exams? If so, ask yourself, “How do I study?” Do you study alone, with friends or classmates, in your room, in cafes, in libraries? At what times do you study? I recommend studying in different locations at different times with different people or solo. This will help you figure out where, when, and how you study most effectively. For me, I like to study certain subjects in certain libraries, and I like to be near windows. I like to study where I get a good vibe, man. I can relax and let myself become immersed in intellectual paradise. By finding a place where and a time when you can focus your energy on studying, you are managing your time effectively.

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Posted by Gina Lopez at 2:44 | Permalink

25 September 2006

Time Management – An Essential Skill

As most students out there, when I came to Cal I did not really know what to expect. I thought I did a pretty good job staying on top of my work in high school and maintaining a good balance. However, college (especially a top/competitive university like UC Berkeley), is very different from high school. Learning the skill of time management in college is essential and will continue to play an important role in the rest of our lives. When I began my first semester here, I easily became stressed over the work load I was faced with and frequently would call my mom nearly in tears saying, “I don’t know if I can do this?!” She would do her best to calm me down and assure me that if this was something I really wanted (and it was/is) then I could do it. So whenever you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, just remember all your hard work will pay off in the end. Doing this always helps motivate me. What I found to really help de-stress me is to work on time management. If you follow these seven easy steps, I guarantee you will be a lot more productive with your time. 1. Make a list of everything you have/want to do. 2. Prioritize your items by what is most essential or what is due first. - Priorities may differ from one individual to the next. However, major priorities are things like studying for midterms/finals or completing homework/projects/labs/papers on time. It is important to stay on top of your reading, but it may not need such a large chunk of time as you might think. Try squeezing reading in between classes, on the bus or Bart (if you don’t get car sick), at the gym, while you have some down time, etc. I always carry some form of reading or studying material on me just in case I find some extra time for it. 3. Use your planner! Write down your goals: what you want to accomplish on a certain day, you can even break it down hour by hour. Also, make sure you write down all important dates, i.e. midterms, lab/paper/project due dates, finals, etc., so they don’t sneak up on you. 4. Find what works best for you. What time of the day are you most focused and efficient? For example, I have a hard time studying at night. So instead of staying up super late getting work done and sleeping in the next day (like my housemates) I go to bed early and wake up early because I know I work much better during the day after a good nights’ rest. 5. Knowledge is power. Talk to your peers who have already taken the class you are taking and ask them for advice about how to do well in the course. Also, once you have taken your first midterm or turned in your first lab report you should get a better idea about what is expected of you. If lecture material, not reading, is the main focus of the exams, allocate your time appropriately. 6. Make sure you have “you” time. Everyone needs down time and a little fun to de-stress, so don’t overwork yourself. Whether it’s making time to watch your favorite T.V. show, going to the gym, catching up with your friends, going to the movies, shopping, going to Cal sporting events, it doesn’t matter, just make sure you have time to do what will make you happy. 7. Make sure you get enough sleep. The amount of sleep one needs varies, but if you don’t get the amount of sleep you need, you could get sick or run down and then you really wouldn’t be efficient with your time. When I start to feel really tired or run down, I make sure to get some rest because I know I won’t get much done if I continue to do work. The bottom line is time management comes with experience. It is a process of trial and error and finding what works best for you. College may be a high stress time, but whenever I find myself stressing over the little things I look at the big picture. Do we realize how lucky we are to be students at UC Berkeley?! So many people would love to be in our shoes because it is such an amazing opportunity. Time management is a skill we can prefect during college so that we can make the rest of our lives go a little more smoothly. I urge you to try one of my tips today! :)

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Posted by Jennifer Powers at 0:48 | Permalink

22 September 2006

Time! Where does it go...

Time management continues to be a long struggle for me even after being at Berkeley for a year. However, in many ways, I have learned more about my study habits and what limits I need to set for myself. I think the trick to time management is planning and definitely knowing your weaknesses, especially how you waste the most time. A lot of it also has to do with being realistic; you can definitely plan to do a certain amount of work, but I think in the back of your mind, you have to know that you probably won’t achieve the amount you set out (or if you do reach that goal, it’s always a great surprise). But it isn’t all about work. It’s also about having time to just have fun and do stuff you enjoy. (All of this seems vague, so I guess I’ll have to use myself as an example, though I’m not very good at time management stuff).

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Posted by Irene Liao at 2:06 | Permalink

22 September 2006

Taming Your Time

Here at Berkeley, effective time management is key to success. There's never a shortage of things to do--if classes aren't keeping you completely occupied, there are student organizations to get involved in, and the whole Bay Area to explore during your free time. The way in which you organize your daily routine has a great effect on how much you get accomplished, and how frustrated or composed you'll be come "midterm season." What I've found to be most effective is coming up with a general idea of what I should accomplish every day. After factoring the time you spend in classes and extracurricular activities, divide up your remaining time between homework/studying and "hanging out." For example, after a day of class, I'm assigned two chapters of reading and homework on biochemistry, and an English paper that's due next week. My goal tonight will be to finish one chapter of biochem, come up with a decent thesis for my paper, and to fit in some studying for a bio midterm I have next week. At the end of the day, go over what you've done and haven't finished, and plan what your next day's schedule will include.

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