You Can Do This! – Tips for Ending the Semester Strong

Finish Strong Panthers!

The end is near! Finish strong Panthers! Don’t forget to get outside and enjoy this amazing Spring weather, even in the midst of exams. Find a spot to study, take a walk or run when your mind needs a break. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

From the SRC staff

We’re Stronger Than We Thought

If there is one lesion I hope we all leave the spring semester with this year it’s this: That we are all stronger and more capable than we thought. Keep going. The finish line is just ahead. Finish strong!

Travis Loveday, Dean of Students

Push Through Feeling Overwhelmed

When you feel overwhelmed about the end of the semester, it can be hard to figure out where to start.

List each course and put everything that you need to do under each one.  You can use a whiteboard, a piece of paper, a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet- anything that you can use to write things on. Choose something that works for you

If there are due dates, put the date next to each item listed.

Look at today’s date and set your list of things to be done.  Try to choose only the top 3, and then if there are more, list those.   Put the first three things on your list and set what the next thing is to do to complete each item.  Just put one “next thing”.   You will put everything else that is not in the top 3 on a waiting list. 

Get started on those next items for those 3 priorities.   Set a timer for your work session.  When the work session ends set a timer for a break.  As you get a next action done, if there is another next action for the any of the 3 priorities on your list, do that item.  If the task is completed, look at your list for to see what you can move to the priorities, it may be something for another due date.  

At the end of your workday, check to see where you are on the priorities for today.   What are the next actions to complete them?  Are you able to move to the next set of priorities?

Remember to keep your next actions “doable” so that you can complete them.  For example, study for biology may be a priority for every day from now until the date of the exam.  For each day of work, set an item to be completed, such as review notes on Chapter 10.  When that is done, then you are done for that priority and next action, so you can feel free to move to the next priority for the day and whatever next action is for that.

Work smarter, not harder!

Alice Wershing, Technology Specialist, Disability Services

Tips for Taking Multiple Choice Tests and Exams

  • Make sure you clearly understand the directions. Can there be more than one correct answer? Is there a penalty for guessing? How much time is allotted the test?
  • Work as quickly as you can. If you are unsure of the correct answer, mark the item and return for further consideration. Note: in some online proctored tests this may not be possible; in that case see the guess info below.
  • Make a mental guess before you choose. If your guess is not among the choices at least you have started to make associations to jog your memory.
  • Choose the answer closest to what you think is correct.
  • Do change answers after CAREFUL consideration.

If there is no penalty for guessing, you should guess—don’t leave any questions without answers because your guess might be correct.

  • Eliminate implausible answers, answers that are obviously wrong, or partly wrong.
  • Consider similar answers that have only one or two words that are different. Often the correct answer is one of these.
  • Look for clue words or numbers.
  • Watch out for absolute words such as: all, never, always, none, seldom, Answers with these words are often not correct.
  • Look for familiar phrases.
  • Look for degrees of correctness. Is the answer too large or small or the time frame too early or late?

Never, Never, ever give up!

Ann Satkowiak, Disability Services