RCTC Student Beehive – December 6, 2017

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Book Buy Back Starts Tomorrow
Studying for Finals
Receive Your Tax Forms Electronically
Drunk/Distracted Driver Outreach Event – December 7
RCTC President’s Cup Chess Tournament – December 16 



BOOK BUY BACK STARTS TOMORROW
RCTC’s Textbook Sell Back and Rental Check in will be coming in December.

  • Thursday, December 7th                8:00am-6:00pm
  • Friday, December 8th                     8:00am-4:30pm
  • Monday, December 11th                 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 12th                8:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, December 13th          8:00am-6:00pm
  • Thursday, December 14th              8:00am-6:00pm
  • Friday, December 15th                   8:00am-4:30pm

Last day to return rental books is:  Friday, December 15, 2017 by 4:30pm

Student ID Required!

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STUDYING FOR FINALS
Ideally you should have been reviewing your notes every night after classes throughout the entire semester, in preparation for finals. BUT LET’S FACE IT…not everyone has been preparing over the past several months for these last few weeks. Here are some tips offered which are fairly simple to follow and easy to understand.

  1. Time management and scheduling is important during this time crunch. Use a time calendar or planner. It’s a good idea to write down the finals schedule on a calendar along with the times that you will study.
  2. Don’t confuse reviewing with cramming. The results of cramming are usually what one expects – failure.
  3. Get a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast. Get at least seven hours of sleep. Try to stay away from acidic or greasy foods.
  4. Remember that it is OK and natural to feel some concern and anxiety over tests. This will help you focus on the task that lies ahead.
  5. To help prepare for the test, make sure you have an attitude of confidence as you go into the test. Visualization is a good strategy before the testing date. Imagining doing well on the test is a very effective way to boost self-esteem and confidence before the test.
  6. Arrive at the classroom about five minutes prior to the testing time. Be sure not to arrive too early because this could cause test anxiety.
  7. When beginning the test, be sure to look over the entire test and answer the easier questions first. Also weigh the questions. Do the ones that are worth more points first to help boost your grade. If doing an essay, try to make an outline.
  8. Look for key words throughout the test.
  9. Change the answers only if you are sure they are wrong.

Immediate Preparation:

  • Step One: At least three days before the exam, take about an hour (no more!) simply to read over your notes from the class sessions. At this point, do not try to study “intensely” (e.g., by trying to memorize things); JUST READ THEM THROUGH. Then do a read-through of the notes you have taken on your readings or of the sections you have highlighted. If you find yourself very confused, consult with your instructor–that’s what office hours are for!
  • Step Two: At least two full days before the exam, go back over your lecture notes. This time, go through them slowly, taking a few hours if necessary. Use a highlighter to mark important points (definitions, key events, etc.) and use a separate sheet of paper to jot down (1) central themes/ideas; and (2) areas where you are weak and will need extra “drilling.” Then go over the summaries (or highlighted sections) of your readings again, marking central themes and weak points on that separate sheet, which has become your “master outline.” If your instructor has given you specific study questions or the exact exam questions, focus your review on these questions, and end the session by writing an outline of answers you’d give to them.
  • Step Three: On the night before the exam (or the morning of, if the exam isn’t too early in the day and you have a block of time available), review the “master outline” sheet with central ideas and weak points. Spend extra time on the weak areas if you need to. If you have specific study questions or the exact exam questions, write out your answers as a kind of “dry run.” Then compare your answers with your notes. Spend extra time on the weak areas if you need to. This method of studying (or any similar multi-step method) is much more effective than “pulling an all-nighter” before the exam. It doesn’t take more time; it may even take less. It is also healthier, because a good night’s sleep before an exam is important.

Ultimately, every student must find his or her own way of preparing for different types of examinations. For more terrific tips on taking tests, go to: www.studygs.net/tstprp1.htm

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RECEIVE YOUR TAX FORMS ELECTRONICALLY
You can now receive your 2017 W-2 and 1098-T tax forms electronically, rather than receiving a paper copy by U.S. mail.

To sign up, go to your eServices site (e-Services Account) on the RCTC website and locate the “consent” information on your new student dashboard.   If you do not provide your consent, you will receive a paper copy in the U.S. mail, and an electronic copy will not be available to you.

Some of the benefits include:

– Quicker access to year-end tax forms

– Reduce printing and mailing costs

– Environmentally friendly

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 507.280.2953 or the Cashier’s Office at 507.285.7311.

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DRUNK/DISTRACTED DRIVER OUTREACH EVENT – TOMORROW!
Think you can play bags with drunk goggles on? Give it a try!  MnDOT and the State Patrol will be visiting RCTC for the Drunk/Distracted Driver Outreach Event.  This will be on Thursday, Dec 7th in the Atrium at 11am.​​ There will be informational material, field sobriety tests, and free giveaways.  Make sure to check out their display of wrapped presents, a visual representation of the number of deaths that happened this year alone due to drunk or distracted driving.

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RCTC PRESIDENT’S CUP CHESS TOURNAMENT – DECEMBER 16
An RCTC Math Department and Rochester Community Chess Tournament

Saturday, December 16, 10:00am – 5:00pm in the RCTC Cafeteria

Mark your calendars for the President’s Cup, a community chess tournament at RCTC on Saturday, December 16, 2017. RCTC and Student Life, respectively, have generously provided the space and chess equipment for this event. Additional funding is provided by a youth enrichment grant to Rochester Chess from the Mayo Clinic Office of Community Relations. The tournament has three sections, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. All sections are unrated. Intermediate and Advanced players will be required to record their games. Instruction will be provided if needed. All participants will play 4 games (no elimination). Participants may request up to two ½-point byes for rounds they cannot play.

Time Control:  Each player gets 30 minutes to make all their moves. Players must record the moves of the game. Instruction provided.

Registration: Online registration (preferred) at https://goo.gl/forms/raXzhKuAuoffutLw1 or onsite from 10:00-10:30am.  Players registering after 10:30am may receive a 1/2-point bye for round 1. Play starts at 11:00am.

Volunteers are needed to help set up and monitor the playing site. Please let us know if you can assist. Experienced players are encouraged to attend to help coach our developing players.

Instruction: National chess master Matt Jensen will provide game analysis for players who record the moves of the game.

Registration Fee:  Free entry for all and there will be prizes! RCTC pottery instructor, Robert Banker, has made some beautiful trophies.

Directions: Park in the main lot at the East side of the main campus. Enter in the Hill Theater entrance. It’s closest to the lot. Follow signs to restrooms and an elevator. Ride up to the third floor and it opens into the cafeteria.

Celebrate the fun day of community chess thanks to our sponsors: Rochester Chess Club and Rochester Community and Technical College. A special thank you goes to RCTC President Mary Davenport.

Questions: Contact Dennis Mays, dennismays101@gmail.com or Paul Kinion, Paul.Kinion@rctc.edu

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