RCTC Student Beehive – December 7, 2016
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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.
- 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.
- Don’t confuse reviewing with cramming. The results of cramming are usually what one expects – failure.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Look for key words throughout the test.
- Change the answers only if you are sure they are wrong.
- 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
RECEIVE YOUR TAX FORMS ELECTRONICALLY
You can now receive your 2016 W-2 and 1098-T tax forms electronically, rather than receiving a paper copy by U.S. mail. To receive your forms electronically, you must sign up and provide your consent.
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.