RCTC Student Beehive – May 3, 2017

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Website Survey
Studying for Finals
Destination Graduation



WEBSITE SURVEY
Beginning this spring, the College will begin the process of updating and enhancing RCTC’s web presence.  For those of you familiar with web design and development, you know this is an exciting but very involved and complicated process.  Our goal is obviously to create the best web presence possible, but we need your help to do that.

Below is a link to a brief survey where you can give your feedback on our current website, as well as an opportunity to suggest other websites, functions, and features that you like and would possibly like to include in a redesigned RCTC.EDU. We encourage you to be honest and forthcoming with your suggestions, but do ask that you take this opportunity seriously and offer constructive and realistic suggestions.

We will close this survey on Thursday, May 11th (happy commencement!).

Thank you in advance for your help and we look forward to incorporating your suggestions in a new RCTC.EDU later this year.

https://goo.gl/forms/qSn6XMhlHaOQjuqd2
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Rochester Community and Technical College
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**Our office has moved!  We are now in East Hall 129-135

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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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DESTINATION GRADUATION

Plan to Celebrate with the 2016-2017 Graduation Candidates on May 11!

The evening is a milestone in the lives of your fellow students who will be graduating.  Please join them in celebrating their achievements at the RCTC Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 11 at 6:00pm in the Field House at the Regional Sports Center.

Detailed information will be sent next week, and can also be found on our website at: www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation_commencement.html.

Thanks for choosing RCTC!

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