Get Hired Today! Tips on Improving your Resume and 30-Second Commercial

Is this how you feel when you think about preparing your resume and how you will introduce yourself to employers?1

Getting Started

Preparing your resume and 30-second commercial can be intimidating, especially when you aren’t sure where to begin. As a student, I can completely sympathize with this feeling. I remembe2r coming to Towson University as a freshman with the hopes of finding a job to gain experience and earn some extra spending money. As many of you know, this is often easier said than done. The first on-campus job fair I attended was in the fall of my freshman year. I felt confident in my resume- I mean it was good enough to land me an acceptance to the university, so it should have been good enough to get me hired as well, right? I wish I knew then what I know now.

Resumes

Never hand out your resume without having it reviewed. This was the worst mistake I made. While I had the desirable skills and passion to succeed in any company that was willing to hire me, my resume did not reflect this. The resume you complete in applying to college or grad school is completely different than the resume you submit to potential employers. Also, never attend a job fair with only one copy of your resume. For some reason I thought I would just show off my resume and not actually hand it to employers to keep. This was clearly a bad idea looking back, so bring at least 15 copies to the Spring Mega Job Fair Thursday, March 26 in order to find a full-time, part-time, internship, or summer job!

3If you are in the position I was in, you are probably thinking, “What if you don’t have any experience because you have never had a job before?” No problem. As a student you have taken many classes. Look at the job description, do some research into the company, and determine classes that might be applicable. If the company is looking for someone with team skills, list the name of a course you have taken where group work was required, and explain your role. Employers receive tens of thousands of resumes. When determining who earns a spot to interview, they quickly glance at your resume for 30 seconds, or less if they find a mistake! That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself.

But before you start to panic, here are some easy tips to perfect your resume:

  • Make sure everything you include on your resume is relevant to the position
  • Make sure all of your resume is proofread and perfect- NO MISTAKES ALLOWED!
  • Put your education as the first section and list out the degree you are earning (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in…)
  • Use an action verb to start every bullet when describing your skills or experience in a positon
  • Do not use full sentences
  • Put the most recent experiences first

Networking

Okay, so now that we have your resume covered, let’s talk about how to properly network. I’m sure many 4of you are thinking, “I know how to talk to people.” But do you really? If so, that’s great. If not, let’s get you prepared to do so.

Think of yourself as a product, let’s say an iPhone. Like the iPhone, you have many great skills and features that other people might not have. If Apple never marketed their iPhone when it was first designed would people have bought it? Of course not. So why should anyone hire you if you can’t sell yourself? So think about your 30-second commercial, craft it, and perfect it today!

  • Take out a sheet of paper and start writing down ideas
  • What makes you unique? You should have more to say about yourself than “I am a student at Towson University…”
  • Practice your speech with your friends and family

The Future

6Now let’s focus on your real concern: your future. I’m sure your parents and friends are asking you, “What are you doing with your degree?” “Can you really get a job with that degree?” “Will you find a job after graduation?” Maybe you aren’t really concerned about it at the moment, but in the back of your mind it haunts you. Past graduates from TU recommend that current students start looking to gain experience now. The earlier you obtain experience, the better. Don’t wait until your senior year to find an internship! Use your resume and the 30-second commercial you just perfected to earn you the opportunity to gain experience in your desired field. Sometimes by interning you can determine if a career is really for you, or if you should take a different path.

For more information, contact the Career Center by calling 410-704-2233 or visiting www.towson.edu/careercenter.

Amanda Sands
Marketing Intern and Public Speaking Intern
Career Center

Climb a Mountain, See the World!

3 “Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.”
Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

I thought that I had an exciting life until I flew across the country and immersed myself in Alaska’s rich wildlife. This past fall semester I studied in Juneau, Alaska through Towson University’s National Student Exchange program. I had the most incredible, breathtaking experiences of my entire life. I feel as if I saw the world, but in reality I was in Southeast Alaska the duration of my stay. Once I was able to lose my inclination to a comfortable life style, I was then able to make my adventure possible.

We climbed a new mountain every weekend. Juneau is covered in huge mountains that surround every road, walkway, lake, ocean clearing, and town. An ice field runs through Juneau and can be seen from the town. One of the spots where the ice field is visible is the Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier is a five-minute drive from The University of Alaska Southeast, the school I studied at, so my friends and I would visit often. There are several hiking trails, a place to eat lunch, and facts about its history. Some of my favorite memories took place at the glacier, from watching the northern lights dancing together in their green and red strands, to climbing underneath of it into an ice cave.
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One of my favorite mountains is called Thunder Mountain. The sun was out the day we climbed, which is not taken for granted in Juneau’s temperate rainforest climate. After several hours of uphill climbing, we reached the clouds. We kept climbing until, suddenly, we were above the clouds. Once we reached the top, I felt as if I was someone who was seeing for the first time. Everything was beautiful.

I was away for fall semester, making it my first year away from home for Thanksgiving. It ended up being one of the most memorable Thanksgiving weekends. Juneau does not have any roads that lead out of it, so the only way out is by a water ferry or by plane. Many people who live in Juneau travel by ferry often, and they refer to it as a “water taxi”. My exchange friends and I took a “water taxi” to Haines, a different part of Southeast Alaska.

In Haines, we visited a wildlife sanctuary. This is a place where specialists hold onto and take care of abused, injured and abandoned wildlife. At the sanctuary, we saw a grizzly bear, howled with a wolf, saw reindeer, a lynx, foxes, and kissed a moose! I was face-to-face, or lip-to-lip in the moose’s case, with animals that people go their entire lives without seeing. Over our Haines trip, my close friends in Alaska became my family.

I have always wanted to go to Alaska and I never knew why. When I stepped out of the plane and was welcomed by beautiful mountains, it became obvious to me why Alaska has consumed all of my dreams. If you have a dream, do not let it slip between your fingers. Go to new, beautiful places, and meet new, beautiful people. I listened to Jon Krauker’s advice, and I lost my inclination to a life of security, conformity, and conservation. I urge you to do the same by making your wildest dreams your reality. 4

Experience life from a different point of view! The National Student Exchange (NSE) program provides opportunities for undergraduates to study at another NSE university in the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and several universities in Canada while paying tuition and fees to Towson. To be eligibility to apply, students must have a full-time academic load with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Why students participate in NSE?…to broaden their perspectives, explore new culture, explore new areas of study, learn from different professors, access new courses, break out of their comfort zones, experience personal growth, meet new people, make new friends, live in a different area, investigate graduate schools, seek future employment, and, of course, become more independent! Sammi David, recent NSE alum, shares her experience.

What is the cost to participate in NSE? Can students apply for financial aid?
– Students exchange on the Plan B payment option, which means they pay their normal tuition/fees to Towson. Room and meals are always paid to the host campus. Yes. Towson students apply for financial aid at Towson.

Are there time limits for exchange? Is it possible to extend an exchange?
– Students can exchange for a semester or two but no more than a year. An exchange of one term may be extended to total no more than a year as long as the Towson and host coordinators agree to it in writing.

How can the student make sure the coursework from the host campus counts at Towson?
– Students will work with the NSE coordinator and department advisor to complete the NSE Petition to Transfer Courses form prior to leaving Towson. The student is responsible for having an official transcript sent to Towson. Courses completed at the host campus calculate into the cumulative GPA.

Visit the national website at www.NSE.org. Interested students may contact Kerica Henlon, Towson NSE Coordinator, at khenlon@towson.edu, 410-704-3405, and/or Lecture Hall building, room 5 for details.

Kerica Henlon
National Student Exchange Coordinator
Academic Advising Center

Sammi David
Towson University Student
National Student Exchange Participant

Lay the Smackdown on Your Next Paper!

Thriving Tiger blog, The UndertakerYou have The Undertaker of all papers, a formidable foe to challenge your intellectual pro-wrestling (erm, or pro-writing) skills–what do you do? How do you take on such an opponent? Check out this handy guide we put together to help you clothesline your next writing assignment—informed, of course, by The Rock.

The Rock says this: “You Will Go One-on-One with the Great One!”
(Academic translation: know your audience and understand your assignment)

Before The Rock even steps into the ring, he learns his opponent’s moves inside and out. In order to take down your next paper, you’ll have to find out exactly what you’re up against: What is the purpose of the assignment? What are the requirements? Think about the skills your professor wants you to demonstrate through the assignment. For instance, some want to examine your ability to form your own argument; others want you to synthesize current research. Don’t forget to consider your audience – The Rock didn’t become popular by ignoring what the crowd wanted! And, if you don’t understand something, ask!

The Rock says this: “Can You smell what the Rock is cookin’!?”
(Academic translation: narrow your topic)

Even in the Royal Rumble, The Rock can’t fight everyone at once; he has to fight one opponent at a time. Likewise, in the writing arena, you can’t tackle multiple large topics in one paper. Writing about mental health for your term paper is excellent—but how can you write about all aspects of the subject in 10 pages? Entire books are written about specific mental disorders! A more manageable research paper would focus on, for example, how marijuana affects the development of bipolar disorder in 18-22 year olds with predispositions to the ailment. Asking questions–like who, what, when, where, and why–can help you start to wrangle your topic.

the rock v the undertaker

The Rock says this: “The Rock will take you down Know-Your-Role Boulevard and Check you Directly into the Smackdown Hotel!”
(Academic Translation: research your topic)

One of the reasons The Rock can lay the verbal smackdown is that he has the muscles to back it up. As a writer, you need to bulk up: in other words, get your research on. Whether your paper requires formal research or informal methods like self-reflection or interviews, be knowledgeable about the topic you’ve selected. If your assignment requires you to use scholarly sources, take advantage of the great resources available through Cook Library. Keep in mind that the first sources you come across may not always be the best for your paper; be thorough and take your time.

The Rock says this: “Just Bring It!”
(Academic translation: organize, organize, organize)

The Rock never goes into the ring without a plan. Pre-planning can help you formulate a strategy to take down any intimidating writing assignment.Think about your most important points and examples and organize your paper accordingly. Quickly outlining your ideas before you start and reverse outlining after you finish writing are effective methods of making sure you’re staying focused. It’s okay–and even encouraged–to revise and reorganize your paper as you write and learn more about your topic.

Thriving Tiger Blog, the rock picture

The Rock says this: “Layeth the Smacketh Down”
(Academic translation: Get it down on paper!)

Well, you’ve set the foundation for your paper by researching and organizing. Time to write! An important thing to remember is that your first draft is going to be less than perfect; it’ll look like The Rock when he wore fanny packs. The good thing? Your first draft always has the potential to turn into The Rock as he is now! Trust the process and the hard work you’ve put into your paper so far and just write. Have faith–the cream will always rise to the top.

Take your draft
The Rock says this: “I am the People’s Champ!”
(Academic Translation: you are the Writing Champ!)

Before The Rock can claim his victory belt, he has to execute his signature finishing move, The People’s Elbow, and pin his opponent. You’re now in a similar position. You’ve done the prep work. You’ve written your first draft. You’ve endured countless wrestling metaphors. Now it’s time to finish off The Undertaker and become a WWE champion! So, how do you do this?

Check your organization, make sure you have evidence to support your ideas, look for grammatical and spelling mistakes, and take your draft to the Writing Center! Doing these things can transform your paper from a roody poo draft into a polished piece of academic magnificence. Oh–and don’t forget to collect your championship belt after pinning The Undertaker.

http://www.towson.edu/writingcenter/index.asp

Tyler New, Michele Calderon, Miranda Rennie, and Jessica Reyes
Towson Writing Center
LA 5330

Leadership Beyond York Road: Towson Students Abroad

The spring semester is back in full (cold) swing and you’re looking at the calendar wondering a) when it will get warm again and b) how does the time go so quickly? It’s easy to get caught up in the daily university routine and before you know it, it’s time to trade Groundhog Day for Memorial Day and snow boots for flip flops. Kelley-Johnson_Peru46

One of the tough things to do with a busy schedule is find time to search for activities that will help you develop as a leader, and an individual. It’s important to know that leadership opportunities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can get involved with a Greek organization, an intramural sport, a student club or a volunteer group.

Towson recently committed to a nationwide project called Generation Study Abroad. How does it affect you? It means Towson and the Study Abroad Office are working hard to increase access to study abroad opportunities and leadership experiences for you all over the world.

What does study abroad have to do with leadership? Well, it’s not just about problem solving in a different language; here are eight great examples*:

Intercultural/communication skills

  1. Greater capacity to accept differences in others and to tolerate other people’s actions and ideas that may be vastly different from your own.
  2. Improved ability to communicate with people in a second language.
  3. Understanding that there are many ways to accomplish the same task and that those approaches are only “different,” not necessarily better or worse.

Worldview

  1. Ability to see situations and issues from more than one perspective.
  2. Ability to value human diversity and respect others from a variety of backgrounds different from your own.

Personal capabilities

  1. Increased confidence when facing new situations.
  2. Improved time management.
  3. Ability to evaluate advantages and disadvantages of your own culture and society more objectively (i.e., from the perspective of an outsider).

Melissa-Stoker-China-So study abroad makes sense for an emerging leader, but how does it translate to your resume as a transferrable skill? Statistics show that employers are taking a closer look at the experiences students have while abroad. Are you studying? Interning? Volunteering? More importantly: can you articulate what you learned and why it would make you a valuable employee? Recently on CNN, First Lady Michelle Obama noted that study abroad can make you more marketable in the United States as “[m]ore and more companies are realizing that they need people with experience around the world.”**

The good news for TU students is that the Career Center is already thinking ahead to how they can help students not only articulate these goinglobal-logoexperiences, but find them. Both domestic and international students can log on to Hire@TU and access Going Global to review 600,000 worldwide job/internship postings, 35 country career guides, a searchable H1B Plus database and more.

Our advice? Do your research. Studying abroad can be more accessible than you think!

If you have questions about studying abroad, contact the Study Abroad Office or attend an information session Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. in Psychology 408.

If your resume needs tweaking or if you have questions about Going Global, contact the Career Center or walk-in during Express Hours Monday through Thursday from 1-4 p.m. at 7800 York Road, Suite 206.

*Source: Adapted from The AFS Student Study Guide published by the AFS International/Intercultural Programs (Washington, D. D., 1979), reprinted in: Clyde N. Austin, ed., Cross-Cultural Reentry: A Book of Readings (Abilene: Abilene Christian University Press, 1986), pgs. 273-27.

**Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/travel/irpt-study-abroad/

Kelly Holland, M.Ed.
Study Abroad Office

Keith Jones, M.S.
Career Center

How Well Are You Living?

How Well Are You Living?

Frequently, when people think “wellness” they think of things like going to the gym, eating well, and staying fit. While those are certainly important components of wellness, the Wellness Peer Educators want you to know that there is so much more to being a healthy Tiger. The group consists of undergrads on campus who strive to raise awareness about a holistic approach to wellness that includes emotional, physical, spiritual, and environmental wellness. We asked them to share some of their thoughts about wellness on campus and here’s what they said!

Life Improvement

When you take a moment to consider wellness, think of it from a big picture perspective. It’s not just about maintenance, it’s about finding areas of your life where you have a growth opportunity.

  • Rebecca Ellison, Junior, noted the importance of creating dialogues and reaching a wider audience as an important step to “developing communication skills” and “helping Towson become a healthier campus.”
  • Meghan Anderson, Sophomore, highlights the intense demands on a college student’s schedule, “Between class, work, friends, relationships, and being involved on campus, things can get hectic and stressful. Wellness is such an important part of life, especially for college students.”

Physical and Mental Health

Science is finally catching up to philosophers when it comes to understanding and attending to the mind-body connection. When you think about wellness, it’s important to think about the interaction of your brain, mind, and body.

  • Breea Gordon, Senior, said that “physical and mental wellness has always been a pressing matter for me, coming from a family of alcoholics and diabetics. I want to be able to make a significant change in the mental health community because the mind affects the body and vice versa, which is often overlooked.”
  • Lauren Dominick, Senior, said that wellness is about “nutrition, fitness, and overall mind and body wellness” and that it’s about focusing on “changing lives for the better.”

Social Interconnectivity

Truly Thriving Tigers know that it’s difficult to maintain individual wellness without having a healthy social network. When you’re struggling, having a strong social support group to lean on can help make individual stressors more manageable, especially when those stressors seem overwhelming.

  • Spending time developing (and maintaining!) relationships, as well as building new connections – particularly with people who have different life experiences, is an important part of social wellness. Randall Phillips, Junior, highlights that, “having a team and being a part of something special is a great feeling. That alone is also a great way of developing social wellness.”
  • Nick Mercer, Junior, discussed a suicide prevention program presented by the Wellness Peer Educators. He was struck by “over 250 participants in the walk who were all there united under the same goal of bringing awareness to mental health and suicide prevention. The moment was a powerful one, to see so many different kinds of people all come together for the same cause. The opportunity to be involved in a group that makes a difference in a very tangible way is invaluable.”

Personal Benefits of Peer Education:

Peer Educators agreed that finding a something on campus that you are passionate and pushing yourself to get actively involved with that activity has been an important component of their own wellness:

  • “The opportunity to become a wellness peer educator through the campus counseling center served as a perfect forum to put my interests into practical action.” – Josh Kashkett, Junior
  • “Being a peer educator has made me realize that many small yet key health details are often forgotten, and recalling the importance of overall wellness can really impact the lives of TU students.” – Megan Lackay, Senior

The Wellness Peer Educators are here to help our campus continuing growing and thriving. Presentation and workshops are available for student groups, classes, organizations, and much more! See all we have to offer at http://www.towson.edu/counseling/peered/ and feel free to request a program from us!

Nathan Sharer and the Wellness Peer Educators
The Counseling Center

The Balancing Act: Achieving Good Grades and Maintaining Your Sanity

Take Care of Yourself

balanceIf you are reading this, I am willing to bet you take your studies very seriously. You have big plans for the future and you know doing well in school will get you there. You are a student who wants to succeed inside and outside academia. Being a student requires studying. Time management. Organization. A strong work ethic. The list goes on. But here’s the thing, before being a student, you are a person. And people need things. Like sleep. Social support. Good food. Exercise. Did I mention sleep?

You may have heard the classic line, “good grades, a social life, and sleep – in college, you can only pick two.” The truth is, you CAN have all three! The key to personal and academic success in college is balance! Of course, doing well in your classes is the main goal in college, but taking some time for yourself is just as important. Try to look at your studies as a full-time job. If you focus on your academics during your work week, you will have plenty of time left over to enjoy all the fun activities and events that college has to offer. Remember, it is ok to say no to your friends when you have a big test coming up. It is also ok to take breaks from studying to watch your favorite show with your roommates. If you are struggling to find a healthy balance, the trick is to rotate between your academic demands and your personal life. You can have both, but not always at the same time. Keep a healthy balance, and try not to let either side overwhelm you.

College is a very stressful time, there is no denying that. And in a couple weeks, it will be midterm time and you’ll be tempted to pull all-nighters while binge drinking a combination of coffee, energy drinks, and Mountain Dew. Do not do this. Not only will your grades suffer in the long run, but your body and mind will as well.

The first step in integrating self-care into your schedule is knowing what you like to do. For some people, that means going to the gym or going on a run. For other people, that may mean doing an art project. Or going to a church group meeting. Or going out to dinner with a group of friends. Or sleeping for an extra two hours on Sunday morning. Whatever your self-care is, know it, own it, and do it. You are a person. You know what you need to keep your mind healthy. There is nothing wrong with taking a break from being a student and taking some time for yourself.

Schedule Everything

Yes, everything. Get your planner, your calendar, or your favorite time management app and enter in all your due dates from all your course syllabi. If you have reading assignments, enter those, too. Have an ultimate Frisbee tournament coming up? Mark that down. Going home for the weekend to celebrate your brother’s birthday? Yup, put that down, too. This might seem over the top, but if you know what your schedule is ahead of time, it can alleviate a lot of stress. If you have a work schedule, especially one that rotates, this is also good to enter on your favorite organization device.

After you schedule all the constant stuff (things that are less likely to change), plan time for studying, working on projects, and even relaxing. This can be done on a more flexible basis, like the beginning of each week. The worst that can happen if you plan ahead is that you’ll get all your work done and you’ll have free time at the end of the week. Free time? What’s that? Here’s what a weekly schedule might look like:

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Remember to balance everything that you do. It is important not to overload one aspect of your life, whether that be school, work, or fun. It is easy to get too caught up in one area, but you will find that once you find a balance that works for you things will start to flow smoothly and you will enjoy success in all of those areas. If you need some help putting a schedule together, or just aren’t sure where to get started, consider requesting academic coaching from the Academic Achievement Center. One of our Learning Specialists can meet with you to get the organization ball rolling.

The Academic Achievement Center

Kristy Gustavson & Marissa Insinna
Graduate Assistants

Allison Hutchison & Jeremy Boettinger
Learning Specialist

6 HABITS EVERY STUDENT NEEDS!

habitHave you ever tried quitting a bad habit? Maybe you wanted to stop biting your nails, quit smoking, or stop watching a ton of TV.  What about starting a new habit? We put together 6 of the top habits of successful students.  Set yourself up for a successful semester by developing these habits!

  • Have Style

Have style – learning style that is!  A learning style is how a student best takes in new information. In many instances, students have a primary and a secondary learning style.  Find out if you are a visual, kinesthetic, or auditory learner now to achieve your goals and get the grades you want.  Meet with an academic coach at TU to find your style or take a quick quiz here!

  • Establish your Ideal Place for Studying 

Don’t wait until right before finals to figure out the best place and time for studying, do it now!  What time of day are you most effective, is it the early morning, afternoon, or right before dinner?  Do you like to have complete silence when studying? You want to establish the best place possible for transferring information from short-term memory and into long-term.  Here are some additional tips for creating your idea study environment:

  • Ditch the Cell Phone: don’t even think about bringing your phone because it will only distract you.
  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: now is not the time to wear your tightest pants.  Be comfortable and remember to bring extra layers if you get cold easily.
  • Food & Drink: if you think you will get hungry, bring a snack.  Water is great for staying alert & energized for long periods of time.
  • Mix It Up: if your ideal study place is the library, sit in different areas every once in a while to help you retain information longer.

Get more study tips at one of the AAC Workshops!

  • Make it Meaningful 

While you may not find your formulas or required readings trending on Instagram or your Twitter feed, you need to find ways to relate it to things in your everyday life.  Doing so will help you stay motivated and study more efficiently. Connect what you are learning to your past experiences and current situation.  Learning about the periodic table?  What elements have you encountered in your life?  Taking a sociology course?  How do the theories relate to experiences you’ve had with people? Do everything you can to make the information meaningful and you will be on your way to a great semester.

  • Make Studying Fun (or at least tolerable)

Many people dread studying because they find it boring, tedious, etc.  As a student, you need to find a way to make it interactive and interesting.  Annotation, questioning, and note-taking styles are all just the foundation to the actual act of studying.

  • When you review your material, try looking for an app in the subject you are studying.   There are lots of educational apps out there, just find one that suits your needs.
  • Perform a dramatic monologue of the material you are reading.  Okay, it doesn’t have to be a dramatic reading, but just by reading the material out loud will help you retain the information.
  • Use a memory trick (i.e. mnemonic devices) or create games out of the material (i.e. vocab matching).
  • If you are a visual learner, draw a visual representation.  To help reinforce your material, try creating a Power Point of your notes.  This helps with memorization, because of the multiple times you have typed/written down the information.

By looking at different options, you can find a specific way or a combination of ways to help reinforce your study habits.

  • Find Study Buddies 

Study groups can be a great tool in helping you achieve academic success.  However, you want to make sure that you choose your study buddies wisely.  If you pick a group with all of your close friends who may or may not be in your classes you can get easily distracted by talking about weekend plans and such.  Forming a study group with your classmates in your actual classes is a lot more productive, this will help you meet new people and keep everything in your study group relevant to the course you are studying for.  Keep in mind that group size is also important, 3-6 people is the ideal amount, because if you have too many people it can get distracting.  Lastly have fun with it, give your study group a fun name, the more creative the better!

  • Break Up

Not with significant others, but with long periods of studying!  The brain is an amazing thing, but it needs a break every now and then too.

  • Study in 30-50 minute chunks, taking 5-10 minute breaks in between.  This allows your brain time to absorb all the material that you are reviewing and helps keep you motivated and focused.
  • Switch up the topics/courses that you are studying.  You shouldn’t spend more than 2 hours at a time on one subject because you won’t retain as much as the information.
  • You need sleep!  You should be getting at least the recommended 7-9 hours on a regular basis, but if you can’t manage that with your schedule at least make sure that you get the recommended amount the night before a big exam.  If you stay up all night cramming and don’t get enough sleep you won’t remember about half of what you covered, so plan accordingly and allow yourself enough time to sleep.

Jennifer Wendt & Jeremy Boettinger
Learning Specialists
Academic Achievement Center

Gina Sabo
Graduate Assistant
Academic Achievement Center

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