About Those Study Skills…

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MyStory Mondays is a weekly digest of our latest posts.

Our UAlbany MyStory Bloggers share their lives with you to help you to stay focused on your goals, to remind and inform you about the many supports that we have on campus to help you succeed, and to let you know that, whatever you are going through, you are not alone. 

This week we share past posts from our Peer Advisors and our MyStory Volunteers about study habits and study skills. Please add to the list. What works for you? How do you manage your time? 


dog-734689_960_720.jpgLooking for a place to look over your notes before the big test? Are your roommates throwing a party the night before? Can’t find anywhere to settle in the library? Look no further as you’ll learn some of the secret and not-so-secret spots for studying to ensure you get that A you deserve! Click Here for More.

 


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Last semester, Simonti shared her struggles and successes with time management. Check out her experiences with, what she would describe as, the two sides of time management. Click Here for Side One. Click Here for Side Two.


Sam Broking 3Sam B., has a tool kit for starting well in her post, Starting the Semester Strong. She did not come up with this list by doing a Google search. As an athlete, she learned time management and study skills the hard way. She practices what she preaches and she has benefited from establishing better habits.  It is so easy to get off track.


During Fall 2015, we asked our advisors, peer advisors, and student workers for a list of study tips. If you are a senior, you might recognize some of their names. 

  1. Start Studying now. Do not cram. You will learn more by not procrastinating and this will help you excel with your midterms. – John Donoghue, Assistant Director of ASC
  2. Only focus on the same subject/class for 30 minutes- 1 hour and then switch subjects! – Sam Brookings, Peer Advisor
  3. Use your time wisely and take care of your body. If your health is off-center your focus will not be on the books. – Mayra Raxon, Academic Advisor
  4. Social studying helps! – Anita Ma, Peer Advisor
  5. Breathe and be patient with yourself. Study often rather than waiting and cramming at the last minute.  – Kiara Davis, Work Study Student.
  6. Examine yourself and think about when, where, and with whom you study best. I studied best in a cafeteria/coffee house/book store setting, but when working on a paper, I needed silence so the 2nd or 3rd floor of the library was my hiding place. I could never study in my dorm – never.  – Rachel Moody, Academic Advisor
  7. Try your best and stay positive. You will get through this! – Krystal, Work Study Student
  8. When studying- reward yourself with pre-planned break sessions. For example…”If I learn this chapter’s material, not just read it but keep full focus, receive full comprehension and ensure full confidence in my knowledge for the next 23 minutes, I DESERVE three minutes to eat an apple cider donut and check social media”. If you make it into a game, you will focus less on being overwhelmed and more on challenging yourself to learn the material without the FOMO. – Samantha Miller, Academic Advisor
  9. Stay organized! Keeping track of due dates on one calendar will ensure nothing sneaks up on you! – Nicole Clause, Academic Advisor
  10. Know that it is normal to be stressed right now and that this time will soon pass. Check your syllabi often. Map out your test and assignment due dates so that you are prepared. Knowing what is ahead of you really helps to lower the pressure.  –Barbara Brown, Coordinator of Advising Plus
  11. Remember to take time off for yourself.  – Anonymous Work Study Student
  12. Try to keep up that “first week of school” energy.  It can be easy to start to slack off in the middle of the semester.  Do something fun to celebrate getting this far, then hit the books with a renewed spark! – Amanda Parker, Academic Advisor
  13. Remember that there is a bigger picture – a greater goal that you are working toward!  Do not panic, but do your best.  – Anonymous Work Study Student
  14. Pace yourself! A little studying everyday goes a whole lot further than trying to cram in one night!  – Dr. JoAnne Malatesta, Director of the Advisement Services Center and Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

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Advising PLUS Tutoring Spring 2018

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A-PLUS Tutoring Schedule by Subject

Sci Lib = Second Floor, Science Library
SSC = State Quad Student Success Center (Second Floor, Whitman Hall)

Advising PLUS can also refer you to many other tutoring resources across campus. If you do not see what you need, contact them! 
Location: Science Library – Second floor | Phone: (518)437-3976
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday; 8:30am to 5pm
E-mail: advisingplus@albany.edu

Subject Course Day Time Location*
Accounting BACC 211 Monday 2:40-3:40pm SSC
BACC 211/222 Wed 12:35-2:35pm Sci Lib
Anthropology AANT 110 Monday 1:40-2:35pm SSC
Art History AARH 171 TBA Before exams TBA
AARH 260 Monday 6:30-7:30pm Sci Lib
Biology ABIO 131

 

 

 

Monday 2:45-3:45pm Sci Lib
Wed 2:45-3:45pm Sci Lib
Wed 7:15-8:15pm Sci Lib
Thursday 11:45am-12:45pm Sci Lib
ABIO 212 Sunday 4:00-5:00pm SSC
ABIO 217 Thursday 4:00-5:00pm SSC
Chemistry ACHM 120/121

 

Monday 12:35-1:30pm Sci Lib
Thursday 5:00-6:00pm SSC
ACHM 220/221 Wed 10:00am-12:00pm Sci Lib
Computer Engineering ICEN 150/200 Sunday 7:00-8:00pm SSC
ICEN 213 Thursday 4:15-5:15pm Sci Lib
Computer Science ICSI 201/210/213/333 Monday 5:00-6:00pm SSC
ICSI 201/210/213/333/405 Tuesday 5:15-7:15pm SSC
Criminal Justice RCRJ 201/202/203 Tuesday 12:00-2:00pm Sci Lib
Economics AECO 110/111 Wed 3:00-5:00pm SSC
All levels Monday 11:30am-12:25pm Sci Lib
Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity CEHC 101/210/242/

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Tuesday 12:00-2:00pm Sci Lib
History All 100-level courses Tuesday 3:15-4:15pm SSC
Informatics IINF 100X Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm SSC
Mathematics AMAT 106 Sunday 2:00-3:00pm SSC
AMAT 108

 

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Wed 11:30am-12:25pm SSC
AMAT 111/112/113 Thursday 2:15-3:15pm Sci Lib
AMAT 101 through 299 Tuesday 5:15-7:15pm SSC
Physics APHY 105/108 Sunday 3:00-4:00pm SSC
Political Science All levels Tuesday 6:15-7:15pm Sci Lib
Thursday 6:15-7:15pm Sci Lib
Psychology APSY 101

 

 

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Tuesday 7:30-8:30pm SSC
Thursday 8:00-9:00pm SSC
APSY 214/314 Tuesday 4:15-5:15pm Sci Lib
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Monday 10:00am-12:00pm Sci Lib
Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm Sci Lib
Wed 12:00-1:00pm Sci Lib
Public Administration RPAD 140/302 Sunday 2:00-3:00pm SSC
Sociology ASOC 115 Tuesday 12:30-1:30pm SSC
Spanish Up to ASPN 208 Wed 4:00-5:00pm SSC
All levels Tuesday 7:15-8:15pm Sci Lib
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Tuesday 4:15-5:15pm SSC
Wed 4:00-5:00pm Sci Lib
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The Other Part of Time Management

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A large part of being a student is not being a student.

I remember storming through Spring semester. When it came time for summer, I really had no clue what to do. It kind of felt like I forgot who I was and everything I did on my free time because I was so wired up to work like a machine. I remember going to the library and reading books nonstop for a couple of weeks because I had a strong feeling that I needed to keep working and I felt guilty when I was not doing anything, even though there was absolutely nothing to do.

Being a student in college calls for amazing time management skills and endless hours of actively studying and working to succeed, but it also calls for breaks, which is something we usually neglect to do while the semester is in session.

Breaks are great to prevent semester burn outs. Now that I am in my junior year, I have realized a pattern that I have been following: For fall semesters, coming back from months of doing absolutely nothing, I usually stay on my toes until midterm point and begin to burn out right before because I get exhausted, causing me to do terrible on midterms and then spend the rest of the semester stressing and trying to get back on track by overworking. This usually ends horribly. Spring semesters, I usually start off slow because I am exhausted from my previous semester’s shenanigans, which helps me regulate breaks for myself right from the beginning so that I can easily prevent the mid semester burnout.

Taking breaks and knowing when to take them are a powerful tools for your academic achievements. These breaks also help you to remember who you are, while striving to be an A grade machine. It takes me forever to remember who I am all over again after spring semesters because I spend so much time away from being myself or when there is time I am usually too exhausted to do anything.

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Even though it sounds really easy to take a break, figuring out when to take a break when there is barely any time to finish work as is is really tricky. A lot of my free time ends up being wasted lying in bed before school dreading to start my day; falling asleep in the Science library, while trying to get work done between my classes; or laying down, after school, unable to move from the exhaustion.

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In my last blog post, I talked about time management, mostly in the sense of not procrastinating and getting work done efficiently, but there is a great deal of time management that goes behind taking breaks. To allow myself to take breaks, I need to finish all of the work I have planned for that day or for the week, so that I do not ruin my “break day” by stressing our about work I still have to get done. Setting myself up to look forward to things is a technique I use to make myself finish my work faster, instead of moping around. The thought of working hard now and being able to relax later at a set date for an event always makes me work a ton more efficiently.

Breaks are not something I am good at managing. Sometimes I am really good with self-control, and allowing myself to get back to work after a day or two of stepping away from school work, but sometimes I do not get back to the world of homework and studying. This sometimes results in me not taking breaks at all for a couple of months, in order to catch up. Doesn’t that sound stressful.

Figuring out how to balance a social life, school, sleep and pretty much everything is something I have been trying to do since starting college. Sure I have improved a lot, and I do not end my semesters scarred for life and hating myself anymore. Still, I could really improve my efficiency by a ton, if I keep trying to figure out what is not working for me. This is something I strive to continue doing. I am getting better and better.


Please Note: The views of our student bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of the UAlbany Advisement Services Center. These are their stories and their voices.
About the Author:

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Simonti B.
Class of 2019
Majors: Biology and English
Past Blog Theme:
Writing My Own Chapter

Current Theme:
Resolutionary

Musical Distractions

music-581732_960_720.jpgMany people are heavily music dependent and for all the right reasons. Music fills the void of silence when doing the most mundane tasks, like homework, working out, or going to a party you really had no intention of going to. The first “English” song I ever heard was Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold” from a friend in the 6th grade. One song turned into an ipod, stored to the brim, with music that I listened to nonstop that summer, during my trip to India. This would continue on through the 7th grade and so on. Over the years, my musical tastes changed from Katy Perry-like sounds to a wide range of genres.

Music has always found a way to make me feel more excited about doing whatever it was I had to do. It made my life more colorful. There are certain songs, in which, I have a period of my life stored. This is something no picture or book has ever been able to do. I have been the type of person that always needed a song playing in the background, anything, just to avoid having to be without a tune. But there was a problem…

Although music was something I used to escape, it was very distracting to me when I listened to music while doing homework, working on projects or doing anything that needed my full attention. For many years I shrugged it off and told myself that I was one of those people that “concentrate better with music,” but during my freshman year of college and seriously struggling with my grades I decided that I needed to stop lying to myself. In 2016, New Year’s night, I decided to give myself a whole year to work on being able to concentrate without musical “help.” Although it may sound silly, it was so hard for me to even find the motivation to do homework or study without music… so I didn’t. After years of having something distract me in the background, suddenly changing and forcing myself to use all my concentration on one task was not settling well at all in the beginning. I found myself studying for a few minutes and then taking an hour long break, or constantly fidgeting with something to keep the other half of me distracted like music did.

After a month of watching my grades deteriorate, I decided to cut off listening to anything for good unless it was playing at a store or somewhere I had no control over it playing. It took me nearly half a year to get used to focusing or finding motivation to do anything that was related to me using my brain, without tunes, but then things started to pick up rapidly. I began to memorize more, concentrate more, and finish whatever task I had to do in nearly half or a fraction of the time. After a year of working on my goal, I was able to successfully separate my academic life from music, and still let myself enjoy music when I was not studying. This resolution has been my only real, “stereotypical,” one-year-long resolution. I gave myself a set amount of time to work on something that really needed improvement, and it worked really well.


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Please Note: The views of our student bloggers do not necessarily reflect the views of the UAlbany Advisement Services Center. These are their stories and their voices.
About the Author:

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Simonti B.
Class of 2019
Majors: Biology and English
Past Blog Theme:
Writing My Own Chapter

Current Theme:
Resolutionary

 

The Power of Focus

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If you listen to any successful person talk about how they got to where they are, a lot of times, the word focus will be mentioned at some point. Everyone wants to be successful, but many of us lack focus. Although we live in this multitasking age, multitasking just does not work. And I am not just talking about daily tasks. I am talking about greater focus in life. Look back and be honest with yourself. Do you consider yourself to be a focused person? I personally do not consider myself  to be a focused person. I constantly have to remind myself, “Heather, be focused.” We are constantly getting distracted from what we need to be focused on. Whether we are distracted by our phones, other people, worried thoughts or, you fill in the blank. Continue reading “The Power of Focus”

Going into Freshman Year

“High school graduation day was a very exciting day at my house because I was going to be the first in my family to hold a degree achieved in America.”

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The end of Senior year of high school is a very exciting time for almost all of us. The weather is getting nicer, graduation is fast approaching, and you have chosen what college you will be attending in the fall. This was me at the end of senior year in high school. I was very relaxed. The workload was winding down quite a bit which meant more free time and more hanging out with my friends. High school graduation day was a very exciting day at my house because I was going to be the first in my family to hold a degree achieved in America. That summer, before freshman year of college, was one of the best summers I had. I got lots of travelling done and spent a lot of time with my friends before classes started. Towards the end of summer, I made a resolution to myself, that I would focus, study hard, and not procrastinate so that I could achieve exceptional grades. I thought that since I was having a very relaxed summer, I would be able to focus better once school started.

The summer flew by and before I knew it, the first day of my freshman year at the University at Albany had arrived. I looked forward to starting this new chapter of my life, but at the same time, I was very nervous since I was a new student at a huge, confusing campus. Little did I know that freshman year was going to be a year of many ups and downs. From what I have seen, freshman year of college does not go as planned for many people, and that was the case with me as well. Continue reading “Going into Freshman Year”

The Fall 17′ Advising PLUS Schedule is Here!

Have you been to the Advising PLUS page? They offer much more than what is listed on here. Check them out: albany.edu/advisingplus | advisingplus@albany.edu

Two Locations: The State Quad Success Center & the 2nd Floor of the Science Library

What is Offered?

Help with Study Skills and Time Management 
Honors College Strategies for Success
Study Clusters for: BIO 130, 131, 212, 217
Tutoring for:

  • Anthropology (Intro to Human Evolution and Cultural Anthropology)
  • BITM215
  • Chemistry (General Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry)
  • Computer Science and Computer Engineering
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • EHC Courses
  • Financial Accounting
  • Globalization Studies
  • History
  • Information for the 21st Century
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science & Public Policy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology (Intro to Sociology & Sociology of Gender)
  • Spanish

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Making Plans Like a Boss!

Organization is key to being successful at UAlbany. Our partners in success in EOP create semester wall calendars to help you map out all of your exams, quizzes, and activities so that you can plan accordingly.  In the picture below, our Peer Advisor Diane is plotting out all of her responsibilities in many colors. She knows what it takes to be a Great Dane. Don’t learn the hard way! Make plans like a boss.

Come and get a calendar in our office TODAY.

Diane