The Adult Degree Program initiated a highly scientific poll (NOT!) to find out how you handle the stress of the holidays and final exams. We had a BUNCH of responses and here are a few of them…
Conclusion: We’re thinking that we need to hire some of you as our stress coaches!
“A couple rounds of kick-boxing and zumba classes does wonders for the stress that comes along with final exams.” — Maria F.
“I blast Christmas music when I study. That way later I can hum ‘Frosty the Snowman’ while taking my math test!” — Kaytlym B.
“Make a couple Bloody Mary’s with celery, beef stick, olives, and sprouts…” — Dale P.
“Get on my mountain bike and ride!” – Mark S.
“I hit the gym. I empty my mind of everything and just listen to my music while lifting weights.” — Shiley H.
“I tend to listen to music and play with my favorite horse. I also read books in the winter time.” – Carina F.
“Celebrate afterwards with a cocktail!” — Thea A.
“I treat myself to a full body massage at a local spa during finals week.” — Amy D.
“I just keep moving forward!” — Heather T.
Thanks everyone – and Good luck with finals!!
Jennifer Lanter, Ph.D.
It is often the case that students find studying to be the most difficult part of any exam. Maybe it is the overwhelming amount of material that will be covered on the exam or the thought that the covered material is not very interesting to you. Or perhaps learning the material does not come easy to you. Even if one of these is the case, there are some very practical tips that students can follow to use available study time most effectively. Here are some ideas that might help you as you study:
1.) Organizing your notes for a class will help reduce the load put on your memory, leaving you more cognitive “space” to retain the material presented.
2.) Do not just highlight and re-read course material. Taking the time to elaborate on, describe, and test yourself on the material will provide you with a deeper processing of the material (which then results in better memory)!
3.) Associate what you are learning with things you already know. Often current knowledge can provide excellent retrieval cues for newly learned material.
4.) Avoid the “illusion of learning.” Familiarity with the material does not equal comprehension and understanding of material.
5.) Take breaks while studying. Your brain needs time to consolidate the information you are learning!
6.) Distribute your studying across multiple study sessions. It can be difficult to maintain close attention through a long study session, and studying after a break gives you feedback about what you already know.
By taking the time to organize your thoughts, your material, and your study space you will be better rested and better prepared to suceed on your exams. Good luck and good studying!
Dr. Lanter is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Director of the UWGB Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
By: Forrest Brooks, ADP Academic Advisor and Lecturer – First Nations Studies Program
Are you in the first or second semester of your educational journey in the Adult Degree Program? Are there times when you feel like, “I don’t belong in college!”? Are there times when the assignments seem to be very difficult and you fear that you might not be able to complete them? If you have had some of these feelings, you are not alone. A feeling of academic inadequacy or of being an “imposter” is common in adult learners who have had little or no prior academic experience in a four-year institution. Fear not. Every student begins their educational career with different academic experiences and every student will struggle with certain courses. However, the fact remains that every student admitted into the Adult Degree Program has met the qualifications to be a student at UW-Green Bay. This means that you belong here! This means that you have the academic skills to be a student in the Adult Degree Program.
Every student has academic ability, and like any skill, these skills must be developed. If you have struggled with writing and research, there is good news for you. UW-Green Bay features its Writing Center which will assist you to develop those skills. The Cofrin Library will also assist you to become a better researcher. If you are new to online learning, there is also technical support to assist with issues using the “Desire to Learn” (D2L), the University’s online learning platform.
As with any new endeavor, a key to success is the development of the skills necessary for the task. The key to overcoming the “imposter syndrome” is persistence and the patience to develop the skills you need. The following links below are available to assist you in your educational journey. And, as always, never hesitate to contact your professors or your academic advisor for help!
The Writing Center: http://www.uwgb.edu/writingcenter/
UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Library page: http://libguides.uwgb.edu/adult_degree
D2L Technical Support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (920) 465-2879
Hours: Monday-Friday; 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
By: Dr. Brian Sutton, Associate Professor of English & Director of the UWGB Writing Center
This year, for the first time, the UW-Green Bay Writing Center is offering online tutoring services during the summer semester.
The Writing Center, which offers tutoring to UWGB students working on writing assignments, has in past years always been closed in the summer because of budget issues and the relatively low demand for tutoring during the summer. But this year, one of the student tutors is available for online tutoring on an appointment-only basis.
If you’d like advice about revising your paper, send your draft of the paper as an email attachment to Brian Sutton, the Director of the Writing Center, at email@example.com. Along with the paper, please send a copy of the assignment handout. In your cover email, make sure Professor Sutton knows you’re sending the paper for Writing Center tutoring, and let him know what particular concerns you have about the paper. Professor Sutton will forward your materials to the student tutor, who will read the paper and return it to you along with written suggestions for revision.
If possible, try to send the draft to Professor Sutton at least a week before the final copy is due, since the student tutor may have other obligations and may not be able to get to it right away. But we encourage you to take advantage of this free opportunity to improve your writing!
By: Stacie Christian, Lecturer; Human Development
As a faculty member who teaches online courses for two universities and who also is taking online courses, I am offering some words of advice for students who want to enhance their overall experience while taking an online course.
First: Read the syllabus, and highlight due dates. Then, write key due dates of major assignments on your calendar. Take time once or twice each week to look ahead at what is in store for you and carefully note due dates for that week and the upcoming weeks. Then take a look at your personal calendar and note timelines that conflict with due dates and make plans to get those assignments completed in advance. This will take you at the most 10 minutes each week, but it will help you to keep the due dates and tasks in mind – AND it helps to keep you on task.
Second: Note if papers are to be typed in APA style or in another professional format. Familiarize yourself with this format via the Cofrin library website so you do not get deductions for assignments because you used a different format at: http://libguides.uwgb.edu/CiteYourSource. In addition, review the Cofrin library link to plagiarism: http://libguides.uwgb.edu/plagiarism. For example, some students may try to cut and paste information from an article and cite the author(s) thinking this qualifies as citation. It may instead qualify as plagiarism because you have not used your own words within the assignment.
Third: Introduce yourself to other class members. You will want to do this without writing a thesis length introduction, but students who introduce themselves often can find someone to contact if they need advice or assistance during the course. Students have even formed study groups if they live in the same area to prepare for an exam, or they e-mail each other asking the other student to proof-read papers that will be submitted.
Fourth: Acquaint yourself with the free university services prior to starting a new course. Students who utilize the Cofrin library reference librarians, the UWGB Writing Center, and the Helpdesk or the Adult Program techs often find these services to be very helpful. You will learn valuable tips that will help you to write a professional paper or work with technology which will enhance your grade. Make sure that your computer programs are compatible to the D2L Dropbox for viewing media. If you have problems, contact the Helpdesk at 920-465-2309 immediately. This is not a challenge that should be procrastinated as you may miss deadlines.
Fifth: Have fun and share your knowledge with your family and friends! Students who teach and share what they learn with others will help engage family members and friends to support you in your efforts. It is fun to learn together and to share what you know with others!