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Words of Advice from University College

Return to The Family Corner - December 2010

Final exams begin with evening classes on December 13th and continue throughout the week.  The schedule can be viewed online (click here). Final exams are either organized by department (departmental exams listed in the afternoon) or scheduled according to class day and time (classes that meet MWF at 2 will have their Final Exams on Tuesday, December 14th at the 10:30 a.m.) and will be held in the regular classroom, except where noted. Evening classes have evening exams.

Final exam week can be a stressful time for all students, but especially challenging for first-year students.  Students should be encouraged to maintain perspective.  The exams are important and should be taken seriously but students should not allow the stress to take over their lives.  Mananging stress can be difficult but here are some tips to share:

1. Avoid stressful people.

Stress actually is contagious. During exam week, resist the urge to have a study session with your super-tense friend, especially if she’s complaining about all the work she has to do and breaking pencils all over the place. Her stress will only add to your stress.

2. Eat healthy and exercise.

This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a wonder how many people forget it. Skip the sugar, which will make you crash, and go for snacks like granola bars, healthy cereal or fruits and veggies to keep your blood sugar stable. If you’re studying for a long period of time, eat some protein too. Also, try to get some form of exercise. Even a 10 minute walk will leave you calmer and more focused.

3. Just say NO.

What you need to say no to are the people who want to take up your time. There will probably be a friend who needs to talk to you for hours about her life, and if you say yes, you’ll probably be tempted to blow off studying. Resist the urge. Say no to the distractions and be selfish for a day. You want a good GPA, right?

4. Force yourself to take breaks.

For every hour or so that you work, take a 10 or 15 minute break. Let yourself do whatever you want (check Facebook, stare off into space, call a friend, etc.) for those 10-15 mins, then start working again. This gives your brain a little rest and will help keep you more focused when you are actually doing work.

5. Visualize it all going right.

This is actually my favorite tip of all, even though it sounds kind of nuts. Imagine yourself taking the test and feeling confident that you know all the information. Picture getting all of the answers right, and focus on how relaxed you feel. Then picture the A on your test paper. When you imagine a happy ending, that’s often what happens, because you make the decisions that lead to it without even realizing.

6. If you’ve studied all you can, get up your confidence!

When test-time rolls around, it’s time to get yourself into confidence mode. You’ve prepared as much as you could, and now it’s time to ace the test. The tip here is to do whatever works to convince yourself you are going to do really well. Again, I know this tip sounds a little crazy but you just have to try it for yourself. I think you’ll like the results.

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Major Questions?

Is your son or daughter……

  • questioning their choice of major or wishing to explore options?  
  • unsure of strengths, skills, abilities or goals?   
  • uncertain of opportunities during and after college?

If so, CAR 101 for the spring semester.  CAR 101 is a one-credit class that will be offered on Mondays at noon (CRN 11416) for the Spring 2011 semester.  Based on career development theory and appreciative advising practice, students will explore components of educational/career decision making; including the influence of personal goals, values, interests, and perceived skills.  The practical application of theory results in a portfolio of information essential to deliberate and effective decision making.  CAR 101 will provide the opportunity for increased self understanding and a greater understanding of career opportunities.  Desired experiences (in and out of the classroom) will guide the development of an Educational Plan.  In this course, we explore how to develop and effectively use a decision-making process that is goal-oriented and encourages personal achievement.  Both undeclared and students with a major can benefit from this class.

Career Planning Course for Juniors & Seniors

As competition for limited employment opportunities for new grads continues, Career Services strives to help students become the best prepared candidates they can be to meet the challenges of the job search, interviewing and corresponding with potential employers.

Do encourage your students to register for CAR 198-Career Planning for Juniors & Seniors, a one credit elective course.  Topics include professional communication with potential employers, resume and interviewing feedback, graduate school searches and applications, mock interviewing, dining etiquette, and opportunities to network with professionals in their fields and to attain a mentor.

Students may register for CAR 198A, Tuesdays 1-1:50, CRN 11361 or CAR 198 B, Wednesdays, 12-12:50, CRN 11361.

For questions: Please contact Ms. Blake Mackesy 408-4157 or blake.mackesy@wilkes.edu.

Spring Registration

Pre-registration has taken place for the spring 2011 semester.  Before leaving campus for break, students should review their registrations and seek the advice of their advisor if any changes need to be made.  Many faculty advisors will return to campus when classes begin in the spring and are not available during the break.  Therefore, students should make all attempts to schedule their spring classes before the break, while their advisors are here to help.  Some helpful contacts:

Student Services - 570-408-2000
(financial holds, financial aid, student accounts, general information about registration, class availability)

University College - 570-408-4060
(general advising information, change of major, academic counseling/coaching)

Faculty Advisors - By email or phone



Dates to Remember:

December 23:
Fall Semester grades available on portal

January 3:
Springs payments due

January 17:
Spring semester begins


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