Notes of Encouragement

by Alex

Welcome to one of the most stressful times of the semester: finals time!

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We realize that many of you are currently visiting this blog as a way to take a well-deserved break or to procrastinate from the mountain of work you still need to complete. Either way, The Learning Hub wanted to remind you of five important things to keep in mind for this week:

There is an end in sight.

There is a finite list of things you need to do that will end at the end of the week. Don’t get too bogged down with everything you need to do. Just take it one day at a time. You are almost there, even if it doesn’t seem like it. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Or a puppy.

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This is within your capabilities as a student to complete your final projects.

All semester, you’ve been working toward this week. You know what needs to happen to accomplish the final tasks. All semester, you’ve been growing, and each semester, your capacity to do hard tasks has increased. You are capable of writing that intimidating paper or that really long project even if it doesn’t feel like it.

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It’s okay to feel stressed.

Some people may feel that losing sleep or stressing about finals means that they are doing something wrong.

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 If you’re one of those people, do your best to remember that it’s ok to feel stressed—nearly everyone is feeling this way. I would just encourage you to try and manage this stress so it doesn’t overtake you. Use stress as a fuel for your projects, but don’t let it consume you.

If you feel like everything has gone wrong—take it as a learning opportunity.

Maybe you didn’t prepare for finals as well as you should have. Maybe you haven’t slept in four days, your computer crashed, and you’ve lost that ten-page paper you now need to redo by tomorrow morning. Sometimes, we don’t go through finals as gracefully as we would like.

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Everyone falls down once and a while. Don’t beat yourself up over it—just learn from your mistakes so it doesn’t happen again.

You can do it.

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Yes. You can. Don’t argue with us.

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And then, after you conquer your finals, we hope you enjoy your break from school.

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If you have questions about preparing for finals, please stop by The Learning Hub to learn positive coping and scheduling strategies so you can have a productive finals experience.

Wishing you all the best—

The Learning Hub Writing Staff

7 Study Tips to Get Through Finals Week

by Sidney

Finals week is stressful, but success is possible! With a little planning you can make it through finals in one piece.

Make a list or a visual aid with all the things you have to do

This allows you to break your work into manageable pieces. It can be overwhelming to think about all the things you need to do. Making a list of the steps it takes to accomplish each goal allows you to focus on one thing a time.

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Create your own study guide

This helps you take ownership of the information. Putting ideas into your own words helps you commit them to memory because you are thinking about meaning more deeply and using language that makes sense to you.

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Study with friends or organize a study group

Being around other people who are also working on tasks can be an effective way to stay focused. If you are studying with other students from a specific class, you can share ideas and help each other better understand the course content.

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Set deadlines ahead of your deadlines

If you have a big paper or project due, it can be helpful to set deadlines for yourself so you don’t end up having to pull stressful all-nighters. If you tend to procrastinate try tricking yourself into getting started early by making a “pretend” deadline.

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 Find new places to study

A new environment can help you think more clearly. Maybe the local coffee shop provides the right amount of distraction to keep you focused. If you need complete silence try finding the perfect spot in the library to work without distractions.

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Balance

It can be tempting to focus on the subjects you are best at, but create a balance between subjects that come naturally and ones you find challenging. Sometimes saving your favorite work for last can be motivation to get through work you would rather put off until the end.

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Take Breaks

Make sure to build breaks into your study schedule. It is important to reward yourself for hard work. When you have accomplished one or two things on your list allow yourself time to recharge before taking on the next task.

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Good Luck!!!

Are You Afraid of The Hub?? – Michael

Halloween is finally upon us! The spooks and scares are here!!

This is our last video of our series for this month – we hope you’ve enjoyed all of our scary myths about tutoring, and have learned about what tutoring is actually like. Come and see for yourself!

 

To learn more about how you can come up to The Hub for appointments, visit our website where you can find our contact information, helpful resources, and lots of other information!
**(footage from Nickelodeon’s hit show Are You Afraid of the Dark? is not intended to violate copyright, and is not the property of anyone affiliated with The Learning Hub)**

Are You Afraid of The Hub?? – Daymon

The time has come for SPPPPOOOOOKKKKSSSS and SSSSCCCCAAAAAAARRRREEESSSSS! Are you prepared for All Hallow’s Eve yet? It’s coming!!

This month we’re releasing a bunch of vlogs where we will be busting misconceptions students often have about tutoring. Stay tuned for videos twice a week throughout the month of October!

 

To learn more about how you can come up to The Hub for appointments, visit our website where you can find our contact information, helpful resources, and lots of other information!
**(footage from Nickelodeon’s hit show Are You Afraid of the Dark? is not intended to violate copyright, and is not the property of anyone affiliated with The Learning Hub)**

Are You Afraid of The Hub?? – Nick

The time has come for SPPPPOOOOOKKKKSSSS and SSSSCCCCAAAAAAARRRREEESSSSS! Are you prepared for All Hallow’s Eve yet? It’s coming!!

This month we’re releasing a bunch of vlogs where we will be busting misconceptions students often have about tutoring. Stay tuned for videos twice a week throughout the month of October!

 

To learn more about how you can come up to The Hub for appointments, visit our website where you can find our contact information, helpful resources, and lots of other information!
**(footage from Nickelodeon’s hit show Are You Afraid of the Dark? is not intended to violate copyright, and is not the property of anyone affiliated with The Learning Hub)**

Are You Afraid of The Hub?? – Raven

The time has come for SPPPPOOOOOKKKKSSSS and SSSSCCCCAAAAAAARRRREEESSSSS! Are you prepared for All Hallow’s Eve yet? It’s coming!!

This month we’re releasing a bunch of vlogs where we will be busting misconceptions students often have about tutoring. Stay tuned for videos twice a week throughout the month of October!

 

 To learn more about how you can come up to The Hub for appointments, visit our website where you can find our contact information, helpful resources, and lots of other information!
**(footage from Nickelodeon’s hit show Are You Afraid of the Dark? is not intended to violate copyright, and is not the property of anyone affiliated with The Learning Hub)**

Are You Afraid of The Hub?? – James

The time has come for SPPPPOOOOOKKKKSSSS and SSSSCCCCAAAAAAARRRREEESSSSS! Are you prepared for All Hallow’s Eve yet? It’s coming!!

This month we’re releasing a bunch of vlogs where we will be busting misconceptions students often have about tutoring. Stay tuned for videos twice a week throughout the month of October!

To learn more about how you can come up to The Hub for appointments, visit our website where you can find our contact information, helpful resources, and lots of other information!

**(footage from Nickelodeon’s hit show Are You Afraid of the Dark? is not intended to violate copyright, and is not the property of anyone affiliated with The Learning Hub)**