Notes of Encouragement

by Alex

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


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.


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.


It’s okay to feel stressed.

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


 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.



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.


Yes. You can. Don’t argue with us.


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


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

You Won’t Believe These Ten Things I’ve Learned Since Starting at The Hub…

by Alex

The Hub is eerily quiet now that the students have left for winter break. During these down periods, we at the Hub can catch up on administrative and blog projects. However, this also gives us a moment of peace to reflect. This was my first semester working in The Hub, and it felt appropriate to talk about my experience being a part of a new community. Rather than bore you with a nostalgic reminiscence, I thought a Buzzfeed style “Top Ten Things I’ve Learned Since I Started at The Hub” would be way more entertaining.

  1. This semester, we started rolling out this Writing Web series. One thing I’ve learned is how to adjust my writing to the blog style. After writing my thesis and the online writing handouts, I had to relearn how to let some of my personality loose again.



Well, maybe not that loose.

  1. As you all have probably noticed, we have been adding more videos onto this blog. Recently, I’ve started learning how to film and how to better identify what a good shot is or when the lighting isn’t balanced enough. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m grateful to Sarah for showing me the basics. Some of my shots even made it into our most recent video!
  1. With the shift in ENG 101 and 102 curricula, I’ve become much more familiar with new applications like Moovly, Powtown, Padlet, Sway, and even Twitter so that I could help students with their new multimodal projects. It’s really great to see how students can transform their work across different media platforms!


  1. Each writing tutor brings valuable experiences and unique perspectives to tutoring, and it has been such a privilege to work with a group of smart and dedicated individuals. I’ve learned new tutoring techniques and approaches from speaking with other tutors and having practice tutorials with others.


  1. Nicole, the resident math wizard of The Hub, took a trip over the summer to Austria and brought back the wonder of Eiskaffees. If you don’t know what that is—check out this recipe online (click the picture).


  1. Before coming here, I never tried Indian food. That quickly changed after my second week working here. Many tutors order Indian food for lunch once every two weeks (but closer to every week, if we’re being honest), and you can bet I’m almost always placing an order with them!


  1. Every learning center has their unique approach when it comes to booking appointments and serving students. At The Learning Hub, we set aside time in everyone’s schedule to allow them to prepare for the upcoming appointment. For me, this was a new practice, and having the opportunity to review students’ work before they arrived allowed us to have more productive sessions together. I felt like Team Rocket—prepared for anything, even trouble.


  1. It gets VERY busy up here—especially the last couple weeks of the semester. I’ve worked in other institutions during finals time, but I’ve never seen appointments fill up so quickly! As the end of the semester draws nearer, consider booking your appointments as early as possible!


  1. When students leave, it is so sad.



Seriously. After one day, I already missed having students up in The Learning Hub.

  1. Being with a community of amazing coworkers and students makes me look forward to coming to work every day.



I can’t wait for everyone to come back, and I hope you enjoy your winter break!