The War Against All Nighters

The War Against All Nighters

Posted by: on October 19, 2015   |Comments (0)|Study Skills

With mid-terms underway, so does the endless boasting about all nighters. spongebobIt has become part of college culture to brag about the lack of sleep one received while cramming for an exam.  All-nighters are so ingrained in our society, that it has almost become a right of passage.  I’m here to tell you this insanity must stop!

All nighters do terrible things to your body.  All nighters increase your stress level and affect your ability to multi-task. Sleep deprivation makes you increasingly irrational (cranky and moody) and scientists from Stanford and the University of Wisconsin noticed that after one night of little to no sleep, a person’s body mass index increases.  Yes, all-nighters makes you hungry and gain weight. Still think they are so cool?


Well, the main reason against all-nighters is, wait for it, they do not work.  You pull an all-nighters to study or write a paper, but the lack of sleep impairs attention and working memory – two things you need to perform well.  So, you waited to the last minute to study for that Finance test – what should you do?  First, come by OAS so we can discuss some wonderful time management strategies. 🙂  Next, break down the material into 2 blocks of time – one to study as much as you can (at night), then sleep for 6 hours, and then study the other half of the material (waking up early).  The actual time dedicated to studying may be less than the anticipated all nighter, but the quality of studying and retention of material is higher.

If you prefer this information broken down into witty cultural references and gifs, check out Buzzfeed and The 10 Horrible Things Pulling An All-Nighter Does to Your Body.  Or HerCampus, USA Today, Teen VOGUE, or The Atlantic.

Or listen to Bethany and just go to sleep!

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Five Study Tips for Surviving Mid-Terms

Posted by: on October 6, 2015   |Comments (0)|Writing Center

Hi everyone! My name is Marla Gagne, and I’m from West Haven, Connecticut. I’m a sophomore English major and am currently living the suite-life on campus (pun intended). I am a news co-editor on The Cowl and love writing stories about what’s going on around PC. I’ve also volunteered with campus ministry and love getting involved on campus. College life can be crazy, but chicken nugget Thursdays, Friday night hockey games, and PC friends make it all worth it!



October is finally here, and we can celebrate that we have survived our first month of the school year. Getting back into college-mode can be difficult and balancing laundry, fun, and reading Aristotle can be a challenge.  While we like to think everything will slow down, we still have to keep midterms in mind. The next few weeks are filled with constant studying, three papers due in a week, and never ending reading. But before you decide to quit school or dip into that emergency bag of chocolate, here are some tips to keep your sanity during midterms.

  1. Get organized:

It may seem like the most obvious tip, but it can really save you a lot of time and stress. Make a list of when every assignment is due and feel free to even color code for each subject. You will feel like your world is organized and centered, and you’ll avoid the dreaded moment when you realize you did your CIV paper that’s due next week and forgot about your English paper due tomorrow.

  1. Switch Up Places to Study:

Staying in the same place to study can make you feel like you’re in a prison cell. Don’t be afraid to mix up your study spots and have a change of scenery. The library is always the hot spot on campus to study, and it has everything-computers, single cubbies, tables for groups, and couches. The Dominican Center is a secret gem and the perfect place for when the library is packed and you need a quiet spot. Feel free to do work outside (but beware: people watching is tempting) or got grab a classroom in Ruane.

  1. Take a Break:

The never-ending list of assignments often makes you feel like stopping is impossible. But really, there is only so much reading you can do before you have no idea what you’re actually reading. Work for an hour or two and then take a ten-minute break. Grab a snack, call a friend, walk around, or just check your Snapchat. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the never-ending pile of work.

  1. Do What’s Right for You:

During midterms, it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. You’re stuck writing a paper, while your friends are at McPhail’s getting milkshakes. There’s always the one person who has everything done in advanced or the friend that has no midterms and is binge-watching Netflix instead.  Don’t feel pressured to have more done than you do or to abandon your work so you can hang out with friends. Everyone has a different schedule, their own study habits, and their own priorities. Keep in mind what is important to you and stay focused on your own goals. That milkshake will be there next week and will taste just as good.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help:

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with work and feel like you have nowhere to turn for help. But, remember there are resources all around you. It can be intimidating to talk to a professor for extra help, but make the move and go to office hours. They know exactly what you need to know and it doesn’t hurt to have help from the person grading you. Your own friends and classmates are a great resource. Reach out to them for help on a theory you just can’t get or even organize a small study group before the big exam. Finally, don’t forget the Office of Academic Services (OAS). OAS has tutors to help with every subject and can help you with reviews, practice problems, or even just organizing your notes. There are also writing tutors who can help you brainstorm ideas, outline your paper, or just look at the finished copy. Or you can send your paper to the Write Site!

Good luck on your mid-terms!

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Top Places to Study On-Campus

Posted by: on September 28, 2015   |Comments (0)|Tutoring Center

My name is Mckenzie Tavella and I am from Fairfield, Connecticut. I am a sophomore at Providence College and am an English: Creative Writing and Psychology double major. Some of my favorite things are Harry Potter, both the series and the films, Marvel Superheroes, and sketching Disney cartoons. I love music, art and writing. However, more than anything, I love dogs.


Another fall semester at Providence College is underway, and many are still trying to get accustomed to living away from home again. In high school everything was easier- fewer people, more home cooked meals and less work. Even though there isn’t much anyone can do about the number of people or the home cooked meals, something can be done about the schoolwork students have on their plate. In order to help students handle the overload of work, I will let you in on a few pointers I learned during my first year at PC.

Have you ever heard that saying, “It’s all about location, location, location?” Well, shout out to whoeverLibrary-Couches said that because he or she is a G-E-N-I-U-S. In order to make the most of your time, pick a spot on campus that will best suit your study needs. Of course there is the library- specifically the deep quiet zone on the second floor. If you like complete quiet, go there. However, I tend to see friends at the library so my two cents is to sit in the back at one of the desks or large tables, NOT the couches. Couches say kick back and relax, but desks mean business.

Next, let’s say you have a group project. I would suggest heading to Ruane because those seminar rooms really come in handy. Not only do you sit in a circle with a lot of room for your materials but you can also use the chalkboards to lay out your work. Ruane-SeminarHowever, they close pretty early so if it’s later in the night, head to the bottom floor of the library. This is a great space for conversation and the furniture is pretty cool too. You’ll know what I mean when you see it.

Okay but what about during Midterms? Unless you plan on living and sleeping and eating, basically doing everything in the library twenty-four seven, I suggest avoiding the library. It gets completely packed and you can’t find anywhere to sit. Also if you even open up your pencil case people give you the stare down for having too loud of a zipper. Go to Feinstein! The white boards are perfect for testing how much you actually know and they are great for writing out equations or problem solving. One of my last bits of advice is to take advantage of the nice weather at the start of each year and study outside! The tables outside of Ruane on that patio area are perfect for sipping on your Starbucks while reading a book of Philosophy on Voltaire. Well, as perfect as it can be.

Lastly, my all-time favorite place to study is the Writing Center. Of course not every student has this opportunity, but I encourage everyone to join clubs and see if it they have a “study zone” of their own. This is a gift in itself because it’s somewhat private and exclusive. You won’t have to worry about it getting too crowded and noisy. All of your brain power can be used for your studies. Good luck and remember we are all in this together.




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Why I’m Thankful for Thanksgiving Break

Posted by: on November 19, 2014   |Comments (0)|Tutoring Center

Hello Friartown! My name is Christina Perri, and I am a junior from Long Island, New York. I am a biology and psychology double major with a minor in neuroscience, and a member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program. I work in the OAS Tutoring Center primarily as a CIV tutor, and I dabble in other subjects as needed. When I’m not in class, lab, or OAS, I can be found singing with Schola Cantorum, playing the flute with Symphonic Winds, arguing with the Debate Society or writing articles for the psychology newsletter, Analyze This. Check in with me at PC Smartypants for tips and tricks for college success!


It’s that time of year.

You’ve just gotten back your midterm grades, work has really started to pile up, that last round of exams, papers, and projects is on the horizon, and your Thanksgiving looks like it’s going to be a lot more work than play. This is the time of year when I hear (and I admit, engage in) a lot of complaining—we don’t get a break, we have so much work, and it’s not fair.

It’s true—we do have a lot of work. No one can contest that. I know I will have more homework over Thanksgiving at the age of twenty than my mother did. She also did not have the opportunity go to college. With seven children in a working-class household, there just was not money to send her or her siblings to school. Now a mother of two and a former florist, Mom listens to my stories about classes, exams, papers, and tries to imagine herself in my shoes. If she had my professors, would she understand math and biology more? Or would she have gone the same route as my sister and been a history major? She loves to read—English, perhaps?

When I take the time to step back and think about it, I realize just how thankful I really am for my college education. I have opportunities that my mother can only dream about. I have the privilege of homework over Thanksgiving. Needing to review glycolysis between turkey and apple pie means that I had the opportunity to learn it in the first place. Is it work? Yes. Is it stressful? Also yes. But the stress that comes along with college is an opportunity over a third of high school graduates today do not have, for one reason or another.

That’s not to say that you need a college education to have a happy, fulfilling life. A plumber can be just as happy as a PhD if he is pursuing his passion. I am thankful, though, that I had the ability to choose higher education, to pursue my passion for neuroscience, to take the MCAT exam next spring, to go to lab and lecture and seminar.

I am thankful, in other words, for my Thanksgiving homework.

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Mid-Term Grades..From the Professor’s Perspective

Posted by: on November 7, 2014   |Comments (0)|Study Skills

Dr. Vance Morgan, Director of the signature Development of Western Civilization Program here at Providence College, posted an entry in his blog about an email exchange with a student regarding the student’s current grade.  This posted, called Educating the Uneducated, is wonderfully written and also gives our office a shout-out!  I highly recommend every student read his thoughts as we enter the final weeks of the semester.


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