Are you ready for some football?

Are you ready for some football?

Posted by: on February 2, 2017   |Comments (0)|Staff

Yes, Friars, it is Superbowl time.  And no matter who you are rooting for – Falcons, Patriots, Lady Gaga, or some delicious wings, there is something we need to discuss.

I’ve been chatting with students all week about Sunday.  And no, it’s not about what team will win, but rather, how will they schedule their time to study this weekend and enjoy the game with their friends.  Most students use Sundays as a day to get much of their studying done, so I challenge all of you to plan ahead.

If you are watching the game with friends (I recommend going to McPhail’s) be sure to get extra work done on Saturday and Sunday morning.  The key to success in college is managing your time – you manage your time best when you plan ahead and follow a schedule.  Create a to-do list for the weekend and guess how long it will take to complete each task.


So, plan ahead, enjoy the game with your friends, and GO PATS!*



*Full disclosure: this article may be slightly biased. 

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Finals in Friartown – Games of Thrones Style

Posted by: on May 2, 2016   |Comments (0)|Staff

1. When your DWC professor gives the essay ahead of time.


2. When the line at Dunkin Donuts goes past the bookstore.

3. When you go to bed before 2am.


4. When classmates brag about how easy the final was.


5. When you attend a study session and know all the answers.

6. When you find an open seat in Club Phil.


7. When you start talking about the final with other students in the class and you realize you did not get the same answers.


8. When the highlight of your day is the free food from BOP’s study breaks.


9. When you walk out of your last final.


Best of luck with finals! Love, OAS

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Time to Put Your Phone Away

Posted by: on November 5, 2015   |Comment (1)|Study Skills

Hello! My name is Shane Quinn. I am a Grad Student from Waterford, Ireland. I am currently studying in order to attain my masters in counseling here at Providence College. I was part of the PC class of 2015, studying psychology as an undergraduate. I am a GA in the Office of Academic Services, providing academic support to students. I am starting my 5th year competing for our famous track team and will be competing in the 2016 indoor & outdoor track seasons. I enjoy soccer, TV and movies. Most of all, I enjoy just lounging around watching all three, regaining my strength before having to go run around in circles! Check in with me at PC Smartypants for tips to academic success.


Year after year, we see the dependence on our phones grow. With so much accessibility at the palm of your hand, it’s very easy to get distracted by the various apps, games, social media accounts and new updates associated with iPhones and Androids.

Having recently given a talk on Time Management Strategies, I have found there are couple of new ways that you can tackle this persisting distraction:

  • QualityTime: This app is available for Android phones. It works in the background of your phone and tracks how many times the screen is unlocked, as well as which apps are used the most. It also tracks how much time is spent individually on apps. The app allows users to set how much time spent on certain apps per day is too much, allowing notifications of too much time spent on the app to appear. You can also choose the “Take a Break” option, where the app will lock the screen and prevent you from using the phone until a set amount of time has passed. Of course, the phone can still be used incase of emergencies. This app is completely free to use also! It looks like an iOS version of the app will eventually be available, but for now, it’s an Android App.
  • Moment: This app is available on iOS and tracks how many minutes you spend on your phone each day, as well as how many times you unlock it. The app is meant to give the user an idea as to how much time he/she is wasting on social media. The downside to this app is that it is $4.99, so it’s up to you to see how much you value your time!
  • Checky: This app simply counts how many times a day you unlock your phone. This could be very useful, as many of us end up unlocking our phones, only to do nothing at all on it!


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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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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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