Finals in Friartown – Games of Thrones Style

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

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. […]MORE

Five Study Tips for Surviving Mid-Terms

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

MarlaGagneGUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18
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!

GUEST BLOGGER: MARLA GAGNE, ‘ 18 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 […]MORE

Top Places to Study On-Campus

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

MackenzieTavellaGUEST BLOGGER: McKENZIE TAVELLA, ’18
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.

 

 

 

GUEST BLOGGER: McKENZIE TAVELLA, ’18 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 […]MORE

Finals Week in Friartown – By Beyonce

Posted by: on May 5, 2015   |Comments (0)|Staff

Editors Note: This blog was not actually written by Beyonce.  Rather it was inspired by Beyonce and written by Mark Correia ’14 and Rebecca Morse ’14.

 

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 you are thankful that the professor didn’t make the final cumulative. 

 

5.  When you start calculating the lowest grade you need on the final to still pass the class.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

10.  When you walk out of your last final.

Good luck with finals!  Have a great summer and see you in the fall! Love, OAS

Editors Note: This blog was not actually written by Beyonce.  Rather it was inspired by Beyonce and written by Mark Correia ’14 and Rebecca Morse ’14.   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 […]MORE

The One-Coin Loophole

Posted by: on March 10, 2015   |Comments (0)|Study Skills

Lately, I’ve been listening to podcasts on my commute as a way to pass the time.  It all started when I fell down the rabbit hole known as Serial  (I do think Adnan had something to do with the murder) and I’ve been hooked ever since.  The most recent podcast that has intrigued me is Happier with Gretchen Rubin.  It offers various tips and insight regarding things we can do to make our lives happier/easier/more productive.  One discussion covered loopholes and I instantly thought about how this habit relates to college students.

According to Rubin, understanding loopholes is important “because when we try to form and keep habits, we often search for loopholes”.  The One-Coin Loophole is based in the “argument of the growing heap” from Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus.  The argument is:

“If ten coins are not enough to make a man rich, what if you add one coin? What if you add another? Finally, you will have to say that no one can be rich unless one coin can make him so.”

While at first glimpse, you may wonder what this has to do with being a college student.  But look closer.  How many times have you thought the following:

-What difference will it make if I start my paper now?
-I’m going to skip class today – it’s only one time.
-Why should I do my math homework now, when I have all weekend?
-I can have pizza tonight; I’ve been good all week.
-It’s only one beer. (Author’s note:  You must be 21 to think this.)

The act of working on homework daily or skipping one class may not be a huge deal.  Those are single acts.  But a single act done repeatedly becomes a habit.  The habit of working on homework daily will have a lasting impact on your success as a student.  Skipping a class (or two or five) while also have an impact on your ability to succeed in your class.

What gold coins (acts) are becoming your heaping pile (habits)?

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Lately, I’ve been listening to podcasts on my commute as a way to pass the time.  It all started when I fell down the rabbit hole known as Serial  (I do think Adnan had something to do with the murder) and I’ve been hooked ever since.  The most recent podcast that has intrigued me is Happier with […]MORE