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Welcome Class of 2016

Hello Class of 2016!

The Office of Academic Support is delighted to have you here at PNWU!

Please stop by and say hello – we are always here to help.

“Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.” -Theodore T. Hunger

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Welcome Class of 2015 and Happy to see you again Class of 2014!!

It’s a new school year and we are very excited for the arrival of the 1st year students and the returning 2nd year students.

I hope that you all had a wonderful summer break, please stop in at the Office of Academics and say hello 🙂  Stay tuned for more information … but in the meantime, take advantage of this beautiful weather we are having and hang out in the sun.  Good Luck to all of you, it’s going to be a great year!

I’ve included some pictures taken by Derrick Owsley & Jim Blonde over the past few days of orientation .. Enjoy!

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Did you just cram for that exam?


Have you ever had one of those nights where you feel completely overwhelmed because you not only have one exam, but maybe two or three .. and they all just happen to be on the same day, or maybe even a day apart from each other? I’m sure you’ve felt the pressure of literally cramming as much information into one night, hoping that it will all stay with you the following morning. And yet, you probably have the urge to wake up a few hours early with a quadruple shot latte, and repeat that same cram session from the night before. According to TestTakingTips.com, there are a few techniques to practice if you absolutely have to cram for an exam:

Cramming for exams should be avoided at all costs. You should only cram for an exam as a last resort. It’s hard to take in and retain a large amount of information in a short period of time.

1. Eat some food to give you energy to study (an apple) but avoid consuming excess sugar which will make you hyper and will make it more difficult to study.

2. Keep a positive attitude, it is easier to study when you are relaxed than when you are stressed out.

3. Focus on the main ideas and learn key formulas.

4. Write down the key ideas/formulas on a sheet of paper and keep on studying from that sheet, repetition is important.

5. Highlight the important points in your notes, and text and focus on that.

6. Study from past tests, review questions, homework & review sheets.

7. Take at least one five-minute break an hour so that you can gather your thoughts and let your brain relax.

As the article mentioned, “Cramming for exams should be avoided at all costs.” Studying ahead of time on each topic is always more productive when it comes to your own personal study time and preparation for an exam. Do you cram for your exams? Have you tried any of the above techniques? Repost your own experiences with cramming for exams, or even better methods you might have to avoid having to cram for exams.

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How to stay focused..even on a beautiful Friday afternoon!

It’s 10 minutes to five on a Friday afternoon and you probably are not thinking about the last thing your teacher just said, or that test you have might have in a few weeks or even a week from now. Instead, your mind is already drifting away to that day trip over to Seattle, sleeping in Saturday morning or maybe even getting ready for that 5K “Run For Your Life” Fun Run. At any rate, you have mentally checked out for the weekend, and you are ready to indulge in something other than your studies.

It’s easy to get side tracked, but it is important to stay focused, especially while you are still in school. Here are a few tips that I found from The Revolution Health Group website on different ways to staying focused on your school work:

Set Deadlines:
At the beginning of each semester, make a calendar of due dates. Be sure you know what the main assignments are (if the professor doesn’t mention them at the start of the semester, ask) and what format they will take (an essay, presentation, group project, etc.). Set clear goals.

Set your space:
It’s best to study at a desk or table where you can spread your work out. You’ll also need a chair that’s comfortable: It should support your lower back and allow you to keep both feet on the floor in front of you. To make studying less of a strain on your eyes, be sure you have enough light.

Have resources handy:
What do you need in your work area in order to avoid interruptions? Books, supplies, notes, research sources? Keep these in one place so you don’t have to go off in search of that book you know you just saw, somewhere around here.

Get focused:
Studies show that when people do lots of things at once, they tend to do a worse job at all of them than if they’d focused on just one thing at a time. So when you multitask as you study, you’re less likely to absorb and retain the information you need to do well on an exam.

**What are you doing right now to stay focused? Repost any tips you might have to stay focused … **

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