Academic Coaching Blog

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Often, we are surprised by how quickly finals week rolls around, even if the professor has been talking about the final exam since the beginning of the semester. Rutgers students find themselves trodden down with a lot more work, studying, and stress than usual. High levels of stress during finals can have a negative impact on a student mentally, physically, and emotionally. In order to avoid episodes of extreme frustration and worrying, here are five tips to help you manage the stress and studying that comes along with finals in a healthy and proactive manner.1. Using a rewards system Find a way to treat yourself after accomplishing a task. Whether it is hanging out with... Continued
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It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air, the weather is getting warmer, and finals are quickly approaching. For many students, the last few weeks of school can be an overwhelming whirlwind of stress and anxiety. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. In order to effectively prepare for finals and dramatically reduce stress, take these following steps:   Step 1: Start Scheduling. It’s easy to wait until the very last minute to start preparing for finals, but doing so will cost you valuable study time. Decide today to write down when all of your final exams will take place on a month-long calendar. This will help you see how much time you have to study and how... Continued
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So it’s April and there’s just a little more time left in the semester. Coming back to school after spring break you hit the ground running, but by now you just want to catch your breath. So, how do you make the best choices to ensure you have some more energy to get you through the rest of the semester? How can you make sure you are more energized than you were yesterday instead of feeling more and more drained? Here’s what an academic coach recommends: 1.    Take the extra time to get organized. In 30 minutes or less, you can probably plan out 75% of your time for the next week. Spending 10-15 minutes in the morning to assess/compile your to-do list will make your day go so much more... Continued
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Find a Mentor Early Why is a mentor important? I started my studies with the opinion that I could achieve good grades and participate in a variety of clubs and activities all on my own (I was wrong).  In all four years of college (and even post-graduation), a mentor has helped me figure out what courses to take, broaden my view of different opportunities to chase, and keep me motivated. I was lucky enough to have found a mentor early, even if I did not truly realize it at the time. My first mentor was my FIGS (First-year Interest Group Seminar) instructor. I had registered for a FIGS course because I... Continued
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Bring your notebooks and your strengths to your classes Everyone has strengths that they bring with them to every challenge they face. If speaking up in class is difficult for you, you might doubt the strengths you are bringing. If speaking up comes easily, you might not realize that there are still ways to stretch yourself when it comes to class discussion. If you tend to speak up in class this question is for you: How often do you try to leave time and space for other people to answer questions? You likely have had a friend or family member who is shy or slower to answer questions in a group setting, so have you ever thought about what they might need to gain confidence... Continued