week five

It is week five of spring term here at Union, and you know what that means: MIDTERMS! But, fortunately for you, some of us have been through this wringer before (kindly offering tips herehere, and here) and are happy to help again! Here are the tricks that I will be living by this week:

Figure out your schedule. — It’s absolutely essential that you organize your time before diving into studying. Figure out what needs to get done and then come up with a game plan. You will feel so much better if you have a gauge of where you’re at with your work and how close you are to completion.

Interact with friends. — While some people resort to locking themselves in the library all week, I do not think this is conducive to test prep. Sometimes the best way to learn something is to review it with friends and have fun. 

Venture off campus. — Whether you’re looking for a study break or simply in search of a new studying venue, it’s always a good idea to look off campus! Hit up Starbucks, the public library, or a cute cafe!

Enjoy studying! — Wait, is this an oxymoron?! No. This is possible. We’re at school to learn and become better people and we should not forget this aim during hectic and stressful testing times. Enjoy yourself while you study and that positivity will hopefully translate positively towards your grades!

Best of luck!

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My name is Catherine Elizabeth Ziac (Cat, for short) and I am a senior at Union College in Schenectady, NY. When I'm not studying for my major in economics or my minor in Russian, you can find me skimming through catalogs, playing the flute, fishing, online window shopping, chatting with my sisters (my twin, Julia, studying physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, or my little sister Maddy, currently a senior in high school), or out and about in good old Schenectady with my wonderful Union friends! I love pink nails, long showers, office supplies, and going to the public library. I spend too much time looking at blogs and skimming the WSJ online, but I still believe in the merits of a hand-written letter. I am always in the mood for yogurt and granola and am never without a piece of gum. I usually answer "blue" when asked my favorite color, but I know in my heart that it's always been and always will be garnet!

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