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Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Student Life | 0 comments

New on Campus?

New on Campus?

When I become a student, where can I find information on events and activities? I’m currently enrolled to start January of 2014.

Dear Andrew,

First of all, Welcome to SPC! And, I’m glad you are already wondering about how to make your college experience better.

It is super easy to get involved on campus and participate in the many events and activities. I suggest you start by talking to other students. Ask them of some events they know about. If you are on campus often then you will most likely see or hear a quad event going on. The quad events are well advertised on campus with flyers and signs so keep a look out for them. Regarding other activities such as workshops or cultural events, I checked the event calendar on the SPC website. Most of the school’s events are posted there.

Also, I must mention SPC’s social media resources. There is Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and other cool sites such as this one and other blogs. Make sure you favorite these on your computer since they will keep you updated on all things SPC.

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Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Academics | 2 comments

Crazy Professors

Crazy Professors

 

What did you do if you had a professor that did not follow their own syllabus; going off topic a lot?

Dear Traci,

I have experienced this and it can be super annoying. A syllabus is a contract between the professor and the student. Like any other contract, it should be followed. Be aware that there are professors who will say at the beginning of the class that the syllabus is tentative and some things could be added. Still, if your professor is just adding homework and assignments like crazy then that is not appropriate. Especially if he/she is giving you tasks without much notice or time to complete them.

I wrote a post about what to do if you have a complaint and would like to file it.

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Academics | 0 comments

Test Anxiety

Test Anxiety

 

My mind goes blank when it comes time for a test? What can I do to help me?

Dear Deborah,

Tests are not for everyone. Even though you know the material, being tested on it puts a lot of pressure on some students. I attended a session on test anxiety once and learned some pretty cool tips. The one that stuck out to me was that while seating on your seat, before receiving the exam, relax and tell yourself how amazing you are and that you are going to do great. Enforcing your confidence is the best way to handle a test. I do this all the time and find it very helpful. Stressing out at the moment of the exam is not worth it and will not help you remember what you need to know. The key is to look at the exam and know you got this!

Of course, the best way to ensure this is by being prepared and studying diligently before a test. Try to avoid cramming, this is the worst. You will not learn anything and the facts and definitions will start to get mixed together. Believe me, I have done this and the results were not favorable. Also, try avoiding any distractions before and after the test, so that you will not worry about it during the test. Of course, I do have to add the obvious recommendations of getting a good night sleep and eating a good breakfast, and if you can have a snack before the test to keep your mind off an empty stomach. These simple actions will add positively to your test performance.

While you are test I would recommend you:

  • Take your time to read the directions carefully. Understanding the question is half the battle.
  • Budget your test taking time. Do not take too long on a single question, once you have answered it, do not fuss about it. Move on to the next one and if you have time to review you can go back and look at it.
  • Relax, and try any means to remain in this state. Change your seat or sitting position, make sure you have enough light, avoid being close to any distracting objects in the classroom.
  • If you go blank, skip the question and go to the next one. Later you can return to address it. Whenever I go blank on a question, I find that moving on and starting on other questions will trigger an answer in my mind or help me remember the procedure.
  • Lastly, do not panic! Take it slow, deep breaths, maintain a positive attitude, and do not rush it because it is not a competition to return the test first. It is only a test, not the end of the world.

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Picking Degrees and Prerequisites

Picking Degrees and Prerequisites

How can I get help picking my degree and knowing what classes to take as prerequisites at SPC?

Dear Kelsey,

If you need help picking your degree then start looking at what career you might want to have. Think of what you want to do based on what you are passionate about and what makes you happy. The Career Services Offices are here to help you so give them a visit. They will help you look at possible careers that will meet your needs and expectations.

Once you have a career or major in mind then you can start picking your degree. Here is where the Academic Advising comes in. The academic advisors will be the amazing people, who will lead you to the right direction in terms of knowing which prerequisites to take for your major, when to take them and what other classes to take that are necessary for your degree. Whether you are considering an AA degree, AS degree, or a Certificate, the academic advisors are the all-knowing resource when you are thinking about what classes to take.

You might also want to start considering which university, if any, you want to transfer to. Different universities have different prerequisites for the exact major. Make sure you are calling them or looking at their website and finding out what it takes to get into their program. The ultimate goal is to get into the program with zero prerequisites to take. You want to fulfill these prerequisites at SPC while completing your degree.

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Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Are you a full-time student?

Are you a full-time student?

How many classes do I need to be considered a full time student?

Dear Krystal,

According to the SPC website, a full-time student for all terms (fall, spring, and summer) must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours. If most SPC classes are 3 credits then each semester, you need to take at least 4 classes. Also, some classes can be 2 credit or 4 credits so be aware of these as you are planning your schedule.

It is important to know if you are a full-time students because your enrollment status might affect your financial aid, scholarships, or degree track.

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