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Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Academics | 0 comments

Tips for Test Anxiety

Tips for Test Anxiety

How to deal with test anxiety,when taking test with not enough time?

Dear Tina,

I try to study with enough time in advance to avoid this anxiety. Still, life happens sometimes and you might just have to cram as much as you can before a test. Like any other kind of anxiety remember that, at the end of the day, it’s just a test. By putting things in perspective, I promise you will start to feel better!

A cool trick that someone with Learning Resources once taught me is to write down your fears on a little piece of paper before a test. Such as: anxiety, lack of study, confusion, misunderstanding, just list them out. Then take the piece of paper, tear it up or roll it up and throw it away. It helps with your confidence.

A more practical trick is to study out loud. Whenever I’m about to take test and have just enough time to go over things again, I like to study out loud. Whether reciting definitions of terms or repeating math formulas, if you say it enough times, you will remember it! This is a trick that has worked for me many times.

Ultimately, remember that the best remedy for test anxiety is studying (a lot) in advance. There is not a better feeling in the world than looking at a question on your test and knowing the answer.

Hope this helps!

Maria

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

Preparing for Classes

Preparing for Classes

As a student who likes to prep in reading for classes to come, what would you say is the easiest way to research books for incoming classes?? I’m registered in classes and I know my specific subject, but which books cover which specific course? Plz and Thanks

Dear Natalia,

I love your question because this is something I do before every semester starts!

The first thing I do is look at what textbooks are required for the class. You can do this by looking at the “Textbook/Other Materials” section when browsing for classes at MySPC or by going to the SPC Barnes & Noble website and entering the course information. It will generate a list with all the textbooks and materials you need for each class you are taking.

Even if you acquire your textbooks and materials through other means, it’s very important to gather the specifics from the official sources. You do not want to show up to class with the wrong edition or something. I also advise students not to buy books before the professor has clearly greenlighted that the textbook will be used for class. I’ve had so many professors just say: “Don’t buy the book because we won’t be using it.” You can always send a quick email to the professor to ask to make sure.

Once you have the information on the books, you can do a generic internet search and see what other books come up or see if you can access the table of contents because this will tell you what specific topics are covered in the book and thus the class itself.

If you want to really prep for a class, you can always do some research. Whenever I start an academic research project whether for class assignment or out of sheer curiosity, then I start in the library. You can go to your home campus library or start at SPC’s online library. The search tab will show up and you can look for any books or academic articles, limit your search and even request the physical copy. With the information you gathered from the class description and textbook information, you can do an advance search and find books for a specific course.

All the best!

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Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Academics | 0 comments

Making the Honor Roll

Making the Honor Roll

 

Is there a dean’s list at SPC?

Yes, there is! The dean’s list is known as the President’s Honor List at SPC. The honor is awarded to students who maintain a 3.3 or higher GPA each semester while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours. For more detail, check the link and look under “President’s Honor List.” When you make it to the President’s List, you will receive a letter informing you of your accomplishment. Students can receive this honor every semester as long as they meet the requirements.

Making the President’s List is an awesome recognition and confidence booster that all students can attain! From my experience, it is also a reminder of the hard work you put in each semester.

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P.S.  The featured pictures is one of the fist President’s Honor List letter I received at SPC.

 

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Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Need to Know | 3 comments

Art at SPC

Art at SPC

 

How big is the arts department, if it at all exists?

Dear Miranda,

The Arts department at SPC is amazing. I actually started taking art classes early on and absolutely loved my experience.

I would say that Clearwater is the main campus that covers all the major disciplines such as Drawing, Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Design, Printmaking, and Art History classes, but art classes are offered in other campuses such as St. Petersburg/Gibbs and Tarpon Springs. What I love about the Arts department at SPC besides the professors are the facilities. I mean, they have a drawing and painting studio, a fully-equipped workshop, a photography and ceramics studio, a design classroom with super nice design tables and Macs with Photoshop all around. There’s even a Printmaking Studio, which is rare! I know that there is also graphic design and animation, if you are into that.

So I would say that, yes, the Arts department is pretty big and awesome as well!

Maria

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Student Life | 0 comments

Signing Up for Clubs

Signing Up for Clubs

 

Where do I go to sign up for a club?

Dear Tiffany,

There are lots of ways you can sign up for a club.

You can attend quad events where clubs are tabling and talk to the members to see what they do and if it interests you. You can attend SGA meetings at your campus where clubs give reports of their activity and talk to the club representatives to know their meeting times. You can also talk to your professors to see if there are any clubs for your respective major or career interest such as the Engineering Club or the Paralegal Society. There is a list of all the active clubs at SPC on the student life website.

Furthermore, if you cannot find the right club for you, you can even start your own. I wrote a post awhile back on how you can do that.

Hope this helps!

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