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Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Academics | 1 comment

Summer Classes

Summer Classes

 

I plan on taking a math class during the summer semester. Do you recommend someone doing this if they struggle with math? I heard that summer classes work at a faster pace.

Dear Kristen,

You are correct. Summer classes do work at a faster pace. The material is condensed due to the time constraint, and the professor will go through it pretty quickly. That being said, I do not think as students we should restrain ourselves from taking a class based on a fear. I know what it’s like to feel like you will not be able to handle something before it even begins, so my advice is always to see how it goes. You never know, you might even like the faster-paced classes.

If you struggle with math, then the Learning Centers should become your new favorite place in the world. When I started taking the easier level math classes, I also struggled with math. Honestly, the entry-level classes are more difficult since you are looking at the concepts for the first time so I was a regular at the centers and really benefited from the tutoring. There you can ask for tutoring help so that you can review the lessons you covered during class or simply find a quiet place to study.

Good luck!

Maria

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Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Academics | 0 comments

Tackling Online Classes

Tackling Online Classes

 

Any tips for tackling online classes?

Dear Katie,

Online classes are not the most conventional but nevertheless they are very convenient. I wrote a post about online classes and how to be excited about them! From my experience of taking online classes, the best thing to do is to be consistent and keep a schedule. What I experienced from online classes is that it can be really easy to be lazy and procrastinate since you do not actually need to show up to class or look at your professor in the face if you did not complete an assignment. Still, online classes are classes where you are graded so you need to do the work.

Something I did that was helpful when having online classes was to take notes. Even though it was not necessary since most of the material was already written and well-explained and I could use a word-processor, I found that I learned better if I physically wrote things out. It also disconnects you a bit from using the computer all the time and it was helpful to keep notes of what the class covered for studying later.

If you are tackling many online classes I would recommend that you separate a consistent time of the day or times during the week to dedicate to your classes. By creating a routine, you will not be tempted to procrastinate nor slack off since you will be used to it. An advantage of online learning is that it permits you to work at your own pace, so you can complete your assignments as early as you would like!

Good luck!

Maria

 

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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 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 Dec 26, 2014 in Academics | 0 comments

Classes at Multiple Campuses

Classes at Multiple Campuses

Can students cross-register for classes at multiple campuses?

Dear Hunter,

It should be no surprise that SPC has 11 physical campuses located all throughout Pinellas County. Plus online classes, of course!

I received some expert advice to answer your question. I asked Patrick Booth from Enrollment Services for his input:

Yes, students can register for classes on different campuses during the same semester. It’s important that the student identifies where he/she is registering though and the amount of time it may take to get to the other campus.  If there is a 15 minute window between classes, but the classes are on different campuses, it would not be possible to make it there on time.

I can attest to this! One semester I had a 2 hour break between classes and thought I could squeeze one more class that I wanted to take. Unfortunately, the class was located at a different campus and with traffic I could not make it. It is always a good idea to play it safe and arrive on time. If it’s possible for you to make it to classes at different campuses on time, then definitely go for it. After all, punctuality is a good trait!

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Academics | 0 comments

Choosing a Major

Choosing a Major

 

How did you know what to major in? I am still young and unsure of what I want to do in life.

Dear Tin,

I decided on International Relations because I have been intrigued by the political relations between foreign countries and I like to stay informed on current international events. I also decided on this major because it encompasses a couple of my interests like history, government, social studies, and communication.

Now, do not think that deciding on a career is easy. It is meant to be difficult; it is a very big decision to make. I understand if you are feeling pressured or anxiety over what to do with your life. I felt that way too.

One of the things you can do is look at careers rather than majors. If you are interested in a particular profession that might help you decide on a major that is appropriate. SPC Career Services is there to help you. Do not be shy to make an appointment with one of the career specialists and be sincere and eager to explore what is out there. They can help you explore different professions and aid you with your decision.

One of the best ways to know if what you are choosing is the right path for you is to explore it while you are in college. I was part of Student Government and joined SPC’s Model UN team. My experiences with these student organizations directed me to become more passionate of government and international relations which aided me in my decision for my major.

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