Check out Isa Adney’s youtube channel for some great advice and tips on how to succeed in college! Isa is a former Jack Kent Cooke scholarship winner, a gifted public speaker, and author of Community College Success.
As we begin the spring 2014 semester, I would like to welcome you and also inform you about our Costa Academic Support Center (ASC), located at 800 Purchase St., room 118, New Bedford campus. We are open six days a week, and our goal is to offer face-to-face and online support to help you succeed in achieving your academic goals. If you would like assistance with studying, eLearning, etc., please stop by during our convenient hours. Our staff can connect you with many free resources offered by the college, such as tutoring, writing assistance, transfer services, career center, etc. Furthermore, sometimes a quiet space to study and complete course work without distractions is needed, and our modern computer lab and work space is just the place! Study groups are welcome and encouraged!
I hope that you will continue to follow us on our ASC Tumblr blog via the following link CostaASC.tumblr.com for study tips, workshops, and other helpful information.
Any suggestions for topics of interest are welcome, and/or if you would like to write something that would be helpful to other students please feel free to contact me at NewBedfordAcademicSupport@bristolcc.edu. You can check out the First Year Experience Blog for some ideas @ http://blog.bristolcc.edu/fye
Also, don’t forget to check us out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bccehealthcareers, and look for updates and notifications about workshops on your eLearning course space and accessBCC email account.
Our Academic Support Center spring hours are as follows:
Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 8:30am - 3:30pm
Please feel free to contact us at ext. 4450 with any questions or concerns and ext. 4013 to schedule an appointment with at tutor.
Hooray…you made it through the semester. We want to thank you for utilizing our Center, and hope you enjoy a well deserved break!
from the Costa Academic Support Center staff
Here are a few web links and things you can do for little to no cost. They’re simple ways to give back this season!
~Jessica Smith LMT
- 2 months ago
Costa Academic Support Center
As you think about and prepare for taking a quiz, test, and/or exam, perhaps you experience butterflies in your stomach, or those annoying thoughts that say something like “I’ll never learn all of this material” or “I’m not going to do well on this test”. Well don’t despair…this is normal as most student experience some level of mild anxiety. However, test anxiety can become problematic when it significantly affects performance.
So what exactly is test anxiety and why does it occur?
- Test anxiety is a feeling of agitation, anticipation, distress, and/or panic that is focused on test taking
- It may be disruptive to test taking
- May be “situational anxiety” (e.g., you only experience the anxiety when preparing and/or taking a test)
- Test anxiety may be a result of real or perceived events, such as a lack of preparation and/or a negative thought process (as noted above)
How will I know if I’m experiencing test anxiety?
- You will likely experience some symptoms, both physical and cognitive:
- sweaty palms
- rapid heartbeat
- upset stomach
- feeling tense
- dry mouth
Cognitive symptoms (often referred to as “negative thoughts”)
- “I’m not prepared”
- “I’ll never get through this”
- “I should have studied more”
What are some of the effects of test anxiety?
- difficulty reading and/or understanding a question
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty organizing thoughts
- difficulty recalling key words/ideas when answering essay questions
- doing poorly even though you prepared for the test and know the material
- Mental Blocking
- drawing a blank
- remembering correct answers immediately following a test
So what can help?
- good study habits (see workshop on study skills)
- take one step at a time
- read directions carefully
- budget time (determine amount needed for each section)
- set a comfortable pace & start with the easiest section
- if you draw a blank, move on to the next question
- Relax and stay in control
- Utilize deep calming breaths
- focus on tasks (e.g., what is it you have to do)
- use reinforcing (positive) self-statements, such as “I can get through this” or “relax…I know this material”
- use of positive self-statements helps to counteract the negative thoughts
- avoid cramming the night before
- avoid caffeine and alcohol (can increase heart rate, impair judgment/ability to focus/concentrate, impair sleep)
- get a good night’s sleep (lack of sleep = poor test performance)!!!
If test anxiety continues to be a problem, and you would like some assistance, The Counseling Center at BCC can help. They provide a range of confidential services to support student success, health, and wellness. Please feel free to contact them to schedule an appointment at 508-679-2811, ext. 2234 or stop by G-211 on the Fall River campus. You can also access their webpage for more information @ http://www.bristolcc.edu/Students/counseling/index.cfm .
Microsoft Word Shortcuts
I’ve always relied heavily on keyboard short cuts their efficiency and convince was appealing, so naturally I adopted them when I started using Microsoft word. It’s helped me remove a lot of frustration and wasted time from my assignments. I was surprised after realizing how underrated and often unknown these key binds are. For the sake of every student, or anyone, I’ve included some of the more frequently used short-cuts.
Ctrl + C: copy any highlighted text to your clip board.
Ctrl+ V: paste the text without having to select it via mouse.
Ctrl + A: highlight everything in the document at once.
Ctrl + B: Bold all highlighted text.
Ctrl + E: Centers the highlighted text
Ctrl + F: Opens the find box *this allows you to search your entire document for key words.
Ctrl + I: Change selected font to italic
Ctrl + K: Insert a link
Ctrl + X: Cut highlighted text
Ctrl + Z: Undo last action
Ctrl + T: Create a hanging indent.
Ctrl + R: Align highlighted text to the right side of the screen.
Ctrl + M: Indent the paragraph
Ctrl + L: Align highlighted text to the left side of the screen.
Ctrl+ 2: Change to double spaced lines.
Ctrl + F2: Display print preview
Alt + Ctrl + F2: Open a new document
Ctrl + Shift + L: Create a bullet point
Ctrl + Shift + F: Change font
F7: Spell and grammar check highlighted text / document
F12: Save as
Adding some of these short cuts to your typing sessions, you will realize how tedious and inefficient using your mouse was. Also, don’t limit short cuts to just word, spread it to every application you use, you’ll be glad you did!
by Joao Pimental
Costa Academic Support staff
- 2 months ago
Costa Academic Support Center
Study Habits for Academic Success
As a college student, you have a lot on your plate, especially if you also work and/or have a family. At times, or maybe all of the time, this can feel very overwhelming. You may find yourself thinking…”how am I going to do all of this?” Well it won’t be easy, but it is achievable with good planning and study habits! So now that we have established the need for good planning and study habits…how do we get started?”
The first step is developing a study plan. Did you know that as a rule of thumb each credit course hour requires at least 2-3 hours of study? So in other words, if you are taking a full course load of 13 credits, then it is necessary to plan at least 26 hours of additional study time to work on reading and other assignments. Preparation for quizzes and exams may require additional time on top of that. That certainly adds up to a lot of time which needs to be incorporated into your daily, weekly, and monthly scheduling. So here are some tips for developing an effective study plan:
- Plan enough time for study
- remember at least 2 hours of study time for every course credit hour (e.g., 2 classes = 6 credits x 2 hours = 12 study hours)
- when planning for study time, don’t forget to also think about other obligations, such as family, work, social, appointments, etc.
- not all assignments are equal, so some may require more or less study time
- Identify weekly study goals
- what do you want to accomplish this week for each subject (don’t forget to review syllabi)
- write down assignments (e.g., reading, homework, quiz/test preparation, etc.) on a piece of scrap paper
- Prioritize goals
- from least to most important
- decide which are high priority items and mark with H
- decide which are medium priority items and mark with M
- decide which are low priority items and mark with L
- Write out a visual reminder
- utilize a weekly and/or monthly schedule or calendar (you can find calendars on Google)
- transfer all due dates to schedule or calendar for:
- reading assignments
- homework assignments
- other projects
- on scrap paper break assignments into a series of manageable steps
- estimate time needed for each assignment
- tentatively reserve block of time on weekly and/or monthly schedule or calendar (be specific, such as read English chapter 10)
- distribute time over week and/or month (start with highest priority items)
- don’t forget to also schedule time for other appointments, family, work and social commitments, such as:
- meal preparation
- transportation time to work/school
- relaxation time
- sleep (this is important!)
- 5. Expect the unexpected
- Schedule in make-up time to accommodate for those times when something unexpected arises and you have to deviate from planned study time
- 6. Pick study times when most alert
Now that you have identified study goals, prioritized them, and developed a study schedule, you’re off to a good start. However, there is still more work to be done. The next step is to establish good study habits. It’s one thing to develop an effective plan, but the plan is only as good as the implementation. So let’s get started!
- 1. Knowing where and when to study saves time
- study at a regular time and place (i.e., every Tuesday from 2-4pm in the Academic Support Center)
- identify a study area free of distractions
- planning and utilizing spare time during the day to study can free up extra time for other activities (i.e., time between classes)
- study as soon after your lecture/class as possible (e.g., 1 hour after class = several hours days later)
- 2. Review lecture notes and start assignments while information is still fresh
- pay attention in class and participate in discussions…helps to integrate and absorb the material
- don’t forget to review syllabus
- keep carefully organized notes on both lectures, labs, assignments (good notes help with review)
- watch for key ideas, headings, bold face type, topics instructor emphasizes/spends a lot of time on
- try to express ideas in own words
- briefly review cumulative work in each class on a regular basis
- 3. Take breaks
- limit study time to no more than 1.5 – 2 hours
- one rule of thumb is to study 50 minutes and take a 10 minute break
- to avoid tiring and/or burning out, switch to another subject
- 4. Study tips
- create a study guide (based on notes, text, etc.)
- form a study group (makes studying more fun, interactive, quiz each other)
- develop study games (e.g., matching, memory)
- highlight key terms, concepts, etc. (in notes, textbook, handouts, lecture, syllabus)
- utilize flashcards, mnemonics (assists in learning material)
- flashcards are handy and great for studying during spare time
- study independently the night before a quiz, test, exam (for review only – avoid cramming!)
- remember to take breaks
- 50 minute/10 minute rule
- get some fresh air
- have a light snack to refuel
- stick to schedule when break over
- repetition and consistency count (e.g., revisit the same subjects several times a week)
- have the proper supplies readily available (pencils, pens, paper, erasers, highlighter, etc.)
- 5. Important study reminders
- avoid cramming the night before
- get a good night’s sleep
- utilize relaxation
- deep breathing
- avoid caffeine which can increase your heart rate and interfere with sleep
- avoid alcohol which can impair your judgment, ability to focus/concentrate, interfere with sleep
Don’t’ forget to reward yourself for completed goals, such as a night off with friends. This also provides incentive to continue with your study plan.
I also want to remind you that the Costa Academic Support Center (ASC) is a beautiful state-of-the-art facility available for your use 6 days a week. Our goal is to help students succeed in meeting their goals. With the Academic Support Center, you’re never alone in the learning process, and our staff is here to assist you with:
- In-person support
- Support for individuals with disabilities
- Online library services
- Access to the Internet, Microsoft Office Suite, printing and more
Please feel free to contact us @ 508-678-2811, ext. 4450 with any questions and/or if you need any additional support. Tutoring appointments can be made by stopping by the ASC or @ ext. 4013.
- 3 months ago
Twenty sections of 250 study guides and 100 exercises for learners, middle school through returning adult, in 39 languages.
AS you prepare for final exams, here are some links for study tips