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GETTING BACK ON TRACK
No matter if you stayed in Raleigh and played in the
snow and ice or if you were lucky enough to go to Flori
da, Panama, the Bahamas or some other exotic location.
Spring Break was a wonderful chance to relax. Now,
after a week of sunshine (or snow.), it is time to get back
into the rigor of academics because there are still about
eight weeks left to the semester. In case Spring Break
took too much of a toll and you simply can’t remember
how you managed to ace that test or paper, here are a
few tips, courtesy of the Collegebound Network at col-
legebound.net, that will help you succeed in the last two
months of the semester.
1) Move your seat to the front of the classroom.
Sitting up front will allo\^ you to be more easily no
ticed by your professors and prevent you from falling
asleep. Also, because you will be in your professor’s
direct line of sight, perhaps this will encourage you to
participate more in class. We all need those participa
tion points and being an active rriember o’f class actually’
helps you learn!
2) Read something from your assignments.
If you always read your assignments, more power to
you. However, for those of-us who don’t have the incli
nation or the time to read all of the assigned work, read
ing something—anything—will help. There is noth
ing worse than sitting in class for an hour and twenty
minutes and having no idea what is going on because
that one homework assignment slipped by. Therefore,
always read something. If you can, read it all. If you
can’t, try and skim all of the paragraphs, looking for
headings and key words. If worst comes to worst, says
K. Schwab on the Collegebound Network’s website,
“Google the topic listed on the syllabus and read some
thing about it.*’ Although Wikipedia may not give you
the right answers, it can at least let you know that the
French and Indian War was not between the French and
3) Write stuff down.
When reading from a textbook or listening to a lecture,
it is oh so easy to drift back to the sandy beaches of that
first week of March. Although this daydream may mo
mentarily erase the melancholy of CORE 100, it won’t
help when you are asked to recall the significant facts
of that video on women empowerment. To keep you
in the moment and focused on the lesson at hand, take
notes. Even if you think you already know the material,
writing information down will help you commit it to
your memory and prompt you ^o think about the topic.
Also, when it comes time to study for the test, having a
written record of the material rather than a daydream of
sandy beaches will be much more helpful.
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4) Find a way to focus.
Maybe you have every intention of keeping up your
academics after Spring Break and you have more than
enough energy to pour into your courses, but you sim
ply can’t focus on anything*school related. Sure, you
can spend countless -hours thinking about the TV show
that was on last night, the phone call you need to make
to that boy at State later today and the new t-shirts that
are on sale at Target. While all of these may provide
fascinating entertainment, they are not going to help at
all in academics. To help you stay focused on the aca
demic side of college, find a place to study away from
distractions, establish a routine .for studying each day
and study when you have the most energy. If you are a
morning person, complete difficult assignments before
lunch when your concentration level is at its highest. If
you focus better at nighttime, save your heavier work
for after dinner. No matter when you prefer to study,
always be sure to get enough sleep. A sleep-deprived
person has difficulty focusing on tasks regardless of the
time of day or location.
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