Good day, Fontbonne!
This week I wish to discuss how I study for exams. For me, the best way to study for an exam is paying attention in class. If you are unable to understand your teacher, then I would suggest dropping the class and getting into a new one. (There are some classes taught at Fontbonne with different teachers teaching the courses. Find one that works in your schedule.) Since I fortunately am able to understand my professors, I can usually give my undivided attention. What teachers say in class is very important. You can read the book all you want, but most likely what you will be tested mostly on is the information that the teacher has presented in class. There is a chance that you will have a class that does not use the book in class. It is always good to read the book regardless if the teacher does not review from it in class. For example, in my Western Civilization Pre-Historty to 1700 CE course with Mr. McCabe, Mr. McCabe tests his students on both the material that was given in class, and what was not touched upon from the chapters in our book. He will often say in class: “Make sure you read the chapter!”.
I have to admit, I do not always read everything for my classes. It is really only when it is mentioned in class that I read outside of class and homework. What has been working for me lately is studying my notes thoroughly, then skim the book for any information that I might have missed. Once I come across something that I realize that I need to know for the test, I read the section over maybe once or twice up to an hour.I feel that paying attention in class and taking good notes are the best ways for studying for a test. Good luck to all of you, and I hope that you have found my tips useful!
This week when I checked my e-mail I found an e-mail from one of my professors stating that I had done an assignment wrong. Instead of criticizing me or letting me know I lost the points he simply stated he had erased the incorrect assignment and asked me to re-do the work and told me how.
This got me thinking what a gracious gift a re-do could be whether it would be in school or in life. There are times that I submit an assignment after spell checking it and re-reading it and then find an error. Darn, it stings when the professor finds the error too. It stings as well in life when a friend, family member or a complete stranger finds an error, wrong doing, or criticizes you. At those times it would be awesome to have a re-do button to help with a quick reply, a sorry or a “will you forgive me?”.
This week I’m so thankful for my re-do I was given in my class because it gave me time to reflect on the things that have been happening in my life. Although, this past weekend I couldn’t push a re-do button and have things work perfectly with my estranged mom and brother, with whom I was able to reconnect with. I know that there have been painful things said and done by all three of us, but by God’s grace we are being pulled together into a re-do relationship. I hope and pray that I am able to bond again in a positive way with my mom as she is facing brain cancer. I also pray for a peace to overwhelm her, myself and my brother.
I pray for the quiet peace that a re-do can do for you not only in school but in life.
This was a pretty stressful week for everyone on campus: Advising Week, when students have to put together their schedules for the spring semester with their advisors. It sounds like picking out classes would be easy; after all, there are lots of fun classes in the Course Catalog I’d enjoy taking: Stagecraft, French lessons through Washington University, and there’s even a METALSMITHING class I’d love to be in!
However, these classes aren’t applicable to computer science or my other academic goals, like getting a minor in History, and in order to pick out my classes wisely, I had to look at what I’ve taken and what classes I need to be in to make progress on my degree. I also had to consider when the classes I need are offered – some courses are only offered in the fall semester or the spring semester, and others are offered alternating years. Plus, as if all this isn’t complicated enough, I need to take certain classes like Discrete Mathematics before I can take more computer science classes. Looking at all the courses I still need to take and trying to figure out when I need them by overwhelmed me, and I spent a couple of days struggling to decide which courses to choose.
I finally made some progress when I realized I had only 30 minutes until my appointment with my advisor, and that I really needed to get down to business and put some classes on my list. With 10 minutes to go, I got a tentative schedule all laid out and I went to see my advisor. She looked at what I’ve taken so far and what I need to take yet, and she suggested that I add a math class, Modeling, to my schedule so I can have more opportunities for other classes later. I’ll be taking 18 hours in the Spring semester, and it seems like I’ll be in some interesting classes: Calculus III, Modeling, America Abroad, and Computer Programming II. I’m sure these classes will give me many challenges, but I think I’ll enjoy them. As for now, I’m just glad Advising Week is over!