Welcome to My New Beginning!

Hello everyone! I want to welcome you all to my first blog! It feels so amazing to begin this new chapter of my life! Despite all that is going on, I hope that my blogs can bring some peace and comfort from everyday life. I know most of us might be dealing with a lot recently, especially college/university students with final exams. Trust me, I know the struggle; having to remember concepts from way early in the semester, trying to understand current concepts you can’t seem to grasp yet, and having to work on assignments on top of studying. I get kinda stressed thinking about it…but don’t worry, let me give you some advice on how to make these times a little less stressful.

  1. Review your notes: Always look back at your notes from your classes. Those will be a lifesaver, especially in your most difficult classes. I take notes for all of my classes just in case I need to look back at them later for an exam. I would take notes in a specific way; something called Cornell notes. These notes are designed to help you take down notes during class and once you’re out of class, you write down questions and prompts to help you better understand your lessons. This allows to review your notes multiple times instead of just looking at them the day before your exam. Here is a sample of what part of Cornell notes looks like;
Part of my notes for one of my difficult classes

2. Manage your time: This is something many people say to do. This does involve getting to know yourself some more; like how long does it take to write a page of a paper, which assignments need more attention, or what class do you struggle with more? I always try to pre plan my week to ensure I have time to other things like study for exams. Like I decided to spend this last week working on final papers and dedicated this past weekend to study for final exams I have this week.

3. Ask for help when needed: Just because you ask for help doesn’t mean you’re weak. Whether it be asking help from fellow peers or professors, do it. USG is such a close community, there is bond to be someone who understands your struggle and is willing to reach out and give advice to help you. Like the Center for Academic Success, they can help you with your academic needs like time management, writing review, and study strategies to name a couple of things. Here is a link to their page in the USG website.

Thank you all for reading my blog! Comment any questions or concerns you have! See you all in the next one! 🙂

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2 Responses to Welcome to My New Beginning!

  1. Milana Campbell says:

    How can students create blogs and post such as this? Are blogs only for certain students to post? Asking because I am interested in posting school related items of interest. Please let me know. Thank you.

    *Milana Campbell*

    *UMBC MPS Technical ManagementUniversity of Maryland, Shady Grove* *9640 Gudelsky Drive | Rockville, MD 20850 | **milanac1@umbc.edu * *(240) 354-3830*

    On Mon, May 18, 2020 at 11:30 AM The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) wrote:

    > madl2021 posted: ” Hello everyone! I want to welcome you all to my first > blog! It feels so amazing to begin this new chapter of my life! Despite all > that is going on, I hope that my blogs can bring some peace and comfort > from everyday life. I know most of us might be deali” >

    • madl2021 says:

      Hi Milana, any student can post blogs here. If you are interested in blogging with us you can send an email to Kristen Koehler at kkoehler@umd.edu. We would most likely want more bloggers for the next academic year! It would be a pleasure to work with you!

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