Stressing Out This Midterm Season Will Only Hurt Your GPA, I Promise

Stressing Out This Midterm Season Will Only Hurt Your GPA, I Promise

Struggling with midterms, assignments and job? Here's your go-to list to de-stress yourself.

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If you want that dream GPA on your transcript or at least pass this semester, make sure you're following this very easy, quick checklist.

1. DO NOT PANIC!

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First things first, do not panic at the thought of failing the semester. It won't fetch you grades, but only more stress. So, don't!

2. Follow up with the lecture notes

Make sure you're up-to-date with all the notes you've taken down during lectures. Most of the times, questions on the test are from questions/topics discussed during the lectures.

3. Do it the Pomodoro way!

Are you aware of the tomato timer, aka Pomodoro Technique? It is a famous time-management technique composed of 25 minutes of study/work with 5 minutes of break. So, use it to win it!

4. Listen to music

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Listening to music is a great way to relax. Now, don't try to listen to hard-rock or punk-rock music, because it can mess up the mind and excite the nerves. Try listening to soothing music that calms the mind (and soul).

5. Believe in yourself!

Think about the times when you've been at your best. Let those positive vibes come in. Believe in the potential you have! You can do it!

Hope the quick-list helps you cope up with all the anxiety and stress you are going through at the moment. Work hard, enjoy and remember, you got this!

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8 Things You Should Never Say To An Education Major

"Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"
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Yes, I'm an Education major, and yes, I love it. Your opinion of the field won't change my mind about my future. If you ever happen to come across an Education major, make sure you steer clear of saying these things, or they might hold you in from recess.

1. "Is your homework just a bunch of coloring?"

Um, no, it's not. We write countless lesson plans and units, match standards and objectives, organize activities, differentiate for our students, study educational theories and principles, and write an insane amount of papers on top of all of that. Sometimes we do get to color though and I won't complain about that.

2. "Your major is so easy."

See above. Also, does anyone else pay tuition to have a full-time job during their last semester of college?

3. "It's not fair that you get summers off."

Are you jealous? Honestly though, we won't really get summers off. We'll probably have to find a second job during the summer, we'll need to keep planning, prepping our classroom, and organizing to get ready for the new school year.

4. “That's a good starter job."

Are you serious..? I'm not in this temporarily. This is my career choice and I intend to stick with it and make a difference.

5. “That must be a lot of fun."

Yes, it definitely is fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. We don't play games all day.

6. “Those who can't, teach."

Just ugh. Where would you be without your teachers who taught you everything you know?

7. “So, you're basically a babysitter."

I don't just monitor students, I teach them.

8. “You won't make a lot of money."

Ah yes, I'm well aware, thanks for reminding me. Teachers don't teach because of the salary, they teach because they enjoy working with students and making a positive impact in their lives.

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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