Tips to Being Prepared for Exams

1. Make a study schedule.                                                                                                                Let’s be honest, we have probably all crammed the night before a test at some time in our life and the results probably weren’t the best. Use your planner or calendar to dedicate blocks of time to studying for a specific subject.

2. Recreate the environment.                                                                                                  Going into an exam can cause some people to panic. I personally overcame this issue by getting used to the exam environment. I do practice tests in my desk with no notes out, in a slightly uncomfortable chair and I time myself.

3. Be prepared the night before.                                                                                                     Make sure that you have everything your teacher said you need ready to go. Check that you know where you are writing the exam and if you are unsure of exactly were it is make sure to print directions and write the building name and room number down.

4. Earplugs.                                                                                                                                         I always bring my earplugs to exams. I find that the sound of turning pages can stress me out. Also, I had an exam in the  music building and without the earplugs, I could hear a person a few rooms over practicing their vocals.

5. Use the most of your brain.                                                                                                    You use more of your brain when you read aloud and write rather than just reading in your head. Make sure you are not just reading in your head so that you get the most out of studying.

6. Test yourself or a friend.                                                                                                           Sometimes you don’t have too much direction of what is going to be on your exam. Try to think like your professor and think about what they really went over in class. Quiz yourself or get a friend to quiz you and you can quiz them.

If you have any tips that help you with studying feel free to share in the comments. Good luck on you exams!

– Marie :)

Winter Wonderland

As you have probably noticed, we can get quite a bit of snow in London. So, here are some things that you can do in your spare time.

Skating: The main place to skate outdoors is Victoria Park. It’s nice to skate there around Christmas time because they decorate the park. Another place to skate outside for free is the Covent Garden Market. You can also skate at Storybook Gardens for $4.25 per person.

Tubing: There are two tubing places in the London area. The first is River Valley and it costs $18+tax for two hours, there special is on Wednesday nights for $14+tax. The second place is Boler Mountain it costs the same and there special is also the same but on Thursday evenings.

Skiing or Snowboarding: The only place London has to go skiing and snowboarding is Boler Mountain. The runs are not that step or long, however, it is a great place to learn. A lot of people like to go there for the terrain park. If you are interested here is the website for prices and more information: http://www.bolermountain.com/day-tickets/

Sledding: The best place in all of London for sledding is by far Doidge Park. Everyone goes there because it has the steepest hill for sledding. It is definitely one thing you have to do while you are in London.

PS. Hope you all had a great winter break! Best of luck in the New Year!

– Marie :)

 

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

This is one of my favourite quotes. I feel as though it is good advice to help get us through some of the tough and stressful times in university. We have to remember that we are alive and have fun. You need to make time to do the things that make you happy. With that being said our education is so valuable and important. Some of the decisions we make now will impact what we do in the future. That is why you have the realize the importance of learning. There are so many opportunities out there. So, do your best and look on the bright side :)

– Marie

Faculty Dinner

Today is the fourth annual Faculty Dinner hosted by Brescia’s Off Campus Student Council. All Brescia students are welcome to drop by grab some food and talk to some of their professors. It is a great opportunity to get to know some of your professors in a casual setting and there is free food. Who can say no to free food? The event is from 6 to 8pm. So come on by and get some yummy pasta! Hope to see you there!

– Marie

Fall Preview at Brescia

Today is Fall Preview day not only at Western but also at Brescia! Feel free to drop by and let others know about the event. If you have not already seen the new residence then today is the day. It honestly is beautiful and I don’t know how you could want to live anywhere else if you are leaving home. There are going to be interesting presentations on the programs. Today is a great chance to find out more about your program or programs of interest and to ask questions. If you can’t make it make sure to book a visit for the next time you are free or in London. Have a nice day!

Marie

Halloween Couples Costumes

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It’s that time of the year again where you get to dress up and eat some sugar. I still need to think of a costume and I am running out of time. My boyfriend and I are going to go out as something as a couple and I want it to be witty and funny. My back up plan is minions. Leave a comment if you have any good ideas!

Marie :)

Midterms

The past two weeks have been extremely stressful. Being a first year student I didn’t quite know what to expect. I have never studied more in my life then how much I studied for the chemistry midterm.

The weekend before I went to the seven-hour chemistry prep session put on by Prep101. It was definitely worth the money. Everything was explained clearly and I was able to better understand concepts rather than just memorizing.

I studied alone as well as in study groups. I found that both aspects were greatly beneficial. I would work on the practice midterms myself and then in my study group we would go over the questions we did not get. There was usually at least one person who was able to solve each question. Who ever got the correct answer would then teach the concept to the others.

 

I really wanted a taste of what I main campus chemistry exam would be like. So, I attended the mock exam run by upper year students. Working on chemistry in an exam like atmosphere with a time limit helped me practice my exam strategy. I skipped over the questions that I knew would take more time to complete and ones that I did not know how to do. Once I competed the easy ones I then worked on the more time consuming questions until I was ready to attempt the questions I thought I did not know how to do. When I went back I found I was calmer and it was easier to approach the question.

I am looking forward to having no exams this week and having a chance to catch up. I wish you all the best of luck with your exams!