December 2013 - Vol. 12
CSU Off-Campus Life

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Cramming for Finals 

It is getting close to Final Exam time, which means that students are cracking down and opening up books to study. It is always important to start studying early, and concentrating on the classes that are the hardest; however, if you have put it off to the last minute here are some successful strategies for last minute cramming:
1. Divide up your time: Estimate and limit your time concentrating on each class. That way you have time to concentrate on each class individually.
2. Take Frequent Breaks: Take breaks to make it easier for you to understand the material; however, you want to limit your time to 5-10 minutes so that you’re not getting so distracted that you don’t study.
3. Stay alert: Exercising gets the blood moving and keeps you relaxed and alert. Do some short bursts of jogging or jumping jacks. Smelling cinnamon and peppermint can help you stay alert. However, if none of these work there is always caffeine, which aids in mental alertness, but be careful not to drink so much that you crash. There are healthy forms of caffeine you can ingest- apples, tea, and coffee.
4. Use memory tricks: There are a few tricks that will help you to remember your information. Writing the information you need and then rewriting it can help when you are writing on a test- it might even make it so that you can “see” the information when you close your eyes during an exam. Memorize cheat sheets- even when they are not allowed in classes they can help give hints. Mind Maps- using more creativity can help to get the information to stick. Things such as color coding, pictures, and cross linking information will help improve your mind map. Embellishing stories – creating stories can help you to remember key phrases or terms on a test, because they are usually stories that relate to who you are and what you enjoy.
5. Study Selectively: Deciding which information is most important is a helpful study technique you will use throughout college. Concentrating on facts and ideas that your teacher highlights or focuses on in class will help you when taking the exam. Determine the important definitions, concepts, and equations and make note cards that you can use while walking in-between classes, and other quick free moments. There are websites such as Study Blue that allow you to create online flash cards and sometimes even use other student’s previous flash cards for success.
6. Concentrate on your learning style: Everyone has different styles that help them learn best, and those can be the key to success. Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Visual are the three styles. Each style can help an individual study effectively and better retain information.



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Academic and Study Skills Workshops

Need Some Help Studying for Finals? 
TILT has workshops to help students find the best strategies for finals:

December 2, 3, & 5: Finals Frenzy- Assess where you're at in your courses and how to use study time up until finals effectively.
December 9, 10, &12: Test-Taking Strategies: Final Exam Preparation- tips for different exam formats.

Mondays @ 4:00pm
Tuesdays @ 5:00pm
Thursdays @ 6:00pm 


Annual Holiday Book Drive
The Adult Learner and Veterans Service (ALVS) annual Holiday Book Drive is right around the corner. This program promotes children's literacy by giving CSU student parents, faculty, and staff an opportunity to add children's books to their home library for FREE! The books are donated by the community members from across campus and around Fort Collins. 

Pick up at the Ram Kidz Village, Morgan Library (RM 201 A): 
  • Monday (12/9) - Thursday (12/12) from 9:00AM-12:00PM
  • Friday (12/13) from 2:00PM-5:00PM
  • Monday (12/16) - Wednesday (12/18) from 9:00AM-12:00PM
Come early for the best selection of books. If you would like to donate books you can drop them off at the ALVS office, LSC North (RM 195), no later than Friday 12/6 at 5:00PM. 

Prepping for that Winter Trip  

As we all know visiting family or taking trips during winter break can sometimes prove to be stressful. Here are a few tips on how to prepare yourself and your home before you leave on your winter trips. Off-campus students should take some special precautions to protect their property during extended absences. For the safety of your property here are some tips to make it appear that your property is not vacant over winter break:
  • Leave shades and blinds in normal positions.
  • Stop your mail and newspaper delivery, or have a neighbor collect them daily.
  • Set lights and radios to automatic timers - some televisions have a built-in timer feature.
  • Ask a neighbor to observe your property.
  • Leave a key with a trusted neighbor in case of emergency.
  • Lock all doors and windows. Place a broomstick handle or dowel in tracks of sliding doors and windows - for hung windows install bolts/nails in window sash to prevent the window from opening.
  • Do not hide keys in mailboxes, planters, or under doormats.
  • Re-key the locks to your residence if they were not changed before you moved in - previous tenants may have keys to your residence.
  • Consider installing motion detectors and timers for outside lights. Ask a neighbor to park their car in your driveway occasionally.
  • Store outdoor valuables inside.
  • Do not leave notes on doors indicating that you are away.
  • Do not record answering machine or voicemail messages indicating that you will be away. 
  • Obtain renter’s insurance - it covers your personal property.
More considerations for off-campus students:
  • Make appropriate accommodations for pets/plants.
  • MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SNOW REMOVAL OF SIDEWALKS AND AVOID A TICKET - it is a city ordinance to clear sidewalks within 24 hours of last snowfall whether you are on vacation or not.
  • Make sure your residence is heated enough to prevent water pipes from freezing and bursting.
A Warm Winter Treat Good For All Ages

In a time of snow and cold, a good drink to warm you up is hot chocolate. Here is a unique recipe: 

1 can sweetened condensed milk 
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
6 1/2 cups hot water
mini marshmallows

On stove-top: In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, vanilla and salt; mix well. Slowly stir in water. Heat through, stirring occasionally. Do not boil. Top with marshmallows (optional). 

In Microwave: In 2-quart glass measure, combine all ingredients except marshmallows. Microwave on High 8 to 10 minutes, stirring every 3 minutes. Top with marshmallows if desired. 

Tip: Hot chocolate can be stored covered in a refrigerator for up to 5 days. Mix well and reheat before serving. 

Library Hours During Finals 

The library hosts different study hours right before and during finals week.

This allows students to do their studying in silence, but don't forget the buildings that are open 24 hours a day for studying such as The Behavioral Science Building, and The Study Cube. 

Looking for a Break from Studying?
The University Center of the Arts is hosting a lot of entertaining events throughout the month.

They have theater performances such as "Little Women," music concerts with special guests, art museum events, and their "Annual Holiday Gala" where different groups come together to perform.

Tickets are usually priced low making it a fun, cheap, and entertaining thing to do.

If you would like to know the dates and times of some of these events, look at the UCA Event Calendar.

Finals Schedule

 Many times the professor puts the date of the final on the syllabus. Check out this page for the schedule.

However, if it isn't listed on your syllabus, then you can look on the website that has the schedule on it. 

Winter Break

Winter Break is after Fall Finals on December 23, 2013 through January 24, 2013.

With all of the events and holidays that occur during winter break please be careful and take care of yourself while having fun. 
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