Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Conclusion to Spring Semester

It has been quite the Semester! As you likely may already suspect, the Semester is complete and finals have come and gone. I am eagerly awaiting my first official transcript to be posted. Although I already know my final grades, it will still be fun to look to see it in recorded form and not just on Canvas. I did give a good effort with studying for finals and was rewarded for my diligence as expected. I did get A’s in all of my classes. Unfortunately I only accumulated a 3.975 GPA. I missed a 97% in one of my courses by .6 of a percentage and did not earn the 4.0 A. I did reach the threshold for the 4.0 A in all three of my other classes. I was pretty disappointed at first but then realized that it pretty much doesn’t get better than that. I will have to look back on how I could have done more to ensure doing what I needed to meet the necessary threshold. Sometimes perfection simply isn’t attainable. We shall see.

With the end of the Semester it does feel extremely good to have a couple of days of downtime. So this week I have slept in, taken a couple of naps and ran some errands, all guilt free. This is not to say I haven’y been been prepping for the Summer session which starts next Wednesday. All of my books and materials for Summer have been rented or purchased. I stand by being prepared and finding the best value you can for texts and materials. As an example there is one text that is selling in the $125 range for used and $104 for a rental from Edmonds CC and other places like B&N and Amazon. With some searching I found a 90 day rental for $56 from a company in Kentucky. Although I try to never spend money in ‘red’ states, the savings outweigh personal convictions in this case. LOL.

I hope that everyone finished string and earned the grades they had hoped. I look forward to seeing my new found friends in a couple of my classes this Summer. I will definitely enjoy the next few days off and also the pending Fourth of July holiday. Thanks for readings and I’ll be back with more tales of Summer and the fast paced Semester that this session will offer.

Prepping for Finals Week

I am probably the only student who is somewhat excited for Finals Week. Not only for the fact of getting some downtime before Summer Session starts but also to validate all of the hard work I put in over the Semester.

As I mentioned I was ahead of the homework game the past couple of weeks and that has allowed me to be able to focus on the last few remaining papers that I have due next week. Plus I’m ready to go over the study guides I have been given in my classes. I know that many student are all over the place with what final is when and what paper is due here or there. So I sat down and made a master list of finals week. I listed each day separately with the pertinent class, final day and time or paper due date. I also listed what materials I may need for the Final test such as a Scantron and No. 2 pencil, etc. This gives me a quick and easy place to look up information without having to guess or go shuffling through my notebook for some scratchy note I made in class.

One thing I am not sure I have yet mentioned that is that for most of my quizzes for a couple of my classes that had copious amounts of lecture notes was to create ‘study guides’ of my own based on the material that was on the quizzes. This has already saved me time with Finals preparation since most of that information appears on the ‘Finals study guides’ covering previous chapter information that I have already studied and know and just need to review. Although these ‘mini’ study guides do take time when studying during the semester they are certainly paying off now. A few of my fellow students even asked for copies of them. Some got a copy some did not. Plus I did extremely well on every quiz I took this semester in every class. I think are a great help to any student at any point of their learning career.

Although I am giving up a large portion of my weekend to devote to finishing strong in all my classes, I am certainly going to take a little time for myself. You should definitely do the same. Don’t let burn out ruin the upcoming week for you. I guess however if I am going to get that break I should wrap this up and get back to my papers, study guides, and reviewing.

I want to wish everyone the best of luck with all of their Finals. Take a moment to reflect on all of your hard work that you put in for the semester and finish strong.

Finishing Strong

As we near the end of the semester I wanted to share some thoughts as Edmonds is abuzz with students readying themselves for finals and registration for Summer and Fall. Yes Fall, can you believe it?

It seems I am not alone in buckling down(I’ll tell you more shortly), as for the past couple of weeks since Midterms, some of my fellow students have actually started coming to class and even taking notes. A couple of them have even reached out to me for help with passing quizzes and completing assignments. One of the friends I made from Bahrain even started taking notes and hasn’t logged into Facebook once during class. I was floored. I was surprised that in talking with some of the other students in my classes, that they too had questioned why some people are even here. I guess we all have different reasons but needless to say I am glad they at least are doing what students should do. Maybe I just shouldn’t worry so much about it.

So, since my last posting I have been focused on finishing strong. I have worked extremely hard to maintain my grades since midterms since I felt some of my percentages slipped a little. I honestly began to worry some about finals and how it would affect my overall grades for the semester. I buckled down. Hard to believe right, ha! I became almost obsessed in getting every point to raise my grades. I pretty much doubled my efforts, not only to ensure I could get high A’s but also to make sure I earned a personal sense of accomplishment of finishing strong. Probably because I just eked by the last time I went to school. Needles to say the extra effort paid off and my grades are back to where I can be more confident in doing well in the finals. Enough so that I was able to take a few days away from the books this past weekend and enjoy the weather. I really needed it.

Although some would see this as merely doing what it takes I think it did cause some burnout. Even if the results are successful it is never good when you end up really wanting to say the heck with it all. I came to the realization that I was totally breaking some of my own rules in taking time away from studying and that’s not a healthy approach to what I was hoping to accomplish. I think I just need to hold a little more confidence in myself in that the work I am putting in pays off for an entire semester. A positive is that basically one week of instruction to go I am actually ahead in all my classes now. I am now more aware of when too much studying is harmful and can see when to ease back on my rigid structure. I did give more time to relaxing this past week and that definitely has helped in setting me up for a good finals week. I think in the coming weeks I will also sit down and reflect on ways to improve on my studying habits so it doesn’t cause burnout but maintains strong academic results. I certainly want to be able to to avoid such complications during the Summer session.

Speaking of…I am all registered for Summer and Fall and have a full time schedule for each. It’s amazing to think that I am already enrolled through December. Time has definitely flown by and I can only imagine that I’ll be writing about finals very shortly. I am looking forward to Summer session and completing my prerequisite course work. Fall classes will be all core class work and that is very exciting to think about. I have no doubt that Summer and Fall should be just as fulfilling and rewarding as Spring has been.