How to Survive Midterms

Here it is once again, Midterms. These dreaded exams that show the professor whether we have been paying attention in their three hour lectures and to show whether we have done the readings. Midterms…I hate them.

Since I prefer writing long-ass papers over midterms or any kind of exams. Here are some tips on how to survive exams.

1. Don’t be a late starter:

As a 4th year university student, this took me awhile to grasp. Don’t start studying a week before the exam. Study everyday since the class has started. Read, Attend lecture, re-read and ask questions. Don’t leave anything to last minute! Honestly, it is the best thing you can do.

2. Sleep:

If you’re like me, you stay up late reading or studying all the time. Don’t do that during midterms. It’s okay when you write papers but not when studying for exams. Your brain does need that extra rest. Also take breaks between studying, take a nap.

3. Eat Healthy/Be Healthy:

If you’re like me, sometimes I have time to make myself some food, while at other times I just grab some cookies. For me, since I don’t eat meat, I can avoid eating fast foods but sometimes you do want fries and donuts to go with that coffee. Give yourself five minutes and cut up some veggies and fruits, keep them in front of you while you study, this way you don’t go and buy candy. If you live alone this might be harder, but try and prepare for exams this way. Think of it as meal planning (for those who are gym-goers). I also go for walks when I feel a little overwhelmed, it also helps clear the mind before going back in. Have a little fun!

4. Study Group vs Studying Alone:

I usually study alone but when I don’t get a subject, I find studying with people who do is super helpful. Sometimes your classmates explain things in a way that your professor or teaching assistant can’t. Studying alone is also good because exams are not group efforts so getting used to that is also great. Find what works for you.

5. Help:

Don’t wait till the day of or a few hours before to email your prof or TA questions about the exam. Get help before hand, I usually like to meet up a few days before the exam to just make sure I didn’t miss anything.  Always ask questions!

6. Water:

Drink water. Sometimes we forget to even eat when studying but the body functions better with water.

7. Don’t stress out:

Okay, so I’m the queen of stressing out but in reality a little stress never hurt anyone. Just watch those stress levels because it can do quite some damage.

8. Take a break:

Whether it’s a full day, a few hours or even a couple of minutes, your body will thank you. So will your brain.

There are so many other tips I could provide and obviously I am not an expert. We all learn in our own way, we all cope in our own way. I just thought sharing some of my tips might be helpful. It’s okay to not know all the answers, it’s okay to fail, its okay. That is all I have to say. I’ve learned to fail exams (it’s happened before) but it means I ended up studying smarter and finding ways that work for me. For example, I prefer written exams over multiple choice. I find ways to make sure I study for them such as index cards, review questions at the back of textbooks and talking to classmates.

 

Good luck everyone!

–BeingMaarthaa

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Types of people at hockey games (or any other applicable sporting event)

Okay, so with the NHL season just around the corner and having attended a pre-season game, I decided to write about the types of people you see at hockey games ( and other applicable sporting events).

There are always interesting people that you meet, there is nothing like coming together to support your favourite team, whether you’ve been supporting them since you first opened your eyes or you just jumped on the wagon.

Anyways, I was at a pre-season game and it brought back so many good memories of past season games. So let’s get started, here are some of the people who I notice at hockey games.

 

1. The sleepers– these are the people who actually fall asleep during a hockey. Well, we can’t blame them half of the time, sometimes the game is just that boring but I mean, if you’re paying that much money for a seat down in the lower bowl, I wouldn’t fall asleep. Life is hard for everyone and taking a nap at a hockey game seems quite right.

2. The parents–these are the people who actually bring their young ones to the game to share their love of the game. Unfortunately, some of them just don’t share their parents love for the game or that team…or maybe are too young to care and prefer to be playing at home.

3. The business date–these are the people who bring their future business partners to the game and aren’t just interested in the game just showing off to their business partner or trying to close a deal. You don’t see them celebrate as much as the other fans.

4. The talker– there are two types in this section for me, there is the one who just wants to talk about life at a hockey game. Don’t get me wrong, if you’re on a date it’s okay to want to chat during breaks or intermission but I actually am there to WATCH the game and talk hockey –That brings me to type two, the ones who talk about hockey or poke fun at everything. they make the game much more interesting.

5. The questioner(similar to number 4), this person has never been to a hockey game or just doesn’t understand the game. they are constantly asking questions about who that player is, what just happened or what is hockey…..I’m sure we all know someone.

6. The sorry-excuse me person: if you have sat in the aisle seat, you will understand this. These people go in and out every 3 minutes to either go to the washroom, to grab more food or to buy more drinks. they’re not annoying in anyway, its kind of funny to some degree unless they start actually blocking you from seeing them score.

7. The nosebleed fans: they tend to be the loudest, start off cheers and well work really hard to get unto that jumbotron.

8. The bandwagoner: everyone knows of one each season, the person who started off liking the team but they start losing consecutively and this person loses all hope and decides half way that they are done. They throw down their gear and just start cheering for the other team.

9. The mini fan: these are the youngsters whose parents have taught them about hockey from such a young age, that they can name every player past, present and maybe even the future. they know all the lingo, they probably know more than you do. They amaze you by how much they know and you wonder if they are that good with every other thing in life, like school.

10. The Love-birds: people who show their affection during games. They are so passionate about the game and themselves. They kiss every time the team scores, these are the people who get proposed to at hockey games. Hockey is this couples thing. Sometimes they’re all cute like and some just annoy you.

These are some I notice, I am not saying they are accurate and this was just for fun. I don’t mean to offend anyone because well this is just like my journal. I just write what I feel. Anyways, I wish your teams the best! If you have any more you think are not on the list, feel free to comment them!

 

The season begins in a very few days! Have a great season hockey fans!

& if you were wondering who I cheer for, I’ve been cheering for my Vancouver Canucks.

(P.S Be Nice!)

The Importance of Random Adventures

Sometimes writing in your private personal journal isn’t quite enough.

Sometimes hanging around your house and seeing everyone else live their life isn’t either.

For many years, I was the girl who just focused on school and not having fun.

I would put off having fun because I told myself I would have fun once I was done learning. The problem with that is–well, you are only learning one thing and there are other important things in life that require you to go outside and learn. I’ve been known for just being book smart, and no, I am not giving myself praises. I just study really hard. The point is I hadn’t learned much of the outside world or more about myself until I started living in it. It’s not like I go out all the time because  as a full-time student, it is hard to go out and have fun, all the time. There are some people who are great at doing both, I am not. I can hideaway in my house or the library for days, you’d have to send out a search party for me. I get into the zone and it can get to the point where I neglect communicating with others or even taking care of myself. I learned taking a break, going out even for half a day can really help you from either having a breakdown or just not learning for your class.

Anyways, let me tell you a bit about me. I’m an anti-social extrovert. It’s a thing! I moved around a lot as a kid so getting attached or comfortable around people wasn’t something I was very good at. As I got older, we were stable in our situations but I would go overboard in the attachment department. I’m 23 now and I don’t get attached easily but I’m comfortable with my small group of friends. I didn’t learn proper social skills until after my life had settled down and by that point I was too focused on school to even make family and friends a priority. It was horrible and selfish. I’ve learned to manage it a little better. Spending so much time away from friends, brought some closer to me, even if they do live in Florida or Australia. I knew those who made the time for me where those I had to make time for. They were the ones being supportive and understanding. Those are the people I still keep around.

Relationships, I used to cringe at the word. I told myself, I would never date, but they are adventures as well. I’ve dated twice in my life and well, although they did not have amazing results as I had hoped. I learned to live my life. I didn’t start living my current life until after a really bad break up. It took that relationship to snap me out of my funk. I did not want to live a limited life, to pass up amazing opportunities because of this weird fear of getting hurt or because someone was telling me how to live MY life. The most important thing it taught me was in order to love someone, you must love yourself first. Don’t be in a relationship because you feel alone or because you like the title. Be in one because you feel complete enough to share that with someone else. Love is an adventure and you have to share it with someone who may not be on the same page but is reading the same book (I hope this makes sense). No one is perfect but one day, this adventure will begin for all of us.

The future used to give me anxiety, I still get anxiety and feel overworked all the time but I have learned to take the time to enjoy life. The future is an unknown adventure. It is okay to plan for it but it is important that things change along the way and what we wanted for ourselves may change. For example, I wanted to be a fashion designer for the longest time, It is now just a hobby. I am now hoping to be a lawyer but my path could change. I love what I am majoring in (Criminology) and I know I will be happy with whatever I do in this field. Each day is an adventure and your passion may one day be something you might not want to do or something you never expected will be what you will always do.

In the past year, I have learned to balance my academic goals with my personal goals which can sometimes meet in the middle. My mental state is clearer (with a few mini meltdowns, here and there), my confidence is actually booming, the relationship with my family and friends is better. I just feel great.

So what I’m saying is if you feel like you don’t have time for anything, just remember this (& yes, it is a bible quote and it might offend some of you, I apologize but this is something that I have learned to grasp), there is time for you to do anything and especially to go for random adventures. Random adventures help you find out more about yourself, how you handle yourself, what makes you tick and what makes you smile. Adventures can range from reading a book, going for a walk with your dog, going to a fashion show with your friend, going to concerts with your best friend, making something new in the kitchen, or even learning a new instrument.

Just remember take time and go on a small adventure.

Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version (NIV)

A Time for Everything


3 There is a time for everything,
 and a season for every activity under the heavens

& with that I leave you.

Cheers,

BeingMaarthaa