Study Tips for Finals
I have always had a hard time with studying. When I was home-schooled, my mom even had me take courses to learn different approaches to studying. When I first came to UAH, I was surprised when I spoke to other students and learned that many still did not know how to study.
Since I have learned a few methods and tips that assist with studying, I would like to put a few things out there for fellow students:
- Try Studyblue.com – Studyblue.com has flashcards for quizzing yourself. I have found that it really helps to organize the information visually by using flash cards. It also has a really cool interface!
- Acting it out – Walking in a pattern, pacing the room, dancing, reciting aloud and using a series of different movements that will remind you of a definition, etc. Each thing you need to memorize gets its own pattern.
- Coming up with obscure similarities – For example, I have always remembered that the definition for “value” on an art final I had to take once is “the difference between light and dark.” I can remember this because I imagined Darth Vader jogging on the sidewalk outside of Spragins Hall. Though some may find this definition an easy thing to memorize, I have a more difficult time because I have bad memory. Making visual references has proven to help me a lot.
- Music – Some people can concentrate while listening to music, others cannot. For me, I have found that it is best to listen to music while organizing notes, but not while memorizing.
- Stress management – Do one thing at a time! Multitasking while studying never works. It is easiest to remember things when you are studying if you have full concentration. Set aside 3-4 hours at LEAST and commit to studying for that long. You should do this preferably two days before your test, then the day before, and, if possible, even the day of your test.
- Review your notes – Re-read the notes you took, re-write or highlight the most important points, and put sticky notes marking different sections that you are reviewing.
- Whiteboards – Whiteboards help a lot in diagramming things and organizing topics precisely and clearly within your mind.
Breathe! Knowing your material will definitely make you feel more confident. Studying thoroughly makes you feel so excited! Today, I was feeling so confident for my exam that I was skipping down the halls (of my house) before my Art History test. I felt sooo completely ready. I feel like it is a major accomplishment for me!
Good luck on your finals!
Event Spotlight: ATO’s Battle of the Buffalo
Written By Mark Creel
My favorite student organized event on campus is by far the Battle of the Buffalo! Of course I may be biased because I am a part of the organization that puts it on, but don’t take my word for it… Ask any current student of UAH and see what they have to say about Battle of the Buffalo! Also, visit battleofthebuffalo.com for updates on Battle of the Buffalo and watch the video at the top of the page to get more information on the event!
Battle of the Buffalo is a HUGE wings festival put on by the men of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in memory of a brother who died of leukemia in 2007. The brother’s name was Paul “Fish” Salmon and all of his treatment was received at Clearview Cancer Institute (CCI), which is less than a mile from campus. All of the money raised from the event goes directly to CCI and it has gone to help countless families that rely on the facility.
The 5th Annual Battle of the Buffalo, and most recent, had over 2,500 people in attendance and raised almost $30,000 for CCI. Also, the event made up over 40% of the philanthropy money raised by the entire Greek community at UAH.
Some of the things that CCI has been able to afford through the past donations of Battle of the Buffalo are a bench in Paul’s honor, a blanket warmer for chemotherapy patients, and a microscope that can help doctors reduce the time needed for diagnosis from 1 month to less than 1 hour. These can all be seen below. I’m excited to see how they put the money raised from this year’s Battle of the Buffalo to work to improve the lives of cancer patients in the Huntsville area!
This is the bench donated in Paul's honor.
Also donated in memory of Paul is this towel warmer to help make chemotherapy patients more comfortable during their sessions.
This is the microscope donated to reduce the time need for diagnosis.
Salome Tours Nucor Factory
The steel factory tour is vying to be the highlight of my past few weeks. The race is very close. When my professor told us that we could tour one of the largest steel company’s factory 30 minutes away, Nucor factory, I almost blurted out “would we get extra credit?”. I barely held it in. After the initial ulterior points motive, I was actually interested in going since I’ve learned that it’s usually a good idea to say yes to opportunities; they rarely turn out badly. So I rearranged my plans and barely made it by the meeting time to drive down with the group.
When we walked in, we received a helmet, safety goggles and fire retardant jacket which weren’t flattering but definitely official! The factory is big. The machinery is just massive. Until you get to quality controls and actually molding the steel, the processes that melt and transport steel is straight out of a post-apocalyptic world and technology fairly basic. This mean that huge machine parts move slowly but do good bit of damage. First image is the huge cauldrons waiting for the melted steel, there is a flame above them to always keep them hot. The huge trucks roll in, filled with scrap metal to dump in a container, since Nucor is the largest recycling steel company in the US. We waited 30 minutes to see the steel being poured and transported and I decided that I would ask as many questions as I needed to basically open up my own factory. Close enough. The tour took almost two hours and we went through the whole process, including the statistic side which was the main goal of us being there; to see how statistics was used to control performance. It was very cool and class seemed more relevant but the lava-like steel being transformed to sheets of steel is definitely the highlight.
Another Symposium Anyone?
To start off, I didn’t win the poster competition. But inside sources did mention that I had a high score! But to rewind, since I had written a paper for the IAC (check out my other blog “Stepping Out for Italy”), I also made a poster on the same topic to submit in the 5th Annual Von Braun Symposium Poster Competition. As a side note, I think it’s almost mandatory to have long titles for anything professional, followed by acronyms, to have it be successful… just a thought. The symposium was an update on US space developments like NASA’s future plans, commercialization of space, meeting the industry (or non-government companies), etc… And in the middle of the week, they had a nice evening at Burritt on the Mountain on Monte Sano for the Poster Competition, in a brand new hall they had completed just weeks earlier! Now considering that this is my senior year, I’ve been in Huntsville for fairly long and I had never heard of the Burritt on the Mountain or that apparently, it has one of the nicest views of Huntsville and the rocket in the city! The whole evening was professional but very relaxed. We had a very fancy refreshment display and an open bar, for those who’re able… Also, a chance to see everyone else’s posters, to meet everyone who had come to participate in the Symposium and network. I met many NASA people as well as two German Space Agency representatives so my contact list received a boost! So even though I didn’t win the Kindle, it was a fun Symposium that will definitely be showing up on my resume.
Power, Fire and Metal ;)
So I’m taking MAE 115 (Machine Shop Class) this semester. I wanted to share some of the cool things I’m doing. I’ve completed a few projects where I’ve learned how to use a mill, lath, and bandsaw machine. Last week we started welding (mig and stick). Which is really fun. This week we did tig welding and used a plasma cutter. Personally I like the plasma cutter the most because I can cut cool shapes in to scrap pieces of steel.
It can be a little intimidating at first, but once you make that first arc you see how awesome it is. You can see the current in the metal when it becomes liquid. Especially in mig welding. It’s also interesting how different metals cool at different rates.
Here’s a pic of me and my friend Angel when we were stick welding last week.
Meet Dr. Regina Hyatt, Dean of Students
By Dr. Regina Hyatt, Dean of Students
I started working in Student Affairs because I had a great experience as an undergraduate student at my college. I was super involved and my advisor suggested that I pursue a graduate degree in College Student Personnel instead of going to law school. I took his advice and now 17 years later, am excited to serve as the Dean of Students at UAHuntsville. October is Careers in Student Affairs Month so thought I would start sharing some of the unique things that make student affairs work so interesting.
1- Every student has a story, something that makes him/her unique and I get to hear those stories. I’m a better person for it as it gives me perspective outside of my own experience.
2- Balloons: I gave a tutorial during Week of Welcome to our WOW Leaders on how to make a balloon bouquet. I told them it’s a life skill we all need to have!
3- Student organizations that do really cool stuff. Where else would you be able to watch the Space Hardware Club launch a REAL experiment on a balloon or witness 1000 students gather to play video games with each other? Or concrete canoes attempt to make it across the campus pond?
4- All the pizza you would ever want to eat! Definitely the preferred food group for college students so if you work in Student Affairs, you better like pizza because chances are, you’ll be eating it at least 2 x a week. It just so happens that I do like pizza (and the never ending supply of candy that seems to be available on all of our desks).
5- Ah-ha moments: those times when you see the light click on, when a student really gets it and realizes that the decisions they are making are important.
6- Feeling like I make a difference: It doesn’t happen every day, but when it does, it feels great. Whether it’s helping a student navigate a problem, or opening a window of opportunity for a student, working in Student Affairs means that I get to impact students’ lives in a very personal and meaningful way.
I love working with students and hope that their experiences here at UAHuntsville will lead them to futures that are fulfilling both personally and professionally. I have the best job in the world!
(You can follow Dean Hyatt on Twitter @UAHStudentsDean)
IAC Naples, Italy!
I will be going to Italy in a week for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC). It’s a huge conference where everyone involved in space technology will attend including NASA, JAXA, ESA, and the leaders of major space organizations.
I’m going with 35 other students who were selected by the IAC to present. We have an awesome staff who has worked hard to get us there and have made us better professionals.
I will be presenting a paper under the space history section “The Dr. Wernher von Braun Vision”. Dr. Von Braun is one of my idols and was a brilliant rocket engineer and worked here in the Rocket City!
I’ll post about the many adventures I’m sure to have!