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 – 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!

Categories: Campus Life, UAHuntsville, What Matters

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 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.


Categories: Campus Life, Greek Life, Organizations, UAHuntsville, What Matters

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.

Categories: Campus Life, What Matters

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.

Categories: Career, Research, What Matters

Power, Fire and Metal ;)

Hey all,


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.


Categories: Campus Life, Career, UAHuntsville, What Matters

Breathe…Don’t stress it.

There will be times where you find yourself stressing over a particular class. For me, I was stressing over ALL of my classes; especially this week. I had a test in each of my classes around the same time. I was stressed because they all are demanding and require different study techniques.
As a psych major, tests aren’t definitional (meaning questions aren’t shaped around knowing a definition), you have to apply a certain vocabulary word to different situations and problems. In my Biology class, it’s all about knowing what does what and how it functions and what it requires to function.


Going back to the tests, once I found out all my tests were crowded together I immediately came up with a plan. I labeled my classes by level of importance. My Biology test was first so I need to see what I knew and what I needed to brush up on. I started studying for Bio a week prior to the test. We were being tested over 5 chapters worth of material. (Yeah, major headache!) Every day leading up to the test (which was on a Friday) I took time to study for all my classes. The night before the bio test, I locked myself in my room, muted my TV, silenced my phone and buried my head in the book. Yes, it was difficult because I really wanted to sleep and watch TV but I knew that passing this class was more important. I took several short five min breaks in between studying to breathe and gather my thoughts.


Friday came and I was ready to ace this test! I knew most of the material we covered in class but some I was still confused on. When I received my test I read through it to see what kind of questions was being asked. I was finally able to exhale; the test was easier than I thought. Yes, a few questions stumped me, only because I believed two of the answers to be correct. I felt real confident that I made a good grade.
Saturday evening I began studying for my psych stats class when I decided to take a break and check Angel. I looked under my Bio class (checking to see if my clicker points went through) and that’s when I saw my grade……I was EXSTATIC! I had made an 85! My studying had paid off! I was instantly motivated to study harder for my stats test.


The same process I did studying for Biology, is the same one I did studying for my stats and applications class. When I got into class to take the tests I wasn’t stressed anymore because I had faith in myself and knew the material.


To sum it all up, don’t stress when it comes to tests. Prioritize your time, gather all notes/study guides etc. and study your butt off! If you don’t understand the positive side of the concept, try to understand the negative. (trust me this helps!) If you’re religious, pray or do whatever it is that you do; meditate if needed. Even if you don’t receive the grade you want, reward yourself for studying hard. Most importantly, NEVER give up on yourself or doubt yourself. You can do everything you set your mind to do. You will succeed!

Categories: UAHuntsville, What Matters

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)

Categories: Campus Life, Freshman, UAHuntsville, What Matters

Wilson Rocks!

I don’t know about you guys, but when I start working, I want to end up doing quality work, but to also have fun and play like a kid everyday.  I want to enjoy it.  Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.  Its awesome that everyone else I meet up with in the art department has this same attitude.  Who doesn’t enjoy it?  I’m sure other majors are the same.  This is the reason though that to me I think Wilson Hall is awesome.  My favorite place happens to be in the sculpture studio in Roberts Hall, but its still part of the art department.  However, I don’t know if I’m allowed to take pictures of the tools and things there.


I can’t resist putting up the pics I took of Wilson the other week though!  People have to see them.  There is no way anyone but art, nursing, professional studies and (maybe) CCRH residents could have seen it.


Couldn’t pass the opportunity.





See? Isn’t it awesome? One day everyone was talking about the giraffes on top of the building and I was like, “What? Let me see…”   I hadn’t seen them up there before.  Eventually, I was able to go outside and I immediately thought, “THAT is so cool!”  And I snapped some pictures.  Somehow they made it up there all the way from Roberts Hall (where they had been before) and ended up on the roof of Wilson.  No one knows how they got there. Not even the sculpture professor knows.


Its also really weird because I’m pretty sure that the roof door is kept locked at all times (I know I’ve tried).  Maybe the janitor did it.  Or possibly the sculptor of the giraffes himself.  However, I don’t know how he’d get permission for that.  Who knows?

Categories: Art, Campus Life, Social Life, UAHuntsville, What Matters

IAC Naples, Italy!

Hey all,

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!

Categories: Research, Study Abroad, UAHuntsville, Uncategorized, What Matters

Oh coffee, where art thou?

When challenged with the task of telling you about my favorite place on campus, I had to pause and consider all the options. There is the table under the shade of the tree by the UC where I have sat and talked for hours with a friend, and there is the courtyard behind Shelby where my husband and I have sat and talked shop on my lunch break.  Then it hit me…COFFEE!!


There are several locations around UAH where you can grab a cup of the divine liquid in your favorite form:  iced, hot, with chocolate or any combination that suits your taste. My favorite place to indulge in that heavenly beverage is at the Starbucks in the library. When I first started attending UAH, I didn’t realize there was a Starbucks in the library! What a wonderful way to combine my favorite things: coffee and books!


The first floor of the library is pretty great for several reasons. From the clean, contemporary furnishings to the amazing fragrance of freshly brewed coffee, to the Art Gallery and the displays of artifacts and findings from other countries, this is a place where you can sit and enjoy a good book, quietly research for a paper or just sip your java and people watch. It’s a great respite from a busy day, and isn’t overly crowded most of the time.


This past week, as I exited my Business Writing class on the second floor, I was struck by a new smell…the aroma of fried food. I followed my nose down the stairs and around the corner to find several people handing out samples of what appeared to be egg rolls and dumplings. I love food (who doesn’t?), and ordinarily, I would have sampled a few bites of what was offered, but I’m currently eating well in an effort to lose some weight and decided against it. Next time I get the chance to try new foods, I will. :)


All this to say that if I have a favorite place on campus (I find it hard to choose ONE) it would be there in the library, on the first floor, where the smell of coffee, the atmosphere of art and learning, and the community of students all come together.


Where is your favorite place on campus?

Categories: Social Life, UAHuntsville, Uncategorized, What Matters

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