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!


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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.

 


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


Frederic’s ACE Story: Being Involved, Getting Paid & Having Fun!

Written by: Frederic Bass

 

Hello, my name is Frederic Bass and I want to share with you why I chose to attend school at UAHuntsville along with one of my awesome experiences volunteering and working for one of our student organizations, ACE (Association for Campus Entertainment). The reason I  chose UAHuntsville was due to the fact that when I first got here I wanted to become an Aerospace Engineer. Airplanes always fascinated me since both my mother and father were in the Air Force. UAHuntsville was and still is one of the best quality and affordable engineering colleges in the southern region. The university also offers several opportunities in the line of co-ops and internships, so my decision was obvious.

 

As mentioned before I was a part of the Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE) board. I LOVED every second of the work I did with ACE!  My official title was the Director of Entertainment and my job literally was to work with and hire comedians, musicians, magicians, hypnotists, illusionists, as well as several other acts to come perform for our students… FOR FREE.

 

One of my favorite memories was when the university paid for me and a few other ACE board members to go to Covington, Kentucky for a conference called NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). I was paid for three days to watch comedians and various artist perform. We then had to make executive decisions about who to hire to come perform for the students at UAHuntsville! Due to my involvement with ACE I also got to MC for Kip Moore and dance on stage with 3OH!3. I was able to build connections through the organization which led to me working as a summer Orientation Leader and in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a campus tour guide.

 

Volunteering for ACE was a great experience! Not only was I able to get an inside look on what board meetings were like, but I found a passion that made me change my major to what it is now, Communication Arts. Joining organizations on campus, ACE or otherwise, opens many great experiences that can lead to several other benefits. UAHuntsville has over 110 student organizations that you can join, from ACE to a Tom shoes club, to a hammock club, to religious and honors organizations. The choice is YOURS!

 

Me with Comedian Jen Kober

Backstage with Kip Moore

Working as the MC for the Kip Moore Concert


Categories: Campus Life, Organizations, Social Life, UAHuntsville


Campus Living Experience!

Written by: Rachel Bray

 

We all know that a college’s academic reputation is important, and in my opinion UAHuntsville’s is amazing! Another important aspect of a university is the living quarters. As a resident assistant here at UAHuntsville, I can tell you that the residence halls are one of a kind! All of our halls are suite style, so you get your very own room. You also have your own sink and only share a bathroom with one other person.

 

Along with the fabulous amenities available within the halls, there are always a lot of activities going on. Nearly every week, resident assistants (like me) host FREE programs for the residents- oftentimes providing a free meal! These programs make it easy to get involved in the residence hall and to get to know your neighbors. Another advantage to living on campus is simply the convenience. You are minutes away from any campus event. You’re even  just a short walk away from any of the wonderful dining options such as Papa Johns, Chick-fil-a, and the Charger Cafe.

 

After commuting my first year and living on campus my second year, there really is no comparison. I would not trade my on campus living experience for anything. In order to get the most of your college experience, it is important to live on campus and experience all that UAHuntsville’s housing department has to offer. You can get more information about housing and apply online here!

 

 


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