Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How to Survive Finals Week

The last week of the semester can actually make you feel like a zombie. During this time, students will suffer from sleep deprivation, increased irritability, and stress. With this in mind, what's the best way to keep your sanity and still be prepared for all of your exams? We've rounded up some study and relaxation tips for you below. Check 'em out!
1. Make a plan for the week
Have you ever felt stressed and found that making a list makes you feel better? With so much ahead of you, it's a great way to get your tasks and goals organized on paper. Write down a schedule of which subject to study when, and include deadlines for finals and papers on it too. Seeing it all laid out in front of you will show just how capable you are of tackling everything!
2. Try to eat healthy
When you're surviving on very little sleep, poor eating habits can make for a lowered immune system, and the last thing you want going into a final is an illness. Sweets and carbs might make you feel energized at first, but after a couple of hours they'll leave you feeling more lethargic. Opt for brain foods like berries and nuts for a snack, or fish at meal times. Your body will thank you!
3. Take breaks
Intense studying cannot be sustained, and ultimately, you will burn out before you get everything done if you study that way. Pace yourself and take breaks for your mind and body: unwind with a book or a bit of TV, or catch up with a friend.

4. Don't put too much pressure on yourself
Yes, finals are important, but not acing a final will not shatter your world. If your stress comes from the expectations you've placed on yourself you should probably revise those expectations, or even better, trust in your abilities that you know your stuff!
5. Don't be afraid to ask for help
There's no such thing as a stupid question, remember? Still, many students are too intimidated to go to a professor for help prior to an exam. If you can't ask your teacher, ask a friend for a simplified explanation of whatever it is you don't understand. 

~ Thanks Mariam ~

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Check your understanding

Revise for the EL121 exam by doing the quizzes below:

Unit 1

Unit 2

Units 3 + 4

Units 5 + 6

Book 2 Quiz

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Study Tips: How to overcome test anxiety

It's time for that final push before the end of another academic year and exams are just around the corner, and no matter how well you've prepared you still get those test-day jitters. If this sounds like you, don't fear! Here are three study tips to help you calm your nerves before your next test or exam:

1. Don't cram before your test. You should begin studying for your exam well in advance of D-Day. Some review the night before is wise, but leaving your studying until the last minute can turn any nervous test taker into a nervous wreck. Instead, finish early the night before and move on to the next step below.

2. Practice meditation. You don't have to be a yogi to meditate; meditation is simply the act of clearing the mind of external, nagging thoughts. You probably practice meditation throughout the day without even realizing it! Now try it consciously by breathing deeply, relaxing your body one muscle at a time, and emptying your thoughts of exam stress. A recent study also shows the positive effect meditation can have on grades, which means this tactic can not only help you to relax, but to actually improve your score as well. So learn to meditate, breathe and relax before your exam and not only will you have a great night's sleep, but you'll be calm and set for your big test too.

3. Maintain laser-like focus. During your test it's easy for nerves to give way to panic. But if you go down that route, you could spend half your time fretting over questions instead of actually answering them. Try to keep yourself grounded in the exam itself by focusing your concentration on one question at a time. To build up your confidence, you may want to answer easier questions first before moving on to more difficult ones. And of course, begin your exam by skimming through as much of the test packet as you're permitted to. This will give you a good idea of how to manage your time wisely.
And if it gets tough, remember: just breathe. You know the material, so don't let shaky nerves hold you back from the grade you deserve! Here are five more quick tips and tricks to remember on test day:
  • Don't worry about how quickly other people finish their tests, and don't be afraid to take your time. Rushing isn't necessarily a sign of competence.
  • Taking a Math or Science test? Write down important formulas you may need to remember during the test in a margin. For tests in other subjects you can also use this trick for important dates or definitions that are easy to forget.
  • Exercise in the days leading up to your exams to reduce stress.
  • Don't forget to read the directions for every test section before you begin!
  • Show up to the test site early so you don't have to stress about possibly being late. 
Good luck with finals!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Look Up

~ Thank you for the video Mariam ~ 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Midterm Grades


Sec. 101: Click here

Sec. 201: Click here
Sec. 202: Click here


Sec. 204: Click here

Sec. 209: Click here

~ Check LMS for the password first ~

Friday, April 18, 2014

EL121 - The Tell Tale Heart

I hope you all got the chance to read the story, it was very interesting and creepy at the same time. Click here for the notes.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Important Dates

Make-up Exams: 10th May - 15th May 

Last chance to drop course: 28th May

Final Exams: 5th June - 19th June 

Summer Semester: 5th July - 28th August

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

EL121 - Units 3 + 4 Quiz

Two amazing stories! Click here to do the quiz!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

EL121 - A Letter From Gaza

I hope you all read the story, and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. The story is beautiful and very meaningful. Click here to download the notes.