By Lisa M. Rabey
Systems & Web Librarian
Are you planning on transferring to a four year university? Do you know what you’ll need to transfer Even more importantly, are you prepared?
Some four year universities require more than just transcripts, such as test scores for the ACT and SAT. If you need to prep for the ACT and SAT, GRCC Work Force Training has upcoming workshops for you!
Starting March 23rd, GRCC Works has workshops open through the spring on essay writing, which is a major component of the tests. Sessions last three hours.
- Analyze sample essays
- Learn to use the prompts to formulate their answers
- Practice writing thesis statements and introductions
- Learn about how to incorporate support in essays
- Write a practice essay
- Receive a critique of their writing with recommendations
Space is limited, so for more information and to register, visit GRCC Works. For additional help or if you need study guides, the library has print and electronic materials (including video!) available for SAT, ACT, general study guides, and study skills.
By Marcia Lee
In light of exam week hovering overhead here at GRCC, the library will have extended Exam Cram hours today (8am – 8pm), Saturday (8am – 8pm) & Sunday (1pm – 8pm). In addition to extra time, below are some helpful tips for studying & preparing for the week of exams & final projects – check them out!
Tips on being an ACTIVE STUDIER:
- Use MNEMONICS
- Use FLASHCARDS
- Set STUDY GOALS – ie. Set definite study times, commit to focusing during those times
- ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS during designated study time
- Choose WHERE & WHEN you do your studying wisely
- Higher chance of committing concepts to memory during late afternoon & early evening
- Create a work atmosphere (perhaps here at the library?)
You remember approximately 10 percent of what you read.
You remember approximately 20 percent of what you hear.
You remember approximately 30 percent of what you see.
You remember approximately 50 percent of what you hear and see together.
You remember approximately 70 percent of what you say (if you think as you are saying it).
You remember approximately 90 percent of what you do.
For more information & tips on study habits check out this website from Dartmouth.
By Marcia Lee
Some tips on preparing & studying for exams:
- Be an ACTIVE learner, not a passive one! This means the more you manipulate, write down & re-write down key ideas while you are studying, the more likely you will be to remember them.
- Begin by reading through your notes a couple of times, while highlighting vocabulary, topics & subtopics.
- Remember to work from concept to detail, not the other way around. This may mean you will need to outline your notes initially & break things down a bit.
- Make charts, diagrams and graphs.
- Make lists.
- Use flash cards – these are always helpful with concepts & vocabulary words.
- Do not wait until the night before to begin studying!
On exam day:
- Prepare a few notes the night before, so you can glance at key concepts you want to be refreshed of before the exam – Do not try to “cram” a whole lot into your brain right before; it won’t work.
- Get a good night’s sleep.
- Remember to bring necessary writing utensils & materials to the test.
If you need help studying or need a place to study remember we have extended EXAM CRAM hours, until midnight on December 11th, 12th & 13th! Come on over to the library to get free snacks & tutoring help!