Find Your Study Strategy, Sleep Management
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"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it"

~Edith Wharton

Hey, <<First Name>>

Wanna see a magic trick? 

Right before your very eyes, your day will suddenly be much brighter. Keep your eyes open. . . 

Invariably, <<First Name>>, the 5 minutes of inspiration you need to totally rock the world and transform your life, will come at the end of hours, weeks, months, or even years' worth of floundering, frivolity, false starts, and seeming hopelessness.

Yet when your dream comes true and you glance over your shoulder, you'll see that those 5 minutes were made possible because of everything that led up to them, and that you never needed to be so critical of yourself or the time it was taking. 

Funny you =]



Find Your Study Strategy

Finding an effective study strategy is a challenging task not only for first year students but also for upperclassmen, even our Success Mentors sometimes struggle with it. Effective study strategies are so important because they are the gateway to school success, graduation, and job advancement. Poor study habits can bar even bright students from many important opportunities that would otherwise enable them to realize their potential. Luckily, we were able to schedule an one-on-one interview with Chelsea Arnold, a specialist when it comes to exploring different study strategies. This week's email features some common scenarios that first year students encounter and the importance of finding an effective study strategy.
Scenario 1: "I have difficulty understanding my professor, how do I take good notes?"
C - "It's okay to feel that way. When you find it hard to understand your professor, seek help from your fellow classmates, utilize other resources such as forming a study group, going to tutoring, office hours with your TA, etc. In addition to that, college is all about self-learning, especially in situations like this, go above and beyond to get the most out of your class." 
Scenario 2: "I thought I was taking good notes, but I didn't do well on the first midterm, what do I do?"
C - "You can start by re-evaluating your notes. How do you take notes? Are you understanding the materials as you write it down? When you look back at your exam, did the material being quizzed on come from lecture slides or was it more like applying the concepts? It's important to ask yourself these questions before you make conclusions about the class structure. Try out different note-taking models!"

"Why is it important to know what study strategy works best for me?"
C - "Knowing what study strategy works best for you tells you a lot about your strengths. While in college, it's very likely that you'll encounter a class that the way the material is taught isn't aligned with how you learn. This is when knowing your study strategy comes in place, it helps you change your attitudes towards a difficult class, going from avoidant to participant, and with this mindset, you can get through anything within a short period of time."

If you still stumble upon finding the study strategy that works best for you, we can help! Try these surveys to find out about your strengths and how you learn best.  If you would like to contact Chelsea for questions, you can send her an email here.

Sleep Management

If you're tired of feeling like a cranky zombie, you may want to take some time to create a sleep management plan. Sleep deprivation is an enormous and common problem in college, so much that there are many resources out there to help you! One thing is for sure, you are not alone in feeling exhausted and stressed. Keeping up with sleep can be tough, especially with midterms and the newfound freedom of socializing whenever you want. Below we have listed a few simple tips for sleep management from the National Institutes of Health. Read below or feel free to visit the webpage by clicking on the link.
Like any new goal, take baby steps so that you can accomplish more! Small steps you can take are:
  • Go to bed 15 minutes earlier than usual. This way you can slowly get your body to sleeping earlier and soon you can be getting more sleep!
  • Set a realistic bedtime. You have your own unique sleeping patterns, so try finding a bedtime that best fits your style. If you normally sleep at 1am, then 7pm probably won't be realistic, try starting small. 
  • If you take all nighters and rely on naps the next day to make up for sleep, you are not alone! Try minimizing these naps to 30 minutes and optimally before 3pm so that it doesn't interfere with your regular night sleep.
Once you've picked up momentum and have visibly reduced those dark eye bags. Then, you can start taking bigger steps! Some steps you can try are:
  • Challenge your caffeine addiction by not drinking any after 3pm so that your body can digest it and not affect your sleep.
  • Say goodbye to all nighters, they can impact your health in negative ways since they prevent your body from rejuvenating during sleep. 
  • Disconnect from all electronics at least 30 minutes before going to bed to prevent light from blocking the sleep hormone, melatonin, from doing its job.

Approved Events 

SMP Events

How to Stay Healthy As a College Student
Wednesday April 15th 2:00-2:50 PM COB262
Thursday April 16th 12:30-2:30 PM KL296

Do you wish to improve your overall health? Come to the Success Mentor workshop, where we will show you simple ways to improve your eating habits and we will also show you simple exercises that you can complete when in a time crunch. As college students most of us have high levels of stress. We will show you how to decrease your stress level in a healthy way.

Dance Through the Decades
Friday April 17th 5:00-7:30pm
Lakeview Dining Room (Dining Commons)

Excited for the semester to come to a close? Come celebrate as the SMP community dances through the decades. A fun evening of dinner and dancing filled with photos, bonding, and an overall good time is in store! Stop by and show us your moves as we dance the night away! *Check your emails to respond to the Evite!

Merced Manors: Moving Off Campus
Tuesday April 21st 2:30-3:20 PM COB266
Wednesday April 22nd 11:00-11:50 PM KL360

The transition off campus is an exciting, yet intimidating experience for many UC Merced students. By attending this workshop, students will better understand the process and be familiarized with resources available to make moving as carefree as possible.
The Wild Wild Second Year
Friday April 24th 5:00-7:30 PM SSB120
Howdy mentees! Your first year at UC Merced is coming to an end, but we’re here to help you prepare for your continual success for your Sophomore year and beyond! The Success Mentor Program will help you start your second year on the right track by teaching you different tips and tricks. You will learn how to explore your career interests, build lasting relationships, manage your money, improve networking skills, and find out if living on or off campus is right for you. Don’t be a yellow bellow as your second year is down yonder!
Take a Vacation Away From Stress
Tuesday April 28th 3:30-4:20 PM Bobcat Lair (KL169)
Wednesday April 29th 2:00-2:50 PM KL360

As finals are approaching it’s quite common to get overwhelmed and stressed out. This workshop presented by the Success Mentor program will allow you to learn about stress, including how to recognize it, cope with it, and even, how to use it to your advantage!

Additional Approved Events

Grammar Workshops: Subordinating Conjunctions
Monday April 13th 12:00-1:00pm
COB 276

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How Can I Get An Internship?
Monday April 13th 3:00-4:00pm
SSB 250

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Cover Letter, Interviewing and Resume Workshop
Tuesday April 14th 3:00-4:00pm 
SSB 238

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Grammar Workshops: Active vs. Passive Voice
Monday April 20th
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Cover Letter and Interviewing Workshop
Wednesday April 22nd 2:00-3:00pm
SSB 250

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