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Mentor Spotlights: On Or Off Campus, Note Taking Strategies
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"Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come."

~Robert H. Schuller

Rock on, <<First Name>>!


Guess what's just around the corner? That's right, tax season! Wait, wrong day. Spring break! Friendly reminder (as if it's not marked on your calendar already), spring break starts Monday the 23rd and goes to Monday the 30th. Your first spring break in college, you've got some adventures planned, right? If not, there's still time. I hear Yosemite is pretty beautiful this time of year.

On another note, <<First Name>> you didn't wake up feeling extra tired today, did you? You may have not even noticed it. Our smart phones and computers do this automatically nowadays. The infamous daylight savings day is back! You my good friend just lost an hour of sleep. But only for that one day. "I demand to hear an explanation!" I hear you calling out to your screen. Well, there you go. =]

Stay strong, <<First Name>>, and count your victories. 
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Mentor Spotlights: On or Off Campus?

We as mentors know that the choice between living on and off campus can be difficult. Its true, both options have their advantages and disadvantages. Two mentors wanted to help out by giving their input on the issue.  They each answered one of the following questions: Best part of living on campus, best part of living off campus, if money wasn't a factor would they choose to live on or off campus
Perks of Living Off Campus:
Being off campus gave me the ability to cook for myself instead of just relying on DC food. There were more options and opportunities to cook healthy and tasty. 
The Decision: On or Off?
I would pick to live off campus, just because of the freedom and you get your own personal room. Living on campus is convenient but I prefer to cook my own food. 

~ Alan Ardalan
Perks of Living on Campus:
The commute is really close. It takes forever to get ready in the morning, on campus you just have to wake up 30 minutes before class, now that I am off campus it takes an hour and a half. 
The Decision: On or Off?
I would pick on because of convenience, how easy it was to get to classes without being late and the DC has food so you don't have to worry about making your own food. 

~ Cynthia Ibarra

Note-Taking Strategies

If you find yourself taking notes and never using them or struggle jotting down everything your professor is saying because he's speaking like 1,000 words a minute. No worries, we have you covered! Below are 5 effective note-taking methods, click here for a closer image of these useful note-taking strategies. Try each to find out what works best for you and play around with styles, you may find combinations and discover new methods!
Outline Method
 
Chart Method
 
Cornell Method
 
Map Method
 
Sentence Method
 
Remember everyone learns differently! So not all study strategies will work for everyone! The importance is that you play around and try out which works best for you! Don't be afraid to use colored pens, highlighters, and notecards while you take notes during class, they may just be what you need! For a closer view of each method click here!

Approved Events 

SMP Events


Some Like It Hot: Summer School in the Central Valley
Wednesday March 11th 2:00-2:50pm KL 360
Is summer school free? Where will I live? What will I do for fun? Those are questions most students think about when thinking about registering for summer classes. Whether you are staying to complete requirements or simply to get ahead, the Success Mentor Program is here to answer all of your questions about summer session. 
Contact: kmacayan@ucmerced.edu

Spring Break Voyage
Tuesday March 17th 3:00-5:00pm Crescent Arch (Half Dome 180)
COW-a-bunga! Spring Break is heading to UC Merced early with the Success Mentor Program! Come join us for a fun afternoon to unwind right before Spring Vacation. Karaoke, Just Dance, Board Games Free snacks will be provided. Surfs up and we hope to see you there!
Contact: ssabagquit@ucmerced.edu

Additional Approved Events

Cover Letter Workshop
Tuesday March 10th 11:00-12:00pm
SSB 250
Event Link
Interviewing Workshop
Wednesday March 11th 2:00-3:00pm
SSB 250
Event Link
What can I do with my Major?
Wednesday March 11th 3:00-4:00pm
SSB 250
Event Link
Registration 101
Thursday March 12th 11:00-12:00pm
S&E1 298
Event Link
Introduction to Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician's Assistant
Thursday March 12th 11:00-12:00pm
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