Posts Tagged ‘academics’

How To Study

Monday, January 29th, 2018

If you do a quick Google search for “study tips”, you will come across a plethora of ideas and examples to ace that tough class. However, it is becoming more and more difficult to find that much needed perfect study environment. Everyone has there own opinion on how to study and what works. In my experience, studying is an independent endeavor, in the fact that everyone has to find what works best for them. For me that means taking the time to familiarize myself with the material own my own by reading, reviewing powerpoint notes, and looking up any unfamiliar topics or terminology. After that I may get together with one or two people to review and go over any topics that may be more challenging or complex. I have found that if I get into a group for studying when I haven’t put in the time to understand the topics, it usually ends in built up stress, more questions than answers, and ultimately starting up from scratch the next day.

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Class Sizes

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

I wanted to take a moment to discuss the topic of class sizes at the College of St. Scholastica. During my time in undergrad the majority of my class sizes were between 15 and 20. This amount of students made it easy to connect with classmates, approach the professor, and feel comfortable. My larger lecture classes such as chemistry and biology were around 80 students with smaller groups of 20 for the lab portion of class. Although the lectures are fairly large, the smaller lab sections make the class and professor/student relationship feel more personal. As I got into my major (Exercise Physiology) the class size was approximately 40 students with lab sizes of 10-15. Due to having class with these students every day my junior and senior year, we all became quite familiar with one another making for a very comfortable learning environment. Once I got into graduate school (Physical Therapy) the class size turned to 36 (it is now 48). Once again, seeing these classmates every day, working with them in labs/clinic, and group projects made our class more like a family.

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Cross-registering classes at UMD

Friday, September 15th, 2017

CSS students are able to register for classes at UMD with no extra charges (within general credit/semester limits of course)! This is wonderful news to the ever curious and to those who want to get a taste of a big institution without actually attending one as a full time student. Several people I know have taken or are currently taking classes at UMD. I have heard so much about the differences in classroom settings and culture between CSS and UMD. I am hoping to attend at least one class at UMD and find out for myself how different or similar the experience is!

Why the CSS PT Program?

Monday, June 19th, 2017

I asked one of my good pals and now 2nd year DPT student at CSS, Matt Klein, “What are the top three reasons you love the College of St. Scholastica’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program?” His answers were…

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My First Second Semeser

Friday, January 20th, 2017

This is my second semester of college total; my first spring semester, and I am very excited! This semester I am taking Dignitas, French 2, Development Through the Lifespan Psychology, Chemistry 2, and Biology of the Cell. I lucked out this semester when it comes to my schedule. One 8am class but then the rest start at 10am or later!! I’ve never had a better night’s sleep then I do now, knowing that the classes that I was advised to take and chose, allow for MORE SLEEP! Sleep is so important (and let’s be honest, it’s great!) especially when you’re involved with other things going on! For example, I participate in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on campus, along with the Yoga Sculpt fitness class! Working out my brain, my spirit, and my body requires a lot of energy, but I know that I will get it! I’m so thankful to my advisor for helping me make the decisions I needed to when it came to classes.

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