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Adjusting to a new environment is not always easy, so at Brockport we attempt to provide you with the necessary resources to make this adjustment as easy as possible. Below are listed some of the tools available to students to ensure success.
- Time Management - Advice worth following
- Getting Help - Learn about the services available to all students
- Research - Learn the tools you need to conduct research on campus.
I am working very hard and I still can't seem to stay caught up.
Believe it or not, it is not always how hard you work or how much time you spend studying that matters. The most important thing is HOW you are working--your work habits. Ask yourself a few questions:
- Are you studying in an area that is quiet, like the library, or in a place where learning is not the priority, for example, your residence hall?
- When you study, what methods work best for you?
- At what time of day do you learn best?
- How can you budget your time more efficiently?
Knowing all this can be very helpful, and save you countless difficult hours of study time. At the Student Learning Center (585) 395-2293 they can help you to learn more methods of studying and budgeting your time. You may even find that your grades go up, AND you have more free time!
I feel like I understand the material, but I am not doing well on the tests. I get really nervous. What should I do?
Test anxiety is a real problem for many students. No matter how well they know the material, many students "freeze up" or "go blank" during exams. At the Student Learning Center you can get advice on how to prepare for exams that will help you reduce anxiety. You will learn specific strategies to help you prevent those anxious moments.
Remember, test anxiety is a sign that you are concerned about your performance on exams, and that is a good thing. Students should also contact the Counseling Center for help with anxiety issues.
Every time I sit down to study, I get distracted by others in my hall. I am behind in my work. What can I do?
To study, you need to have no distractions, or at least very few. Choose an environment in which you have more control over. Usually, this just means stepping away from busy parts of campus for a while. Every good student has one or two favorite places to go to when he or she has a lot of studying to do, such as:
- Private rooms on the second floor of the library
- An empty classroom
- A cafe or restaurant on Main Street
- Picnic tables or under a tree somewhere on campus
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