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Completing the fall semester successfully: resources to mention to your student to end the semester on a positive note

The end of the semester invariably produces stress for college students. Stress is caused by final exams for which your student needs to prepare; papers that need to be written; and packing to leave campus which needs to be done.

Your student is fortunate because Loyola has excellent resources available to help academically, as well as excellent services to help students stay healthy. Please review the following information and make note of resources which might help your student. We encourage you to forward your son or daughter information you think might benefit him or her, and encourage him or her to take advantage of the resources, so the fall 2012 semester wraps up successfully.

Academic resources available to help with exams and papers:

The Study for academic tutoring and workshops:

The Study

The Study has tutoring, which is provided by peer tutors. To request a tutor please go to this link: http://www.loyola.edu/department/thestudy/peertutoring/request.aspx

Additionally, there are workshops to help your student prepare for finals (see below). These free workshops are in Jenkins Hall on the 3rd floor. Space is limited, so RSVP for a workshop or schedule a one-on-one appointment with Molly Fredette at mfredette@loyola.edu.

Test-Taking Tips
Nov. 28 at 4 p.m.
Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.
Dec. 6 at 9 a.m.
Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

Avoiding Test Stress
Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.
Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.
Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.
Dec. 11 at 11 a.m.

Exploring Your Learning Styles—Tips on How to Study More Effectively
Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.

Strategies for Improving Memory
Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.
Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.

Time Management & Avoiding Procrastination
Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.
Nov. 27 at 2 p.m.
Dec. 7 at noon

Test Preparation Tips
Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.
Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.

The Writing Center for assistance with writing assignments:
The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers walk-in and scheduled appointments. Their main location is in the basement of Jenkins on the Evergreen campus, where students can receive writing tutoring. The Writing Center’s hours and location can be found online.

Quiet places to study:

Does your son or daughter complain about being distracted and not able to study in his or her residence? Maybe the best solution is to get out of the room and find a quiet place to study. Check out a list of some quiet places at www.loyola.edu/department/dss/services/quiet.aspx

Online GPA calculator:
A GPA calculator can be used to help encourage students to set goals regarding their grades for each course. It can help your student predict what his or her GPA could be for the semester. https://inside.loyola.edu/academics/studentathletes/academic_support/gpa_calculator.html

Faculty hours:

Students often avoid or forget about faculty hours. They might feel intimidated by a professor or think they will be perceived as asking a stupid question. Sometimes students have missed class and feel embarrassed to ask for a clarification of an assignment or what they missed in class. Or sometimes they would just prefer to send an email. However, face-to-face interactions are invaluable, and Loyola instructors are happy to spend time with students and address questions or needs outside of the classroom. Faculty hours are on the course syllabus and posted outside a faculty member’s office. Remind your student to seek this help when needed.

Staying healthy–both physically and emotionally–during crunch time:

Flu Shots:
It is not too late to get immunized, and flu shots are available in the Student Health Center between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. Walk-ins are accepted. Call 410-617-5055 for more information.

RELAX Online:

Your student can reduce his or her stress level by going to RELAX Online, a helpful relaxation tool from the Counseling Center. RELAX Online offers guided relaxation videos featuring soothing visuals and music, narrated by Counseling Center Staff. For technical support, contact 410-617-5555 or ots@loyola.edu.

Heart of Zen Meditation Group:
The profound benefits of meditation are well-known, from stress reduction and peace of mind to an increase in concentration, mental agility, creativity, and kindness. The group meets on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Fava Chapel, located in Hammerman House near the library. The group is led by Bret W. Davis, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, who studied and practiced Zen in Japan for 13 years. If you are interested in participating in the Heart of Zen Meditation Group, please contact him at bwdavis@loyola.edu.

Yoga at the FAC:
Yoga can be an effective method to reduce stress and anxiety. Remind your student that the Fitness and Aquatic Center offers two free yoga classes on Tuesdays; one from 8 – 9 a.m. and another from 6:05 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. You can encourage your son or daughter to check out these free classes, as well as other group classes at the FAC by going to: http://www.loyola.edu/department/recsports/programs/fitness/groupexercise.asp

Free Seated Massages:
Encourage your student to loosen up tight neck muscles with a free seated massage! The Women’s Center offers 10-minute massages on study day, which is Dec. 11. Men are welcome, too. After the massages are announced in the NewsHound, students should call 410-617-5844 for an appointment.

Schedule some down time and support the Greyhounds:

Going to a basketball game will not take a lot of time out of the study schedule, and watching Coach Jimmy Patsos is a lively diversion from the long hours your student is spending studying. The trick is to schedule the down time activity, and get back to the books once the time is up. Go to www.loyola.edu/athletics to find a game that might interest your son or daughter.

Remember to eat!
Students can forget to eat—and they especially forget to eat the foods needed to stay healthy and alert. Check out dining services web-site to read about nutrition and dining hours. The website is http://www.loyola.edu/department/dining.asp.

Take care of yourself with the seasons:

The Women’s Center will host Martha Rogers, an acupuncturist who talks about how to care for ourselves with the changes with the seasons. Rogers will provide information on best practices for the winter season on Nov. 28 at noon in the Women’s Center.


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