Rrodrigo

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Date registered: September 6, 2013

Latest posts

  1. Preparing to Read — April 30, 2014
  2. SURVIVE: Knowing Your Student Services — April 30, 2014
  3. Overcoming Reading Distractions — April 29, 2014
  4. SURVIVE: Identifying Help — April 29, 2014
  5. SURVIVE: Meditating to Help Sleeping — April 29, 2014

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  1. SURVIVE: Skimming Before Reading — 20 comments
  2. THRIVE: Connecting Your Course & Major Goals — 14 comments
  3. SURVIVE: Engaging What You Read — 13 comments
  4. SURVIVE: Improving Motivation — 10 comments
  5. SURVIVE: Matching Academic Services to your Assignments — 9 comments

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Apr 30

Preparing to Read

Academic reading can require more focus and energy than reading you may do in your free time. To help you focus during your next reading, or homework, session, be sure to prepare the space you will be working in. Select a space with good lighting and ventilation. Select an appropriate space with minimal external distractions. …

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Apr 30

SURVIVE: Knowing Your Student Services

1. Select one of ODU’s Student Support Services you did not know about. Go to the website and read about the service. (If you already knew about all the services, pick one you would like to know more about.) ODU Student Support Services Counseling Services Dining Health & Safety Information Technology Leadership & Student Involvement …

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Apr 29

Overcoming Reading Distractions

If you find yourself getting distracted a lot while you read, try this activity. 1. Set aside 3 minutes to work on a reading assignment for your class. 2. As you read, any time that you are distracted, make a checkmark on a piece of scrap paper and think to yourself, “I will not be …

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Apr 29

SURVIVE: Identifying Help

1. Think about a tough time you’ve had during your academic career (it does not have to be while at ODU) and/or consider a time when a friend struggled, 3. What Student Service service may have helped your or your friend in that time of struggle? How and why? (Consider visiting some of the websites …

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Apr 29

SURVIVE: Meditating to Help Sleeping

1. Try taking a nap and/or meditating for 15 minutes at least four days a week. Do so in the earlier in the day; avoid napping in the late afternoon/evening. To meditate, all you have to do is sit/lay quietly, and keep your mind focused on your breathing. 2. After a week where you napped …

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Apr 28

Conquering Distractions

1. Look at the list of Other Mental Strategies and select the two strategies that you would like to try while studying. 2. Decide what upcoming projects/homework assignments you will implement the mental/focus strategy. 3. After you use each strategy, write a paragraph that identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each strategy. Consider how and …

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Apr 28

THRIVE: Getting Help

1. Think about what has happened the past two weeks. Look at your schedule for the upcoming two weeks. 2. Look at the list of Student Success Services. Pick two services that might help you process the past two weeks and/or be more successful the next two weeks. ODU Student Support Services Counseling Services Dining …

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Apr 28

THRIVE: Sleeping a Whole 8 Hours

1. Time for an experiment: for one week (including the weekend), be in bed (without stimulants like backlit devices or homework) for at least 8 hours. Sleep may or may not come during that time, but your body is resting in bed for 8 hours a night. 2. At the end of that week, draft …

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Apr 27

Ignoring Bodily Distractions

The author of this article about concentration while studying notes the four “areas for distraction” on your body: your ears, your eyes, your hands, and your mouth. He offers solutions for each for each of the areas and how to overcome and avoid many of the distractions that accompany those. Which of those four “areas …

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Apr 27

THRIVE: Committing to Success

1. Visit the office of one of the student services and collect an information pamphlet. If you are a distance student, go to the website. 2. Take a picture of yourself holding the pamphlet and/or reading the website. 3. Write a short description of why you chose to visit that particular location and how/why you …

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