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Contributing Author, Vanessa Lewis, is the Student Services Manager and is known for rescuing Charlie, the famous UAMS Cat. She offers the following tricks and treats for academic success.

picture of a pumpkin and toy ghostsFear! Daunting! Unnerving! These are some terms that students associate with the month of October and not necessarily because of Halloween.  I recall mid-semester anxiety trying to “creep” its way into my sub consciousness. As the semester slips by deadlines can sneak up on you. As scary as this sounds, it is important to remember that how you channel your energy can make a difference in your academic performance.

An Essential Trick for Success

You can benefit from are staying meticulously organized. The digital revolution has prohibited us from writing details down. The typical response is set a reminder on our phone for a deadline. But how many times do you hear an alert or notification and quickly glance at it and dismiss the alarm? I suggest getting a binder or a calendar, and write the details down. There is a cognitive connection when you actually take the time to write important dates.  You will retain the information more concretely if the deadline is something you see daily as you flip through your binder.   Furthermore, write these dates strategically in varying color schemes to make more pressing timelines stand out.

An Essential Treat for Success

picture of a sleeping babySleep is a treat to your body! Prioritize sleep and maintain at least six hours each night instead of pulling an all-night cramming session. Sleep is absolutely imperative and critical to sustaining a healthy lifestyle which leads to optimum performance on exams.

We all could don our superhero costumes and act like we do not need help but because you are not afraid to execute my suggestions into your routine now you will be able to come mingle with your peers at the Chenal Country Club, October 27, 8:00 pm-12:00 am and enjoy the fun-filled highly popular Halloween party. Socializing is an additional treat to relieve stress and every student deserves this sweet treat!