How I Keep Up With My Planner

Hey guys! I hope everything is going well! Exam time is upon us, so I basically have had nonexistent free time the past two weeks. Fear not, I have an exam and three projects this week, so it’s only going to get better. When I start to have a lot of studying to do, I stop effectively using my planner. I know when my tests are because I’m so insanely stressed out. I use my Google Calendar and planner to stay organized because I’m actually a crazy person. So, I wanted this to serve as a reminder for both myself and y’all to stay organized.
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Overview

Just a background on my planner, I bought it from Target for two specific reasons.  I like this layout because I’m a to-do list person, and I have a pretty regular life with few changes week to week. This basically becomes my master to-do list, and I tend to write my daily to-do list on a sticky note or on my Momentum home page. Momentum is a home page for Google Chrome that features gorgeous places around the world along with a to-do, daily intention, inspirational quote, and weather.
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 Monthly View

In the beginning of the month, I write down all my work for the month. In that, I mainly have big assignments, tests, and extracurricular activities. I like my month at a glance to really highlight the important work. Side Note: The time I took these pictures and finished this post took waaaay too long. Also, I don’t have gorgeous blogger handwriting, so oops.
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Weekly View

I have classes Monday to Thursday, so every Thursday between classes, I sit down and write my schedule changes and to-do list for the week. I have some very ambitious friends that write down all their work for the semester in the beginning. I’m waaaaay to lazy, and I like to know exactly what I have coming up for the week. I first write down everything on the right side of the page and fill in my to-do list chronologically. Through out the week, I fill in all the other boxes. My favorite is the “To Buy” column because I always remember groceries I need when I’m in class.
Planner Tips for Mid-Semester | The middle of the semester can be rough. Stay organized!
So that’s your reminder to get your life back on track! How do you use your planner?
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Affordable Business Casual with Groupon Coupons

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I’ve heard of Groupon Coupons through the blogger grapevine, but this week I actually checked it out. I’ve been using Groupon for yoga and movie deals for years now. GrouponCoupons actually gives you really awesome coupons to a variety of places. If you have an online shopping problem like us, this literally saves you so much money. From hotels to clothes, they’ve got you covered.

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Today, we wanted to show you how to save some money with business casual wardrobe basics featuring J.Crew Factory, Sephora, and Express. I highly recommend tailoring this to your work environment. Also, being a college blog, we are always super budget conscious. I personally consider business clothes more of an investment because they do last and tend to be versatile. Make the clothes you buy for career fair or an interview last way past just joining the work force. If you need help networking, we got you covered.

Conservative Workplace

For your more conservative business place, we recommend J.Crew Factory. Business casual in a more conservative workplace is basically a suit without the blazer. You can play it up with textures and colors but generally keep things clean and muted.  They have the simple pieces that you can build on to create an amazing work wardrobe. The first outfit is a really simple short sleeve top with tapered trousers and cute loafers. You can easily dress it up or down with accessories and heels to take you from day to night!

Trendy Dress Code 

For a more trendy workplace, we recommend Express. They have those high quality trendy pieces that you can wear day or night. Once again, this is depends on your workplace dress code so take all of this with a grain of salt. We really wanted to find some edgy basics that are a modern twist on classic pieces to be trendy but versatile. like a blazer, shift dress, and button downs.

Best Face Forward

Bite MultiStick in Marscapone and Papaya are simple nude colors that can will keep your work appropriate and can double as a lip and cheek color. The Benefit Roller Lash will keep your eyelashes looking full and fluttery. This Clinique CC Cream will keep your skin fresh and dewy all day long! Honestly, wear whatever makeup makes you feel beautiful and comfortable all day. If you commute or want your makeup to stay all day, check out our no-budge makeup look.

Where do you shop for work clothes? Is your business casually more conservative or cute?
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College | Using Google Calendar to Get a 4.0

In full honesty, I have been really disorganized in the first few days just getting back into a routine and seeing all my friends again. So, I took this weekend to really reflect on everything I have to do and wanted to share with y’all how I get organized. I use both a planner and Google Calendar to stay organized. Not only am I a crazy person, I also want to always be able to access my schedule and assignments. This post follow  my post about using your syllabus to succeed this semester.

Collegiate Guide to Google Calendar | Use Google Calendar to get that 4.0.

Also, I wanted to address blog organization really quickly. I use my blog email’s Google Calendar to create an editorial calendar. It’s not feature in this post bc I haven’t been using it (oops). I compile all my calendars on iCal, so they seamlessly sync on my phone and laptop.

Get all your syllabi in one place.

You’re basically transferring the course outline from your syllabus into your calendar. Have them easily accessible. Some professors decided to be unique and have weird hard to understand syllabi. This process makes you aware of all your deadlines and cut through all the filler nonsense.

Create a new calendar for the semester and add all your classes

I get rid of my old calendars every year and having a fresh start to the year. I start off with adding all of my classes. Some people find it pointless that I put in the time of each class. I do send this calendar off to my friends that go to school far away (and my mom, so she doesn’t freak out that I’m not picking up her calls).

Collegiate Guide to Google Calendar | Use Google Calendar to get that 4.0.

Make each class day detailed.

I write down my readings and assignments for that day. This makes it super easy to access my readings, since I usually have 3-4 readings for each class. Also, to make it easier to find my assignments, I make the day red to indicate a deliverable.

Collegiate Guide to Google Calendar | Use Google Calendar to get that 4.0.

Have all major assignments and tests easily visible.

Each assignment is marked in red. Assignments due on non-class days are their own event marked in red. This way you will never miss a deadline. I never have but the stress from potentially doing that stresses me out even more.  Side note: I keep my calendar on a month view, so I know exactly how much work I have right now and in the upcoming weeks.

 

Collegiate Guide to Google Calendar | Use Google Calendar to get that 4.0.

Have separate calendars for your academics and extracurriculars.

I used to have so much more information on my calendar and just found it overwhelming to have things like office hours and extracurriculars all on one calendar. Luckily, the lovely president of my organization  made a separate Google Calendar for that and I recommend you do the same! Here’s my final view!

Collegiate Guide to Google Calendar | Use Google Calendar to get that 4.0.

Integrate with your planner.

Every Thursday ( I don’t have Friday classes), I sit down and write down all my assignments and readings for the week along with other admin tasks. Along with that, I  write down all the details for meetings and tailgates for the week. Yes, it’s possible to be a Google Calendar and a planner person!

How do you stay organized? Do you prefer Google Calendar or a planner?

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College | Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20

Over the years, I’ve realized I made some dumb tech purchases that I’ve either had to replace or get rid of all together. I’ve complied a list of 6 tech products  that will save you space and money.  Also, just a fun behind the scenes blogger thing, I tried to make the image clickable using and image map and spent 6 hours doing it (incorrectly) and gave up, so if anyone wants to help a girl out…Dorm Tech Essentials Under $20! Save space and money! | gold&hearts

So, while making this list, I took into account my own laziness, and I made sure everything is on Amazon Prime. If you didn’t know, you get six free months of Amazon Prime Student when you first make your account. If you don’t know what it is, Amazon Prime is free two day shipping. Amazon Prime Student is great when you wait till the last minute for everything like me. Recently, I’ve found out how to shop for clothes on Amazon, so my bank account is about to be drained.

 

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  1. Everyone needs a 10ft long iPhone charger in college. You’re probably wondering, why Shaguna, what a waste of space. Well, you can only have your bed in so many positions, which means that you might not always be next to an outlet. Also, this makes sure that you can continue your late night scrolling even if your bed is lofted! Also, this comes with two, so it’ll come in extra handy when you see number 5!
  2. Wow, a steamer seems super fancy pants. It seems excessive, but a steamer is a) cheaper than most irons and b) smaller than most irons. Better yet, you don’t even need an ironing board, so you don’t have to worry about having to store one of those either. Also, if you’re like me and don’t understand settings/temperatures on a iron, this is the solution for you.
  3. A decent sized mirror is necessary for when you share a room with another girl and you both have to be out the door at the same time. Also, its great when you have a bunch of people getting ready together. I like this one because of the shape and size!
  4. Okay, so wow~ ground-breaking~ a  multi-plug thing. However, in order to combat the same problem as in the first item, this has a super long cord so you can plug it in anywhere you want and use it wherever you want. My dorm allowed power strips but not extension cords, so this is the best of both worlds.
  5. I am ALWAYS breaking my phone cords which isn’t something out of the ordinary. I’ve made a rule to keep one in my backpack and one in my bedroom, so I don’t keep on destroying them. This little stand makes sure your phone charges and is ~super~ aesthetic. Also, since number 1 comes with two, you can leave one at home and take one with you!
  6. So, again this addresses the problem of randomly spaced plugs.  You will probably need to plug a few things in right next to your bed. For me, that’s my laptop, phone, lamp, and iPad. This sort of multi outlet is perfect bc it has USB slots to make charging everything extra easy! Full disclosure, there are some power strips that have them, but they are ridiculously expensive.

What are your dorm tech essentials? Which one of these picks are your favorites?

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College | Pre-Moving Checklist

Moving is arguably one of the worst things  you have to do, and in college, you do it yearly! I like to treat moving as a time to restart, refresh, and renew my life.  Over the years, I’ve learned ways to make moving easier by taking time to reduce clutter. Most people move every year in college and curse themselves when they realize how much stuff they have accumulated over the year. I’m not talking about a seriousMarie Kondo-esque reflection on each object you own; but, just some very logical and rational decision-making on your shopping habits and actual consumption. If you’re an incoming freshman, we have a printable checklist of exactly what you need!
Pre-Moving Day Checklist
I highly recommend donating anything you don’t plan on keeping. Every year, I see so much waste when students move. If you can plan ahead, ask your dorm supervisor to have public receptacles to donate goods. I moved a little over a week ago and wanted to share some of my tips and my experience before everyone moves back into their dorm/apartments.

Before anything…  

Pack a bag with your essentials
This bag of essentials will have all your stuff for your first 2-3 days including bedding, makeup, skincare, and clothes. Using this bag, see what you really need to function on a daily basis. Tackle this first, so if everything else goes absolutely horribly, at least you’re not completely screwed.
Contact your utilities and internet provider
We had a mishap transferring our wifi and it was an absolute disaster. Usually, you can plug in your modem at your new place and contact your internet provider informing them of a change of address. Find out early if you need to have someone come in to physically install anything because you will want to plan for that.
Change your address
If your apartment address is your permanent address, make sure to inform the U.S. Post Office of your change in address, so your mail is forwarded.

While you pack…

Clean out bathroom/toiletries/makeup
You don’t need 5 face washes that are all full. Donate, throw away, or give your half used or lightly loved products. I realized that I had so many moisturizers that I didn’t use because I didn’t’ like the smell or some other arbitrary factor and my mom happily took them back for herself. Also, use this time to clear through your makeup. Reminder: Makeup does go bad. I have so much makeup that is old or just unflattering that I passed on to my friends or threw away.

Donate your clothes and shoes!
Do you see a little dust on the hanger? Get rid of it! I personally love getting rid of clothes (and replacing them with new ones). I recommend looking at the clothes in your closet and getting rid of the ones that don’t fit, look extremely worn, or are out of date. Also, this is a great time to have a clothing swap with your friends, especially for special occasion dresses that you wear rarely. I got rid of so many shoes that are uncomfortable because I will literally never wear them.

Clean out your kitchen
When I moved, I still had non-perishable goods that were pushed to the back of the pantry from my grocery trip with my mom before school started. Keep food if it isn’t expired, but also take a moment to reflect on your grocery shopping habits and the amount of food waste you produce. I realized if some things aren’t kept in front of me, I won’t eat them. Also, sometimes I try to be healthy, but when things taste bad, I just don’t eat them. I really need to stop doing that. Donate all non-expired non-perishable goods to local food banks!

I hope y’all enjoyed our decluttering tips! Regardless of whether you’re moving, make sure to go through all your things to live with less junk! Do y’all have any moving tips? How do you feel about moving?
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Rep Your Major Monday | Special Education

Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.

Rep Your Major Monday | Special Education Learn more about special education as a major over at gold&hearts

Today we have the lovely Faith Dumais who blogs over at Faith’s Girly Life and studies Special Education and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She blogs about her life and has this amazing series called Blogger Interviews.

Rep Your Major Monday | Special Education Learn more about special education as a major over at gold&hearts

What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

I’m a Special Education major. The most typical career path would be to teach students with special needs at a public or private school. However, there’s also opportunity to work with these students in their own home or in a hospital (if the child requires it).
What made you choose your major?
I chose  Special Education because I’ve always wanted to a teacher.In 7th grade, my mom worked as a teachers aid in the Special Education department of the middle school I went to. I spent a lot of time in their classroom and found how much I liked the kids. From there, I decided to pursue Special Education.
What are common misconceptions about your major?
The most common misconception about my field is actually the students themselves. People often think the kids are too difficult to work with- but they can often be the sweetest you’ll ever meet!
What made you confident that your major was right for you?
I’m confident because in December I started consistently babysitting a little boy who has Down Syndrome. I spend so much time with him and I have so much fun. He shows me I made the right decision!
What advice do you have to people who want to go into your field?
My biggest piece of advice is to make sure you have the heart for it before you get in too deep. Special Education isn’t something just anyone can do- & that’s ok. But you want to make sure you’re  the right person to do it.
What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?
 I haven’t taken a ton of classes for my major yet. But I just love learning about different conditions or disorders I may encounter!
Thank you so much, Faith. We’re so happy to have you on the blog. If anyone else wants to be a part of this series, please email us at goldandheartsblog@gmail.com. 
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Rep Your Major Monday | Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies

Rep Your Major Monday - Art and Design Studies gold&heartsEvery Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law.Sarah Rep your Major Monday Interdisciplinary Art and design studies gold&hearts
This week, our focus is on Sara Fry, who is majoring in Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies.
Sara Fry writes about her studies and her everyday life over at sarastrives.com. She likes setting goals for herself and describing her college experiences to her readers, giving them insight on what to do (or not to do) and inspiring them to be better versions of themselves.

What’s your major and potential career paths in that field?

My major is Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies. This basically means that I pick and choose my art classes along with a minor. My minor is in entrepreneurship. This means that I will have several marketing and management classes to go along with my art classes. I am really excited to see where this takes me. I am hoping to end up in some kind of creative business, whether that be blogging, wedding planning, event planning, marketing, or being an artist. I would also love to go back to technical theatre and dabble in costume design like I did in high school.

What made you choose your major?

I originally chose my major because I didn’t want to take a ton of art history! I still have to, but not nearly as much as an art education student (what I was originally). Then I realized that this major would be a great fit for me. I have always been a planner and a little type A. But I am also very creative. This major includes classes that will challenge me and involve planning or project management, but I still get to dabble in what I love and learn to incorporate art and business!

What are common misconceptions about your major?

It’s a fall back major. I won’t say that IADS can’t be a fall back major. Because it definitely can! But, it can be really useful for someone who wants a unique job! It’s an easy program to specialize yourself with.

It’s always fun. Don’t even try to tell me that art majors are always having fun! It is so much work! Most of the time I have at least two projects due a week, fully done and perfectly developed. Sometimes this means very little sleep. We also have to do projects that we don’t like. For example, for the rest of this semester, my drawing class is using pastels. I hate hate hate pastels! They get everywhere. All over your clothes and skin! You even inhale some of it, which can mean rainbow colored snot. Wooo hoo. Sorry for the TMI. There is also a lot of standing involved, on cement floors, for THREE HOURS straight. I’m not saying the classes aren’t fun, but the major is just as challenging as anyone else’s!

What made you confident that your major was right for you?

I am genuinely excited about most of the classes I am going to take!

What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

Be aware that it is a lot of work. It can also be quite the emotional toll. You almost have to learn to remove your emotion from your artwork in order to survive the criticism of your professors and other students. You want their feedback, even if it is hard to hear.

What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

Absolutely Design II! This class is 3-D work only, which is funny, because I never used to like working in 3-D. But this class has allowed me to explore so many different ideas and mediums and just get more comfortable with working with new tools. It is also a class full of amazing students! The way our class clicks is just great. Everyone talks to everyone and we can have very intelligent discussions. Love it so much!!

 

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Rep Your Major Monday | Accounting

Rep Your Major Monday | Accounting Learn about a variety of majors with our new series! gold&hearts

I hope everyone had a great spring break! We are back with an awesome new series. The title is pretty self explanatory. Every Monday, we’ll have people we know (blogger friends and real life friends) talk about their major to help other college students learn about areas of study and possible career paths. We want everyone in college or hoping to go to college to recognize that there’s more at your university than the major your parents want you to succeed in, but a major that you feel comfortable and happy with. We’re picking people who feel passionate about their major and want to show our readers that being miserable in a biology class and other pre-med requirements isn’t the way to live if you want to be learning about our government’s structure and law. This week, our focus is on me, Shaguna, who studies Accounting at the University of Texas.

What made you choose your major?

Living in Texas, I applied to the University of Texas because basically everyone does. I got into the McCombs School of Business and decided on accounting. The integrated Master in Professional Accounting (iMPA) program at the University of Texas has been the best program for years. I loved the professors and professional that came back and spoke. Also, I’m on a tax track as opposed to an audit track.

What are common misconceptions about your major?

There’s this hilarious misconception that you have to be good at math to be successful in accounting. All the math I do is basic arithmetic or done on a calculator or Excel. In accounting, you never do any math that you couldn’t do in third/fourth grade. Also, I promise accountants aren’t lame.

What’s your favorite major class that you’ve taken?

I’m currently taking a tax class which is so interesting. That’s probably the lamest thing I’ve ever said. It truly shows you the thinking behind businesses and everything I learn is 100% applicable in every day life. My professor is really attentive and energetic in the mornings, and it makes my day.

What made you confident that your major was right for you?

Meeting professionals working in tax honestly got me super hyped about working in accounting. The people I met were so cool, and I could see myself hanging out with them on a normal basis. I recommend meeting professionals in your field to really learn about what you want to do because they will be the people you’re working with for the rest of your life.

What advice do you have to people who want to study your major?

Nobody grows up saying “I want to be an accountant!!!” and that’s perfectly alright. Accounting isn’t sitting in a cubicle working alone on a bunch of spreadsheets. Most of what you do is problem solving; if that interests you, then accounting is perfect for you! Also, with accounting, you can work in whatever industry you want! I have friends that go and work for retail, entertainment, and professional services. Also, accounting gives you a lot of autonomy to start your own professional services company in the future.

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How To | Network for College Students

Kaylee and I can’t believe we are over half way through our college careers. As a business school student, we get told to network from the second we set foot on campus. Networking is one of those things people always talk about but don’t really break it down. We wanted to demystify some of that for y’all.

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What is networking?

Networking isn’t always being forced to make awkward small talk with stuffy old recruiters. Networking can be going out to dinner with your friends or someone new. That random guy your friend brings a lot to dinner might the person interviewing you in a few years. You never know! Networking is actually a part of everything you do. Going to class, meeting a guy at a bar, and helping someone at the grocery store is all grocery.

Who is in your network?

Everyone is in your network. Every person you could of possibly think of is in your network. I mean this genuinely. Think of your core group. Think of your immediate family and what they do. Then, expand this group to your larger extended family and what they do. Then, think of your friends and their parents. If you can on zooming back, without doing any “networking” you already have a network. Over your college career, you’ll meet professors, peers, speakers, and professionals that will all be a part of your network.

Why is your network important?

Over your lifetime, you’re going to meet many amazing people. People genuinely want to help other people that they like. Creating your network is basically building a foundation for your dreams. It’s much easier and faster to walk with a tailwind instead of a headwind. Your network will help you now and in the future, so choose the people you surround yourself by well!

How do you grow your network?

Go out and meet people! Yes that’s really it. Take advantage of networking opportunities and career fairs held at your college or university. Even as a freshman, go and meet people, and maybe your junior year, you can take advantage of those connections to find an internship or job! You shouldn’t be scared. Take a friend and go meet recruiters. Honestly, they just want to get to know you so let your personality shine.

What are your top networking tips? Where has networking gotten you in the world?
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College | Use Your Syllabus to Get a 4.0


The semester has started! Unfortunately, I already feel extremely far behind in all my classes. Recruiting for a public accounting internship combined with a hard semester and recruitment for my business fraternity, my schedule is packed and planned down to the second. It’s really easy to let the small assignments and tasks slip through the cracks. This is what I use (and have used in the past semesters) to stay on top of everything and do well in my classes!
How to use your syllabus to get a 4.0! | gold&hearts
People tend to not believe this, but if you actually read your syllabus thoroughly, your professor will tell you exactly what to do to get an A in the class. Obviously, this isn’t some magical key ? to success or shortcut. It entails hard work and organization. This will give you everything you need (besides actually doing all your work for you) to do the best you can in your classes. Honestly, all of these are pretty obvious. I’m not reinventing the wheel here, but sometimes hearing these things over and over again will help it stick.

Keep it visible.

Keep your syllabus in plain sight at all times. You should see them everyday! I recommend putting them in above your desk or in your planner for easy access. A great way to do this is to save it on your phone. Open up your syllabus on your phone and save it to the iBooks app! You never use the app, you can’t delete it, so you might as well use it!

Put all your dates in your calendar.

This seems super self-explanatory, but I put all my assignments, tests, and events into my calendar. I use a method similar to Kayla’s. Each one of my classes has a separate calendar. If you aren’t about Google Calendar, I highly recommend this planner if you have changing (work or meeting) schedules or this one if you’re a big to do list person like I am!
Google Calendar 2 goldandhearts how to get a 4.0For each class, I have relevant readings for the day and every deliverable (thing you have to turn in or do before class for a grade) and test also gets its own event. Also, put in all office hours with the location and email of the professor and/or TA. This is super useful as a quick reference tool as well. From that, I make two master calendars: one with my assignments and one with a general overview.

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I combine all my classes, meetings, and tests into the overview calendar which is really good to share with your parents/friends/roommates. If you’re on your phone, laptop, or iPad, you can easily access your calendar and all of your assignments. If you’re out and about, then you can easily have your work available.

Listen to your professor!

When your professors tell you that you can’t study the night before, you should listen to them; it’s an instruction, not a challenge! If you work week by week, you’ll feel less stressed and make sure you truly understand the basics before getting into the hard material. Depending on how difficult the concepts are, start studying a week or two in advance. That way, by the time test week comes around, you’re just reviewing what you already know and can spend more time on the tough stuff. Ask questions if you’re not sure of what’s covered on the test because someone else is more than likely thinking the same thing.

Did we miss anything? How do you use your syllabus? What are you tips to do well this semester?

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