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It’s time to party – study party, that is.


We’re in week 6 of the semester. Here’s a list of tips to make the semester go by more smoothly. Remember, if you have any additional tips, share them using #UICTIPS.


Yes, at this point in the semester, you should be having a lot of parties to attend. No, not those types of parties – the parties that I’m talking about are called study parties. At this point of the semester, you should have an idea of what classes you need help with, some of the people that you have a class with, and the topics you need to know in order to succeed in the class. With all of that knowledge, you have everything you need to start a study party. Use study parties to have someone to help you maintain the information that you learned in class and possibly provide a new perspective/technique that will make learning easier. Study parties not only help you with that one class for the semester, but they also help create connections for future classes and friendships down the line. If you choose to be a part of a study group, don’t be a moocher. A study party moocher is best defined as someone who only joins the group to seek answers from others. Contribute to the group findings and actively participate for the best results.



By now, you should know your class schedule, how much time should be allocated to doing homework for each class and other personal tasks (i.e., work). Creating a weekly schedule to help manage your time is something that may seem like a chore at first, but it will prove to be beneficial in the long run. In your weekly schedule, list your class time, work schedule, homework time for each individual class and personal time. Many times when creating a schedule we forget to put in time for ourselves. Allocating time to ourselves can be a great way to relax and declutter our mind, which will essentially help us to work more effectively on other task.



Sorry to quote the rival, Aaron Rodgers, but sometimes we need to relax. There’s not a lot of positive things that can happen when we are under constant pressure and stress. Our mind is like a computer, when too many things are running at the same time, our mind freezes or just shuts down completely. We start to make the simplest task more complex, we can’t see how to adapt to our surroundings and we can no longer work effectively. Every now and then, take a step back from all of your work and find your happy place. When you find that relaxing activity that eases your mind, it’s sort of like using the task manager or your computer to help it run smoothly again.


Christian GrayChristian Gray is a senior majoring in marketing with a focus in promotion and communications and a minor in economics. He is president of the Student Activities Board. When he’s not planning events or doing schoolwork, you’ll catch him watching something sports related (#KOBE) or vibing out to music. His career goal growing up was to be Batman. He won’t tell you if he was successful on that mission, but let’s be real ­– have you ever seen him and Batman in the same place before?

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