RCTC Student Beehive – December 11, 2019

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Book Buy Back Starting December 16
Studying for Finals
Receive Your Tax Forms Electronically
Room Numbers Changing in January
Student Success Day – January 30, 2020
UPCOMING EVENTS



BOOK BUY BACK STARTING DECEMBER 16
RCTC’s Textbook Sell Back and Rental Check in will be coming in December.

  • Monday, December 16, 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Tuesday, December 17, 8:00am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 18, 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Thursday, December 19, 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Friday, December 20, 8:00am-4:30pm

Last day to return rental books is: Friday, December 20, 2019 by 4:30pm

Student ID Required!

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STUDYING FOR FINALS
Ideally you should have been reviewing your notes every night after classes throughout the entire semester in preparation for finals. BUT LETS FACE IT?not everyone has been preparing over the past several months for these last few weeks. Here are some tips offered which are easy to understand.

  1. Time management and scheduling is important during this time crunch. Use a time calendar or planner. It’s a good idea to write down the finals schedule on a calendar along with the times that you will study.
  2. Don’t confuse reviewing with cramming. The results of cramming are usually what one expects – failure.
  3. Get a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast. Get at least seven hours of sleep. Try to stay away from acidic or greasy foods.
  4. Remember that it is OK and natural to feel some concern and anxiety over tests. This will help you focus on the task that lies ahead.
  5. To help prepare for the test, make sure you have an attitude of confidence as you go into the test. Visualization is a good strategy before the testing date. Imagining doing well on the test is a very effective way to boost self-esteem and confidence before the test.
  6. Arrive at the classroom about five minutes prior to the testing time. Be sure not to arrive too early because this could cause test anxiety.
  7. When beginning the test, look over the entire test and answer the easier questions first. Also weigh the questions. Do the ones that are worth more points first to help boost your grade. If doing an essay, try to make an outline.
  8. Look for key words throughout the test.
  9. Change the answers only if you are sure they are wrong.

Immediate Preparation:

  • Step One: At least three days before the exam, take about an hour (no more!) simply to read over your notes from the class sessions. At this point, do not try to study “intensely” (e.g., by trying to memorize things); JUST READ THEM THROUGH. Then do a read-through of the notes you have taken on your readings or of the sections you have highlighted. If you find yourself very confused, consult with your instructor–that’s what office hours are for!
  • Step Two: At least two full days before the exam, go back over your lecture notes. This time, go through them slowly, taking a few hours if necessary. Use a highlighter to mark important points (definitions, key events, etc.) and use a separate sheet of paper to jot down (1) central themes/ideas; and (2) areas where you are weak and will need extra “drilling.” Then go over the summaries (or highlighted sections) of your readings again, marking central themes and weak points on that separate sheet, which has become your “master outline.” If your instructor has given you specific study questions or the exact exam questions, focus your review on these questions, and end the session by writing an outline of answers you?d give to them.
  • Step Three: On the night before the exam (or the morning of, if the exam isn’t too early in the day and you have a block of time available), review the “master outline” sheet with central ideas and weak points. Spend extra time on the weak areas if you need to. If you have specific study questions or the exact exam questions, write out your answers as a kind of “dry run.” Then compare your answers with your notes. Spend extra time on the weak areas if you need to. This method of studying (or any similar multi-step method) is much more effective than “pulling an all-nighter” before the exam. It doesn’t take more time; it may even take less. It is also healthier, because a good night’s sleep before an exam is important.

Ultimately, every student must find his or her own way of preparing for different types of examinations. For more terrific tips on taking tests, go to: www.studygs.net/tstprp1.htm

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RECEIVE YOUR TAX FORMS ELECTRONICALLY
You can now receive your 2019 W-2 and 1098-T tax forms electronically, rather than receiving a paper copy by U. S. mail.

To sign up, go to your eServices site (e-Services Account) on the RCTC website and locate the ?consent? information on your new student dashboard. If you do not provide your consent, you will receive a paper copy in the U. S. mail, and an electronic copy will not be available to you.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Quicker access to year-end tax forms
  • Reduce printing and mailing costs
  • Environmentally friendly

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 507.280.2953 or the Cashier’s Office at 507.285.7311.

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ROOM NUMBERS ARE CHANGING IN JANUARY
When you return from winter break, many of you will notice that some of your classes have room numbers which are different than usual. These numbers, which begin with M14 or M24, are correct are correspond to the newly renovated rooms in Endicott Hall and the New Memorial Hall (Plaza and old Memorial Halls will be taken off line in a few weeks and demolished yet this winter).

  • Rooms M1405, M1406, M1408, M1409, M1410, and M1411 are on the first floor of Endicott Hall
  • Rooms M2405, M2406, M2408, M2409, M2410, M2411, and M2414 are on the second floor of Endicott Hall
  • Room M2400 is in the New Memorial Hall (new building addition).

Maps will be posted to help you navigate the new and renovated spaces when you return. For safety reasons, due to on-going construction in that area, no students or unauthorized personnel are currently allowed into those spaces.

We look forward to welcoming you into these new learning spaces in January.

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STUDENT SUCCESS DAY – JANUARY 30, 2020
Student Success Day (SSD) is an opportunity to connect with friends, faculty and staff while attending sessions designed to help you succeed at RCTC and beyond!

We are very excited to announce our keynote session: Resilience as a Mindset and Daily Practice with Dr. Saby Labor.

Resilience is a resource that we build, strengthen, and refill consistently. In this session, participants will learn about five dimensions of the resilience mindset and simple strategies to strengthen it daily. Together, we will visualize our resilience reservoirs to seamlessly carry our resilience practices forward. We will conclude our session by reflecting on our current state of resilience and setting intentions to direct our time and energy.

For more information on Student Success Day, CLICK HERE!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, December 12

  • Video Game Madness, 11:00am-12:00pm, Heintz Center Commons
    Video game madness was such a hit during homecoming week we are bringing?it back for our “End of Semester Celebration!”
  • Laughter Yoga, 12:00pm-1:00pm, HS136
    Learn to laugh together and use your breath to be more fully present in your daily life.

Friday, December 13

  • RCTC Christmas Concert, 7:00pm, Hill Theatre
    You are cordially invited to join us for an evening of music, food, and fun! With music both sacred and secular, this family friendly concert has something for everyone?including a visit from the jolly old man himself, Santa! Build-your-own ice cream sundaes, cookies and beverages served in the upstairs dining room during intermission. Tickets on sale November 25. CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASEALL SEATS RESERVED. $6.00? Adults, $4.00? Sr. Citizens 65 and over /? Children 12 and under / Non-RCTC students. RCTC Students get in free with a valid student ID. Phone 507-285-7200 for reservations and more information.
  • Men’s Basketball vs. Northland, 7:30pm, Away

Saturday, December 14

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Itasca, 3:00pm, Away
  • RCTC Christmas Concert, 7:00pm, Hill Theatre
    You are cordially invited to join us for an evening of music, food, and fun! With music both sacred and secular, this family friendly concert has something for everyone?including a visit from the jolly old man himself, Santa! Build-your-own ice cream sundaes, cookies and beverages served in the upstairs dining room during intermission. Tickets on sale November 25. CASH OR CHECK ONLY PLEASEALL SEATS RESERVED. $6.00? Adults, $4.00? Sr. Citizens 65 and over /? Children 12 and under / Non-RCTC students. RCTC Students get in free with a valid student ID. Phone 507-285-7200 for reservations and more information.

Intramurals information can be found on the Yellowjackets Athletics website for RCTC.


Events Coming this Semester

December 19 Holiday Music by RCTC Jazz Ensemble
December 20 Last Day of Classes
December 23-January 12 Winter Break – NO CLASSES
Men’s Basketball, and Wrestling competitions either at home or away every week
Intramural Sports every week
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