RCTC Student Beehive – May 5, 2021

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

The Buzz: Student Health Services Information
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Studying for Finals
Commencement 2021

Check out this month’s The Buzz, RCTC Student Health Services monthly newsletter.  It has tips for staying well and safe this summer.  Check it out today!

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Minnesota Housing is pleased to announce that RentHelpMN is now open and accepting applications. RentHelpMN makes it possible for eligible renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that RentHelpMN is in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

To apply for RentHelpMN, please visit renthelpmn.org or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Visit renthelpmn.org to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements and to apply.

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The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

Students who received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year are eligible for this program.  

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

The FCC has announced that consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12, 2021. For more information on how to apply click here. The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.

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Ideally you should have been reviewing your notes every night after classes throughout the entire semester, in preparation for finals. BUT LET’S FACE IT… not everyone has been preparing over the past several months for these last few weeks.

Here are some tips offered which are fairly simple to follow and 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, be sure to 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. Be sure to search for the multitudes of study resources found on the internet and YouTube to find the method that works best for you.  Happy Studying!!!

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JOIN THE CELEBRATION: We will be hosting 3 Commencement events on May 13 at the following times:

  • Commencement #1:  5:30pm including the following pathways:
    • Accounting, Business and Office Administration
    • Agriculture Science and Natural Resources
    • Behavior, Education and Personal Services
    • Communication, Fine Arts and Audio-Visual Technology
    • Construction, Technology and Transportation
    • Law Enforcement and Public Safety
    • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Commencement #2:  6:30pm including the following pathway:
    • Health and Healthcare Support Services
  • Commencement #3:  7:30pm including the following pathway:
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences

If you’re unsure which pathway your program falls under, please visit our academic pathways and programs webpage. You will be able to find all of these ceremonies on our graduation website on May 13.  Can’t make it on May 13?  The videos from these ceremonies will be available to you after the events as well.  Hope you’ll join us on the 13th!

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Free Concert: RCTC World Drum Ensemble and RCTC Choir Ensemble, 7:00pm, Hill Theatre
    Free Concert featuring the RCTC World Drum Ensemble and Choir Ensemble. May 6 at 7pm in Hill Theatre. Free Admission. Seating will begin at 6:30pm. Masks and social distancing required in auditorium. All attendees must complete a very brief Covid screening form at entrance. If you’ve already completed the daily “green screen” assessment, have your phone ready to show at the entrance. Enter and exit through the East Hall doors. Security will allow use of this entrance for the concert. any questions, phone the box office at 507-285-7200. Concert is short and will run about 45-60 minutes. Grab n go snacks available after the concert. 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • Spring Semester Ends – HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Thursday, May 13, 2021

  • Navigating FAQs, St. Mary’s University Rochester, 11:00am
    There are a lot of questions to consider when thinking about completing your bachelor’s degree. We have an upcoming virtual information series to help you get those questions answered. Join us to learn more about the programs and visit with our Admission staff.Register for our virtual information sessions. https://smumn.secure.force.com/events/targetX_eventsb__events#/esr?eid=a0R4T000000hR7yUAE
  • Commencement, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
    We’re having a virtual commencement this year. Click the link and join the festivities. Visit our Commencement website for more information.

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