RCTC Student Beehive – May 6, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 changes, the Beehive is one tool that will be used to relay important information to you as it becomes available. It’s likely that it will no longer be a Wednesday publication but rather we will send it out as is necessary to keep you updated. Please be sure to take advantage of The Hive (this blog). It has loads of information in addition to the Beehive!

Check out the following links for important resources that are available to you:

Graduation 2020
Studying for Finals
Yellowjacket Check-in
RCTC Designated “LeadMN Hunger-Free” Campus
RCTC Virtual Learning Center is Open
Spring Online Book Buyback

Plan to Celebrate with the 2019-2020 Graduation Candidates the week of May 18!

Along with all of the changes that COVID-19 has caused this year, our on-site Commencement ceremony had to be cancelled.  But COVID did NOT have the last voice!  We have a Social Media blast planned to recognize and celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments.  Here’s the schedule:

The week of May 11th, faculty and staff will be posting to Social Media their well wishes to the graduates.  Feel free to join in, retweet and comment on those posts.

The very next week, we will be posting a couple of video greetings, followed by posts by the graduates themselves. Again, this will be a great time to join in, retweet and comment on the graduate posts.

These weeks will be a special reminder of how much our graduates have accomplished and how proud the faculty and staff of RCTC are, of our very special graduates!

Please plan to join in the celebration during these two weeks and let our grads know that you’re in their corner!

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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.

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RCTC is proud to announce it is one of 12 Minnesota State Community and Technical Colleges recently recognized for its work to reduce food insecurity on campus. Colleges are continuing to make efforts to address hunger amongst college students with the passage of the Hunger Free Campus Act which the Minnesota legislature passed in 2019. A Hunger Free Campus is a Minnesota State community and/or technical college that is actively taking strides to reduce food insecurity amongst students. In order to be awarded the designation, a campus must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Have a food pantry, partnership with a food bank, or some type of food distribution system on campus available to students.
  • Have a designated staff person on campus to educate students on SNAP and other public services aimed to reduce food insecurity.
  • Provide emergency funds to assist students who may be experiencing basic needs insecurity.
  • Have a taskforce dedicated to addressing food insecurity concerns
  • Host or participate in at least one hunger awareness event each year.
On April 24th, 2020 LeadMN, the statewide student association, named 12 Minnesota State community and technical colleges as Hunger Free Campuses including:
  1. Dakota County Technical College
  2. Hennepin Technical College
  3. Itasca Community College
  4. Lake Superior College
  5. Mesabi Range College
  6. Minnesota State Community Technical College
  7. Minneapolis College
  8. Minnesota State Community Technical College Southeast – Winona
  9. Normandale Community College
  10. Pine Technical College
  11. Rainy River College
  12. Rochester Community and Technical College​​
These Minnesota State Community and Technical Colleges join the first colleges that earned the designation in January 2020. The first four colleges were Anoka Technical College, Central Lakes College, Inver Hills Community College, and South Central College. Combined the 16 colleges have served over 6,596 students through the campus pantries, recorded over 24,138 visits to their pantries, and distributed over 61,600 pounds of food to students. Additionally, the colleges have distributed emergency assistance funding to 260 students, conducted SNAP outreach to over 381 students, and identified 15 community partnerships formed to meet student basic needs. These numbers are per academic year and all information is strictly from self-reported campus data.

 “No student can succeed in the classroom if they can’t get food or shelter outside the classroom,” said Oballa Oballa, President of LeadMN. “If Minnesota wants to meet the state workforce demands we need to help meet the basic needs of college students so they can focus on the classroom.” The largest survey of college and university students in Minnesota found that 37% of respondents were food insecure in the previous 90 days and 48% were housing insecure in the previous year.

For more information about RCTC’s Hunger Free Campus, contact Rebecca Peine, RCTC Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, at rebecca.peine@rctc.edu or 507-285-7195.

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The RCTC Learning Center is available to help students with reading/writing​, math, and science.  Students can visit their website (https://www.rctc.edu/services/learningcenter/) to make an appointment for virtual tutoring sessions, or visit a drop-in session.  Remember: the Learning Center is not open on campus, but staff are ready to assist via zoom, email, or other method.  Don’t hesitate to reach out if you ever have any questions.

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