RCTC Student Beehive – May 8, 2019

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Last Day of Classes:  May 15, 2019; Commencement Ceremony:  May 16, 2019

Student Communication Preference Survey – Your Input is Requested and Valued!
“Power and Subservience: An Exploration and Critique of the Representations of Women in Theatre”
Finals Study Tips
Destination Graduation
UPCOMING EVENTS



STUDENT COMMUNICATION PREFERENCE SURVEY – YOUR INPUT IS REQUESTED AND VALUED!
As part of an RCTC class assignment, we are looking for input on the best ways to communicate important college information, activities and events to the students.  We have designed a survey to collect this information.  Would you be willing to take a minute to fill out the survey below?  There are only 4 brief questions. Our goal is to improve on the current internal communication to students.

Start the survey here.

We need to complete this before the end of the semester so please complete the survey by Friday, May 10.

Thank you in advance for your input!

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POWER AND SUBSERVIENCE: AN EXPLORATION AND CRITIQUE OF THE REPRESENTATIONS OF WOMEN IN THEATRE
Reba Landers will be visiting RCTC on Wednesday, May 8 from 10:00am-10:50am in the Hill Theatre to discuss her experience of how women are portrayed on stage.  Reba Landers is a Twin Cities-based theatre creator originally from Grand Meadow, Minnesota. She earned her associate degree from RCTC in 2017 and will earn her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts: Performance Creation from the University of Minnesota this spring. She has acted and directed with University of Minnesota Theatre Arts, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Open Stage, Animal Engine, and Dark & Stormy Productions, among others. She will begin working toward a master’s degree in Arts Education this summer.

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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 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. For more terrific tips on taking tests, go to: www.studygs.net/tstprp1.htm

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DESTINATION GRADUATION
Plan to Celebrate with the 2018-2019 Graduation Candidates on May 16!

The evening is a milestone in the lives of your fellow students who will be graduating.  Please join them in celebrating their achievements at the RCTC Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 16 at 6:00pm in the Field House at the Regional Sports Center. 

Detailed information will be sent next week and can also be found on our website.

Thanks for choosing RCTC!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, May 8

  • POWER AND SUBSERVIENCE: AN EXPLORATION AND CRITIQUE OF THE REPRESENTATIONS OF WOMEN IN THEATRE, Hill Theatre, 10:00am-10:50am Reba Landers is a Twin Cities-based theatre creator originally from Grand Meadow, Minnesota. She earned her associate degree from RCTC in 2017 and will earn her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts: Performance Creation from the University of Minnesota this spring. She has acted and directed with University of Minnesota Theatre Arts, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Open Stage, Animal Engine, and Dark & Stormy Productions, among others. She will begin working toward a master’s degree in Arts Education this summer.“I became frustrated very quickly in my acting career with the two-dimensional female roles available for women actors in professional theatre, and I made it my goal to understand this problem in its entirety. This talk is an exploration and critique of the representations of women in theatre. How we see women portrayed on stage, what consequences these representations have, and how we came to represent women on stage the way we do are all topics discussed, with the goal of understanding that women can, and should, be portrayed as three-dimensional, interesting characters on stage.”

Thursday, May 9

  • Softball vs. Minnesota West, AWAY, 3:00pm

Monday, May 13

  • Stress Relief Week, Atrium

Tuesday, May 14

  • Stress Relief Week, Atrium

Wednesday, May 15

  • Stress Relief Week, Atrium
  • Last Day of Classes!

Thursday, May 16

  • Commencement, Regional Sports Center, 6:00pm

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