Student Beehive – December 9

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Studying for Finals
Receive Your Tax Forms Electronically
Ugly Sweater Contest
3rd Annual Bookstore Balloon Sale

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 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:

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Students may sign up to receive their student employee W-2 Wage and Tax Statements electronically rather than by U. S. mail. To sign up, simply access your Student e-Services account and click on the Action Item announcing electronic tax forms or go to the My Profile link in the upper right hand corner of the dashboard page and click on the link to Opt In/Opt Out agreements. Students that signed up for electronic delivery during a previous tax year will automatically receive their 2015 W-2 electronically. The electronic forms will be posted in January prior to printing the paper W-2 forms. If you are a student worker you can reprint your W-2 forms if you sign up for electronic tax forms.

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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The third annual Ugly Sweater Contest will take place on Tuesday, December 15, in the Atrium.
The festivities being at 9 a.m., when people can stop in the Atrium until 11 a.m. to have their photos taken for the contest.
Even if you don’t have a sweater, no worries! Student Life will be ready to take your photo to place on a festive background. There will be elf and Santa hats, as well as a cutout tree available for your photo opps.

Voting begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Atrium and online at the RCTC Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram account. Winners will be announced at 1 p.m. There will be a student winner and a staff winner* announced. Student winners receive a bag of RCTC goodies and candy, and staff will get bragging rights.

Get your sweater ready!


  • 9-11 a.m.: Pose with your ugly sweater in the Atrium for an entry in the contest
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: VOTE in the Atrium and online
  • 1 p.m.: Winners announced!

*No repeat sweaters from previous years may be entered!

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The 3rd Annual RCTC Bookstore Balloon Sale!
Save 20 50% on all RCTC and WSU-Rochester clothing and novelties.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 only!*

  • Select your favorite campus fashions & novelties at the RCTC Bookstore
  • Pick from balloons loaded with discounts from 20 50% off your entire purchase
  • Bring your balloon and your items to the register and discover your savings

*One balloon per customer. Savings good on RCTC and WSU-Rochester clothing & novelties. Discount will be applied to your entire purchase. RCTC Bookstore staff must pop your balloon at the register to receive your discount. No other discounts apply. No other merchandise may be added once the balloon is popped. Savings valid on December 9, 2015 only. Sale excludes textbooks, supplies, candy, beverages, stamps, and greeting cards.

Revenue generated from the RCTC Bookstore, an RCTC Auxilliary account, supports Student Life activities, Scholarships and student help dollars.

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