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UA students share how they prepare for spring semester

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Rebecca Noble | The Daily Wildcat

Tutor Alberto Carazo Diaz (left) looks on as fellow tutor Jared Irwin (right) tries to work out a step-by-step method to solve a calculus II problem at the Think Tank in Bear Down Gym on Monday, July 18, 2016. There are five Think Tank locations throughout campus in Bear Down Gym, Park Student Union, Student Rec Center, Manzanita-Mohave Hall and Coronado Hall.

Welcome back to another semester at UA, Wildcats. Winter break has finally reached its end and the time to prepare for the spring semester has arrived.

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Configuring schedules, buying textbooks, organizing binders and reading class syllabi may make college students miss the days of buying crayons and colored pencils for class preparation. Whether a student takes 12 units or 20, they can prepare for class in different ways.

“I usually prepare myself mentally by looking over my schedule and the syllabus for each class before classes start. That way, I can more or less expect the rhythm of the semester and coordinate myself accordingly,” said care, heath and society junior Lisbeth Campos.

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Students who find themselves feeling anxious or stressed about the amount of work they have ahead might try a new approach on how they balance their schedules. When it comes to balancing schedules, Oren Rahat, a psychology sophomore, said multitasking doesn't work for him.

"I need to be at one place at a time and so does my mind. So I plan to focus on doing only one thing at a time, until it’s done to its full potential,” Rahat said.

Whether a student completes one assignment at a time or works on three simultaneously, the same amount of work will need to be completed by the end of the day. To prepare for the semester ahead, some students are working on staying organized and communicating with their professors.

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“I am getting my binders and notebooks ready," said Jessica Ferreira, a bilingual elementary school education junior. "I’m printing out the syllabus for all of my classes and putting important dates in my planner. I am also emailing teachers with any conflicts I could encounter."

As the 2017 spring semester continues, UA students can try to find a technique that works best for them to make studying for upcoming exams easier. With every new semester comes new challenges, classes and assignments.


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