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Issue 9 | Volume 3| May 2014
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Get a Jump on Fall Accommodations
Have you scheduled your classes for Fall Semester 2014 yet? If so, you can get your accommodations set up for classes early! If you are certain about your classes for this upcoming Fall or even Summer classes, don't wait until the last minute. Avoid the first week rush and set up your accommodations now!

Come on into the AES office and meet with one of our experienced counselors to set up your accommodations or schedule your tests for the semester. We look forward to speaking with you!
Seize the Summer!!

Stay on track for summer graduation with University College!!
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Take 25% Off Every Undergraduate Course

Let IU help you reach your goals. By taking summer, you will save money, graduate on time (or early!), and have an extra incentive to explore new classes. So, get ready to break out the shorts, flip-flops, and laptops and let the learning and saving begin.

  • Save money. Students who take a full course load this summer will save from $700 to $900. And less spent means more money in your pocket.
  • Graduate on time, or early. Taking summer gives you a leg up in your program, and can mean the difference between graduating in three and a half to four years, instead of five or six.
  • Study close to home. Summer often means leaving to go home to work or hang with friends and family. Why not fit in a class? Lucky for you, IU has campuses all across the state. There’s bound to be one near you.
  • Explore your options. With such a deep discount, why not try that course you’ve always wanted to take? College is about taking risks and finding out about yourself, after all.

The amount of your summer discount depends on your status as a student. Indiana resident undergraduates receive a 25% discount on summer; non-resident undergraduates will receive a dollar discount in their tuition equal to the 25% discount that in-state students receive.

We are serious about savings. Students can use the summer tuition discount on every single undergraduate course available at all IU campuses, except IU Bloomington. Summer tuition discount includes. Check out the 2014 Summer Schedule of Classes for the full list of offerings

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Finals Survival Kit


We realize that finals have just begun. Many of you have already made preparations to take your exams either with us or in class. As you get mentally ready to fill in scantrons and construct essays, we just want to provide you with a few tips to make sure you're more equipped for this semester's finals than you've ever been.

Keep Calm

Schedule your tests early!

Remember there are several factors you need to take into account when scheduling your tests for Finals Week. For instance:
  • We have a 48 Hour Advanced Notice policy, which means you must give us two business days’ notice before your test is to be proctored when scheduling an exam. So if you schedule a test on Friday, it won't be entered for Monday.
  • Window Tests must be scheduled Monday- Thursday before 5 pm and Fridays before 3 pm. No window exams will be scheduled for a weekend. Only departmental finals will be proctored on Saturday and Sunday during Finals.
  • Take advantage of convenient options! You can schedule in person, online through our website or immediately after your last exam over in the lab. If you know when you’re test is, there’s no excuse to wait until the last minute to schedule it.

Here are a few more helpful hints in how to mentally prepare for finals week:

1. Don’t psych yourself out
You can destroy your confidence early by putting too much pressure on yourself. Before you take finals as a life or death scenario, check to see what the final is worth in each course. Remember, it is only one component of your final grade. If it is worth 20% or less, you probably won't be able to bring your final grade up or down by more than one grade level (e.g., B to B+), unless you perform substantially better or worse than you have on previous exams and assignments throughout the semester.

2. Don’t take it too lightly
Although the last statement was true, you should still try to do as well on the final as you possibly can. ¬†Sometimes the final is a big part of your final grade (30% or more), which is likely to make a huge difference in your final average. Don’t go in with the mentality of “I only need 70% to pass). Aim for the best possible score for the best possible result.

3. Don’t forget about “ME” time.
This is NOT the time to stop exercising or doing other things that you find enjoyable. Pace yourself! You will study more effectively if you spread things out and take breaks. But keep everything in moderation, find a healthy balance. 15 minutes of studying followed by a two-hour break to play a video game is not smart time management.

4. Study effectively.
If you want to retain what you’ve studied, cramming won’t work. The key to effective retention is repetition, not overloading your brain (it can only absorb so much in an hour).

5. Get enough sleep.
You will do better if you are rested, and cramming often leads to a superficial and confused knowledge of the material you have studied. There is a reason why sleep deprivation is used as torture. Failure to follow #4 and 5 can lead to writing nonsense on exams. Teachers often fall off their chairs laughing at some of the silly statements that appear on finals.

6. Resist the urge to party on "off" days.
Instead, if you have a break in your exam schedule, use it to get a head start on the exams coming up. REMEMBER: if you party, you will need to recover! Recovering during an exam or test would definitely not be the best idea.

7. Arrive on time for the exam.
Be especially careful about setting your alarm the night before. Save yourself the anxiety and embarrassment of arriving late. Needless to say, you may also need every minute of the exam period to finish the exam.

8. Don’t worry about others finishing earlier than you.
This could mean ANYTHING. It often means these students have written a mediocre or poor exam. Take the time YOU need.

10. When the exam is over, let it go!
Forget it! Move on to the next one, or go enjoy the break! If you do have major concerns, make an appointment to see your professor at a mutually convenient time

 
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