Monday, December 8, 2014

The Best Way to Study for Finals



1. Say NO to cramming: Study in intervals! Studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between is more beneficial than cramming. Distributing learning over time typically benefits long-term retention more than a short period.

2. Say YES to cardio: Science says that just 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Whether your dancing, jogging or busting a sweat by walking, exercise will increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress. Very important!

3. Eat super foods/antioxidants: Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. Research suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best (oatmeal is more fulfilling than cereal). But what you eat a week in advance matters, too. When 16 college students were tested on attention and thinking speed, then fed a five-day high-fat, low-carb diet heavy on meat, eggs, cheese and cream and tested again, their performance declined. The students who ate a balanced diet that included fruit and vegetables, however, held steady, says Cameron Holloway, a senior clinical researcher at the University of Oxford. When you study, your brain consumes glucose, so take a five-minute break every hour to let your body produce more fuel for your studying. Eating a healthy snack is very beneficial and can make a significant difference (almonds, fruit, and yogurt are good choices).

4. Alternate study spots: Shake up your finals routine! Spending all night in the library can be draining. According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. In an experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms — one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard — did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Why? Supposedly, the brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time. Try alternating your study spots between the library, a study room, and a quiet coffee house.

5. Time management: Cramming causes anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you will be able to study each subject in its entirety and ultimately boost your test performance.

6. Avoid the all-nighter: Almost every college student pulls an all-nighter, but it is a bad idea. Based on a 2008 study by Pamela Thacher, Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Lawrence University, all-nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as four days. As a result, you will receive lower grades. But that’s not all; you would then be forced to wake up earlier than expected–and that’s bad too. According to Dan Taylor, director of a sleep-and-health-research lab at the University of North Texas, this will interfere with rapid-eye movement (REM), which aids memory. So, get a good night’s sleep and expect to perform better on tests. (Quick tip: Review the toughest material right before going to bed the night before the test. It makes it easier to recall the material later, adds Taylor!)

7. MINIMIZE distractions: Research shows that while many teens prefer to study while listening to music, texting friends, or watching television, they are less likely to retain information that way. If you must listen to music, stick to instrumental music and consider downloading these study tools to keep you focused!

8. MAXIMIZE practice testing: You may have thought highlighting; re-reading and summation would be effective ways to study. Think again! A 2013 study, Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques, found that these techniques do not consistently boost students’ performance. Practice testing through the use of flashcards, or taking practice exams was observed to be a highly effective studying technique.





Source: http://blog.suny.edu/2013/12/scientifically-the-best-ways-to-prepare-for-final-exams/

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Apartment Check-Out Procedure

Check-out Information: University Apartments
North Dakota State University – Department of Residence Life

PRIOR TO CHECK-OUT
         Make a check-out appointment with your Complex Manager at least five days prior to vacating your apartment.  All roommates must be present during check-out.
         Make sure your account at the NDSU Bison Connection is up-to-date; this should include the current month’s rent.
         Change your address using Campus Connection.
         File a “change of address” card at the Post Office to ensure the prompt forwarding of your mail. (UV and Bison Court only)
         Contact NDSU Telecommunications (701.231.8401) to discontinue telephone service (if applicable).
         Contact Xcel Energy (1.800.895.4999) to inform them of the date you would like to have your service terminated or to transfer the account into your roommate’s name. (UV only)
         Discontinue all deliveries to your apartment (i.e. newspapers, magazines, cable television, etc.)

RENT
Rent will be billed up to and including the day you check-out, provided the required 60-day notice has been given.  When vacating, you must provide the Department of Residence Life with a written notice of intent to vacate sixty (60) days in advance.  Failure to provide proper notice will result in one of the following breach of agreement fees:
·         Licensees that are short 10 days or less of the required 60 day notice will be assessed rent through the end of the 60 day period.
·         Licensees that are short between 11 and 30 days of the required 60 day notice will be assessed a $250 fee.
·         Licensees that are short between 31 and 60 days of the required 60 day notice will be assessed a $500 fee.

APARTMENT CHECK-OUT APPOINTMENT
You must contact your Complex Manager to set up a check-out appointment at least five days prior to vacating.  Failure to do so will result in a $50 improper check-out fee.  Check-outs may be completed daily from 8:30am to 6:00pm. During the apartment inspection your Complex Manager will compare the current condition of the apartment with the condition listed on the Inventory and Condition Form that was submitted following your check-in.  All belongings must be removed from the apartment before starting your check-out.  Please allow at least 30 minutes for your check-out appointment.

CLEANING SUPPLIES
The information listed under “cleaning tips” should provide you some assistance in meeting the university standards for cleaning your apartment.  If these standards are not met when vacating your apartment, you will be assessed charges for the necessary repairs and/or cleaning.  To do a thorough and complete job, the following cleaning materials will be needed:


·         Sponges
·         Rags
·         Broom
·         Dust pan
·         Mop
·         Bucket
·         Toilet cleaner
·         Oven cleaner
·         Detergent
·         Tub and tile cleaner
·         Vacuum and carpet cleaner (if carpeted)
·         Plastic gloves
·         Mark remover (ex. Magic Eraser)

CLEANING TIPS
Please note: If the apartment is not vacating completely and a roommate/roommates remain, all items on this cleaning list must still be completed with the exception of unplugging and defrosting your fridge.  Following these cleaning guidelines to make cleaning easier and to reduce the chances of charges.
Kitchen
         Stove
o    Be sure that the circuit breaker for the stove is off prior to cleaning your stove.  When cleaning the stove, pull it away from the wall and counter.  Do a complete job using hot water and a non-abrasive soap for the exterior.  Use an oven cleaner for the oven interior.
o    Pull stove from wall.  Clean the back, walls and floor around/under stove.
o    Tilt burners back and remove drip trays and burner rings.  Soak the drip trays in hot, soapy water while you are cleaning the remainder of the stove.  If the drip trays do not come clean after soaking and scrubbing, you will need to replace them.
o    Lift the flat top portion of the stove and clean the portion under the burners and drip trays.  You may need to use a soft plastic scraper to remove crusted material if it does not come clean with a damp rag and detergent.
o    Clean the oven with oven cleaner.  Follow the directions for the cleaner and be thorough.  When finished, put the oven rack(s), broiler tray and pans back into place.
o    Clean the exterior of the oven with warm water and detergent.  Please do not spray the control panel with oven cleaner as it can short out the stove’s electrical system.
         Refrigerator
o    Pull the fridge away from the wall and vacuum the evaporator coils on the back.
o    Unplug the fridge to defrost.  Leave the door open to avoid mold build up.
o    Remove racks and drawers; clean the inside with detergent and water.  Rinse and dry thoroughly to prevent mold from forming.
o    Clean refrigerator shelves, ice trays, and drawers.
o    Leave refrigerator door/freezer door propped open when finished cleaning.
         Dishwasher (Niskanen Only)
o    Wipe off front of dishwasher with detergent and a rag.
o    Run dishwasher empty one last time prior to vacating.
         Microwave
o    Wipe out inside of microwave with detergent and a rag.
o    Remove tray and wash with hot soapy water.
o    Wipe microwave door and handle off.
o    Dry inside of Microwave thoroughly, put tray back, and leave door propped open.
         Cabinets/Drawers/Shelves
o    Remove any shelf paper from cabinets.
o    Clean all shelves and drawers inside and out with a damp rag.
o    Wash countertops thoroughly.
         Sink
o    Wash the sink including the fixture.
o    Use a non-abrasive cleaner to remove any marks and water stains.
o   Thoroughly rinse and wipe dry when complete.
Entrances
         Close the screen door(s) tightly.  Screens should be repaired if torn and the storm window(s) left closed and locked. (UV only)
         Wipe down the inside and outside of entrance door(s).  Wipe off window ledges.  Remove any tape, adhesive stickers, etc. from door(s).
Bathroom(s)
         Clean the light cover and mirror.
         Clean the fan.
         Remove any shelf paper from cabinets.
         Clean all shelves and drawers inside and out with a damp rag.
         Wash countertops thoroughly.
         Clean the toilet with disinfectant both inside and out including the toilet seat and bowl.  Scrub the bowl with a long-handled brush and bowl cleaner.
         Wash the sink including the fixture.
         Use a non-abrasive cleaner to remove any marks and water stains from sink.
         Thoroughly rinse sink and wipe dry when complete.
         Clean the tub with a bleach or ammonia cleaner.  Use a brush to remove any mold/mildew around the tub.  If using bleach or ammonia, make sure to run the bathroom fan.
         Clean shower curtain.  If unable to get curtain clean you will need to replace them.  No see-through shower curtains are allowed.
Floors
         Do Not strip or re-wax floors.
         Sweep or dust mop floors first, then wet mop floors with cool or warm water (never use hot water).
         Frequently rinse the mop in clean water as you work.
         Carpeted areas should be vacuumed thoroughly.
Walls/Ceilings/Windows/Stairwells
         Check walls for any marks including tape, adhesive stickers, fingerprints, crayons, and any other marks that can be removed with detergent and water.
         Wipe off light switches, wall plates, trim boards, window ledges, curtain rods and radiators.
         Wipe out window sills and make sure storm and screen windows are closed and locked.
         Sweep and wet mop stairs in stairwell, wipe down walls of stairwell with detergent and water (UV only)
Miscellaneous
         Replace any burned out light bulbs.  If they are not replaced you will be charged for them.
         Carefully remove and wash all light fixtures.
         Turn off and cover air conditioners, and place remote on top. (Niskanen only)
         Remove all mail from mailbox prior to check-out.
         All personal possessions, garbage, etc. needs to be removed from the apartment at the time of check-out.  If these items are not removed, you will be charged for removal. You will need to submit your keys at check-out as well.



If you have any questions feel free to contact the Department 
of Residence Life (701.231.7557).
 
 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Grocery Bingo Pictures

Thanks to everyone who came out to grocery bingo! We had a great time!
The Loot



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Apartment Community Meeting

Have ideas about how to improve the NDSU apartments? Come to the apartment community meeting held November 19 (tomorrow!) at 8:00pm at the Niskanen Community Center. We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Campus Escort Service

Feel unsafe walking to your apartment at night? Check out the campus police escort service by clicking here: http://www.ndsu.edu/police_safety/universitypolice/escort_service/


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apartment Game Night

Thanks to everyone who came to our apartment game night! We had a great time!