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Why your English 205 study buddy is your new best friend…

Hi all,

TA #2 here with some more advice for surviving the end of term unscathed. Us seasoned (again, read: old) TAs have been through the end of term grind more times than any of us would care to admit, and we’re still kickin’ around, so that must be saying something…

This blogpost is going to take a bit of a different approach to surviving the end of term, and more specifically, finishing English 205 successfully and to the absolute best of your abilities. If I can offer you only one piece of advice, it is this:

Get. A. Study. Buddy.

I know that come exam time you’ll be feeling the burn out; all your major assignments are coming due and you still have to muster the energy to study for finals. But you don’t have to go at this alone, especially in this course!

The bulk of what we have learned over the course of this term was through group work and class discussions. Our learning was collaborative. Studying can be too. Why wouldn’t you want to compare ideas with a classmate, grab the notes from that key tutorial (let’s be real, they were all key!) that you missed, and bounce your ideas and readings off of another student? Some of my most successful written exams while doing my undergrad were the product of a few hours spent having a concentrated discussion with a classmate about the course material. It will refresh your memory, and the active conversation will help you to retain important themes and key ideas when you reach the final exam.

Take advantage of D2L’s communications function and send some e-mails, set up a study session, compare notes and discuss key themes and important passages. Help each other!

Please take Garrett’s advice as well! I know that the workload feels insurmountable, and all you want to do is sleep, and binge watch Netflix, and do anything but finish your coursework, but resist the temptation! Or, as Garrett said, become like Pavlov’s dog and use positive reinforcement as a reward for a study/writing-job well done. I prefer chocolate over comic books. …Whatever floats your boat.

Good luck, everyone! We’re all rooting for you!

Jaclyn

PS. Don’t forget about the extra tutorial session your TAs have graciously put together for you, this Tuesday, April 14th, 11:00am – 12:15pm in SS 1153.