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  1. Review your syllabi to determine major topics. Review class notes and identify the topics you know, those you need to review and those you need to learn. Know the topics that the professor emphasized. If a professor says “Know this!” then learn and practice that information.
  2. Organize your time. Use the Semester Planning Calendar in your WesPlanner. Make a study schedule. In your study schedule, assign times to study each topic reserving more time for more challenging topics. Study in chunks of time and take 5-10 minute breaks every hour. Study breaks will help yo clear your mind, rejuvenate and increase your learning capacity. For more on managing your time, make an appointment with a SARN peer advisor at sarnadvisors@wesleyan.edu.
  3. Pull the information apart and put it back together. Create graphs, diagrams, charts, and timelines.  The Ohio University Study Tips website has many samples demonstrating how to map out and review information. Teach the subject to another person. Act out the information. Draw pictures. For some subjects, mnemonics may help you remember sequences or lists. Actively make associations. For example assign colors to certain groups of related information (i.e. Foucault’s theories are green and Kant’s are blue). Make use of available tools (i.e., professors, BlackBoard, TAs, Math Workshop, Mentor Program).
  4. Anticipate exam questions. Create exam questions that elicit answers which fully describe processes, compare theories, apply facts to theories, synthesize information and analyze information. Make sure to create questions that draw out the major themes of the course. Exchange questions with classmates or ask a professor to review your questions. Review and work through problems from previous assignments, labs, quizzes, and exams.
  5. Answer anticipated exam questions in the manner you will be expected to perform (in writing, on paper or computer). Prove that you know and can apply the information by demonstrating your understanding of the process. Analyze, synthesize, compare, apply and describe! Take a practice test in the room in which you learned the information or will take the exam.
  6. Conduct focused study groups. Create a planned approach to conducting your study groups. At one study group you might assign classmates certain subjects to teach to the group. At a study group intended solely for review, create exam questions to share with your classmates, answer them, and then critique each other on the answer.
  7. Practice your handwriting. Professors must be able to decipher your writing in order to evaluate your work.
  8. Sign up for an Exam Prep consultation with your Peer Advisor by sending an e-mail to sarnadvisors@wesleyan.edu.
  9. Go to Finals Prep and Exam Taking workshops. Look for the SARN peer advisor link in your e-portfolio for the schedules.
  10. Contact Dean Phillips if you are having problems.  The end of the spring semester is an especially stressful time of year and Dean Phillips (dphillips@wesleyan.edu or 860.685.2757) can help you work through any problems your may be having, academic or otherwise.

The Deans’ Office is looking for talented and motivated students to become SARN Peer Advisors for the 2009-2010 academic year. SARN Peer Advisors are sophomores, juniors and seniors who work throughout the academic year to support Wesleyan’s faculty advising program, enhance student access to academic resources through the Student Academic Resource Network (SARN), and give peer advice on time management and academic skills strategies. A job description and application can be found on-line at http://www.wesleyan.edu/deans/peeradvising/.

Applications, which include a faculty reference form, are due Friday, March 6, 2009. Questions should be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources, Sarah E. Lazare (x2332, slazare@wesleyan.edu).


Peer Advisors offer a menu of workshops on time management, reading retention, note taking, procrastination prevention, exam preparation and exam taking on most Sunday and Monday evenings in Usdan 136 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. throughout the semester.  Workshops are open to any student on campus and all class years are encouraged to participate.  You may request a workshop for your student organization, class, or study group by writing to sarnadvisors@wesleyan.edu.  The topic of tonight’s workshop is time management.

Worried about how your coursework this semester will end up?  Come have some snacks with the SARN peer advisors and WesWell’s peer health advocates in Olin Library lobby area. Plan your final exam period with this Final Exam Calendar and review it with a peer advisor. The peer advisors and peer health advocates can help you strategize how to successfully complete your first semester at Wesleyan, provide helpful study and organizational information, strategize on how to minimize stress, or direct you to appropriate resources for help. The PAs and PHAs will be available in the evenings until midnight from Tuesday, December 9 through Sunday, December 14, 2008.

There are only nine days of classes left.  Are you ready for finals week?  Come to this SARN Peer Advisor workshop to help prepare yourself!

Sunday, November 23,  7:00 p.m. Usdan 136.

Take a break from your studies. Pick up a snack and a handout on exam taking, time management, learning strategies or exam prep. You can also consult with a peer advisor on how you can get more from your readings and how to reorganize your notes. Sunday, November 2, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. in the Olin Library.

What is your motivation to get through the rest of the semester successfully? Come meet with a SARN peer advisor and explore ways to prevent procrastination. Sunday, November 2 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. and Monday, November 3 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in Usdan 136.

Psychological studies suggest that you will recall more information if you take 5-15 minute breaks from studying periodically. Stop by Olin Library Lobby this Sunday evening from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. for a quick snack and conversation about what and how you are studying, how you will plan the rest of the semester, how to run a study group or just to find out what peer advisors do.

Come meet with a peer advisor this evening to learn about and practice exam taking strategies.  Monday, October 6, from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. in Usdan 136

  • Reading Strategies and Retention Workshop.  Tired of reading the same paragraph fifty times over? Confused about how you could forget what you just read? Come meet with a SARN peer advisor and learn some strategies to get the most out of your reading. Bring some course syllabi, paper and a writing instrument.  Sunday, September 28, 7:00 p.m. – 08:15 p.m., Usdan 136.
  • Exam Preparation Workshop.  Midterms are here or close at hand! How are you studying to optimize your recall of the course information? Come to an exam preparation workshop and craft a plan for studying for your exams. Bring your course syllabi and notes for a class with an upcoming test. A peer advisor will talk to you about exam prep strategies.  Monday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. – 08:15 p.m., Usdan 136.

Preparing for exams begins on day one of class! Come meet with a SARN Peer Advisor and learn how to organize your course information and time for thorough preparation for exams. Learn strategies to understand and recall your course information on test day! Sunday, September 21, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. in Usdan 136.

Do you sometimes find yourself reading pages and pages and not remembering what they were about? Do you have trouble focusing and recalling what you’ve had to read for class? Is reading just not fun for you?

Well, a Peer Advisor can change that! Come to the Reading Retention Workshop on Monday, September 22 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Usdan 136.

Peer Advisor workshops are open to all students and all class years are encouraged to participate.

Peer Advisors will be offering two workshops on exam preparation and time management on Sunday, September 14, from 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

  • Exam Preparation. Some of you may have exams coming up in a week or two. It’s never too early to begin preparing for an exam. The exam preparation workshop will provide you with ideas on how to get started now. Usdan 136.
  • Time managementLearn how to organize your week, your month or your semester.  Figure out how you will get done what you need to get done and make some time for the fun stuff, too!  B2/B3 South College (enter through the breezeway).

Note Taking Workshop


Come develop your note taking skills with a Peer Advisor at the Note Taking Workshop on Monday, September 8, from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in Usdan 136.  Bring pen and paper or your laptop for taking notes. Learn different ways of taking notes, how to keep on top of your notes, and how to use your notes to develop thorough study guides for your courses.


Peer Advisors will be hosting a Time Management Workshop on Sunday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Usdan 136, designed to provide new students with practical advice on how to organize all the work, meetings, and other obligations that characterize the daily life of a typical Wesleyan student. Come to the workshop and bring your course syllabi, your WesPlanner, and a pen. Learn the techniques that will help you set and meet your academic goals by mapping out a study plan for the semester.

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