5 Tips to Help Students Manage Their Time

Whether you’re starting college this quarter or coming back after summer break, it’s always a good idea to prepare for the routine of being a student again. One of the most important ways to succeed in and out of the classroom is to master time management. Here are 5 tips to help you get started!

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Use a calendar to keep up with your classes

Some people like using the latest technology on their smartphones, while others prefer posting a big paper calendar on their wall and covering it with notes. Either way is great, as long as you use your calendar to keep track of all of your reading, assignments, and tests. Review your calendar frequently so you know what important deadlines are coming up.

Carefully review your syllabus for each class

Do you know what a syllabus is? It’s a document that every one of your instructors will give you that explains the requirements and expectations for your classes, as well as a schedule of readings, assignments, and tests. Remember that calendar we just talked about? You can put all of the assignments from each syllabus on it at the beginning of classes so that you can beginning planning for the whole term.

Set routines for yourself

Doing things on a regular schedule can help you avoid procrastinating, or waiting to do important work until it is almost too late. Set aside regular times each day and each week for reading, working on assignments, and doing other work for your classes. You will become used to this schedule and form good study habits much more easily this way.

Break down big projects into smaller tasks

In college, you’ll have many long papers, presentations, and big projects to do. When you have to write a 15-page paper, think about what small steps you’ll need to take in order to complete the assignment. You need to decide what the topic will be, do your research (and make sure to note down where all of your information comes from so that you can properly cite all of your sources and avoid plaigarism!), and you can even divide the paper into different sections that you complete one at a time.

Ask for help!

If you find that you are having trouble managing your time or keeping up with your classes, we at Shoreline are here to help! You can always come to the International Education department in PUB 9302 to talk to an advisor or just to learn about all the resources that the college has to offer you, from tutoring in specific subjects to the Writing & Learning Studio, where you can get help with those big papers! The best part is that it’s all free!

How a Student from Kazakhstan Came to Shoreline at 16, Earned a UW Degree, and Got a Job at T-Mobile Headquarters

I was 16 years old when I started at Shoreline Community College in the High School Completion Program.This program allowed me to work on finishing my high school diploma and begin my college-level studies at the same time.  During my time at Shoreline, I was a math tutor and an International Peer Mentor, which allowed me to meet international students from all over the world, who would eventually become lifelong friends.

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When I started applying to four-year universities, the advisors at Shoreline encouraged me to apply to schools that I never thought I would get into.  Through their support and encouragement, I was accepted into engineering programs at Purdue, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, and University of Washington.  I chose to attend the University of Washington, where I interned with Synapse Product Development, Inc. in downtown Seattle. Even though the classes at UW were more difficult, my classes at Shoreline taught me study habits that helped prepare me for the academic rigor.

I am currently working at the T-Mobile Headquarters as an Associate Engineer – Systems Designs, where I test mobile devices for liability issues on the T-Mobile network.  Eventually, I would like to attend Cornell University for my master’s degree.  Looking back, I wouldn’t be where I am today without Shoreline.  Shoreline helped me grow personally and academically, and ultimately helped me believe in myself.  It also provided me the opportunity to transition into U.S. culture and get to know the Seattle area, which now I call home.

If you’re looking for friendly and supportive faculty, a beautiful campus, and great university transfer options, definitely check out Shoreline!

Aigerim Shintemirova
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Baby Duck and Goose Season at Green Lake

Spring is here once again, and with the sunshine and warm weather come baby ducks and baby geese!

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You can see lots of them from the walking and biking path along Green Lake in the north part of Seattle, just about a fifteen-minute drive from Shoreline’s campus. They are 100% adorable.

As a bonus, here is some fun vocabulary: young ducks are called “ducklings,” and the word for a young goose is “gosling.”

3 Things to Do on a Sunny Day in Seattle

Since we’re currently enjoying our nearly annual April/May mini summer, we thought this would be a good opportunity to share some ideas on what to do on a sunny day in Seattle. The forecast for this weekend is looking warm and mostly sunny. Whatever you do, make sure you get outside and soak up some vitamin D!

1. See the best view of Seattle from Kerry Park

Seattle From Kerry Park

Located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, Kerry Park is home to the most dramatic views of the Emerald City (one of Seattle’s nicknames), with the Space Needle standing tall in front of the downtown skyscrapers, and Mount Rainier huge in the distance.

2. Walk along the waterfront

Golden Gardens

Golden Gardens in Ballard is a beautiful place to walk along the Puget Sound. There are many other options as well, though. Alki Beach in West Seattle offers great views of downtown Seattle across the water, while Discovery Park in Magnolia has a whole range of hiking options, from woods to bluffs to beach, if you want a little more variety.

3. Enjoy the musicians at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market Musician

In addition to being famous for coffee, Seattle is famous for its musical culture, home to famous musicians such as Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix, arguably the best guitar player of all time. On the street outside of Pike Place Market, you can hear all different kinds of music. There are singing groups, guitar players, and, here, a trumpet player.

 

Shoreline Celebrates Earth Week

Earth Day is observed all around the world on April 22nd annually. Shoreline Community College holds a yearly celebration for Earth Week each spring quarter. Earth Week reminds students of how important it is to take care of our environment.

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On Friday, April 20th, four clubs and organizations, Environmental Club, World Philosophers and Dismal Science Society club (WP&DSS), Tree Campus USA, and the Washington Native Plant society as well as Student Life all participated in Shoreline’s Earth Week events. All throughout the week, members of Environmental Club and WP&DSS were providing information through creative booths and fun games.

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Shoreline’s own Environmental Club provides information for the students about our environment and gave out volunteering opportunities to the students. Members of the club usually work in the Deep Roots garden and the greenhouse at Shoreline campus.

The Environmental Club encourages students to get closer to nature, which is why they take trips every quarter to observe plants, trees, and learn about animals and the ecosystem around them. They are also involved in planting trees in Boeing Creek Park which is right beside Shoreline’s campus. This year during Earth Week, the Environmental Club gave out free baby plants they grew themselves.

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Another fabulous activity of this year’s Earth Week is Student Life promoting the three Es of sustainability that not only relate to ecological issues but also issues of economics and equity. Student Life has a student committee called SCOF (Sustainability and Commuter Options Fee committee) that all students are welcome to attend and express their ideas. SCOF provides free reusable water bottles and many other things to help maintain the sustainability of the campus.

If you still want to help make an impact on the environment, SCOF holds meetings every other week on Wednesdays.

Destiny Hartanto, International Marketing Assistant

MLK Week at Shoreline

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Shoreline Community College. Learn about the events and opportunities happening around campus for students, staff, and faculty to get involved.

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Tuesday, January 16, 9:00am – 3:00pm: Volunteering at Mary’s Place

Join Student Life as we honor MLK Jr. by serving our community. We will be volunteering at Mary’s Place from 9am-3pm (2-hour shifts). Mary’s Place provides housing, employment, and wellness resources for women and families experiencing homelessness in Seattle. For more information and to sign up, visit the Student Life Volunteering Page.

Wednesday, January 17, 12:30pm – 2:30pm PUB 9208: Keynote Speaker: Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver is an organizer, educator, teaching-artist, and attorney. She has been actively involved in social justice movements including Black Lives Matter and No Youth Jail. In 2015, she received the Artist Human Rights Leader Award from the City of Seattle for her artist and activist work. Last year, Oliver ran for Mayor with the Peoples Party of Seattle – a collection of community and civic leaders, lawyers, artists, activists, and teachers.

Thursday, January 18, 12:30pm – 2:30pm PUB Lounge: BSU Open Mic

Inspired by MLK Jr.’s work and legacy, this open mic invites the campus community to collectively explore and critically think about social justice through artistic expression.

Thursday, January 25, 2:00pm – 4:30pm PUB 9208: Social Justice Collective Open House

The Social Justice Collective is committed to creating a campus climate that values equity and social justice at its core. We are a new group that will be recruiting members from all over campus. Come to this meet and greet! Come for pizza! Learn more about social justice and how to participate in social justice on campus. ALL are welcome!

– Meg Humphrey (event descriptions from the events calendar)

Tips for Finals

Start Preparing Early! Trying to cram an entire quarter’s notes into your head the night before a test is not a good way to study. A final paper you wrote the day before it was due will not be your best work. Take time now to make a plan! Make lists of all the things you need to do and spread them out evenly over the days before finals. If your instructors haven’t already said what finals will be like, don’t be afraid to ask them. They’ll be glad you’re taking studying seriously.

Find the Right Environment to Study! How and where you study is important. Study groups and studying with friends can be helpful to keep each other on track. However, if you spend more time chatting than reviewing, try studying by yourself instead. Sometimes studying at home can be difficult because you don’t have a good study space or you end up doing something else in your room. Try going out to a library or a café where the only thing you have to do is study.

Use Your Technology Wisely! Your phone or laptop can be great tools, but it’s easy to end up browsing social media or watching a movie rather than studying. If you don’t need to be on the internet to do your studying, turn your wi-fi off and keep your phone in your bag or pocket.

Set Small Goals! Forty pages of notes, 8 chapters of reading, or a 10 page paper can be overwhelming. It’s important to set smaller, easier goals. It’s also important to take proper breaks when you reach those goals. Breaking it down into a step-by-step process, and giving yourself proper rest, will help you get through it!

Start Your Day Right! Don’t worry if you had to leave your home in a hurry, the International Peer Mentors will be hosting a Finals Breakfast Tuesday, December 12 through Thursday, December 14. Stop by the third floor of the PUB between 8:00am and 10:30am to pick up a cup of coffee, tea, cocoa, yogurt, pastries, or fruit! For more information, see the Finals Breakfast Facebook event page.

– Meg Humphrey

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