How to Survive Finals Week….. The Right Way!

April 10th, 2014 by Dean Heath

 

Make A Plan. Try to determine how much study time you’ll need and allot time for each class. Many people associate finals week with cramming, but that is not the best way to go. I understand that sometimes you have to “do what you need to do” but cramming so much material into your head at the last minute will not only NOT teach you anything,  the chances of you actually remembering it all are slim to none.

Take Breaks. Reward yourself when you have completed a task or a subject. Use the 50/10 method. Study hard for 50 minutes and relax for ten. You will feel more refreshed with frequent short breaks and feel motivated to study more.

Eat healthy breakfast. Not to sound like mom, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You have to start your day how you expect it to go. Wake up ten minutes earlier and make yourself a decent breakfast. It doesn’t have to be 5 star quality but if you start with some protein you will feel more energy throughout the day and you won’t have that 10:30/11 am drag.

Don’t procrastinate. Do not wait until the last minute so help me. You have been in school for long enough that you know finals are a drag. Whether your fresh out of high school or a graduating senior, you know the routine and it never changes. Make a good plan and stick to it. Follow through with everything you do and do not wait until two days before your final, it will not turn out the way you want it to. Your education is your future. Everyone can retake a course if they have to; but it is time, money, and energy wasted on your part as well. If you can successfully do it once, DO IT!

Get enough Zzzzz. Sleep is essential, everybody knows that. It is difficult to adjust your sleep when you are used to certain times, etc. More sleep is better than more studying. Now please don’t take that out of context. If you sleep 24/7 and don’t crack open a book, you will never excel. But, if you are planning an all-nighter the night before your test and are too exhausted to keep your head up in the morning; you won’t remember or care about what you studied last night because now all you want to do is crash. It is important to not only allot time for studying, but sleeping too!

You are not a superhero, don’t act like it. You are not superwoman/superman! No one expects you to become a genius in a week but it is important to try your best. The best thing from me to you would be: don’t wait until the last minute. If you know you have a final in Biology coming up in three weeks, start now. You will retain more information and you will not feel as rushed to cram everything not nailed down into your brain!

Breathe. Relax! Your sanity is important and you will drive yourself crazy obsessing over all of the little things. Before your fist exam just close your eyes for a few minutes and breathe. It calms you down and makes you sit back and evaluate. Your first exam of finals week sets the tone for all of your exams left to follow. Start it out right. Go to bed early, eat breakfast, don’t rush, and follow through with your plan to the end. It will be worth it, I can personally attest to that!

-Brooke

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Preparing for Graduation and Beyond

April 3rd, 2014 by Dean Heath

It’s that time of year again, time to start enjoying this beautiful weather and hanging out at the beach with friends.  It’s also time to buckle down and study for your finals while finishing out the school year strong.  For those of you who are graduating in May or over the summer, life can be hectic.  The workload involved in preparation for graduation along with everything else going on in life can be somewhat overwhelming.  I am one of those students graduating in the next few months, and I’ve decided to get organized by making a graduation checklist.  I’m sharing my checklist in hopes of easing some of your stress over the last few months as a college student.  Therefore, allowing you to slow down and appreciate your time and journey with Cape Fear Community College.

 

COLLEGE GRADUATION CHECKLIST:

File intent to graduate.

Meet with an advisor to register for your final classes. They can look over your program evaluation in order to make sure you’re taking the right classes and on the right path towards graduation.

Keep track of the number of classes left, exam dates and project finals.  The final stretch is very important.  Don’t slack now.  Do well!

Attend the CFCC job fair April 24th at the N. Campus from 11-2. Dress well.

Search and apply for career worthy jobs.

Send invites to family members and close friends who want to attend your graduation.

Order your cap and gown.  Also, order any regalia that you might want from your school club or honor society.

Go shopping for graduation worthy clothes.

 

Enjoy the big day.  Take many pictures.  Give thanks to those who have helped you along the way.

Celebrate!  You have earned it.

-Jessica

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Online Classes

April 2nd, 2014 by Dean Heath

 

At CFCC we have a wide range of options for taking classes. You can take evening classes that meet once a week for three hours or a daytime class that meets three times a week for an hour each time. We also have some online options.

When using WebAdvisor for selecting classes pay attention to the following items:

  • If the section starts with the letter I – the class is completely internet based.
  • If the section is DY – this is a hybrid class based at the Downtown Campus. You will likely meet with your instructor only once a week, but complete a majority of your work online.
  • If the section is NY – this is a hybrid class based at North Campus.

Other ways to know you are registering for an online class:

  • Room: cfcc.edu
  • Classroom hours: to be announced
  • Times: to be announced

You must have regular use of a computer and internet access. You will have to discipline yourself to manage your time and submit assignments when required. Deadlines can be any day and hour.

In addition to submitting work via email or uploaded files the online instructors use discussion boards. The quality of your online discussions in these forms is an important part of your grade.

The critical item to remember about online classes is the enrollment verification.

The enrollment verification is an assignment your instructor will post on the first day of class. It will be something as simple as, “state your name, program of study and what you hope to learn in this class’. Do not skip this assignment; you will be dropped from the class automatically. There is an audit process that must be completed at the beginning of each semester. Your instructors for seated classes can complete this audit process with attendance records. Your online instructor uses the enrollment verification assignment.

Online classes can be a great way to manage your educational goals. Don’t be afraid to try one. Just remember to ask for help right away if you don’t understand how something works.

 

-Stephanie

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WHO ARE THE AMBASSADORS?

March 26th, 2014 by Dean Heath

POSITIVE AND OUTGOING CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS

THAT ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN FULL-TIME CLASSES (12 CREDIT HOURS)

AND KEEP A MINIMUM GPA OF 2.5.

 

AMBASSADOR JOB DUTIES: 

SERVE AS A RESOURCE FOR CURRENT AND PROSPECT STUDENTS

HOST ON-CAMPUS VISITS AND GIVE ON-CAMPUS TOURS

ASSIST WITH CFCC  FOUNDATION EVENTS AND FUNCTIONS

SERVE AS LEADERS AT ORIENTATION SESSIONS FOR NEW STUDENTS AND  PARENTS.

FACILITATE AND ASSIST WITH REGISTRATION AND GRADUATION.

COMMUNICATE WITH COLLEGE DONORS THROUGH  PHONE AND ONE-ON-ONE CONTACT.

ATTEND STUDENT AMBASSADOR TRAINING SESSIONS AND MEETINGS.

WORK WITH VARIOUS CAMPUS DEPARTMENTS AS NEEDED.

 

STUDENT AMBASSADOR BENEFITS!

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR TUITION, FEES AND TEXTBOOKS

LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND OPPORTUNITIES

HIGH VISIBILITY ON CAMPUS AND IN THE COMMUNITY

ENHANCED EMPLOYABILITY

OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH COLLEGE ADMINISTRATION

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT THE CFCC FOUNDATION

OFFICE IN UNION STATION, 5TH FLOOR- ROOM 550

The Student Ambassador Scholarship has given so much to me.  I’ve received not only the gift of education, but a chance to fulfill my career goals and be a part of a team that I can be proud of.  My name is Jessica Hassler, and I’m proud to call myself a CFCC Student Ambassador.

Upcoming events in Wilmington NC

March 26th, 2014 by Dean Heath

As a student at Cape Fear Community College and a true Wilmantonian, I am truly excited about the events that go on in our Community.  The Azalea Festival is one of my favorite yearly events that takes place in down town Wilmington. Spring is such beautiful time of the year around here with all of the blooming flowers and what better way to celebrate the fabulous weather than with a street fair, concerts, and community involvement!  All of the Street fairs are local venders, so it is nice to come out and support the businesses around the area that we live in.  This has been an ongoing event year after year and I think it is a great tradition to start attending with family and friends!  A lot of the events go on right around or on the Cape Fear Community College campus so having this event is a great way to show off our campus!

-Holly
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Organization

March 5th, 2014 by Dean Heath
Day planners are possibly the ONLY thing that it is okay to be completely reliant on. In fact, I would suggest you learn how to become reliant on your day planner. Many students, especially freshman who are used to high school customs and rules, will more than likely not realize the importance of a day planner until it is too late at least once. Oh…you forgot you had an assignment due today? Guess you should have written it in your day planner. So, in hopes that you can avoid that life lesson, I have decided to write my blog on getting in the habit of using your daily organizer.
    One of the greatest things about getting used to using a day planner is that it will help you for the rest of your life! From college on out you will always be responsible for your own tasks and commitments, whether it is more school, a job, or your families schedules that you also become responsible for, your day planner will be your friend. The easiest way to get used to using a daily agenda is to simply get in the habit of writing everything down and crossing everything off.  You will soon realize that the feeling of crossing things off of your to-do list is a great one! When you have a very busy day, do not just write in school work and what time you have to be to your job, but write when you are going to the gym, what you are making for dinner, and when you are going to squeeze a shower in (always after studying). Check, Check, and Check! You will soon come to notice that day planners make your brain much less scattered and hectic! And before you know it, when your friends ask you if you want to go out this weekend, you will look in your day planner and then…literally…pencil them in.  It may seem tedious at first, but as long as you are writing down everything you commit to you will never have to worry about overlapping schedules, forgetting assignments, or forgetting about plans you had. Write blog for student ambassadors…CHECK!
-Destinee
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A little help at CFCC

March 5th, 2014 by Dean Heath

Cape Fear Community College, one of the top community college in the United States. This reputation is well earned for a broad range of offerings. Courses, which for most transfer students will be the same or quite similar to what they will be experience in a four-year university but for a fraction of the price. It is well understood that college classes are not easy but CFCC provides all their students with centers were they could get the extra help students need to succeed in their classes. Any class that is offered at cape fear has a tutoring center or specific tutor assign for the class. The Downtown Wilmington Campus Math Lab is located at L-219, L-218 for writing and computer used and N-407 for science. Helpful and knowledgeable tutors are always available so students can drop by, after signing the proper paper work, or ask for a one-on-one tutor. The best part about it is that it is free for all CFCC students.    

-Carlos

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 Effective Decisions

March 5th, 2014 by Dean Heath

Every day each individual makes decisions, chocolate or vanilla? Life or death? Some are simple and then some tend to be complicated and require plenty of thought. In the spirit of the moment people sometimes make drastic decisions on temporary feelings. Make wise decisions because one never knows how their present simple minded actions will affect their future goals and aspirations. Decision making is a vital leadership and professional skill. When making decisions take the time fully analyze the choices being made. I urge everyone to realize that not every decision made is the right one but to not let that one bad choice hinder their future. In a sense there are no wrong or right decisions some just seem to be the better choice at the time. “Hindsight might not be able to correct past mistakes, but it will aid improved decision making in the future.”  The steps to making effective decisions are to reduce more complicated decisions to simpler steps, see how any decisions are arrived at, and plan decisions making to meet deadlines.  Remember these steps when making upcoming decisions and also remember to not let one bad choice control your future. 

-Shaquasha

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Special Certifications

February 20th, 2014 by Dean Heath

Microsoft Office Certification Exams

Are you studying for a career that will include the use of computers on a daily basis?

There is something extra that you can do now to show your future employer you mean business; become a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist!

The certification exams are administered by a CFCC faculty member here on campus. The testing program is through an international company called Certiport and there is a fee for these exams. Don’t let the cost deter you; speak to your instructor about scholarship funds available specifically to cover the testing fee.

Here is a brief outline of the testing process and some tips:

  • speak with your instructor to indicate your interest in becoming certified
  • secure the testing fee
  • first time – set up a Certiport profile at www.certiport.com (remember user name and password for test day)
  • ask your instructor for an outline of objectives for the certification exam, or other study tips
  • test day – arrive on time, rested, fed, and focused
  • all personal belongings will need to be left at the front of the classroom
  • you will be assigned a computer station (all programs are locked out except the testing system)
  • the testing administrator will help you log in and select the correct test
  • the first few screens are directions and not timed – read them carefully, don’t rush
  • the certification tests are timed (50 minutes in most cases)
  • the tests formats are not like SAM – this system will not indicate a wrong answer
  • the test do not have vocabulary, multiple choice or fill in the blank
  • you can skip questions – these questions will be presented again

When you pass an exam Certiport send s you an embossed certificate and letter. You then have access to an online community and something extra you can add to your resume. Certiport will even send your testing transcript to prospective employers so they can confirm your status. As you continue in your career you can take higher level exams in many different programs.

-Stephanie

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Success

February 10th, 2014 by Dean Heath

There are many different opinions about being successful in life. In my opinion it takes determination, time and hard work. College is difficult for everyone at some point throughout the journey. There is always that person in class who knows all of the answers and makes good grades without even studying for an hour. Just as there is always that person who is tardy on the regular, falls asleep during lecture and misses the maximum amount of hours possible. Success is what you make it at Cape Fear Community College. If you put forth the determination, instructors will help you in any way possible to fulfill your dreams of finishing your degree. One must make their dream a priority and set aside enough time to focus on the importance of their education. No one ever said life is easy. It will take a lot of hard work be successful in most things in life, but at CFCC the instructors are there to guide you in every way possible. Be successful and make your dreams a reality!

- Holly

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