Hello fellow UMKC students. I am Kathleen Ramo, a Bachelor of Health Sciences student in the School of Nursing here at the university. As mid-terms approach I would like to share some study tips that I find useful. Before you get started it’s helpful to find out what your learning style is so your time is used effectively. There are many short quizzes online! To find out your learning style click here: http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles.shtml. Below are some tips I find useful and I hope they are helpful for you as well! Good luck on your mid-terms!
- Give yourself plenty of time with the amount of material you have to study for.
- Take a short break when things no longer start to make sense. When you go back to the question after a short break you may find you know the answer with a clear head.
- Don’t pull “all nighters”. It always ends in regret and your brain doesn’t function at its full capacity without sleep.
- Eat! Don’t skip meals to cram for exams. Your body needs energy to focus.
- Ask questions. If something doesn’t make sense don’t hesitate to e-mail your professor or another student. Material that you may not understand maybe someone else can lend helpful hints
- Study without distractions. Yes, this means turning off your cell phone if you have to and shutting your computer down. You know how tempting social media is.
- Make “to-do” lists for each class you need to study for and put time frames on each item.
- Focus on one task at a time. During mid-terms your list of “to-dos” grows and can get quite overwhelming. Cross one thing off at a time so you feel accomplished.
- Use tables and/or diagrams; draw pictures, use arrows and label.
- Make flash cards for key terms.
- Have someone else quiz you after you are confident with the material. Any questions you cannot answer confidently is material you should go back over.
- Be organized
- Highlight and/or use different colored writing materials.
- Drink plenty of water!
- Be prepared for your exam. The night before make sure you have everything you need ready to go. No one needs the extra stress of lost car keys the morning of an exam.
- Details, Details, Details!
Study Tips for classes with a study guide:
- Handwrite the questions and the answers. This helps to retain the question and the answer as a whole.
- If you prepare you study guide in advance don’t just fill it out and set it aside, go over it! Multiple times!
- If you prefer to work in groups make sure you discuss solutions to the answers because just writing down answers does not help with information retention. Always write your own answers after group discussion so each person is learning and working.
- Highlight and use different colored writing materials for each chapter or question on the study guide. This helps when you are going back over your study guide so you understand what you’ve written and what material coincides.
- If your instructor has prepared lecture notes, use them to help fill out your study guide. If they have taken the time to prepare notes it’s probably important to them.
- Watch for reoccurring themes throughout the material. If it appears more than once it’s probably important.
The UMKC International Ambassadors are excited to invite the UMKC community to Culture Night 2014!
Join us in celebrating cultures from around the globe! Enjoy music, dance, food, art, traditions, and fashion.
Culture Night will take place on Friday, March 14 from 5:30 – 8:30pm in the Student Union.
Travel the world without leaving UMKC!
For more information, email email@example.com or visit us on Facebook at “UMKC International Student Affairs Office.”
Campus Pride honors Jonathan Pryor with Voice and Action National Advisor Award.
“I’m incredibly humbled and honored to be selected for this award from Campus Pride. Our work at UMKC is accomplished with the support and extraordinary efforts of our LGBTQIA students (who just hosted MBLGTACC 2014!), a supportive Division in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and a campus with true commitment to inclusive standards for our LGBTQIA community,” Jonathan Pryor, coordinator of LGBTQIA Programs and Services, said.
Pryor received his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri in 2011, and is a current Ph.D student within the same program. Roze Brooks, conference chair of the 2014 Midwest BLGTA College Conference writes, “In his role as adviser of Pride Alliance, Pryor has worked to strengthen the core of the executive board with team building and continued support for new ideas and programming. Pryor has successfully worked with the team to acknowledge each others’ strengths and assist each other in becoming better leaders. His life’s mantra “be the best you that you can be” resonates with each student Pryor has worked with throughout his short time at UMKC.”
Read more about this award on the Campus Pride website.
The UMKC 2014 Alumni Award recipients include a globally recognized innovator in modern dance, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, a mayor and renowned civic leader, a husband-and-wife engineering team, and an educator/entrepreneur who survived childhood internment in WWII concentration camps.
Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association recognizes outstanding individual alumni and one family. UMKC will honor its 2014 outstanding alumni at luncheon on April 24. UMKC’s Alumni Association will highlight the recipients’ accomplishments at the luncheon as well as through other events, such as presentations and classroom visits, where they will share their experiences with students.
The annual luncheon is the university’s largest event and proceeds support student scholarships. Last year’s luncheon hosted 600 attendees and garnered $200,000 in scholarship support for students.
“Through this event, the UMKC Alumni Association honors our outstanding graduates while providing vital support to current students,” said event chair Michelle Wimes (B.A. ’88). “All proceeds from the awards luncheon go directly to support students.”
“The UMKC Alumni Association provides exceptional leadership as well as exceptional support to this campus, this community and our students, and we are very grateful for that,” said Curtis J. Crespino, vice chancellor for Advancement. “We have an extraordinary class of recipients for these awards in 2014, as we do every year. Their achievements bring credit to our university and to Kansas City.”
For a full list of the awardees, visit UMKC Today.
David Donnelly, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC. Donnelly succeeds Teng-Kee Tan, Ph.D., who has served as dean of the school since 2009. Donnelly was appointed acting dean in May 2013 when Teng-Kee encountered health issues.
Donnelly came to UMKC in 2004 as Chair and Professor of Accountancy at the Bloch School, after serving in the same position at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He also led the Accounting Department at Kansas State University, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees. Donnelly earned his Ph.D. in International Taxation and Accounting from the University of Illinois in 1983.
“The Bloch School will continue to be a world leader in research and teaching, thanks to the talents of an exceptional team of faculty,” Donnelly said. “The school will continue to follow the twin-pillar philosophy, pioneered by Henry Bloch, of nurturing leaders in both the for-profit sector and the nonprofit-public sector; and will continue to be a significant knowledge and economic development resource for the Kansas City region and beyond.”
Donnelly plans to continue the school’s tradition of being a vital resource to Kansas City’s business community, leveraging the school’s academic leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation. He also plans to continue movement on the goals of doubling student enrollment and developing innovative programs that meet the challenges of today’s organizations, particularly in graduate and executive education.
Top 5 Reasons to take the RooWriter now!
1. It’s convenient: just log in to the RooWriter at www.umkc.edu/roowriter and follow the prompts.
2. You want to graduate this semester: beat the rush and take the RooWriter two months before graduation–remember, it’s a requirement to graduate.
3. You need to enroll in a Writing Intensive class: take the RooWriter now before it’s time to register for next semester.
4. You’ve taken and passed English 225 or Discourse II (or equivalent): you are eligible NOW to take RooWriter (you’ll need to take it
5. You want to improve your writing! RooWriter evaluations can help you strengthen the skills that you need for college classes and the workplace.
Good reasons aside, all UMKC undergraduates are required to take the RooWriter Writing Assessment at least once. When you take RooWriter, you begin by choosing one of six reading packets on a variety of important issues. Next, you start the 72-hour writing period and the website assigns you a “prompt” consisting of questions to answer in an essay of 750-1,500 words. Then you will receive assessments from trained evaluators. The first time you take RooWriter, your student account will be billed a small charge and you can take the assessment again as many times as you want for no additional charge.