Posted By: Annie Wang on November 30, 2010
“Never question how exceptional you are” -QSB Professor
As the fall semester wraps up to a close, it’s hard not to wonder how these past few months have flown by. And here’s the irony: though each day seems to be filled with long hours and at the conclusion of each evening the epic “to-do list” has still yet to be conquered, a semester seems to pass in no time at all.
Yesterday, we submitted our term-project in marketing. Our marketing professor asked us what we learned in the course and- well, I didn’t know what to say. I suppose the biggest lesson I had was that marketing in itself involves much more than just people in suits and orthopaedic shoes trying to get kids to buy their brand of sugary cereal or convince the general public that a certain brand of toothpaste would result in an uber-awesome pearly smile.
December begins tomorrow. The exam panic is beginning to settle, but I thought I’d give a quick overview of some of the academic help/support available:
- Professor Office Hours: check your course webpage, professors really don’t bite and know the most about the exam
- Teaching Assistants Hours: check your course webpage, TAs are great resources and have obviously excelled in the course previously
- BrainTrust Tutors: a great one-on-one work environment, where the tutee pays $10/hour and ComSoc reimburses the tutor with an additional $10/hour
- BrainTrust Tutorials: a $40 group review session, which offers helpful summary notes
- CourseCram/External Review Sessions: usually a $100 group review session which is much more thorough and in-depth
And here are my 2-cents: while it can be helpful to attend a review session to ensure that you understand course concepts, please don’t rely solely on them to study! First year is a definite adjustment, but remember that your academic success is definitely not related to the amount of money/time spent in review sessions. Challenge yourself and study smart. The opportunity to share a learning environment with so many exceptional students in itself is exceptional.
(Personally, I find that having a small piece of chocolate before an exam helps me stay focused during an exam)
P.S. Something I thought I’d share: our professor also posted a humorous summary of USA market and economic conditions, “quantitative easing explained”- http://www.minyanville.com/dailyfeed/quantitative-easing-explained/
Annie Wang (BComm 2013)