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50 Tips, 50 Days of Class: 50 Ways to Enjoy Autumn Quarter!

young couple sitting under tree surrounded by autumn leavesWeek one

  1. Caffeine can improve memory skills and reaction times of the actions. In addition, caffeine increases brain activity in two locations: the memory-rich frontal lobe and the attention-controlling anterior cingulum. A cup of coffee or tea can help achieve this.
  2. Consume "3 a day" - A healthful meal plan includes three servings of low-fat milk, cheese or yogurt every day. This combined with physical activity help build strong bones to last a lifetime.
  3. Milk and many other dairy products contain: Calcium, protein, potassium, phosphorus, Vitamins A, B12 and D, Riboflavin, Niacin.
  4. Consume lactose-free foods if preferred - If you avoid milk because of lactose intolerance, the most reliable way to get the health benefits of milk is to choose alternatives with less lactose within the milk group, such as cheese, yogurt or lactose-free milk. (Brands: Silk Soy, Wildwood, WholeSoy, Lactaid)
  5. Begin using the IMA! It is such a wonderful facility that you pay 35 dollars every quarter for (included in your tuition). The building contains three floors of pure goodness.

Week two

  1. Do not skip class!  Do the math. For a full time, Washington resident student, average tuition is about $4000 a quarter. If there are 10 weeks each quarter that means each week costs $400. Each week there are 5 days, which means each day to be in class costs $80. Each day there are on average three classes, each costs $27 to attend. No matter the length of the class, YOU are paying $27 to be in class per session.
  2. Odegaard Library is often better for socializing than studying. If you really need to study try the Suzzallo Library, the Law Library, Mary Gates Hall or the Allen Library.
  3. Replace some or all sugary snacks with protein-rich snacks (such as nuts, peanut butter, string cheese, or lean meat) later in the day to prevent plummeting blood sugar levels, which can cause clamminess, hunger, anxiety, and headaches.
  4. When you are craving a Diet Coke or other sodas, think pomegranate juice! The pomegranate has a high amounts of disease-fighting antioxidants. It is also quite high in potassium and fiber, and contains vitamin C and niacin. Pomegranate juice has been used to treat inflammation, sore throats, and rheumatism.
  5. When it comes to eating meals, eat in portions. Even though you might have signed up for the most expensive meal plan, it does not mean you need to stuff your face every time you eat a meal. Spread the food out! (Eat a meal every 4 hours, and in between eat snacks every 2 hours)

Week three

  1. Time management is essential to academic success at the University of Washington. Be sure to be able to plan out time to do homework and have fun. USE YOUR PLANNER!!
  2. There are many places to receive subject help; here are just a few:
    1. CLUE sessions at night located in Mary Gates Hall give a variety of help in different classes.
    2. The Instructional Center (IC) located in the Office of the Minority Affairs near Lander and Terry gives tutoring for over 200 UW courses. Students can apply at the front desk of the building to use the services available. For more information please visit the Office of the Minority Affairs website.
    3. Chemistry Study Center located on the 3rd floor of Bagley Hall
    4. Math Study Center located in the basement of Communications Hall
    5. Check with your department to see if they offer help for YOUR area!
  3. When working out at the IMA, find a work out buddy to help you stay motivated, increasing your results.
  4. Get to know your TAs and professors. It might seem like a hassle or feel embarrassing to talk to them, but they are the people who can help you succeed in a class.
  5. When it comes time to pay tuition, save time by paying online at MyUW or just drop your checks in the drop box outside of Schmitz hall.

Week four

  1. During a long period of studying, it is good to spread out your time and make outlines of what information needs to be studied
  2. A good way to retain information is to study for an hour and then take a 20 minute nap as a break.
  3. You may think that energy drinks will keep you hydrated and energized for a full day's worth of studying, but remember, energy drinks give you only a temporary energy boost. The "boost" typically comes from the large amount of sugar and caffeine these drinks contain. Energy drinks are not necessarily bad for your health. But you shouldn't see them as some "natural" energy boost — the boost they give is from caffeine.
  4. Eat healthy snacks such as granola bars, energy bars, and fruit and veggies!
  5. Before your mid-term, take deep breaths in through your nose and out from your mouth. Sugar-free chewing gum can also help you stay focused.

Week five

  1. Take a chance by attending some club meetings; you might find something worthwhile. Visit the Registered Student Organizations (RSO) website.
  2. If you are tired of dorm food and campus food, try the selection of restaurants on the University Way (the Ave.). Most of these restaurants take Husky cards (note this is not part of the residential dining account), debit cards, credit cards, and cash.
  3. For commuters, less is more. Try to keep your baggage to a minimum when riding the transit buses. This way you lessen the chance of losing valuables on the bus and prevent muscle strains!
  4. Be sure you know what side of the street your bus comes on and which direction you are going. Do not be afraid to ask bus drivers questions about your itinerary before walking onto a bus.
  5. The U-Pass is worth every penny. Use it and the buses to lessen traffic and air pollution. Plus, get all sorts of merchant discounts. Visit the U-Pass website for more information.

Week six

  1. Do not slack off or procrastinate! Pulling "all nighters" is not the best idea for success in academics. Studies have shown that sleep is beneficial for consolidating and strengthening memory. A good night's rest can only benefit you in the long run.
  2. Remember to go to class!
  3. Talk to an academic counselor and find information about interesting majors. The Gateway Center in Mary Gates Hall has informational sheets about many of the majors for the College of Arts and Sciences. Explore online as well. Talk to a counselor.
  4. Even though midterms are over, keep studying - finals are only a few weeks away.
  5. Find time to explore the University District and downtown Seattle.

Week seven

  1. Since it is rainy season in Seattle, remember to wear comfortable walking shoes. Red Square may and can become a hazardous area - meaning the ground may become very slippery (try and avoid wearing flip flops).
  2. Attend a Husky football game if you have not yet! Show some Husky pride! Wear Purple and Gold! Lose your voice cheering for our great football team!
  3. Fall Quarter is almost ending, but keep meeting new friends. College is one of the greatest places to start creating a social network.
  4. Remember to stretch in the morning to loosen up your muscles.
  5. Bundle up, the weather is becoming chilly!
  6. Remember to keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water. Recommended amount of water is 1.5 liters. Another benefit of water is ability to flush out your system to help fight off illness.

Week eight

  1. Stress may be building inside of you, a good way to rid of the stress can be accomplished in a few minutes may be all you need. A quiet room with a chair or bean bag to relax in. Just concentrate on your breathing for 5-10 minutes. Listen to your lungs inhale and exhale. Breathe slowly and gently.
  2. Eat healthy cereals for breakfast!  Studies show that the old adage--breakfast is the most important meal of the day--is actually true.  Eating a well-balanced breakfast can help you avoid illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.
  3. Abide by school policy about designated smoking areas.
  4. Many club activities and events are posted in the Husky Union Building (HUB), so don't hesitate and see what events could be occurring today!

Week nine

  1. Going to the IMA for an hour everyday prior to finals help keep stress levels low.
  2. Do not put off studying for finals week, it is time to start and study.
  3. Stay away from parties with too much alcohol prior to finals. Study hard and then party.
  4. Now is a great time to create study groups for finals, even getting your TAs involved if the opportunity arises! The best use of a study group is to meet once everyone has reviewed the course material to discuss what problems or questions could come up on the final exam.
  5. One great way to keep yourself on track is to create a study plan. Schedule when you will push yourself to study, when to exercise, and when to meet in your study group.

Week ten

  1. Crunch time for finals! By now you should know the basics in your classes. Use as much time as permissible to study in depth for each subject. Do Extra Problems! Outline Information! Learn to apply the information you have retained all quarter!
  2. Do not freak out. A great idea for studying is to work alone for the weeks before the final, and form study groups the last week before finals. During the study group meetings try and formulate questions that have a chance of being on the final.
  3. Time yourself for each subject that you are studying for.
  4. Ask your TAs for study tips!
  5. During the last week of the quarter, the University Bookstore begins their "Book Buy Back" sale. The earlier you sell your books back, the more money you get. Remember to keep all your receipts for the Customer Rebate!

Authored by: Peer Health Educator

Reviewed by: Hall Health Center Mental Health Clinic staff, January 2014