Simmons Academic Life Questions & Answers

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What's your favorite type of music to listen to while studying?

I like to listen to the premade playlists on Spotify. They have a category for studying! Soothing music without words is the way to go... (more)Read 1 Answer
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How do you destress?

Listen to music. Watch Netflix. Read a book. Just go on a random walk through the mall (buying nothing -- deciding what to buy and... (more)Read 8 Answers
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I have a lot of school work to do while home for Thanksgiving break. How do I explain to my family that I can't spend the whole time with them and that I have to do my work?

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When signing up for easy classes as a second semester senior, is it better to sign up for good professors with harder courses, or bad professors with easy classes?

Regardless of your year or semester in school, always take the harder class with the better professor. The other option is usually a... (more)Read 1 Answer
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Should I add a signature to my email that includes all of the activities I am involved in on campus and what I study, or should I just go without one?

Absolutely not. This is the most obnoxious thing in the world. Please do not list all of your activities on your email signature. It... (more)Read 7 Answers
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I'm thinking about hiring a tutor. Are there any helpful websites or apps that you would recommend to search for one?

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How do you get through writing a longer paper (10+ pages)?

I start out by making a detailed outline. I go through exactly what I want my intro, body paragraphs and conclusion to be, and I make... (more)Read 1 Answer
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I have to make a big presentation for a class and it counts as a big percentage of the grade but I hate public speaking and get super nervous. What can I do to make sure I don't tank my grade in the class by bombing the presentation?

Practice at makes perfect! Just make sure you have your material down and are really comfortable with what you are talking about and feel... (more)Read 5 Answers
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How do you avoid burnout as the end of the semester approaches?

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I love to read for fun, but with my current workload, I find that I don't have time to read for pleasure. How do I make time to balance reading for school and reading for pleasure?

Reading for fun is important but can be difficult when you're balancing a lot of assigned readings. To make sure you still get to do some... (more)Read 1 Answer
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Would you recommend taking morning classes or afternoon classes? I've always been a morning person, but I've heard that it's still better to take afternoon classes.

This depends on what type of person you are and when you are most alert. For some people, it is morning, and for others it is night. It... (more)Read 5 Answers
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How can I go about forming a study group in a class where I don't know anyone?

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What are some tips for making a good powerpoint presentation?

I have a few tips for you: (1) Make your slide cool, but professional: make use of different slide themes so that your audience is drawn... (more)Read 2 Answers
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It takes me forever to write essays because I can't focus or I don't know what to say. How can I improve my writing time?

My best advice is to look at your assignment and figure out what exactly you need to accomplish when writing it. Is it a research paper?... (more)Read 4 Answers
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I'm going home for Thanksgiving, and I have a ton of work to do, but it'll be the first time I've been home since the summer. How can I motivate myself to stay focused and study over the break?

I like to set myself daily goals. Before I can go to sleep, I must accomplish X,Y,Z. Or before lunch, I must do A,B,C. And I really keep... (more)Read 2 Answers
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What is one book that you would recommend everyone to read at least once in their life?

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I read it my senior year in high school and it was one of those books that leaves you changed after you... (more)Read 3 Answers
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How do people go about breaking down long, dense, complicated research papers?

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Other than the library and your dorm, where are some of your favorite places to study?

In the College Union Building. If I sit downstairs by the Starbucks, I can socialize a bit, and I enjoy the background noise of people... (more)Read 1 Answer
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What are some easy ways to stay organized in college?

My planner is my brain-- I'm almost useless without it. I write down all my deadlines and important events and keep lists of everything I... (more)Read 3 Answers

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