Mount Holyoke Academic Life Questions & Answers

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I need to take extra classes to finish my double-major; what are some strategies to make the extra work more manageable?

Don't procrastinate! When you've got a heavy class load, it's imperative you stay on top of the reading and assignments as they're... (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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What's the best way to organize your Midterm study schedule? Has anything in particular worked for you in the past?

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How can I stay focused during class later in the day when I'm feeling tired?

Consider going to sleep earlier so you feel less tired throughout the day, having some coffee on days when you have a long class... (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 can you find out whether or not a minor is right for you?

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If you've taken an online course, what was your experience like? Did you find it easier or more difficult to stay focused and on-track, compared to a traditional class?

I loved online courses, but I'm also a very organized individual. I found it a little more difficult to stay on track (just because you... (more)Read 1 Answer
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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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Is it a good idea to study a second language in college? Is knowing a second language a benefit when applying for jobs?

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My professor allows three un-excused absences without punishment for the semester. If I'm stressed with other work, should I use these absences or do you think it will indirectly affect my grade?

It won't impact your grade, as these are three, allowed absences. However, it's always a good rule of thumb to save these as long as you... (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?

It does look more official to have an email signature. However, you don't want it to be overwhelming at the end of an email. Put your... (more)Read 4 Answers
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What are the benefits/drawbacks of declaring a more general major/minor compared to a more specific major/minor?

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How did you stay motivated on the weekends?

I like to make a to-do list for everything that I want to get done over the weekend, and from there I like to make a rough schedule of... (more)Read 2 Answers
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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.

Like it's been said, it depends on many factors. One that was not mentioned that I have to take into consideration is when I can find... (more)Read 4 Answers
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What are some of people's favorite class topics that they have taken so far in college?

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What are the best study tips for science midterms? Anything from time management to study strategies to supplies needed.

I like to make flashcards when I'm studying, especially for exams that require a lot of memorization. Between making them and going... (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 you decide if you should double major or just add a minor? What are the pros and cons of each?

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What advice do you have for someone whose parents don't support their college major?

Show them that you are thriving in your major. Work hard so you have great grades to show and get involved with clubs and internships to... (more)Read 3 Answers
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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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