Hello everyone! My name is Hannah and I’m a senior marketing major here at Suffolk. I have a pretty busy schedule between classes, tutoring, and on campus activities. Today, I’m going to tell you about what I keep in my backpack to survive the week.
Laptop: This is an obvious one! We live in the digital age where most textbooks are digital. I often take notes on my laptop in class and utilize google docs for group projects. Yay for classes that are getting rid of paper handouts! Save the trees!
Phone: Not for texting in class! I use my phone to maintain CLAS’ social media accounts! Follow @su_clas on Instagram and @SuffolkCLAS on Twitter to stay up to date with what we’re doing! I also heavily use the Dunkin mobile app - what can I say? Hannah runs on Dunkin. Spotify is another necessity for me. I listen to music on the train to and from campus, and sometimes when doing homework in the library. Not to mention, students can get Spotify Premium for only $5 a month!!! I also keep my ID, MBTA Pass, and card in a sticky card holder on the back of my phone - everything I could need for the day.
Planner: I live out of my planner. I’m the type of person who has to write down homework and appointments in order to keep track. There is nothing more satisfying than crossing items off your checklist once you complete them. I suggest writing everything down at the beginning of the week that is due for the rest of that week so you can stay ahead!
Water Bottle: I drink a lot of water throughout the day. There are so many health benefits to drinking water. Water increases energy, reduces fatigue, and boosts your immune system among many other things. Stay hydrated Rams!
Lunch/Snacks: I don’t know about you, but I’m always hungry. Since I live off campus, I try to make food at home as often as I can. You may catch me walking around campus carrying a bright turquoise lunch bag. It usually contains either a sandwich, some pasta, maybe a turkey burger, and then many snacks. I love clementines, strawberries, Luna bars, goldfish, and hummus - just to name a few. Fueling your body with nutritious food will help you stay alert and focused in class throughout the day!
A couple of other necessities include:
Keys: Don’t be the roommate who keeps getting locked out - I promise you it’s no fun
Headphones: Your means to listen to Spotify or to block out noisy library goers
Pens/Pencils: PaperMate mechanical pencils for me and my assortment of free Suffolk pens
Chapstick: We live in a wind tunnel… save your lips from getting chapped
Notebook Paper: For that one class you must handwrite things…you don’t want to ask for it
Sunglasses: When it’s sunny and you’re blinded by the Millenium Tower
Chargers: You need to keep those electronics charged - could you even survive without them?
By Michaela Fawcett
CLAS Writing Tutor
Now that it’s February, it’s time to spring back into action at Suffolk. Club meetings are in full swing, classes have officially begun, and everyone is returning to the schedule and routine that is often forgotten over winter break. Since we’re now past syllabus week and everyone has settled into their classes, it is time to prepare for those fast-approaching first tests. Follow these super simple tricks for studying to feel prepared for test taking season:
Finals officially begin next week, and it seems like everyone is having a case of the “Sunday scaries” every day of the week. Coming to the realization that all your work has to be in during the next two weeks is enough to raise anyone’s blood pressure, but having the proper study location is an outstanding aid to surviving finals week. Here are a few of my favorite locations around Boston to do homework that has been piling up:
Now that you have a few study spots, it’s time to get studying! Try to keep your stress levels low and motivation high, and visit the CLAS for study tips, tutoring, and more as we wrap up the semester.
CLAS Writing Tutor
Thanksgiving recess is almost upon us, and the anticipation for family time and turkey is growing day-by-day. It seems so sudden that the end of the semester is nearing, and the rush to prepare for last-minute group projects and final tests has begun. If you’re someone that tends to lose drive after Thanksgiving break, here are a few tips to stay motivated and finish the semester strongly:
2. Make an appointment at the CLAS.
If you know that a certain paper may be difficult to write or a class has been particularly hard, be proactive and make an appointment at the Center for Learning and Academic Success for tutoring. It is much easier to maintain motivation and work on an essay at home if you know that you have an appointment to work on it with a tutor later in the week.
3. Set aside time to relax or do something fun.
Don’t forget to give yourself a portion of time each day to unwind or do something that you love! If you keep yourself too busy, it’s easy to become exhausted and lose all motivation. Whether it be spending an hour at the gym or watching an episode of your favorite Netflix series at the end of the day, make sure you set aside some time for yourself.
4. Set small goals, and celebrate your successes.
Return from Thanksgiving recess with a few small goals- finish a project by a certain date, study two hours for a test, or anything else related to preparing for finals. Writing down specific goals can be inspiring as it allows you to also cross them off of the list as you succeed. Try to accomplish each of these goals to the best of your ability and celebrate your achievements when they occur.
Hopefully these tips will provide a little bit of balance during this time of the year and re-energize you to finish out the semester with more motivation than usual. If you have any questions or need more suggestions to maintain drive, I encourage you to visit the ninth floor of 73 Tremont, where you can gobble up some support!
As midterms pass and we enter the push to Thanksgiving, I thought I would try to make your lives a little easier. As a junior, I consider myself an expert Suffolk student. I know the ins and outs of the campus, all the best places to eat, to study, and much more.
If you’re interested in learning about Suffolk’s best, keep reading!
Good luck Rams!
Hannah Davies, CLAS Tutor
Best place to eat on campus:
73 Café Santa Fe Salad all the way
Best deal off campus:
Avana Sushi 2 à ask for the special combo: soup/salad AND two whole sushi rolls for $10!!!
Best food to eat in the dining halls:
Chicken caesar wrap with fries
Best place to use up Ram account money:
Rite Aid: 100 Cambridge St #102, Boston, MA 02114
19th floor of Miller Hall (check out the pic above as evidence!)
Best place for group meetings:
Library study rooms
Book them online with a friend or many
Best place to get some fresh air:
City Hall Plaza
Plenty of places to sit down, eat lunch, and people watch. Plus, it’s only right around the corner from campus.
Best quiet spot on campus:
9th floor Commons, 73 Tremont
New this year and always quiet!
Best place to study:
CLAS of course! Our tutors are the best! 9th floor of 73 Tremont
Make an appointment with us today!
The semester has taken off full speed ahead, leaving many of us wondering where and how the time flew by so quickly. It’s about that time of the semester where students are thinking about the goals that they’ve met or haven’t met yet (and that’s okay!). Understandably as a college student trying to maintain grades, social obligations, and personal well-being we tend to lose track of many things, our goals included. It’s important to remember when setting to reach goals they need to be well-defined, realistic, and self-satisfying. smart goals are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound.
Specific: What will the goal accomplish? How and why will it be accomplished?
Measurable: How will you measure whether or not the goal has been reached?
Achievable: Is it possible? Have others done it successfully? (But remember not to compare your own successes to others! Use role models and inspirations as a point of reference.) Do you have the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources to accomplish the goal? (If not, how can you go about doing so? Would tutoring or academic coaching bet to your benefit?)
Results-focused: What is the reason, purpose, or benefit of accomplishing the goal? What is the result (not activities leading up to the result) of the goal?
Time-bound: What is the established completion date and does that completion date create a practical sense of urgency? Are you allowing yourself enough time to accomplish this goal?
If you’re ever in need of figuring out what your goals are and how to achieve them, feel free to stop by the Division of Student Success where we can help you with a variety of topics including academic achievement, study abroad fulfillment, and career guidance!
Written Abby Shobajo
Welcome (back) to Boston Rammies!
Whether you have been soaking up the sun on the beach, exploring the world, taking classes, or working your tail off, I hope you all had a wonderful summer! Although it may be stressful to begin the first semester of a new year, this is an extremely exciting time on campus. Suffolk’s clubs and departments bring so many amazing programs and services to campus each week, providing us the perfect way to unwind, destress, and conquer the Fall Semester. New classes, new professors, and new material may be daunting; however, there is always an outlet that helps us find success!
I asked some of the tutors in the CLAS, club presidents, and staff on campus their favorite ways to destress and/or tackle coursework at the beginning of each semester. Their advice will help us all FALLow the steps to success this autumn season.
Arly (Program Council President): “Stepping outside the classroom and enjoying my free time with others in programming helps me put my academic stress to the side and allows me to think creatively in a unique setting. It is a time to forget about school work and just have a good time!”
Quing Li (Tutor): “I go to the Charles River and maybe go to the park to relax. The best way to step away from school or work is to be close to nature. Sometimes, animals such as cats, dogs and birds helps too!”
Sylvan Huynh (Tutor): “I dance with W!CKED Hip-Hop Dance Crew. Being a part of a Performing Arts Office group is a great way to escape and have fun.”
Hamza Rhioui (Tutor): “Set clear goals and objectives to achieve. Make sure you exercise during the week. Sleep Well!”
Kait Bouthillette (Staff): “My top two strategies to unwind is to practice yoga or binge-watch a great show on Netflix. As a student, whenever I was feeling stressed, I would go chat with my professor during office hours or make an appointment with a peer tutor.”
Mira Abouself (Tutor): “I like scheduling future events with PAO/SLI (Six Flags trip), playing board games and socialize with friends, walking outside, and going to the esplanade.”
Sarah Tavana (Tutor): “When I feel stressed I go for a walk and listen to light music and then go to a coffee shop and drink a hot coffee or tea, and that really calms me down.”
Although these are always great ways to remove ourselves from school work and destress, sometimes we do FALL behind the first half of the semester. The CLAS and Division of Student Success offers amazing services such as 1 on 1 tutoring, study groups, drop in study session, workshops, academic coaching, academic advising, etc. to help students get back on track. Feel free to stop by the 9th floor of 73 to inquire about what the Division of Student Success can do for you!
Happy spring everyone! The approach of finals week is always met with mixed emotions; we’re excited but overwhelmed, and stressed but so close to feeling relieved. For me, this year is more bittersweet than ever as I’ll be graduating in just a few short weeks. I’ve been a contributor and editor to this blog for 3 years now, and it’s hard to believe this is the last post I’ll write. In this blog, I’d like to share with you all a little bit about my experience here at the CLAS and what I’m going to be taking with me when I leave.
I became a writing tutor at the CLAS at the end of my sophomore year, when one of my English professors recommended me for the role. I was just getting acclimated to college life, had just picked up my English major, and had no teaching experience; so needless to say I was hesitant to apply. But looking back on it now, becoming a writing tutor was one of the best decisions I’ve made at Suffolk. Writing tutoring isn’t about being the grammar police; it’s been the most rewarding, challenging, and enlightening work experience I’ve had. I’ve learned just as much from my tutees as they have from me and I’ve had the opportunity to work with such bright, awesome students who approach learning from so many different perspectives.
I’ve not only loved tutoring itself, but one of the best parts of my job has been being a part of the CLAS community. The CLAS has changed a lot over the years, but what hasn’t changed is its devotion to helping students. There’s just some things that you only understand if you’re a tutor (especially when you’re like Sydney Fonseca and me, who can basically read each other’s tutor minds after 3 years of working together). My supervisors and fellow tutors have encouraged and supported me throughout my time here, and I could not thank them enough. I feel very fortunate to have worked with people who truly care about students, and want to help their Suffolk experience be the best it can be.
So, to conclude my last blog post, I want to encourage you to make use of the CLAS no matter where you are in your Suffolk journey. Coming in for a 30 minute tutoring appointment could make that stats exam just a little less scary, or becoming a tutor just might help you stumble upon a passion for education, like it did for me. Thank you so much for reading my posts for the last 3 years, and I can’t wait to see what comes next for the CLAS blog. Wishing you all the best of luck with finals and beyond!
Welcome back everyone! Whether you were cruising in the Caribbean or braving the storm in Boston, I hope you all had wonderful spring breaks. Now that we’re back, we are truly in the home stretch to the end of the semester! This is an exciting time, but also a time that can be draining for our motivation. If you’re feeling this way, this blog is dedicated to letting you know that you’re not alone! Because we are all in the same boat, I asked some of our CLAS tutors to share how they stay motivated, productive, and #SpringintoSuccess during the spring semester!
Thanh (Finance and Math tutor): I make sure to get energized every morning. Staying positive and feeling good inside and out is so important!
Michelle (Writing tutor): Always remember your motivations.
Julie (Stats tutor): Try your best to stay ahead of your work; you’ll be less overwhelmed at the end of the semester.
Ariana (Writing tutor): I ALWAYS use my planner, even at the end of the semester!
Rayhane (Business and ISOM tutor): I try to do one thing at a time and stay very organized during the week and I always set aside “me” time on the weekends.
Amanda (Writing tutor): I make sure to reward myself when I get all my work done or do well on an assignment.
My tip: Find your balance. Making sure you’re staying on track will alleviate stress and allow you to enjoy all of the fun things going on during this time of the semester.
I hope you will be able to make use of these tips during your spring semester. Check out our social media pages for more info on how to #SpringintoSuccess!
Did you know that the CLAS offers free, interactive, and fun English Language Workshops? These workshops are designed for students looking to learn about and improve their English skills. Each workshop is held in a supportive, small-group setting with an experienced tutor specializing in a particular subject. If you are an international student or English language learner, these workshops could be a great way for you to not only improve your grammar and succeed in your classes, but also to learn some of the culture associated with the English language. These workshops differ from working one on one with a writing tutor because you don’t need to bring in a paper or assignment; the workshops provide general knowledge about the English language as a whole in a fun and collaborative way. Here are some of the details on these awesome workshops:
Pronunciation: In this workshop, we will do exercises and activities that will improve your English pronunciation.
Facilitator: Jamie Bondar 73 Tremont Room 9022
TOEFL Workshop: In this workshop, we will cover strategies for success to help students improve their reading, grammar, speaking, and listening skills for the TOEFL exam and beyond.
Facilitator: George Scala 73 Tremont Room 9022
Revising Papers for Busy People: Overworked? Stressed about your paper? Running out of time? We'll show you quick and dirty tips and tricks to make your paper better, faster.
Facilitator: Ben Tanaka 73 Tremont Room 9022
Networking and Smalltalk: In this conversation workshop, we will cover social situations, buying and selling, interviewing for jobs, and expressing yourself clearly and politely anyplace with anyone.
Facilitator: Tom Filbin
73 Tremont Room 8060
Supernatural in Contemporary Pop Culture: In this conversation workshop, we will watch video clips of popular TV shows about the supernatural and discuss.
Facilitator: Suzanne Morris
73 Tremont Room 8060
From Music to Memes: Improving Your Grammar While Having Fun!
Facilitator: Olivia Cerrone 73 Tremont Room 9022
American Slang and Idioms: In this conversation-based workshop, we will explore American Slang and Idiomatic expressions.
Thursdays 5-6 Facilitator: Hillary Sabbagh
73 Tremont Room 9014
If any of these workshops look interesting to you, I encourage you to stop by! There is no sign up or commitment, and you will absolutely leave having learned something new. If you have any additional questions, please email Brian Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.