Keeping calm for finals week

Marie Idzikowski
Marie Idzikowski

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I saw this article on the vsuspectator.com website, and have been trying to adhere to it as much as possible. I actually printed a copy and posted it on my bedroom wall, kitchen fridge, and inside my laptop case, as reminders. I hope this will also help some of you as well. Plan your time One of the best and most helpful ways is to master the art of time management. There is nothing worse than to realize you have a ten page paper due the next day or five quizzes you just remembered that need to be taken. Procrastination is one of the worst things you can do to yourself during finals time. Planning out your assignments for each week should do wonders on those stress levels. This way you can do one small task at a time throughout the week. The last minutes occurrences and the quality of your work will improve with this method. Get to bed Whatever you do, don’t pull an all-nighter, especially during finals week. They just don’t work. Sure, you get tons of last minute work done, but at the cost of a sleepless night? Sleep deprivation does not improve work, it makes it look sloppy, and professors can usually tell when something was done the night before. And on top of all that, the stress on your body after not getting any sleep is more harmful than good. Our bodies need sleep to stay functional, and a sleepless night actually puts ore stress on your body. Start a study group Starting up a study group with friends and classmates can also...

MATC IT Recruitment Showcase at Downtown Campus – Demonstrate your skills to get hired – April 20, 2017

Vadim Mikhailenko

Vadim Mikhailenko

MATC IT Computer Support Program Instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Vadim is a pasionate IT instructor with 20 years of experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and makes students his top priority.
Vadim Mikhailenko
  This is your opportunity to highlight your personal experience, skills and accomplishments to area businesses who are looking to hire! Mark your calendar: Thursday, April 20, 2017 Milwaukee Campus Room M605 Time: 4:00PM-7:00PM Unlike the traditional “job fair,” this format is designed to facilitate engagement, and give you an opportunity to stand apart from other job seekers.   Download student packet for additional information: 2017 IT Recruitment Showcase Student Packet   Pictures below are from the 2016 “We’ve Got Top IT Talent” Showcase:   2017 MATC IT Recruitment Showcase - April-20-2017_ 4p-7p Downtown Campus (1) Every 20 minutes students have an opportunity to make a presentation for employers at the 2016 “We’ve Got Top IT Talent”...

How to Deal With Negative Thoughts and Emotions

Depression, Anxiety, Self-Loathing.  Did I get your attention?  These emotions are something everyone encounters on an almost daily basis.  Some deal with it consistently, every day, all day.  I need to preface this by saying dealing with these thoughts is remarkably easier said than done, I know from personal experience.  Let’s start with a little anecdote.  Throughout high school, I found myself in a pretty dark place.  Now, when I say dark place, I don’t mean take I was contemplating drastic measures to fix them.  I mean lackadaisical work ethic, no motivation or ambition, the feeling of impending failure do to my poor outlook on myself and everyone around me.  I was a cynical teenager, and in all honesty I’m still a pretty cynical 21 year old now.  Battling the negative thoughts that plagued my conscious was definitely an uphill battle, but I’m going to provide some insight as to how I exactly did it. Keep An Objective Mindset When attempting to deal with negative thoughts, it’s really easy to fall down the never-ending rabbit hole of negativity.  Looking at things in an objective manner keeps a realistic perspective on the issues at hand.  This thought process can be very detrimental as well though, and if you find yourself feeling even more troubled from these thoughts you should seek additional help.  Even if you resort to getting help from a third-party, they’re going to influence you to keep an objective mindset.  This will help prevent things being blown out of proportion, and to stay reasonable. Develop a Healthy Hobby I run, a lot.  Finding an organic way to alleviate...

Seven Ways to Improve Yourself

There should never be a day in your life where you feel improvement is unnecessary.  The day one becomes complacent is the day one stops the journey towards greatness.  That being said, it is sometimes incredibly difficult to comprehend what facets of life we need improvement in.  That will vary indefinitely, person to person.  That is something you as an individual will have to come to grips with.  On the contrary, there are ways to improve your mental/physical health in the general scheme of things:     Time Management Over the past few years I’ve slowly started to realize how vital managing time is.  Deadlines are more prominent than ever in my life recently, and it seems like I never have enough time to accomplish all that needs to be done.  Feeling overwhelmed is a far too common occurrence these days, and it could’ve all been alleviated with a little bit of time management. Balance This one is difficult.  Finding balance between all of life’s responsibilities is a daunting task to say the very least.  I consistently find myself desperately trying to balance friendships, relationships, two part-time jobs and a full-time student workload.  This takes time and personal experience to achieve.  If there’s one thing I could recommend, it would simply be; prioritize.  It is very difficult to do when the less important stuff is significantly more fun, but trust me, in the long run you’ll thank yourself. Keep A Consistent Schedule Keeping a schedule throughout the week facilitates many positive things in life.  I find getting up early, even when it’s not required, makes the day seem well spent....

Upgrade Office Computers to the Latest Windows Operating System

As new technology comes out, people and businesses usually need to evolve to keep up with technology. Keeping your business’ technology up to date is crucial to keep things running smoothly. For example, when an operating system becomes outdated, it might not have supported features anymore. Even worse, it might not even be supported at all once it is out of date. Do not let the risk of an outdated operating system affect your company. Come up with a plan to keep current with technology, and keep your business running fluidly. If you want to upgrade the computer operating system for your company, it is best to come up with a plan. Also, good communication is crucial to keeping a project on track. A project team is needed to start making initial plans and to review any questions. Some of those questions may be regarding what newest operating system is best, and what would be the cost. If your company decides to upgrade to the next version of the current operating system, you would need to review the requirements needed to run the newest version. Then you would need to compare those requirements with your company’s current computers. Some questions you might ask are: Are the computers powerful enough to run the newest operating system? How many computers does the company currently own? When will we be able to do the upgrade? Who will be affected by the upgrade? Will we have to have a training session for our employees to understand how the new system works? Next, the project team manager would communicate with all stakeholders and decide...

10 Benefits of Teamwork in the Workplace

  Everyone knows that teamwork in the workplace is an important factor in running a successful business. I strongly believe that teamwork is not only good for customs, but it is also good for the workers. It gives workers confidence knowing that they are not on their own and have people to support them on a day to day basis. This is why I would like to point of some of the top 10 benefits of teamwork in the workplace. Teamwork uses all individuals’ strengths and expertise giving workers clear responsibilities within the workplace. “Information is shared amongst the team members, maximizing the levels of knowledge and learning for the whole organization.” (https://toughnickel.com/business/15-Advantages-of-teamwork-in-the-workplace) Working as a team means there are more possible ideas and solutions when it comes to solving customer problems. “Teamwork gives people shared goals. It also gives individuals an interest in encouraging and aiding other members of the team to achieve those shared goals.” (https://toughnickel.com/business/15-Advantages-of-teamwork-in-the-workplace) Teamwork encourages ownership within the organization, and this makes team members feel more responsible and enthusiastic about the work they are doing. Workers attitudes are more positive when working as a team. They feel motivated and excited to complete tasks from being able to share and count on the reassurance and assistance of their team members. Ideas on how to improve workflow and moods within the company are more easily shared in companies with good teamwork, because members feel more comfortable sharing with the group. Customer problems are solved quicker when coworkers are working together as a team. Because problems are solved quicker when working as a team, this means that...