Tips to Ensure Success at X

Obtain a copy of the Academic Calendar for the year you started your degree. (Copies of the StFX Academic Calendar can be downloaded from the Registrar’s Office web space).

Review the sections of the Calendar that pertain to your degree and program.

Arts students should read Chapter 4 of the Academic Calendar as well as the Chapter 9 sections related to their particular majors and minors.

Business
students should read Chapter 5 of the Academic Calendar as well as the Chapter 9 sections related to their program and optional minors.

Science students should read Chapter 7 of the Academic Calendar as well as the Chapter 9 sections related to their particular majors and minors.

Graduate students should read Chapter 8 of the Academic Calendar as well as the Chapter 9 sections related to their particular programs.
 

There are forty academic departments on campus. If you have questions about a particular program, the Departmental Chairs and Program Coordinators are excellent resources.

See an Academic Advisor. If you have worked your way through our resources and find you are still having difficulties, make an appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor.

 

Time Management Tips

  • Write down important dates on a calendar for exams, assignments, and other projects.
  • Make a weekly or monthly schedule to get an overall picture of when you will be busiest and when you will have free time.
  • Make a task list to keep track of things you need to do on a daily basis, making sure you have all materials required.
  • Use short breaks in your daily schedule (such as an hour between classes) wisely. Schedule appointments on campus, check email or Moodle, or review your class notes.
  • Break large tasks into smaller pieces that can be completed within a few hours (or even a few minutes).
  • Procrastination happens, but don't let it take over your life. Pay attention to what makes you procrastinate and try to avoid those triggers, especially during high stress times.
  • Plan your time to include doing things that you enjoy. No one can - or wants to - study all the time!
  • Be patient and flexible. If certain time management strategies don't work for you, try a different strategy.

 

Stress Busters for Exams and Midterms

  • Reduce study materials to outlines, note cards, or a few key study pages.
  • Overlearn the material.  When you think you have studied enough, read it over once more.
  • Do a “Dump Sheet”.  When the exam is distributed, and everything you need to remember is running through your head, write it out (“dump it”) on the back of the exam.
  • Look over the questions to familiarize yourself with the test.
  • Budget your time.  Spend more time on questions worth the most points.  Don’t leave the 20-point essay question to the end and not have enough time to finish it because you were putting too much effort into a 2-point or 5-point question.
  • Don’t panic when you don’t know the answer.  Skip it and go back to it later.
  • If time allows, review your answers.
  • Use positive self-talk and have a positive attitude toward the test.  Reward yourself for completing it and don’t dwell on potential mistakes.
  • Learn relaxation techniques:  deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, positive self-talk.