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I know I need to do SOMETHING different in my classes to achieve my goals, but I’m not sure what. Can McGraw help?
Nov. 16, 2021

As learners we adjust our approaches to learning to the features of each course—and all the courses (and other things in our schedules)—we are taking. Much figuring out of expectations and ways of teaching and testing is done at the beginning of a course. But, actually, this process of adjustment, or alignment of our learning with how we are…

Yes, burn out is a thing, and there are some things you can do about it.
March 25, 2021

Students (and others on campus, I might add) more frequently comment in the period after spring “break” that they are experiencing burn out. It seems people are feeling more depleted and less energized, and experience the ‘weight’ of their academic (and other) demands more powerfully and persistently. While some of the reasons for this are…

Studying and Exam Prep: What exactly are they, and how are they different?
April 30, 2020

It’s useful to distinguish the act of ‘studying’ from the process of ‘exam prep’ in order to home in on how to do each of them optimally. In short, while they certainly overlap both in terms of methods and mental processes involved, they differ in that studying generally emphasizes ‘taking in’ information and organizing, synthesizing and…

What Can I Do Now To Prepare For Dean’s Date & Finals?
April 20, 2020

Q: Finals feel far away, but I know they will come quickly. What can I do to get ready for finals?

A: With all the disruption to academics (and our lives) many students have voiced concerns that they’ll be as prepared for Dean’s Date and Finals once classes end as they usually are, so this is an important question. Recently we…

Getting into an “academic rhythm” when you are off campus/in isolation
April 9, 2020

Q: I can’t seem to get into an “academic rhythm” in the same way at home as I did when I was on campus—what are some things I can do?

A: When you find yourself stuck and trying to create new solutions, one good way to start the strategizing process is to think about what has worked for you in the past. You may not be able to implement…

How do I deal with spending so much time by myself, working alone and isolated?
April 2, 2020

Strive to make your academic work as collaborative as possible. Create study groups, contact friends to serve as accountability partners, be proactive in your classes to reach out to students you don’t already know. And, of course, devote non-academic time to meeting your social needs and just having fun “with” others.

I’m having a hard time motivating myself to “attend” online lectures and, especially, watch recorded ones. What can I do?
March 29, 2020

Whether you are on or off campus there is now a lot less structure to your day, fewer environmental and social cues that you are a student in college, and there may well be greater distractions of a less-than-ideal workspace, so your difficulty is understandable—and that’s not even considering the economic, health, and personal worries you might be having about COVID-19.

We Will Meet This Challenge Together
March 24, 2020

These are extraordinary times, times that will challenge us to work together, to seek support, to offer support. The McGraw Center is here to help those of you off campus and those on campus, and first years through seniors, to adapt to the new and unfamiliar ways you are being taught and the expectations and demands that go with the changes…