CMU Academic Life Questions & Answers

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What are some ways you stay focused and alert during a lecture? Especially if the material just isn't that interesting.

I like to knit. It keeps my hands busy and mind alert, but I am proficient enough at it that I do not have to look at the knitting very... (more)Read 1 Answer
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How do you destress?

Listen to music, watch Youtube or Netflix, practice breathing exercises, sip some tea! (more)Read 9 Answers
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What are some of your favorite activities to do off your college campus during Winter?

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I want to get ahead on some reading over winter break, but I tend to lose motivation once the semester is over. What are some ways to ensure that I stick to my goal?

Create a schedule for yourself! Divide the books pages by the number of days you would like to finish it, then plan to read those pages... (more)Read 3 Answers
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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?

Absolutely not. This is the most obnoxious thing in the world. Please do not list all of your activities on your email signature. It... (more)Read 7 Answers
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How many books do you read in a year completely? Are they nonfiction or fiction?

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What are people's strategies for remaining calm, cool, and collected during finals season?

Be strategic and methodical about what you absolutely have to do to complete finals. Then, list it out and apply a time window to get it... (more)Read 2 Answers
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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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What are some ways to keep your energy up (besides coffee) during late-night study sessions?

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How do people set up an awesome, academic PowerPoint presentation? How much text do you include on each slide?

When you're making a PowerPoint presentation, you never want to overwhelm viewers with a ton of text on each slide and nothing to break... (more)Read 1 Answer
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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.

This depends on what type of person you are and when you are most alert. For some people, it is morning, and for others it is night. It... (more)Read 5 Answers
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What are some good sites for selling your textbooks at the end of the semester?

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What are some techniques for memorizing information for tests or recitations?

I usually find making handwritten flashcards or study guides really helpful, as the act of writing out the information helps me remember... (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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What are some helpful phone and/or computer applications to ensure that you stay on top of things and meet all of your deadlines during finals?

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I accidentally missed an assignment, which is very uncharacteristic of me. How do I show my professor that I do care and am a responsible student?

I would either speak with them after class or attend office hours to explain that this is uncharacteristic and to demonstrate that you... (more)Read 1 Answer
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Under what circumstances am I allowed to ask for a schedule change for my finals?

If you have some kind of immediate family emergency, like a death or a serious illness. In both cases, some form of documentation would... (more)Read 4 Answers
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I feel like my professor was unfair in grading my presentation. He wasn't clear about what he wanted and he took off points for items that were not even included on the rubric. How do people suggest to approach this situation?

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What's a good way to divide your time between subjects when you have multiple finals on the same day without feeling overwhelmed?

Balance the finals by dividing your days half and half with studying. Don't do everything for one subject in one day, but switch between... (more)Read 1 Answer
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Is college really worth it?

It all depends on how you feel about college and how you see yourself fitting in the educational system. College is not for everyone, and... (more)Read 3 Answers

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