Finals Week Survival Guide

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Sleepy Study Cat

We don’t have Library cats here, but we do have some tips to get you through exams.

1.   Check out the Final Exam Schedule so that you know when your exams will be and plan ahead so that you give yourself plenty of time to study for each of them.
2.    Study in chunks. Block off specific hours of your schedule to study for each test you have to take. A ten minute study break every few hours is also a good idea.

3.     Schedule in some exercise. There’s no better way to relieve stress.  Don’t plan on studying non-stop the whole week.

4.    Take advantage of study groups.  A group can motivate you to get started and discussing difficult concepts with each other can aid in understanding.

5.    Take advantage of review sessions.  Most professors will touch on certain topics more heavily than others in review sessions and this might give you a better idea of what will be on the exam.

6.    Take advantage of your professor’s office hours.  If you’re unsure about anything, touch base with your professor or TA.

7.    Make sure you have the materials you’ll need for the test the night before.  Bring a back-up pen or pencil.

8.    Get a good night’s rest  and have a good breakfast before your test.  If you follow tip #1, you won’t have to stay up all night cramming.

9.    Don’t wait until your class is about to begin to get a bluebook.  If you need a blue book, you can pick it up at the Library Service Desk for 15 cents.

10.  Don’t psych yourself out.  You’ve studied, so don’t talk yourself into doing poorly.  Put yourself in confidence mode, visualize it all going right and think A+.

Star Wars themed LEGO® Event!

Lego Star Wars Days Rochester Lego Users Group

Do you or someone you know love LEGO®? Then this event is for you!

Star Wars Legos

You can register online now!

Join SUNY Geneseo students and members of the Rochester Lego Users Group in exploring and creating with Lego® bricks.

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Wadsworth Public Library, 24 Center St, Geneseo, NY 14454

Registration is required and attendance is limited to 80 participants

Registration sheets will be available at Wadsworth Public Library (starting on March 30th) and attendees must register prior to the event.

In this Star Wars themed event, members of the Rochester Lego Users Group will introduce basic concepts in Lego® design and showcase some of their creations. Attendees will get a chance to build their own creations, and take part in mini challenges. SUNY Geneseo students will be lending a hand to help younger enthusiasts in designing and creating their projects.

This event is FREE and open to anyone interested in Lego® creation and NO experience required!

To register, visit Wadsworth Public Library. For more information please email Michelle Costello ([email protected])

Spring is in the Air!

Milne Library Imaginarium

Images of the items available in the Imaginarium. Tables, Cricut, chairs. Are you an education major looking for materials to use on a project, lesson plan, or in the classroom? If your answer is yes, then the Imaginarium is the place for you! Here, we have a variety of materials such as a di-cut machine with many different di-cut stencils, a paper cutter, and construction paper. You can also use this space to work on group projects, plan lessons, and study for your education classes!

This semester, Carmen Fisher-Olvera and Alison Gleason will be the people to go to should you need assistance with a lesson plan or a project. Alison will be holding her office hours in the Imaginarium on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00 pm. Carmen’s office hours will be Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The Imaginarium is open all hours that the library is open. Stop by during our office hours should you need assistance with anything!

Best of luck this semester,

Alison and Carmen

Lesson Plans: Engage Students and Enhance Learning!

PBS LearningMedia

It can be difficult and time consuming to find reliable resources for creating and implementing lesson plans, specifically those that point to interactive and engaging material.  Here are three that display high-quality content & align with learning standards: PBS LearningMedia, Illuminations and Library of Congress.

These resources are helpful to use while creating lesson plans for your classes and for use with students in the classroom. In addition to containing subject and topic specific videos, they are also rich in lesson planning and activity ideas, many aligned to learning standards.

PBS LearningMedia provides access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. To take full advantage of this resource, you will need to sign up for a free account.

Illuminations is designed to provide Standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. Lessons and interactives are searchable by NCTM’s Principles and Standards and by the Common Core State Standards.

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching. You will find lesson plans that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.

In addition to providing access to online resources, Milne Library houses a large collection of teaching strategy guides. These guides, from all major subject areas, display a variety of teaching topics with summaries of best practices on teaching these topics.

A few titles include:

  • The writing strategies book: Your everything guide to developing skilled writers with 300 strategies by Jennifer Serravallo – call # curr 372.6 SER 2017
  • Differentiation in middle & high school: Strategies to engage all learners by Kristina J. Doubet, & Jessica A. Hockett – call # curr 371.9 DOU 2015
  • Problem-based learning in the earth and space science classroom, K-12 by Tom J. McConnell, Joyce Parker, & Janet Eberhardt – call # curr 550 MCC 2017
  • Teaching STEM outdoors: Activities for young children by Patty Born Selly – call# curr 372.3 SEL 2017
  • Developing fractions knowledge by Amy J. Hackenberg, Anderson Norton, & Robert J. Wright – call # curr 372.7 HAC 2016
  • Social studies & exceptional learners by Darren Minarik & Timothy Lintner – call #  curr 372.83 MIN 2016

For more resource ideas, visit the Education Lesson Planning guide, or contact the Education Librarian, Michelle Costello, directly at [email protected]