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For many, mid-terms are either underway or fast approaching! Check out these helpful tips and strategies from to better manage the stress of your exams and achieve superior Mustang performance!

1. Don’t cram: On this same note, don’t wait until the night before your exam to begin studying for it. Instead, begin preparing now! Setting aside study time, reviewing notes from class, and planning early will help you feel prepared. A 12-hour marathon study session won’t do anything but make you crazy, so remember to take short breaks every hour or so, even if only for 10 minutes. Leave your study area when you do — that bit of fresh air may be just what you needed to clear your head.

2. Enjoy the silence: If you aren’t attending a study session, find a quiet place where you can stay focused and uninterrupted — the library, an empty classroom, the park. Your dorm room may seem like the most obvious place, but have a plan B ready for when the distractions hit (and they will)....Click here to read more.


Well, despite some snow, ice, rain, and cold weather, we’ve all made it to the fourth week of classes! This is always an interesting time; it still feels like the start, but things are picking up quickly. Today, I’d like to talk about something that I’ve noticed both in my time as a college student and as a staff member here at SU about this time in the semester. Students tend to come in each semester ready to turn over a new leaf. They say “this semester, I’m going to [insert good study habit here] instead of [insert bad study habit here].” Now, I don’t want anyone to think I’m discouraging this type of thinking, but all too often students give up on those goals right around this point. Maybe due to a less-than-ideal-grade, because of a not-so-productive trip home for the weekend, or countless other reasons....Click here to read more.

This post is brought to you by Marisa (Missy) Elrick, who is a tutor in the Academic Link. Missy is currently a CRLA Level I certified tutor who is currently pursuing Level II certification.

It's happened to every college student at some point. You’re sitting in class, listening to the professor speak. You realize that you have no idea what you are doing. You stare blankly at the work in front of you, wondering how on earth you’re going to pass this class, and when you leave, you feel lost and anxious about the material. Or, maybe you’re confident you can get a good grade, but you know with a little extra support you can get a great one....Click here to read more.

USA Today reports a little over 50 percent of college students change their major at least once during their college career. Think about some of the reasons you chose your current major; is it possible those reasons have changed? Regardless of how long you’ve been a Mustang it’s important to constantly reflect on the value of the education you’re receiving:...Click here to read more.

Wow! What an exciting week and a half it has been here at SU. We are off to a great start here in the Academic Link; all of our student employees (tutors, receptionists, and PASS Leaders) have received the first part of their training. We have also seen some great success with our new WCONLINE scheduling system with over 450 students registered thus far (if you haven’t already done so, go to to get yourself an account!). What I’ve been most impressed with is that we have had over 50 tutoring appointments and it is only the beginning of the semester!...Click here to read more.

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