Tips for a Snow Day

Snow day = Bonus day

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Colleges are not quick to cancel classes, because there just are not that many class sessions in a semester.  But there are times that the weather or other issues cause one of your classes or the entire college campus to shut down giving you a day away from school.  Your day away from school does not have to be a day 100% "off" of school, especially if classes have been cancelled two or more times in a semester.

Given that your SC4 classes meet at most only 32 times a semester or just 16 times if it is a once-a-week class, it is important for you to keep engaged in your courses even when you are not in class.  Unlike most high school classes, your college instructors will expect you to keep moving forward based on the schedule in the syllabus.  Recently, a student described taking an exam without the benefit of a planned review session.  The day the review was supposed to take place was a "snow day".  That didn't stop the exam from taking place on its scheduled date.  

So, here are some things you can should do on a day when you are not in high school or college classes.  Think of these days as bonus days.  Take advantage of the extra time.

  • Catch up and/or get ahead in reading your textbooks. (Check your syllabus to know where you should be at this time.)

  • Try a new way of taking notes from your text or highlighting in a new chapter.

  • Review and reorganize your notes:

    • Re-write your notes to clarify and de-clutter them

    • Color code or highlight your original notes

    • Try a new note-taking strategy like Cornell Notes.

    • Create concept maps from your notes or textbook info.

  • Visit this web page, http://lsc.cornell.edu/study-skills/read-about/, to learn about the Cornell note-taking strategy and a LOT more great studying and time management strategies from Cornell University!

  • If you have already taken one or more quizzes or tests in a class, review them so you are clear on how you will likely be tested in future tests

    • Do the questions come from lecture only or did the instructor take questions from the textbook that she/he did not talk about in class?

    • Were the questions mostly multiple choice, short answer, longer essay questions, or a mix of all types?  Knowing this can help you study more effectively for the next test.

    • Did you instructor place heavy emphasis on details, or was she/he more forgiving?  Again, this can help guide your studying.

    For 11th grade students:

  • Prepare for the SAT coming up in April!

    • If you have attended one of our SAT prep sessions, you learned about the great resources on the College Board site and on the Khan Academy site.  If you are not familiar with those sites or don't really know what they offer, you should visit our SAT prep web page at http://bluewatermiddlecollege.org/current_students/s_a_t_prep_and_practice.  You will find links to both sites mentioned above and a "short" 15-minute video introducing you to the Khan Academy SAT practice site.  They are great resources, and your SAT scores are extremely important to you.

So, enjoy your day away from school, but don't take it totally off of school.  Take advantage of this bonus time to get caught up and get ahead.