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SE offers early aid for finals

By Chris Rincon/reporter

Dr. Curtis Hill gave a no-nonsense speech Sept. 20 on taking the necessary steps toward developing test-taking skills.

Hill, SE director of counseling, said developing good study habits takes time.

“ How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” he said.

The podium on SE Campus stood empty as Hill walked among the students and faculty.

His humorous approach, which included film references and life situations, shed light on the task of taking exams and caused the audience to erupt in laughter at times.

Hill explained several key phrases such as “read your textbook” and “review” and repeated them to get his point across.

“ This is not hard stuff. This is really not hard stuff,” he said. “But you know what the hard part is?  Just you doing it.”

Hill said mental and physical preparedness are important.

“ Research shows us that taking notes in class makes you learn,” he said. “Statistics show that when you do that, you do well.”

Halli Adams, a second-year student, said she attended because “it was an extra credit assignment to get extra points for class. So that was my first motivation.”

Adams said she also went to learn more about test taking skills.

“ I tend to sometimes get a little nervous about taking a test, so I’m hoping that this will help me not to be so nervous and do better on the exams,” she said.

Hill said counselors are available for counseling and support.

“ What’s next?” he said. “Just do it!”

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