Category: Academic Preparation

Sleep Your Way to Better Grades

Students who get good sleep may have cracked the secret to better grades and some time on the Dean’s list, according to a study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sleep is a needed to help us stay alert for threats to our well-being as well as a chance for our bodies to heal after each day. Students want to work hard to stay current in their classes and keep up with the work from a full schedule. That requires a balancing act that goes heavy on activity and usually sleep is sacrificed. The point is that we need good, quality sleep not massive amounts of it.

Researchers at MIT have found that a regular consistent sleep schedule contributed noticeably to not only better grades but lower anxiety levels in class. Quality rest helped with retention of material read before class and understanding of discussions during class. The researchers also found that students who tend to stay up late and go to bed around 2 a.m. tended to perform poorly on tests no matter how much sleep they got. Quality sleep was also connected to how well student scored on quizzes, midterms, and final exams.

When you go to bed matters. If you go to bed at 10 p.m. or midnight, performance was found to be about the same. There was a significant drop off for those who regularly went to bed after 2 a.m. if you get the same amount. Quantity is good but, again, researchers found that quality and consistency make the effort you put into studying more effective. There is nothing worse than staying up all night to study for a test or prepare for a presentation only to “choke” when it is time to demonstrate how much you know.

Conversely, researchers found that test scores didn’t improve for those who only got a good night’s sleep the night before a test. They found that concentrating on the night before is not enough to make a significant difference. Students have to get good sleep in the days leading up to a test, exam or presentation. Sleep helps to maintain and refresh brain functions that support creativity, memory and learning. So, no. Getting a good night’s sleep right before a big test or final exam is not good enough.

The bottom line is this. Prepare for your next day by starting the night before with a consistent routine of quality sleep. There are lots of activities, relationships and life events that demand your attention and may interrupt that routine from time to time. Make your success in school a priority and take care of yourself with good night of sleep. It can help keep you refreshed and ready for the next challenge.

The above technical information was summarized based on: MIT News “Study: Better Sleep Habits Lead to Better College Grades” by David L. Chandler, Oct 1, 2019, and; U.S. News & World Report “Better Sleep Equals Better Grades in College” by Steven Reinberg, Oct 7, 2019.

Submitted By Tony Foreman, STRIPES-VUB Outreach Specialist

But I CAN’T Sleep!

Perhaps you have accepted the benefits good quality consistent sleep can provide you as a student, but you just can’t seem to fall or stay asleep, help is available. You are not alone, many veterans struggle with quality sleep for a variety of reasons; insomnia, PTSD, sleep apnea, and more. Talk with your medical providers about your sleep concerns. The VA has both provider referral programs and a free online Path to Better Sleep program available. Visit their website to learn more about documenting your sleep patterns and tips for getting a more restful night’s sleep at  https://www.veterantraining.va.gov/insomnia/

 

Night Vision – Student Vet Night

Night Vision will be on the UCO campus in room 204 in the College of Education Building from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. 

Are you considering the transition to college life as an adult?

This night is for you.

Are you ready to start the application and enrollment process?

This night is for you.

Are you an existing student rolling along in classes?

This night is for you.

Are you struggling this semester and unsure about enrolling next semester?

This night is for you.

STRIPES-VUB announces Night Vision for student veterans. This is an ongoing Thursday night weekly event for student veterans of any school and at any stage in the process to meet together for a short adult student vet focused program and vet-to-vet networking. Light dinner is provided and attendees get an opportunity to vote on the program topic for the following week.

Completing a degree anywhere requires focus and having a clear vision of what you want in life. Our goal is to make Night Vision the place to go to help refocus on your target.

If you are an active STRIPES-VUB participant, this event is stipend eligible. Each Night Vision that you attend is equal to 1 credit. Earn 4 credits and you can request a $40 stipend.

Often times our significant others are critical to achieving our long term goal and keeping our vision of the future in focus. As a part of your support system they are welcome to join us.

If childcare is an issue, please contact us by email or phone to RSVP a spot for your child at least 48 hours before the event. We can arrange an activity table and one of our student workers to be available for oversight.

To make sure we have enough food, please RSVP by calling 405-974-3686 or via email at STRIPES-VUB@uco.edu 

Are You On Radio Silence?

Remember the days of radio discipline and communications? You may not be carrying around a radio as a student, but are you operating on radio silence as a student?  Are you just receiving? Does the person transmitting know you “copy that”?

I before E except after C and 2 + 2 = 4

A Guide to College Placement Tests

Part of your admission and enrollment into coursework as an adult student will likely include a few college placement tests. Creating a plan to prepare for these tests will take a little time and effort on your part. You may feel like a horse wondering the desert looking for the elusive spring of knowledge and have forgotten where to find the source. Your STRIPES-VUB staff is here to help.

College Planning As An Adult

Living the Adult Dream

The daily adult drive

Yesterday perhaps you were driving to work before the break of dawn or sitting in rush hour traffic just trying to get to work. You might have made the rent or mortgage payment with a little cringe at the amount. Perhaps even looking at your bank account trying find enough money for an emergency auto repair or pay for a child’s last minute school activity. You might have a health concern, made a call to get an appointment for a specialist only to realize you needed a referral from primary care. You knew when you started the day, life would put you on the road with a few roadblocks and U turns. You have an adult life with adult daily challenges and going back to school is going to take an adult centered plan.

Wait…How did the professor explain that?

Khan Academy A Student’s Best Late Night Study Buddy

As a student I would find myself occasionally sitting in a class attentive to the professor’s lecture and everything was clicking. I’d be following along understanding each of the steps and even taking notes! I would leave the class feeling pretty good that I understood the information. Then a week later I would sit down to do the homework assignment or study for the exam. My brain would scramble trying to recall the information and I’d get a big fat nothing. Was I even in the classroom when this was covered? I would stare at my notes confused by all the seemingly random numbers and letters I had apparently written down for a reason. The textbook didn’t really help, I’m an auditory and visual learner. It would usually be 10:00 pm or later and I knew the professor would not want a phone call from me at that hour and the assignment was usually due the next morning. Great I was going to flunk!