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Study Tips: Test Taking

The optimum retention of information occurs when you study for a test after the first day of class and a little bit every day thereafter.  If you didn't do that, here's what you can do. 

1.       Put together all your materials for reviews, notes, charts, glossaries, corrected assignments, corrected tests and quizzes.

2.       Make sure you have scheduled enough time to study for each exam.

3.       Take advantage of the tutoring services at the Academic Services Center

4.       Go to any review sessions, ask questions about anything you don't have a clear understanding of, ask what will be on the exam--it can't hurt.  Take any additional handouts meant as study guides.

5.       Always attend the last class prior to the exam.  There may be items mentioned then that you'll need to focus on.

6.       If you belong to a study group, set up practice quizzes.  Discuss everything that could be on the test.

7.       Create a study sheet checklist to go over important information and then check off each item as you review them.

8.       Remember to eat just enough before the exam, so you will have energy. 

9.       Remember to go to the rest room before the exam.

10.   Try to get a good night's sleep prior to your final.

11.   Set two alarms so you will wake on time.  Place these alarms beyond your reach, across the room. 

12.   Arrive at the room for the test at least five minutes early. 

13.   Good luck!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the School of Continuing Education at Eastern

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving to all Eastern students.  The School of Continuing Education wishes you a peaceful holiday and a chance to 'catch your breath' and reflect on the fall semester.   Some of you may be helpingturkey by flower vase.jpg with Eastern's Day of Caring on Wednesday.  This tradition of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for the community was started by an Eastern student four years ago and continues today.  I hope you are inspired to think that you too might start a tradition by participating in community service either at Eastern or in your home community.  Meanwhile, if you are planning your own turkey dinner, you may want to be aware of the power of tryptophan! tells us it's a fact that turkey makes you sleepy.

Turkey does contain the essential amino acid tryptophan, which is a natural sedative, but so do a lot of other foods, including chicken, beef, pork, beans and cheese. Though many people believe turkey's tryptophan content is what makes many people feel sleepy after a big Thanksgiving meal, it is more likely the combination of fats and carbohydrates most people eat with the turkey, as well as the large amount of food (not to mention alcohol, in some cases) consumed, that makes most people feel like following their meal up with a nap."

So enjoy a good nap and then get back to the books!!  Happy Holiday from all of us in the School of Continuing Education.



Carol Williams, Ph.D., Associate Dean

School of Continuing Education at Eastern

Study in the Shadows of the Himalayas!

Professor Carlos Escoto and a group of Eastern Psychology students went toNepal-mts-2011.jpg Nepal in the summer of 2011 to study Comparative Health Psychology. The experience was so successful that it is being repeated this coming year.  The course will run in Summer Session A from May 14-May 25,  2012. Prerequisites are PSY 100 and instructor permission. There also will be an in-class component of the course after the nine-day trip to Nepal.


While in Nepal you will visit a hospital, HIV  clinic, Ayurvedic Clinic,  a high school and the first community-based psychiatric hospital in Kathmandu. The group will also visit a shelter for women who have been sold into the sex trade, many of whom are HIV positive and have been disowned by their families and communities in India. There also will be time for cultural sightseeing in Nepal, Pokhara and Dhulikhel, where you will be treated to a view of the Himalayas. The course is structured to give students the opportunity to learn and experience health from psychological, sociological and educational perspectives and to compare Nepalese and Western medicine.


This is the Psychology Department's only international course and is limited to 13 students. The total estimated costs, including air, room and board and transportation, is approximately $3,100 (not including tuition for the course).  Scholarships for up to $750 may be available; information and applications are available at Last year's trip is chronicled at   

Interested students should contact Dr. Escoto at .


Carol Williams

Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Education


Think Globally--Participate in an Eastern Global Field Course

What is a Global Field Course at Eastern?  A Global Field Course is a one- to five-week experience that receives Eastern course credit and is FlorenceStudyTour.jpgtaught in part or entirely on-site in a location away from Eastern.


Why take a Global Field Course?  You will travel and learn with your fellow Eastern students and faculty.  You will earn college credits and experience new cultures, increase your self-confidence, and learn to adapt to a different environment.  A global field courses experience looks good on a resume and demonstrates a broader global perspective, something essential in today's international economy. 

Currently, faculty members are preparing 2012 Global Field Courses to travel to:  Jamaica (Education); Jamaica (Social Work);   Cuba (Art); Costa Rica (Biology); Nepal (Psychology); and Florence, Italy (English).  More Global Field Courses are in the planning stages.  For more information, call (860) 465-0207. 


--Susan Crowley, Webmaster 

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