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Pearls of Wisdom: Encouraging Words from Tutors

As we head into finals, we asked our tutors to share their favorite study tips, inspirational quotes and motivating words with their students. We are excited to showcase their savvy insight and refreshing perspectives with you!


“The value of a grade should never be determined by how high the number is, but rather by how much you invested in that number. You get to decide the weight of your achievements!” — Rachel Onishi

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” — Mahatma Gandhi shared by Rebecca Oldham

“Doubt whom you will, but never doubt yourself.” — Christian Nestell Bovee shared by Rebecca Oldham

“‘How do you eat an elephant?’ This is a question that I ask myself constantly and while it may seem absurd when talking about school work but I have found is the best way to look at course work. Between papers, test, projects, and whatever the teacher feels is relevant to the class plus everyday life, it is easy to get overwhelmed and then get nothing done. So by saying to myself ‘how do you eat an elephant,’ I start to break down the assignments piece by piece just like someone would to if they were to go about eating the elephant. You would not try to eat an elephant all at once and you shouldn’t try to do your homework all at once. Break it down instead of breaking yourself down and you will be amazed just how easy eating the elephant which is college can be!” — Lindsey York

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts” — Winston Churchill shared by Sarah Riegler

“Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re going to fail at everything.” — Marilyn Monroe shared by Bianca Sasser

“Dreams don’t work unless you do” — Unknown shared by Farshad Marzban inspired by Rachel Traxler

“What works best for my students is planning out their schedule ahead of time and taking it day by day :)” — Alexis Becerra 

“Keep calm it’s almost Christmas break” — Daniel Johnson

“1. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, studying when your tired is a no no!!
2. Study in advance, don’t wait until the night before to start studying!
3. Double check your final times and location! If you don’t know where a building is or a room, go check it out a day before!!
4. If you have test anxiety,  take 2-3 deep breathes (but make sure it’s a breath into your stomach, put your hand on your stomach and make sure you feel it extend when taking in the breath.) Hold for a few seconds and let it out.
5. Remember, it’s just like any other test you have taken this semester, even if it’s cumulative. It’s over stuff you have been tested on/learned before!
6. Try and study in a place that is free of distractions.
7. Reward yourself once your done with a final and after all of your finals!
8. Lastly, your tutors are here for you, if you need anything don’t hesitate to contact them, I promise you they will do whatever they can!!
Good luck, I know everyone is going to do amazing on their finals!” — Lindsey Meyer

“When it comes to studying, it is important to study a little a day, as opposed to preparing two days before an exam.  I also encourage students to switch subjects after spending a decent amount of time on the material.  Rather than sticking to one subject and spending hours trying to master a particular class, I think it’s more effective to switch materials.  I think this technique refreshes your mind, reduces your chances of getting fatigue and helps you retain more information. Confidence is another key factor when it comes to producing great results.  Believing in yourself and being self motivated will also encourage you to study hard and allow you to find a way to get the job done.  At the end of the day, you always get out what you put in.  ‘All that we are is the result of what we have thought.'” — Daquan Daniels 

LORmemme — shared by Ali Nguyen

“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” — T.S. Eliot shared by Rachel Traxler

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit.  Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” — Muhammad Ali shared by Rachel Traxler

“To get what you want from life, you have to accept there will never be ‘the right time’ or enough time, it won’t just come to you, and there will always be an excuse for you not to. You have to go out and get it, and not be afraid. Just go for it.” — Rieley Matthews

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” —  Kobe Bryant shared by Johnny Ortiz

“They don’t think it be like it is, but it do.” — Oscar Gamble shared by Johnny Ortiz

“Study Tip: Do Not wait to Cram.” — Johnny Ortiz

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