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Cramming for exams: A really bad idea
..Well, it's finally June. Time to take those last exams and finish those final projects.
You've kept up with your work, done all your reading, and completed all the assignments. You've finished your on-line course work and turned in everything the professors have asked for. You never missed a class and you actually enjoyed having a chance to talk to your professors about your classwork or homework during their office hours or after class. Your parents are proud of you. You have good study habits...
. No, no... Wait a minute. That's not you. That's your friend I've been talking about. You're the one who hasn't figured out that a trimester system means you have to study continuously. You have to keep up a good pace or you'll fall so far behind so fast that you can't catch up. Playing all year and cramming for finals in May or June is a thing of the past. You have to make a concerted effort every trimester. And then you'll be free, really free all summer.
There are lots of places to study. Have you discovered the study hall in the Language Center? What about the library and the big study hall in Building A? Personally I like those white benches by the pine trees between Buildings B and C and the artsy wooden benches that are strategically placed for people on the move who have a few minutes to sit down for a chat or to read. This week I see a lot of you out on the lawns. I used to love sitting out on the lawn on campus when I was a student. It was so nice to get outdoors. Every day or two I'd shift to a different place: a quiet eucalypus grove, a sunny picnic table, a café, a grassy hillside. I remember studying but I also remember the places I chose to study in. Different places. Different moments.
You've had fun, that's for sure. Your mother and father ask, "When are you going to settle down and study." And you answer, "I'm young. I have to have fun while I can. EVERYBODY is going to Cancun or Rivera Maya or home with a classmate who's from Cádiz or Tenerife or Mallorca. I want to go too." You, yes, you have had a really good time this trimester. You just couldn't stand to miss those last days on the ski slopes, and the Feria de Abril, and those 3 great concerts, and the "botellones" on the beach during those two long weekends which really weren't long weekends but you took them anyway. And now, NOW you suffer the consequences. While you were off playing, many of your classmates were hard at work. And now they're finishing up, and you're...you're just getting started.
kept up with your work: to keep up: mantenerse al día
assignments: tareas, trabajos, deberes
turn in: entregar
miss a class: faltar a una clase
have a chance: tener la oportunidad
office hours: tutorías
proud of: orgulloso de
figure out: resolver/ darse cuenta
keep up a good pace:mantener un buen ritmo
fall so far behind: quedar atrasado
catch up: ponerse al día
cramming: estudiar mucho, empollar
free: libre / gratis
wooden: de madera
chat: una charla
lawn: cesped, hierba
get outdoors: salir fuera
grove: grupo de arboles
grassy hillside: colina
settle down and study : poner las pilas / tranquilizarse y estudiar
classmate:compañero de clase
have had a really good time: lo has pasado muy bien
couldn't stand it to miss: No podías aguantar perder
ski slopes: pistas de ski
hanging out and drinking with friends in a public place.