by Victoria L., MAcc student
Final Exams. It’s either a final hurrah or a make or break moment. Regardless of how the actual exam goes, it’s the week leading up to it that really defines how you feel going into that classroom. We’ve all heard those “standard” tips: Manage your time, get enough sleep, eat a hearty breakfast, etc. But I would like to share some specific things that I do to help me get through finals week; and after nearly five years of college, I’ve learned a thing or two. Whether you’re a veteran finals taker or a freshmen new to the college schedule, here are my top five tips to help get you through the week.
5. If you are having trouble understanding an important concept, take the time to find someone who can help. Your professor would be the obvious first choice, and they are more than willing to help you out, just don’t wait until the last minute. If scheduling is a problem, then the next best place is tutoring. Georgia Southern has campus-wide tutoring in most of the core subjects but if you are looking for help for your business classes, the Parker College of Business has tutors located in the lab on the third floor (room 3337). Schedules are posted outside the door and most of the tutors are there at least 2-3 times a week.
4. Know your study time requirements. This is one of the most important things to keep in mind. How long is it going to take you to review and understand the concepts on the final exam? A day, a whole week? You need to know your limits. Some people just need to review their notes, others need to work through every problem completed in class or on homework. Once you know your limits, you know how much time you need to devote to studying. That is much more efficient than going in with the mindset of, “Oh I’ll just study until I feel good about it.” Without at least some sort of goal in mind, you’re either going to overwork and stress yourself out, or you’re not going to get enough studying in. This is also helpful because you won’t feel guilty about taking breaks, going out with friends, going to bed early, etc., when you know that you have time for it.
3. Get that sleep. Seriously. All nighters might help you work through that last problem, but is that really helpful? Only if you waited until literally the day before your exam. Some people are blessed with a photographic memory, or just do really well under a huge amount of pressure (which in this case they put on themselves). But, if you don’t fall into one of those two categories, then I have found it far better to get sleep and wake up early rather than staying up late at night. And I’m not a morning person. Review your notes before bed, go to sleep, then wake up with a fresh mind and review again if you must.
2. Do not be frantically reviewing notes before class. At that point you need to face the truth. You either know it or you don’t. Reviewing notes before class will only make you nervous and stressed. You might find something you forgot to review or a problem that all of a sudden doesn’t make sense, and then you freak out. Don’t do that to yourself. Get to the classroom early and settle down by doing something “fun.” Chat with the people around you, read the news, heck, play on your phone. But don’t sit there and start worrying because that’s when your mind will play tricks on you, which brings me to my last and most important tip.
1. Positive mental/self talk. Your mind’s focus going into an exam, as well as during the exam, is extremely important. One of the hardest things I had to learn was how to keep my mind focused on the right things before and during an exam. Before the exam, I would be worried about finishing in time, worried I missed an important concept, worried I’d forget a formula, wishing I wasn’t there, the list goes on. What did I do to myself? I mentally slaughtered any confidence and focus I might have had and replaced it with stress. I go in feeling defeated, and just like in sports, that affected my performance. During the exam, I’d come upon a problem and realize that I didn’t have a clue how to solve it. At that point, my mind completely shut down and gave in to panic as I frantically scribbled something down, anything, to get at least some sort of credit because it might be kind-of right…right? If you find yourself thinking along those lines, then here is what you should do. First, stop yourself right then and there. This takes a bit of self-regulation and determination. If you try to stop yourself timidly or half-heartedly, it’s probably not going to work. Once you recognize that you’re thinking negatively, replace it with something positive. One effective technique is to think of three things that you are grateful for right at that moment. It could be that it’s your last exam, what you’re doing for the holidays, your pets, the food you’re going to treat yourself to afterwards, anything. Think of three things, smile, then move on. You may think you’re wasting precious time, but trust me, it will take less than a minute and your mind will be out of the hole it was digging itself into.
Working professionals in the Savannah area who are looking to advance their education and careers by obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can learn more about the Georgia Southern University Parker College MBA through several upcoming open house events on the Armstrong Campus.
The AACSB-accredited program has been offering classes in Savannah for more than 35 years, now offering in-seat classes at the Armstrong Center on Abercorn Street in Savannah. The MBA program is also available online, but due to demand, the MBA program will accept its final intake of students on the Statesboro Campus in fall 2019.
The Georgia Southern Parker MBA Savannah program will host several open house events over the summer at the Armstrong Center, suite 217.
- Tuesday, April 30, 3 to 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Thursday, June 27, 3 to 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 16, 3 to 7 p.m.
The Armstrong Center complements the program by immersing students in a business-style setting. The Center has a state-of-the-art, 300-seat auditorium, several executive-style boardrooms and a video conference center. The first-floor classrooms are equipped with the latest audiovisual presentation systems, wireless internet service and executive-style seating. Meeting rooms, a banquet room and a large ballroom also make the space ideal for workshops, trade shows, exhibitions and other events.
For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/businessgraduate, email email@example.com or call 912-478-5767.
Students pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Economics through Georgia Southern University’s online program have access to an affordable and flexible program that provides training for real-world situations.
The fully online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) program, which is ranked No. 1 in affordability by Affordablecolleges.com and No. 11 by Bestcollegereviews.org, prepares students for careers in various roles including financial markets, industrial organization, government regulation, international trade, health care, economic development and consumer choice.
The MSAE program prepares students for inevitable changes in financial markets and teaches them how to pivot when making business and policy decisions.
By providing the skills and competencies necessary to perform theoretically meaningful, practical analysis of financial markets, students learn how to evaluate business decisions and policy programs and explain the progression of various events, as well as their impact on the economy in a business or policy context.
The courses taught in the online MSAE program are based on economic theory, providing a foundation in the structure and common patterns of business and policy decisions. Students are taught to quantify relationships while evaluating the relative importance of changes in the economic environment. Through courses and case studies, students are able to transfer knowledge and problem-solving skills across fields, allowing students to recognize the characteristics of new problems, adapt quickly to new circumstances and resolve the problems with skills that have been developed through the program.
Graduates of the program are ready to build sound econometric models and are able to use the best available software packages to interpret results in a way that helps make sound business and policy decisions. Graduates compete for employment in the for-profit and nonprofit private sectors as well as in federal, state and local agencies.
With geographic and schedule flexibility, the AACSB-accredited online MSAE program offers strong academics with courses designed and delivered by online certified professors, simulations and discussions and training in applied economic analysis using real-world data.
Students in the program also have the opportunity to receive a graduate certificate in Applied Economics to meet regional accreditation for teaching.
*Issam Moussaoui, Ph.D., assistant professor of logistics and supply chain management, is quoted in this article.
Around this time last year, Atlanta-based shipping giant UPS was running behind on deliveries: more than three million packages a day were arriving late.
In response, the company announced in that it would invest about $7 billion on new facilities. This included a new southeast regional “super hub” a mile away from the Fulton County Airport near the Six Flags theme park.
It’s about the size of 19 football fields and the outside looks like any other warehouse.
But inside, it’s a maze. Eighteen miles of conveyor belts are diagonally stacked above each other. Look up towards the ceiling and millions of packages zip past — faster than the blink of an eye.
The boxes are tagged with smart labels, which carry information like origin and destination. Then they race through multiple scanners, including one that looks like a red camera tunnel. Kim Krebs, a media relations manager with UPS, explained it’s also called a six-sided scanner, during a tour of the facility.
“Regardless of the positioning of the box and where that smart label with all that information of where the box needs to go is, you can get it on all sides,” Krebs said.
This is just one way UPS is trying to improve its on-time delivery rate. With smarter technology, more automation, and fewer people sorting by hand.
The Atlanta facility’s human resources director Chris Franzoni, said there are about 3,000 people who work here in four shifts. About 700 people work alongside the machines at one time.
“We have a day sort, a twilight, a midnight and a sunrise position,” Franzoni said. “So basically we have a 24-hour operation.”
Compared to all of the metal and cardboard at this facility, however, it can be a while before you see a human.
More companies like UPS use automation to increase speed, make fewer mistakes and save money, said Issam Moussaoui, an assistant professor of logistics and supply chain management at Georgia Southern University.
“You can turn a machine on when needed and turn a machine off when not needed without much of a downside compared to human labor,” Moussaoui said.
It can take time to hire and train seasonal employees to meet the shipping rush during the holidays, Moussaoui said. But even as more companies like UPS move to more automation — it’s not always perfect. Moussaoui cites the electric car company Tesla.
“Midway through their implementation, they realized that there are still some aspects of the company’s production process that could be better done by people than by robots,” Moussaoui said.
It may be why many employees at the Atlanta UPS facility are on the ground floor, sorting through the large and irregular shaped packages passing by them at a slower speed on a conveyor belt.
Another place where humans play an important role is in the super hub’s master control room. At any time, about two dozen employees are watching 600 cameras and sensors. Dan Koozman is the control room manager for the daytime shift.
“By monitoring all the TVs up here, employees assist the operations down on the floor — giving them a heads up on heavy flow, and if there are jams where to move their people to keep it going,” Koozman said.
One of the software programs UPS customers uses is from ShipMatrix. The company’s president Satish Jindel, said the software helps companies track packages, and uses artificial intelligence to predict slowdowns and help major carriers to the right locations.
“If the packages show up in Baltimore, but you added drivers in Washington, you end up in trouble,” Jindel said. “You have enough drivers, but if they’re not in the right place, the guy in Washington cannot help the packages that are showing up in Baltimore.”
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, UPS officials said the company expects to deliver more than 800 million packages.
Jindel said, this year, there’s a good chance, packages might actually come when you’re expecting them.
“I think this is turning out to be a perfect year for [the Post Office, FedEx and UPS],” Jindel said. “It’s showing to us even in the way they are approaching the customers to give them confidence that if you have more packages you want to make more sales and promotions go ahead and do that. We are ready to handle your business.”
During the peak holiday season this year, UPS had a nearly 98 percent on-time delivery rate.
Editor’s Note: This report has been updated to reflect UPS customers use ShipMatrix software, not UPS itself.