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Five Tips for Final Exams

Posted by Jamie Nash on Thu, Dec, 10, 2015 @ 18:12:00 PM

Need some help making it through your college final exams without having a nervous breakdown? Here are five tips for finals that will help you study more effectively and ease some of that final exam anxiety:

[1] GET ORGANIZED. Managing your time and resources is the most important part of studying effectively. Make sure you have all your notes and materials on hand and ready to go! Time spent looking for study materials is time you could use to study, so get organized.  It is also important to be organized on the day of your exam. Don't forget a pencil, some paper, a calculator or whatever else you will need to take your test.  


[2]  PICK A GOOD LOCATION TO STUDY. Where you study is important!  If you want to maximize the amount of information you retain, pick a good place to study.  Research has shown that studying in places that have less noise and people traffic [like the library or a quiet coffee shop] will enhance your study time and improve your ability to recall information. As they say, "Location, Location, Location!"

[3] GET SOME SLEEP. You might think it's a great idea to stay in the library and pull an all-nighter the day before an exam... think again!  Rest is one of the most critical resources your body needs to study and test well.  Sacrificing a good night’s sleep could actually do more harm than good when it comes to preparing for an exam so hit the sack early the night before.


[4] TAKE A PRACTICE TEST.  A great way to prepare for a test is to take a practice! Practice tests will help you review the information you already know & enhance your understanding of what you're studying.

[5] EAT RIGHT. Choosing the right foods can help fuel your studying and test-taking time, so make sure to stop by Kroger and stock up on some exam-friendly foods. 

  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep a high level of cognitive function and energy. 
  • Fruits (like blueberries and apples) help reduce the level of toxins in your bloodstream & improve memory function. 
  • Salmon has high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids and helps increase brain function. 
  • Need a sweet treat? Grab some dark chocolate. It's naturally antioxidant-rich and improves your ability to concentrate.

WANT SOME HELP STUDYING? Hinds Community College students should check out the Learning Assistance Center in Moss Hall on the Raymond campus.  The center offers academic assistance in mathematics, English, reading and more! The services are free and available to all students of Hinds Community College. 

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Topics: Students, study tips, final exams

Spring 2013 Graduation is almost here!

Posted by Jamie Nash on Tue, May, 14, 2013 @ 11:05:00 AM

It's hard to believe it's graduation time again! It seems like yesterday Hinds CC students and faculty were returning from the holiday break and preparing for the new semester. I guess the old cliché "time flies when you're having fun" is true.


Throughout this semester, our student bloggers wrote entries on a variety of topics, including the weather (January snow day), student events (Ms. Hinds Community College pageant, blood drive), studying abroad (Honors Institute's exchange with Bridgwater College), sports (Spring Football practice) and cultural events (Marie Hull Art exhibit). I have enjoyed reading our student bloggers' entries and hope you have as well.


Now that finals are almost over and the semester is offically coming to an end, I'd like to be the first to congratulate two of our graduating student bloggers, Christi and Danielle. Ladies, congratulations on a job well done! I am confident you both will continue to excel wherever life takes you. Thank you for your contributions to Hinds Community College and please stay in touch! 

I'd also like to congratulate another graduating student blogger, Megan. Megan is a dual enrolled student and Hinds cheerleader who will be graduating from Mendenhall High School later this month. Well done Megan! We look forward to more blog entries from you in the fall! 

Graduation Storify

With graduation only days away, I'd like to remind everybody that they can be a part of Hinds Community College's Spring 2013 graduation ceremonies. To participate in graduation, simply include the official Hinds CC graduation hashtag (#hindsgrad) when posting to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Feel free to upload photos, status updates and tweets; your posts could even be featured on Hinds Community College's Spring 2013 Graduation Storify page!

For those who are unable to attend graduation, don't worry! You can follow our graduation Storify page for live updates and/or watch the ceremonies via webcast.

Congratulations Class of 2013!   

Topics: Hinds Community College, Graduation, Storify, Students

Spring Break 2013: HindsCC Honors Institute Across the Pond

Posted by Danielle Creel on Wed, Apr, 17, 2013 @ 10:04:00 AM

Hey guys!

I trust that everyone is gearing up for the end of the semester! Students are being stuffed with papers, quizzes, projects, and tests. It's hard to catch some down time between all the school work, our jobs, and extra curricular activities.

So I thought I would take a break for just a few minutes and tell y'all about my Spring Break adventures this year. No, I wasn't working like I usually do: I was traveling across the Atlantic to visit Great Britain.

Through the Honors Institute, a group of students were given the opportunity of a life time. We got to see many historic and ancient sites, and experience a whole new culture. Hinds has an amazing partnership with Bridgwater College in the town of Bridgwater, Somerset, England. It has lasted for 19 years so far! During the ten days abroad, we had the chance to work with British students to do research for a company based out of Jackson called Bomgar, Inc. For our housing, each student was assigned to a host family that we stayed with for the week. We made friendships and connections that we will never forget.

Here is a list of all the places we went (We could talk about it all day long otherwise):

Windsor Castle: Where the queen lives. We toured much of the castle where royals lived for hundreds of years.

Hinds student Europe trip

Stonehenge: It is huge! I almost thought it would be over-rated, but now I understand why people are so intrigued by it.

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Exmoor National Park (English Coastline): We went hiking up a mountain trail that overlooked the Atlantic ocean. The view from this area was breathtaking.

Beutiful view of the atlantic photo by Hinds student Danielle Creel

Wells Cathedral: One of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in the world. It is covered in hundreds of statues and stained glass windows.

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Ancient Roman baths in Bath: dating back to the roman age, these natural springs were said to have healing powers. People would come from hundreds of miles away to have a dip in this lead lined pool and hopefully be cured.

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Glastonbury Tor and Glastonbury Abbey: Glastonbury is famous for its steep tor ("hill") and ancient watch tower at the very top. It is also where the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and the supposed grave of the legendary King Arthur and Queen Guinevere is located.

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Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain: Bristol, England is home to the Clifton Suspension bridge which was designed buy Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who is credited to be one of the greatest Englishman in history. Brunel also buil the SS Great Britain, the first iron steamer to travel the Atlantic.

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Buckingham Palace: Need I say more?

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Palace of Westminster and Big Ben: Where the heart of the government lies!

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Westminster Abbey

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Churchill War Rooms: Now a museum, the Churchill war rooms are shown in the state they were during WWII when Churchill had to flee underground for saftey. Most of the rooms were left exactly as they had been since they were abandoned after the war.

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Trafalgar Square

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The things that we were able to see and experience goes way beyond the money spent. There is something invaluable to being able to make friendships and see the world. Not only did we make British friends, we were about to create bonds within our own group. I grew so close to the friends I already had. As students, we don't get to know out teachers very well. Through this trip, I was able to get to know our teachers Mr. Jason Pope, Ms. Debbie McCollum, and Dr. Ben Cloyd on a much more personal level. For instance, I had no idea before this trip who Mr. Pope was, but afterwards I learned that his parents were music ministers at my church! And also that he has a fanatic love for the Royal Family. I also learned that Dr. Cloyd is a pescetarian (or as he says, "A vegetarian with no morals!") and Ms. McCollum is just the coolest woman ever. How many women do you know that have roasted marshmallows over volcanoes? Only Ms. McCollum. ;).

We spent two days in London, visiting a few places of our choosing as well as seeing a musical. This was my favorite part: seeing Les Miserables at Queen's Theater in Picadilly Circus. I also was able to visit the British museum, which has so many rooms and artifacts and ancient life packed into it that it can make your head spin.

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Where, oh where would I be without my Hinds family? We all had a wonderful time getting to meet new people and learning more about each other. I will never forget Christi rambling away on the bus (and picking on her about talking too much) or Charli speaking French from the back seat, or Jarrick and his absurd love of chocolate and sweets! Nor will I forget my host family, Toni and Helley Wilmot, who laughed and talked and joked through the night with me and became my British family.

Most people keep telling me, "You probably won't ever go back to England again!" Or, "You will never see these people again!"

It will be a goal to prove this idea wrong. This is far from the end of my travels!

Topics: Hinds Community College, Students, Student Life, historical, photography, Honors, Things to Do, England, Traveling, Friends, Europe