International Writing Centers Week is an opportunity for people who work in writing centers all over the world to celebrate writing and to become more aware of the important role of their individual campus and community writing centers. Continue reading International Writing Centers Week 2021, February 8-12
Although it is not completely out of place to feel a sense of nervousness before your test, test anxiety presents with nasty symptoms. These symptoms could cause you to lose your ability to recall what you studied or affect your thinking capacity negatively.
Symptoms of test anxiety include:
- Increased heart rate
- Roaming thoughts
- Stomach upset
- Sweaty palms
- A feeling of anger, fear, or dread for the test
- Panic attack in some instances
In most cases, lack of self-confidence, fear of failing, or not being ready for your test can cause test anxiety. If you’ve had a terrible experience while taking a test in the past, leave it at that. Do not allow that to cause you to panic.
Here are effective ways to help you overcome test anxiety.
- Get yourself adequately Prepared and Ready for the exam.
No doubt, getting yourself prepared helps you overcome test anxiety. It gives you that sense of confidence you need to take your exam. Also, your mind will be at ease with no fear in you. This helps you face your exam without any form of anxiety.
Other things you can do to get yourself prepared include:
- Avoid cramming instead, study your books, and seek to understand all concepts.
- Be a part of a study group that has similar goals as yours.
- Have a study routine and stick to it to help you cover all your learning schedule.
- Update your study skills.
- Get to know about the test and go through past materials to help you have a clue of how the test is.
- Ask your friends and tutors whenever you are lost to help perfect your understanding.
- Get Enough Sleep Days to Your Test.
While it is good to study hard and at night, do not form the habit of depriving yourself of it. Not getting enough sleep can cause a wide array of symptoms similar to test anxiety. Getting enough sleep can help you combat stress and keep your memory performing at its best. Overcome test anxiety by getting enough rest days or weeks to your test.
Here are a few tips to help you get enough sleep to help you prevent test anxiety.
- Create your sleep and wake-time hours and stick to it.
- Create a study time-table and maintain it.
- Study all through the semester to avoid cramming or crashed reading.
- Avoid watching TV or using a computer just before bedtime.
- Doing all this will enable you to stay up to date in your studies while having to enjoy enough sleep.
- It is alright for you to take naps to make up for lost sleep hours.
- Avoid taking caffeine a few hours before bed-time.
- Get to the Test Venue as early as possible.
Ensure that you get to your test venue at least 10 minutes to your exam time, as this will decrease your anxiety due to rushing. Get everything ready the night before your exams and wake up early. Eat your breakfast and get some snacks if possible, to help keep yourself energized.
Also, you can keep yourself pacified by going through any piece of literature if you find yourself getting anxious while waiting for the exam. Stay away from colleagues who are having test anxiety to avoid working yourself up before the exam.
- Have a positive mental attitude.
Fill yourself with positive thoughts and boost your morale with positive words. There is nothing that works better than believing in yourself and having faith that you can strive through the high tide. Also, you must know that one exam is not enough to define whether you are a success or failure. Having a positive mental attitude is crucial for any exam, especially long and challenging ones like the USMLE Step 2 for medical students.
Stay positive because negativity can only make you ask the following anxiety-inducing questions:
- What areas will the exam cover?
- Will it be too difficult?
- Will I pass the exam?
Tell yourself positive things like:
- I can do this.
- I am prepared and there is no need to be afraid.
Summarily, combating test anxiety is a process that one needs to be actively involved in. to this end, ensure that what should be in place is in place. Get yourself prepared, never deprive yourself of sleep, and maintain a positive mental attitude. Doing such will keep your test anxiety at bay.
By Maia Steel
The forum was attended by more than 200 people: world-class experts, representatives of senior management of higher educational institutions of more than 50 Russian and foreign universities, leading scientists from 5 countries, researchers, and students throughout Russia. The forum discussed the existing barriers to the advancement of women in the academic field and ways to overcome them. During the discussion panels, a number of key issues were discussed: the gender gap in science and technology education, the gender division of labor, the dynamics of future jobs, and the success stories of women in science. All speakers of the forum stressed in their speeches that barriers to promotion in the academic environment for women do exist. In this regard, the forum discussed the best practices for restoring gender balance in scientific and educational organizations.
“Gender equality is a linear ethical paradigm, in which no one thinks about the gender of his interlocutor, colleague, or manager. This is an opportunity to be a professional and not feel any artificial barriers. This is a confidence that our competencies, thoughts, and achievements will be noticed,” said Alevtina Chernikova, Rector of NUST “MISiS”, at the opening of the forum.
This forum is the first online forum within the framework of the UK-Russia University Alliance project. In total, it is planned to hold eight Russian-British events dedicated to a variety of topics: from issues of academic mobility of students to the problem of climate change.
The next forum, titled “Academic mobility (students/scientists)”, will be held on January 19, 2021.
See you at the next event!
The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow in association with the National University of Science and Technology “MISiS” has launched the UK-Russia University Alliance online forums series with the first event on gender parity in the academic leadership.
This forum will cover the following topics:
-Gender Gap in STEM Fields
-Occupational Gender Segregation
-Gender Dynamics of Future Jobs
-The Case for Gender Parity
The online forum is scheduled for December 17, 2020, from 14:00 to 18:40 in Moscow time.
For more information, please check: http://uk-russia-alliance.ru/gender/eng
Dear colleagues and friends!
A worldwide conference of the Russian-speaking academic scientists association (“RASA-Global”) along with the XI Annual Conference of the Russian-American Science Association – RASA (America) will take place on December 5-6, 2020. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will be held in a virtual format and around the clock, which makes it possible to combine in a single program presentations of Russian diaspora scientists working in America, Asia and Europe. This year the Conference will be dedicated to outstanding members of the Struve science family, astrophysicist Otto Ludwigovich Struve and historian and economist Pyotr Berngardovich Struve, whose 150th birthday is celebrated this year.
The conference will feature scientific presentations of established and young Russian-speaking scientists from different countries and regions across the World. The speakers at the scientific sessions and round table discussions will represent diverse scientific areas including – mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, economics, humanities and others. Among the invited speakers are biologists Evgeny Koonin and Ruslan Medzhitov, economist Sergei Guriev, the 2020 laureates of the RASA George Gamow Award material chemist Yuri Gogotsi and physicist Mikhail Lukin. The president of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeev will also take part in this meeting. Traditionally, the Conference is a platform for meetings and exchange of views between scientists, science organizers, innovators and entrepreneurs.
We invite you to take part in the Conference. Additional information will be disseminated through this site: http://www.rasa-usa.org/
Welcome to our new course!
In this elective course, students will explore storytelling concepts and narrative nonfiction techniques, with an emphasis on how these strategies are increasingly used by scientists and academics to convey their research to a wider public.
Students will analyze contemporary and classic examples of narrative storytelling and identify elements of powerful and effective storytelling. Students will create multimodal content to convey personal and nonfiction narratives.
This course is about applying established principles to tackle media and research problems and opportunities that are timely and relevant. Students will be given ample opportunity to practice their oral storytelling techniques over the course of the sessions. Students must come prepared to think critically and creatively.
Students who wish to enroll in this intensive, 5-week course must demonstrate the following:
· Level B2 or above on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
· high-level critical thinking skills to comprehend, analyze, evaluate, and respond to complex texts
· willingness to produce digital and oral narratives and share them with a wider public
· access to reliable, high-speed internet and willingness to connect via video in every session.
Participants will be able to:
· develop and apply storytelling techniques to demonstrate critical thinking skills
· expand vocabulary to increase class participation and comprehension of literary and academic texts
· expand vocabulary knowledge and the ability to pick up context clues to make inferences
· understand the main ideas and details of complex academic sources
· communicate accurately and fluently using effective presentation skills on research-based topics and participate in active discussions
· produce clear, well-structured oral storytelling presentations
· create and deliver multimodal presentations
· use online and campus academic resources and support services.
Students will be awarded a certificate of completion when they meet/fulfill the following requirements:
· Complete all writing and presentation assignments as scheduled on the syllabus.
· Actively participate in classroom discussions when we meet via Zoom and in Discussions on Google (details will be provided in the syllabus).
· Complete numerous audiovisual presentations using PowerPoint, Slides, Prezi, or any similar online presentation platform via Zoom, Google, or other similar platforms (details will be provided in the syllabus).
· Maintain satisfactory attendance in Zoom at or above 85%.
The schedule is being finalized but our first meeting would be this Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 18:00 to 20:00.
Course author: Leticia Medina
A report from a special Russia-Brazil collaboration, featuring Dr. Elena Bazanova (MISiS, Russia), Jennifer Uhler (Regional English Language Officer, U.S. State Department), and Dr. Ron Martinez (CAPA-UFPR, Brazil). In this webinar, we will focus on the forces that have given rise to the growth in writing centers in both Russia and Brazil, and to what extent they have proven effective in the internationalization endeavors in HEIs in those two countries.
Time: 17:00 UTC+03
Jubilee Scientific Practical Conference with International Participation: 100 Years of Foreign Language Education at the UNWE – with View to the Future organized by the Foreigh Languages and Applied Linguistics Department under the patronage of the Rector of UNWE
Begins: Friday, 30 October 2020
Ends: Saturday, 31 October 2020
Institute of Modern Languages, Intercultural Communication and Migration
QS Quacquarelli Symonds
invites you to participate in the world’s first co-organized summit on the subject areas “Modern languages” and “Linguistics”
QS Subject Focus Summit 2020 “Languages and Migration in a Globalized World”
December 15-17, 2020 (online)
The summit will bring together 300 of the world’s leading experts in the field of linguistic education and science-researchers, managers of higher education, academics, and consultants in the field of linguistics.
Leading scientists from Australia, France, the USA, Japan, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Oman, Algeria, Finland, China, Mexico, UK, Spain, and Russia have already confirmed their participation as key speakers of the summit.
The summit will focus on the following areas:
Modern linguistics: problems and solutions
Communication, identity, national minorities, migration
Languages and cultures: teaching and learning
Summit language: English
All participants receive a QS–RUDN Summit certificate
Forms of participation in the summit:
- Participation without publication
- Participation with publication
- Registration (online) – until December 10, 2020 (inclusive)
Registration for the summit is available at the link: https://qssubjectfocus.com/moscow-2020/registration/
- Submission of abstracts – until November 15, 2020 (inclusive)
The collection of reports will be published in the RSCI.
The best reports will be published in the Russian Journal of Linguistics”(Scopus Q2).
The registration fee for participation in the summit is:
– $ 150 for delegates from the following countries (see the list of countries at the link https://data.worldbank.org/income-level/lower-middleincome).
– $ 250 for other delegates.