Finals. You can do it!

Finals. You can do it!

You’re in the final stretch of the fall semester! Congrats for making it through and imagine how good it will feel when you have taken the last exam, submitted the final paper.

And if you need a little help getting to the finish line, there are tutoring and essay writing services available on the Harcum website. You can quickly sign up for an online 30 minute tutoring and academic coaching session by clicking on a preferred time slot here or request a different time if none listed fit with your schedule. You can also take advantage of the essay feedback service by following directions here. You’ll have to complete a draft of the assignment at least 3-5 days before the due date as it can take up to three days to receive feedback, but your effort will be rewarded by improvements in your writing skills and, most likely, a higher grade. 😉 

We know that group assignments can be headaches to accomplish online and you may prefer to work alone, but try to use the time together to support one another in your studies. Working in groups gives you the chance to bounce ideas off of each other for a particular assignment and for general study tips. For example, ask group members what study-at-home strategies they have found effective or consider being study buddies by taking turns reviewing and summarizing course concepts out loud. 

Ask your questions. Get clarity on the assignments. Reach out for support from your classmates and site coordinator. When in doubt, reach out! 

Meet Evelyn Rawls

Meet Evelyn Rawls

Ms. Evelyn Rawls earned her GED as an older adult but was not content to stop her educational journey there. She always had the goal of going to college but didn’t know where to start. Then she saw an ad on television for the ACE program and learned there was a path to college that would work for her. 

Like so many other students, the sense of community she found at her partnership site was foundational to her success. “We came together like family. People here make me feel very comfortable. They challenge me and I challenge them back.”

The encouraging way her teachers provided instruction helped Ms. Rawls break through a barrier to learning she had in her own mind – judging herself too harshly in the classroom. “I’m getting over that. I owe it all to the teachers. Now, I am a better speaker, speller, and writer.” Her mind freed from self-judgment, Ms. Rawls was open to and experienced academic success earning straight A’s throughout her degree program. She’s risen to the challenge and graduated, and is ready to pursue a bachelor’s degree. 

Ms. Rawls has worked for the school district for over twenty years years as a teaching assistant, celebrates a 32-year marriage, four children and 20 grandchildren! To all of them, Evelyn is an advocate and role model for pursuing their education dreams. She is also encouraging other older adults to go to school by saying, “If I can do it, you can do it.”  

Zoom & MOVE!

Zoom & MOVE!

Suffering from Zoom meeting fatigue? Wondering how to get through these last hours of online learning for 2020? Engage your body. Movement stimulates circulation, and circulation carries necessary oxygen to your brain. So…movement = brain food! Repetitive movement can help improve focus by providing just enough stimulation to our brain to prevent it from wandering without distracting us from our main task. 

Here are some very simple yet effective movements you can do while seated in front of a computer screen and even when you are on a call. 

First, sit up straight, roll your shoulders up, back and down, and take a deep stomach breath by pushing out your belly button. 

While seated, keep your feet flat on the floor and your knees at a 90 degree angle. 

  • Do calf raises by raising and lowering one heel, doing the same on the other side, or raising both heels at the same time.
  • Try doing leg extensions by straightening out one leg, returning that foot to the floor and straightening out the other. With leg extended, you could also try flexing and unflexing your foot or rolling your ankle. 

If you’d like to try standing movement during a work meeting or a class:

  • Use the back of your chair for balance (without leaning on it) and do side leg lifts by shifting your weight to one foot and lifting the opposite leg out to the side with your foot flexed. Return your lifted foot to meet the other, shift your weight to the other foot, and lift that leg to the side. 
  • Try back leg lifts by putting your weight on one foot and pushing the opposite leg out behind you, raising it a short height from the floor while keeping your back straight and steady. Return your lifted foot to meet the other, shift your weight to the other foot, and repeat with the opposite leg. 

By performing these exercises slowly and controlled, no one but you has to know you are moving! And remember to breathe. Oxygen = brain food! (adapted from