Category Archives: Performance

Tip of the Week: Feeling Unmotivated?

Tip of the Week: Feeling Unmotivated? Coming back from winter break can make it hard getting back into the flow of the new semester. Here are a few tips on how to get back on track:
1.) Stay Organized: Keep all your papers, books, and assignments organized which will make your life so much easier. If you are organized and know where everything is, you will be more motivated to do your work rather if you know you have to look for it before you even begin.
2.) Create Goals: When you have a lot of assignments due, they can be overwhelming to think about let alone do. If you create a set of goals you want to achieve each day, it will make you feel less overwhelmed and feel even better once you cross them off your list.
3.) Take Breaks When Needed: If your body is screaming at you for a break, you should listen to it! Take a fifteen-minute walk outside or listen to music for thirty minutes. Allowing your mind to re-energize is a great way to come back and be even more motivated than before.
4.) Get a Good Night’s Sleep: You will not get anything done if you are running on a couple hours of sleep every night. Getting a good night’s sleep is an essential tool to keep you motivated throughout the day.
5.) Treat Your Self: There is nothing wrong with giving yourself a reward after finishing a hard assignment. Having something to look forward to after your assignment is a great way to motivate you to keep going and finish!

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Tip of the Week: Dealing with Depression?

Depression is a very scary word. An official diagnosis of depression is not needed to know you have experienced depression at one point in your life. Clinical, major, postpartum, seasonal, or situational depression are all very real types of depression you may face in your daily life. This disorder can make a trip to the grocery store seem like you are attempting to climb Mount Everest. It is important to understand the warning signs and seek help. Depression may look like, but is not limited to the following:
– Excessive crying
– Irritability
– Social Isolation
– Insomnia or the need to excessively sleep
– Lack of concentration or being sluggish
– Excessive weigh gain or loss
– Thoughts of suicide

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Coping with Depression

TIP OF THE WEEK: Back to School Study Tips

With Fall 2019 semester now in full swing, the academic load can be overwhelming. Let’s take a moment to determine how we can make this a successful semester! Consider the following as you go about your everyday:
1. Stay Organized: Keep a detailed calendar for both your academic and social calendars and make sure they do not collide. Setting reminders in your phone and/or using sticky notes is a great method to staying on track.
2. Time Management: This may be the most important skill you master in your NOVA career and beyond. Prioritizing your work load is essential to your success! Make sure you set aside an appropriate amount of time for your class load each week in accordance to your work life. While you may be taking on a lot this semester, may sure you make time for self-care!
3. Don’t Cram or Over Study: As tempting as staying up until 3a.m. to study for that test may be, studies show that last minute cramming only leads to undo stress, sacrificed sleeping and ultimately poor test performance. Instead let’s practice time management discussed above.
4. Unplug & Disconnect: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can be a great source for staying in touch with loved ones, friends, and acquaintances, however, it can be a huge distraction. In your appointed study hours consider turning off all social media accounts and focusing on the here and now.
5. Find Your Comfort Zone: It is all about finding what works for you. Whether it may be the quiet library, the busy coffee shop, or the local park with distance sounds of nature. We all operate different and finding the place to focus your mind is essential to your studying success!
6. Take a Break: Sometimes the work load can seem overwhelming. Take a break! Sometimes walking away from a tough paper you are writing or a stressful test you are studying for can give you a fresh perspective when you walk back to it. Allow yourself to clear your mind and regain focus.

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Tip of the Week: Stressed about Finals?

As finals approach, stress can begin to rise. There are small things you can do to reduce your stress, such as trying to stay organized, plan ahead so you can manage studying with other life events, get 7- 8 hours of sleep each night, eat healthy (not processed food!), and turn off social media! These are all great ways to be prepared for those exams and papers – and to stay healthy as well! Sometimes, however, stress can be overwhelming. You don’t need to deal with it on your own. There is help for you! For more information, go to



Upcoming Events: NOVACares and NOVA SAS

NOVACares/ Sexual Assault Services Spring 2017 Events

Wednesday, January 18 – AL Welcome Week Resource Block Party (11:00am-2:00pm) Bisdorf Cafeteria
Monday, January 30 – AL Stalking Tabling (11:00am-2:00pm)
Monday, February 13 – AN Create Your Own Valentine (11:00am-2:00pm) CA 3rd floor
Tuesday, February 14 – AL Create Your Own Valentine! (11:00am-2:00pm)
Wednesday, February 15 – LO Healthy Relationship Tabling (11:00am-2:00pm) LC Café
Thursday, February 16 – WO Healthy Relationship Tabling (11:00am-2:00pm)
Wednesday, March 8 – AL Posting Red Flags
Monday, March 13 – AL The Red Flag Campaign (11:00am-2:00pm)
Wednesday, March 15 – LO Stalking Tabling (11:00am-2:00pm) LC Café
Thursday, March 16 – WO Staking Tabling (11:00am-2:00pm)
Tuesday, April 11- AL The Clothesline Project (9:00am-4:00pm) outside Bisdorf Cafeteria
Wednesday, April 12 – AL The Clothesline Project (9:00am-4:00pm) outside Bisdorf Cafeteria
Monday, April 17 – WO Posting Red Flags
Tuesday, April 18 – WO The Clothesline Project (9:00am-4:00pm)
Wednesday, April 19 – WO The Clothesline Project (9:00am-4:00pm)
Thursday, April 20 – WO The Red Flag Campaign (11:00am-2:00pm)
Tuesday, April 25 – LO The Clothesline Project (9:00am-4:00pm)
Wednesday, April 26 – LO The Clothesline Project (9:00am-4:00pm)
Thursday, April 27 – MA The Clothesline Project (9:00am-4:00pm) Howsmon Patio
Friday, April 28 – Denim Day