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Good Stuff to Do: Zaland

Author: Patrick Johnson '21

Operating seven nights a week, the pizzeria swings its parlor doors open for all weary travelers. Open from 9:30-12:30 on weeknights and 11:30-2:30 on weekends, Keenan Hall boasts the finest product in Za-land. Read More

Good Stuff to Do: Le Café Français

Author: Patrick Johnson '21

Bienvenue, mes amis! As Charles the Great, emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, said, “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” Neurologists, language instructors, and bilinguists all agree that the best method in facilitating fluency in any tongue is through constant practice. So then, why not practice your French-speaking abilities with friends and classmates over some pains au chocolat? Read More

The Neuroscience of Effective Study

Author: Justin Nortey '19

Everyone knows that effective study skills are crucial to a successful college experience, but finding ways to study that work can be difficult. Professor Nancy Michael, the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Neuroscience and Behavior in the College of Science, shares her perspective on the what really works when it comes to studying. Read More

Top Three Lecture Hacks

Author: Patrick Johnson '21

As a first-year student, regardless of major, you are bound to take lecture classes. In lecture classes, professors present course material to large audiences of students. Although it may seem fairly straightforward, with a large class comes new opportunities and new challenges. Read More

Top 3 Techniques for Retaining Information

Author: Annie Fick '20

As college students, cramming and then dumping information is quite common, but definitely not the best option for our learning. Here are a few ways to improve your memory and help you to retain information in all of your course.

Repetition and rehearsal

The first and most obvious way to cement new material is through repetition. If you repeat material enough, you will learn it beyond mastery to the point where your responses become automatic. Flashcards are a traditional way of learning using repetition. Another strategy to employ is the use of pneumonic devices or rhythm and rhyme to help retain info. When using these methods, practice will make perfect! Read More

First-Years' First Show: The Importance of Being Earnest

Author: Xu '20, Kenny

Be there at 7:30 p.m. on November 8 to cheer four up-and-coming first-year students when the curtains open on the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

Gabe Krut from San Diego, CA, will play Algernon Moncrieff, a wealthy bachelor who, as a dandy, “thinks highly of his taste in fashion.” According to Gabe, his character gets into a “fair bit of mischief.” Read More

Top 3 Names in the Class of 2021

Author: Annie Fick '20

Everyone knows Notre Dame is a Catholic institution, and the most common names certainly live up to this legacy. We all know a Katie, a Pat, or an Annie, but what really are the most common names at ND? Read More

Advising Attuned to the Music of the Soul

Author: Lisa Walenceus

Dr. Rufus Burnett joined the First Year of Studies advising faculty in August 2016. He and first-year students interested in the blues host the First Year Blues Review, a radio program on WSND 88.9 FM, every Monday from 10:00 PM to midnight. Spinning Blues, Hearing Knowledge: An Introduction to the Blues Through the Role of Disc Jockey, Burnett’s one-credit course based on this ND Ignite program, will be offered for the first time in Fall 2017. Read More

Top 3 Stress Relievers

Author: Annie Fick '20

As the first round of exams approaches, it is normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Here are a few tips from Jenna Gehl Jones at the McWell Center to stay healthy— mentally and physically! Read More

Moreau Instructor Guinan Connects With First-Year Students

Author: Justin Nortey '19

The Moreau First Year Experience course sequence, FYS10101 and FYS 10102, has become an integral part of the lives of first-year students at Notre Dame. Currently in its second year, this course is designed to help them make a seamless transition to life at the University by facilitating the integration of their academic, co-curricular, and residential experiences. The instructors for the course, drawn from units all over campus, are the heart of this experience.

Mr. Tom Guinan, Associate Vice President for Administrative Operations for Notre Dame International, is an example of a non-traditional instructor who relishes the opportunity to connect with first-year students. Read More

The Value of a Minor

Author: Justin Nortey

At Notre Dame, there are three curricular configurations: Majors which are comprised of eight to ten three-credit classes, supplementary majors which require twenty-four credits, and minors which require fifteen credits. What is the benefit of a minor? Read More