Midterms by Alex

Hafidha’s favorite study corner in the MiraCosta Oceanside library

Midterm tests can be stressful. Last week I finished my midterm tests for all my classes and I feel confident about them. As an experienced student, let me give you recommendations on how to prepare:

  • Always go to classes, its a lot easier to learn with someone who understands the course telling you whats important, and also allows you to ask questions. Some students don’t realize the difference of attending and not attending the classes. SO what do you do in class? —  listen, and take notes.  While everyone knows that taking notes is important, let me tell you a little secret, the more notes you take the less you have to read the text book.
  • So in that case why do you need a textbook, well sometimes you do not, but that is very rare. The value of a textbook is directly tied to the type of teacher some use lectures to add to the book, while some use the book to add to the lectures. figuring out what type of teacher you have is also important.
  • One personal tip for understanding teachers is look at quizzes or sample tests to figure out how they ask questions. Some teachers ask what date something took place while others might ask what took place on that date, by pinpointing what they will ask will let you determine what is important.
  • Last step is not to worry.  The more worried you are means they less prepared you are and you will have the tendency to make small mistakes that will add up. Doing bad on the midterm isn’t the end, most of the time, you still have the later half of the class and the final to catch back up and learn from your mistakes.

My Class of This Spring Semester (Continue) – by Miku

In my previous blog, I talked about my current classes.

Today, I will show you the style of some of these classes. Because before I take classes, I research about professors a lot using Rate My Professor, all of our professors are really nice. I strongly recommend to use this site!

Economic 101 (Professor Frederica Carr)

  1. 10 REQUIRED ASSIGNMENTS…For each class topic, we have to complete one assignment. Because this is more difficult than exams, you will spend much time to complete. You have to answer some questions and problems. However, if you understand all the questions, I bet you will get good grade on your tests. (50 points)
  2. 10 OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT…There are a total of 10 Optional Assignments (worth 5 points each) and 15 online quizzes. This totals 25 assignments.  I can choose to complete 10 of them, whatever ones I want. (50 points)
  3. GROUP PROJECT…There are many kinds of topics related to economic. You need to choose one topic with your group members. You have to complete a four-part paper and do a presentation in the class. Paper is worth 80 points and the presentation is worth 20 points. (100 points)
  4. 6 TESTS…We have six in-class tests. The questions are many types; multiple choice, problems, making a graph, and essays. As I mentioned above, if you understand you assignments, you will get good grade on the tests. Also, only the best four tests will be counted towards your grade. Each tests are worth 50 points. (200 points)
  5. FINAL EXAM…There are two separate parts. The first part will be comprehensive and will only count for 6 points. The second part will be similar to 6 tests. This part of the final exam will be semi comprehensive. The second part of the final exam counts for 94 points. (100 points)
  6. EXTRA CREDIT…There are some extra credit opportunities. To get these, the important thing is attending class.

Business 140  (Professor Lou Milstein)

  1. ESSAYS…Each essays are worth 50 points. We have nine choices of topics. You can choose your topic. It is required to research the topic and cite three resources and go to writing center. If you meet these condition, you might get full points. Professor does not accept any late submission. (150 points)
  2. EXAMS…We have four exams and each worth 100 points. One week before the tests, the professor gives us a study guide. If you study the study guide hard, you will get a good grade. All questions are essay style. It includes definition of the words, examples, and so on. We do not have final exam. Instead of that, if you miss one of the exams or you want to retake one exams, you can take these on the final week. (400 points)

My Classes of This Spring Semester – by Miku


Today, I will introduce about my current classes.
This is my class schedule.
This is my last semester in Mira Costa college. In this semester, I am taking 5 classes which worth 17 units, so I am really busy. Every week, I have some tests and presentations. But I like studying, so I am enjoying my busy life.


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Economic 101  Professor Frederica Carr. This class is about Principle of Economic; Macro. It is one of the general education options, and required for most business majors. The teacher is really good, her teaching is easy to understand. Also, in that class, even though we do 6 tests, but we can drop 2 lowest score’s tests. Also, she gives me to attendance points, so if we do not absent, we can get really good grade.

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 9.29.40 AMChinese 102  Professor Aubrey Kuan Roderick. In last semester, I was taking Chinese 101. This is the second level of Chinese class. Because the professor of the last semester was so good, so I keep taking her class. For American students, this class is kind of hard because the character is complex. But I am a Japanese, we sometimes share same characters, so this class is easy. If you are Japanese, I strongly recommend to take this class with this professor. Now, we can do easy conversation in Chinese. Because my major is international business, this class will be really helpful in my future.

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 9.44.51 AMBusiness 135  Professor Sean Smith. The name of this class is “Personal Seller.” This is late start class, so we have only 8 weeks. Because of that, the speed is really fast, we have one or two quiz every week. If we listen carefully the lecture, the test is fine. The all contents is in the class. Also, the professor is really nice, we will use what we learn in the real business world. This is late start class, so if you feel the semester is easy and want to add some class, I recommend to take this class.

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 9.39.22 AMBusiness 140  Professor Lou Milstein. The name of this class is “Legal Environment of Business.” We learn business law. Because I am an international student, this class is so hard. There are so many special terms of law. When I study for this class, I need so much space to search words and example of precedents. The professor is really funny though, his talking speed is fast, so it is actually so hard listening. Also, the exams are all essay form. We have to memorize so many things. I think this class is hardest one in this semester.

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 9.49.44 AMEnglish  201  Professor Jason Crum. This is “Critical Thinking” class. In this class, even though we do not need to write so many essays, we have to read a lot of writings, books, and criticisms. Because we international students read slower than native students, the homework are kind a lot for us. But, the writings he choose is interesting and fun to read, so if you like reading books, this class is good for you. In every class, we have group discussion, so there is a good place to practice our speaking. The professor is nice, and he is easy grader. If you participate every classes and do your assignments, I think you will have a good grade.

The World Culture Day

During fall semester, MiraCosta students from the Intercultural Communication class held the World Culture Day with the help from international students. As part of a class assignment, students were required to decorate a table and describe a culture through pictures, artifacts, music, food, and other props. The event was held outside along the fountain patio in the center of the Oceanside Campus.

There were many cultures represented such as China, Japan, Vietnam, Hungary, Brazil, and so on. People could wander by and ask questions about the specific country that students are hosting, and some of the tables have also prepared delicious snacks and cute gifts. Here are some pictures that I would like to share with all of you!

 She is representing Beijing, China. I can’t possibly miss her beautiful scarf and awesome poster!

She is representing Hungary, and she is a Japanese international student at our college.

This beautiful lady is posing for the camera as I enjoy her introduction of Brazil.

Can you tell that he is representing Russia?

 These two young ladies are teamed up and ready to tell us about Japan!

 He is having fun representing Venezuela~Look at his pose and the flower next to him!

Our International Office Representative Aubrey is posing with a student. Don’t both of them look like models?

 A very passionate team with delicious food and interesting conversation! Can’t wait to go to Hong Kong!

How cute is this Vietnam girl in her pink jacket! Yummy Snacks by the way!

I hope all of you enjoy reading my blog, and please feel free to ask me any questions!


Back to the books!

Fall is here and with half of the semester already gone, it’s time for midterms!

I’m current enrolled in 4 classes that require a lot of reading and writing, and since I love to read and write, I’m having a blast this semester. Although it’s a lot of work, it feels great to acquire more and more knowledge and see it all paying off once I get my tests back. I’ve had one mid-term, around 9 tests, and a lot of homework. Next week I’ll have 3 more tests and 2 assignments, and homework never stops.

It’s good to be aware that professors have different teaching styles and that is reflected not only on how they lead the classroom, but also on how they present the exams, so before selecting your classes you should take a closer look at the class description and the required books. Scantrons, green and blue books are some of the required materials for test taking. Scantrons are used for multiple choice tests, and green and blue books are usually used for compositions or short answer questions. Homework will be assigned in different forms, so you may be required to write essays, answer to some questions, or do a presentation. As I said, it all depends on the professor teaching style.

Overall Fall 2013 has been a great semester! I had the chance to meet new people, make new friends, get a different – and great – experience in all my classes, and I’m very glad MiraCosta can provide me with all of that!