4 Useful Tips Final Exams Preparation

As final exams for the winter quarter are approaching. Finals week can be very stressful but they are ways you can showcase the knowledge and skills you acquired during the quarter. Preparation is a key to passing your final exams. Here are 4 useful tips on how to prepare for your finals.

  1. Review the material

Very often final exams cover all material taught during the quarter, you can refresh your memory by going through your homework, in-class exercise and past exams. Try to work on them on your own first, rather than defaulting to reference materials like solution manuals, google and other resources. This strategy will boost confidence in your aptitude for learning, while helping you remember and comprehend the material much more effectively.

  1. Practice on old exams

One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice taking past versions. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and timing yourself can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.

  1. Brain Food

You may feel like you deserve a treat, or that you don’t have time to cook, but what you eat can really have an impact on energy levels and focus, so keep away from junk food. Keep your body and brain well-fueled by choosing healthy food options. The same applies on exam day, eat a good meal before the test.

  1. Sleep and rest well

Lastly, try to get enough sleep before the finals. You might feel the need to cram the night before the final but it is hardly the best strategy. You will be tired and fatigued, and your all-night session may not be productive. Instead, try to should study a couple of hours per day each day leading up to finals. Rest and sufficient sleep are your best friends if you are trying to memorize a lot of academic information for the finals.

Best of luck!


How Can You Manage Stress?

University is a great place to make friends and learn things. However, as a student, you may not only worry about homework and grades, but also about looking for a job, doing research, joining a club, getting involved in community volunteering and many other things. It can be very stressful and frustrating at times. It’s very challenging to manage all of this on you own, especially for international students, we are far away from home and living in a different environment. Feeling stress is not a bad thing, but we need to learn how to deal with this stress. University of Washington Bothell has a variety of resources to help you!

  • Get Out of the Classroom

UWB North Creek Wetland is a very beautiful place to walk around. Sometime, you just need to give yourself time to relax. See the green in the nature, stay around the quite environment or ride a bike.



  • Counseling Center

UWB has many great counselors. When you feel stress, talking to professionals is the best way. They understand  your problem and will help you to deal with your stress.

  • Activities and Recreation

UWB has more than 80 clubs. These clubs host different events throughout the year. Go to events and activities and make friends.

  • Exercise

ARC Fitness Center is open for all UWB students. It is located in the ARC. Go workout after or before your classes. Sweat can relax your body.

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What I learned from the STEM Mentor Talk

On Tuesday 13th our amazing international student advisor Oz invited a group of student to share their experience on CPT. I am so glad I attended, and I would like to share with you what I learned from the students.

These are the tips they shared with us on how to search, apply, prepare for call interviews, and land an internship.

The Application Process

Whether you plan to apply online or plan to attend a career fair, you can use these strategies.

Have projects going on: Personal projects matter a lot especially if you have no experience in you field of study. Lab work counts too, write these experiences on your resume.

Create an effective resume: Get help from careers service to tailor your resume to your personal experiences, let it showcase your strengths.

Research the company you are interested in: Pretty much stalk the company, know what they do, read the job descriptions carefully, know what skills they are looking for, also find ways on how you will fit in, if you are offered an internship.

Attend career fairs: Attend as many career fairs as you can, it will improve your confidence when talking to recruiters and will have an insight on what to expect from recruiters.

During The Career Fair

Most the students at the panel got internships from career fairs and this is what they had to say.

Make connections: Try to connect with the recruiters, smile, ask question and speak clearly. Talk to recruiters you are less interested first to build confidence and to know what questions to expert when you final meet with recruiters from the companies you want to work for.

Stand out: Sell yourself to recruiters talk about your achievements “humble brag” and be mindful of the time. You’ll be competing with many other students, share with recruiters what makes you unique.

Be confident: Recruiters do not expect you to be an expert in your field, so present yourself with confidence.

The Phone Interview

Neither of the students was excited about the phone interview, one of the student shared his story on how he missed the interview call because he thought it was a commercial call. When he followed up with the company, they told him that they reached out but he did not answer the call and unfortunately, the position was filled.

Answer calls: If you applied for an internship or attended the career fair they suggested that to answer all call so you don’t miss out on the opportunity.

Practice what to say: One of the student prepared to the interview call by reserving a room at the library to practice what to say when he gets the call.

With these tips in hand, I think I am ready to attend the career fair tomorrow February 15th at UW Seattle. Please check back for an update on my experience at the career fair!

Host: Oz Bilen, Advisor

Panel Speakers: Moe, Tue Lang, Thuan, Khulan and Evelyn

I would like to thank Oz for organizing this event and thanks to all these awesome students who took their time to share their stories and experiences with us.


Fun Things to do at UWB

Take a break from studies and enjoy these fun activities on campus.

  1. Hike the wetlands trail trail
  2. Play video games, pool table, foosball, ping pong at the ARC building
  3. Weekly movie night
  4. Hangout with friends
  5. Attend on campus club events
  6. Seasonal outdoor activities hosted by outdoor wellness center
  7. Watch birds migrationbirds
  8. Intramural sportssports
  9. Workout at the gym
  10. 3D printing at the Maker Space
  11. Have lunch or just sit and relax at Rose Garden near Truly Houserose garden
  12. Meditate and reflect at Reflection room

The Reflection Room is located at UW1 – 007 it provides a space to seek quiet meditation and reflection for the UW Bothell campus community. This space is open during business hours and do not require reservations.  Campus reflection room

  1. Food truck

Try out some delicious food from the food trucks located in front of the ARC building. Review the schedule here Food Truck Schedule


Join a Club – Get Involved!

Now that you are officially a Husky at UWB, you may be wondering what’s next. How are you going to make friends, get to know the city of Bothell and maintain a good GPA. How do all of these without having a break down?

Well, at University of Washington Bothell there are over 100 opportunities for you to explore, grow, lead and share, with support from a variety of offices like Student AffairsRecreational & wellness Services, Center for International Education and Clubs and organizations.

Student organizations can be an important part of your growth during your college career. Not only do they provide the resources needed to succeed in the world, they can give you some of the best people you’ve ever met, building friendships that last a lifetime. Student organizations can give you access to opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. Being involved can be important to your attitude toward college that can either make or break your stay. I have listed a few clubs that I think might interest you and that could upgrade your experience here at UWB.

  1. International Club

One of the most diverse club at the University of Washington Bothell. Their goal is to connect all different nationalities into a common place, they often host outdoors activities and enjoy the recreational times with members and outside community. 

  1. Intramural Sports

UWB Intramural Sports program creates an environment where students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to gather and participate in various sport and leisure activities regardless of skill level and ability. Intramural Activities are comprised of traditional team sports with leagues and playoffs, as well as leisure activities and tournaments. The program is open to any currently enrolled student at UWB. Keep an eye on this website and IMLeagues for dates and details.

  1. Academic club

Biology major? Sign up for Biology club. Mathematics Major? Sign up for the Mathematics Society Club.  Many disciplines at UWB have either a club or a program dedicated to helping students expand their knowledge of the given field. Also, they will introduce you to other people with similar interests to you. You’ll probably meet people who can give you recommendations for which teachers or classes to take. These clubs can often connect you with alumni in your field of interest– think internships!!

And, if you’re looking to apply to graduate school after undergrad, these clubs give you the experience you’re desperate for when it comes to research skills.

  1. Student Government

To learn more about why and how things that happen at your UWB happen, look no further than the Student Affairs. You’ll be much more aware and capable of voicing opinions about your UWB’s on-going activities. Plus, the opportunity to gain leadership experience is priceless.

  1. Religious groups

There are several religious clubs here at UWB. These clubs allow students to maintain their religious traditions, or explore new ones in a supportive community setting.

  1. Outdoor wellness program

Adventures begin here! Get to explore the Seattle area while increasing your outdoor knowledge and development skills. They organize fun trips and activities and provide free equipment rental services to students. Check out their website for exciting upcoming trips. Outdoor-wellness/outdoor-trips

  1. Start your own club

Do you have an interest in a club that doesn’t exist yet? Start your own club! Not only does this look good to future employers, but it gives you the opportunity to get involved with something you really enjoy.

Become an active member of campus life, make new friends while expanding your horizons with special guest lectures, community services, outdoor trips, learning opportunities, and many more. To see all the clubs and organizations that are currently active, please visit OrgSync.


Launching of International Student Advisory Board at UW Bothell

CIE is excited to launch the first International Student Advisory Board this winter quarter. ISAB provides a voice for international students and an opportunity to implement real change to the community. Our board consists of 11 undergraduate students collaborating with on campus student organizations to enhance the experience of international students at UWB.

Our Mission

As a part of the Center for International Education (CIE), the International Student Advisory Board provides a platform for our international student representatives to discuss the programs, services and issues that our students may have at the University of Washington Bothell. The term of the board service is one academic year (Fall-Winter-Spring).

Why ISAB exists

  1. To act as advocates between the school administration and international students at UWB.
  2. To review and assess proposals put forth by the international students and CIE.
  3. To provide feedback and recommendation to CIE office and campus organization ongoing programs, especially the improvement and development of new program.
  4. To share international student experiences and expertise with the campus community.



Mim Philips (Board Advisor)

Michael Liu (Business – China)

Saki Kambayashi (Business – Japan)

Sabira Kaherman (Biology – China)

Mohamed Almousa (Electrical Engineering – Saudi Arabia)

Miriam Mnyuku (Electrical Engineering – Tanzania)

Joy Yao (Business – China)

Marcellin Kibonge (Electrical Engineering – Republic of Congo)

Brian Tobing (Business – Indonesia)

Rithik Bansal (Computer Science – India)

Baysaa Narantugs (Business – Mongolia)

Sunny Lim (Community Psychology – Malaysia)

We encourage you to contact ISAB with questions, concerns and suggestions on how to improve international students experience here at UWB.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cieuwb/

Email: uwbintl@uw.edu


From Community College to University

How are finals going for you? I hope everyone is doing well.

My name is Sabira, I am an international student who just transferred from South Seattle College. My first quarter at UW Bothell is almost over! I had many different feeling about University life in this short period of time. I am a pre-med student. Just like most of you, I finished my freshmen and sophomore year at a local Community College, and then transferred as a junior. I was always one of the top students when I was at the CC, and I had a lot of connection with other international students who studied the same major as me. The material was fine, and manageable. However, when I first transferred, I noticed that the study materials are a lot harder than before, they are more detailed and I am required to do more self-study. I also found that although I made many new international friends, I barely see any other international students in my major. Besides class, I engaged in many activities at the CC, and now at UW Bothell, I’m still joining most of the events. UW Bothell has more clubs and other organizations that I could spend my time and make friends. I was overwhelmed at first, but I quickly adjusted my study strategy, try to adapt the new style. Now, at the end of the quarter, I feel I am already part of UW Bothell and I am familiar with everything here.

I have talked to one of my classmate who is newly transferred from Seattle Central College. His name is Ryan Chan, he is from Hong Kong, and he is studying Biology at UW Bothell. For study, Ryan said the way he learns here isn’t that different from his CC, but the materials are definitely harder. He had overall GPA around 3.7, and he is still maintaining it even though the study is harder. He also said: “I had a lot of friends back in CC, but I don’t have friends now”. I think this must be the most common issue for most of the new students. Especially for us, as international students, we are more comfortable with the circle that we had, and it takes a while to completely join the new environment. I suggest whoever has the same problem, go to more activates, engage as much as you can. This helps you to know people, and have more connection.


Community College is a bridge that helping us to move forward. It is definitely easy to stay around regarding recreation or study, but university helps us to be more independent. I hope every new students at UW Bothell can find their place on campus soon.