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CVU Student Successfully Misses All Deadlines Except One

By Vivien Sorce

A CVU student in Journalism has finally met their first news story deadline following a semester of overdue pieces.

On January 11, at 10:30 am, the Hinesburg resident known as V – a senior at CVU – officially submitted their final article for review. Previous evidence provided by their teacher, Terwillegar, reveals that they missed the deadlines of submission for every one of their four articles written in the Journalism course over the semester. The four pieces have since been turned in. This slow progress posed a serious problem for both teacher and student, as part of Journalism is meant to be reporting news in a timely fashion.

V enrolled in the Journalism course in the spring of 2022: “I mean, this will be a great fun class for me, I’ll stop procrastinating, I can write about what I’m actually interested in, maybe do some photojournalism as well. I think this subject will be a favorite.” When the course began September 2nd, it turned out that may not be the case. 

The first piece began drafting in early September. V chose to write a longer feature article on Lgbtq+ rights across the US; this was without regard to the time constraints, or difficulty of the topic. While research and the general writing of the piece was steady paced and intriguing for them, interviews and revision were “a grueling process that turned out much more difficult and long lasting than expected.” The article started According to Terwillegar, “V turned in a great article, just… about a month and a half late.”

Despite V’s interest in the topic, writing in an accelerated timeline was notedly a challenge for them: “despite how hard I tried, I kept getting stuck on where to go next with my pieces as I attempted to write fast and interview people – I kept over analyzing my pieces and not being able to finish them on time.” Within almost three months, V only completed the one extensive feature article, when weekly submissions were expected. “As much as I love the class, I don’t think Journalism is quite working for me.”

Before Thanksgiving break, a new assignment was begun. Once again, due the day before break started, the package was ideally hashed out quickly and drafted so it could be revised. V fell behind by first revising the unfinished begining before even getting interviews – the piece was not finished for another three weeks after break. According to them, the package was a fun project because they got to work with video and sound elements as well. 

At this point a change occurred: by working with a fellow classmate on the next two pieces, they were able to collaborate on a piece on the CVU Darkroom, then a feature story on the new Ceramics teacher and room. These articles were much more enjoyable for them and both were nearly finished on time.

By the end of the course, Lede paragraphs were becoming second nature and interviews much easier. Writing in a way that included no opinion or author perspective was an interesting lesson that made V “think in a different way and write as if I were the reader.”

And deadlines: deadlines were starting to be met… after all, it’s about time. 

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Are you studying wrong?

Story by Victoria Chyra

Many people don’t like studying or have trouble with it. But is there something like studying wrong? 

 Every student needs to learn and study for school but which study methods are effective and how many different options are there?

A couple of decades ago it was inconceivable for educators to tailor their materials and teaching approach towards the individual student. However the idea of different learning styles was first introduced in the mid 70’s, since then many different ways have been discovered which made it easier for each student to study.

Those are the 7 basic styles of learning: 

Visual – Most learners prefer to visual concepts by using images, flown charts, mind maps etc. to acquire new material

Aural (Auditory and Musical) – These people are positively affected by sounds and often resort background music to retain new information.

Verbal – students need to listen, speak and read to process new material. They benefit from recording notes and lectures for later listening, reading aloud and putting ideas into words.

Physical – In this style movements and tactile impressions work the best for learning. This doesn’t only mean jumping and dancing but also includes drawing diagrams and writing down key information.

Solitary (Intrapersonal) – these learners perform better when they are left to their own devices. They benefit from self-paced courses and are very focused on personal associations.

Social (Interpersonal) – This learning style is the opposite of Solitary. Those people learn the best through group discussions, role plays and activities.

Logical – using logical reasoning and drawing associations is the best option for these people because they need to see the connections and dive deeper into the relationships between ideas.


Those are the 7 basic learning styles. However you can’t simply categorize one person to just one style because almost all of us use more than just one way to study. Nonetheless we all have our own preferences. Some might feel comfortable reading long pages, other people on the other hand might struggle with that and prefer short key points or group discussions. 

But is there something like studying wrong? 

The answer is simple. No. 

There isn’t such a thing as just one right method. Christopher Smith, a teacher at CVU also agrees with that, saying, “ I don’t think there is one method. I think it all depends upon your approach and how you learn. There are too many different approaches to it, to say there is just one perfect answer. Which is the problem. I think we are trying to quantify things down to ‘This is the way you should read. This is the way to do this.’ But you need to figure it out for you, which will be  different to how I do it.”

However, it may be that students use a way of learning which is not the best fit for them, which again is not the most effective.

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According to a survey, the most popular studying method among CVU students is repetitive reading followed by rewriting notes. A lot of students also like to discuss their material with other students and watch videos. However there are even more ways to study which are used, like: reading out loud, practicing specific problems, doing additional work, using flashcards and doing homework.

A lot of people also use study programs like Quizlet, Knowt, Quizizz or Kahoot.

The survey showed as well that most of the students use two or more methods to help them memorize and learn new material. 

So whenever you feel like your learning isn’t effective and doesn’t bring you the results you were hoping for, maybe try out a new approach, so your studying becomes more fun and effective!

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Exam Week:  Are You Stressed?

By Maggie Whitman

After returning from winter break, students and teachers alike will quickly jump into the dreaded finals week to finalize Semester one. Although, do all students feel this dread? Finals week has been notorious for dumping immense amounts of stress, chaos, and weariness on young adults, and maybe even teachers, but is that changing this year? 

So the big question was asked, are you stressed? Molly Simons and Jocelyn Kaplan, seniors at CVU, both answered yes. For Molly, she’s most stressed about AP Human Geography. Jocelyn’s stressed about AP Physics. Are Advanced Placement (AP) classes the issue at hand?

According to a study done by The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Advanced placement courses are a direct link to lower self esteem and lost confidence. Although this sounds daunting, it’s actually proven this doesn’t alter the effectiveness or legitimacy of the AP courses. Found in their study, low self esteem issues don’t correlate with doing worse in a class. If anything, this is building important problem solving skills for the future and will properly prepare them for the workload that is college.

Another big stress is the changing of classes. The fall semester finals week marks the end of lots of classes. CVU will be a revolving door around the building during mid January. Fortunately, this can lead to a better schedule for some. Jocelyn Kaplan told us her future semester is much lighter, only having her AP classes rolling over. New schedules will mean new change, and change is good, but not according to Molly. Her spring semester will be very busy meaning she is very much not excited. 

Important question for students: do you prefer a self made project reflecting your research and comprehension skills throughout the semester, or are you old-fashion and prefer an exam that only requires studying and showing up to take said exam. 100% of respondents said they’d rather do a project all the way. According to most, they believe it’s a better representation of their learning and they don’t have as much stress.