At The Estates we have thoroughly enjoyed being your home this last year. July 31st is right around the corner which means move out day is quickly approaching! Below are some move out tips and tricks we hope make your moving process as easy and stress free as possible.
Before you move
Donate items you don’t use anymore!
Create piles for different items that you don’t want to take with you, This can include clothing, kitchen items like cooking utensils or bakeware, and other household items. Don't forget to ask for a receipt to claim a tax deduction!
Plans your last few meals
For the last few weeks leading up to your move, take advantage of whatever frozen food, perishable items, or half open containers that you have around your kitchen. If you have remaining non-perishable items that you do not want to pack, these can be dropped off at a local food bank!
Update your address
This can include accounts for: utilities, and subscription boxes, USTA student account, bank accounts, etc.
Save time and money while packing
Free or Discounted Boxes
Ask local groceries, stores, or businesses for their gently used boxes
Use laundry baskets, suitcases, or storage boxes you already have in lieu of cardboard boxes
Low Cost Packing Materials
Wrap fragile items with magazines or newspaper instead of packing peanuts or bubble wrap
Use towels or sheets to wrap dishes
Use socks to safely wrap and pack glassware
Quick Clothes Wrapping
While your clothes are still hanging in the closet, put them inside a trash bag, hanger and all, to make unpacking quicker
Keep Boxes Organized
Use Colored tape to color coordinate each box with a room in your new home
Write the contents of each box on the outside so you have a quick guide of the contents without opening each box
There are so many fun and exciting things happening the month of June! For starters, the first official day of summer is this month! We have a day all about celebrating dads, and one all about our best friends. For more fun to look forward to this month, check out our list of important dates below. And of course follow our social media to see what fun events we will be holding at The Estates. Everyone is invited! So if you’re just visiting San Antonio for the day or here for orientation at UTSA, stop on by!
Finals week is approaching fast! Where did the time go, right? We know you would rather be lounging on the couch watching Westworld or hanging out with friends before summer hits, but it is time to get prepared so that you conquer your exams.
Here is a list as finals week approaches so that you can ace your exams from start to finish:
Create your own study guide
While many teachers provide a study guide, creating your own can help you understand the material better. Everyone thinks differently so sometimes you must change things up to benefit your style of learning!
Ask questions and attend the review sessions!
Your professors and TA’s are there to help! Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on. This is a must!
If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!
Organize a group study session.
It can be helpful to study in groups – sometimes. Evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial to the subject as well at your learning process.
You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key – ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.
There’s a lot to be said about a good night’s sleep. Make sure you’re well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams!
Prioritize your study time.
Some exams will be more difficult than others, some you may find easier to study for. Some may be worth more of your grade than others. Make sure to evaluate all of your exams to consider and determine all of the involved factors so you can study accordingly.
Study for the style of exam.
If it’s multiple choice, you’ll need to know definitions and concepts. For essay exams, focus on your understanding of all the concepts presented, with examples in mind.
If you think about and create actual exam questions, you will likely become more familiar with what you need to study and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the type of language that will be on the exam. Draft potential exam questions and quiz yourself so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on.
Revolve your focus.
Switching up your subjects is a helpful way to learn everything for your exams while preventing burnout on one topic. Make sure to switch it up before your eyes glaze over!
Lastly, make it FUN!
Why not reward yourself with a piece of chocolate or a sip of your coffee after you’ve accomplished a new chapter or if you are a workout junkie take breaks for push-ups! Music and dance breaks help too, keep that blood flowing!