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September 13, 2010

A recent article from the New York Times asserts that several generally accepted beliefs about good study habits are actually false. For example, you know that tip about finding, clearing and setting aside a quiet workspace, a constant place where you can “get in your groove” for hours while refining your finance and marketing skills? Might want to think again. The article highlights four tips for strong studying that fly in the face of conventional wisdom:

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September 12, 2010

I’ve just returned home from our first Student Government meeting of the new school year and am excited about all of the initiatives we have boiling. Though a lot of work was done over the summer by this hard-working group of officers to set the groundwork for a great 2010-2011, as of tonight we’re all back in action and ramping up our plans once again.

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September 10, 2010

Beginning with the larger picture, each semester of the first year is divided up into two parts (Fall 1, Fall 2 -- Spring 1 Spring 2). Right now, we are in 6-7 weeks of Fall 1, which will be followed by a week-long team-building exercise before beginning Fall 2 -- ending in December. The first quarter is a quantitative boot camp, but everything is new and exciting and we all seem to be able to handle the six or seven classes that are thrown our way.

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September 10, 2010

One of the many qualities that sets SOM apart is its small size compared to many of its peer institutions. The current MBA student body includes an average of about 225 students per class. As a result, there's a genuine feeling of community on campus. But it's important to remember that we're also members of the larger Yale community. So while our focus is on our time here on the SOM campus, we also have access to everything the University has to offer.

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September 7, 2010

Executive Summary: First years, please attend the Internship Fund's kick-off meeting on Wednesday September 8th, in A74 (where you regularly meet the awesome Prof. Amy W) at 4:30pm. On the IF, you will support a number of your friends' internships and a remarkable array of wonderful organizations; form enduring relationships with every SOM constituency; and plan the most anticipated events of SOM's social calendar.

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September 5, 2010

It's hard to believe two full weeks of classes have already gone by; they seemed to go by quite literally in the blink of an eye. Amazingly enough, I feel busier now attending classes 3 - 4 hours per day than when I was working 40 + hours per week. From what I can tell, our class is taking as much advantage as possible of what SOM, Yale University, and New Haven at large, have to offer, particularly with regard to our favorite non-academic activities (GPSCY, anyone?). Carpe noctem, 2012, carpe noctem.

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September 4, 2010

New York --> New Haven; New address #16 --> New address #17; New school year; New classes at New schools and 234 New classmates to get to know. Lots of ‘New’. My summer was excellent - after 27 years of looking at New York City with wide eyes from afar and wondering what life would be like living there (trust me, it’s a long way from the little British Army base that I called home for 18 years), my internship gave me the opportunity to experience it first-hand.

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September 3, 2010

In the 2+ weeks since starting school, the Class of 2012 had our run of the place. We were free to get to know all of our classmates, to converse with our various professors, and to explore SOM's labyrinthine campus. But just when we were getting into a groove, we were given a big jolt this week: the return of the second years. (Mild apologies for the effusive praise that follows.)We watched in awe as they filed back to campus.

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August 31, 2010

I'm going to piggyback on the last blog post by Alex about study groups. Study groups are a really cool part of SOM because of the diversity of experience that each one is comprised of - and for many of us, also a microcosm of social life. I am still amazed by how much I learnt in the first year from all of my classmates not just in terms of academics, but also working styles, study methods and general life experience (like how to make the world's best chili).

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August 31, 2010

We are in the midst of our second week of classes and as the scale and difficulty of work ramps us, many of us will become increasingly dependent on the support of our study groups. Since it has often been said that MBAs learn as much from their classmates as their professors, I thought it would be helpful to discuss how study groups work here at Yale SOM. Upon arriving at orientation, each student is given their predetermined study group assignment of 8-9 people.

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