We’ve almost made it to the end of the semester, but we don’t get to enjoy winter break without first surviving finals week. Studying for exams in general is stressful, but cumulative finals are the worst. You might start to think about how you are possibly going to cram so much info into your head in such a short amount of time, but don’t worry, there are things you can do to ease the process.
As a college student, you probably already figured out your own personal style of studying. Some need music, some need silence, some make flashcards, and others take the wait-until-the-night-before approach. Regardless of your method, here are some places around campus you can use to maximize your studying.
- Dorm Room: This is the most obvious and most used option. It’s comfortable and you have all the resources you need in front of you. However, it’s also easy to get distracted. Tip: situate your desk so it’s facing away from your bed; that way, you won’t be tempted to nap.
- The library: Being surrounded by books and academia amongst people who are also diligently studying is a huge motivator. It’s a popular option, so get there early to snag a table or computer. And remember, the upper floors are always quietest — the basement isn’t nicknamed Club Bird for nothing.
- Starbucks: About 40% of students require caffeine while studying – so what better place to hit the books than a coffee shop? Check out Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Cafe Kubal and Recess on Westcott Street. None of them are open all night though, so plan your studies accordingly.
- Schine: The upper level of Schine is a quiet, cozy place to relax and study. You’ll find that many of the buildings around campus have rooms and little niches available for this purpose.
- Computer Clusters: Every dorm is equipped with one. It’s like having the benefits of the quiet, focused atmosphere of the library without having to trudge through the elements to get there.
According to a study done by Follet Higher Education Group, 59% of students have a designated study spot. Where will yours be during finals week?
By Caleigh Gran