Finals are just around the corner and that means it is time to study study study! Studying and doing homework are what college students spend the majority of their time doing, so it is important to know the basic ins-and-outs of how to do it well.
One strategy I would recommend doing, as my title suggests, is finding a study buddy. This person could be someone from one of your classes, your roommate, a friend, etc. Your study buddy should be someone that can help you to stay focused and avoid procrastination. If it is somebody that is in the same class as you or shares your same major, you can quiz each other on the content you are studying and provide additional information to each other on material you may not know very well. You and your study buddy can get together and work on homework, peer-edit papers, help you make notecards, and more!
Another recommendation I have for studying is varying your location. I believe that if you spend all of your time studying for exams, writing papers, and doing homework in the same spot, you will become bored and lose your focus. The great thing about Fontbonne University is that there are so many places you can go to study beyond your dorm room. On campus, we have the AMC (Arnold Memorial Center) where you will find couches, desks with computers, and a printer. There is also the Jack C. Taylor Library where you can study in the Information Commons, individual cubbies, quiet study rooms, and community areas for group projects. Besides on-campus study locations, there are many places within walking/ biking distance that you can go to as well. There is a Starbucks Coffee just up Wydown Blvd., a Kaldi’s Coffee House in the opposite direction near Concordia Seminary, and Washington University- our neighboring school- is just up the road. It is wonderful having another university so close because you are able to utilize their study spots, the library on their campus, as well as the nice outdoor seating areas during warm fall and spring days!