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Helpful study tips

by Mary on March 6, 2017

in Academics

For me I have had different study habits each year that I have been a student in college because for me it is based on what classes I have at the time. I used very different study habits when I was in religion class freshman year as compared to sophomore year when I was in Chemistry class. It has also changed based on where I live. When I lived on campus in Medaille I studied mostly in my dorm room on the weekends when I had upcoming unit tests. I would also sometimes study up on the third floor of AB when I was preparing for a Chemistry test because I could bounce questions off of my classmates. So, if any science majors read this article I would suggest studying up on the third floor of AB with your fellow classmates. Sometimes last year in the evenings if I had a really big test coming up in one of my dietetics classes or chemistry, I would study at one of the big tables on the second floor of the library.  I also found this as a helpful space to study last semester for a few of my classes even as a commuter.

Another major tip that I was given my freshman year was, if you have a major test to study for you should turn off your phone while studying so that there are less distractions.  There were a few times last semester when I would work in the library and I found this very helpful as a way to be productive.  Some people are just so attached to their phones and it can be good to turn it off even if it is just for an hour, then you can turn it back on.  An additional helpful study tip that I can think of if you are studying for a large test is to take time to make study cards either online or in index cards right after you learn the vocabulary. This way you can start studying them right away and study a chunk of the cards at a time, so that you are not cramming at the last second.  I know I found this to be useful last semester when I was in biology because it is a course with a lot of vocabulary terms.

I hope everyone does well on their midterm exams or final exams if you have an eight week class that is ending and I hope these tips are helpful.

 

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Depending on the situation, being a college student is a bit like a weight-lifter. Most of the students here at Fontbonne live on campus. That means that they are fortunate enough to keep most of their stuff five minutes away from their classrooms. However, if you are a commuter, like me, you are carrying everything but the sink. The worst part is, there are no suitable lockers here available for us to store our stuff safely.

So, yesterday I came to school pulling a suitcase with one arm and holding a lunchbox, a water bottle, and two books in the other arm. Everything but the books were mine; I had picked those up from the Taylor Library for a project. I had finished that project over the weekend, so I didn’t feel the need to carry them anymore. I figured, “Hey, let’s see if the library’s open.”

I walk up the ramp up to the doors and saw the schedule. It read: “Hours Open: Mondays – Thursdays 7:30 am – 11:00 pm.” I looked at my phone and saw that the time was 7:11 am. I do not know why, but my response to that situation was to squeal and giggle profusely.

This caught the attention of the librarian. He opened up the doors and asked what I needed.

“I just wanted to return these books,” I said.

He pointed to a large, white box by the door. On it were large black letters that read: Book Return.

I stood there with a stupid look on my face. I thought that it was a trash can. I laughed a little and went over to the box. At first, I thought it worked like the garbage cans in the lunchrooms; you automatically push the books into the box through a slot. I began thrusting the books into the “slot” only to realise that I had to pull it down manually.

“You’re going to need both hands,” said the librarian.

I laughed at my stupidity as I pulled the slot down and dropped in the books.

“Thank god that wasn’t on the acceptance test,” the librarian joked.

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Whether I am in the Library or in my dorm room, I will always try to make either the best study environment possible. First, I MUST be listening to music to be able to focus. Yet, I just can’t listen to any sort of music to study. I have a “Study” playlist on my iPhone that I will always go to in order to help get my mind in the right place. This playlist consists of primarily instrumental tracks, whether it’s jazz, neo-soul, indie-rock or hip-hop. Words tend to distract me so I try to eliminate those as much as possible. I have a lot of Quiet Storm-esque music and other types of ambient music to help get me in the correct frame of mind. I will often listen to music through my Apple headphones or in my room through my Harman Kardon Onyx. Second, I have to be alone. Well, you can still sit by me but I’m about to ignore you completely. When I am in the zone I don’t have much concern for whoever is around me. So I just prefer to be alone when doing productive work to take away chances of outside distractions away. I already deal with enough on my phone and computer as it is. Lastly, I always have to go into studying or whatever assignments I am working on with a plan. If I don’t go in with a plan I will be more likely to procrastinate (which I am amazing at).

After winter break I decided to revamp my room to give it a different type of setting by adding LED Christmas lights hung all around the room. I now love studying and doing productive work in my room now.

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When it comes to studying at Fontbonne, which is something I have to do a lot of, my location of choice is one of the corners of the second floor of the library. It really helps to be in the quiet atmosphere of the library in a secluded space. When I’m uninterrupted I can focus on my work very well and begin firing away at it. The environment has to be right for me to get into my work zone and the library definitely suits these circumstances. It also helps that the library is encouraged to be a quiet environment so I can always rely on it to be a positive work environment.

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My Study Spot

by Fontbonne University October 7, 2015

In college there are a lot of distractions, be it electronics, or even other people. We all need a location where we can get away. So it is important to find your one location where you can really lock your mind in and focus on what needs to be accomplished. For me, it’s on the […]

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Best Place to Unwind for Midterms

by Claire September 30, 2015

Midterm week is quickly approaching for students across the nation. Although it is still a week away, the preparations for midterms are in full swing here at Fontbonne. The study rooms in the library continually have full occupancy with students forming study groups and trying to memorize as much as they can for their tests. Papers […]

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Finals Week in the Library

by Fontbonne University May 11, 2015

Finals week can be a struggle to get through, but Fontbonne’s library is trying to make that week a little bit better. On Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday, and Monday nights, the library will be open until midnight instead of closing at its usual 11 p.m. time. This means that students can spend extra time doing some […]

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My Secret Study Spots!

by Fontbonne University December 1, 2014

The awesome thing about college is the amount of free time you have compared to what you had in high school! However, that can be a bad thing as well. With all this new found free time, it seems harder to get assignments done and study ahead for tests. In order for me to get […]

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A Word about the Library…

by Alumni Posts December 9, 2013

I must admit that during my undergrad studies I went to the library to A.) Print a paper when my dorm printer didn’t work, B.) Find a book to use as a cited source when the professor required it, and finally (my favorite) C.) Take a nap!  Now, college students, I am not saying this […]

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Library Story

by Alumni Posts October 21, 2011

My first year at college, I attended a massive state university (I’ll bet you can guess the one). In the first semester, I had to learn a valuable lesson in focusing on studying that involves the library. Seeing as how I’m taking an online course right now about information systems at Fontbonne, I started thinking […]

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