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 everything done, I have to study someplace other than my dorm room. I feel that when I’m in my room, I get distracted more easily. So throughout my year and a half here at Fontbonne, I have found some great study spots that help me focus. Maybe they can help you as well!
One of my favorite spots to study is on the 2nd floor of the library in the little study rooms. I think they are perfect to hang out in for a couple hours because you can easily get your work done there. The study rooms have big tables that I use to spread out all my books and papers on. The study rooms are probably my favorite place on campus to study!
Another study spot of mine is the first floor of Medaille in the AMC. I like studying at the tall tables between the row of computers. While it is not as secluded as the study rooms in the library, I still find myself getting a decent amount of work done there. At least a lot more work than what I would get done in my room!
I hope that you check some of these study spots out on campus because I think you’ll find yourself getting a lot of homework done like I find myself!
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 is the best way to use the library! As a matter of fact, now that I am in my graduate studies I have found myself in the library more than not, especially these last few weeks. I think the Librarians even know my favorite computer and my habit of grabbing a soda and snack after I claimed said computer then sitting down and punching out paper after paper. For those that don’t know, teaching majors have to complete what is called the Culminating Project which is a 3-inch binder filled with data reports, papers, lesson plans, reflections and samples of student work. Now, if you are like me and a commuter, the Library is the best place to complete this massive piece of work.
When at home, I find myself distracted by my dog who constantly feels she should be petted or played with, TV shows and movies, my parents telling me to do something, and of course taking a nap. However, when at the Library I have nothing else to do but sit and write. It’s amazing how when at home it takes me an entire day to punch out three papers, but at the Library I can be there for an hour and have my daily allotment of work done.
I honestly have no idea how I would have gotten my Culminating Project done without the Library at Fontbonne! If you are also fortunate like me and find yourself living out in a very rural area where the local Library doesn’t even have a computer then heading out to Fontbonne was the only way I had to print my papers out (I say this because after my last move my printer found its way down a flight of stairs, it doesn’t work so well).
To wrap this up, I must say, during finals or even during a stressful time try the Library, it can’t hurt to try!
Midterms. The one word every college student never wants to hear. The big scary test that happens before the exam. Well, they are definitely scaring me. I have two of my midterms on the same day. I had always been lucky enough in high school to never have more than one test on the same day. So, with having said that I am TERRIFIED for my upcoming midterms. However, I know what I have to do. I will be spending my lovely Saturday and Sunday at the library. The first time I went in the library to study was last week. It was amazing! Everything was so quiet; there were no distractions! I highly suggest whenever you have procrastinated or have a big test coming up, spend your time in the library! You won’t believe how much you can get done when you have the beauty of silence!