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How I Tackle Finals Week

by Lauren on April 27, 2016

in Academics

While I’m writing this post about Finals Week in particular (since it’s on the horizon) this generally applies to every week for me. Never in my life have I made so many to-do lists. To-do lists might be a bit cliche and I never used to make them–but I found a really cool way to make them that helps me a lot. And it’s just one simple thing!

Here is a to-do list I made a couple of weekends ago. I know it’s tempting to push all of your work to Sunday but spreading out your tasks across the weekend(week) will make it so much easier on you. There’s some buffer room if you don’t want to complete all the day’s tasks. It can run over into the next day if need be.

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But what really helps is having a “done” list as well. After I complete a task, instead of just crossing it off I add it to another list. This gives me a boost of confidence, as the done list is a list of all that I’ve accomplished.

A few other things as finals week approaches:

  • Stay hydrated! I struggle with this one as I’m prone to drinking cup after cup of coffee to fuel my late nights. It’s also easy to forget to drink water so make sure you always have a supply nearby!
  • Consistency. Find a place that works for you and surround yourself with things that will help you focus. I have a spot at Fontbonne and at home where I go to get work done. I also have a Spotify playlist with both mellow and upbeat songs to help me focus and re-energize.
  • Take breaks. If I sit in my spot for long, I get acclimated and I don’t want to get up. Remember to get up and stretch and walk around! Or, what about a change of scenery?
  • Fun stuff. During finals week, it’s serious business. You feel like you can’t afford to do anything other than study and homework. I make sure to include something fun on my to-do list. I treat it like any other task–a must. So spend some time doing something you like to destress. (For instance, writing for fun really gives me peace of mind. I jotted it down on my list above).

Good luck to all! I hope some of these tips helped. Give the “done” list a try. I think you’ll find it pretty satisfying.

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Best Study Spots

by Taylor on April 25, 2016

in Academics

Hey guys! As you all know, finals week is quickly approaching which means it’s time to start studying. Lucky for you, Fontbonne is full of great places to have a good study sesh. Here are all my favorite places:

The Library (obviously)– I usually like to go into one of the study rooms upstairs, but if those aren’t available there are desks all around the perimeter of the floor that will work just as well.

The Meadow– If the weather is nice this is the perfect place to go. There are always tables, chairs, and benches scattered throughout for you to study at, plus it’s the perfect place to people watch. 🙂

DSAC– I love studying here at odd hours like between lunch and dinner time when it is usually pretty slow in there. It’s almost always quiet, and you can get food while you study! DSAC also has a great patio that you can sit on when it’s nice out and see the whole campus from.

The lobby of St. Joseph’s Hall– During the day, it seems like most people head over to the AMC to study, leaving the Joe lobby almost deserted and always quiet. I like studying here during the day because of this and because it’s so bright in the lobby because there are windows everywhere. There’s also always an open computer, which is not always the case in the AMC  or library depending on the time.

 

Where do you like to study? Keep going griffins, the semester is almost over!

Taylor

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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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Fontbonne University

Tips for finals

by Fontbonne University on December 7, 2015

in Academics

So finals are up and this week is almost the last lap of the semester. I believe that all of us have, in one way or another, some struggles to study for exams, especially holiday is so close. Nevertheless, we still need to pass through this period, so that we would not have to worry about GPA or having to retake classes after the long break.

As a master of last-minute studying, I have a few tips for those who work well under time pressure like me.

  1. Procrastinate, but not too much: You should go to sleep early at night, but wake up a little early in the morning. I know a lot of us are not morning people, but still. I’m not telling you to wake up early and study, because for some of us that would not be efficient. Instead, take that little extra time in the morning to procrastinate. For me this is extremely efficient because at some point of time during doing work, my brain would lose focus and wander around for a while. To keep it focus all the time during a timed assessment, I procrastinate first. I go online, talk to my friends, listen to music, watch some short video clips. After a while, I would get bored and would be scared because I have not done my work. And then when I go and do it, I can finish it in one blink, because I’m fully focus.
  2. Sleep, but not too much: Again, go to sleep early and wake up early. Take a 6-hour sleep at night, one 30-minute power nap after lunch. You need at least 6 hours for a fresh mind, and 30 minutes to refresh it. That’s what science says and I’m the living proof for this. Lunch can make you extremely sleepy. Just go to sleep, because if you study, it would not be effective, either.
  3. Take breaks. Lots of breaks: I know when it comes to the very last minute, we would panic and study nonstop. But do you realize that even when you “don’t stop,” you actually find the information harder to memorize, the sentences harder to understand? That is because when you have too many things that you are worried and thinking about, your brain would not be able to concentrate. Take it easy, take a deep breath, drink some ice water if you are not sick, send a snapchat to your friends telling how miserable you are. And then open your revision assignments and do it in one go.

These are the things that I found effective for myself. If you are struggling, try these methods. If you are not, good for you.

Happy study!

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It’s the Finals Countdown

by Fontbonne University December 7, 2015

Hey all, Brooke here! With finals quickly approaching… everything on campus seems to be a little more hectic and a little more alive. With this being my 7th finals week at Fontbonne (whoa!), I have a few pointers (or at least places) that may help you survive these next two weeks! At Fontbonne, we are […]

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Favorite Study Spot

by Quinn October 12, 2015

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 […]

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My favorite place to study

by Fontbonne University October 8, 2015

My favorite place to study is in my home office. I enjoy my office because it is quiet, relaxing and I can close myself off from the family to study uninterrupted. Everything that I may possibly need to study without leaving the room is in my office.  I have a refrigerator stocked with water, soda […]

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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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Favorite Way to Study

by Alumni Posts October 7, 2015

It can be hard to study when all you want to do is go outside in the beautiful weather! While I do my best to find time for the things I love, when it comes to studying I find ways to relax and zen out (as best as I can) in the process of studying. […]

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Study Time!

by Patricia October 6, 2015

My favorite place to study is anywhere at Fontbonne. I don’t like to study anywhere else especially at home. When it’s a sunny day I like to study outside. I don’t like to study at home because there are too many distractions. I prefer to relax at home and there are often lots of things […]

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