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Study Time!

by Patricia on October 6, 2015

in Academics,College Life

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 going on and I am really unmotivated to study! I prefer to sit at a desk instead of a couch because then I’m tempted to fall asleep. I also feel awkward studying in public places such as Bread Co. I don’t know why — I just feel uncomfortable. I am often busy at home watching TV, going outside, walking my dog, baking, and hanging out with friends at home to have time to do homework.


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 are being written and the writing tutors are in full use.

The study rooms are one of my favorite parts of Fontbonne’s campus. As I write this post, I am working in a study room with my friend Josh in the library. The pure quiet and secluded area are the perfect place for me to unwind and hit the books. I am my most productive in these study rooms because of their lack of decorations. I mean this in the best way possible as I have a multitude of sparkly, light-up, and pink decorations as well as about a million pillows in my dorm room, which look great, but can be quite distracting. The study rooms also have boards for students to write on to help with studying, reviewing diagrams, and explaining tricky information.

The week of midterms should be looked at optimistically because the semester is half over and fall break follows directly after. Make sure to take breaks from studying to eat and to nap to fuel up for late nights and early mornings.

Good Luck to everyone on your tests and papers!!!





It’s finals week and many of you have started the stressful endeavor of studying for finals!

Now, you might swear by all-nighters and that “I-learn-better-under-pressure” excuse, but here are some legitimate tips for a brain-boost while you study for finals.

1. Don’t forget to sleep!

You may be tempted to stay up all night but getting some shut-eye will help you remember all that useful info you studied.  Plus, who wants to be groggy on finals morning?  Study hard, sleep hard.

2.  Have a healthy snack

A snack with fiber and protein will keep you from feeling that mid-day “crash” in energy.  Try a granola bar like Kashi or Luna,  string cheese and whole wheat crackers, or a bowl of cereal made with whole grains like Special-K, Kashi, or Multi-grain Cheerios with milk.

3. Get an natural energy drink

Try brewing a cup of green/black/white/herbal tea with lemon or coffee however you like it.  These are better ways to get quick energy than, say, a soda or energy drink with tons of sugar.  The bookstore in Ryan sells Noggin energy drinks made with stevia and green tea extract, in addition to cold-bottled Starbucks drinks if you can’t get off campus.

4. Relax and know that summer is almost here!

Trust me, I have to remind myself of this one too.  Don’t completely forgo studying because it’s almost the end of the year, but use it as motivation to do your best and not let the stress of finals ruin your mood.  Summer is just around the corner!




by Taylor on May 4, 2015

in Academics

It’s that dreaded, yet anticipated time of year. It’s finals week. The term “finals” has both a good and a bad rep. The good is that there is usually a long break from school waiting for students once they finish their finals. The bad is that they actually have to get through their finals in order to get to that winter or summer break. Finals can be stressful, but I’ve came up with some studying tips to help you get through the busy week ahead.

1) Alternate between the multiple exams you have to study for. Don’t tell yourself you’re going to study for three hours for your Biology final, because that’s probably not going to happen. Instead set aside maybe a half hour to study for Bio, then spend another half hour studying for another exam, and then come back to studying for Bio.

2) Remember to take study breaks! A simple ten minute study break can recharge your brain and get your mind off of all the studying you’re doing.

3) Be organized and plan your week out. Figure out what finals need to be studied for and on what days. Prioritize your studying in order of what finals are first or which ones require more studying.

4) Give yourself a pat on the back when you’ve made it through finals week! It can be stressful and you might feel like you didn’t do your best but you still got through it and deserve a round of applause!

I hope that one or more of these tips will help you get through finals week! Good luck!


Tips to Stay on Top of Assignments

by Katie February 13, 2015

One of the most important concepts to master in college is time management!  No matter if you’re a freshman or senior, you have experienced what it feels like to have responsibility for how you use your time.  Here are a few tips I follow to stay on top of assignments: 1) Prioritize by listing Lists […]

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Staying Sane

by Abby February 13, 2015

While in college, it can be exhausting to try to stay on top of school work, exams, jobs, and a social life. Here are a few easy tips and tricks to follow to help you stay on top of it all: Change up your study spot: Try a change of scenery while you study for that […]

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Do I See Winter Break on the Horizon?!

by Sarah December 2, 2014

There is nothing more satisfying at the end of a semester than hearing Christmas music practically everywhere you go, shopping malls filled with door-buster discounts, food cooking away on the stove by your parents or grandparents, family coming together, snow falling on the ground, and being able to put your feet up! Why do I […]

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Finals, Finals, and More Finals!

by Taylor December 2, 2014

Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s the time of year we dread because of finals, but we also look forward to since it means winter break is coming up. Finals week and the week before finals are always stressful for college students. The pressure of doing well on finals is always a heavy […]

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November Showers Bring May Flowers

by Raven November 10, 2014

So, advising week starts Monday (help me… please…). I couldn’t be happier though because that means I’m one semester away from being a senior!!!! I didn’t get to this spot overnight though, I’ve had many late nights and study parties that I don’t wanna relive. Anywho, when I’m studying, I found that I do my […]

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This Human Shall Now Self-Destruct in 5…4…3…

by Sarah November 6, 2014

When it comes to the last four weeks of the semester, plus exam week on top of that, students as well as the teachers on campus really begin to slowly stress out.  Whether I like it or not, there are four full weeks till the end of the semester, plus the two full days of […]

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