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study tips for midterms

by Claire on March 6, 2017

in Academics

Midterms. Halfway done with Spring ’17. With spring break just around the corner, midterms are in full-swing on campus. Some of my favorite study tips include:

  1. Make time to go outside and enjoy nature when it is nice out.
  2. Do your homework as early as possible and start studying a little bit each day for tests, so when it comes time for the night before a test, you aren’t cramming everything into one night.
  3. Stick to some vitamin C for your energy, not sugar drinks and coffee.
  4. But do take the time to relax and have some fun.
  5. Start on projects and papers early because everyone knows how there is that one day that every assignment seems to be due on.

Just take it day by day and soon enough midterms will be over and spring break will be here!! We are almost there Griffins, hold on tight!







by Yuri on March 6, 2017

in Academics,Campus Community

Mid-Terms. The exams that we dread almost as much as Finals. When it comes to study, there are a few things that could be done in order to boost your concentration and your retention of he content that you are trying to memorize.


  1. If you absolutely need background noise of some kind, try either instrumental music or try ambient noise (if your surroundings don’t currently have this: i.e. birds chirping, rain & thunder storms, etc.). Reason being that when you are listening to either instrumental music or ambient noise, you are more inclined to not become distracted. If your music has lyrics: you will more often than not sing along. Or at the very least hum the tune.
  2. If you need absolute silence: This maybe the most obvious, but go to a location that doesn’t have a lot of people making an abundance of noise.  I.e. Libraries, Griffin’s Nest (provided that there is no event/meeting going on up there)
  3. Finally, go outside: Enjoy the weather & soak up the sun. If there are no events going on, the Golden Meadow is a great place to be!

Until next time guys, stay classy!


It may seem that you just unpacked all of your new clothes that you got from your parents at Christmas and reorganized your folders for second semester, but guess what!? You are already half-way through the term, and that can only mean one thing: Midterms! Although, midterms can lead some to a breakdown, mostly due to the lack of sleep, large amounts of coffee, and stress- please be rest assured that you can most certainly survive midterms, and get straight A’s! Here are some of my tips for the most productive study sessions:

1.) Don’t Cram. Do not wait until the night before your chemistry exam to open the book, keep your planner handy. Start to map out some forty minute study sessions through out the week before the exam.

2.) Skim. Sometimes, when we see the daunting list of things to know for the exam, we want to read the book cover to cover. However, reading every word can be a waste of time, instead, focus on main ideas, headings, footnotes, and the course syllabus. Make an outline for the chapters, that way you keep focused on the main topics.

3.) They say Silence is Golden: sometimes silence is golden, and sometimes it’s not. Know how you study best, if there is a review session provided by the professor, or a group of your classmates are meeting up to go over the subject- do not be to quick to say no. The extra minds might help you more than you think! However, if you aren’t attending a study session, find a quiet place where you can stay focused and uninterrupted.

4) Disconnect. You would be amazed to see how much you can accomplish when you are not checking your phone every five minutes. Shut down your technology to not be tempted to check twitter, or snapchat. Let your friends know that you won’t be responding for an hour or so, to limit distractions.

5.) Gift of a Break: Keep in mind that a 12-hour straight study session won’t do anything but make you crazy. Instead, break up your study sessions with ten minute breaks. Leave your study spot for a little bit, refill your water-bottle, or get some fresh air. The break may be just what you needed to clear your head and refocus.

These are my trips and tricks to help myself get the grade and I hope these help you too! Side note, I would just like to say that notecards are highly underrated. Notecards are my go to study technique for any quiz, or test. Do not be afraid to go back to the basics and find out what works best for you!

Happy Studying~Cecelia



It’s Study Time!

by Anna on March 3, 2017

in College Life

Hi everyone,

The semester is basically halfway through, and that means it’s a busy time of midterm tests, projects, and deadlines.  I’d like to share a few places I like to study, and a few techniques that work well for me.  If they help you out, great; but if you have something else that works better, I’d love to know it too!  Let me know in the comments.

Places to study at Fontbonne & my home

  • Library:  Unless it’s finals week, the second floor of the library barely has anyone around and is super quiet, which is what I need to study effectively.  Whether you need to spread out at a table or relax in a big chair, there’s plenty of places to comfortably get that studying done!  There’s also study rooms, which I haven’t needed to use yet, but that would be a good place to go if you need a really quiet place.
  • A-B First Floor Lobby:  Since most of my classes are in A-B Hall, I inevitably end up spending a lot of time in the lobby of the first floor, where I’m close to the lab/classrooms.  Once again, there’s several big tables to spread out or chairs with arm desks to write on.  It’s a good “transition zone” when I’m, for example, on my 35-minute break between microbiology lab and lecture.
  • Outside:  When the weather is sunny and warm, I love how students flock outside to eat lunch, hang out with classmates and friends, and work on homework.  Especially after several months of not being able to sit outside (although I stand contradicted with this winter’s weather!), it’s nice to have a little change in scenery and fresh air.  Some people even study better outside!
  • At home…When I’m at home, you’ll find me in my bedroom or our home office, probably sprawled on the floor in some sort of stretching position (hey, anytime I can do two or more things at once, I do!).  As they say, whatever works…. 🙂

Study tips

  • Take breaks!  If you’re like me, you can get so involved in your work that you lose track of time and before you know it, you’ve spent two or three hours on the same subject.  In order to best synthesize the information you’re learning, I would recommend studying with no breaks for a max of one hour, then try to do something non-school-related (get a drink, take a short walk, call your friend) for at least 10 or 15 minutes.  If you’re working on a computer, it’s even more important (for your eyes especially) to take plenty of breaks.  You may even find your productivity and creativity flow a lot better after your time away.
  • Separate subjects:  Since I am taking both chemistry and microbiology this semester (and four other classes), it’s important that I don’t do a bunch of chem homework and immediately switch to micro.  This really ties to my first tip of taking breaks — I try to structure my time so there’s a period of rest for my brain in between working on any of my classes.  Otherwise, I might end up mixing information from two classes or not understanding something that really is pretty simple.  Your brain works hard — reward it and treat it well!
  • Eat and sleep well:  What you put into your body to fuel it is super important, and “empty calories” (e.g. soda and processed foods high in fats and sugars) may give you a temporary boost, but won’t pay off in the long run.  This is the exact same for sleep — you may be able to skimp on hours for a few nights (or even weeks), but by the end of the semester, you’ll pay for it.  Proper sleep (preferably at least seven hours) gives your entire body much-needed rest and, more importantly, allows you to be awake, coherent, and ready for class the next day.

Good luck on all your work and midterms (especially because spring break is just a couple of weeks away!), and I’d also like to remind everyone of something that probably gets said a lot but nevertheless bears repeating — GRADES DO NOT DEFINE YOU!  Obviously, put in your best effort, but don’t stress if all you could manage was a B or C.  Your value as a person does not diminish because of that simple letter.




My Study Tips for You!

by Courtney March 3, 2017

Midterms, the time where you see people filling the library and are stressed to the max.  But, don’t fret! I am here to help you pass all of your tests with these few helpful tips! Find a study buddy! Having someone that you can compare notes with and help you come up with study shortcuts […]

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My Study Tips

by Jessica March 1, 2017

My best piece of advice is to listen to instrumental music (like what I posted on Valentine’s Day).  It will keep you focused and relaxed. Without lyrics, there is nothing to distract you from your work. For those who have trouble sitting in one place, like moi, use the Pomodoro Technique.  This technique is simple and […]

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Study Tips for Midterms

by Michelle March 1, 2017

Studying for midterms or finals can be overwhelming. It would obviously be ideal to start early, be organized, take diligent notes at every class to look over later. What if you are a procrastinator? In my experience, you could tell me until you are blue in the face how to study the ideal way. This […]

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Study Tips

by Patricia March 1, 2017

Because I have moved on campus, my study areas have changed. Before I moved to campus, I used to study in my bedroom. I have a computer on my desk, and I put my backpack next to it. Before I had night classes, I studied most on campus before I would go home. As of […]

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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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My Favorite Fontbonne Endeavor

by Alumni Posts September 30, 2013

Hello again, everyone! Boy, talk about waking me up when September ends!! I think I ‘woke up’ and realize how close midterms are – YIKES! Aside from that, I have to say that the best experience I’ve had at Fontbonne so far has been meeting so many people and making great friends. Quite honestly, it’s […]

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