You can do it! Ensure your study time is beneficial and efficient with these helpful tips:
Sleep. Seriously, a good night's sleep does wonders. Studies show that pulling an all-nighter can impair reasoning and memory for as long as 4 days! And if you feel like you need a nap during the day, don't nap longer than 20 minutes. Get a good solid night's sleep, eat nutritious foods, and drink plenty of water.
Study when you are the most alert. The library is open long hours, seven days a week, and extended hours the final two weeks of each semester, so you can study when it is the best time for you.
Choose an environment that works well for you. Are you easily distracted? Perhaps you need to be in a study room. The library has many different types of spaces for you to choose from. Quiet spaces, open spaces, small spaces, group work spaces. Come explore and find your favorite spot!
You're not alone! Ask a librarian for help. Never hesitate to drop by the front desk or give us a call!
Take breaks! Your brain needs time to rest. Study for no more than an hour and then take a 5-10 minute break. Get up, walk around, stretch. Close your eyes to rest them. On the 2nd floor, we have a puzzle set up all the time, as well as random stress relief stations toward the end of each semester. Feel free to take a minute to clear your mind at one of these stations.
Break time is a good time for snack time. Drink water and eat healthy snacks. Fruit and nuts are great for long-lasting energy. Staying nourished and hydrated will allow your brain to function at a high level. You are more than welcome to bring food and drinks into the library. Just keep them in covered containers and away from our computers. And be sure to let us know if there is a spill. Thanks!
Avoid distractions. Put the phone away. Don't check social media or emails. Use a blocking app, if necessary.
Exercise. Don't just tie yourself to a chair for hours on end. Keeping your body active will help keep your mind active. Walk, dance, jog, bike. Get your heart rate up for at least 20 minutes a day. The library also has two FitDesks on our 1st floor.
Take time to be calm and reflect every morning and before an exam or presentation. It's important to keep a positive attitude and clear mind. You will have success if you believe in yourself.
Manage your study time. Think about which projects and tests need more study time and balance your time accordingly.
Presentations: record yourself and watch it back with a critical eye. It can be weird to watch, but you'll catch yourself making errors, falling back on physical ticks, or using filler words.
If you feel like you need music - keep it instrumental. Studies show that instrumental, ambient music is great for learning. We have a streaming music database full of classical music, if you need it (Naxos Streaming Music). We also have headphones available for checkout at the main desk.
Memory associations and mnemonic devices, such as acrostics, rhymes, or acronyms are also helpful. Example: If I needed to remember the number 504, I'd remember that May 4th is Star Wars Day. In elementary school, my math teacher taught me "DMSCB". He had it posted in big letters all around the room. To this day, I have not forgotten it...Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Compare, Bring-down...the steps of long division.
The sense of smell can be very helpful in recalling memories. Your brain likes to attach memory with the senses, which ends up making the memory more powerful. When studying, use your sense of smell to remember and recall what you have learned. For instance, you could sniff peppermint while studying for math and then sniff peppermint again before the exam. Pick your favorite scents and use a different scent for each subject.