Friday, December 6, 2013

De-Stress Fest

Are you feeling stressed due to final exams? Kimbel Library will help you relax at De-Stress Fest, from Thursday, December 5th through Thursday, December 12th. In addition to daily games, puzzles, coloring and late night snacks, you can relax at our “beach” and make your own stress ball during Hang Loose Day on Friday, December 6th.
You can also purchase snacks and beverages at Starbucks, now open and located on the first floor by the Spadoni Park entrance of Kimbel Library. Starbucks is holding extended hours during finals:
Friday, Dec. 6                    7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7               10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8                  10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 9                7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10              7 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Finally, study smart:
1. Never leave your items unattended in the library, especially during this busy time of year.
2. Remember to save and backup all of your work.
3. Ask a Librarian! If you need help with any final research, ask a librarian for help. We’re here if you need us! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Study Tips

Start strong! 
Get together everything you need to study: notes, syllabus, class readings, quizzes, tests, and homework.

•  Remove distractions. Turn off your phone or set it to silent during study sessions, and only use it during planned breaks; treat your email and texting the same way.  

•  Ask yourself questions about the material while you are reviewing. This helps you remember more than just rereading. Suggested questions to consider: How does this information fit in with other class material? What are the main points of what I just read? Why did this event happen? What would happen if one event or fact was different?

•  Take short, frequent breaks: Study for 25 mins, then take a 5 min break (see more about this method). After 4 sets, take a 15-20 minute longer break before diving back in. Need something to break up your study time? Try making a stress ball or participate in another De-stress Fest activity in Kimbel Library. 

•  When working in groups, don’t get distracted or off-topic. Everyone’s time is important.

Take care of yourself

•  Get some sleep! Cramming may help you review more material, but it doesn’t make up for sleepiness during the time you should be most alert—during your exams!

•  Eat regularly-- now is not the time to forget meals. A mix of protein, carbs, and good fat will keep you fueled and keep your mind off your stomach while you work.