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Conquering Exam Time: A Guide to Study Spaces

 

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Exam season is here, and Ryerson students are packed into the library, the Student Learning Centre, Kerr Hall, the Quad, coffee shops, their residence rooms, apartments or homes for long hours at a time, hustling to prepare for the end of the semester. I’ve been known to frequent the library pretty much all the time since I’m the type of person who needs a separate work environment that’s quiet and non-stimulating in order to get things done. But where you choose to study really depends on how you retain information and which environment is most suitable to your individual needs! Here’s some things to keep in mind when you’re planning on hitting the books!

Find out which space suits you the best

The 10th floor of the Ryerson library is one of my favourite places on campus simply because of how peaceful it is. It’s a designated silent study space with individual cubicles that allow you to be fully immersed in your work. However, I know of a lot of my friends prefer the vibrant SLC which features colourful themed floors and study rooms for collaborate group study. Depending on which floor you go to, it can be quieter or louder which can either help or hinder your focus. Once you know which type of environment you require, you’ll be able to get things done much easier!

Think ahead 

Depending on which environment you choose, you absolutely must be prepared by eating a good meal before, bringing snacks, and staying hydrated to ensure you’ll be able to last. Think about where you’re headed and what amenities may or may not be available for you there!

Take breaks!

It’s been scientifically proven that we retain information and achieve our best work during short increments of around 50 minutes with a 10 minute break following. If you’re planning on working for several hours, don’t burn yourself out too quickly. You need to give your brain short breaks so that you’ll be able to sustain yourself for longer!

Bring a friend

I highly recommend a study partner. Just having someone next to you working in silence, or discussing material if you’re in the same class goes a long way in keeping up your energy. You can take study breaks together, cheer each other up, and most importantly provide moral support. It’s always easier to accomplish tasks with a team!

If you remember these tips, you’ll definitely crush it wherever you end up studying. Until next time!