Students flock to the library to study for final exams at the end of every semester.
The weeks before and during finals week are always the busiest time of year for the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, with the top floor of the library packed with students.
While it is great that students utilize the library’s resources to study for finals week, it is a great place to study and get work done during the entire semester.
I admit I was one of those people who only used the library only toward the end of the semester when cramming for exams. However, after starting to go more throughout the semester, I realized what a great place to study and get work done it is.
The top floor of the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library is the quiet section of the library. This is the section that is always the most crowded around finals week and for good reason. Every student knows how stressful finals week can be — including the week before when a lot of projects and assignments are due — and the quiet section is a good place to concentrate. For some students, such as myself, it is extremely helpful.
I used to try to study and get work done in my room, yet I found that trying to study there was not very easy. I got distracted too easily. Often times, I would take far too long to finish papers and assignments because I got distracted with browsing the internet, looking at my phone, or just plain boredom. I found that going to the top floor of the library was a very good decision for me. I was a lot less distracted there, and my work was finished in a more timely and efficient manner.
Of course, the quiet section is not the only place to study that the library offers. The staff is always helpful with student needs, whether it be looking for materials and books for assignments or anything else the student may need. Students that don’t own a printer can use one of the various computer labs located throughout the library to print out papers and assignments, as well.
The bottom floor of the library is not a quiet section, but is good for studying with a group. It is also a great place to meet with a group for a group project to plan and work. Personally, I do not go down there too often. But, for someone who enjoys studying in a group or working with friends, it is a great place to get things done.
While I am sure most students would rather be somewhere else instead of studying in the library (trust me, I’d rather be at happy hour at Wibs, too) schoolwork is still important. Students who only use the library for studying for finals should give it a shot earlier in the spring semester. You might find that it could be a huge benefit.