It’s getting to that point of the year where I’m finding myself in the library almost every single day. It was like all my professors decided “hey, let’s schedule everyone’s tests all on the same day.” You could say that my brain is almost fried to a crisp. I’ve found that I personally get a lot my work done late at night in the library since that’s when I’m the most awake. I can stay there for hours at a time and just knock out a bunch of work. If you’re getting ready for library binge study sessions, here is some useful information for you!
Things To Do Before The Library Binge
Print Off Everything You Need
If you haven’t already done so, print off all the study guides, notes, and PowerPoint slides you need so you don’t have to keep getting up every time you need something. Make a list of everything you need to print and do it all at once just to save some time. I have an hour block between my classes most days so I use that time to hit the computer lab and print off everything I need for the day.
Make A To-Do List
Start thinking about what all you’re wanting to get accomplished that day whether it be studying on all your material or knocking out a good chunk of homework. Just because it’s easiest, I just make notes on my phone of what all I’m hoping to get done that way. If you’re more of a paper list person, by all means, go for it! I just usually end up losing my lists after I make them. Since my phone never leaves my side, I always have my lists!
Plan Out Your Study Time
How much time are you planning on studying, and dedicating to certain subjects? I usually don’t plan out times or set alarms for when to move onto a different subject. I do prioritize my studying though by numbering my tasks in numerical order. A task with a 1 next to it means that that assignment is TOP PRIORITY. The higher numbered tasks are usually tasks that aren’t too important but if I have time I’ll get them done.
Reserve A Study Room
If you know you’re going to be at the library for quite a while, you might want to reserve a study room. You can sign up for these rooms either online through your school’s library website. Just pick a time limit, a room, and you’re all set! Study rooms are great because you know you’re going to be away from all the distractions. You don’t have to worry about losing concentration or loud noises because you’re in a private room!
Turn Off All Distractions
I’m a sucker for checking my phone and surfing the web in the middle of my study time. Although I get some fun out of it, I don’t exactly get much studying done. Turn off your phone, and block all social media or websites you frequent so you can stay on task!
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School Supplies: Don’t forget to bring the essentials like pens, pencils, folders, the homework you’re supposed to be working on. It’s not a study binge if you didn’t bring your work!
Study Guides: Have all your study guides printed out so you don’t have to make a trip to the printer later. Whether you’re just studying the information or filling it out, having a physical copy is great because you can take it everywhere!
Textbooks: Although you may not be working out of the textbook, bring the textbook for your classes. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been studying and realized I needed my book for the homework or to find an answer. No matter what, always bring it just in case!
Charging Cords: Your technology is useless if they aren’t charged!
Headphones: Headphones are always handy because you can listen to music, or put them on as a “don’t talk to me I’m busy” sign. It works almost every time.
Blanket/Sweatshirt: I know you aren’t supposed to get too comfy when you study, but the library is cold sometimes! Usually, I’ll wear a big sweatshirt and drape a blanket over my legs so I stay warm and I’m comfortable enough to focus.
Comfortable Outfit: I love my big sweatshirts and leggings. I’m studying so I don’t need to focus too much on my outfit. Just wear something comfortable that you can stay in for a long amount of time.
Fuzzy Socks: Again, ya girl gets cold in the library. I love fuzzy socks because they keep your feet so warm. They’re also socially acceptable to wear around the library without shoes as well, and they’re just fun!
Snacks: You’re going to get hungry at some point through your binge. Instead of having to walk all the way back to your dorm for some snacks, bring them with you!
Drink Of Choice: I also get very thirsty while studying and water from the water fountain doesn’t always taste the greatest. Bring a water bottle from home or grab your favorite soda or energy drink to get you through the night!
How do you prepare for library study binges? Leave a comment below!