By Mark Klopping |Staff Writer|
Midterms, presentations and ﬁnals, oh my!
The weight is still upon CSUSB students as they turn the corner towards the last weeks of spring quarter.
The ﬁnish line is in sight and the light at the end of the tunnel is a dot that looks like a keychain LED ﬂashlight.
Students kept their heads down studying and getting one step closer to reaching their goals.
So, what are the study habits and procedures that CSUSB students need to get the study-ball rolling?
Susan Ibarra takes certain steps to ensure it all starts off well.
“My ﬁrst step is coffee,” Ibarra said.
“I need something that keeps me sitting down for a while.”
A step that most students can relate to.
After sitting and ﬁnding a comfortable spot to study, you’ll need materials.
Chloe Replodle sits in Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) with PowerPoints in front of her as she studies for a midterm. According to Replodle, in order to study successfully, you must have all your notes.
Others would agree that this obvious step is a must-have on the study list, but it may take a while to get everything setup to get to the task.
“I think to be set and ready to go, it takes like ten minutes, I pull up all the ﬁles and everything I need,” said Ibarra.
Dan Nario does the same. “I open up all my PowerPoints,” said Nario.
Nario relies on PowerPoints supplied by the professor, but Octavio Orozco goes the extra mile, unlike Nario.
“I usually have to have the book and paper in front of me for notes,” said Orozco.
“I read over the material and take notes as I go,” said Orozco.
Some people cram and others dive into it early. Ibarra does not leave it until the last minute.
She constructs a team of other students days before the exam and they attack the study guide together.
“I usually use Google docs,” said Ibarra. “I copy and paste what I need to Google docs and send it to people,” she said. “We help each other out.”
“I usually start this three days before the exam,” said Ibarra. Ibarra seems to have mastered the art of preparation, but everybody has their own methods and needs.
Background noise is essential to many students. “I have to have my music,” said Nario. “It helps me focus on what I need to do.” Orozco also feels the same way, but he alternates something different in the mix.
“I have to hear music or I turn on a live stream and watch people for the background noise,” said Orozco.
The live stream is a unique addition when it comes to studying, but the methods are universal.
According to the Mind The Science Gap website, for some people music and background noise keep parts of the brain occupied while the rest of the brain concentrates.
The setup stage of studying are all in the hands of a student’s preference.
Every study session presents a new challenge, but it is nothing CSUSB students cannot handle.