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Campus Study Spaces

By: Catherine Currin

With schoolwork in full swing, people are constantly searching for a seat in the library, which is typically the go-to spot for most Wake students who want to get their work done. However, there are so many other great locations for studying throughout our campus that are extremely underutilized.  Our campus has so many spaces available to us that most students, myself included until recently, have no idea that they even exist.  It is important that we take advantage of what our campus offers as we work hard to succeed academically. 

I have recently been studying in various classrooms in Tribble, giving me a lot of space to work while also having easy access to Benson’s food court and Starbucks if I decide to take a break.  Tribble or any of the other academic buildings are great study spaces in the event that the library study rooms are all booked. You have the freedom to talk, unlike the ZSR sometimes, and you are still in a motivated academic setting.  Another benefit to these classrooms is that you have a seat readily available during “study rush hour”. 

Other areas on campus where I have seen people study include Reynolda Hall as well as the respective lounges of residence halls.  Also, above and below the pit, there are beautiful rooms with comfortable couches and chairs as well as tables for students to relax, read, or work on a paper. The décor provides a sophisticated atmosphere and it is an area that is quiet where students can focus without being isolated from the rest of the Wake community.  On these floors of Reynolda, students are surrounded by their classmates and staff and faculty members. 

I enjoy studying on my hall’s lounge and study room.  I can separate myself from the distractions of my room while also seeing girls that I live with.  Living in South Hall, each hallway has two lounges, while other residence halls have a lounge for the entire dorm, letting you interact and socialize with other people while also getting work done.  After a little investigating, it is clear that there is definitely enough study space on campus to accommodate all students.  

While there are many alternatives to library study spaces, there are also many benefits to the ZSR that I should point out.  There are printers and Apple computers at your disposal as well as the Bridge in the case of any ThinkPad emergencies.  There is also the 24 hour room for those late nights.

As a whole, the buildings on the Mag Quad as well as the library serve as great study spaces and can accommodate to people with varying study habits. Remember, if you can’t find a place to study- you aren’t looking hard enough!!

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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Strategies

 

DEACademics is famous!

Hercampus, one of the most successful student-run organizations on campus, featured the DEACademics blog in this week’s posts. Check out the article here. Spread the word! 

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Strategies

 

Campus Dining Updates: February

 

What is one of the best ways to support your academic endeavors? Healthy eating! As the CDC stated in August of 2012, “healthy eating may help improve academic performance.” A balanced diet can keep you focused in class, prevent fatigue, help you build a strong immune system, and give you enough energy to make it through those busy days on campus. Take a look at the campus dining update for February to find fun ways to take care of yourself, both nutritionally and academically.

February 7th: the Magnolia Room celebration of the Chinese New Year. Old Gold swipes will be permitted. Reservations are recommended.

February 14th: Valentine’s dinner in the Pit

February 25th – March 1st: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 28th: Uber Smoothie Day in the Pit

Don’t forget to check out the Fresh Food Company’s “Healthy for Life Nutrition Wall” with all of the nutritional information about food on campus.

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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Calendar Updates

 

Favorite Study Spot: The Green Room in Reynolda

If the library’s got you down, check out the Green Room in Reynolda. This low key study spot has a fun atmosphere, perfect for anyone who is looking to avoid the quiet halls of ZSR.

Let’s hear why the Green Room regulars love to study there:

Hannah Padrnos explains, “I love to study in there

 because it’s light, and it’s freer. It’s not as secluded and stiff as the library. You can talk to your friends and have a laugh while still getting your work done.”

For Alex Francis, the Green Room provides a good alternative to studying in dorm rooms: “[I like it] because it’s quiet. I don’t like studying in my room because I get distracted all the time so I like to go to Reynolda because there are fewer distractions.”

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Courtney Smith uses the Green Room as a home away from home. “I like it because it’s not my room,” Smith said, “There are always nice people around, and my friends are always there. It’s also kind of homey. It’s like a living room. There are couches and paintings; it’s decorated nicely. It’s just a comfortable atmosphere.”

Nick Manago elaborates, “It’s not as depressing as the library. I like to see people, and I like the background noise.”

So, if you are looking for a homey space with lots of friends and laughter with homework thrown in, the Green Room may be the place for you. 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Strategies

 

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Happy Birthday, Wake Forest!

Yesterday, February 3rd, marked the 179th birthday of Wake Forest University. On February 3rd, 1834, Wake Forest opened its doors and admitted its first students. Back then, a student’s education focused on two subjects: agriculture and Baptist ministry. Students were taught the importance of dedication, hard work and ambition. Above all, the early days of Wake Forest instilled within its students a passion for helping others, a value that remains ingrained in today’s Wake Forest community.

Check out all of the fun birthday festivities planned and celebrate Mother, So Dear all week!

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Strategies

 

Starting the Semester Right: 10 Back-to-School Study Tips

It’s another semester in the forest! That means friends, pits sits, and… schoolwork. Don’t let the work pile up! Start the semester right with these ten easy back-to-school study tips.

Tip #1: Get organized

Organization is the key when you’re juggling academics and social obligations. Try putting together an organizational system that works for you. Maybe colorful post-its are your thing. Try assigning different post-its to categories, like “to-dos”, “assignments”, “important dates”, and “student events.” In love with your label maker? Go to town! The point is to make your organization about you. Coordinating a structure that is unique to you and your needs makes it easier to follow and as a result, nothing gets left until the last minute.

Tip #2: No distractions in your study space

Everyone has a unique space where they get the most work done. If your particular study space includes a TV or a radio, it’s probably not the best place for you to study. For some, the ZSR is a second home, but even it can be a social hotspot. Choose a place that doesn’t have a lot of tempting distractions.

Tip #3: Keep all of your books, notebooks, binders and folders for each class together

It’s much easier to remember to grab your specific materials for each day if they are all together. You’re less likely to forget something if they are all in one place, like a shelf. Still devoted to that label maker? You can even label spaces on the shelves to make it that much easier to find the right materials.

Tip #4: Reward yourself

There’s a reason it’s called “Work Forest.” You work hard, so treat yourself every now and then! Positive reinforcement is a magical thing. When you have completed a task, reward yourself in small ways. Allow yourself a ten minute study break to surf the net, check your email, or text a friend. This also helps you avoid procrastination.

Tip #5: Schedule appropriate amounts of time to complete each assignment

Once you determine the deadlines for each of your assignments, estimate how long it will take to finish each one. Then prioritize each task and set a clear schedule for completion that works for you.

Tip #6: Use a planner

It can be virtual or on paper, but it always helps to write things down! We are busy people and sometimes we forget things. Using a planner helps you access important information about assignments, deadlines, and schedules in one place. If you map everything out in a planner, it sets you up build your own personal study schedule.

Tip #7: Use abbreviations

Yes, we suggest abbreviations, but only in your own notes. Since you are the only one who will be reviewing your notes, you don’t always need to write long, grammatically correct sentences. Shortening your sentences enables you to take notes at a faster speed and reduces the risk of missing something. Just make sure you know what each of your abbreviations stand for!

Tip #8: Divide your long study sessions into blocks separated by quick breaks

Crunch time? It happens, but make sure you go about it the right way. Studies show that it’s difficult to focus on one task for more than 90 minutes. It is most effective to study in 30-45 minute blocks of time, allowing yourself quick 3-5 minute breaks in between each study block. Be sure to give your brain time to refocus and reenergize so that you’re really absorbing the information. And be careful! Don’t let these quick study breaks turn into opportunities for procrastination.

Tip #9: Create study guides

It may seem elementary, but study guides are an excellent study source. We often wait until the night before big tests to create study guides. Instead, try to start a new study guide at the beginning of each new testing unit and add a little each class. Then when it comes time to cram for your big test and quizzes, you’ll already have your study guides created. This saves you valuable time that you can now dedicate to studying.

Tip #10: Learn how to effectively communicate with your professors

Professors are a resource. They are there to help you by providing guidance and support, so use them! Most professors are more than happy to provide additional study materials and extra help if you’re struggling with an assignment or area of study. An extra bonus: communicating with your professor shows that you care about your academic performance. If they see that you are driven and motivated, your participation grade might increase, resulting in an overall better class grade. It’s a win-win situation!

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2013 in Strategies

 

Campus Dining Updates

From the Dietitian’s Desk: Steamed Veggies

Freshly steamed vegetables are now available at the Fresh Food Company’s Pasta Station!

Studies have shown that steaming cooking method that can retain high level of nutrient content in many vegetables. Because steaming is a rapid method of cooking and requires minimal water exposure, very few nutrients are lost when vegetables are steamed.

In fact, steaming can enhance the digestion and absorption of some micronutrients found in vegetables.Carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, spinach, cabbage, and broccoli are just a few of the vegetables whose nutrient content is not only maintained, but enhanced when steamed.

Spring Hours of Operation

Regular Spring Hours of Operation are now available on the WAKE FOREST DINING homepage

Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now is a Raleigh-based international hunger relief agency that has organized the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world since 1998.

During the Winter Recess, WAKE FOREST DINING managers and Stop Hunger Now worked together to package over 10,000 meals to help those most vulnerable. Find out how you can help at http://www.stophungernow.org/.

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Posted by on January 27, 2013 in Strategies