Student on a laptop

It’s that wonderful time of year again when there exams to prepare for and projects to complete. There are lots of notes to memorize and chapters to read, but studying doesn’t have to mean sleepless nights and staring at your laptop, alone in your room.

The next few weeks are super busy and they can feel like a lot to handle. Below are five tips to help you be your best self during that time.

1. Keep your study space tidy

A clean environment may help lead to a clearer head space. Too many things on your desk or in your room can lead to distraction and a feeling of clutter. This is not conducive to a productive study session and definitely makes it harder to put your best foot forward. Do you best to clear off your desk or workspace and keep your area clean. This will allow you to better focus on what you’re reading or studying and will also help relieve some of the stress of a cluttered space. Lighting a candle or putting on some music might also elevate your study space to the next level.

If you’re looking for a fresh study space, the Learning Commons at both North Campus and Lakeshore Campus are open 24/7 until the holidays.

2. Visit the Library

Google and Wikipedia can only get us so far, some answers are only accessible with the help of a professional - a librarian. The Humber Library has more than 85,000 printed titles and more than 2,000,000 e-books. That’s a lot of potential answers! 

Recently, the North Campus opened the Idea Lab. Featuring an audio studio, a video studio and 3D printing labs, this Idea Lab is a must have resource for any and all multimedia projects you might have.

Not to mention all of the online resources available, the Humber Library is a supercentre of help in this busy season. Get more information here.

3. The Math & Writing Centre and PALS

Humber Math and Writing Centre It’s never too late for a little extra help. Have you ever been to the Math & Writing Centre? Available Monday to Saturday every week, this is your one-stop-shop for Math and Writing assistance. Practice quizzes, practice placement tests and one-on-one support are available on a drop-in or appointment basis.

We also have Peer Assisted Learning Support (PALS). You can get up to three hours per week of free one-on-one tutoring support from students who have successfully completed the course.

More information on the Math & Writing Centre

More information on PALS

4. Meet up with a group

A great way to test what you know is to try and teach it to your classmates. Afterward, they can try to teach you different content, and the cycle continues with everybody learning and practicing. Not only is it more fun to work with a group that is eager to learn, but you can also study and improve in areas you may not have considered. Group of students studying

Using flashcards, testing each other or even trying to help teach each other new concepts are all great ways to work with others when studying for exams. Book a group study room for you and your friends to get a headstart on studying.

5. Keep yourself fully charged up

It’s easy to remember to charge your phone or laptop (No way I’m letting that run out of batteries!) but it’s easy to forget to charge our brain and body! To properly function and do your best in these upcoming exams or final projects, try to remember to drink plenty of water, eat enough healthy food and get enough sleep. It’s important to re-read your notes and test yourself but it’s also important to make sure you aren’t burning yourself out. Taking regular breaks is a must. Go for a walk, eat a tasty lunch or go to bed and get back to it in the morning. Health comes first and at the end of the day, you’ll do better for it too. 

Mental health is an important part of the equation as well, remember that all Humber students have access to health counselling. More information on counselling.