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Preparation for Finals: Good Luck Students!

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Final exams are just around the corner. LTS staff has prepared this handy list of tips to help you do your best on this semester’s finals. Good luck with your exams!

  • • Take a Break: LTS is hosting study breaks with light snacks from 8 pm to 9 pm in the ground floor of Fairchild Martindale (FM) Library on the following dates: Monday 12/9, Tuesday 12/10, Monday 12/16, and Tuesday 12/17.
  • • Keep Safe: Keep your personal belongings secure. It’s tempting to just leave your stuff at a table while you run out for a bite to eat, but the libraries are public buildings. We cannot guarantee your belongings will be there when you return.
  • • Study in Quiet: Sometimes you need quiet. In Linderman Library, the Bayer Galleria is designated quiet study. In Fairchild-Martindale (FM) Library, the quiet spaces are the second and third floors of the building. To avoid conflict with your fellow students, please respect the quiet study areas and take phone calls in the atrium landings while in FM Library. In Linderman, go to Lucy’s Cafe to make phone calls. As always, remember to mute your phones while in the Libraries as a courtesy to your fellow students.
  • • Places to Collaborate: Each library also has designated collaborative spaces. FM 628 is available to use as a conference room and has a flat screen monitor. Ask for the key to FM 628 at the Circulation Desk. There are other group study rooms on FM third floor. In Linderman, group study rooms are available on the 3rd floor and are equipped with flat screen monitors. The new collaboration space on the lowest floor of the Computing Center has 3 flat screen monitors and numerous tables with power and network jacks for your laptop or tablet computer.
  • • Back up Your Files: Don’t risk losing all that hard work you’ve put in on your paper or project. Back up your data and papers to the H:\ drive. Keep track of your flash drive and remember to take it with you when you leave a public site. Flash drives can fail so don’t rely on them for the only copy of your work. Multiple copies keep things safe!
  • • No Public Site Computer Available? Loaner laptops are available at the circulation desks of both libraries. If you bring your own laptop, you can sign into the virtual public site to utilize campus software.
  • • Help with Research: Your subject specialist librarian would be happy to help you with finding last minute references or with footnote and citation preparation.
  • • Survival Kit: Make yourself a “finals survival kit”. Include things like granola bars, gum, cough drops, Chapstick, a network (Ethernet) cable, the power cord for your computer, paper clips, highlighters, pens, Post-Its, pain reliever (Tylenol, aspirin, etc), a reusable travel mug or water bottle, hand sanitizer, and tissues.