Libraries offer extended hours during fall 2017 exam week

Student studyingTo help you prepare for final exams,  Reynolds Library will extend its hours of operation during the last weeks of the semester at the Parham and Downtown campuses.

Our extended schedule will be as follows:

7:45 am – 10:00 pm          Monday, December 4th  – Thursday, December 7th

7:45 am – 5:00 pm            Friday, December 8th

8:00 am – 2:00 pm            Saturday, December 9th (Downtown Library only)

10:00 am – 4: 00 pm         Saturday, December 9th (Parham Library only)

7:45 am – 10:00 pm          Monday, December 11th – Thursday, December 14th

7:45 am – 5:00 pm            Friday, December 15th


We hope the extended hours will provide you a safe and comfortable learning environment and to offer you the research assistance you need for your final exams and papers.

Good luck!

Five Quick Tips for Finals

chalk board Alright, students, I’ve got good news and bad news.

The good news is that spring semester is almost over and summer is on its way!

The bad news?

Before that celebratory trip to Virginia Beach, you’ve got to pass your final exams. But after hours and days and weeks of study and preparation, is there anything more you can do to make sure they go as smoothly as possible?

Try these common-sense exam tips from test prep expert, Kelly Roell:

  1. Fuel Your Body – Should you have an energy drink before an exam? (Probably not.) Skip lunch? (Definitely not.) What should you eat the day before? (Chocolate and green tea, anyone?)
  2. Arrive Early to Chat – “The instructor said that question would definitely be on the test?? I don’t remember that!” These are the kinds of things you may hear yourself saying if you show up early and get some insight from your fellow classmates before the test begins! (Not sure when your exams start? Here’s a link to the exam schedule.)
  3. Pace Yourself – Don’t rush it! You may end up regretting it.
  4. Stay Focused – This is a hard one. The key here is to allow yourself mini mental breaks throughout the test so you don’t end up zoning out.
  5. Review Your Work – Ever get a test back and realize you answered a question incorrectly that you knew you knew? This is why it’s important to go through and review your test before you hand it in.

See Roell’s article on for more detailed information on all of these great tips!

Good luck on your exams!

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Write it down!

How many of you take class notes with a laptop?

If you’re one of the many students who types your notes during a lecture, you may want to check out this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Benefits of No-Tech Note Taking

After an instructor at the University of Kansas banned taking notes with laptops during her lectures, she saw a rise in test scores.

But how?

And why?

If you type your notes in class, the theory is that you can copy down more of what the instructor is saying and then have more thorough study material in the long run. But, as the author points out in the article, research shows that taking notes with a pencil and paper actually increases how much of the original information you retain.

The reasons seem simple enough:

First, taking notes on paper frees us from the usual laptop distractions and multi-tasting.

Second, when writing notes on paper, we have to think more critically about the information our instructor is giving in order to transcribe the message meaningfully. Because handwriting is typically slower than typing, we have to synthesize and really absorb the information the first time in order to decide what’s important enough to write down.

Third, when taking notes by computer, most are not paying attention to the content, so much as focusing on getting every word down. So while our fingers may be keeping up, our brains are snoozing through the message.

What do you think, readers? Which note-taking method do you usually prefer? If it means getting higher grades, would you consider taking notes by hand instead of using a laptop? Do you think if your instructor banned taking notes by computer that you’d benefit from it? Let us know in the comments!

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New trial database: Testing and Education Reference Center

The Testing and Education Reference Center from Gale is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.

  1. Over 300 practice tests and courses
  2. Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
  3. Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
  4. Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiation

Test preparation materials include:

Study Time by atconc on Flickr used under a Creative Commons License
Study Time by atconc on Flickr used under a Creative Commons License
  1. ASVAB
  2. CLEP
  3. GED
  4. MCAT
  5. Miller Analogies (MAT)
  6. NCLEX
  8. SAT
  9. TOEFL…and MORE!

Click the link to try the Testing and Education Reference Center; then vote below.

Note: trial is available on-campus only.

Group Study Rooms Available

In the new Massey Library Technology Center, eight rooms are available for groups of two to eight people. All study rooms are equipped with wireless Internet access, white boards, and wall-mounted flat-panel display screens. College faculty, staff and students are welcomed to use the study rooms for academic and college-related activities, such as collaborative learning projects, small meetings, advising or tutoring sessions, etc. 

Students using group study room
Students using group study room

A student, faculty or staff ID needs to be presented at the Lower Library Information Desk for obtaining the key to a group study room. Student IDs will be kept at the Information Desk until the key is returned.

Reservations can be made online, in-person, or by phone at 523-5220.  For more information, see the reservations webpage and the study room policy.

Tips to get you through Exam Week

Need some studying and test-taking tips to help get you through exam week?  Check out the library’s print and online books as well as other resources listed in our online Study Skills & Academic Success guide.  

Also check out these web sites that provide a wealth of tips on preparing for and taking exams:

Study Skills & Academic Success

Students needing help with study skills, can find resources quick and easy through the library’s online Study Skills & Academic Success guide.   Find books & web sites on study skills such as: note taking, reading comprehension,  test taking, time management, and writing.  The guide also provides information on where to seek help on campus.  To access the guide from the library’s home page, click on Subject Guides, then click on Study Skills & Academic Success .  For more information on this guide or assistance in locating study skills resources, please contact the Reference Desk.