So here we are. The semester is over, the midterms and essays have been written, and the all-nighters have been had, sort of. Exam season is a special time here at UTM and much like Halloween, it brings out the zombie in all of us. Here are 10 things I know to be true about exam season.
1) Sleep goes out the window.
We think we’ll get more work done if we just take an extra hour to review something or finish an assignment, but this is definitely not the case.
Have you ever wished for a giant list of study spaces that you can close your eyes, point at, and choose from?
Have you ever wondered where to study in the library, or where you can pop open a book anywhere on campus and cram in some study time? Have you run out of ideas for where to study, or need more options for study space?
If you answered yes to any of the above, I present to you a list of study spaces I’ve discovered during my time at UTM!
Keep in mind contextual factors before choosing a study spot, such as if you are studying alone or with friends, if you need to work on a group project, how much noise you can tolerate, what time of day it is, how long you’re going to be there (ie. Do you need a place where you’ll be setting up camp for a few hours?), how soon you need to get your studying done, and if you need an outlet for your phone or laptop charger, to name a few.
1. The library aka. HMALC (does anyone call it that?)—conventional spots a. Silent study on any floor b. The fireplace by silent study on the third floor c. The long table with stools on the third floor d. The living room-esque area of couches on the fourth floor e. The couches by the long window in the basement f. The couches with round tables in between them on the third floor g. STUDY ROOMS! h. The computer labs on the first floor
2. The library aka. HMALC—unconventional spots a. In between bookshelves b. On the carpet… anywhere
3. The Meeting Place
5. The rotunda in Kaneff (IMI?) by the Registrar’s Office
6. Sitting in front of lockers in Davis
7. Any empty classroom you can find – Check the schedules posted beside classroom/lecture hall doors to see if there’s a class inside. If not, and the door is unlocked, go forth and study! 8. The green couches in IB
9. The chairs in cozy corners of IB, upstairs a. In front of the vending machines on second floor b. By the long row of windows on the second floor c. At the ends of hallways on the second or third floors
10. The random area with white tables on the third floor of IB
11. In your friend’s lecture – Ask your friend if the prof will notice or care, or if it’s a large or a small lecture, first.
12. Deerfield’s silent study cubicles on any floor
13. The Mac lab on the second floor of IB—also has study rooms
14. On the RAWC staircase, the larger stairs to the right of the railing
15. The tables inside of Starbucks—grab a coffee and hit the books
16. The wooden benches outside of lecture halls in IB
17. The tables by the Circuit Break Café/by CC 1080 in CCT
18. The computer lab in the same area in CCT, by CC 1080 and parking staircases In order to make this list “inexhaustible”, we need each other’s help. Comment below and add your favourite spaces to study, or anywhere that I’ve missed! Study on, friends.
Guess what guys? Exam time is approaching, AKA the few weeks in every semester full of sadness, stress, and snacks. Lots and lots of snacks. Like, mountains of cookies and Pepsi and coffee, all so we can hopefully pass our classes and our essays and, after it’s over, sleep and enjoy our short break.
But, before you get to the partying and the sleeping and the holiday cheer, you have to get through those exams. But how? Well, my stressed out friend, let me help you with that.