It’s finals time and the tension is mounting for students on the SMU campus. Several students shared how they deal with the stress of final exams, where they study, and some of their must-have snacks to get them to May 8, a.k.a “The Finish Line”.
Snacks are must haves during long study sessions throughout finals. Candies and caffeine tend to be what most students choose to munch on, but healthier options provide better nutrients for helping retain what you’ve learned.
The most popular study spot for students was Fondren Library. Students said they enjoy going to Fondren because it is quiet, it has tables in the back, it has big windows and is open 24 hours. Students also said they like Fondren because there are less distractions than at home and they like to be around other people that are studying.
The second most popular spot for students (which can’t be found on the map) was “at home.” Students said they study at home because they like to be alone. Students also say they like to study at home because it is quiet, relaxing, they have everything they need there (so they don’t have to lug all of their books, laptops, etc. around) and it’s convenient.
Other study spots mentioned were Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, Bridwell Library, Hughes Trigg, Meadows, Business Information Center and the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (which has tutors available). Students said some “best kept secret” study areas were the Law Library, the Wesley House and the SAMSA (Student Activities and Multicultural Student Affairs) conference room.
Also, if you’re looking for some place that’s open 24 hours other than Fondren, the Café Brazil off of Central Expressway is always an option.