With more than 8,000 Panthers simultaneously going through finals, typical quiet spaces on campus are often flooded with stressed, studying students. It can be hard to find an uncrowded spot to reach a zen mental state, and to be able to actually absorb the information on the pages upon pages of study guides and textbooks.
In preparation for the endless days and nights of memorizing a semester’s worth of information, there are two crucial factors to take into consideration for a successful week of finals: the annihilation of electronics and sleep.
Believe it or not, science backs the removal of electronics during study time. According to a study done by Gloria Mark, a researcher and professor at the University of California at Irvine, each time a worker in her lab was distracted by an electronic interruption, it took each individual about 25 minutes to refocus on the task they were doing. This means that if a student was to dedicate three hours to study for a certain subject and was distracted by social media, text messages, or emails every 20 minutes, a three hour study session would actually turn into a six hour and 45 minute one.
Endless nights of memorizing lectures with no sleep is one of the most detrimental things to not only the human body, but also to getting good results. A source from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School explained how important sleep is to learning. There are three learning and memory functions: acquisition, the introduction of new information into the brain, consolidation, the process by which memory becomes stable, and recall, the ability to access the information after it has been stored. Two of said functions, acquisition and recall, occur only during any time of wakefulness. However, research indicates that memory consolidation takes place during sleep through the strengthening of the neural connections that form our memories. The stages in which the body’s brain waves are active are the most vital to these functions, but also occur during the deepest parts of sleep. The deepest parts of sleep don’t come to those who take intermittent naps throughout the night, so, rest up and ditch the internet!
By sleeping earlier and putting away electronics before study time, the student mind is stronger. When students study in places they wouldn’t have normally thought of, results are stronger too. Here are three unexpected places to study successfully:
Orange Public Library
It’s safe to say that one of the first place most Chapman students think to go study is the Leatherby Library. It can be frustrating to walk into the library and not be able to find a private spot to get work done or find resources to study with. However, there is another option that may be overlooked: the Orange Public Library.
Located at 407 E. Chapman Ave, this public library has an abundance of resources such as laptops, eBooks, online research resources and rentable group meeting rooms.
For efficient, collaborative work and access to digital resources, students utilize libraries, as pointed out in a study done by Gensler, a global technology company, “Libraries prioritize areas in support of these activities to best support student need.”
Perhaps the best part of the Orange Public Library is the fact that it is free! Signing up for a library card takes no more than three minutes and can be used at any time of the year, not just finals week!
Sign up for one here!
Killefer Park, located within walking distance from Chapman at 615 N Lemon St, provides a break from classrooms and libraries in the great outdoors. Killefer Park has many benches with tables, ideal for laying out study supplies. Although the idea of not having wi-fi may seem disappointing, this is a perfect way to be productive.
Given that the park is right near a school, prime quiet study times are the morning and early afternoon.
Sunlight peeks through the tall trees branches, creating a shady yet lit study environment. Laying down a towel and diving into those textbooks is a great alternative to the frantic conditions of campus.
Psychologists noted in a 2006 study that outdoor education improves grades. After studying on an outdoor curriculum basis, students from those schools received higher scores than traditional system students in 72 percent of assessments given from math all the way to science.
The patios on the third floor of Argyros Forum are seldom occupied by Chapman’s students. Tables and chairs are scattered all over the balcony waiting to be utilized by worry-stricken students.
Spring has come in Orange County, giving Panthers no excuse to not sit outside and enjoy the sunshine while having a few hours of productivity.
Sydney Nebens, a freshman English major, said she uses the patio to get her work done.
“I feel like it’s really easy for me to feel suffocated in the classroom all day,” Nebens said. “When I get fresh air while I study, its a good change of scenery for studying since it keeps me awake.”