Studying: Where, When, and Who?
I’m sure you’ve heard it a hundred times from your high school teachers: “this won’t fly in college!” Being late, talking in class, turning in a paper late, and many other reasons. Sometimes those can vary professor by professor in college, but one thing is certain: no more skating by. You have to study!
Yes, the dreaded s-word. (Hehe, sword.) Most people avoid studying because they just don’t know how to do it, or where they can turn for help. Luckily, RIT is in no shortage of academic resources!
The Academic Support Center is the homebase for all of your... well, academic support needs. As you can see on their homepage, there are numerous services offered. I lack the space to cover them all, so I’ll just talk about those which I’ve found the most useful in my academic career thusfar:
The Bates Science Study center is where you’d find me holed up doing most of my homework my freshman year. Conveniently located on the first floor of the College of Science, it’s staffed by upperclass students, TA’s, grad students, and sometimes even professors. They can help you with almost any manner of the lower level math and physics courses. Sometimes you’ll find a stray bio TA in there. They’re open weekdays from 9am-9pm (except on fridays where they get out at 6. What, are you doing homework on a Friday evening?)
If it’s late and you don’t want to haul yourself across campus to the academic side, there’s also a study center in one of the residence halls (Sol) that’s open Monday-Thursday from 7pm-10pm.
The Wallace Library is always a popular place to study. The first two floors have tons of tables and computers to use, and yu can talk with any study groups you might have. The 3rd and 4th floors will have tables, but also segmented cubbies to reduce distractions. As you might have guessed, these are the more intense studying floors, and as such are quiet (no talking aloud / allowed).
Here at the library you can also check out textbooks from the front desk if your professor put them on reserve (not having to buy textbooks is so cash. Pun completely intended.)
If you dig the coffeeshop atmosphere for studying, Java Wally’s is also right down there. It also has convenient caffeine access! That’s where I am right now. And @RIT_Erin is right across from me. Hi Erin, if you’re reading this. Actually, if you’re reading this, get back to studying bio. What are you doing on the internets. C’mon.
The Library also has study rooms you can reserve, with whiteboards. Their sizes range from a small room for just yourself, where it’s nice and quiet, to a large table with six chairs for your entire study group.
Finally, if you’re lucky / sexy enough to be a physics major or minor, you have the excellent resource of The Pac! The Physics Assistance Center is basically the phyzzie lounge. It’s usually full of upperclassmen who have already taken the class you may be working on the homework for, so it’s easy to ask their help. There’s whiteboard up in there too, and a ton of physics textbooks.
There’s also whiteboards across the entire college of science, so it’s easy to find an open one if you need a lot of thinking space.
Finally, Professor’s Office Hours are the greatest. All professors are required to have 4 office hours per week. You can just pop in their office and ask them any questions you might have about the work or class. If you have a more involved question or just want to talk privately, it’s easy to shoot them an email and make a private meeting. To quote my current physics professor, he checks his email “10^6 times a day.” That’s roughly 11.5 times per second. Nevermind the network infrastructure required or the responsiveness of the email server, I’d say it’s an exaggeration, but not too far off from the truth.
These are far from the only resources available, but these are the ones I’ve found most useful. Check out the ASC website to see what else they have to offer. But most improtantly, get off the Brick City Ambassador blogs! Get back to studying!