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Feeling Pressured by the End of the Semester? Ease the Squeeze with these Helpful Study Tips!

We’ve all been there at one point or another in our lives: so close to the end of the semester that you can taste it, yet a seeming Mt. Everest sized mountain of work standing in the way of winter freedom. While scaling the actual Mt. Everest is, in all likelihood, an impossibility, you CAN make it through your heaping pile of year-end assignments, with a little elbow grease and the aid of this very blog entry!

Let’s start with some helpful websites. First we have How To Study and Make the Most of Your Time. This site provides comprehensive information and tips on how to improve the effectiveness of your studying habits and techniques.

Next we have a site maintained by Dartmouth College Academic Skills Center titled Where to Study / How To Study. As the title would suggest, this site offers tips on effective study locations, strategies on how to study more effectively, and methods to improve your concentration and memory.

Another site with helpful study tips, created by the College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University in Minnesota, is called Remembering What You Read. As the name would suggest, this site offers helpful tips on how to not only read more efficiently, but also how to retain more information when you read. Some of the strategies that this site goes into detail include creating associations while you read, visualization of key information in your mind, and effective repetition strategies.

If you find yourself studying somewhere other than one of the University Libraries, there are a multitude of ways in which to contact a reference librarian for help. For those in need of instantaneous communication, there is Instant Messaging Reference. Point your browser to the UALibraries Instant Messaging page and receive reference assistance wherever you are studying.

Similarly, you can also receive reference assistance via text message. To text a librarian your question(s), on your cell phone, dial 265010. Start the text with: ualibraries: (include the colon), then write your question. University Libraries will accept SMS (text messages) during the hours that IM Reference is available. Be aware that a single text message cannot exceed 160 characters. Before you text your questions to UALibraries, take a moment to review our Texting Policy for more information.

Don’t forget about our Ask-A-Librarian Email Reference Service! To send us your questions via email, first go to the Ask-A-Librarian online form. While a response might not come as quickly as the IM or Text services, a librarian will respond to your email usually within 24 hours, often times within an hour or two.

If you would like one-on-one assistance with your assignments, schedule an appointment with a bibliographer. Library bibliographers specialize in one or more subject areas, and are available to meet with you and offer their expertise. To know which bibliographers specialize in your area of need, go to the Subject Specialists page, which lists each bibliographer and their areas of expertise, along with their contact information. The bibliographers are more than happy to meet with you and help, so don’t be shy!

Library databases are available to all UAlbany students, both on campus and remotely. If you happen to be off campus and need to use the Library databases, the process of accessing them remotely is very easy. Simply go to the Databases & Indexes page and select a database as you normally would. When you click on the database you wish to search, instead of going right into the database, as is the case when you are on-campus, you will first be prompted for your UAlbany NetID and password. Enter your information and you’ll be good to go.

Last but not least, you can always drop by the Dewey Library Reference desk and the librarian on duty will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about the research process. We want you to succeed, and we're here to help!

Blog post created by Matthew Laudicina