Do you have an upcoming exam that you’re not ready for? Do you want to start studying but don’t know where to begin? You’re not alone, and there are many ways to approach this. For some people, the best place to study on campus is the USU library, which provides a quiet space to work and focus while being surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your goal of academic success. To help you reach your goals as efficiently as possible, here are five reasons why the USU library should be your top choice when studying on campus.
If you attend Utah State University, you’re probably familiar with the USU Library (or, as we Aggies like to call it, The Us). With its chandeliers and comfortable couches, The Us can quickly become your favourite place to study on campus—or anywhere else! That’s why I’ve decided to put together this ultimate guide to learning at the USU Library so that you can get the most out of your time there!
Why do I like the USU Library?
There are countless reasons why I like studying in the USU library; there’s free printing and a ton of comfy chairs, and they don’t rush you out. When it comes down to it, though, there’s one reason that trumps all others: staying focused on what I’m doing. What do I mean by that? For other college students and me, staying focused means completing your work and not getting distracted by things like your phone or snacks. Because who can think about their homework with all those distractions pulling at them?
Not me! But if you go to study in a public place like a coffee shop, well, you have people walking up and down trying to sell stuff or asking for money, plus all those people around you just being loud. It’s hard enough to stay focused on your studies without having extra things thrown into the mix! So my advice is simple: get yourself over to your local university library and see how much more productive you can be!
Where to Sit in the USU Library?
Before sitting down, make sure you know where you’re allowed to sit. Some students are trying to study; others try to have a conversation with friends. If it looks like most of your classmates are studying quietly by themselves, then it’s probably safe for you to pull out your laptop and focus. If there is a long row of tables and all but one or two tables are complete, you should respect that when choosing a seat for yourself and your group—and if those empty tables belong to someone who looks like they might be trying to study, move along! Everyone must understand that there is only so much space and quiet time available in any public place—try not to be rude about who gets what.
How to Avoid Losing Concentration in the Library?
Some students find that study sessions in loud, public places like libraries or cafes don’t work for them. If you prefer a more focused environment, there are plenty of quiet areas to study. Some schools have designated silent zones that attract severe students and those who struggle with concentrating in busy environments. In other cases, quiet spaces can be found near study lounges or in-office suites when no one is using them. If your school has an outdoor area with benches, it’s another great place to find some peace as long as there aren’t a lot of distractions around—though you might want earplugs if you need to block out noise from fellow students or nearby construction projects.
Other Ways I Learn in the Library
Utilize USU Library Services The online catalog is very useful in locating books and other items. For example, if you are looking for an old journal or academic text, you can search by title/author and different keywords like subject or year. Most library databases will take you directly to an Amazon link to purchase a hard copy or e-book. You may also want to check out Ebscohost, ProQuest Direct and OCLC First Search. If your professor gave a call number when handing out course materials, utilize Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services.
USU Library Study Rooms
Utah State University has many great places to study on campus, but one of our favourites is our library. The USU Library’s Quiet Study Room is filled with the
- group and individual-sized tables,
- wall outlets for charging your phone,
- sofas for grabbing a quick nap and
- if you happen to be a gamer like many students are these days,
there are about 40 Nintendo Wii consoles you can use. Grab your homework and come down; you’ll be glad you did! Another plus? If music or movies get you through tough studying sessions, we have a lounge area complete with couches and bean bags where it’s OK to play some tunes or watch a flick. Why not spend your next study session there?
USU Library Database
While there are many types of databases you can use for research, one that many students don’t know about is USU’s library database. This is a great way to get full access to scholarly articles, even those outside your field of study. For example, if you need help understanding your cell biology homework but aren’t sure where else to look, enter cell biology or biology into Google Scholar and search through some other articles until you find something helpful. Then copy and paste it into a document to read it more efficiently—you might even be able to view it in-line on Google Docs.
USU Library hours
7 a.m. – Midnight, seven days a week during summer session; 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday and seven a.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday during fall and spring semesters (see library website for more detailed hours)
USU Library Catalog
You probably know that thousands of resources are available at any USU library. You might not know that you can use the online catalog or get a head start by using it in advance of your visit. Just enter your class information or topics you need help with, and voila! You’ll have a massive list of books and articles written for students like you.
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