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The sound of studying

Alex Fiore

April 30, 2012

Chances are, you’ve got some work to do the next two weeks. A lot of work. If you’re anything like me, studying or writing a paper in silence is an exercise in both torture and futility. For whatever reason, my brain needs auditory stimulation to increase productivity. In that event, you’re going to ...

Prepare yourself: Studying for finals

Hailey Kurth

December 4, 2011

It comes around once a semester and it can make or break a student. Finals week has the ability to grab the attention of thousands of students for a few days. Those students need to know how to prepare for their tests or their grades could be in jeopardy. Alicia Czachowski, assistant director at Health E...

Students, professors have mixed feelings on what final exams should contain

Felix Sarver

December 4, 2011

Finals week has arrived and with it a variety of examinations that students must take. Depending on the class or the professor, students take multiple choice tests, write in-class and take home essays or participate in other activities. Anthony Ruelli, Sophomore pre-law psychology major, and Michael Agy...

Relieving end-of-semester stress

Linze Griebenow

December 4, 2011

Midterms, Halloween, Thanksgiving and finals all fall within the last eight weeks of school. When jobs, internships, self-care, personal relationships, family, financial stress, graduation and seasonal gifts are added to the mix, one is living the life of a college student. The pressure for students ...

Small breaks, exercise during finals studying helps avoid stress

Gavin Weaver | Northern Star Photo Illustration

Hailey Kurth

December 1, 2011

Finals week can prove stressful for many students, but there are steps they can take to prevent or treat stress that arises from tests, papers and projects. Alicia Czachowski, assistant director of Health Enhancement, said there is no set number of how many breaks a student should take while preparin...

In Focus: Tips for getting through finals week

Colin Remes

December 1, 2011

Colin Remes Columnist Study early and often, but study just a little bit at a time. Instead of going home and watching TV during your free time, pick up a review sheet or write a few words in that paper you've been putting off. There will always be another party, and they invented DVR's because we a...

Prepare for finals with these study tips

Kaity Walker

May 8, 2011

DeKALB | Finals week is finally here. Since the pressure of studying for exams may seem overwhelming, here are a few tips for making sure you're ready for test day. 1: As tempting as it may be, don't cram everything in the night before. According to the Counseling and Student Development Center's website, "...

“Didn’t you get the memo?”

Chris Dertz

March 7, 2011

Derrick Rose doesn't want anyone to think the Bulls can make a playoff run. He wants the league to forget about them. He wants them to forget that Chicago is second in the East. Sorry, Derrick; you just swept the most publicized team in the history of the NBA. People have taken notice. Throughout this...

Study space series: Library offers a quiet learning environment

Sophomore business administration majors Michelle DiVita (left) and Nick Nudo (right) study at Founders Memorial Library Wednesday night.

Nicholas Drammissi

March 2, 2011

Does your dog always eat your midterm study guide? Does your roommate talk incessantly? Looking for a place that makes you feel scholarly? Follow the Northern Star through its weekly installment of the best study places on the NIU campus and around DeKalb to find your favorite brain-space. For students who lo...

Sleep is crucial to studying for finals

Some students sacrifice sleep and drink caffeine to prepare for finals. Experts say this isn't the best way to study.

Jacqueline Evans

December 5, 2010

Finals can be stressful, and when students sacrifice sleep in order to prepare for exams, proper functioning becomes difficult. "Sleep is a time for your body to relax, recuperate and to build up the energy you need to get through the day," said Alicia Czachowski, NIU health promotion specialist. "When...