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A young woman sitting and reading on a bench in front of a pond. The bench is in the park next to the Engineering Building, one of the best outside study spots at NIU.

The great outdoors can be pretty great

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | March 9, 2023

As the warmer weather inches closer, moving our study time into the great outdoors proves to be beneficial for our minds and bodies.  Human beings aren’t wired to be indoors 24/7. Take advantage of the spring weather and feel the sun. Going outside...

Mirella Duron (right), a junior anthropology major, and Dylan Ruan (left), junior applied mathematics major, studying on Thursday afternoon on the second floor of the Student Center. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Studious students

By Mingda Wu, Photographer | February 23, 2023


Study Scores

By Victoria Lambton | October 30, 2017


In Focus: What are you doing to prepare for your final exams next week?

By Perspective Staff | December 2, 2014

Blake GlossonFor the most part, my preparation for finals week is pretty typical.In terms of studying, I set aside time each morning to review my notes from lectures. I have also found it helpful in semesters past to create study guides from scratch to...

Its still not too late to raise your grades

It’s still not too late to raise your grades

By Portia Kerr-Newman | March 21, 2011

Everyone knows it's crunch time when it starts getting close to the end of the semester. Most students think that, at this point, grades are pretty much set in stone. Don't worry; there is still plenty of time to improve your grades. First off, you have...

Some students sacrifice sleep and drink caffeine to prepare for finals. Experts say this isnt the best way to study.

Sleep is crucial to studying for finals

By 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...