There are only six full weeks left until the semester ends. With this in mind, I am providing you with a special library list of 6 things to help get you to the finish line without stumbling along the way.
1. Your final decisions about any inter-library loan (ILL) needs should be made in the next week. This means you need to wrap up the bulk of your research when it comes to acquiring sources. Assess what you have now, determine what you cannot live without and put those ILL requests in at the circulation desk ASAP. Why you ask? So that your resources have time to get here. Books requested from other libraries are mailed to us via media mail (what use to be called 4th class mail) and it can take a bit of time for the item/s to arrive.
2. Check your printing account, is it running low? Take a bit of time to add money to it now so that you don’t run out just before you are ready to print the final draft of your paper. Wondering how you add money to your printing account? Log on to your Spartan Web account, go to campus life, then information technology, and finally lab printing. FYI: your tuition pays for $30 worth of printing at the beginning of each semester, for some this is not enough. You don’t want to run out of paper.
3. Get enough sleep. Don’t invite a cold or flu bug into your immune system by staying up all night or abusing your system with junk food. Sleeping regularly for at least 8 hours a night will allow you to complete your projects and papers in a timely manner.
4. See the reference librarians now and NOT later. Our vast depth of knowledge can only solve procrastination slightly. You need to have time to pick, review, read, and evaluate your resources. You also need time to write several drafts of your paper. Remember, time moves forward whether one likes it or not…
5. Speaking of writing, do you need to get your paper evaluated by the staff of the Saunders Writing Center? The Writing Center is in Plant Hall, Room 323. You can call 813-253-6244 for an appointment or just drop in. Center hours are: 8:15 am – 5 pm Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:15 am – 4 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays 8:15 am – 3 pm.
6. Finally, if you are feeling confused or anxious about something regarding you class consider approaching your instructor. They were undergraduates too, albeit awhile ago…communication is great tool to use to calm nervous feelings, misunderstandings, and ultimately results in better learning.
You have probably heard it before but don’t forget college is not a mad dash to the finish line. You have to pace yourself and with some attention to detail you can easily accomplish what you must and beyond.