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How to Study for Finals like a Boss

-Sam Bouchat

It’s almost finals week. Are you ready? No? Well, join the club. And enjoy some of my personal steps to ensuring an efficient and effective study session.

Midterms mean everything

Odds are that your midterm will look a lot like your final. Get a hold of that old scantron and study it! What did you get wrong? Why? Figure it out, because professors love to reuse questions. Additionally, most professors will let you see the midterm test if you go into office hours.

Flash cards, flash cards, FLASH CARDS!

Everything from foreign language to chemistry can benefit from the usage of flashcards. Na is (flip it over) SALT! 骨means (flip it over) BONE! Good job. Creating and then using flashcards is a fantastic way to memorize things. Also, a stack of index cards are a lot less daunting than a stack of textbooks.

If you can avoid cramming, do so

Cramming is wasteful—you’re studying to remember information for a single test, and then will inevitably forget it. That’s not fun! I, for one, want to remember how and why human activities are affecting fluvial systems. You shouldn’t be in class to pass; you should be there to learn. And remembering this stuff now will save you valuable time in the future!

Time Management

Be aware of your priorities. Sure, my geology final is on Tuesday while my Japanese final is on Wednesday, but I also know that my geology final won’t have kanji on it. Label each test with a priority level, and study accordingly. It will save you time, energy, and will help you mentally organize the upcoming nightmare of a week.

Make Blackboard your new best friend

If you’re lucky, your professor put some class materials online. Anything from PowerPoint lectures to the keys to the homework assignments is now a vast field of knowledge. Get to know that stuff. If your professor thought it was important enough to put into immortal online form, odds are it’s also important to know.

Once a textbook, now a canvas

Those textbooks are yours. You bought them for inflated prices and, no matter what you do or how fantastic the condition is, you will only ever sell it back as used. So use it. Mark the corners, doodle notes, put stickers on pages, stuff it with color-coded Post It notes. Highlight passages, underline captions, and draw creative crayon graphs in the margins. Even if you never open it to that page again, marking a passage or phrase will help you remember it infinitely times better than simply reading it.

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Weekly Flux Playlist: Done with Midterms

-Flux Blog Staff

Glad to finally be done with midterms? Us too!

At the end of each week, the Flux bloggers will be sharing some of their favorite tunes with you in a weekly playlist. This week, we’re celebrating the end of midterms with a playlist that you can unwind to after a stressful week or two of midterms. These songs will have you forgetting about school in no time. So sit back, relax and enjoy a stress free weekend with this Flux playlist.

Mike Munoz:

  • Season’s Trees- Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi ft. Norah Jones
  • Hysteric- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • House of Cards- Radiohead

Jasmine Eoff:

  • Trapped in my Mind- Kid Cudi
  • Coastin’- Zion I & K. Flay
  • Moment 4 Life- Nicki Minaj featuring Drake

Hannah Doyle:

  • Jamming- Bob Marley
  • Summer Day- Coconut Records
  • Go Outside- Cults

Tamara Feingold:

  • Come in Please- Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  • 12:59 Lullaby- Bedouin Soundclash
  • Skinny Love- Bon Iver

Sam Bouchat:

  • Pumped up Kicks- Foster the People
  • 99 Red Balloons- Nena
  • All This Time- One Republic

Lizzy Ludwig:

  • Young, Wild and Free- Bruno Mars
  • Relax, Take it Easy- Mika
  • No Such Thing- John Mayer


Underrated On-Campus Study Spots

-Mike Munoz

With just over half of the winter term behind us and midterms and exams in full effect, finding an open spot in the Knight Library has gone from a simple task to an hour long journey for a seat. After finally giving up on the Knight Library, I began my quest to find the perfect study spot on campus. Here’s a list of the top places on campus to study.


Located on the far south west side of the UO campus, the HEDCO building goes largely unnoticed by students who aren’t music or education majors. At just under two years of age, the building is one of the newest additions to the campus and provides a great study spot for students looking to escape large crowds. With a café and a lounge area with a fireplace, the HEDCO building is a great place to meet with a group or get some reading done. However, be aware that the building is closed on weekends.

EMU Skylight Area

When it comes to study locations, the EMU seems to be a no brainer for most students. With great choices of food in the Fishbowl and the Buzz café downstairs, students have plenty of options for study spots. But perhaps the best place to study in the building is the skylight area. Located just above the ticket office, the skylight area offers multiple levels of countless tables and vending machines, making it an ideal study spot. Despite large crowds during lunch hours, the EMU skylight area always has open areas to study in.

William W Knight Law Center

Chances are that unless you live in the dorms or are heading to a Ducks basketball game, you haven’t spent much time around the William Knight Law Center. Located just across the street from Hayward Field on Agate, the law center seems to fly under most students’ radar. The building features the Wayne Morse Commons study area, where students can quietly work in groups and discuss classes. Just upstairs is home to the John E Jaqua Library, where students can find a quiet area to read or work on an assignment.

Lawrence Hall

As the arts and architecture center at the UO, Lawrence Hall is filled with sculptures, paintings and tons of stressed out architecture students working tirelessly on their projects. Tucked away between Pacific and Allen Hall, Lawrence is a great study location. The second floor is home to the Hearth Wilcox café, which is a very popular study spot for art and architecture students. Students can also find a quiet place to study at the A&AA Library, which is open seven days a week.