Starting Off Strong: 5 Study Tips

I’ve always loved back-to-school season and the new clothes, new notebooks, and new experiences that come with it. By the time September rolls around, I find myself itching to return to my studies and my friends at Trinity. Despite my love of this “season,” one moment never fails to bring me back to reality: sitting down after my first day of school with homework. Summer is a great break from our hard academic work during the school year, but over the summer I tend to lose my scholarly endurance. By the end of each semester, a 50-page reading doesn’t seem so bad, and neither does a 10-page paper, but both seem nearly impossible after a relaxing summer holiday. With this in mind, here are five of my favorite ways to get back into the academic swing of things.

  1. Find a routine:

At the beginning of the year, it is so easy for me to waste an hour here and 45 minutes there simply because I don’t have a plan for my day. No class on Fridays? Choose to spend the morning being productive in the Library or The Underground. Are some days busier than others? A routine will help you balance your workload across each day.

  1. Find your study space(s):

I find that my physical environment dramatically affects my productivity, so I try to find study spaces on campus that put me in a mindset to get work done. For my Latin and Greek translations I like the big tables in the 1823 Room, Peter B’s works for when I am reading for my religion course, and Vernon Social in between meal times is a quiet alternative when I want to change it up.

  1. Read (and re-read) your syllabi:

Many classes don’t have deadlines for big assignments right off the bat, and this slower start to the semester can make it easy for me to put off my work. To combat procrastination I make sure to take time to really learn the syllabus for each class so that no deadline sneaks up on me.

  1. Make it enjoyable:

Listening to music, splurging on pumpkin bread and coffee, and heading to the library with friends make studying infinitely more enjoyable for me. When studying is fun, productivity comes much more easily.

  1. Take breaks:

Make sure to cut yourself some slack—it’s hard to find a rhythm at the beginning of the semester! There’s no use burning yourself out in the first week, so try to balance periods of efficient studying with time to take a walk, grab coffee with friends, and get connected to the Trinity community.

 

Trinity Favorites: Spring Semester Thoughts

As I made my way around campus today, the post-syllabus week climate was refreshing – and definitely not as cold as I was expecting! I don’t know about you guys, but my winter break was relaxing and just long enough for me to miss being back on campus. Now with syllabus week behind us, we can focus on all the great potential that Spring semester at Trinity has to offer! During my free time between classes I ran into some friendly faces and asked them about their Trinity Spring semester favorites:


Emily Claytor, 2018

International Studies; Minor: French

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What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
My favorite thing would have to be Spring weekend and quadding with my friends (enjoying the weather on the quad)

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
I really enjoyed rowing for the crew team last Spring because it was a lot of hard work but really rewarding in the end.

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
Going out to brunch with my friends on the weekends!

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a twin!


Amro Arqoub, 2018
Neuroscience, French

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What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?Spring weekend is definitely my favorite.

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
Going out to Ichiro (West Hartford) for hibachi with a huge group of friends!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
I think Spring Break and the beautiful Spring weather.

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I came to the United States from Palestine when I was only 16 years old!


Christina Claxton, 2016
Public Policy and Law; Philosophy
Antonia Lluberes, 2016
Public Policy and Law; Minor: Hispanic Studies

IMG_4490What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
C: Hanging out on the quad with my friends.
A: The warmer weather that comes after the cold Winter here.

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
C: Doing singing valentines around campus with my a cappella group – the Trinitones!
A:Professor Cabot held an “Oral Argument” class in the Spring of my junior year. He’s one of my favorite professors and the class was great!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
C: Just enjoying the time I have left with my friends and the faculty I’m close to.
A: All the events they have planned for the senior class!

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
C: I can drive a stick shift!
A: I’m a vegan!


Ben Chait, 2016
Art History

IMG_4485What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
Cozy days in the library.

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
My semester of study abroad at Trinity in Paris during Spring semester of my junior year was one of the best experiences in my life!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
Finishing my thesis!

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I have 44 tattoos!


Allison Butera, 2018
Economics; Minor: Studio Arts

IMG_4468What is your favorite thing about Spring Semester at Trinity?
Probably walking down the longwalk to class with the sun shining…and not wearing a parka!

What is your favorite memory of Springtime at Trinity?
Learning how to slack line on the quad –  even though I fell off every time!

What are you looking forward to most at Trinity this Spring?
Spring Break and all the memories I’ll make with my friends.

Do you have a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a Kappa Kappa Gamma sister and a legacy here at Trinity! My dad graduated from here in 1988.