Happy New Year 2022!

2021 was another year of challenges and adjustments that the Touro community met head-on with resolve and perseverance. Facing the new year, we at Touro College Libraries look forward to helping promote information literacy and offering research support to our whole academic community. The Libraries would like to wish all Touro College and University System students, faculty, and staff a happy and healthy New Year!

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We look forward to seeing you on campus and online in 2022!

In the meantime we invite you to connect with the Library on social media for the latest updates and tips.

Freaking Out About Finals? Help and Tips Are Here!

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It’s finals time at Touro. Here are a few tips for changing up your study routines, maximizing your ability to retain information, and using library resources you may not have known about, to ace those finals!

Interweave/mix up your subjects– Studying subjects in smaller chunks of time is more effective than marathon study sessions focusing on a single subject. Even if your deadline is fast-approaching and some “cramming” is necessary, take small breaks from one project to focus on another. Science suggests this forces the brain to recognize the similarities and differences among the things you’re trying to learn, giving you a deeper understanding of the material (Kornell & Bjork, 2008).

If it feels like you are losing progress by needing to review a little bit to get back into the swing of things where you previously left off, you’re actually not! It is precisely this forgetting and re-learning process that helps the mind better learn and retain the material.

Change up your study location- A similar principle applies to your physical surroundings. If you’ve been working a long time in one spot, try moving to a different location- a different room in your apartment, or a different table on the other side of the library. The change in surrounding can refresh your mind. In one classic experiment, “psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms — one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard — did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Later studies have confirmed the finding, for a variety of topics.” (Carey, 2010)

Use these research and writing tools from Touro Libraries-

  • See our For Students guide for help and guidance for all stages of the research process, including selecting a topic, finding materials, and using sources in your writing.
  • Check out our Creating Citations guide for detailed information on how to properly cite any type of source in APA, MLA and all major styles.
  • Use the RefWorks citation manager to conveniently manage the citations for all of your writing projects. RefWorks helps you save, track, and properly cite your sources. It will even help output your sources into a Works Cited page or bibliography. Easily sign up with your Touro email address and find comprehensive training from RefWorks on YouTube.

Ask for help- Use the Libraries’ Ask-a-Librarian chat service to instant message with a librarian for real time assistance.

References

Carey, Benedict. (2010, Sep 6). Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/

Kornell, N., & Bjork, R. A. (2008). Learning concepts and categories: Is spacing the “enemy of induction”? Psychological Science, 19(6), 585-592. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02127.x

-this post contributed by Kirk Snyder, Open Educational REsources & Instruction Librarian.