Study Tips for Busy Students

By Samantha Hesler, FFE 2015-16

With exactly three weeks left in Florence and finals around the corner it is easy to get stressed. Professors seem to schedule projects, papers, and presentations all around the same time, creating a very hectic world. Meanwhile you want to spend your last fleeting moments enjoying the city you love so much – Florence. So how can you manage to see everything and do well?

Here are a few simple tips:

  1. Plan Ahead: This probably sounds like a no brainer but you would be surprised how many people do not do this. Buy a calendar at the beginning of the semester and go through each of your syllabi and take note of important dates. That paper that is due on May 2 – put it on the calendar. This will show you how much time you will have for each assignment and just how busy you are going to be.
  2. Make weekly goals: Having a weekly checklist of assignments you need to get done holds you accountable – plus checking it off once you are done makes you feel accomplished.
  3. Do not procrastinate: Another one that sounds self-explanatory but it is harder than it looks. Set small goals for yourself each day on a project so you are continuously working on it and you will not have all the work left at the very end.
  4. Only study with those who you know you can work productively with: Studying with your best friend sounds great until you sit down to study and end up baking brownies and watching Netflix instead.
  5. Do not study in your bed or apartment: There are too many distractions. Your roommates have friends over. You suddenly have the urge to clean (although this urge has probably never occurred prior to this moment). You totally can “study” in bed you say to yourself as you fall asleep. Get out of the house to study – trust me, you will be more productive.

There are plenty of places to get work done in Florence. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. I Libiri Cafe- This adorable cafe is in a super convenient location- just one street up from the Marist apartments. For just seven euro you can enjoy the whole day in their cafe or garden area. Included in this price is a meal (breakfast or lunch), unlimited drinks (I normally get their fresh squeezed orange juice), and unlimited wifi and printing. You can also pay 4 euro for three hours in the cafe (printing not included). The staff is very sweet and helpful and the atmosphere is quiet and chic. Come here to study or work on papers!
  2. La Menagere- This cafe is great for those who need some background noise while they study. The cafe is a seven minute walk from the Marist apartments. With plenty of desserts and food to choose from it is a sweet place to study.
  3. The Oblate Library- The library is free and open to the public, just bring a passport for identification. The library has numerous reading rooms, a cafe, and even a rooftop study area where you can admire the Duomo as you work.

Photo by Meredith Pollock

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