Thanks to my four years at university I learned a few study tricks or two when it came to successful dorm room study sessions. So pile up on your Canadian textbooks from locazU.com and get started.
At first I made many failed attempts to study from my used university textbooks in my dorm room. My dorm roommate failed to take my subtle hints about the difficulties of studying around her propensity for noise. Think online computer games. Think electronica. Think yelling out the window at 2am.
This led me to stumble upon my dorm study trick number two: if you share a dorm with another human being, invest in a good pair of earplugs.
While these handy little objects managed to muffle out the sound of my dorm roommate’s drum and bass obsession, I didn’t count on their inability to block sound waves from vibrating through my body. But it’s all about trial and error, right?
And while my dorm mate wasn’t exactly a studious gal, she somehow managed to earn herself A’s in all her computer science classes (and went on to earn more money than I can ever dream of). But I learned a valuable life lesson from this: life isn’t fair.
Which leads me to my dorm study trick number three: find yourself a smart dorm mate and ask her for help.
It’s a great trade-off, really. You put up with her A.D.H.D. and she helps you pass difficult classes. I mean, if you’re going to have another human being sleeping and snoring in the bunk beside yours, they might as well be smart, right? It’s handy to know that beneath your dorm mate’s pink Mohawk façade there is a genius at work.
Finally, my dorm study trick number four (and the most important): lots and lots of caffeine. Get it anyway you can get it: coca-colas, coffees, frapachino’s, 90% pure chocolate bars. Sure, there are a few repercussions from ingesting large quantities of caffeine.
Ask my previous dorm roommate about her red bull faze. I remember it well. I think her heart actually skipped a beat. So you might want to avoid that substance.
There you have it. Expert advice from an expert student: used textbooks, earplugs, genius dorm roommate, and caffeine. Good luck surviving your dorm.
By Ann Schwab