Location, Location, Location

Where to find the perfect study spot during exam week

UNC Sloane Art Library
My favorite place to study on campus is the Sloane Art Library, located in Hanes Art Center. It’s quiet, and the second floor has large study carrels.

While it’s still hard to believe that it’s already LDOC, it’s time to finally face reality – exam week is here.

At the risk of sounding a little melodramatic, finding the right place to study can be the difference between passing an exam or not. When you’re in a good environment, you’re more likely to stay focused and productive.

Here are just a few of the best options on campus, as well as some information about various events happening this week to help you succeed. Good luck, everyone!

For the All-Nighters 

Even if you haven’t had one yet (lucky you), it’s good to know which libraries are open late for last-minute cramming.

Thankfully, some libraries now have extended hours. Still, the latest Davis will stay open is 2 a.m., so the UL is probably your best bet. During exams, it’s the only library open 24 hours on most days.

All-nighters in the UL
If you have to pull an all-nighter, the UL is the best place to go. The library will be open 24 hours on most nights during exam week.

Here are the UL’s special hours:

– Thurs. 12/6: 24 hours*

– Fri. 12/7: 24 hours*

– Sat. 12/8: Closes at midnight

– Sun. 12/9: 11 a.m. – All night*

– Mon. 12/10 – Thurs. 12/13: 24 hours*

– Fri. 12/14: Closes at 5 p.m.

(*With a valid UNC One Card between 12 a.m. – 7 a.m.)

For Pin-Drop Silence (Especially if this is you right about now…)

Sometimes, there comes a point when you just have to buckle down and accept the fact that the library is the only option. Still, students try to find any excuse imaginable to avoid it at all costs.

Instead of complaining about how Davis is always freezing or how the UL is always overcrowded, just try a different library! No, Davis and the UL are not the only libraries on campus. In fact, there are close to 20! To see a full list of libraries available on campus, click here.

My favorite library to study in is the Sloane Art Library, located in Hanes Art Center. I’m not an art major, and the only reason I discovered this hidden gem was because I had a large break before a class in that building and needed a place to study in the meantime.

The Art Library is pretty small, but on the second floor there are tons of large, private study carrels. If you prefer to study somewhere nice and quiet, this is the place for you. I love this one so much that I almost thought twice about including it in this post out of fear of letting the secret out. It’s just that good. It also has a CCI printer and sometimes free coffee on reading days! The only downside is that they close at 9 p.m. on most nights, which is relatively early, so have a backup plan already in mind if you’re planning on studying late.

For Study Groups

Students studying in residence hall lounge
During exam week, you can almost always find students studying together in residence hall lounges until the early hours of the morning.

Studying in groups can definitely be a great strategy because it gives you the chance to discuss and ask questions about difficult concepts. Just in case you didn’t already know, Davis and the UL have private study spaces that you can reserve for groups of three or more.

Residence hall lounges are also a good location. During the regular school year, they are the perfect place to hang out, relax and get some homework done. When exam week rolls around, you can almost always find students studying in groups until the early hours of the morning.

The Starbucks in Rams Head is another personal favorite of mine when I want to study with friends, and sipping on peppermint mochas is a great reminder that Christmas is right around the corner. Just be sure to get there early on Reading Days to claim a table because they fill up fast!

For Extra Study Help

At UNC, there are a ton of resources available to help you succeed during exam week, including the Academic Health Topics page, Academic Advising Program, The Learning Center, and The Writing Center. 

This year, the Learning Center is offering a Finals Boot Camp from Dec. 3-12 in SASB, which offers supervised study to help you prepare, snacks, quiet study areas, raffles and mini-workshops. Register here.

BONUS – For Study Breaks

All events are on Thursday, December 6:

Therapy dogs visit students during exam week
On Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in UL room 211, take a study break to visit with some adorable therapy dogs!
  • EXAM PAWS, 11 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. in UL room 211: Visit with some adorable therapy dogs, chat with advisors and get some homemade cookies! Sponsored by Academic Advising.
  • P.A.S.S. Exam Support Fair, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Great Hall: Join us for a study break full of food, games, crafts, and more! Sponsored by Housing and Residential Education and Campus Health Services.
  • Stress Management programs, Dec. 6, 7, 9, 10, & 11, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. in UL room 205: CHISEL will offer stress management programs ranging from meditation to an arts and crafts night. On the 6th, Linda Chupkowski from Counseling and Wellness Services will lead a meditation at 7 p.m. The other days and times for specific programs are TBD. Sponsored by CHISEL.
  • 10 a.m. -11 a.m. in front of Davis Library: Get a free tumbler and fill it with your choice of hot chocolate or coffee. Blue books and scantrons will be provided. Sponsored by RHA.

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