University libraries are more than study spaces – they can provide helpful services as well! If you’re starting university in the near future, here are some library services that can help you out:
#1 - Laptop Rentals
BSOD on your laptop? While you’re working on getting that sorted out, you can borrow laptops from your university library. At the Brock library, laptop rentals are available on a 4-hour basis. And if you rent within 4 hours of closing, you can keep the laptop overnight.
#2 - Exam Reserves
Your university library may have a section on its website which will link you to electronic copies of previous midterm and final exams (that professors have authorized to be made public). Brock students, check out: https://e-reserves.library.brocku.ca and click on "Looking for Exams?"
#3 - Short-Term Textbook Loans
Sometimes, professors will put copies of your course textbook on reserve at the library. You can rent them out on a short-term basis (anywhere from 1 to 4 hours). This saves you from having to buy textbooks. Brock students, check out: https://e-reserves.library.brocku.ca
#4 - Inter-Library Loans
Working on a research paper, and don’t have proper books at your university’s library? Or do you need a textbook for a class and is it not available for short-term loan? Most universities participate in Canada are part of the inter-library loan (ILL) program. This means you can borrow books from other universities across the country, all for free. Ask your librarian for how to register.
(Note: These are services that I’ve encountered based as a student at Brock University. Library services will vary by institution.)
Are there any other helpful library services that I’ve missed? Comment below!
-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador
Kill Your Shyness By Getting Involved
Whether it’s a club, a sports team, a part-time job, or whatever, do something to meet new people. You never know who you may meet or what interests you might develop just by stepping outside your comfort zone.
Don’t Study Hard, Study Smart
In first year, I thought that the key to acing exams was writing out all of my notes – I thought that there was a “memory in my hand.” While writing stuff out may have made me remember things more, it took forever to do. Instead, study to your subject.
For example, as an accounting student, my tried-tested-and-true method of studying for finals was this:
1. Anticipating the problems that would be asked (by writing down hints professors would give throughout the semester).
2. Typing out similar problems from my lecture notes/textbooks (taking up no more than 1/5 of the page).
3. Printing out several copies, and doing them over by hand – until I knew the steps by heart.
The Key To Landing A Solid Co-op Placement/Full-Time Job
I was under the impression that all I needed for an interview at my target firms was a high GPA. Boy, was I wrong. It turns out that my target firms were looking for well-rounded people: individuals with slightly-above-average grades who are involved in things outside of the classroom (club involvement, athletics, a part-time job).
Current students – what advice do you have for YOUR first-year self? High school students – what is the best advice you’ve received about university?
-Neal, yconic Student Ambassador