Tuesday December 12, 2017

Here?s the key to finals week success

By Katy Kelly

The Libraries’ study rooms are one of the most popular spaces and services that Roesch Library offers. With a new easy-to-use self-service system introduced in the fall term, students can now book study rooms online in advance at libcal.udayton.edu.

Each semester for the past several years, a lucky winner of a Libraries social-media contest claimed the ultimate jackpot: a key to an individual study room for the entire week of finals. This year, the Libraries took a different approach: Give exclusive finals-week access to an individual study room to one of the most frequent users of the new reservation system -- which had more than 20,000 bookings in its first semester for a total of 1.4 million minutes of quiet or group study.

Peiqi Li, a junior finance major from Shanxi Province in China, accepted the prize as one of the most frequent users: Peiqi has reserved a study room 164 times. That’s 9,480 minutes of hard work! On Friday, December 8, Peiqi picked up her key to study room 4C along with a finals-week gift bag complete with library swag and candy.


After all that time spent in study, Peiqi was well-prepared to make the most of the prize. She shared her plans in a Roesch Library Q&A:

What do you like about using Roesch Library study rooms?

“The study room is quiet, and I can pay attention to studying.”

What projects or studying will you be doing during finals week?

“I will practice a presentation in the study room so I don’t bother others. I have two projects due during finals week for my MIS class and my management class; also I have four exams.”

What’s special about finals week at UD?

“I believe students work hard all semester, no matter where they go. I prefer a study room because I can't focus in my dorm. I'm excited about after finals.”

- Katy Kelly, coordinator of marketing and engagement

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