STUDYING | After NSO, it's time to hit the books




For freshmen, the week of New Student Orientation is a blur of activities, new faces and navigating Locust Walk. But in between the fraternity parties and finding our way from the Quadrangle to Hayden Hall, Penn students do find time to study. So where are good places to go for quiet study time after the craziness of NSO?

Here are some study tips for finding the quietest study spots, snagging a free tutor and getting someone to read over your paper - pro bono. Just remember; no cheating.

Where is a good place to study late at night? The bottom floor of Van pelt Library, open 24 hours a day during the year, provides a study mecca for those who never plan on falling asleep. The space features spacious desks, computers, printers and individualized outlets, but you need to stake out a spot early in the day as Van Pelt tends to become crowded in the evening.

What if I don't like to study in Van Pelt? There are plenty of other places around campus to hit the books. Saxby's (40th and Locust), Starbucks under 1920 Commons or on 34th and Walnut, Huntsman Hall, especially the MBA lounge near the upstairs Au Bon Pain, Houston Hall and other libraries on campus - including the biomedical library and ever-silent Fisher Fine Arts Libraries - provide great alternatives.

How can I get help writing a research paper? When writing a research paper, you can use an online library form to e-mail research questions to librarians or even Instant Messager or use LiveChat to talk directly to a librarian online. The Penn Libraries Web site also offers subject-specific research guides to help you jumpstart your research.

How do I find a tutor? The University's Tutoring center offers tutorials in several formats, ranging from individualized sessions to student-led workshops. There are also weekly math review sessions held on Sunday nights in David Rittenhouse Laboratory and special late-night tutoring events - notably named Graveyard Tutoring and Cram-Jam - are held before common midterms and finals of introductory courses.

Where can you go for help with your writing? The Penn Writing Center (3808 Walnut St.) offers writing assistance to Penn undergraduate and graduate students. Students are allowed up to 10 individualized appointments per semester and last up to 45 minutes. Other writing resources are also available in the Kelly Writers House (3805 Locust Walk) and in Van Pelt.

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