Study Jam: Get Your Study On

Michaela Wasson, Contributing Writer

If you haven’t begun studying for finals yet, the time is now!

At the Benton Center's Learning Annex Math Help Desk, Judy deSzoeke, a retired LBCC faculty member, helps Heidi Leib, a dual-enrolled LBCC/OSU Natural Resources and Education student. by Marci Sischo

Actually, it’s gone. But so many of us still need to catch up. That is expected. That’s what Study Jam is for.

On the weekend before finals, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the Learning Center (LC) will be open. Vikki Maurer said why: “We’re here to help.”

Everything you need to help you study will be available. The LC has been hosting Study Jam since fall of 2008 and they know what to do. Empty white boards with markers, scratch paper and table space, library books and friends to study with will all be there. You will be able to use computers in the LC and the library.

Sometimes teachers will also drop in to work with students.

Tests, for some of us, are so easy to put off. That’s why during Study Jam, the testing center will be open until 5 p.m. on both days.

Destaney Jefferson, a student in her first term, knows exactly what the scariest part about finals is. “Math,” she said, and added, “if I fail, I’ll lose my financial aid.”

Luckily for students, the Math Angle will be open. The Angle provides study space just for this subject and a chance to ask all the questions you need, and to have them answered.

The Math Angle is only for students in MTH 95 and below. For those who aren’t signed in at the Angle, the Math Help desk will also be staffed from noon to 4 p.m. on both days.

And while you’re studying (if you sign up soon enough), you can send your children to a Kid’s Jam at the Periwinkle center at no cost.

Most of all, Study Jam provides a helpful, encouraging atmosphere for the stress right before finals.

And, you might be interested to know, you pay for it.

Study Jam Schedule
Benton Center
Saturday, 10am to 4pm

Albany Campus
Saturday, 10am to 8pm
Kids Jam, Saturday – 10am to 8pm
Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Kids Jam, 10am to 5pm

Eric Fleming, a Student Government representative, explained how the ASG, who helps host Study Jam,  is given part of every tuition dollar to provide services students want. “We’ve always had a very good turnout,” he said, but added that if students don’t come, they will have to cut Study Jam back.

Part of any extra money goes to a big drawing  at the end of the weekend. Up to 20 people are awarded prizes.

ASG, as a good host, brings food. Free breakfast fruit and muffins, vegetables and pizza are provided.

Fleming said, “We know we have a good turnout when the food disappears.”

Let’s make it disappear this time.

What do you think?