Marshall Study Center

MSC to be open 7 a.m. to 3 a.m., Sunday, May 2 through Thursday, May 6, for final exam review sessions and activities.



By Daylina Miller


TAMPA, Fla. (April 28, 2010) -- As final exams week looms over USF, students are scurrying to finish up term papers and group projects. In an effort to provide students a safe, distraction-free place to plan late-night cram sessions with friends, the Marshall Student Center (MSC), playfully called the Marshall Study Center next week, is offering official review sessions as well as tutors and classrooms allotted for study groups.


In addition, Student Government will be holding a kickoff breakfast Sunday May 2 in the MSC atrium and Campus Recreation will have trainers from its facility holding yoga, tai chi and zumba classes for students wishing to de-stress from studying.


USF student and English major Ian Brockhouse plans on attending one of the yoga classes before his literature and the occult exam.


“It sounds like fun,” Ian Brockhouse said. “I wish I had more than two finals to study for.”


Brian Schulte, marketing and communications officer for the MSC, said that 20 meeting rooms will be blocked off and set up in different configurations to cater to the different ways students prefer to study.


“Some students study better in quiet study rooms, some in noisy study rooms,” Schulte said. “One will have relaxing, soft seating with lounge chairs-- whatever will help students study best. Hopefully, they’ll find a room that will work for them and take advantage of it.”


For the past three years, official review sessions have been held by USF faculty inside the residence halls, said Liz Kaplon, assistant director of academic initiatives. Non-resident students were always welcome to attend but the locations were not as convenient as they were to residents. Now that the program has grown, it has been extended to the MSC for the benefit and convenience of all students.


Kaplon said that last fall, more than 1,100 students came to the residence hall reviews, more than quadrupling the number of students who attended the first semester. Review sessions tend to focus on math and the sciences and other subjects that students say they have trouble with.


“I think it’s a great program,” Kaplon said. “It’ll be even better now that it’s not just in the residence halls. Now that it’s in the Marshall Center, it is convenient for everyone.”


Students can access official session, tutoring and campus recreation activity information on the MSC website. Schulte said the information will be displayed on the digital screens inside the Marshall Student Center as well as on large signs in the atrium.


USF junior and biomedical science major Lindsay Manner said she saw the ad for next week’s MSC activities in The Oracle on Monday.


“It said free snacks, so that’s a plus,” Manner said. “I will probably head over there when I am studying late at night since the library has been so packed.”


“I hope it increases their study habits just to be able to come here to get food, relax and study with other people,” Schulte said. “There aren’t as many distractions. And as a student activities center, we want students to come here and hang out.”


The focus for the review sessions is on general education classes, Shulte said, because the number of students taking them is greater. But the MSC is open to suggestions about other review sessions that may be held.


“We’re providing support that’s really important for students’ academic success,” Kaplon said. “If they attend this, there’s just no way they won’t succeed.”


Kaplon’s graduate assistant, Ashley Langston, assisted with the schedule and the recruitment of faculty. During final exams review week, she will help the faculty members get set up in their rooms and troubleshoot any problems. Review sessions will be held in MSC, Juniper-Polar hall and Maple C hall.


“Hosting the final exams review sessions in a variety of locations will hopefully allow more students to be engaged with professors,” Langston said. “I think that the partnership is a chance to grow and build the relationship between academic and student affairs. This will help create a true student-focused university that is conducive to college students’ learning and personal growth.”



The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of only 25 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The university offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The USF System has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.