Late night study program begins implementation
In response to student requests at Lee’s annual “Ask The President” Chapel, Lee’s faculty has implemented the Late Night Study Program in order to give students extra time to study in all different buildings before their final exams.
“We’ve offered late-night study options before in places like the Rec Center and the library for finals,” Mike Hayes, Lee’s VP for Student Development, said. “However, students wanted this as an option before the period of finals.”
Overall, the goal of the Late Night Study Program is not only to have a quiet place to study, but to build a sense of community and learn alongside fellow students.
According to Hayes, there is a lot of quality research attesting to the benefits of peer learning if students engage the material and each other with the right posture.
"Students need to take advantage of it by approaching it with a learning posture,” Hayes said.
Interestingly enough, The Late Night Study Program has indeed had to be something that students have learned how to utilize effectively and not just use the time and space as a group hangout.
“It was a beneficial place to meet people, but it was hard to get work done in this environment,” Richard Huynh, senior at Lee, said.
There are obviously some kinks that need to be worked out within The Late Night Study Program according to Huynh, but Hayes and staff remain optimistic that the program’s effects will be inherently positive if done right.
“It would be easy to see this as just a late-night hangout instead of having to be in the residence halls for curfew,” Hayes said. “We can offer this option, now it’s time for students to make the most of it.”
The Late Night Study Program is still in its early stage but offers great promise for the future.
“We’re approaching this as a pilot project. In the end, we hope it helps students learn better together,” Hayes said.