The Computer Lab: A Studying Mechanism

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The Computer Lab: A Studying Mechanism

 The Miron Student Center, one computer lab location on Kean University's campus 

Petruce Jean-Charles, Editor

A student has a paper for their English class that is due in an hour, they forgot their laptop at home and are now panicking. Where should they go?

Kean University is known for challenging its students and expressing the importance of a good education. With that being said, there are many computer labs located around the main campus. There is the Miron Student Center (MSC), the computer lab in the Nancy Thompson Library, Dougall Hall and East Campus.

The MSC computer lab houses 50 computer stations with google chrome and other network capabilities. It is conveniently located in the MSC Atrium in room 105 and is open to all Kean University students, faculty and staff. 

In order to have access to the computers, a current student ID is required and must be presented at the front desk. The computer lab encourages completing academic assignments, research and other work with the assistance of computer consultants and graduate assistants.

The hours of operation for fall and spring are: 

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Nancy Thompson Library offers a wide range of books and offers opportunities to study and research. One of the advantages is the computer lab which caters to students, teachers and faculty as well. In order to have access to the computers students must sign in their name and student ID numbers.

The hours of operation for the fall and spring are:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

When asked what they use the computer labs for, Tamia Henry a freshman studying theatre and Shannah Conway a senior studying biology explained how the extra time spent at the computer lab impacted their studies.

Henry: "I at least visit the computer lab once a week, it helps to get work done in a quiet environment. I usually go to print out papers when I don't have time at home. The computer lab is a good place to complete assignments and print them out when I am finished."

Conway: "I visit the computer lab a lot at least four times a week. I usually go for studying and printing papers that I typed at home. It's convenient and helpful to have these spaces here."

The computer lab serves as a quiet and productive environment where students can have access to printing, researching, typing and studying. 

It is essential that students understand that they are encouraged to use these services to better their academic success at Kean University.


about the author

Petruce Jean-Charles, Editor
jeanchap@kean.edu

Petruce Jean-Charles is a senior majoring in communication with a concentration in journalism. In Spring 2017 she joined The Cougar's Byte staff. She is goal-driven and dedicated to accomplishing her goals, where she wishes to work for successful companies like Huffington Post or The Washington Post. In her free time, she enjoys listening to different artists and watching new horror and thriller movies.