TLT Launches 24-Hour and Quiet Study SINC Sites

New hours and a quiet study space provide more flexibility to students.

By: William Welch
Last Updated: February 23, 2016

Beginning with the Fall 2015 semester, students will have 24-hour access to the Melville Library SINC Site Sunday through Thursday, as well as quiet study access in the Physics SINC Site.

"Students have different needs and different schedules," said Diana Voss, Manager of Academic Technology Services in DoIT's Teaching, Learning & Technology (TLT) department. "Feedback from residential and commuter students has been that some work better really late at night or really early in the morning."

As a result, TLT is extending the Melville Library SINC Site hours to support students whenever they study best. Students who work late shifts will have more time to work on assignments, commuters who stay on campus late will have a place to work, and students with early classes will have access to printers and computers before their days begin.

Additionally, quiet study space in the Physics SINC Site will support students looking for a distraction-free setting to do their work.

While SINC Sites are a great environment for collaboration, it can be hard to focus on a project when others are talking. "We wanted to create a spot that students know they can go to work with limited distractions, similar to the quiet area in the library," Voss said.

TLT piloted a quiet study area last spring that was well received by students. The permanent home of the quiet study area will be the Physics SINC Site in room P121 of the Physics Building, open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

To find the most current SINC Site schedules and information, visit http://it.stonybrook.edu/services/sinc-sites.

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