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Exam Cram Study Hall at BPL

It's that time of year again! High school students are gearing up for exams—and we're here to support them. Of course, students are always welcome at our branches, but during this crunch time, we've added a few special features to make studying a bit sweeter.

Study, Break, Repeat

Exam Cram study hall runs from Monday, January 22 to Monday, January 30. All branches will have tasty treat giveaways and brain break activities to encourage students to take a pause from studying and do a quiet activity.

And here's another way to "paws" from studying—puppy breaks are back this year, too! Our furry friends and their handlers from St. Johns Therapy Dogs are planning to be at three locations during Exam Cram:

  • Alton Branch: Tuesday, January 23, 6-7pm
  • Tansley Woods Branch: Wednesday, January 24, 6-7pm
  • Central Branch: Thursday, January 25, 6-7pm 

Individual and group study spaces are also available at all branches. We are adding extra seating on Central's 3rd floor, and programming rooms and open spaces where possible. Please ask a staff member if you need help finding a study spot. Our spaces are likely to be a bit busier and noisier than usual on these dates, and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation with this.

Need to relax? Take a look at our Staff Picks booklist to calm your mind: Stress Less During Exam Season.

Online Study Help

When your studies have you stumped, help is at hand with Brainfuse HelpNow, a free virtual tutoring and learning resource. All you need is your BPL card number and four-digit PIN to access live tutoring help.

HelpNow connects students to live, qualified virtual tutors who can help them daily in an online classroom from 2pm to 11pm. Along with this service, students can submit questions or writing assignments any time of day that tutors review within 24 hours.

Brainfuse HelpNow offers self-help study aids like tutorial videos, practice tests, flashcards, and a collaborative workplace where you can meet virtually to work on assignments. 

Anytime Access

It’s easy to log in and use Brainfuse HelpNow on your computer. If you want to access this resource on your device, you must set up an account in a web browser before logging into the app. Here’s how:

  • Log in on the web using your barcode and PIN.
  • Click on your name in the top right corner, and select “My Account.” You’ll get an automatically generated username and password to log into the app.
  • Use these on the app home screen to log in. If you want to personalize your login, you can edit your username and password later in the web version.

Students—Good luck with your studies!