Finals and You: Resources and Study Tips

Jerry Igaz, Staff Reporter

It’s almost the end of the semester, which means that finals are approaching! Whether your finals consist of term papers, tests, projects or even presentations, there are plenty of resources on campus, as well as tips, to help you alleviate stress and ensure that you have the required preparation to do well on the tasks that will keep you busy during the end of the semester.

RESOURCE: The Clark Memorial Library

The Clark Memorial Library has plenty to offer in terms of study material and places to study and work in. From the overall quiet area of the second floor, the library also offers a guaranteed area of quiet up on the third floor, with the first floor having plenty of places to sit and private rooms for people who need a place to seclude themselves. The library is also offering books that you might need for a project or paper, so if you think you’re in need of a quiet place, the library doors are always open. Can’t acquire resources in person? The Clark Memorial Library is also online, too! You can find resources you need there and access it straight from your home.

RESOURCE: Student Success Center

The Student Success Center, located on the first floor of Massie Hall, is a place where students can find tutors or collaborate with other students with available tables that allow for ease of access to studying, as well as a computer room for those who don’t have access to technology either at home or in the library. The Student Success Center is available by scheduling time through email or call, or you can simply walk-in and get the help that you need. The Student Success Center is also where you can ask for some advising, so if you’re lost on what to do, an academic advisor might be helpful if you hit a dead end.

RESOURCE: Writing Center

The Writing Center, located on the first floor of the library to the left of the Information and Technical Center, is a section of the library that’s all about papers and essays. Have an issue when it comes to repetition? Unsure of how to transition between paragraphs? Simply need someone to read over your report or work? You can arrange a visit here and have all of these things done and then some. You can find a link to learn more about the Writing Center here.

TIP: Keep Calm

Finals can be stressful. Very stressful. Don’t try to cram all of your work into one session. Take breaks when needed and make sure that you’re in a comfortable state of mind. You’re more likely to remember everything if you’re free of stress and feeling relaxed. If you can’t get rid of your stress, try to turn it into something beneficial, like excitement for the upcoming dates you have to turn things in.

TIP: Rest Easy

Studying is important, but it’s also important to keep your mind and body into consideration, too. Don’t put off your own physical health just because of finals! Shower, eat healthy and get a good night’s sleep to ensure that you can do your best in school and ace your classes, no matter what comes your way.