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Make a Plan for Exams, Review the Work and Don’t Stress

BY KEVIN STEELE —

Finals week is quickly approaching and for some students it is the most stressful time of the semester, but there are a few things that they can do to help themselves avoid the worst.

Something they shouldn’t do is waste time worrying about the work load, said Brianna Egers, Student Government Association president,

“The more time you spend stressing about what you have to do, the less time you’re actually doing the work you need to do,” said Egers. “It’s important to make a plan and then make sure you’re following through with that plan.”

Finding out what will be on the final exam can help students create a better plan, said Dr. Glen Sherman, associate vice president and dean of students.

“The best thing to do is try to get a sense from the instructor what the scope of the material’s going to be that they’re expected to know, and to prepare in advance,” Sherman said.

Tiana Gatewood, a sophomore who is majoring in business management with a minor in sociology, has developed study techniques of her own.

“First, I start to plan by going over my previous test, any homework assignments that were marked as important, and anything that I personally had a hard time with,” Gatewood said.

Students should also set aside time in their study schedules to relax their mind. Egers suggest going for 5-10 minute walks, drinking water, talking with someone, and meditating.

They can also participate in De-Stress Fest happening from Dec. 11 to Dec. 15. Zumba, yoga, snack giveaways, and other forms of relaxing activities will be provided, according to the Campus Activities page on the school website.

Study groups are great tools that students can use to review information and relieve anxiety, said Danielle Liautaud-Watkins, the associate provost for academic development.

“Classmates can test each other and exchange strategies on how to retain information,” Liautaud-Watkins said. “Once you practice answering test questions, you will focus more on knowing the information and less on how it will be presented on the test.”

The Academic Success Center will have exam review sessions; the hours can be found at the Academic Success Center page on the school website. Tutoring will also take place in the Matelson Hall lounge on the 2nd floor, according to Liautaud-Watkins. The Cheng Library will be open 24 hours every day starting Dec. 10 at 12 p.m. and ending on Dec. 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Media Production major, Darius Emmauel Greene-Orr, is a freshman, and will be taking final exams for the first time.

“In high school I use to put a little bit of time into studying, and then I would go out and have fun, but now I really have to buckle down and study a lot more,” Greene-Orr said.

Greene-Orr and every student at WPU who will be taking final exams have faculty members and fellow students cheering them on; including Egers.

“Finish strong! Everybody can do it; this is not the end of the world.”

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