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Finals week can be a stressful time for students. It is important to remember to study and keep track of any assignments that may be due. Organization is one of the many keys to ending the semester on a successful note. 

IUP students have begun to prepare for finals week which will start Tuesday and end Dec. 10.

Some students take advantage of resources on campus.

“I’m preparing for finals by going to offered study and review sessions and reviewing books and notes,” Kaylee Pagane (junior, criminology) said. “As a transfer student, this will be my first finals week ever on campus.”

Stapleton Library, Folger and the Hadley Union Building (HUB) will all be open to students as study spaces during finals.

“I study between my classes and after for two to four hours,” Thomas Cici (sophomore, accounting) said. “I like to make flash cards for the lectures that have a lot of terms to remember. I also rewrite my notes in some classes.

“The biggest trick I have for finals is reviewing past assignments because most likely the same material will be covered on the final.”

Students can either study at home, or they can use various study spaces on campus.

The library’s hours during finals week will be the following: Sunday: Noon – 10 p.m. and Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – midnight.

Folger’s hours during finals week will be the following: Tuesday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. and Dec. 10: Closed.

The HUB building hours during finals week will be the following: Monday – Dec. 10: 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Dec. 11: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Dec. 12: Closed.

The HUB computer lab hours during finals week will be the following: Today: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday – Sunday: Closed, and Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Walk-in tutoring is available at several different locations on campus. For more details on tutoring, contact (724) 357-4007 or email merwin@iup.edu. The Jones White Writing Center is also available for regular hours during finals week for online tutoring.

Many students find it useful to create a list of things so that they can stay on track.

“I’m making a checklist of all the things I needed to get done for all my classes and prioritizing the classes where I think the final will be the hardest,” Brody Rife (sophomore, cyber security) said. “I am studying for every class a little bit every day, so I don’t get overwhelmed with just one subject. I also have been trying to utilize people in my classes to help me get some points that I have been struggling with.”

“I have been writing down the times of all my finals and scheduling out the times available to study for them,” Mark Phillippi (junior, criminology) said. “My biggest trick for studying for finals is to organize yourself in advance. So, by knowing what all is expected of you, you can begin prioritizing your work.

“I think that it is especially important to organize yourself as we move back to in-person finals because we don’t have the ease of doing finals at home.”

Some students even create their own study guides if they are not provided one by their teacher.

“I am preparing for finals by making my own study guide for each class,” Madison D’Hert (sophomore, psychology) said.

Everyone’s path to success is going to be a little different, so it is very important to find what works best for you. Some people study for long periods of time while other people tend to cram.

“I stress all week but then I normally don’t study until the night before,” Juliette Lilley (senior, communications media/media production) said. “I still manage to get all of my studying and assignments done, though.”

It is important to remember not to overwhelm yourself by studying. Taking breaks and dedicating time to de-stress is an important part of studying.

“My breaks consist of naps,” Matus said. “I find it hard to look at my computer screen for an extended period of time. It gives me a headache pretty easily.”

There are several in-person and virtual events available for de-stressing. Students can pet the therapy dogs or go to the Center for Health and Well-Being’s De-Stress Fest.

There will also be free pancakes at North Dining from 10:30 p.m. to midnight with or without a meal plan.

The finals week schedule can be found on iup.edu under the News Events section by clicking on the Registrar tab.

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