Finals week is in sight! These last-minute tips can help you successfully finish your classes.

First, remember that the ACU Library is open until midnight most days until Wednesday, December 9. (Detailed hours and exceptions can be found here.) Stay up late with us as you do research, write papers, and finish final projects! We have eye-opening, practical resources on how to write in college and how to avoid plagiarism that can help you improve your writing and citing of sources.

Second, break up your large projects and papers into smaller, more doable “chunks” and tasks. Set goals to accomplish these by specific times between now and the assignments’ due dates. Doing so can help you avoid procrastination and stress.

Third, consider having a writing tutor give you feedback on your papers. But don’t wait too long to see a writing tutor! Give yourself enough time to revise your paper. Cody Schuler is available for drop-in tutoring at the ACU Library on Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information on tutoring services at ACU, contact Brenda Spear ([email protected]) or visit the Academic Center.

Fourth, test your knowledge before you take your final exams. Create a pre-test of questions likely to be on the actual final exam. Take your pre-test; grade it; and see what you don’t know yet. Then go back and study especially what you got wrong. For more study tips, take a look at the resources on the “How to Study Effectively” Pathfinder.

Fifth, keep yourself healthy! Eat well. Drink plenty of water. Sleep 7-8 hours each night (especially before an exam). Exercise. And take a break for a few minutes after about an hour of study. Your brain is a part of your body and gets tired, too.

Finally, ask me for research help. I can help you find solid sources for your papers and presentations. Visit me at the library, email me at [email protected], or call me at (602) 386-4110.

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