Between four years of high school and now college, I have learned to greatly dread the beginning of December and May because it means one thing: solitary confinement for finals.
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating just a little, but I really loathe preparing for and taking finals… but who doesn’t? Every semester I promise myself that I will stay calm and be efficient. Shockingly, that never really ends up happening, I just end up in the library for the entire 24 hours before the final.
Loyola has a lot of resources available to students looking for help before and during finals.
- The Academic Resource Center is a free service available to students all semester. The center offers tutoring in anything except languages, math, and English because there are different centers and labs specifically for those subjects. There are academic counselors who can help with study skills, for example how to process information, how to organize it, or even time management skills. Student tutors are available to help during their operating hours, except for the actual week of finals.
The center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and is located on the first floor of Marquette.
- The Ross Foreign Language Center, located on the first floor of Bobet in room 310, is another resource available for students to get free tutoring. There are always students available to help with French, Spanish, and Chinese. The tutors can help students with homework or specific concepts. There are study guides and CDs also available students to use.
The center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The Mathematics Center, also known as the math lab, is located in Monroe 263 and offers math tutoring for students in any level math class. There is also software available for students to use.
The center is open Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Writing Across the Curriculum, or the WAC lab, located in Bobet Rm. 100 offers students help with writing papers. You can bring a paper in any stage to the student tutors for advice. You can get help brainstorming or you can have them read your final draft for clarity, grammar, or whatever else you need.
The library steps may be a spot for some students to take breaks between classes, but inside the library there is a number of resources available to students.
The library’s website (http://library.loyno.edu) alone is useful tool for students hoping to check out a study room, computer, or other device because there is a section with the number of items available and when the next one will become available, if they are all checked out. The website also has research guides, a library catalogue, and many links to other resources. The library offers extended hours for student during finals. Normally open until 2 a.m., the library stays open 24 hours during finals.
Speaking of the library, let’s talk about study habits. We all have them – bad, good, or a little bit of both. Do you study in groups? Are you one of those people that hold court in the library? What about breaks and the best way you retain information? Each student is different, but you should know what works best for you. If you know forming a study group with your best friend the night before the exam is just going to be distracting then try to find an alternative way, the reward will come after when your GPA isn’t terrible.
So keep calm and survive finals. Summer is near.