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Guide to surviving finals week

Whether you're a December graduate or it’s your first semester here on campus, the last week of classes is always a bittersweet time. Everyone is excited to finish up the semester and head home for the holidays, but one thing stands in the way — final exams. On the bright side, we compiled a few things to help get you through this week. 

Take a break

This time of year can be very stressful for most students, but it is always good to take a study break and remind yourself of the things you enjoy the most. Whether that is doing some holiday shopping or hanging out with friends before the holidays, it is important to do things you enjoy even during finals week. You also will want to refuel, so try Midnight Breakfast at both Russell House and Campus Village on Dec. 8. 

Pace yourself

Finals week should be like the end of a marathon, not a sprint. You have been working hard this semester, and this is the last push. Cramming for an exam the night before is never a great option — even though we have all done it. Instead, start studying now to ensure your brain has enough time to fully process the information you are learning.

Switch up your study spots

If you’re looking for a quiet spot in the library, we recommend booking your study rooms well in advance as they fill up quickly. It is good to get a change of scenery as you study. Some of our favorite spots happen to be local coffee shops within walking distance of campus, such as Cool Beans, Immaculate Consumption and Sweetwaters. For less crowded spots, check out Azalea Coffee Bar, Drip, blum coffee or Higher Grounds. 

Take advantage of existing resources

Office hours with a professor, a visit to the Student Success Center are just a couple of ways to make use of the many resources available to students. The Student Success Center offers both peer tutoring and supplemental instruction with sessions available for more than 20 courses. The office will be open special hours around finals week. 

On reading days (Dec. 9-10): 

  • The Thomas Cooper Library will be open for tutoring from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • The Peer Writing Lab will be open noon-5 p.m. on Dec. 9 and 4-9 p.m. on Dec. 10.

During finals week (Dec. 11-14)

  • The library will be open for tutoring 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • The Peer Writing Lab will be open noon-9 p.m.

Dec. 15

  • The library will be open for tutoring 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • The Peer Writing Lab will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Remember that it is the last week of classes and you made it through the semester. Be proud of yourself for that. Good luck, Gamecocks!