Monthly Archives: November 2014

The End is Near! How to Prepare for Finals


The end is near! Feel like there’s so much to do in a really short amount of time?  Here’s how you can take stock and prepare a plan of action to make it through finals.

Step one:

Visit to find a four-page final exam planning packet. Print it out—even if you have a wonderful digital calendar or system, use this paper copy as a planning and thinking tool– and as a road map for the final weeks of the semester.

Step two:

Write down the times of your finals for each class you’re in. Visit for details.

Step three:

Go through each syllabus and record all remaining deadlines for the next three weeks. Review your class notes in case you recorded any deadlines there, too.

Step four:

Break large assignments into smaller steps. Be sure to identify any questions you might have for your professors so you can ask them now. Make sure you understand what is expected for every major test and project.  Attend every class—hints and insights will be shared every day that will boost your success.

Step five:

Strive to take care of yourself for this final phase—get enough sleep, make healthy choices in nutrition, and save time to exercise. Your mind is connected to the rest of your body. Communicate with friends, roommates, and family members that this month is particularly challenging, and you may not have as much free time as usual.

Step six:

Whittle away at each project or major test. Try to spend a little time with each one every day—reviewing is more effective (and more motivating! if you spread it out over time.

Yes, the final weeks of the semester do require a lot of time studying.  Break will be here before you know it. Plan now to end this semester on a strong note!


Would You Intervene in an Act of Interpersonal Violence?


Students are learning the “red flags” or warning signs of interpersonal violence and through this training can become active bystanders ready to keep their community safer.

The Red Flag Campaign, in honor of Rape Culture Awareness Week, will be hosting an open campus Active Bystander Intervention Training on MondayNovember 17th at 7:00pm in room 421 of Belk Library.

This is a great opportunity to consider the FYS learning goal of Understanding Responsibilities of Community Membership!  They will provide extra credit slips after their presentation that you can present to your teacher, if they are willing to offer extra credit or need proof of attendance.

For more information about the Red Flag Campaign and our Active Bystander Intervention Training, please visit or contact Ellen Hartman,