How to Be Successful During Finals Week

By Benjamin Beggs ‘20 Communication Studies

Final exams can make life hectic for college students. But just like the regular weeks of the semester, Widener helps them through exam time by providing the support necessary for a successful experience. In addition to academic assistance and encouragement, Widener offers fun, stress-relieving activities and resources to help students find a healthy balance as they manage exams.

Here is how to succeed during finals week:

widener student studying at the library on a computer

Wolfgram Memorial Library

The largest study space on campus provides an impressive amount of resources. The library offers extended hours during finals week, ensuring students with varying schedules can make use of the space. With access to both group and silent study spaces, helpful staff, online databases, and academic books and journals, there is no better place to prepare.

Faculty mentoring communication studies student

Faculty Support

Widener professors are committed to the professional and personal success of every student. They offer regular mentorship, feedback and support all year, including during the final weeks of the semester. With a low faculty-student ratio, students don’t have to compete for time. Generous faculty office hours mean they get exactly what they need – from a clarification on material to an uplifting pep talk.

Students use the writing center

Tutoring and Help Centers

Widener offers students direct access to resources and connections designed to support their success. The math and writing centers are available to provide extra help, as are academic advisors and peer-to-peer tutors who can assist students in any subject. Student Accessibility Services is also on hand to offer specialized resources.

student climbs rock wall at pride recreation center

The Pride Recreation Center

Physical activity keeps the mind sharp and increases knowledge retention and confidence. Students can take some time away from the books and join their friends for exercise in the Pride Recreation Center. Whether they need a relaxing yoga class, a challenging climb on the rock wall or quick walk on the treadmill, there are many ways they can take time out to breathe.

Therapy dog

Stress-busting Fun

Widener injects some extra fun into finals week to help students de-stress. They can take a study break and snuggle with therapy dogs in University Center or eat and mingle at the midnight breakfast in the Pride Café. For those with a sweet tooth, Widener’s annual Death by Chocolate event in Lathem Hall features chocolate fountains and tasty treats. Taking a little time to fuel up with friends and enjoy the university’s family atmosphere can enhance that end-of-semester motivation to get through exams.

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