Megan Morrisey (left) and Racheal Shertzer (right), academic coaches at the Center For Student Success. (Photo by Margaret Okakpu)

by Laura Wetherbee

NEWBURGHThe end of the semester is almost here with students and faculty giving some tips on how to survive finals week at Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC).

Racheal Shertzer and the other academic coaches at the Center for Student Success (CSS) said students should create a schedule for assignments and studying.

They said it is important to prioritize assignments and to set aside enough time each day to work on them.

“You don’t want to wait until the last minute,” said upperclassman Shaylyn Wood who encouraged students to stay prepared during finals week.

Wood said students should remain positive during finals week because in the end it is “just a test.”

The CSS coaches said students should break their studying, papers, and projects into manageable amounts of time, preferably two to three hour blocks to increase productivity.

They said students should take time to unwind and relieve stress, get a consistent amount of sleep every night, and not live off of junk food for the week.

A 2014 USA Today article by Billie Streufort listed study tips for finals week such as reviewing notes everyday, developing summary sheets for each class, and setting specific goals for each study session to keep on track.

The article discussed how students should take short breaks because one’s brain can only process a limited amount of information and benefits from some rest.

Students can visit USA Today to view all tips the article discusses with regards to surviving college finals week.

The academic coaches at CSS encouraged students to attend any and all sessions or reviews provided by a professor and to do schoolwork in the library or study lounge where there are fewer distractions than a bedroom.

The coaches advised students to utilize the college’s Writing Center at MSMC and any drop-in tutoring for science classes that are available.

The Writing Center is open Mon. through Thur. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in the Dominican Center room 118.

The academic coaches will be outside of The View May 4, 5, and 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for any last minute questions or concerns from students.