The December Exam Period

It’s that time of year again! We’re all heading into the winter wind-up, which means plenty of time spent in the library and probably not enough sleep. As daunting as the upcoming exam period might seem, it’s helpful to know that there are plenty of ways to minimize stress, and you can find them right here on campus. 1. Extended Drop-in Hours at the Academic Success Centre (ASC) When it rains it pours, at least, that’s how university deadlines seem to work. Fortunately, the ASC’s longer drop-in hours make it easier for you to get help on those essays and midterms you’ve been worried about. The Learning Strategists can also help with study strategies, writing skills, and anything related. 2. Get ahead of interviews and applications December is not just exam season for students applying to graduate school -- it also marks the beginning of application deadlines and sometimes early interview periods. The Career Centre is holding workshops in the coming weeks that can help you get ready for the busy time ahead. You can register by logging into the Career Learning Network site and selecting your event on the St George Events Calendar. Upcoming events include: November 17, 2014: Medical School Interviewing Rx 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Career Centre Seminar Room, Koffler Student Services November 17, 2014: Personal Statement Lab 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Career Centre Seminar Room, Koffler Student Services 3. Get organized and oriented Double-check and triple-check your exam schedule to confirm dates, times, and locations for your exams. Click here for a complete listing of course calendars which can lead you to your examination tables. Then, be sure to set any alarms or reminders ahead of time. Finally, situate yourself by checking and locating your examination rooms. 4. Stay healthy/Get healthy It’s tempting to forgo sleep during busy academic periods, but instead, try to stay ahead of flu season by getting enough sleep and eating regular, healthy meals. Consider adding some Flex Dollars to your meal plan so you can always grab a meal on campus. Health Services will be running flu shot clinics until Friday, December 12th so be sure to make an appointment online, in-person, or by phone! The shots will be given by appointment only.  5. Get prepared with Exam Jam! Exam Jam includes course review sessions, open study space, free snacks and coffee, and de-stressing activities -- basically, everything you need to make it through the exam period. This year’s event will be held on December 4, 2014 in Sidney Smith Hall and will involve everyone from the Faculty of Arts & Science to the MoveU Crew! Professors will be leading review sessions for courses ranging from organic chemistry to first year psychology. You can check the Exam Jam website for more information on the sessions.  

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