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Tips to help students manage fall semester finals

Round out the semester with helpful Coral Gables campus resources and helpful pointers to help guide you smoothly through the week of final exams.

Wednesday marks the last day of classes for Fall 2021, which means students are officially preparing for Finals Week. To help guide those for testing December 10-16, here’s a list of campus resources to help end the semester on a high note.

1. Take advantage of additional study spaces around the Coral Gables campus. Dooly Memorial Classroom rooms 100-109 will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 9 for all students.

Additional study spaces are also available at the Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life (Helel) from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. during the week. There will be group study spaces as well as quiet rooms. Free drinks and desserts are available on the second floor.

2. Share words of advice or encouragement with your fellow students on the Affirmation Wall, a large whiteboard located in Learning Commons on the first floor of the Richter Library.

3. When you’re not studying for these tests, visit the Richter Library Meditation Room, available 24/7, or visit the library’s Mindfulness online resource collection of e-books, audiobooks, and more.

4. De-stress and pet a therapy dog ​​at Richter Library every night from December 12-14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

5. Get a free star ball or crayons and coloring sheets to relieve some stress from Access Services at Richter’s Library.

6. Relax and solve a digital puzzle with free Smithsonian picks available through university libraries.

7. Enjoy a light meal break at the Otto G. Richter Library with complimentary food distributed by Access Services on the evenings of December 10-16.

8. Study spaces around the Student Center complex include the University Center’s lower lounge, the Corinspan study hall, and one of the newer study spaces, the Ibis Study Lounge (located on the second floor of UCSD). Students can reserve a study space.

For additional support and resources to help you improve your well-being and reduce stress – not just during Finals Week – visit the Student Affairs Counseling Center and the Wellness and Resilience websites.


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