Center for Access and Success

The Center for Access & Success is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students. Students who have disabilities on our campus are offered a variety of services to accommodate his/her disability so that students will have complete access to University academic programs. If you think you would be eligible for services, please contact us today.  We look forward to assisting you reach your goals.

The end of the semester is approaching and before you know it, it will be finals week!  Finals week can be a stressful and overwhelming time but the following can help you stay cool, calm, and collected.

  • Start studying early. Cramming for an exam is never good because you won't retain the information.  Start compiling your study guides, lecture slides, or notes and start studying early.  You'll almost always do better if you study little by little every day over cramming all the information the night before.
  • Attend review sessions and office hours. If your professor offers a review session, then definitely try to attend!  Review sessions offer vital information for the exam and what you need to focus your studying on.  If you can't attend a review session, make sure to see your professor with any questions you may have.
  • Organize a study group. It can sometimes be beneficial to study with others because you can learn from your peers different ways they attack a concept. 
  • Take breaks and stay well rested. Make sure to take breaks when you're studying.  Balance is important and taking breaks will give you a time to relax and recharge before diving into your study materials.  In addition, a night of good sleep is important!  Make sure to get a good amount so you can stay focused during studying and for your exam.
  • Create a study schedule. Splitting the material into different chunks will help you achieve studying.  You can keep track of what you've accomplished and minimize distractions.  A study schedule will stop you from getting overwhelmed

Finals week doesn't need to be stressful if you approach it the right way.  Get enough sleep and study early.  Remember to take a few deep breaths and relax if you're too overwhelmed also.  Remember to reach out for help when you need it too!  Also, remember that in order to take a final with here at the Center, you must sign up 10 Business Days in advance!!

Below are tips to help you manage your time.  

  • Devote at least 10 minutes a day to planning.  Look ahead on your planning calendars to see what activities or projects are scheduled for the next few days or weeks. A daily review allows you to make schedule adjustments and to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for the demands on your time.

  • Write out a priority task list - “To Do” list. A “To Do” list is a daily or weekly list that identifies what specific tasks you must accomplish to reach the goals you have set for yourself. It serves as a visual reminder and helps you to prioritize your tasks.
  • Prepare and use a daily/weekly planning calendar. A daily/weekly calendar will help you monitor where you are spending time, to determine if you are spending time on the activities most important to you. It will visually tell you how much of your time is committed to activities over which you may have minimal control (classes, labs, work, etc.), as well as which times are available for more enjoyable activities.
  • Prepare and use a monthly or semester planner. Obtain a course syllabus from each of your instructors. All examinations and due dates of major assignments, projects, and papers need to be entered on your semester calendar.This will give you an overview of your semester at a glance and assist you in preparing and planning your activities throughout the semester.


  • Keeping to a schedule is not a matter of "will power," but of the development of a habit of referring to the schedule and following its outline, and this habit development may take weeks of practice.
  • Don't let the extra study that you may find necessary interfere with your recreation hours - take time from unscheduled hours.
  • Exceptions will occur, but afterwards return to the schedule's pattern.