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The Center for Access & Success (CAS) wishes you the best. Stay Strong! You are Almost There.

With finals and end of the semester projects approaching remember to stay on track with your hard work, refresh your study habits and thank your faithful support system. You are on your way to the end of the semester. Stay strong and set yourself up for success!

7 Tips to Finish Strong this Semester

  1. Treat your coursework like a job - Think of your instructor as your supervisor or boss. If you do not do the work or do not show up on time, your evaluation will not be great. The same bad habits can negatively affect your grade in a course.
  2. Study time is not optional - You must build in the appropriate study time in your schedule to be successful in your courses. A rule of thumb is one or two hours of weekly study time per class3
  3. Take care of yourself – Get enough sleep, eat right, and exercise. If you are stressed, tired, or sick, you are not going to be able to attend to the tasks that need to be completed.
  4. Focus on getting started - It is easy to get overwhelmed with what you need to accomplish. Rather than thinking of all the work that is required to get to the end, start by completing one part of it. Before you know it, the task will be completed. Always work on what is DUE FIRST, then make efforts to work on other assignment a little each day.
  5. Avoid time Sinks - Social media, video games, binge-watching Netflix or Hulu shows. Set time limits on these activities. Use apps such as Cold Turkey or RescueTime that can increase your productivity.
  6. Create a daily schedule with all your commitments - Record these in an electronic calendar and set up appropriate notifications so you will not miss important dates. Take time to reflect on your schedule so you are aware of upcoming assignments.
  7. Do not procrastinate - Keep up with assignments and start working on projects and papers when first assigned. Procrastinating only leads to more stress in the end.

Click here to watch videos on how to be successful in online classes, managing stress, and test anxiety!

About the center

The Center for Access and Success (CAS), oversees the University’s compliance with the legal mandates expressed in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for students with documented disabilities.

The Center works with faculty, staff, and students to ensure that appropriate academic adjustments are made that allow all students equity inside the classroom. Students who have documented disabilities on our campus are afforded a variety of services to accommodate their individual needs. UMass Dartmouth strives to ensure complete access to University academic programs. Simply schedule an appointment with us to discuss your unique needs. 


Free apps for online learning, productivity, and stress reduction


  • Chegg Prep - flashcards created  to prepare for all types of subject matter
  • StudyBlue - has study materials for all different courses
  • Cram - flashcards to prepare for all types of subject matter and multiple choice tests. 

Time Management

  • Flora - tracks your focus time
  • Flipd - shows how long you’ve spent on apps, sleeping, studying, etc.
  • Productive - helps user create their daily routine, provides feedback


  • Microsoft OneNote - easily integrates with your UMassD account
  • Agenda - tracks your note taking over time, allows easy addition of photos and outside info
  • Notebook - organizes your notes into different notebooks


  • Calm - meditation app that also has music to help you fall asleep
  • Aura - after assessing your mood, provides you with personalized life coaching and stories to reduce anxiety
  • Insight Timer – meditation app that creates playlists for anxiety, sleep, stress, and productivity

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