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Preparing for Finals

It’s that time of the year again! Everyone is prepping for finals. The line at Starbucks keeps getting longer and longer and so do our nights spent in the library. Finals season brings another level of stress to the campus but it also brings people together as we study and everyone is functioning on three hours of sleep and caffeine!! (I have a strict rule that I only drink coffee during finals).
During this stressful time, it is important to remember where your resources are on campus. USC has a stress relief clinic in the Engemann Student Health Center whose mission is to support students in managing stress and leading healthier, happier lives. Activities include: mindfulness based stress reduction, biofeedback training, and restorative yoga. Remember that in order to do well on your exams you need to take care of yourself first. Marshall has peer tutoring for Econ 351, Econ 352, BUAD 306, BUAD 310, and BUAD 311 in Fertitta Hall. They are group sessions and can be extremely beneficial if you are struggling in one of these classes.
Everyone has their own study habits but one of my favorite studying methods is making a condensed study guide for each class. It forces me to go over everything we learned during the semester and figure out how concepts are related to each other. I color-code my study guides and group ideas together which makes it easier for me to remember them. Sometimes professors will let you bring a study guide into the exam but even if they do not it is still a great way to study and get your thoughts together.

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