Final Exam Preparation Tips

Summer is right around the corner and many students are busy wrapping up the semester with final exams, papers, and projects. Because this time of year can be particularly demanding for your student, we want to provide you with several ways to help your student manage stress during the final weeks of the semester.

Learning Services
If your student is feeling overwhelmed by his or her workload, encourage your student to visit Mason’s Learning Services for access to resources about time management, tutoring resources and academic counseling. Learning Services also offers a variety of workshops for students to help manage stress levels such as sessions focusing on exam strategies, managing performance anxiety and overcoming procrastination. Click here for a full list of available academic skill workshops.

Study Locations
Many students are spending long hours studying and writing papers during this hectic time of year. Encourage your student to utilize the extended hours of the libraries and Johnson Center as safe study spaces on campus. Students can also reserve group study rooms in the libraries as well as the Johnson Center by clicking here.

If your student lives off campus, encourage him or her to visit the 24-hour Off-Campus Finals Study Lounge located in George’s Restaurant, which is on the top floor of the Johnson Center between May 4 and May 11.

De-Stress Fest
Every year Student Involvement hosts a week of events to help students de-stress before finals. This year, De-Stress Fest will take place between April 25 and April 29. Visit for more information on the week’s events and encourage your student to attend for several opportunities for free refreshments, exam kits and fun ways to relax before exams.
With all of the demands the end of the semester brings, students often struggle to manage stress levels. Please encourage your student to take advantage of these activities in order to relieve stress and power through the final weeks of the semester.

Kristen Wright
Graduate Assistant
Family Programs and Services