Students prepare for fall semester finale

By Teresa Andrews & Samantha Whittle

The end of the semester brings Thanksgiving break, clearance, book buy back and finals for the students. Although some of the processes and finals of the semester can bring students severe stress and worry, there are ways to avoid the stress.  By following the information in this article, students can get through the end seamlessly.

After Thanksgiving break, students come back for one week of classes before finals. This week consists of wrapping up and reviewing.

Clearance is a time before finals when students must make sure all of their fees and fines throughout the semester are paid and that all library books and equipment are returned.

Clearance will be held Dec. 3 – 8 from 8:30 – 11:45 a.m. and 1 – 3:15 p.m.

To get clearance slips on the Senatobia campus, students must go to the Administration Building and get the slip from the staff in the registration room, if the student does not owe anything to Northwest.

The student should then get their clearance slip stamped by the staff at the cashier’s desk in the Business Office.

For those who have outstanding fees owed to the college, you must return the item (i.e. books should be returned to the library, etc.) then proceed to the registration room with the receipt and finish the clearance process.

For students who are on the Oxford campus, you must check with your instructor on how to go through clearance.

Students who attend classes at the DeSoto Center should begin in the library and then go to the Business Office to receive clearance.

To complete clearance, students must present a valid form of photo identification such as their Northwest student ID or their driver’s license. All students must go through clearance before taking their final exams, aside from lab courses.

For day classes, finals are Dec. 9 – 15 and for afternoon and evening classes, finals are from Dec. 8 – 14. Students should go to northwestms.edu under the information tab to access the finals schedule for day classes. For afternoon and evening classes, the instructor will give the time and place during the final class meetings.

Finals are a stressful but possibly mentally invigorating time for college students. Here are a few tips that students can use to do well during finals without draining themselves.

“To help study for your finals, you need to pay attention to your teachers, read the materials that they say they are going over and get a good night’s sleep before the exam,” Rodney Steele, welding Instructor, said.

According to usatoday.com, studying is less stressful if you utilize these tips:

• Create a master to-do list and a schedule for the remaining days in the semester.

• Break cumulative exams into smaller study units, which can prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and help you monitor your progress daily.

• Do not wait until you feel like studying.

• Review your notes daily, and identify the format of the exam.

• Vary your study technique according to the type of exam.

• Review old tests, study guides or the course objectives, and answer questions you didn’t know the first time.

• If the exam is cumulative and you struggled to master any material, return to it.

• Meet with the professor, a tutor or a learning specialist if needed.

• Create a study group of friends and classmates to help with the exam guides, but do not let the group members be distracting.

Practicing tips such as these can help ease a student’s anxiety, as well as improve the possibility for a good finals score.

The main thing to understand when trying to study for an exam or final is to actually study and not let anything (i.e. television, friends or other distractions) take you away from your learning. The only way for you to make a good grade is if you try in your classes and actually do the work and study material.

As a college student, you have paid for the education and should do the best as possible in each of your classes.

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