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It's that time of year when Auburn's campus slowly but surely starts to feel more like a war zone.

Emotions are high and the air is tense. The thought of only having three more weeks of classes sounds exciting at first, but then you soon realize with the end of the semester comes... finals week.

The key to surviving finals week is all in the preparation. Accepting that it's coming and getting started early will save you a great deal of unnecessary stress and may even allow you to get some sleep the week of.

Luckily, Auburn provides many extremely useful resources to help students prepare for their exams and manage the daunting workload.

The Miller Writing Center

Finals don't always come in the form of a test. Many are often essays or projects. Instead of letting a 10-page paper hang above your head until Dec 7, head on over to the Miller Writing Center and let them help you get started early. This friendly resource provides students with one-on-one consultations. Whether you need help developing ideas, putting together your first draft or making final revisions, the writing center is there to help

The Miller Writing Center is open till December 3 and has five different locations on campus. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Study Partners

Studying in groups or with a tutor can help you stay motivated and encouraged about conquering finals week. Study Partners, located on the second floor of the library, offers free one-on-one tutoring or study groups for over 100 classes. Spots fill up quick so be sure to reserve yours well in advance.

"I never regret making an appointment with study partners," said Andrea Laughride, a Junior at Auburn University. "They're all so friendly and willing to help when I need it."

Office of Information Technology (OIT)

Laptops are basically a lifeline during finals week, whether it's to write a paper, submit an assignment or download a study guide, students would be doomed without it. To save yourself from any unneeded crises, stop by the OIT office to clean up your hard drive and make sure everything is running smoothly.

The OIT office houses the PC shop, but if you have a mac you can stop by the Auburn Bookstore for the Mac shop.


The advantage of getting started early on your studying is that if you come across something that you don't understand or may need help with, there's still time to drop by your professor's office to ask them a question or two. However, if you wait until the last minute you may not have an opportunity clarify any information.

Don't underestimate your professor's willingness to help. Despite what you may think, they actually don't want to see you repeat the class again in the spring.

"When I first started college, I used to be nervous to ask my professors for help," said Ali Brown. "Now that I'm a senior I know that they really are there to help and do care about my grade."  

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