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Resources abound to help with 'Dead Week'

Dec. 02, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Thanksgiving has come and gone and once again it's time for students to prepare for the end of the semester.

While final exams at Marshall University don't official begin until Dec. 13, a number of classes will be expecting term papers during "dead week." Marshall has a number of resources available to help students.

Students dealing with a term paper may want to drop by the Writing Center located in the second floor of the Drinko Library. The Writing Center provides free service for students. Tutors can help students research their papers, brainstorm ideas and revise their work. The writing center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 304-696-6254 or email writing@marshall.edu .

There are also online tutoring options. Students can request tutors online at www.marshall.edu/wpmu/writingcenter .

Students can also prepare for finals by visiting the Tutoring Center located in Laidley Hall which offers help in a variety of fields including math, social sciences, business, science and social sciences. Students can request a tutor at a specific time or check the center's drop-in schedule to see when they can stop in without an appointment.

"Most of our requests are for chemistry and math," said Seth Baker, a graduate assistant at the Tutoring Center. "We also have a lot of requests for dietetics and psychology. We focus a lot on social sciences and hard sciences here. A student can come in and fill out a short form so we can set them up with online tutoring or in person tutoring. We also have an online scheduling system where students can book their own appointments at https://mu.mywconline.com/ . We recommend that students try to schedule their tutoring appointment at least one day ahead."

A list of drop-in tutoring schedules is available online at www.marshall.edu/wpmu/uc/tutoring-services/ . Students can also receive information on how to work as a tutor for next semester. The Tutoring Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 304-696-3169.

"I would recommend in these final weeks that students maintain a consistent studying schedule and get plenty of rest," Baker said. "We also have a guide booklet you can pick up at the center with tips on how to study and prepare for different types of tests."