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Finals week begins for Marshall University

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- All good things come to an end, and the fall 2013 semester at Marshall University is winding down.

While a few common finals were Saturday, for the vast majority of Marshall students the official start of finals week is Monday, Dec. 9 and will continue through Friday, Dec. 13. To help students pace themselves Wednesday, Dec. 11 will be a study day with no exams until 3 p.m. This will give students some time to catch up on their studies or rest.

"Students often fail to allow enough time to prepare for final exams resulting in cramming and too little sleep," said Sherri Stepp, director of University College. "To adequately prepare, students need a study plan that allows them sufficient time to break the information into chunks and study those chunks over a period of time with a final review of all the material the day before the exam. When you have several exams to prepare for in a short period of time, you have to plan your time wisely. Students also need to eat healthy meals and get enough sleep."

"Students should review their course syllabi for information on what type of questions to expect on their final exams," Stepp said. "In class sessions leading up to the exam, some instructors will provide an overview of what can be expected. Otherwise, students should be prepared for a variety of types of questions and expect that exams might have a similar format as previous exams taken in the course. "

Marshall also has a number of resources that students can take advantage of throughout the week including tutoring, the libraries, computer labs and the Student Resource Center located in the Memorial Student Center.

"Tutoring services are available during finals week. Students should check online at https://mu.mywconline.com/ for available appointments and subjects offered," said Patricia Gallagher, tutoring coordinator. "Students can call 304-696-6622 for more information. Writing Center tutors are not available during finals week."

Students should be careful to not miss an exam. Failure to take an exam will result in a failing grade. In the event of illness, family emergency, etc. a student should contact the instructor as soon as possible. The instructor can report a grade of "I" and a make-up exam can be planned.

"Should any final exams be canceled due to inclement weather, the University will reschedule the examination date," Stepp said. "Students should check their Marshall email account for any announcements. Students can sign up to receive emergency announcements by clicking on the Emergency Information tab at the top of the www.marshall.edu/ website and following the provided instructions."

Barring any unexpected delays the final event for the fall semester is the annual Winter Commencement which will be Sunday, Dec. 16 at Cam Henderson Center. Residence Halls will also close on Dec. 16. Some staff and faculty will remain on campus until the University officially closes for winter break on Friday, Dec. 20.

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