Students prepare for final exams
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Students prepare for final exams

Published 11/29/18

Jordan Gogo

TNE Writer

As the fall semester comes to a close, campuses prepare for final exams. For some students, studying for finals may be daunting, but others assure this stress can be avoided with proper preparation.

“I’ve had classes with most of my current professors before, so I better know what to expect,” said Kaela Flournoy, Boerne, Texas senior. “For the most part, my finals will be non-comprehensive, so I won’t have to study the older material.”

As a senior, Flournoy has several semesters of experience in preparation for finals.

“The best way to prepare is to go to class,” said Flournoy. “Find a study habit that works for you. I highlight, rewrite notes and quiz myself. If you don’t know the material, start studying early and get comfortable. If you know it the night before, you’ll know it the day of the test.”

While most students know what to expect during finals week, freshmen may be apprehensive for their first exams.

“I’m feeling pretty scared about my exams,” said Colton Jackson, Hilldale freshman. “I have to get a good grade on one of my finals to pass my class.”

Renee Martin, Broken Arrow freshman, graduated from a larger high school. With a graduating class size of 1,400, she feels more prepared for exams than other freshmen who may have attended smaller schools.

“So far, college has been similar to my high school experience,” said Martin. “At my high school, we had finals during blocks of the day like they do here. Since it seems so similar, I don’t feel very nervous.”

Martin plans to use studying strategies she developed during high school.

“I like studying for a couple of hours, taking a break and coming back to it,” said Martin. “I watch a lot of documentaries, take notes during lecture and go over the material. I definitely feel prepared for finals.”

For students who find trouble in developing their own strategies for finals week, NSU offers several campus resources. One of these resources is the Native American Support Center, which is located in John Vaughan Library, a popular and easily accessible study location for all students.

“During midterms and finals, especially since NSU doesn’t have dead week, we try to provide any support we can,” said Brian Barlow, NASC academic intervention specialist. “We know a lot of students are doing their studying in the evening hours, so we switch our tutors’ times to after five o’clock to give students time to study during hours that might be more convenient for them.”

NASC normally offers appointment-based tutoring in Cherokee, English, science and mathematics. However, during next week’s evening walk-in sessions, tutoring in math is be available due to scheduling issues.

“Tutoring hours will be posted on Facebook, our website and SnapChat,” said Barlow. “We also have a paper submission link. You can submit your essay and we will review it, but you have to come see us in person.”

As a recent graduate from NSU, Barlow offers valuable study tips for students.

“It’s still important to get sleep,” said Barlow. “A lot of people make the mistake of pulling all-nighters, and that just ruins your sustainability in studying. If you want to study consistently and effectively, you still need to get the full seven or eight hours of sleep, at least for me. Also, utilize campus resources. If you have final papers due, I would schedule appointments with the Writing Center. You’re paying to go to school here, might as well use the resources.”

For more information about the Native American Support Center, call 918-444-3042 or visit

For more information on NSU tutoring services, visit

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