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Students shake the stress at Exam Cram

By Kyle Langhurst
On November 20, 2015

The Kirkwood Community College Library and Tutoring Services will host the 2015 Exam Cram event for all students in need of a productive and stress-free learning environment in preparation for finals. The day-long event takes place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the main campus and includes access to academic assistance and outlets to relieve stress. 

Access Services Librarian Sue Miller said free 10-minute chair massages for students are new to this year’s Exam Cram event. 

Shannon Williams from Therapy Kneads will offer the massages from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the library classroom on a first-come, first-serve basis for students.                  Hand, foot, and neck massages with essential oils will also be provided on Wednesday, Dec. 2  from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the library classroom. 

During this time, all students, faculty and staff are welcome to partake in the massages, provided by Stephanie Berberich of dōTERRA Essential Oils. “The goal is to relieve stress and provide mood management,” said Miller. Miller  added that therapy dogs will also be paying a visit to the library, providing another form of stress-relief for students. 

Times for pet therapy will be posted in the library and on the Facebook page“Kirkwood Community College Libraries.”

Miller explained that students opting to not participate in the Exam Cram festivities can still expect a quiet study environment on the second floor. “If students want to study that day and not be bothered, they can go up to the quiet area,” Miller said. 

She continued to say all students are welcome to take a break to enjoy the popcorn, hot chocolate, coffee and tea that will be provided in both the Library and Tutoring Services. 

Regarding academic assistance, Miller said the Library will be offering citation and research help to students as usual. 

Writing tutors will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and times will be posted in the library. Miller said this is a good opportunity for students who cannot get a last-minute appointment at the Writing Center. 

Mike Scallon, Tutoring Support Services coordinator, said the Tutoring Center, located at 2071 Cedar Hall, will have extra tutors on staff that day to assist walk-in tutoring for math and with computer skills until 7 p.m. Scallon added that tutoring will be available to students at all skill levels, from Developmental Math to Calculus. 

Miller mentioned, that along with the refreshments, opportunities for a break would also be available. 

The Tutoring Center and Library will have puzzles, coloring books, free-drawing and 10-minute trivia games to help students temporarily get their mind off their studies, according to Miller. She added students are also welcome to use a table for card games and Magic tournaments at any time. 

Scallon explained, “All studies have shown study breaks provide a more academic experience.” 

Miller said all visitors to the Tutoring Center or Library can enter for door prizes, donated by The Café, The Bookstore and Student Services. Winners will be announced the following day. 

Describing the event, Scallon said, “There will be opportunities for students to receive academic aid, as well as an atmosphere that allows them to be stress-free.”

Group study rooms are available on the second floor with a two hour-limit and a minimum of two people if the room is in demand. Though the Exam Cram event ends at 9 p.m., Miller said the Library will still be open until 11 p.m. 

Students can also participate in a Tai Chi class hosted by Don Arenz in the Library on Monday, Dec. 7, from 10:10 - 11:05 a.m. 

Miller added that during Finals Week, the Library will extend its hours until midnight. 

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