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Exam Cram offers study services and snacks

By Hillary Omitogun
On April 12, 2016

Every semester, the Kirkwood Community College Library and Tutoring Services department come together and set aside a day dedicated to helping students prepare for Finals Week in a fun way. This semester’s Exam Cram is on Tuesday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. According to Tutoring Services Coordinator Mike Scallon, since students always have papers due during this period, they will be able to get assistance with citations and references from librarians. Additional tutors will be available in Tutoring Services to help with math, science and computer skills, such as Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint, said Scallon. “It is a great opportunity to utilize the educational resources on campus. There will also be extra staff to handle the overflow,” Scallon added. Scallon also emphasized that Tutoring Services, located at 2071 Cedar Hall, has one of the strongest Wi-Fi connections on campus. “There are also six private rooms, a computer lab and even study areas around the tutoring services,” he said.

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According to Librarian Sue Miller, there will be many activities available for students in the library on the main campus. “The library is going to have a lot of activities for relaxation and fun. Activities include coloring, therapy dogs that students can pet, massage chairs, brain teasers and games and puzzles all day,” she said. There will also be a free raffle at the Library and in Tutoring Services. Giveaways from the raffles include gift cards from The Café, merchandise from Student Life and the Kirkwood Bookstore and other door prizes, such as power packs and pizza cutters. Refreshments such as cookies, popcorn, coffee, tea and lemonade will be provided at the Library as well, said Miller. 

Scallon mentioned that Exam Cram was organized for students to get ready for Finals Week with a fun approach that relieves stress. “It’s where students can get fun free stuff all day,” he added. Miller clarified that the activities will only be on the first floor of the library. “The second floor of the library will remain quiet so if anyone is allergic to dogs or needs quiet study time they can do it there without getting distracted,” she noted.  

Although the Exam Cram ends at 9 p.m., Miller said the library will remain open until 11 p.m. that day. Miller also pointed out that after Exam Cram, during Finals Week, the library will stay open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. – midnight so students have even more time to study. “The Exam Cram event keeps getting more popular every semester. It was widely attended last fall. Students really like the therapy dogs we provide and the free food,” Miller concluded.

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