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Exam Cram provides stress relief, tutoring

By Henna Puthalavan & Paityn Viall
On November 27, 2017

To help students become academically equipped and reduce stress during final exams, the Kirkwood Community College Library and Tutoring Services will host Exam Cram on Nov. 30. 

It will be a day-long event from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., full of activities, relaxation and study in the library and at Tutoring Services, 2071 Cedar Hall. Tutoring services for different subjects will be arranged in multiple buildings.  

Access Services Librarian Sue Miller said, “Exam Cram was created to kick-off the final exam period here at Kirkwood. We want students to know that it is not too late to get academic help through Tutoring Services for any subject they might be struggling with.”

She added, “Here in the library, we want to provide stress relief and fun as students start to gear up for the final push to the end of the semester.”

Tutoring Support Services Coordinator Mike Scallon said there are “lots of advantages for students requiring tutoring. It is not too late for students to receive tutoring; the tutors can work with students to develop their pros and they can tailor the student’s strengths.” 

Scallon added, “Sometimes working with tutor can make studying more enjoyable in specific subjects. It will help them to increase their grades and to complete their homework.” 

According to Miller, the therapy dogs have been a popular part of Exam Cram in previous years. Therapy dogs will be in the library during the Exam Cram and again on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 11:15 a.m. during activity hour.

Abby Copeland, Liberal Arts, said, “I will most likely go to Exam Cram this semester. I really love dogs so I will be excited to see the therapy dogs.”

Miller added that the crafts, coloring and puzzles will have a holiday theme. “For the first time, our door prizes will include  poinsettias donated by the Agricultural Science department. Blood pressure checks by student nurses and virtual reality by EagleTech began at last spring’s exam cram and due to their popularity will be happening again,” she said.

To provide additional study time, the library will also have extended hours leading up to finals and during finals week. Dec. 4 - Dec. 7 and Dec. 10 - Dec. 13 the library will be open until midnight.  

For more information students can go to www.kirkwood.edu/examcram.

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