Even though finals season at Gonzaga this semester may look a little different, GU is still able to provide resources to students during this stressful time. 

In order to accommodate varying studying schedules, the Foley Library will remain open throughout finals week, from the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person support services that Foley has provided in the past will not be returning this semester.

These services usually include friendly emotional support dogs and treats that come in the form of sugar and caffeine.

Even though these particular services may not be happening this semester, students should know that Foley is available for study sessions.

“We’re still here for students, you have to mask up of course, but we have plenty of room for folks who want to come in,” said Paul Bracke, the dean of library services at GU.

Additionally, for students who may need assistance with writing papers or other academic help, there is a plethora of resources that can be found on the library’s website.

“All the databases are still available,” Bracke said. “We also have [a] chat reference so if you are confused on your computer or just need some guidance about where to get started with something, there are folks online to help you out.” 

Through the remainder of the semester, peer tutoring and faculty advising are still available to students if they need it.

“If you are looking for resources to ask questions and master some final concepts these supports are still available,” said Bryce Thomas, associate director of learning strategies management, via email.

In addition to academic support, GU is also able to provide emotional well-being support through finals week.

If students need mental health support, both counseling services and CCP are currently offering meetings with students via Zoom, said Katie Noble from GU’s Office of Health Promotion via email.

In regard to how to successfully take tests for online finals, Thomas recommends that students mirror their study strategies to match what the mode for the test will be.

“Study with the materials and resources you will be allowed to use on the test,” Thomas said. “Practice answering questions in a format similar to how they will be on the test.”

One important thing to consider with online tests is the time component. Thomas recommends that students attempt to work within their expected time frame in order to predict how efficiently possible test questions may be answered.

In order to be as successful as possible during finals week, Bracke recommends getting as much sleep as possible.

“You need to study however works best for you, as a student, but you also need to make sure you get enough sleep,” Bracke said. 

There needs to be an equal balance of studying hard and getting enough sleep in order to have a successful finals week.

In addition to Bracke’s recommendation of sleep, Thomas recommends that students manage their time well and start preparing early in order to study in manageable sessions.

“There is a lot of information to cover and it takes time to process, retain and understand all of this information,” Thomas said.

While finals may still seem far away, it is important to start to make a plan for the weeks leading up to the end of the semester as soon as possible. 

“Try to have a good picture of what your finals schedule looks like and how to plan to prepare before the Thanksgiving break at the latest,” Thomas said.

For more information regarding the Foley Library and its online services visit: Gonzaga.edu/foley-library.

Georgia Cosola is a contributor. 

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