Managing Stress During Finals Week

Finals week is coming up May 8th-14th and students’ stress is mounting. Study days are scheduled May 6th and 7th but students have already started to prepare.

Frankie Matus said, “Today I just mapped out all the things that need to be done. I basically just wrote it down and mapped out all of my times.”

Managing stress throughout the school year is always difficult, but especially during finals. Time management seems to be the key to success for most students.

Temple University Student Body President Darin Bartholomew had great advice to offer to his fellow students about preparing for finals.

“You know, finals week is always difficult for everyone, but it’s important to just manage your time. Know when your final is. It’s not always the same time as your class time. Know where it is, when it is and prepare early. Don’t slack off,” said Bartholomew.

Paley LibraryEating well and getting plenty of sleep is also an important factor to having a successful finals week. “Managing my stress I would definitely just say make sure you get your sleep otherwise you’ll go crazy,” said senior Ashleigh Stewart.

Freshman Julia Wilkins agrees that time management is key. “I’d just have great time management, because you just have to plan everything out and take your time and always take breaks.”

Students enjoy studying in numerous facilities across campus and with finals approaching most facilities have extended their hours for night owls. Among the Tech Center, the Paley Library, and the Tuttleman Learning Center computer lab the Paley Library was the most popular study spot among students including .

“A lot of time I will go to the library just because there’s a lot more space and it’s quiet,” said student, Robert Crossley

Wilkins also likes how quiet the library is. She said, “Paley Library is my favorite place to study. It’s just very quiet there.”

Matus weighed in with a similar opinion. “I like to study in Paley Library, usually on the third floor. It’s a nice, quiet place and it’s just a good spot.”

The Tech Center wasn’t a popular choice because many say it’s hard to focus due to the noisy atmosphere. Freshman Olivia Rasp said, “Club tech, you never get anything done, it’s always a party. But I’m in the dorms at J&H so they have pretty good lounges, so I go there.”

For information on when and where your finals will be visit

For tips on managing stress during finals week you can visit Tuttleman Counseling Services at 1810 Liacourous Walk. The walk-in clinic hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 10 AM to 1:30 PM and Wed 9 AM – 12 PM. You can also visit their website at for more tips or to make an appointment.

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