by Melanie Mackey
As the semester comes to a close, it is time for William Penn staff, faculty, and students to prepare for Finals Week.
Exams and projects due Dec. 10, 11, and 12, are meant to tie together everything learned during the course throughout the semester.
William Penn University provides several opportunities for extra help and motivation as the dreaded week of exams approaches, including a late night breakfast, extended library hours, and free tutoring at the Academic Resource Center.
This year, WPU welcomed Bryce Linkvis as its new Director of the Academic Resource Center.
“This semester has been busy. The tutoring services have been used pretty consistently,” Linkvis said. He joined Penn after serving in a similar position at Des Moines Area Community College for three years.
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is located in the Dana Atkins Memorial Union on campus. Linkvis said the most commonly used service of the ARC is help with homework and English papers, as well as assistance with preparing for tests.
Among the tutors working at the ARC is WPU student Rosemary Bailey. Bailey, a communication junior, tutors in English and can be found in the ARC every weekday. This is her second year as a tutor.
“I see a higher amount of students here during Finals Week,” Bailey said, “or the night before a paper is due.”
When it comes to studying, there are several methods and strategies to absorbing the knowledge. For final exams, Bailey finds it easiest to look over her notes and emphasize key terms to simplify the content.
No matter how one chooses to prepare, Linkvis encourages students to avoid procrastination.
“Start now,” he said. “Come and see us. Take advantage of the free tutoring and look over your notes.”
For many first year students, finals week is a coming-of-age milestone, marking the survival of their first semester of collegiate classes. Due to this deeper meaning, students sometimes miss the true purpose of a final exam.
“I think it’s important for us to tie up all the effective learning that’s taken place throughout the semester in some form of assessment,” WPU education professor Susan Boxler said.
To prepare for exams, Boxler does not recommend cramming the night before. Boxler also suggests normal study methods, eating right, and exercise.
Students will have a four week winter break once final examinations end on Dec. 12, and will be free from homework and studying until Jan. 9, when classes resume.
(Read more about this story in the December 2012 issue of The Chronicle, William Penn University’s student newspaper–copies will be available on campus and in the Oskaloosa community on December 6.)