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Fill in the blank: My advice for the end of the semester is…

By Northern Star Staff | December 2, 2019

Stay organizedKyle Mathas | ContributorWhen it comes to the end of the semester, students can lose the motivation to do the work their classes require. Although it can be very difficult to do the work that the teachers give out, it is very important to...

In Focus: What are you doing to prepare for your final exams next week?

By Perspective Staff | December 2, 2014

Blake GlossonFor the most part, my preparation for finals week is pretty typical.In terms of studying, I set aside time each morning to review my notes from lectures. I have also found it helpful in semesters past to create study guides from scratch to...

Appreciate time spent in college

By Danny Cozzi | May 4, 2014

If I learned anything about life over the past four years, it’s that time escapes a lot easier than I expected.Time is this intangible but vital part of life we depend on so much, and yet it slips through our fingers like running water.When I leave...

Pass/Fail: Stress-free zones, study hours make finals easier, Rent, buy books online; don’t settle for buyback

By Kim Randall | April 30, 2014

See what passes and what fails as judged by columnist Kim Randall.Pass: Stress-free zones, study hours make finals easierMore-stress free zones are opening, or have already opened, for finals week. What a relief.Stress-free zones are a great way to get...

Top 5: Relieve finals stress with food, frequent breaks

By Anthony Szudarski | April 24, 2014

With finals week just around the corner, some of us might be starting to stress out a bit.Whether doing well on the exam determines if you pass the class or you don’t even have to show up to pass, here are my top five stress-relief methods to consider.No....

Pass/Fail: Flash snowstorm gets its last laugh, Finals devilishly loom in distance

By Danny Cozzi | April 15, 2014

Pass: Flash snowstorm gets its last laughYou all thought we had made it, didn’t you? So did I.But, in a sick way, I enjoyed Monday’s sudden snowfall. While cursing under my breath at the storm, I laughed at my naivety in thinking Chicago weather would...

Don’t let stress from final exams get the best of you

Don’t let stress from final exams get the best of you

By Blake Glosson | December 8, 2013

Many students are usually on the brink of two letter grades in some of their classes as they enter finals.The stress that comes from this can be detrimental if it’s left unaddressed.No need to fret, though, as there are many things you can do to manage...

InFocus: What gets you through finals?

By Gina Lorusso, Jackie Nevarez, Kim Randall, and Danny Cozzi | December 8, 2013

Gina LorussoI am a horrible test taker, but I’m really good at studying, so my main focus for preparing for my finals is to take practice tests if they’re available in my courses. If they aren’t available, I find similar ones on study websites.I...

Longer hours for finals offered at on-campus office

By Northern Star Staff | December 5, 2013

The Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student Services office will host extended office hours for students to use the office as a study space during finals week.The office will be open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Dec. 12.Office...

Pass/Fail: Final week of class arrives; winter break on horizon, Selling books back to stores likely to show unfairness

By Danny Cozzi | December 1, 2013

One more week of class before much-needed vacationIt’s finally happening, folks. The last week of class is upon us.I’m sure for many of us, myself included, this week marks one of the most stressful seven-day periods of the entire semester. But, amid...

Law library hours change for finals

By Northern Star Staff | November 25, 2013

The David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library will extend its hours from Dec. 2 to Dec. 17.The law library will remain open to everyone until 6 p.m. each day; after 6 p.m., only law students will be allowed to stay in the library.During this extended period...

Stay focused for end of semester

By Kim Randall | November 14, 2013

With only one more month left to survive the headache that is school, there are a few things you should keep in mind for getting out alive.Remember to avoid procrastination, keep track of what you need to turn in and always work with a positive attitude....