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AU helps prepare students for stress-free final exams

Posted by on November 30, 2012


Phillips Library will extend its hours prior to and during final exams week.

With finals week approaching (December 10–15), Aurora University continues its tradition of helping students prepare for exams and offering opportunities for much-needed study breaks.

“Study & Snack” will return in Phillips Library from December 3–6 and 10–11 beginning each evening at 7:30 p.m. Sodexo and the Office of Alumni Relations sponsor the event to provide students free treats, including fresh fruit, cookies and hot cocoa. In addition to “Study & Snack,” the librarians will be providing free coffee all day during finals week.

Students also are invited to take part in the Relaxation Station available in Phillips Library. The station is equipped with computer software designed to help students de-stress. A demonstration of the software is also available in the Wellness Center.

Phillips Library also will be extending its hours of operation to provide students additional time to study and use resources. It will remain open until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 30–December 1 and December 7–8. Regular study hours will occur Sunday through Thursday during the two weeks prior to finals week. During finals week, Phillips Library will be open daily from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 a.m.

To help relieve stress, the Wellness Center will be offering games and puzzles to students December 3–7 from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Students who visit the Wellness Center will receive a free stress relief kit.

The Office of Student Activities also will be hosting activities for AU students leading up to finals.  The “AU After Dark–Out of the World!” event is this Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. in Alumni Hall. The event will include an oxygen bar, cosmic laser tag, photo booth, games, tarot card readers, live DJ, free food and great prizes, such as a Kindle Fire. On Tuesday, December 4, students are invited to the Spartan Spot for free cookies from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. in celebration of  National Cookie Day. A hot cocoa bar and milk also will be available. On Wednesday, December 5, chair massages and meditative coloring activities will be offered in Dunham Hall Atrium from 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Pancake Night will be back by popular demand on Thursday, December 6, from 10:00–11:45 p.m. in the Student Dining Hall.