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Wow — three weeks of the spring semester are done!

And now, as we head into the fourth week, exams are coming. If that statement made you feel stressed, 
, then keep reading, because this email has some tips and strategies to help you to manage that stress and stay focused on your goals.

Make a plan for your exams. Creating a study plan not only helps your figure out what to study, but also, HOW you are going to study. Taking the time to make the plan can help keep you on track and lower your stress level.

You're asking, "Do I really need to study for an online exam?"

The simple answer is YES.

Knowing the exam format is critical, and understanding the resources you can use during the exam is important. For example, is your exam an open notes or open book test? Keep in mind that time limits on the exam will prohibit you from being able to research each question as you go. Or, is your exam a more traditional one that doesn’t allow you to use any resources? In both situations, it is critical that you are prepared and that you know the material, the same way you would for an in-person exam. And, remember the VCU Honor Code applies in both situations, too.

These simple to-dos can help you prepare for your exams:

  • Try to make your exam plan two weeks ahead of your exam date.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before exams. Rest is more important before an exam than cramming the night before.
  • Ask questions and get help! We can’t help on the exam, but we can help you prepare for it!

​​​​​​​Want more tips before next week’s email? Check out more resources on the Campus Learning Center's website.

Remember: We are here for you, ! You can contact us for personalized support at any point. Just email us at

Michal Zivan Coffey
Director, VCU Campus Learning Center
Strategic Enrollment Management and Student Success

900 Park Avenue, P.O.Box 842532
Richmond, VA 23284
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