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Here are the tools and resources you need to make your exam crunch time a success.

Activities in Mentoring Centres

During the exam preparation period, each mentoring centre offer different services. Below is a non-exhaustive list of end of term activities (visit your faculty’s mentoring centre for full details).

Final Exam Preparation Workshops

Join student-mentors in these workshops aimed at helping you make the most of your final exam preparation.

More information and registration
Engineering Bilingual November 20 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. STE 1030
Engineering Bilingual November 27 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. STE 1030
Health Sciences English November 27 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. FSS 4012
Health Sciences French November 28 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. FSS 4014
Health Sciences English November 28 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. FSS 7035
Science French November 26 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. CRX C010
Science English November 28 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CRX C030
Social Sciences English November 25 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. FSS 4004
Social Sciences French November 25 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. FSS 4004
Social Sciences English November 26 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. FSS 4006
Social Sciences French November 26 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. FSS 4006
Telfer Bilingual November 29 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. DMS 4165
Telfer Bilingual November 30 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. DMS 4165
Telfer Bilingual December 1 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. DMS 4165

Final Exam Review Sessions

The Engineering Mentoring Centre (The Workshop) is organizing big final exam review sessions for specific courses on November 30, December 1 and December 4.

Visit The Workshop website for the full list of courses and locations.

Study Groups

Learning with a group of peers is a powerful tool! Study groups are specific to courses, and occasionally specific to course sections. They take place weekly throughout the entire semester, and in the last few weeks are a great place to review the course content and prepare for the final exam.

Find your course-specific study group within your faculty: Arts, Engineering, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences, Telfer School of Management.

Drop-In with Mentors

Mentors are also available to meet with you on a drop-in basis during their office hours (for certain faculties/services).

Arts (Mentors)
Monday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (until December 4)
Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (December 5 to 13)
SMD 125B

Arts (Philosophy Help Centre)
Monday, December 9 & Tuesday, December 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SMD 123

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until November 29)
Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (until November 29)
STE 1030 

Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (until December 3)
GNN 170

Social Sciences
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (until December 3)
FSS 3023

French Immersion
Monday, November 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
MHN 135

Find all other drop-in hours within your mentoring centre: Arts, Engineering, Health Sciences, Science, Social Sciences, Telfer School of Management.

Activities in Residences

The Residence Mentor Program is offered as a FREE service to all students living in residence at the University of Ottawa. The goal of the program is to provide study skills workshops where students can meet to get tools on how to study efficiently from experienced upper-year students.

Beyond the textbooks, our mentors have a variety of activities available to help you succeed in your studies.

Title Description Mentor Date   Time   Location
HSS Study Session Prepare for your exams, make a study plan and review your courses with your fellow HSS students! Amélie Dec. 4 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 90U 140
Acing your Finals 101 Make cue cards and mind maps (we have all the necessary materials), so that you can ace your finals! Archie Dec. 4 5:15-8:15 p.m. 90U 152
PSY1101/1501 Study Fest Review for your PSY1101/1501 exams with a mentor from FSS and a mentor in residence! Danika Dec. 5 2-5 p.m. 90U 140
Social Sci Study Guide Learn how to ace the different styles of questions on your final exams and how to maximize your grade! Roaine Dec. 5  5-8 p.m. 90U 140
Econ Study Fest Review for your ECO1104/ECO1504 exams with Professor David Grey and Residence Mentors! Lucy Dec. 6 2-5 p.m. 90U 140
Calculus Study Fest Review for your Calculus exams with Residence Mentors and Professor Catalin Rada! Adam Dec. 8 9-12 p.m. 90U 152
Bio Study Fest Explore study strategies for your BIO1130/1530 exam! Erin Dec. 8 12-3 p.m. 90U 152
Learn tips and tricks to prepare for your exam essay questions! Preparing for Essay Exam Questions Avia Dec. 10 3-6 p.m. 90U 140
Answering Finals Questions 101 Learn how to answer different styles of questions on your finals and strategies to solve/approach them! Natania Dec. 11 9-12 p.m. 90U 152
STEM Study Fest Review for your main STEM classes with George the STEM LLC mentor! George Dec. 14 1-4 p.m. 90U 140
Anatomy Study Fest Review for ANP 1105/1505 with a faculty mentor from the HSS Mentoring Centre! Josh Dec. 14 5-8 p.m. 90U 152


Activities to De-Stress and Recharge
Your wellbeing is paramount to your success.

Taking healthy study breaks and exercising can enhance your learning and retention capabilities as well as help you relieve stress. Being productive is not about studying 24/7, but using your time effectively.

Here are a few activities taking place at the end of the term that can help you refocus and recharge.

Activities for mind and body

Activity Date Time Location
Yoga November 25 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 90U Residence, room 140
Guided meditation November 27 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wellness Louge (90U Residence, room 151)
Guided meditation November 27 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wellness Lounge (90U Residence, room 151)
Reiki November 28 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jock Turcot University Centre, room 203
Pet Therapy November 29 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wellness Lounge (90U, room 151)
Yoga December 2 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Jock Turcot University Centre, Terminus
Yoga December 9 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Jock Turcot University Centre, Terminus
Yoga December 16 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Jock Turcot University Centre, Terminus

These activities are free and open to everyone. (Please note that Reiki requires advance registration.)

Relieve stress

Read this article about 5 Ways to Help Eliminate Exam Stress.

Get active!

Make the most of your gym membership. Using your student card, you can access both on-campus fitness centres as well as group fitness classes (zumba, yoga fitness, aqua fitness), drop-in sports (hockey, skating, soccer) and drop-in swim times.

Check out the Campus Rec Calendar for times and details of each activity.

Where to study
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LoUking for a place to study?

During the exam period, several classrooms will be temporarily converted into study halls to allow you to study on campus. View list of converted classrooms.

In 90U Residence, rooms 140 and 152 will become study spaces open 24 h for students in residence, from December 2 to 18. Mentors will also be present every day from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Not a fan of classrooms? Here are other locations on campus that make for great study spots.

The Academic Writing Help Centre is also a good alternative in the heart of the campus, where you can book an appointment with a writing advisor or simply use the space to study.

Study Tips
Ensure you’re prepared for your exams with these study tips, which can help you conquer your finals.
  • Get organized. Make a plan for what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it.
  • Set goals. Manageable goals will help keep you motivated.
  • Avoid last-minute cramming. Studying regularly over a longer period of time is the most effective way to prepare. Start studying early.
  • Manage your study space. Find a spot that will maximize your productivity. Keep it clean and tidy.
  • Remove tempting distractions. Turn off your phone or put it on silent. Put noise-canceling headphones or listen to instrumental music.
  • Study in different places. Switching up your study locations trains yourself to be adaptable and helps you retain knowledge.
  • Avoid studying for extended periods. Schedule in breaks and rewards to stay motivated.
  • Reward yourself. Each time you check off one of your study goals or make a breakthrough on a tough subject, allow yourself a reward.
  • Get up and move. Exercising can be a great way to combat stress. At least every hour, stand up, stretch, do some yoga or jumping jacks, or take a walk.
  • Get adequate rest. Getting a good night’s rest will sharpen your focus and improve your working memory. Aim to get to 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
  • Feed your brain. Don’t skip breakfast, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and avoid consuming too many caffeinated beverages.
  • Stay hydrated. Your brain needs sufficient water for optimal focus and memory function.
  • Study with others. Take part in study groups and take advantage of the expertise of others.
  • Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to do ask for help – from a professor, a mentor, a TAs, or your classmates.
  • Don’t be passive in your studying. Use active learning techniques such as using flashcards, writing a quick summary, practicing teaching the material.
  • Practice deep breathing to relieve stress. Count to three as you inhale, and the same as you exhale. By breathing evenly and deeply, you calm down lower your stress.

You can do it!

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