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Workshop to offer strategies for finals

Crammers and procrastinators have no fear; G.R.O.W.L. is here. The Student Academic Success Center will host a G.R.O.W.L. Finals Prep event at 3 p.m. April 23 in Room 242 of the Science and Technology Building.

The prep session focuses on getting students ready for finals by going over skills and tips to help students lower anxiety and stress and help prepare them for studying.

Some tips and strategies that will be discussed are flash cards and online resources. The session will be led by Academic Success Coaches D’Andrea Davila, Michelle Anguiano and Hugo Cantero. Students will plan out an organized and systematic study plan for the time between now and finals

G.R.O.W.L. Coordinator Anguiano said students should begin preparing for finals now.

“Do not wait till the last minute; start practicing by planning early,” Anguiano said.

Anguiano will discuss mnemonics, a strategy used to associate different patterns to help memorize material.

Eating a great breakfast and getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to “tackling your final,” Cantero said.

Along with gaining new studying strategies and habits, students will get a small goodie bag at the end of the session. The goodie bag will include highlighters, sticky notes and other study tools.

Anguiano, Cantero and Davila say their goal is to help prepare students for their finals by making them understand that studying can be fun and beneficial when done right. This is the reason why the session is held a couple of weeks before finals begin.

“The earlier the better,” Davila said.

Cantero said, “Be aware of how you can attack a final.

“We do this finals prep to arm our students with tools and strategies to be successful,” Anguiano said.

Students will not need to sign in with a banner ID at the event. For more information, visit or email Michelle Anguiano at


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Huda Eltayeb
Huda Eltayeb
Huda Eltayeb is a communications junior, minoring in business administration at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She is originally from Virginia and has lived here almost six years with her parents and twin brother. She works part time as a cashier at H-E-B; in addition she works on campus for the Office of First-Year Experience as a peer leader. She provides first-year students with resources to help them transition from high school to college. Huda is an active member of the campus’ Toastmasters chapter where enjoys improving her communications skills. She plans on pursuing law when she graduates.

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