Tips to Navigating the Spring 2023 Final Exam Period

Resources are available to help students finish the semester strong.

April 26, 2023

Final Lap 2023

The end of another semester—and academic year—is here. As the spring 2023 semester comes to a close, GW Today has compiled a list of resources to help students utilize academic tools, build community at events and engagements and take care of mental and physical health needs.

Academic resources

Students can utilize the following resources to help with end of the semester tasks lists such as writing papers, catching up on unread assignments, finishing final projects and studying for exams.

  • Academic Commons. This centralized navigation system offers tutoring and course reviews for undergraduate students throughout the final exam period, including help finding available study spaces.
  •  Office for Student Success. This office oversees the implementation of academic processes and policies, special programs and support services to ensure students have the resources they need to thrive at GW and during final exam period.
  • Students feeling overwhelmed by deadlines can view two-to-three-minute videos made by GW students with tips for time management
  • Writing Center. A division of the University Writing Program, this center offers free, peer-based support to students finishing up final papers. Clients participate in one-on-one sessions with student consultants on their projects at all stages of the writing process.
  • All library services, including the Ask Us Desk, assistance locating resources and contactless book pick up or delivery, are available for students.
  • Disability Support Services (DSS). Students who need to request certain accommodations can visit DSS, which works collaboratively with the GW community to foster a climate of universal academic excellence while promoting disability culture.

Events and engagement

Running May 1 through May 12, the Final Lap offers students a wide variety of activities to unwind, destress and build community during the examination period. Events include an art therapy clinic May 1, free chair massages May 2 and 10 at University Student Center (USC), paws-itivity from therapy pups May 4 on the USC third floor terrace, a roller rink May 4 at Columbian Square, Argentine Tango May 5 at Mitchell Theatre and, of course, ample free snack opportunities both on the Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom campuses.

Mindfulness and mental health

  • Utilize GW’s expanded telehealth and virtual counseling service through the app AcademicLiveCare (ALC), giving full-time students the opportunity to see a counselor, nutritionist, psychiatrist or medical provider at a time either more convenient to their schedules or at more of an individualized comfort level. Available on desktop browsers and in the App Store for iPhone users or Google Play store for Android, ALC is a free user-friendly program that allows students to schedule an appointment with a professional in just a few clicks. 
  • Check out these tips from Counseling and Psychological Services, including tips for approaching challenging conversations, maintaining balance and managing stress at the end of the semester.

Physical health

Campus Recreation will be offering free group fitness classes from May 1st through May 7 at the Lerner Health and Wellness Center. Classes range from yoga and pilates, to HIIT and BodyPump. Campus Recreation will also be offering trail trips to Cedar Run, Climb Upton and a Hains Point bike ride.