It’s the last week of classes and studying can feel all-consuming. Free time seems to be absorbed with quick coffee runs or group meetings at the Capital Café to finish up projects, which are inevitably all due the same week.
Then it’s finals. The good thing: it’s almost over. The bad thing: the challenge of balancing studying, your personal life, and work while maintaining a clean bill of health can be difficult.
Here are some tips and useful info to help you stay in check, focused, and healthy during the next 10 days:
Library and Café Hours in Grainger Hall
Finding a productive place to study is crucial to doing well on your final exams. Between the Capital Café, Business Library, and Undergraduate Lounge, Grainger Hall is the place to be:
December 14: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
December 15-19: 8:00 a.m.–1:00 a. m.
December 20: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
December 21: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
December 22: TBA
December 14: 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
December 15-16: CLOSED
December 17-19: 7:00 a.m.–7:00 pm.
December 20-21: 7:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Reserving a Study Room
If you are worried about finding a spot to study, reserving a study room is another option. In total, there are 13 study rooms in Grainger Library. Most of the rooms have a capacity of six people, but one can fit 10 people.
*Warning: One person cannot reserve a study room for more than two hours, so plan accordingly. Also, they fill up quickly, so reserve one now!
The steps to reserving a study room:
1. Visit http://business.library.wisc.edu/ online.
2. Click on “Reserve a Room” in the left hand column.
3. Log in with a NetID and password.
4. On the top bar, scroll over Reservations. Then click “Reserve Library Group Study Room.”
5. Enter the “When and Where” and “Set Up” information in the left column. Then click on “Find Space” when finished.
6. Rooms that are available do not have a red bar in the specified time slot. Find a room that is open during the time you want, and click the green plus sign on the left side of the room number.
7. After choosing a room, click the yellow box titled “Submit Reservation” to finish.
Checking Out Equipment
Finals time is notorious for malfunctioning electronics. Feel free to visit the Business Library to check out a selection of electronics, including laptop computers, video cameras, and digital projectors. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the Business Library, other campus libraries may have it. DoIT even offers an app you can download for the iPhone that allows you to see the availability of hardware across campus. Here’s the link:
Grainger After Hours
After-hours access to the Business Library is one of the best kept secrets at UW-Madison. Here’s how to gain access:
1. Visit https://secure.bus.wisc.edu/servicerequests/bldgaccess.aspx online.
2. Fill out the form and wait for a response (you will usually hear back within 48 hours).
And, once you have been granted access, here’s how to use your Wiscard and access PIN code to enter Grainger.
1. Go to the door just east of the main University Avenue entrance.
2. Scan your Wiscard at the reader. The reader should beep.
3. Enter your four-digit PIN code, followed by the # sign.
4. This door leads into the Undergraduate Computer Lab. Use the stairs in the lab to get to the Business Library on the second floor.
Health and stress can make or break your exam experience. Stay healthy and stay keep your stress to a minimum with the following tips:
1. Use relaxation methods during stressful situations.
UHS offers free guided audio meditation on their website at
2. Nervous about your final GPA? Calculate it ahead of time.
This handy tool can help you calculate exactly the grade you need in each of your classes to maintain or achieve a certain GPA. Use the GPA calculator from the Cross-College Advising Service at http://www.ccas.wisc.edu/calculator.html.
3. Follow #studystrong and @uwmadlibraries on Twitter.
Study tips, library events, and hours of operation will be updated here throughout the week.
4. Take advantage of drop-in tutoring through GUTS.
GUTS offers drop-in tutoring during finals week. Visit this link for the drop-in schedule: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SuwWwnJ0xDuXRByUcxjH6laHMU9VrVaaOg9CtUrxHAo/edit?pli=1.