Get ‘Er Done – Tricks of the Trade for Getting Through the End of the Semester

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Are you prepared for finals season? (Photo by Jesse Gill on Instagram)

Feeling, stressed, overworked, and/or drained? You’re not alone, and students and faculty have some helpful tips for utilizing USF’s resources (and your own) to make that light at the end of the tunnel seem a little less far away.

Whether you’re worrying about registration, graduation, changing your major, or just falling behind, this is your inside guide to getting on track.


The Learning & Writing Center (LWC)

Cowell 2nd Floor

Tip: Use the TutorTrac service to receive personalized one-on-one help for a specific class! If the subject you’re looking for isn’t available, ask other students in your class to sign up with you because many tutors are hired for subjects upon request.

Tip: Tutors take small study groups, too, so round up your friends for motivation! This is a great tool because you may be placed with a student tutor who has had your teacher before — an extra insider’s perspective.

Tip: Make an appointment in advance, and use TutorTrac’s peer-to-peer paper review service for a free grammar check and editing. An extra pair of eyes for catching error is certainly helpful after six hours straight staring at a computer screen!

To make an appointment, visit:

To learn more, check out the Learning and Writing Center online at

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Gillson Hall, Lower Level  

Tip: Unable to find the time to attend an appointment in person? Use CAPS’ handy self-help resource as a guide to navigating school and life during the final stretch of the year, and to learn about issues from attention deficit to test anxiety to time management. Check it out here.

Tip: Worried that your anxiety or stress might be manifesting into more severe health concerns? CAPS offers USF students an anonymous online screening for depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol abuse, and eating, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders. You can take the test here.

Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA)

University Center, 3rd Floor

TIP: Don’t know who your coach is? Find your student success coach by accessing the Student tab of your USF connect account and clicking “Registration.”

TIP: Studied abroad or planning to? If you filled out or will soon be filling out a Petition to Enroll in Another Institution (PEIAI) form, CASA suggests always keeping a copy at hand. People can make mistakes and transferable units are precious cargo. In the event of any confusion, having this signed form on hand as back up will help if there is any dispute over units.

Student Disability Services (SDS)Gleeson LL 20Have you been diagnosed with learning disabilities in the past? Or are you considering being tested? Then set up an appointment with a consultant at the Student Disability Services center located on the lower level of Gleeson Library. SDS staff are happy to sit down with anyone to discuss academic history and the obstacles that may be holding you back. Registering with SDS can help students receive extra time on tests, including midterms and finals.TIP: SDS has resources for learning disabilities specialists and psychologists throughout the city that will take the USF student health insurance (AETNA).
Majors, Minors, and Changing Minds 

Are you thinking about adding a minor or a second major? If you began as a freshman at USF and/or have plenty of electives and units that work in your favor towards a minor or double major, then go for it! If not, CASA advisors said that internships, career-field related jobs and extra curriculars carry just as much weight (if not more) than a minor or extra major.

TIP: Thinking of changing your major? USF introduced “What if?” on USF Connect to help students considering a change in direction map out a plan according to individual academic standing and credits. You can select any major USF has to offer, and with the click of a button see what classes and how many units you would need to take to make it happen. Simply login to USF Connect, go to the student tab, click student records and then click degree evaluation. The ‘What if’ option will be on the left side of the screen.

USF Secrets for Success Resource Page

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