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Gaucho’s Guide to Studying for Finals

Are you feeling the frenzy when you think about upcoming finals at UCSB? Take a deep breath. Here is a guide to resources catered to UCSB students.

The upcoming finals at UCSB may leave you feeling stressed and anxious. Thankfully, our school has helpful resources like Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) and late night study hours to help you breeze through finals.

Here is our Gaucho’s Guide to Studying for Finals so you’ll feel confident this finals season. 

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Extended Studying Hours

The UCSB Library has late night study hours open just for UCSB students. Bring your valid Access Card to show when the library closes to the public. If you’re leaving late at night (or in the early morning), call a Campus Security Officer (CSO) to escort you home. You’ll feel safer with a CSO by your side when it’s dark.

Dead Week extended study hours:

Sunday, December 2–Thursday, December 6, 10 p.m.–8 a.m.

Friday, Dec 7 & Saturday, December 8, 9 p.m.–8 a.m.

Finals Week extended study hours:

Sunday, December 9–Thursday, December 13, 10 p.m.–8 a.m.

Friday, December 14, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.

Other buildings–like the SRB and UCen–will have extended hours, which they usually post on the building doors. The Pardall Center in Isla Vista is another study spot with late night hours and computers.

Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS)

CLAS provides help in a variety of subjects like writing, economics, math, and science. Drop in or schedule an appointment so you can ask questions and get help with specific problems.

Writing Drop-In Schedule: SRB Room 3231

ESL Drop-In: SRB Room 3231

Foreign Language Drop-in Schedule: SRB Room 3231

Appointments are available to reserve half-hour sessions with CLAS tutors in advance. Sign up for appointments via MyCLAS.

Writing Lab Appointments: SRB, Room 3231

ESL Appointments: SRB, Room 3231

Tutorial Groups for Science, Math, and Economics

Go to a tutorial group led by a CLAS instructor if you need help in these subjects. Check the Tutorial Group Schedules online and enroll for groups via MyCLAS.

Course Reserves and Scanning Library Books

If you didn’t buy the textbook for a class or don’t want to lug the book around, see if it’s on reserve at the Services Desk at UCSB’s library. You must be enrolled for the class, have the call number written down, and show your Access Card or a form of ID.

Or scan the textbook at the free library scanners and send the copies to your email. You can look at the textbook scans whenever and wherever.

Use a UCSB Library Laptop

Did you forget your laptop or break it? Check out a library laptop to save time for studying. Instead of having laptop woes, get straight to work with these convenient laptops.

With this Gaucho’s Guide to Studying for Finals at UCSB, you’ll have all the necessary tools you need to succeed fall quarter.

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