Groundhog Guidance


Dear Groundhog,

I was lucky enough to not need to study excessively for exams in high school, but after stressing and procrastinating over exams in the first semester, this semester I want to change my habits for the better. What are your tips when it comes to preparing for finals?


Flustered about Finals

Dear Flustered,

As finals week looms over these last few days of classes, I highly suggest sending up a prayer and asking for St. Joseph of Cupertino’s intercession.

With prayers for mercy complete, the next thing to do is map out your finals schedule and determine what times you have available for studying.

Often people only focus on their first final, looking at the material for the next class once the first thing is complete. This could work if you have time between your finals, but if you’ve got two — or Heaven forbid THREE — on the same day, you’ll need to frontload your review time.

Before beginning your review, make sure to ask your professors about what you should focus on. It won’t be helpful to know every detail about the French Revolution or the second book of “Paradise Lost” if there’s only one question out of a hundred on that topic.

Focus on the areas that you struggle the most in, but don’t forget to at least glance over the things you’re more comfortable with. If you make a Quizlet, it will actually help you review and learn the terms you miss more often while still making you learn the whole set.

Facing down essay exams can be intimidating because you can’t know for sure what you’ll have to write on, but being familiar with the plots of the books is half the battle. Pay attention to the themes, symbols, or other narrative techniques that have been brought up frequently in class.

Be sure to buy your bluebooks in advance, by the way, and if you want to be nice — or possibly make a buck or two off a desperate student — grab an extra few bluebooks for those who will inevitably forget the morning of.

For those of you facing the oft-dreaded poetry identification of the Lit Trad II final, connecting the main images of a poem and its rhyme scheme with its title and poet can be really helpful.

When facing poetry identification, read the poem at least twice and try to pick out a quote that you think is representative of the poem as a whole. Think like an English professor and you might just pick a quote that will show up on the exam!

Make sure to use your time well and actually get some sleep this upcoming week. I’ve seen people sleep through exams before and no all-nighter is productive enough to be worth that.

We’re almost there! Good luck,



Dear Groundhog,

The relationship thing has always been a thing of mystery for me. It always seemed that the guys that I didn’t like asked me out, but the guys I like never would even notice me. Is there any way that, as a girl, I can make a move on a guy without coming across too strong or off putting. Also, is there a way to do it without embarrassing myself for making a move?

Asking for help!

Nervous Nelly

Dear Nelly,

Ah, the trials of young love, or rather, the lack of young love. Many have been in your shoes, so don’t fret about not having the high school or college sweetheart that you’ve day-dreamed of.

Although everyone hopes to be swept off their feet, it’s important to remember that guys need to know that is what you want from them — it doesn’t hurt to drop a few hints to a guy that you like, as some may be too shy to reach out without encouragement. 

Not every guy is opposed to more assertive girls, either. Don’t be afraid to ask him out for coffee or something more casual like that. After you spend time with him and show your interest, he can take the initiative to move your relationship further.

At the end of the day, what matters most is that you grow the friendship between the two of you and build a romantic relationship on the foundation of mutual respect.

Have fun and I hope it goes well!



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