Preparing for Tests and Presentations

Lined paperWhether you have short quizzes every week, regularly scheduled exams throughout the semester, a final exam (which may or may not be cumulative), and/or need to prepare and give a presentation, the following resources can assist you with preparing for course assessments.


Faculty Office Hours and/or TA sessions
Faculty members are available to meet with students during weekly office hours. In addition, TA sessions are linked with many courses and serve as a valuable opportunity for students to have their questions answered. Refer to your course syllabus, or ask your instructor, to determine when and how they are available.

Student Academic Resources
Whether you would like to develop strategies for effective studying or become familiar with various techniques for taking exams, the staff in SAR or an Academic Peer Advisor would be happy to meet with you to assist with developing study skills or test-taking strategies for any course. Contact SAR or email the Academic Peer Advisors ( to schedule a meeting anytime.

Presentation Studio
The Presentation Studio provides free, one-on-one consultations in support of any oral or visual communication project, including class assignments, job talks, pitch presentations, or research and conference seminars. There is guidance for design, strategy, and development using PowerPoint and Google Slides, and assistance with other presentation tools as well. There are also online resources on a wide variety of tips and tricks for presentation success.

Anxiety Management Support for Taking Tests or Giving Presentations
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) assists students as they navigate through life's challenges within the context of a highly rigorous and demanding academic environment. Additionally, WesWell understands the impact of student health on academic performance and is committed to providing services that are designed to develop healthy behaviors and prevent health concerns that may interfere with academic and personal success.

Accessibility Services
Students with documented learning, physical, sensory, health, or psychiatric disabilities are able to request reasonable accommodations through Accessibility Services. If you have, or suspect you may have, a disability for which you believe you need an accommodation, please contact Accessibility Services or an Accessibility Liaison to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations.