Student tips and support
You are never far from help at CCRI. Whether you are looking for study tips, test
preparation, tutors or career help, we have a place for you.
Getting ready for finals? Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Student Success Centers on all four campuses offer workshops in study skills, test
preparation and time management. Sign up online.
Need additional help with a class or subject? Student Success Centers offer tutoring
for students in many subjects. Sign up online.
Need help with the mandatory ACCUPLACER test? Have to take the HESI A2 or other test
for your program? Specific test preparation help is available. Sign up online.
Need help writing a research paper, lab report or essay? Come by the Writing Centers
at Flanagan, Liston or Warwick for help. Additionally, writing workshops, online resources and research help are also available.
Not sure about what career you'd like to pursue? Want help or advice? Visit one of
our Career Planning offices to take career assessments, find the field that's right for you or get more information
about your chosen career.
All successful people have role models they can look to for coaching, advice and help.
CCRI's Mentoring Initiative matches students with mentors who can help them navigate
life in college and beyond. Contact Dean of Students Michael Cunningham for more information.
Students can find internship opportunities as well as on- and off-campus jobs. You
might even be eligible for college credit for the job you already have!
Don't let anxiety or conflict derail your academic success. Help and resources for
all kinds of issues are available in Advising and Counseling.
Experiencing harassment on campus? Don't keep silent; we are here to help.
Nine ways to get ready
- Know about the test itself.
- Ask your professor some questions so you know what to expect when taking your final
- How many questions will be on the test?
- How long do I have to complete the exam?
- What types of questions will be used (multiple choice, essay, true/false or a combination)?
- Is there a study guide available?
- Study in small doses.
- Give yourself plenty of time to study in small chunks of time no longer than 45 minutes
to an hour. Take 15- to 20-minute breaks between studying sessions, and start preparing
for your quiz or exam three to four days before the test. Cramming for an exam for
long periods with no breaks is not an effective way to retain information.
- Eliminate distractions.
- Distractions can be a person, place or thing. Some students will have fewer distractions
on campus and some at home or the library. Be aware of possible interruptions, and
make sure to turn off your phone and unplug.
- Use your textbook.
- Often textbooks have review chapters and practice tests included that serve as great
study guides. Additionally, many textbook publishers provide an online companion website
that may include chapter quizzes, study guides, videos and other resources.
- Create a practice test.
- If you can't find online study guides, use your class notes, the chapter summary and
chapter review questions to make yourself a practice test. Look for recurring topics
such as terms and concepts mentioned by the teacher in class and highlighted in the
- Study out loud.
- Read your class notes out loud to hear if your notes make sense or are complete. Use
your textbook to fill in missing information or to clarify your notes. Email or talk
with your instructor if there are class concepts that still confuse you.
- Find mutual support.
- Find classmates who are interested in forming a study group and practice testing each
other. Beware of distractions.
- Use CCRI resources.
- Tutors are available for many subjects, and you can make an appointment online. Make
sure you bring your class materials and be prepared with questions to make the most
of your appointment. Student Success Centers, Writing Centers and CCRI Libraries all
have programs and help available for students.
- Take care of yourself.
- Proper sleep and nutrition have a huge effect on memory. Make sure you take care of
yourself while studying so you're ready for your exam.