As fall 2020 semester comes to a close, the University Libraries offers online end-of-semester support. Get out your markers, colors pencils or paints and take a break with these from our Wagensteen library with historical creatures and underwater swimmers. Or check out all the study break ideas on our Stressbusters guide.

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Try Effective U to help with: 

"Get it done" end-of-semester study tips and tricks

Make a study plan for the rest of the semester whether you have papers, finals or other types of assignments. View slides from an recent workshop:

Try the Pomodoro technique: virtual study time

Meet with fellow students in a Zoom and learn how to use the Pomodoro technique which is a brain-research based study strategy. Have an assignment ready to work on. The workshop will begin with a description of this technique and then you will try it! Use this focused time to get stuff done then take a group break and repeat. We will also share tips for planning for the end of this crazy semester. We will send a zoom link to students who are registered. Regiser at

  • Tuesday, Dec 8, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Wednesday, Dec 9, 3:00pm - 3:45pm
  • Thursday, Dec 10, 12:00pm - 12:45pm
  • Friday, Dec 11, 12:30pm - 1:15pm
  • Monday, Dec 14, 7:00pm - 7:45pm

Virtual PAWS (Pet Away Worry and Stress)

Interact with your favorite PAWS friends online using Zoom meetings. Just sign up!

  • Sign up for virtual PAWS on Mondays, noon-1 p.m. (Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14)
  • Sign up for virtual PAWS on Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m. (Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16)

More Tutoring Hours and Exam Jam

  • Bonus SMART peer Tutoring with Exam Jam! Finish the semester strong with additional tutoring hours December 9th-23rd.  Click "Find peer tutors", and use the filters to search by class, as well as tutoring drop-ins (no appointment needed) or 1-on-1 appointments; copy Zoom links for drop-in tutoring sessions or click on appointment blocks to schedule.

  • Explore to find the hours of peer tutors across campus ready to help you prepare for the end of the semester and finals

  • The U Libraries’ Peer Research Consultants (a.k.a. Library Research tutors) are here to help with any last minute virtual library or academic research questions. Need one more scholarly source to perfect that paper? Have questions on citing a source in APA or MLA? Need credible statistics? Worried you are citing fake news? Make a virtual appointment to help find the sources you need efficiently! 

Working on a final research paper or video? Have questions?

Free Libraries Zoom backgrounds

Ready to take your zoom sessions and recordings to the next level? Need a “scholarly” background? We got you covered with your choice of libraries and historic images pulled from our Archives. Download the images you like then add to Zoom. Find out more about zoom from Teach, Meet and and Learn with Zoom from UMN OIT.

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Student Mental Health site

  • The end of the semester can be stressful, campus has a bunch of support for you to try. Check out the Student Mental Health Website, you can access the U of M Textline 24/7 by texting “UMN” to 61222 or call 612-301-4673.