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.

Finals success

Getting ready for finals? Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Study Strategy Workshops

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.

Test Preparation

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.

Writing help

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.

Career Planning

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.

Jobs & Internships

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!

Personal Counseling

Don't let anxiety or conflict derail your academic success. Help and resources for all kinds of issues are available in Advising and Counseling.

Title IX

Experiencing harassment on campus? Don't keep silent; we are here to help.

Student Handbook

Want to know more about CCRI policies and Code of Conduct? Check out the Student Handbook.

Nine ways to get ready

  1. Know about the test itself.
    1. Ask your professor some questions so you know what to expect when taking your final exam.
      • 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?
  2. Study in small doses.
    1. 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.
  3. Eliminate distractions.
    1. 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.
  4. Use your textbook.
    1. 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.
  5. Create a practice test.
    1. 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 textbook.
  6. Study out loud.
    1. 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.
  7. Find mutual support.
    1. Find classmates who are interested in forming a study group and practice testing each other. Beware of distractions.
  8. Use CCRI resources.
    1. 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.
  9. Take care of yourself.
    1. 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.

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Last Updated: 10/18/19