Exam Cram

Exam Cram has been a campus-wide tradition for many years. This semester, we’re continuing the tradition with more Exam Cram activities!

The First Week of Exam Cram is Wellness Week!

The first week of Exam Cram is full of activities to help you stress less - in all 8 dimensions of wellness!

The 8 Dimensions of Wellness

Learning about the 8 Dimensions of Wellness can help you choose how to make wellness a part of your everyday life. 

Emotional Wellness involves expressing your feelings, adjusting to challenges, coping with the stress that life brings, and enjoying your life.

Environmental wellness inspires us to respect our surroundings and involves feeling and being safe in your current environment.

Financial Wellness includes things like your income, savings, and expenses as well as how you understand your financial situation and resources.

Intellectual Wellness includes your educational journey through life including formal classroom learning as well as your hobbies or interests (students orgs, art, reading, learning a new sport, etc.) where you take part in discussions or conversations that you find interesting with others.

Occupational Wellness is your involvement in activities like volunteering, employment, or career preparation.  It also includes your balance between these things and the time you have for things you enjoy like friends, exercising, or whatever you do to relax.

Physical wellness is about making positive choices to maintain a healthy body: from engaging in regular physical activity, sleep, eating nutritious foods, drinking responsibly, and routinely visiting your healthcare providers for regular check-ups.

Social Wellness is about maintaining healthy relationships with your friends, family, and community.  It includes how you spend time in community with others, your social life, and meeting new people.

Spiritual Wellness is about understanding your own values and beliefs and taking time to deepen your spirituality (perhaps by learning about other religions, using your beliefs to guide your decisions, or finding a peaceful place to reflect).

Ongoing Wellness Week Events

We also have drop-in events available throughout the week!

  • 8 Dimensions of Wellness Scavenger Hunt at your own pace! - www.gvsu.edu/studentwellness/scavengerhunt
  • Meditation Labyrinth and Mindfulness Space - Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room (LIB 030)
  • Virtual break opportunities with a variety of meditation VR apps in the Mary Idema Pew Library Exhibition Space
  • Quiet spaces in the Interfaith Reflection Rooms - Kirkhof 2243, DeVos Center 130B, or CHS166
  • Open climb - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. and Friday 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Climbing Center in the Fieldhouse
  • Drop in gaming - Monday - Friday, 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Laker Esports Center
  • Puzzles - Center for Women and Gender Equity, Recreation & Wellness, Reset Room, and Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room


OMA Exam Cram

December 7, 2023 10:00 AM

Elevate your exam prep with a week of enjoyable activities, all designed to make studying a breeze and success inevitable!

Price Is Right

December 7, 2023 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Attention Lakers! Put your bidding skills to the test! Join the excitement of our ‘The Price is Right’ game for a chance to get some incredible GV swag for the holidays! Hosted by...

D.I.Y Tea Light Decorating and Yoga Class

December 7, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come decorate your own tea light candle from 6 - 7 p.m. and place them around the room for a nice relaxing yoga from 7 - 8 p.m! This event is a part of Exam Cram, so come destress with a cute new candle...

Tea Tasting

December 7, 2023 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Take a minute for mindfulness and engage your senses - watch the tea leaves steep, smell the mint and the chamomile, take stock of your breathing, and slow things down. Or just come try a variety of...

OMA Exam Cram

December 8, 2023 10:00 AM

Elevate your exam prep with a week of enjoyable activities, all designed to make studying a breeze and success inevitable!

Therapy Dogs

December 11, 2023 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Do finals have you feeling overwhelmed?  Come destress with the University Counseling Center and West Michigan Therapy Dogs! While therapy dogs are trained to interact with...

Therapy Dogs

December 12, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Do finals have you feeling overwhelmed?  Come destress with the University Counseling Center and West Michigan Therapy Dogs! While therapy dogs are trained to interact with...

Stress Management

April 16, 2024 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Feeling stressed? We hear you, and we’ve got your back. The University Counseling Center is going LIVE to provide you with coping skills and techniques for managing your stress through Exam Cram...

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Academic Support

We know you might need extra academic support around exam time, and the Libraries are ready to help through a variety of online services.

More Resources

Have an exam coming up that requires extra preparation and studying? Don’t worry! The Student Academic Success Center, Tutoring Center and Knowledge Market have just the resources for you to ace those exams. 

Ace your exams with help from the University Libraries! Visit the Mary Idema Pew Library in Allendale or the Steelcase Library on the Pew Campus during exam week for special activities!

Finish out the semester strong with the Student Academic Success Center. Follow the road to success with their academic workshops, success coaching, and more! 

GVSU students have  many resources available regarding expectations around integrity of class work and compliance with the course syllabus. We encourage Lakers to become familiar with academic expectations to avoid reduction of grades or course failure. As always, please refer to your course syllabus, and if you have any question about what is/is not acceptable, talk to your professors and consult the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution’s (OSCCR) website

Final exams are among us, which means burning the midnight oil studying. We want to remind you to take care of yourself during this stressful time. Burn off some steam and join Recreation & Wellness for fitness, Esports, and climbing or check in on your mental health with the University Counseling Center!

Take care of yourselves, GVSU Lakers! Many departments have designed a variety of stress-relief activities:

Social Media

Follow GVSU Libraries on Instagram for more Exam Cram-related content: @GVSULib

Exam Cram Shout Out!

Exam Cram would not be possible without the efforts and resources of several programs on campus. We'd like to especially thank the following:

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