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When UF students pack the libraries, stress levels spike and coffee replaces beer as the drink of choice, exam week has arrived.

On- and off-campus tutoring services help students prepare.

UF currently offers a variety services to students at no charge through the Teaching Center, the Reading and Writing Center and the Office of Academic Support.

On Student Government’s “Tutoring Resources” page, students can use the Facebook application Tutor Matching Service to connect with private tutors.

Many students, however, choose to go off campus for exam reviews and weekly sessions from private tutoring companies such as TutoringZone and Study Edge.

Students can also keep up with their classes by reading note supplements from Smokin’Notes, which cost $16.75 to $18.75.

Study Edge Director of Marketing Brittney Austin said about 5,700 students registered for the company’s services this spring.

Since the company’s founding a year ago, Austin, a 21-year-old political science senior, said Study Edge offers review sessions for about 25 classes taught at UF.

TutoringZone is another off-campus tutoring service popular among students. Both companies offer reviews for common classes such as general chemistry, accounting and economics.

TutoringZone General Manager Alek Hartzog, 23, said the service saw about 7,000 students in the Spring semester.

Study Edge offers memberships available for purchase, which range from $25 to $50 per month.

TutoringZone charges $25 for an exam review and $200 for a semester of weekly reviews.

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Students can either attend live sessions of TutoringZone or Study Edge or watch videos online.

Austin recommended students start early with the services.

“It’s so much easier for them to understand the material if they are covering it each week instead of waiting until the end,” she said.

Using TutoringZone and Study Edge helped Allie Rosen, a 20-year-old biology junior, score higher grades. She recommends getting a jump start using the resources.

“You don’t really understand the transition from high school to college until you’ve gotten your first disappointing exam grade,” she said.

Contact Chris Alcantara at calcantara@alligator.org.

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