TRU Exam Jam pilot project kicks off Nov. 30

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω

Julie Taylor holds the poster for TRU's first ever Exam Jam, to be held on Nov. 30. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

Julie Taylor holds the poster for TRU’s first ever Exam Jam, to be held on Nov. 30. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

Supplemental learning coordinator Elizabeth Templeman hopes TRU’s first-ever Exam Jam event will provide a positive, energetic alternative to the common student mentality to start partying once classes are over and ignore looming finals.

Templeman was inspired by a presentation from two of her colleagues at UBC Okanagan (UBCO), focusing on the Exam Jam model. The level of excitement and enthusiasm led to her immediate desire to provide TRU students with their own Exam Jam.

The event will be held on Nov. 30 on Old Main’s student street from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will be dedicated to reviews and stress management techniques. There will also be light refreshments provided by Starbucks and the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation.

“It’s an attempt to fill the gap,” Templeman said, adding that TRU does a great job transitioning students into the university but drops them at one of the hardest parts, final exams. She said she hopes it will help students get energized, motivated and focused on doing well on final exams by providing them with helpful tools and techniques.

Templeman along with others at the Centre for Student Engagement opted to keep the event small for its first year. Initially, she had wanted to provide some professor-led exam reviews but instead there will be supplemental exam reviews in biology, philosophy, geology, physics and respiratory therapy.

Global competency coordinator Julie Taylor is helping organize the event. She has managed to involve the Writing Centre, the Math Centre and the library in the review sessions. She said the day will also feature a colouring station, hand massages, bowling, prizes and a possible appearance by the St. John’s Ambulance therapy dogs.

Taylor said that if students learn techniques to study properly they hopefully won’t be as stressed. She hopes to see students helping other students study during the event.

For a full schedule of the day’s events, visit