Congrads on your finals!
You have one of the best resources right under your nose
HERE!! lol Just check out the Work In Progress threads for tips and techniques, and there are heaps of instructional threads here to help you. Just go to the article section to find heaps of information on pastels and even basic tips that apply to every medium. There are several articles that are from Artist within WC who have published books.
Also check out individual sticky threads, they have tons of links and tips!
Good luck on your next step to finals