The struggles of “dead week”

With the week before finals comes a mix of emotions including (but not limited to) excitement, terror, and maybe some tears. At some colleges, they call the week before finals “dead week,” with the illusion that professors won’t give as much homework due to the fact students are supposed to be studying for finals. Even though some schools have a dead week, no student I have talked to has had a week with low amounts of homework due. On the plus side, it is only a few more weeks until the semester is over. Besides the fact you may feel like you are dying during dead week, there really is no  reason why it is even called dead week, because there certainly isn’t a break.

  1. SO much to do…

…and no motivation to do it635849721428143217835420571_Finals-Next-Week-e1336929069190

With the end of the semester, comes all the final projects, papers, and last minute tests your professors want to squeeze in. Unfortunately, this is also the time when some of the only motivation you have left comes from the fact that summer is right around the corner. The only thing keeping you going may be the fact that you are finally almost done with some of your classes.

  1. Studying for finals

Along with all the final projects, last minute tests, and papers that I mentioned earlier, you also have to start studying for finals. Luckily, finals is all over things you have already learned, so you shouldn’t have to actually learn that much new information, it should mostly be review. Although it is all review, it can be a very stressful time, purely because of all the stuff that has to be done.

  1. Packing up

If you are living in the dorms and have to move out, you will also have to begin packing up your whole room. I would personally start to pack up and take some items home if you can. When I went home over Easter, I took my winter clothes 1389454100427765931and a few boxes home, and am now wishing I had taken home even more. This week is also the time when, if you want to store anything on campus, you will need to start talking to the RD
or an RA. It is also the time to start cleaning up your room so you don’t have to do quite so much when you move out.

  1. Grades

Another struggle of this week is that in some classes, these next two weeks could really have a big impact on your grade. Some semesters, if you have a relatively easy workload, this is not too much of a concern, but there will most likely be a few hard semesters in your college career. I would personally recommend that you start reviewing for finals by the week before finals (at least) if you have some harder classes so that this time won’t be as stressful.

The Struggle of Staying Motivated in College

As we get closer and closer to the end of the semester, it seems as though motivation is running low. When I say motivation, I am not just talking about the motivation to work out, but also the motivation to keep up with homework, study, save money, basically the motivation for everything is running out. Looking at a blog post from Kalp Education, I found some tips and suggestions for finishing the year out strong by keeping up these simple habits.

  1. Have a workout partner

Having a buddy to workout with really makes it harder to skip the gym. Not only exercise-workout-partner-icons-set-human-pictogram-representing-exercising-49038139does it make it harder to skip going, but it will probably make your time spent there more enjoyable and a little less awkward if you aren’t used to going.

The gym is not only good for your physical health, it is good for your mental health too! Towards the end of the semester with finals coming up and end of the term papers being due, it is important to have a way to destress, and exercising is a perfect way to do so.

  1. Find out how your study best

In the blog post, it states that you should find a quiet place to study, but I slightly disagree. Everyone studies and learns in unique ways and it is important to find a technique that works for you. For some people, studying in a group is what helps them learn best but others learn best from sitting alone with some headphones in just reading through notes. The reason this is a crucial thing to know and practice while we approach finals week is because you are going to want to know how you can most efficiently study. We want this to be efficient so that you are not spending every waking minute studying. Finding an effective method will help de-stress your finals week. Another way to encourage studying is to start thinking of it in a different light and to stop making it a negative task. 5671af68ad8225e9268f862853121fde

If there is a class where you just cannot seem to figure out how to study, always feel free to visit your professor during their office hours. They are there to help you learn.

  1. Keep your head up, and your eyes on the prize

While going through this loss of motivation, it is important to remember why you are going through all of this. Thinking of your end goal will help you to push yourself to do your best and finish out the year strong.