How to prepare yourself for dead week/finals week

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The end of semester is finally here. I don’t know about anyone else, but it honestly felt like this semester flew by. With the end in sight, it means pushing through two rigorous weeks of final papers, projects, and last but not least, exams. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming, and by little, I mean goodbye sleep. Here are a few tips that I have tried to put in action to make the last two weeks of the semester not seem so daunting.

1. Try to get as much done as you can before dead week actually arrives. College students are known for waiting last minute to do everything. I work really well under pressure, so sometimes I find myself procrastinating and then having to cram last minute. If you can get a couple of your papers or projects done before dead week starts, your sleep schedule will probably thank you.

2. Start organizing your study materials now. Whether your final is cumulative or non-cumulative, try to organize your notes and reading materials ahead of time. Doing this will make it just a little less stressful studying.

3. Find a spot on campus, a café, or wherever you focus the best. Sometimes it can be tricky during dead week/finals week to study in the library because there are so many people there. I find it easier to focus in a quiet little café. Do what works the best for you.

4. Find some time for yourself. These two weeks of semester are extremely stressful. Find some time to do things that make you happy. Get your mind off your studies for an hour or two. Go for a run, hang out in a hammock (if Iowa weather ever decides what season it wants to be), or hangout with some friends. Your mental health is important.

You’re almost done. Summer is almost here (again, if it ever stops snowing). These are just a few tips to try and help make dead week/finals week not seem so horrible. Go Cyclones!