Tips for Navigating Not-So-Dead Week
- 2014/04/25 for immediate release
- contact: Taylor Kort, Peer Advisor - Academic & Career Development Center
Whether you know it as Dead Week or Prep Week, this is a reference we are all much too familiar with, and dreadfully recognize it as a source of false hope. No, it does not mean that you will be given an open week to prepare for your finals; instead, it is referring to a week loaded with deadlines and presentations. Whether it’s your first semester in college or your eighth, this not-so-dead week is sure to keep you pushing till the end. Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture
, once said, “No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.” This is exactly what I want to help you try and avoid heading into this semester’s Prep Week. To provide any assistance I can, I’ve compiled a list of five tips that may just help you get through the week to come.
- Plan Ahead – You’ve been hearing this all semester. Whether you’ve done it thus far is irrelevant, but it may be a crucial part to doing your best in the last two weeks of school. Look at your syllabuses, write down any and all due dates you have coming up, and plan out how you’re going to meet those deadlines. By scheduling specific time to work are certain projects, you can break up some of those large assignments into more manageable pieces.
- Eliminate Distractions – We all have them. Social media fanatics may need a friend to change their passwords. Procrastinators may have some last minute payments to make or busy work to get done. Whatever your distraction looks like, get rid of it. Having your mind in more places than just your assignments will only make the week harder.
- Maintain Your Health – Sleep deprivation, malnutrition and sickness will only make your trudge through this week increasingly worse. While it may seem crucial to pull an all-nighter to finish a term paper or eat only junk food to counter your emotional stress, you need to be smart. You’re in college so I know you’re more than capable. Staying healthy will give you more energy and keep your brain functioning at its highest capacity.
- Take Breaks – While it may seem counter-productive, taking a break helps prevent you from zoning out or passively working on a project. Schedule time to be social. Having intentional time to put down the books and shut the computer will help you and your friends stay motivated to complete everything on your to-do list.
- Use Your Resources – Centers on campus aren’t bad. Taking the time to go into the Writing Center or visit the Math-Science Learning Center could greatly benefit not only your understanding of your course, but also your grade. You’ve already paid for these on-campus services, why not take advantage of them?
Dead week (or, not-so-dead week) can be daunting; however, it’s not the end. Have confidence in yourself and your abilities. Like Mr. Pausch said, “you can always make [it] worse,” but that also means you have the power to make it better. Good luck, everyone!
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