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COLUMN: Here’s 5 ways to combat Dead Week dread


The end of the school year is coming up with finals looming just around the corner — and stress about exams, projects and presentations is settling in. If you’re one of the students who are beginning to feel the dread as your deadlines rapidly approach, check out this list of ways to study and stay collected during the next few weeks. 

Study away from your own space  

Studying at home is comfortable and easy, but it may also drastically reduce the amount of motivation you have to put in the work. Finding a quiet space away from home can help you keep your head in the game. If you want to stay close to campus, try studying at cozy coffee shops, Herman B Wells Library or even under a shady tree near Dunn Meadow. 

Meet up with your peers 

Your classmates are going through the same thing as you – why not band together and work through it as one? Having group study sessions helps keep you on track and gives you a way to discuss the material with other people at the same level as you. Your friends can be an incredible asset when it comes to your education, utilize them! 

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Put the phone down 

Part of what makes studying so difficult sometimes is knowing there is a distraction so readily available to you that will take you away from what you would rather not be doing. Being on your phone is a procrastinator’s dream, and if you have a lot of content to work through, you need to keep it away. Put that bad boy on Do Not Disturb, leave it on the other side of the room and get to studying. 

Quit pulling all-nighters 

Having so much to review with so little time to get it done can be overwhelming, the temptation to stay up late to cram will always be there. However, depriving yourself of rest when it comes to the big day of your exam isn’t going to help you retain any more information. Divide the content into priorities, study what you can and get some sleep. 

Take time for yourself 

At the end of the day, these last few weeks are going to be just that: a few weeks out of the abundances of weeks that you’ll have in your life. Remember that not everything is about school and carve out a chunk in your schedule to care for yourself, whatever that means for you. It could be reading a new book, hitting the gym, meditating or doing over-the-top skincare. Whatever you do, know that you will be okay and that you’ll crush those finals!

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