Quiz: How long should you wait to start studying for finals?

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Dead week is one of the most confusing times of the semester. One minute you have a whole 10 days to study for finals, and the next, you’re walking to your final, sweating, unsure if you remembered to put the green book that was on your desk into your backpack. The issue with dead week is just that — it makes you feel like you have all the time in the world to study, so you wait and wait and wait to begin. We at the Clog want to help you out of this oh-so-destructive process. Take this quiz to find out when you should start studying for your finals!

  1. How many finals do you have?
    1. Only two.
    2. Five.
    3. Three.
    4. I don’t have any! Just papers.
  2. What is your go-to study spot?
    1. Haas. For the networking opportunities.
    2. Main Stacks. I need a deeply depressing environment to stay focused.
    3. Caffe Strada. Who am I even kidding? I don’t study. I just go there to socialize.
    4. An aesthetically pleasing café to get my juices (and Instagram stories) flowing.
  3. How do you take notes?
    1. On my laptop.
    2. I use my iPad because I’m addicted to Apple products. Planned obsolescence, who?
    3. I don’t actually take notes; I just rely on my wide social circle for those.
    4. I actually take notes by hand because it’s better for your brain. #quirky #gorl #things
  4. How have you spent dead weeks past?
    1. I usually follow the regular dead week pattern and mess around until around Wednesday.
    2. I spent the entire week grinding.
    3. Oh, you know, I usually go to a date party in Vegas at the beginning of the week, and then I’m too hung over to study when I get back. I guess that leaves me the weekend before finals to study.
    4. It really depends on my workload.
  5. What is your go-to method of procrastination?
    1. Scrolling through Facebook.
    2. Starting a new TV show.
    3. Is it considered procrastinating if you never actually start studying?
    4. Oh my gosh! I do some reading for pleasure. #bookworm #lol
  6. Are you a STEM major?
    1. I am getting a Bachelor of Science. Haas, baby!
    2. Yes, I am CS.
    3. Nope, poli sci like seemingly everyone else.
    4. I am an English major.
    1. Start studying before the weekend — you seem to have it together.
    2. OK, we both know you’ve been studying this whole time. We don’t even know why you took this quiz.
    3. You’re never going to start studying. Good luck with that!
    4. Just finish your papers and get out of Berkeley.

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