To Study, or not to Study…

That is the question. We’re not contemplating suicide like Hamlet, but it is dead week.

Dead Week

As finals week approaches you can find many Berkeley students with their heads in their books or you may see the exact opposite, there’s almost no in-between.

According to UC Berkeley’s Registrar, Read, Review, and Recitation week (RRR) aka dead week is:

Reading, Review, and Recitation (RRR) Week is the week following the end of formal class instruction and preceding the start of final exams and is intended for students to have free time to prepare for exams, to work on final papers and projects, and to participate in optional review sessions and meetings with instructors. RRR week is based on the pedagogical principle that students benefit from time devoted to synthesizing the course material learned over the course of the semester. (source)

However, according to many students on campus and Wikipedia:

Dead week is a slang term for the week before schools’ final examinations in the United States of America and Canada. The week is known thus because of its notorious stress; the propensity for college and university students to save exam study until the last possible week; and because term papers are often due. Students prepare for the exams and papers by pulling all-night study sessions, often with the aid of stimulants such as coffee, caffeine tablets, energy drinks, ritalin and adderall. During this period, some students will suffer from sleep deprivation, increased irritability, and stress. At some schools, this week is referred to as Hell Week… (source)

Ask anyone how they are spending dead week and you’ll find that some people are headed to the libraries while others are jet setting to their favorite pre-summer vacation spot. However you spend it, here are a few things you can do during your newly found free time dead week.

1.) Attend the optional review your professor/GSI is holding

Really to see if the drop any hints as to what’s going to actually be on the final.

Or you can

Attend the many free events offered on campus

Free food and puppies I can play with?! Say no more.

2.) Catch up on readings

Because we all know you stop reading for class around midterm season.


Or you can…

Catching up on sleep

Since there are no more 8ams, you can actually sleep in. #Blessed 🙏🙏🙏

3.) You can find your perfect spot in Moffitt

The perfect study spot (if you can find one) can make all the difference.

Or you can…

Scope out Moffitt in preparation for the naked run

No body wants to be like the girl who fell last year.

4.) Find yourself at the end of a line offering free coffee during study breaks

Running on caffeine and faith.


Or you can…

Lose yourself in the San Francisco Mission District or anywhere else you thought of exploring

Just make sure your phone is charged in case you actually get lost.

5.) Calculate the score needed to pass the course

Everyone does this, just admit it.

Or you can…

Calculate how days it’ll take you to watch the entire series of The Office on Netflix

Approximately 3.07 days of nonstop binge watching, no pants required.


Also if you haven’t seen it yet, Snapchat added a new dead week/finals week geo-filter. Use it to show all your friends how you are actually spending the week.

-Mimi Oloye


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