The Weeks Ahead, Finals Edition: April 25 – May 5


Julia Faherty
Institute Communications

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With finals beginning on Thursday, this week will be taxing for many Tech students.

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With finals beginning on Thursday, this week will be taxing for many Tech students.  

  • Finals Finals
  • Tech Rec: Free Play Tech Rec: Free Play
  • Piano Piano
  • ReflecTech ReflecTech
  • Popstar Popstar
  • Capstone Design Expo Capstone Design Expo
  • Reading Day Tech Rec Reading Day Tech Rec
  • Yoga for EveryBody Yoga for EveryBody
  • Midnight Breakfast Midnight Breakfast

With finals beginning on Thursday, this week will be taxing for many Tech students.

Luckily, a variety of events will be held for students who are looking to relieve stress and take a break. Remember to balance studying with some fun and stress relief.

Read on for stress relief activities and study tips to keep you going through the next several days.

Monday, April 25

Final Instructional Class Day: Classes will be held at regular times, but no tests or quizzes should be administered.

Tech Rec Presents: Game On! Free Game Play!

  • When: 8 to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Tech Rec on the 1st Floor of the Student Center
  • What: Come out to play Wii at Tech Rec on Monday night. This will be the last free game night of the semester, so treat yourself to some Wii time.

The GT Piano Project

  • When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: Tech Walk
  • What: Explore your musical side through the stress-less piano. The piano will be available during reading days to provide students with stress relief and relaxation. Passers by can play, listen, or color the piano with sidewalk chalk.

Study Tip No. 1: Organize your studying. Plan time to review for each course, focusing on more challenging courses first. If you go into studying with no goals, you may end up wasting time and energy.

Tuesday, April 26

Final Instructional Class Day: Classes will be held at regular times, but no test or quizzes should be administered.

Freshman Activities Board Presents ReflecTech

  • When: 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Kessler Campanile
  • What: The Freshman Activities Board will host its final event of the year on Tuesday afternoon. This event will include an open mic, a photo booth, puppies, and free food. Freshmen should come out to reflect on and celebrate the end of their first year at Tech.

Student Center Programs Council Presents: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Meet and Greet

  • When: 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Student Center Theater
  • What: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer are coming to Georgia Tech to promote their new movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The meet and greet will include free T-shirts, autographs, and photos with the Lonely Island gang. This event is first come, first served, so arrive early.

Capstone Design Expo

  • When: 4:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: McCamish Pavilion
  • What: The Capstone Design Expo is a showcase of Georgia Tech’s graduating seniors. They will present their innovations designed and built during senior design courses and compete for cash prizes. The event provides younger students with an opportunity to get ideas for their future Capstone projects. See what talented Georgia Tech seniors produced this semester and gain some inspiration as you go into finals.

Study Tip No. 2: Use the 50-10 rule. Study for 50 minutes of every hour, and keep the last 10 minutes to clear your mind. During your break, try watching a funny YouTube video, treating yourself to an iced coffee, or listening to a favorite song.

Wednesday, April 27

Reading Period: No exams or classes should occur today.

Tech Rec Presents: Reading Day Specials

  • When: 6 to 10 p.m.
  • Where: Tech Rec on the 1st floor of the Student Center
  • What: After a long day spent reviewing for finals, give your brain a rest by playing billiards, table tennis, or foosball at the Tech Rec. All play will behalf off from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday night. Snacks provided. Come take advantage of this special deal.

Study Tip No. 3: Try studying with a group. Studying with others can provide encouragement and help you understand the concepts; however, avoid unproductive review sessions by choosing your peers wisely.

Thursday, April 28

Final exams will be administered starting in the afternoon.

Free G.I.T. FIT Classes During Finals Week

  • When: Throughout finals week
  • Where: Campus Recreation Center
  • What: During finals week, the Campus Recreation Center will offer free group fitness classes for all members. Students can attend an assortment of classes including yoga, Zumba, and cycling. View a full workout schedule (pdf) to plan your workouts.

Study Tip No. 4: Finish the problem before looking at the answer. Many professors give out practice exams that can be very beneficial in preparing for the final. Remember to finish the exam to the best of your ability before checking the answer key. If you’re looking at the answers while completing the test, you may have a false sense of readiness for the exam.

Friday, April 29

Yoga for EveryBody

  • When: Noon to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Peachtree room in the Student Center
  • What: The Body Image Committee, a joint venture between the Women’s Resource Center and Health Promotion, is offering a free yoga class for students, staff, and faculty. Relieve stress and center yourself. Mats will be provided.

Study Tip No. 5: Create your own study guide. Your professor may have give you a rough outline of what the exam will cover, but create a more comprehensive guide by looking over your notes and textbook readings.

Monday, May 2

Student Center Programs Council Ramblin’ Nights Presents Midnight Breakfast

  • When: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Where: Student Center Food Court
  • What: The highlight of finals week has arrived — the Midnight Breakfast. From 7 to 10 p.m., on the third floor of the student center, students will find yoga, puppies, massages, cookies, games, and more. Beginning at 10 p.m., breakfast will be served by some of Tech's senior administrators in the food court. Sign up for a time slot here. Bring your BuzzCard to attend and remember to donate a canned or non-perishable food item.

Study Tip No. 6: Stay focused. It’s easy to procrastinate by clicking through Facebook or checking Instagram. Try to concentrate while studying. If you’re paying attention, you’ll be able to learn the material faster and will be better prepared for the final.

Tuesday, May 3


  • When: Anytime before 2:50 p.m.
  • Where: Anywhere
  • What: Enjoy your morning reading period by grabbing breakfast with friends. Try the Student Center Food Court, Highland Bakery, or an off-campus location for a fun and delicious mental break.

Study Tip No. 7: Stay hydrated. While studying, it is easy to forget about drinking enough water. Remember to keep your water bottle close and refill it frequently.

Wednesday, May 4

May the Fourth Be with You

  • When: All day
  • Where: Anywhere
  • What: Celebrate the unofficial Star Wars Day by dressing up as your favorite Star Wars character. Who knows? It may earn you a few bonus points on that physics final.

Study Tip No. 8: Stay positive. Learning an entire semester of material in a night is not possible, so be confident in yourself and review as much as you can, while also knowing when it’s time to just go to sleep. Persist and maintain a good attitude as you go into finals.

Thursday, May 5

Last Day of Finals Celebration

  • When: All day
  • Where: Anywhere
  • What: Celebrate the conclusion of finals by taking a deep breath and reflecting on everything you’ve accomplished over the past year. Congratulations and enjoy your summer!

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