I noticed last semester when the "heat" started coming on for the nursing program that the whole time I just went from one test to the next.
I got the here-and-there assignments out of the way as fast as possible, but if one class had a test coming up, then the others didn't exist. It was EXTREAMLY difficult when two classes had tests on the same day. Somehow, though, I did fine. I think the key is you learn how to prioritize everything by being thrown in feet first instead of gradually.
Now, THIS semester with my Assessment, Patho, Fundamentals and History...I've simply thrown my hands up in the air and determined that I will somehow make it. I'm not sure I'll be upright by the end, but I'll get there!