How to Successfully Prepare for Midterms

How to Successfully Prepare for Midterms

We are almost halfway done with this semester, midterms are coming up–are we ready? I am sure everyone is making or has made plans for Spring Break, but don’t forget about the week before. It’s time for students to start studying: making those study guides and flashcards, getting into study groups, or doing whatever you need to so you are not waiting till the last minute. In order to help you better prepare, I’ve compiled a list of tips for midterms.

Midterms can be intimidating and overwhelming, so try to make a plan. Don’t just focus on the week after midterms. I talked to sophomore David Omosigho, who said, “I crammed last year, so this year I have a study schedule, took better notes, and am ready for midterms.”

One thing I have learned is to treat each subject differently. You may not need to study the same way for each class. Note cards for one class may not work for another. So switch it up. Don’t hesitate to talk to your professor! If you have any questions, now is the time to ask. Never be too proud to ask for help.

Another thing students underestimate how helpful changing your scenery can be. Don’t just study in your room. Sometimes changing it up helps.

One thing that happens all too often is that students will pull an all-nighter. Try not to; we need our sleep. Tests give most people anxiety, but the better sleep and preparation one has, the less anxiety one will get. So try not to wait till the last minute.

Make a room request in the library for group study. Get a tutor to go over the course with you. Talk to the people in your class. Maybe everyone is willing to study together. Not only would you be studying, but also getting to know people in your class.

Another big key to studying is making sure you set aside enough time to understand what you need to know. Make sure that you are actually reading, processing, and comprehending the information. Always choose to study over time as opposed to cramming. Make time in your schedule to learn the information you will need during your midterm.

Last, but definitely not least, is to eat! You have to fuel up while you’re studying and during midterms. Going into a midterm with a lack of energy and nutrients can be as draining as not sleeping. Don’t get too busy for food, as eating really helps you.

The most important thing to remember is that you have to believe that you will do well in order to do well! Study hard and smash those midterms!

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