It’s that time of year again…midterm season. The time when the library is packed, cobwebs have been dusted off of textbooks, and a paper, test or project is due in every class (and usually on the same day). BUT before you get overwhelmed, there is a light at the end of the tunnel….homecoming starts Friday!
So follow these tips to ace your midterms, and hopefully you can enjoy the events this weekend.
1) Start Now…like right now!
Well, actually wait until you finish reading this post. But after, start! First create your study plan. Schedule what subject you will study on what days (or for those who are in a time-crunch, what hour you will study each subject). Then, create an outline of each topic you want to study and the key points and highlights for that topic.
2) Pick the perfect place
Choosing a nice quiet space where you can focus is important. Studying on your bed, in Strebel Student Center, or in the caf will not help you ace those midterms; they have too many distractions. Instead, find a spot in the library with plenty of room and privacy.
3) Unplug and Disconnect
This tip, is one of the hardest to do. Checking Twitter, Facebook or Instagram every five minutes has become routine, especially when we don’t want to study or work on assignments. According to “Top 10 Tips for College Midterm and Final Exams,” turning off your cell phone and shutting down social media for at least one hour will help you accomplish a lot.
4) Cut the Junk
Even though it’s easy, skipping meals or eating junk food from the vending machine will not help you ace those midterms. Plan time in your study schedule to have regular meals, and pack yourself some “brain foods” as snacks. According to the Huff Post Healthy Living, here are some super foods that can help keep your brain in tip-top shape:
- Coffee (could also carry you through an all-nighter too!)
- Dark Chocolate (yum!)
5) Meet with your professor
If you have time, go to your professor’s office hours and talk to them about the topics that seem too big to tackle. They may even give you key topics to study, and give you a heads up if you are focusing too much on a less-important topic.
6) Take a Break
After a few hours of studying, take a little break so you do not burn out. 10-15 minutes is enough time to stretch, get some fresh air, and have a little snack.
Giving your mind and body time to rest and relax before a big exam is important. If you walk into a midterm exhausted, you will not be able to think clearly. Six to eight hours the night before will give you the energy you need to make it through the test.