Congratulations! You’ve reached the halfway point of the halfway point of the semester. Unfortunately as a reward you’re now facing midterm exams. It seems just yesterday you were reading about them on your syllabi, enjoying how far off they seemed. Now, they’re staring you right in the face.
Not to worry! Midterms aren’t as scary as they may seem. Well, most of them aren’t. There are a few key things you can do to make sure you do well on them and are on the right track to finish out the semester.
Keep Going to Class
Midterms time also happens to be the time when it’s most tempting to skip one or two (or more) classes. Don’t do it. Often the classes leading up to the midterm are full of review material that you’re definitely going to need to know. For those of you who have already been skipping class, now would be a good time to stop skipping, and start studying.
Make Friends, Share Notes
Not everyone takes notes the same way. Nor do they all take notes on the same topic. To make sure you have all the information from the course you need to do well, find a study buddy whose note-taking style is slightly different than yours. You’ll be able to share information that the other may have missed. Bonus points if instead one person to compare notes with, you find a whole study group.
Start Asking Questions
Don’t become THAT student who always has 10 questions right before the end of class. However, if there’s anything in your classes that you aren’t clear about, there is no time like the present get some clarity. Asking questions during class or finding your professor during their office hours can shed light on topics you may not be completely sure about.
It’s easy to convince yourself that staying up all night studying the night before a big test is a good idea. However, staying up late, even to study, will definitely have a negative impact on your test results. Instead, start studying a few days before your test, and have a final review session the night before. Just a review session. There comes a point when you have to accept what you know and what you don’t know. Instead of cramming facts and figures in your head, get plenty of rest knowing you’ll wake up refreshed and with a clear mind.
Once you’ve taken a midterm, don’t spend a ton of time and brain power reliving every little detail. The test has been taken and there’s nothing you can do to change how it went. Dwelling on all the little mistakes you think you made can only at best make you unnecessarily anxious, and at worst negatively impact how you do on other tests. Instead, take a few deep breaths and know that you did your best.
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