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How to Create the Perfect Midterm Study Plan

March 8, 2022
How to study for Midterms

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for many college students to start preparing to take their midterm exams and unfortunately, all the stress that goes along with them. However, fear not, for we have the perfect study attack plan to make sure you nail midterms just in time to relax and enjoy spring break!

Develop a Strategy

  1. First, try to keep up on things in your classes. Write things down in a planner or notebook, plan out assignments, and don’t start tasks the morning before it’s due. If you had a challenging couple of days, missed a few classes, and now are behind; Don’t panic – there’s still hope! If you find yourself falling behind in classes, then it’s time to get chatty. Talk to your fellow classmates, ask what you’ve been missing, and set up times to study with your classmates. Take it one step farther by visiting your professor’s office hours, ask what you can do to get caught up, and then do it. That part is essential.
  2. Now that you’re caught up, you’re going to want to stay that way! Try to keep organized and create a to-do list of your upcoming assignments and study sections. Stay on top of readings and other smaller assignments that can get away from you; Every point counts. It helps to put due dates from the syllabi into your phone calendar or planner.
  3. Finally, don’t save studying until the very last minute and think you can write your essay the night before. While cramming information is a better alternative to doing nothing at all, it’s even better to get a head start and work on it for a week or two in advance. Taking it in small increments helps reduce stress about the event itself. It also has a habit of making you feel refreshed and on top of other things in your life with less strain on your mental health. 

Use Tools or Techniques

If you have trouble remembering terms or concepts, try to find a tool or system that will aid your study efforts. Try an online platform, such as Quizlet, also available as an app that allows you to create flashcards of terms or information from your classes and review them on the go. You can even utilize other study sets and flashcards from other people in your class or similar courses at other schools.

Relax

Breathe! Yes, midterms can be stressful, but a lot of it is from the pressure to do well, the organization, and staying on top of things. After all, you have spend the last few months learning this information so you should be off to a good start. Preparation is half the battle, and you’ll feel much more confident walking into your first exam knowing that you’ve spent the last few weeks studying. You’ve got this in hand, believe in yourself, and ace your tests!

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A College Guide to Cramming for Fall Midterms

November 8, 2016

Fall Midterms are a mid-semester source of stress.  Many are complete, and they will happen during the first weeks of November for some students.    Take note – millions of college students have been through this moment in time. You are not alone.

For most college students, midterms are looming closer and closer, that one last roadblock before the relief that is Thanksgiving.  And while some of your peers may have gotten the jump on studying for exams, plenty of others let things get the better of them.

Fear not, procrastinators, for we have the ultimate guide for cramming for your midterm exams!

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How To Deal With Multiple Exams In The Same Week

September 29, 2016

For most, the semester is now in full swing. You’ve likely already gotten a good feel for the type of work your current professors expect of you, and you’ve probably already gotten into some sort of groove with your daily routine.

But what happens when midterms come along and you suddenly find yourself with 3 exams within days of each other? How do you retain and recall all of the specific information for each course with so much going on?

Figure out your Exam Schedule

It can often be helpful to write down all of your deadlines and exam dates in one place, so you can start to prioritize. While it’s no fun looking at everything laid out all at once and realizing just how much work you have ahead of you, it’s an essential step to making sure you do well in each course.

Prioritize your Studying

Now that you know what’s going to happen and when, figure out the best order in which to tackle your studying. For example, if you have 2 exams on Tuesday and one on Thursday, it’s ok to devote most of your studying time to the first 2. That said, don’t make the mistake of leaving all of your studying for the 3rd exam until the day or 2 before. Start digesting that exam’s content at least a week prior, but in smaller chunks. This way, when you’re done with #1 and #2, you’ll already have been laying the groundwork for a successful exam #3 before you even begin the heavy-duty studying for it.

Create a Study Schedule

Since you know which materials you need to tackle first, block off some times in the week(s) leading up to the actual exams and dedicate them solely to studying. There’s so much going on in college, it’s easy to just push things off until a little bit later. By committing some of your time in advance, you’ll have made plans around your studying and won’t have to waste energy trying to figure out when you can fit it into your busy schedule last minute.

Remember your Study Breaks!

Of course, you may feel like taking breaks is the last thing you have time for right now. However, your brain needs time to recharge and process all of the information you are internalizing. This is a great time to implement the Pomodoro Technique. (You can use tomato-timer.com if you don’t own a physical timer!)

Carve Out Time for Rest

Once the exams start, make sure to plan your schedule in a way that allows you to get a full night’s sleep so you’re well-rested and not distracted. This may mean one or two less social events, but odds are that your friends are likely dealing with the same situation and might even appreciate you politely declining plans for those few days once they realize they need the study time and rest as well.

 

Having multiple exams in the same week can be tough - here are some tips to help you manage it!