Midterm week is here, and this year’s midterms will be different than ever before. All midterms this year will be online, like all of the classes are. Midterm week can be a stressful time because you are juggling your regular class activities while also trying to prepare for an exam or write a long paper. Trying to study and get everything done in a timely manner can make you stressed and frustrated. Here are a few tips to help get you through midterm week.
Something that can help prepare you for your midterms is stress management. Being able to manage your stress and stay relaxed while preparing for your exam will help do the same while actually doing the midterm. There are a few different things you can do to manage your stress in preparation.
The first thing to do is get yourself organized; this means knowing exactly what you have to do and when it is due. Making a calendar will help you achieve this because it is all laid out where you can see dates and assignments. Next, you should prepare all of your study material in advance; this includes putting your study guides together and doing any reading that needs to be done. Another thing you can do is start early; starting early on these preparations will help it not feel like you are waiting until the last minute to get everything done. This will also help you feel like you haven’t been rushing and missed an assignment.
Another good way to prepare for a midterm is studying; first, decide what you will need to study the most and where that falls on your midterm week schedule. Make sure to give yourself a few days of studying before your exam to fully prepare yourself. Next, one of the best things you can do is prepare all of your study materials in advance; this one is also linked to stress management. Another thing you can do is quiz yourself. This will let you know what information you already know and what you need to spend more time studying. Lastly, rewriting notes is known to be a good way to remember your exam material. One of the most important things to not do is cram for your exams at the last minute, since this is not a good way to retain information. However, reviewing your notes one final time before the exam is a good way to refresh your memory.
Tips from a Professor:
Josh Bramlett, a professor in the Department of Communication, says that he encourages his students to keep up with reading as the semester progresses. He also said that it helps if a student studies at the time of the day during which they are most focused. Also, he said eating healthier has also proven successful, because it can provide better energy than caffeine.