Preparing for Midterms

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We are in the middle of the semester, which means it is time to prepare for midterms. Midterms is where college professors test to see what the students have learned in the first few weeks.

Finals and midterms were credited as the top source of stress for 31 percent of U.S. students, according to a 2020 article by Guide2Reasearch. Among many other stressors midterms is one of the big things college students dread.

Somewhere between 16 to 20 percent of students have high test anxiety, according to the American test anxieties Association. Testing anxiety can manifest as blanking or freezing on tests, which causes a person to have trouble remembering the material, confuses reasoning, and increases mistakes.

So, what can college students do to relieve stress pertaining to midterms? Create a routine and a plan to help tackle midterms is one effective way.

Organization is extremely important in all aspects of life. Being properly organized can help you in your schoolwork, it can help you in your personal life, and it can help you in your work life. Reliable Plant states that 23 percent of students keep track of schoolwork and to-do items in their head by memory.

Organizing assignments ahead of time can help keep track of them and in return can help with reduce stress. Planners and calendars on our phones are great tools to write assignments down. If your planner of choice your cellphone you can even set several reminders.

Study guides are another useful thing when preparing for an exam. The study guides that teachers provide for students can help in determining the key points. Once key points are determined, students can look back on previous notes and review the information.

The simplest tip but the most helpful is, ask questions! According to an article written by Sophia Romero, 5 ways to prepare for finals, she encourages to ask your professor for ways to study their exams or to ask a friend that has taken the class before.

Lastly, and most importantly, take care of yourself. Take time to rest and take breaks to recharge. In an article written by explains that pulling all-nighters can impact your academic performance. All-nighters affect grades, memory, and concentration.

According to Dr. David Earnest in the Texas A&M report, cited in the article by, the best way to study is in short bursts. Dr. Earnest suggests studying 20-30 minutes each day several days before the exam.

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