How to Ace Your Midterms

March 16, 2016

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Midterms have arrived. Are you prepared?

Whether you’re behind in class or excelling, midterms are always a stressful time. We’ve given you study tips before, but now we’ve put together our most extensive list yet to ensure you ace those midterms. Study hard, and study smart.

Study Tips

  • Ask questions during class, review sessions, or study groups. If the material isn’t clear or you don’t understand, ask someone. Hearing other perspectives will help you prepare.
  • Stay organized during midterms with lists and calendars. Put doable tasks on your lists, so you can easily cross off multiple items each day. You’ll feel more productive and get more done.
  • Try diagraming your notes during review sessions. This can help you visualize connections between information, instead of lists of facts and data. Give it a try!
  • Write your own practice tests. When you write your own questions, it helps you understand and better retain that information. You and a classmate can also write and exchange questions. That’s an instant practice exam!
  • Take mental breaks when preparing for a test. Going on a walk can increase your focus and information retention!
  • Reward yourself for your hard work. Make sure you have something to look forward to at the end of your study session, whether it’s a sweet treat, an episode of your favorite TV show, or some time relaxing with friends.
  • Google search for quick info and supporting articles — don’t just rely on the chapters in your textbook. Your textbook is important, but it’s not your only source of information. If you need more background on a topic, try researching it externally.
  • Change up your study spot. Avoid using only one location, room, or seat to study. Changing spots is proven to help you retain more information.
  • Chew gum while studying, and then chew the same flavor when taking your exam. This will help you recall info. You can also try chewing a flavor you don’t normally get, as it can help facts stick out in your mind.
  • Listen to video game soundtracks while studying. They are specially crafted to be stimulating, but not distracting. That’s perfect!
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before your test — but that should be a given. All-nighters are proven to be a poor study technique, and can have negative results on your test if you’re too exhausted to focus.
  • Eat a full meal before your midterm. Be sure to check out the best foods to eat while studying.

There you have it! Our comprehensive list of study tips for success! Now is your chance to go and ace your midterms!

Just remember, you’re almost in the clear, since summer is just around the corner. Fund an epic summer trip by selling your used textbooks! Good luck!

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