Tips for Tackling Midterms

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are over, and now we have to face the rapidly approaching midterms. Ask yourself:  Are you stressed out? Last year did you find yourself struggling last minute, cramming for the test the night before? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you might want to read the following tips. Hopefully they will lead you to success…  

  1. Study in advance- For most people, cramming the night before is not the most effective study habit if you want to do well on the test. If you are someone who likes to procrastinate, then this will be hard for you. However, the earlier you start studying, I am sure the less stressed out you will be when midterms arrive.

  2. Manage your time- Along with studying in advance, managing your time is important if you want to use the time you set aside to actually do something productive. Making a schedule might help, or setting a timer while you work on a certain subject. A timer might save you from slogging through an hour’s worth of math problems. Changing it up a bit will definitely make your studying a little less unbearable.

  3. Don’t stress- Stressing out won’t help you going forwards. Try meditating, listening to music, reading, exercising, or anything else you do for fun. It will take your mind off of things and allow you to relax before a big test.

  4. Go to teachers for extra help- before midterms most teachers schedule extra help time during lunch and after school.  If you have questions, definitely ask them for help.

  5. Study in fun ways- Studying doesn’t always have to be so unbearable. You can make a study group with your friends, or make a game out of your review material.

  6. Complete review assignments- If your teacher gives you a review packet with information for the midterm, it makes sense to finish it. It is probably the easiest way to study.

  7. Go over old tests and quizzes- Look over the questions you got wrong on past tests and redo them. If you are feeling ambitious, it doesn’t hurt to redo the whole test for practice.

If you start studying early, don’t procrastinate, make good use of your study time, and go to your teacher if you need help, then you should be just fine for the approaching midterms. Good luck!

By Kathrine LoBue

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