Midterm Prep: The Key to Success

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ’21
EE Staff Writer

Many consider midterm season to be one of the most stressful times of the year. But why make these exams more taxing than they need to be? With a few preparation strategies, these tests will become a piece of cake.

  1. Manage your time.

A lot of pre-exam stress is created when one procrastinates on their studying. By managing and organizing the times that you will study each subject, you will never again feel unprepared for midterms. An easy way to do this is to write a schedule, either in a journal, or even on a phone. Additionally, alternating where you study can be extremely beneficial. According to Benedict Carey, changing where you study each day is likely to keep the information in your head longer.

     2) Create a study group.

Everything is better with friends! Turn the dreary task of studying into a more entertaining task by inviting some people over. Not only will this motivate you, but any questions that you have are likely to be answered by at least one of the people with you. Just make sure that the study group actually is productive and not turning into a hangout as they often do.

     3) Complete all of the supplied material.

Most teachers will supply their students with supplementary worksheets or packets, so make sure to take advantage of this. Using this to study can be really helpful, especially if you complete it with enough time to ask your teachers or your peers any questions that you have. Not only does this give you an idea as to what is going to be on the exam, you also get to practice areas that you may have had trouble with previously.

     4) Review past tests.

Learning from your mistakes is a major lesson in life and it is never too early to put it into practice. This strategy will also help you to prioritize so you can focus on areas you struggled on and only briefly review the areas that you feel more confident about. This also prepares you for the types of questions that you may see on the midterm.

     5) Space out your study time.

Everyone has been told that pacing your studying is the best way to prepare for an exam, but most people do not know that cramming is actually worse than not studying at all. According to professor of psychiatry, Andrew Fuligni, “ if [a] student sacrifices sleep time in order to study more than usual, he or she is likely to have more academic problems, not less, on the following day.” By ensuring that you study sufficiently throughout a realistic period of time, the consequences of facing your procrastination at the very last moment will be non-existent.

      6) Exercise.

According to Heather Lambie, a mere twenty minutes of daily cardio-vascular activity can boost your memory. This ensures that everything you review and study for before the midterm will not suddenly leave you when it comes time to actually take the exam. Blanking out seemed like an unsolvable dilemma, but it can now be easily solved in less than half an hour a day.

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