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October 23, 2006 10:56 PM

Getting the midterms back~

How did you do on the midterms?
Are you happy with the scores? If so, congratulations! Keep up the good work and maintain the good grades! Remember how your study style matches with the testing style of your professors, so you’ll have an easier time studying for the second midterm! Also, note if the next midterm or final is cumulative. Keep the notes, keep the tests.

If you’re not happy with the midterm scores, first ask yourself if you really studied hard enough. Did you try your best but you’re just not getting the score you want? Maybe it’s your studying habit or studying style. Or maybe you didn’t focus on what was considered “important”. Sign up for professor’s or GSI’s office hours and talk to them about how you are preparing for their tests. Ask them what they value as the most important information in their courses and what they expect their students to gain from taking the class. If they say midterms are lecture based, then focus more on lecture material and use textbook as a supplement. If the parts you got wrong on midterms are problems that require you to get the big picture and integrate different concepts, ask professors or GSI’s better ways to memorize, understand, or solve the problems. Do they recommend any helpful study resources (website/books/videos) or can they give out extra problems for you to practice? Also, think about other resources such as the Student Learning Center, study groups, review sessions, residential academic centers, private tutoring, etc.
In addition, reflect on your study habits and study environments. Maybe studying with other classmates helps with doing problems. Other people might have a better or faster solution to solving a problem. Teaching other people what you’ve already know will definitely help with your understanding of material. Maybe doing extra textbook problems would help. Maybe you spent too much time doing community services or hanging out with friends that you simply need more time to study. Maybe you aren’t getting enough sleep so you couldn’t concentrate while studying or while taking the midterms. Maybe…

What if you think the class is just really really really too hard for you? Since it’s before the 10th week, take it P/NP. Did you miss out its prerequisites or do you just not get it? Talk to your advisors and professors about it. Maybe you aren’t in the right class. Maybe you aren’t in the right major.

All in all, the main thing is: NEVER GIVE UP! You still have plenty of time to turn that unhappy score to a happier one. Give yourself a chance. Prove to yourself that you can do it!

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