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October 13, 2006 1:53 PM

Ready for the midterm?

Midterm season~
Midterm stress huh! So I just had my physics 8b midterm this Wednesday and 3 more midterms next week! 3 midterms… how do I handle that?

The best way to reduce midterm stress is to study bits and pieces when you don’t have midterms. Don’t pile up studying until 3 days before midterm. Summarizing weekly lecture notes and key concepts in textbook is important!

What I usually do during midterm weeks is to have a more regular schedule, which is sleeping, eating, studying, relaxing, and waking up on regular and normal basis. The one thing you don’t want to do is sleeping so little to study that you are totally exhausted on the day of midterm. You need to be healthy to study! Save energy for that big day! Eat well! Sleep well! Also, list out the total amount of chapters, pages, papers, problem sets, and reviews you need to go over, about 2 weeks before the midterm. Plan out your study timeline and really do follow your agenda. Be realistic of course. Listing out all the things you need to do and crossing out items on the list will decrease the freaking out level.

After some hardcore studying, be sure to give yourself a little reward, or some break. Break is important but not too much. You need to recharge your energy and motivation before reading another 100 pages. Moreover, alternate studying with 2-3 subjects prevent you from getting too bored with just one topic. Don’t set your goal to be something like
> study chem3a from 9am – 9 pm. I mean, it’s doable, but might not be as efficient after the first 5 hours, right?

And don’t be antisocial~ the right amount of hanging out with friends is always good!


Hopefully I’ve given some helpful tips! It’s Preparing for a midterm is like finishing a 400m run. Keep your pace in the first 300m and save energy for that final 100m and dash your till the finishing line. You want to have a strong and powerful ending.

Good luck studying!


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