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March 14, 2007 10:35 AM

Midterm Mayhem

Are you feeling apprehensive about your upcoming midterm exams? Well settle down, my friends. I have a suggestion. You are going to fail. So why study? Ah, freedom, relief from stress. Seeing that this might not fly with you, I have an alternative.

Engage yourself during class. I have this one professor who speaks so elevated and talks about things as if we already had background knowledge of those things. So, I ask questions when I think of them. This might slow down the class. But you should think of it as bringing the class down to the optimal speed. Teachers should explain concepts they mention in lecture before going on to the next concept. What good does it do us to just hear the name of the concept without knowing what it means? This is a strategy one should implement throughout the semester. Thus if you don’t know your stuff now, you’re not going to know it for tomorrow’s exam. So just not even worry about it.

However, do remember that your brain has recorded all the information you picked up during lecture and what you read from your books and notes. It’s all there. Have confidence in yourself. Do your best and I’ll be proud of you.

Go Bears! Beat the Midterms!


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