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March 13, 2007 12:37 PM

Midterms again?

Midterms - Preparing for the next Round (a revisited topic;
or can be "Tips on Studying effectively" from Julie)

I know some of you have midterms right before spring break. It’s a good thing, right? C’mon, SPRING BREAK is almost here! Excited? I am!

For the second midterm, you need to learn from mistakes in the first midterm and improve your studying habits and strategy. Don’t worry, it’s never too late. It doesn’t matter if you got a C, a B, an A, or even an A+, you should reflect through what needs to be improved in turns of studying for your particular class. Maybe now you know that your professors like calculation-based questions more; maybe you found out that there were mostly conceptual questions; maybe from the first paper you learned that your GSI prefers more detailed supporting evidences… you get the idea. So based on your previous experience, you can modify tactics for the second exam.

Don’t give up if you scored below average or a C-. You might be the person who set the curve in second midterm, the professor might just give out 40% of the class A’s, the professor might see your improvements throughout semesters and grand you an A, or just remember, there is still the final for most of the time.

Continue your great work if you got a great score. Remember how you prepared for the first midterms/paper. But don’t slack off! The second midterm might be harder.

Also, be sure to look over the syllabus and revisit the % distributions for each assignment and midterm.

And remember, always give yourself some break. You deserve it.

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