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March 23, 2007 9:29 PM

Upcoming Midterms

So how do you prepare for the next round of midterms? I believe all the PALs had really good things to say, and I'll can do is reiterate some of the suggestions they had.

First of all, don't stress out! It's really easy to and maybe I'm not the best person to say this because I tend to freak out and make other people nervous because…well, I have "bad energy" around me. Music, especially classical and instrumental music, is particularly relaxing, and I listen to it while I study so that I will feel calmer and more in focus. Other strategies include remembering to breathe and doing exercises – walking around, dancing, or just giving yourself a break. Sleeping is always good.

If the next midterm is the second of third (or third of fourth, etc), evaluate how well you did on the last midterm, not just the exam itself, but the process of preparing for it. What can you improve, and what study methods do you want to keep? I think I have different ways of studying for different classes, so one way of studying may not apply to another.

Last but not least, whenever everything feels overwhelming, as things often do, just remember you can get through it. The result may or may not be the one you want, but you have survived through the stress.

If you need any suggestions, e-mail any of us, or come to our office hours at Mulford Hall! Also, I've written other blogs relating to midterms, time management, and stress management, so you can definitely check those out.


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