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March 14, 2007 10:37 AM

Why is it called a MID-Term Anyways?

Most of us have come to realize that midterms don’t only occur midway through the term, often we have several “mid” terms for one class so it is important to stay on top of the material. Whether we like it or not, it’s midterm season again (or always for some of us), so how about some tips on how to study?

1. If possible, it’s best to try to stay on top of the material throughout the semester so you don’t feel rushed when it’s time to study for the midterm. If not, start going over the material early enough so you don’t have to cram (unless that’s the only way you can study). Studies have shown that people remember the material much better if it’s learned over a longer period of time, thus, helping you do better on this midterm, possibly the cumulative final as well and most importantly it will stick with you longer.

2. Plan it out! Time management is an important skill needed for studying for midterms. I suggest reading my previous blog called “Time Management – An Essential Skill” for tips on how to manage your time. If you have more than one midterm to study for make sure to plan it out so you have enough time to fit it all in. Alternating between classes is a good idea because it gives you a break from the material to let it sink in and also so you can come back to it with a fresh mind later.

3. Save time to do something fun in between studying. It’s important to take time off and relax or do something you enjoy; this will help keep you energized to study. Even if it’s just an hour break to go enjoy the sunny weather, a half hour break to watch your favorite T.V. show or saving time to hangout with your friends, make sure to save some you time.

4. Now that you have some tips on how to prepare for the midterm, here are some tips on how to take the midterm:
A. Get plenty of sleep the night before.
B. Eat breakfast the day of the midterm.
C. Enter the test feeling confident (even if you think you should have studied
more); the worst thing you can do for yourself is to be nervous during the test.
D. If you don’t know an answer, skip that question and come back to it; just because
you don’t know that particular question doesn’t mean you won’t know the rest, so don’t
freak out!
E. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need clarification.
F. Keep an eye on the clock so you can get through the entire test and hopefully
double check it.
G. Stay positive throughout the test.

If midterms really stress you out I suggest taking a look at my previous blog called “Feeling Stressed?” It may help you get through midterm season with a little more ease. If you feel like sharing your midterm experiences, study habits, or have any questions please come by office hours. Good luck and remember to stay positive!


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