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September 24, 2008 2:36 AM

Study Tips

Midterms can be hectic and stressful for students, especially the first midterms of the semester when you are still getting used to a class and a Professor’s teaching style. So to better prepare you for upcoming exams here are some study tips to help you succeed in your classes.

1. Keep up with reading and problem assignments. Don’t expect to read and do 5 weeks worth of material and problem sets the night or even weekend before, especially for science classes!

2. Do all assigned problem sets/book problems. Professors assign them for a reason, so do all the problems, no matter how challenging or time consuming they may be. They allow you to better understand the types of problems that are probably going to be on the exam, and the level of difficulty you should expect.

3. Go to office hours. If you’re having trouble understanding something try to go to the Professor’s or GSI’s office hours. This way you can talk about any problems or concerns you're having with the material. This is also a great way for you to get to know your Professors better (and for them to get to know you). This is especially important if you are hoping to get a letter of recommendation from a Professor.

4. Form study groups with other people in the class. If you’re taking a class that has a lot of people in it, try talking to people in your discussion sections to see if they’re interested in studying together.

5. Find a good place to study. Try to find a quiet place to study where you won’t be distracted or tempted to procrastinate. I like going to the Student Resource Center in Mulford since it has the comfortable couches to sit on and computers that I can use to check and print any handouts/worksheets that may be posted on bspace.

6. Check out the course syllabus about test policies for each class. Some classes won’t accept tests written in pencil for regrades. Are you allowed a calculator on the exam? And if so, what kind? Some classes also require you to bring your student ID to the exam, so check the class syllabus about what you need and don’t need to bring.

7. Know the time and location of your exam. Some classes give midterms at a different day, time and location from where the lectures are held, so double check that you know when and where to go for your exam.

8. And remember, while midterms are important, they’re not the most important things in life. If you don’t do as well as you’d like, maybe you need to change some of your study habits. And if you’re still worried talk to your Professor/GSI or advisor. They might be able to suggest resources available for you to get additional help or maybe suggest you take the class pass/not pass.

I hope these tips are helpful and good luck to everyone!!


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