October 26, 2009 6:45 PM
Midterm Breather and Getting Prepared for upcoming Exams
I'm about to enter my second round of midterms, as I'm sure many people are, but it is important to try and relax a little in between exams. I like to study more at cafes and outside when I don't have an exam right around the corner; you might not get quite as much done as in the library, but it's a nice change of pace and you can enjoy some of the nice weather before it gets colder :) Also you can use some of your free time to make sure you are eating right and getting a good amount of sleep. You don't want to get sick right before your next midterms or papers.
Another way I help myself to not stress out too bad with exams is to start preparing a little bit at a time. I try to make myself gather all my notes and papers for the class a good while before my test so when I want to start intense study-time I already have everything together, and I don't have to worry about a missing page or quiz. It can be helpful if you skim through you notes once, and download all the power point slides a couple days before you plan to buckle down so that you have a better idea of how much material you to go through. If you have a second round of mid-terms then you might have the benefit of already having a test with your professor, which can make the second test less stressful since you're familiar with how they write questions and grade answers.
Exams seem to always come in clusters, so make sure to know when all your tests and assignments are due so nothing sneaks up on you. It can be hard to get going again for a second round of tests, but if you give yourself a little break you can comeback more refreshed to study. While you have a week or two test free make sure to take a deep breath, or an extra nap or watch a guilty pleasure movie and let yourself unwind a bit. You'll study better if you are well rested and mentally ready to begin your next round of tests!
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