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September 25, 2010 11:08 AM

Midterm season is here!

Midterm season has rushed here once again! This time of the school year isn't very fun for any of us, but like all things in life, we have to get through them and do the best that we can. Here are some top tips that I like to use around midterm time that have helped me better prepare myself for exams:

1. Do practice tests: This really helped me with nearly all the pre-requisite science and math courses (Chem 1A, Organic Chem, Physics, Biology, Math), I still utilize it today. Try checking out the website for "Tau Beta Pi." This is my go-to website when I need practice tests; simply google "tau beta pi berkeley" and its the first link. Also, if you're a first or second year I would try to apply to the Biology Scholars Program (BSP). They offer amazing resources such as tutoring, study groups, and an amazing test bank. If you have a mitderm around the corner, go to the Student Learning Center(SLC) in the Cesar Chavez building. They offer drop-in tutoring, study groups, and very helpful mock exams. Even if you don't utilize the SLC on a regular basis, go to the mock exams! Check out their website for information about place and time for the mock exams.

2. Make an office hour appointment with your GSI or professor outside of their normal office hours: I wish I would have practiced this my first two years at Cal. Sometimes going to office hours can be like waiting in line at the DMV, whether it is with your professor or GSI, so if you want one-on-one time, this is a great option. GSI's really want to help us do well, I have never encountered one that has refused to meet with me outside of their regular office hours.

3. Take Breaks: Studying for 5 hours straight is not as efficient as if you were studying in increments of 2.5hours with a 10-20minute break in between. Go ahead, watch a funny youtube video or stand up and walk around for a bit, get a fresh breath of air, or call a friend. After taking a break from studying, I feel re-energized to hit-the-books again, making my studying more efficient.

Right before exams, try to be calm and relax, eat a banana or an apple, and talk to anyone that makes you happy. You're a smart individual, just be positive and don't second guess yourself!


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