5 Ways To Study For (and Pass) MidtermsSeems like prepping for a midterm exam is simple enough – just crack the books and get going. For some, that’s it. For many others, you have to enter a certain state of mind, relaxing and focusing on every important detail – from biology problems to those long form math questions or pages of essay writing you’ll have to do. It’s not just studying, but gearing yourself up to take in, and retain, all this important info.
We’ve gathered 5 Tips for Midterm Studying – and if you follow each to the letter, you’ll likely pass with flying colors!
1. Free Your Mind, and Body before taking on large scale studyingOne really needs to reach a certain state of mind before taking on large scale studying. Suggestions include yoga or meditation, which not only calm thoughts but also one’s physical self. Also, don’t get freaked out – you’ll do fine! Stop telling yourself “I’m gonna fail” or related worries. Just keep focusing on the task at hand.
2. Outlines Help, So Do HighlightersYou have the handouts and assignments from class, and a pocket full of multi-color Hi-Liters (we prefer Pink and classic Yellow at College World). Instead of re-reading every piece of information, go through and choose what might be the most important issues to dissect or retain. With literature, these are usually pretty obvious. Haven’t you heard most main ideas are in the first or last sentence of a paragraph? For mathematics or sciences, you will probably have to dig a little deeper.
3. Find a Well Lit, Quiet SpotPrivacy is key when trying to study for midterm exams in college. Hanging out in the dorm might not cut it. Check out the library or study center, even sign out a small meeting room if you have to, lock yourself in, put on a white noise machine and get started.
4. Take a BreakConstant studying will burn out your mind, and making it harder to remember… well pretty much anything. Take a break, even two! Try every half hour or hour. Go for a short walk, have a snack or grab a coffee / 5 Hour Energy. Do not use this time to procrastinate, give yourself a few minutes and get back to it.
5. The Early Bird Gets an A+Cramming the day (or evening, or morning!) before a college midterm DOES NOT WORK. Get started a week or two earlier at the minimum. You’ll be glad when the exam seems easy, and gets you that A.
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