Dear Addy: Making it Through Midterms

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By Dear Addy: Jenna Lynch

With midterms right around the corner, every college student’s stress levels are at an all-time high. However, you are lucky to be reading this article because it will keep you equipped with all of the tips that you need on how to study for those midterms without breaking down into an ugly cry. 

In the weeks leading up to the exam, it is important to establish the study habits that work best for you. For some students, they like to make flash cards of all of the concepts that their class has covered so far to help jog their memory and be ready for the exam. For others, asking questions to their teacher is a huge help in clearing up any confusion that they may be carrying. Doing practice problems can also benefit you by emphasizing your mistakes. Whatever method you choose, it is important to stick with it and to most of all prevent procrastination.

The night before the exam, make sure your bag is packed in advance with all of the supplies you need for the following morning. Knowing you have everything you might possibly need will make you feel confident during your midterm. Also, a good night’s sleep will allow you to feel energized, relaxed and ready to take on anything.

The morning of the exam, do a quick scan of the material to ensure that it is fresh in your mind. Grab a bite to eat for breakfast or even a granola bar or banana on the way so that your grumbling stomach does not distract you from putting forth your full effort. 

During the exam, stay calm! If you do not know an answer to a question and it seems to be taking up all of your time, skip it and go back to it later with a clear head. Try to stay positive and do not slip into a negative mindset even if you do begin to struggle. Take deep breaths and remember that although midterms are extremely important, they are not your whole world. 

I hope that some of these tips find you well in these upcoming weeks and I am wishing you all the best of luck on your midterm exams.