A Guide to Surviving Midterms


Emma Davison, Contributing Writer/Social Media Editor

1.  Plan ahead. Understand how much time you have and how much you would like to dedicate to each exam. Think about which subjects you need to look at further in advance to avoid any major freak-outs.

2.  Study in a variety of ways. Make flashcards, flowcharts, and study guides; have someone quiz you; make up songs and raps to memorize topics.

3. Sleep regularly. An all nighter will only hurt you in the end. Study in manageable increments over a longer period of time.

4.  Ask for help. If you do not understand something, ask your teacher or a classmate to explain it more thoroughly.

5.  Take breaks. If you are going to study “all night” do not lock yourself in your bedroom and refuse any human interaction. Eat dinner with your family, take a bath, listen to music, go for a run, whatever will clear your mind.

6.  Set goals. Look at the work you have to do, and decide on the amount you want to finish each night. Plan so that you leave yourself with extra time, in case you need to review something again.

7. Don’t freak out. Midterms are not impossible and only take up a week of your year. You should try your best, but the results are not life or death.

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