Ahhh, midterms. The most stressful time of year next to finals. I would be lying if I told you I’m totally cool, calm, and collected during the weeks leading up to my exams. At the moment, I can’t seem to think about anything other than doing well. And while I’m not saying this is a bad thing, I am saying there are better ways to deal with stress than to spend every second of every day focused on succeeding. Exams can be majorly intimidating, and so today I’m sharing my tips for surviving the chaos of midterms.
Make Study Guides (AND FLASHCARDS!)
OK sure, this one kind of goes without saying. HOWEVER, it is so important to rewrite class notes numerous times. I personally like to make a full study guide with most of the material, and then make flashcards to review more specific details. I have found this way of study is the easiest for me, but of course, everyones study habits are unique to them, so find your groove and get your study on! (Disclaimer: While Quizlet is amazing and helpful and all things great, it will be way more effective to handwrite flashcards. Trust me on this one ;)).
Take Some Time to do Something For You
I know this sounds ridiculous. Really, I do. But honestly doing something that gets your mind off of exams is going to help big time when it comes to stress. Go for a run, play the piano, have a pamper evening, or even watch your favorite movie. Doing something along these lines will give you some time to reenergize and refresh before your exams, which is something I am sure that we all would benefit from.
Review With Classmates
Comparing study guides and notes with my friends is something I have been doing for years. Not only does it help to talk over and explain concepts from class, but studying with a friend can help reinforce things you didn’t totally pick up on by yourself. Also, if there’s a topic you know you struggle with, don’t be afraid to ask for help! There is no shame in admitting something is hard.
Retake Old Tests and Quizzes
This is a big one! Make sure to look back on what you got marked down for on previous assignments, and that you understand why you got it wrong! It might seem tedious and annoying, but it will help so much. (Also, it is not a bad idea to make a practice midterm. It helps, I promise)
Get Some Sleep, Girl!
…AND EAT WELL! Seriously! Getting a full 8 hours and eating real food full of nutrients will make the world a much better place when you’re halfway through your early Algebra 2 exam.
OK people, I actually have to go practice what I preach now and continue studying (lol), but I do hope that your exams go well (for those, like myself, who have yet to take the dreaded midterms). Remember to breathe and trust yourself. You got this!