It’s that time again! Midterms are quickly approaching and the pressure is on, but if you take the time to prepare you won’t feel so nervous and overwhelmed. Instead you will be the student who is relaxed, confident and ready to ace your exams. Here are a few tips to ensure that you will make it through midterm week without breaking a sweat!
1. Study! Study! Study!
Students who are the most stressed out about exams are usually the ones who waited until the last minute to study or didn’t study at all. Both are a recipe for disaster so take the time to look over your notes or read the textbook in advance to prepare yourself. If you find it hard to study alone, studying with a group is a great alternative since this way you can help each other out.
2. Speak Up!
Most professors will do a review before the midterm which is the perfect time to ask any questions you have. Take advantage of the opportunity to get some clarity on anything you might be unsure of. Chances are someone else has the same question, but they are afraid to ask. Do not be afraid. I repeat, do not be afraid. I don’t know any professor who wouldn’t encourage you to ask questions during a review session.
3. Get Some Sleep.
A full eight hours of sleep is ideal to feel well-rested and refreshed for the next day, and when your midterm is the next day, a good night’s sleep is really important. Try to do any homework and complete any outstanding projects ahead of time so you can go to bed at a decent hour. Staying up all night then feeling tired and sleepy during your exam is never a good idea.
4. Eat Breakfast. I’m sure we’ve all heard a million times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it really is. After being deprived of food while you were sleeping your body needs fuel almost like a car. In order for you to function you need food the way a car needs gas. Make sure you have enough time to eat breakfast before the exam, no one can concentrate on an empty stomach.
5. There’s only one thing left to do now that you are fully prepared...Show up and ace that midterm!! Good luck to everyone on their upcoming midterm exams!