Now that Mardi Gras break is over, it is time to get back into the reality of school. With twelve weeks left until the end of the semester, classes are going to get serious. Midterm time is coming up, and most people have at least one.

Here are some tips for preparing for your midterms.

For studying:

  • Do not wait until the night before the exam to study: If you are at that point, do not panic, use your time wisely.
  • Read through all of your notes a couple of times: While doing this, highlight important topics and vocabulary that are likely to appear on the exam.
  • Make an outline of the general concepts and theme. People lean best by learning the big picture first, then focusing on the details. It is important to not try to memorize your notes from beginning to end.
  • Make charts, diagrams, and lists: Whatever helps you to memorize the information.

For your sanity:

  • Never pull an all nighter: It will not benefit you in the end.
  • Do not try to cram in the moments before the exam: This increases anxiety. You can make a list the night before of a few important points that you want to remind yourself about before the exam, but do not try reading through your notes again right before the exam.
  • Get a good night’s sleep: You will feel refreshed, and will have the ability to concentrate.

During the exam:

  • Read over the entire exam before beginning
  • Manage your time wisely
  • Try not to get frustrated, if you do take a deep breath and move on to another part

If you keep calm and focus, you will do your best. Good luck!

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