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10 Helpful Tips That Will Help You Get A Grip: Midterm Edition

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Midterm season has arrived and it’s time to prepare for all the last minute cramming sessions and late night study sessions. Midterms can be stressful, but I’m here today to let you know a few tricks that, if done correctly, may help ease up the load.

  • Tip 1: Ask questions. Your teachers are there to help you, so don’t be scared to speak up in class. Chances are, if you don’t know it, someone else in your class doesn’t either, and they’ll thank you later. Not to mention, you’ll be much happier if you ask questions and get a high score, than if you shy away and fail.

  • Tip 2: Make a study group. It’s no fun studying on your own! You may often find yourself falling asleep or taking “short 10 minute breaks.” If you find people to study with, you can quiz each other or help explain different topics to each other. As the saying goes, divide and conquer. Just make sure you actually are studying and not goofing off.

  • Tip 3: Take a break. This is really important. If it seems like you can’t concentrate or you’re just not understanding something, take a step back. Your brain gets fried if you try to cram 100 vocabulary words or memorize an entire textbook, so get a quick drink and have some food. You’ll find that if you let your brain rest and calm down your nerves, the information you need to know or the homework you need to do gets much easier. Just make sure that you don’t take TOO long of a break!

  • Tip 4: Be organized. As a messy person myself, I can understand how by the middle of the year your locker starts to look like a tornado went through it. But by cleaning up your locker, you may be able to find some valuable pieces of homework or past quizzes that can be really helpful when studying. You might even want to think about color-coding your notes. If you have papers that are nice to look at, you might be more inclined to actually study them!

  • Tip 5: Stay calm. Whether it be before a test or a game, you’ll do much better if your nerves aren’t all amped up. Besides, chances are you’re well prepared and will be fine. If you’re not, then there are always finals! Still, that doesn’t mean a little stress isn’t good. A little stress can help you get motivated to study or perform better, but make sure you don’t let the stress grow and get the best of you.

  • Tip 6: Don’t get caught up on one thing. Everyone has an off day or makes mistakes. It’s not going to ruin your life if you get a bad midterm grade. So, in the words of Taylor Swift (yes, I am quoting her, don’t judge me), just shake it off. Likewise, don’t get caught up on one question and waste all your time. If you don’t know it, move on and go back to it later.

  • Tip 7: Make flashcards. Now, this doesn’t work for everyone, but you might find it helpful to make flashcards for vocabulary or go on Quizlet. Often times, you’ll find that writing down the information will help you memorize it and then continually practicing with the vocab will help you get it solid in your head.

  • Tip 8: DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. I know that it’s easier said than done but I cannot stress this enough. It’s much easier to split up studying for certain subjects over the course of the week instead of doing it all the night before and then snoozing right through the test.

  • Tip 9: Stay after with teachers: the teachers are there for a reason, so take advantage of any opportunities they give you. They’re having a midterm review after school? Go to it. They’re handing out extra practice worksheets? Get every single one they have. It’s much easier to have a teacher explain material you don’t understand than for you to sit at home staring at your paper for 3 hours, so let them help you!

  • Tip 10: Go over old work and PRACTICE: Make use of your old homework assignments, quizzes, and tests by going over them again and understanding what mistakes you made so you don’t make them again on the midterm. Also, like the saying goes, practice makes perfect. We live in a wonderful technological age so get online and find some practice questions for whatever subjects you are studying for. There’s bound to be some type of test or quiz online that’ll really help you get used to problems or questions. You might even want to think about timing yourself.

I’m not going to lie- it’s going to be hard to study for all your tests. Still, if you plan your schedule out, and DO NOT PROCRASTINATE, midterms will be over before you know it and you can go on to the coveted February break! Hang in there and good luck!