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Midterms are Here, Have no Fear!
It’s October Panthers! The excitement of a new school year is over, that backpack you bought has finally worn in, and you can feel fall in the air! Actually, this is Atlanta, so it’s still hot and humid but the rest of the country is talking about pumpkin spice lattes and plaid scarves, so we will take their word for it. But with fall comes...MIDTERMS. You’ll get your first taste of how your professors like to grade, and you’ll really test the effects caffeine has on your ability to stay awake studying. Here are some of our best tips and tricks to pass that midterm (and eventually finals!) this semester.
Notes, Notes, and Notes!
First and foremost, take good notes! These are the best references for when you are looking back over the material of the year thus far. A good trick to remember is to write it down versus taking notes via your laptop. Computers can be distracting and recent studies have shown that when you physically write things down, you have a stronger conceptual understanding of the material and are more likely to remember what you are learning. In addition to taking good notes, save all your tests and handouts from your professor. This is usually where they pull test questions from!
Make a Plan
Before diving into your notes and books, make a plan! Time block your schedule, look up study groups and library hours, and prioritize your weakest areas first. Students who make study plans end up spending less time studying, and doing better on exams and papers than those who go at it without structure. Study groups are a great resource and help with staying focused. Other students will most likely share their notes and their own tricks for getting through this stressful week!
Variety and Breaks are Key
Now that you have a plan and all your notes in front of you, take a break! You are more likely to stay focused with a few breaks scattered throughout your week. Remember that food is fuel and will keep your brain and body from feeling sluggish. Change it up by asking a friend to quiz you or turn your notes into a song or rhyme. If you are burnt out from proofreading your term paper, change the font to something wacky and increase the size and you will trick your brain into reading something new. Taking a break to work out also stimulates brain function, so hit the gym and the books!
Test anxiety is the real deal, so follow these steps to help ease your stress. Get lots of sleep, stay positive and hydrated, and you’ll do great Panthers!