Hi friends! Sometimes, when I’m lacking inspiration and I feel like my blog is pointless and going nowhere, I review other blogs, my favorite blogs, and I realize why I juggle this along with all of my other tasks. I wanted to share with you […]
If you’re anything like me, you had a wonderful winter break, full of family, friends, and food, with one little drop of sabotage: the looming threat of midterms.
Midterms start about 3 weeks after winter break ends, which means 3 weeks of teachers trying to cram in new material while students are trying to recall what the heck they learned in September. I by no means have mastered the art of achieving perfect midterm grades. However, for those of you who need a little guidance, I believe I have been successful enough in the past to spread a little wisdom. So, here are 5 steps to take to study for midterms:
- Start before the day before the test
- Yes, your friends will laugh sympathetically when you tell them that you’ve been up until 4 in the morning studying, but honestly, you won’t be laughing long. My Algebra 2 teacher in middle school once said it best, “You should be able to go out and see a movie the night before your midterm because you are so well prepared.” So, start studying!
- Focus on September and October
- While you should of course study all of the material from the semester, the material that if the foggiest will be the material that you learned in the beginning of the semester. So, start off studying September/October content and spend the majority of your time on it (but leave enough time to study November/December/January).
- Study in pieces
- Studying a whole semester’s worth of material can appear to be daunting at first, but if you study little bits at a time, jumping from subject to subject every few lessons, you won’t get as easily bored.
- Study everything
- Every piece of paper your teacher handed out, every link they told you to check out if you wanted to do some extra learning, every homework assignment, textbook reading, quiz, and test should all be reviewed. Don’t leave a single resource unturned.
- Seek help
- Peers (the ones that pay attention and do well in the class) and your teacher are valuable resources. We want to be able to say that we can do everything by ourselves, but we can’t. No one will judge you for asking questions and confirming that you know all of the material for the test.
- Bonus tip: Everyone says this, but it really makes a difference: get a good night’s sleep.
- Your GPA will thank you for it.
Good luck on studying! And if you know of any tips that I haven’t already shared, let me know in the comments below!