This semester is in full-swing and this can only mean one thing: that’s right, midterms are here. Although nobody is looking forward to an influx in research papers, group projects, and seemingly impossible exams, there are numerous ways to leave midterms with both your mental health intact and a happy GPA.
Tips for Surviving Midterms:
- Get Organized- As simple as it sounds, it is very important to get organized before attempting to tackle all of your assignments. Prioritize your assignments by their due dates and order of importance. Knock out the busy work first and schedule time to dedicate to your most difficult exams. Remember to start studying sooner rather than later. In college, we become the master of cramming and all nighters, but you actually absorb information better over a prolonged period of time.
- Quizlet- If you haven’t already done so, make this website your best friend. If you don’t have time to make your own set of flashcards, search the site for existing sets to save yourself some time. Quizlet is very helpful with memorization. Try the different study options, such as: learn, flashcards, write, spell, test, and match. With all of these different study methods you’ll never get bored. Download the Quizlet App for memorization on-the-go!
- Find a New Study Spot- I hate to say it, but your favorite study spot on the second floor of Carrier is going to be occupied ALL week long. As the work piles up, many students will begin to trickle into the libraries. This just means that you need to build in time to find the perfect study spot, as campus will be more crowded during midterms. Many different academic buildings will open up classrooms at night for students to study. Explore your options.
- Get Enough Sleep- As basic as it sounds, your brain cannot function without sleep. It is important to get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep per night to stay healthy during midterms. Visit The Oasis in the Student Success Center and try out their massage chairs, yoga mats, noise cancelling headphones, or take a nap with their comfy pillows and blankets.
- Exercise- Get active! If you can find time, make sure to exercise between study sessions. Although working out seems to be the least of your concerns when there around thousands of items on your to-do list, it is important to keep up with a normal exercise routine during midterms. By getting your blood flowing, you will be more alert and capable of recalling more information.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to ace any midterm, project, or paper that comes your way. Good luck Dukes!