Just as you’re finally getting used to your timetable and study schedule, midterm season arrives to shake things up.
These exams and assignments can be worth half your final grade for the semester, so they shouldn’t be taken lightly.
But don’t worry: conquering midterms doesn’t have to involve sleepless nights camping out in the campus library. There are plenty of productive ways to keep calm and ace those midterms with ease!
Achieve success without the stress with the following egg-cellent study strategies:
Turn Motivation into Discipline
Don’t let a subpar space affect your motivation – where you study can have a huge impact on your productivity.
The ideal space has an atmosphere that allows you to focus and get ‘in the zone.’ Some people are motivated in the solitude of their dorm rooms, while others concentrate better in a busy coffee shop. Maybe it motivates you to sit among other focused students in the library. Whatever the place, it should help you relax and inspire you to tackle your study notes head on.
Reduce background noises
To block out any distracting noises such as slamming residence doors, coughs echoing through the halls of the library, or the constant hum of a heater, plug in your earphones and play music that helps you focus on the task at hand. Lyric-free instrumental music is often best for concentration.
If you lose your motivation to study, set up a review session with your classmates! Making a commitment to other people will keep you accountable and help ensure you didn’t miss any important subject areas.
Take Advantage of School Resources
Your school has tons of resources for career guidance, test preparation, and study tips – you just need to know where to look!
Use office hours
A professor’s office hours exist for YOU. And contrary to popular belief, your instructors really do want you to succeed in their class. Since office hours can get busy at this time of year, book an appointment with your professor to clarify key concepts well before exam day.
It may be tempting to skip the last class before the midterm to study, but professors often use them as opportunities to hold review sessions. This is one of your last chances to clarify the test material so be sure to attend!
Read discussion boards on the student course portal
Take a look online – students often use the course’s discussion boards to share study notes, discuss similar questions, or even plan group study sessions.
Take Care of Yourself
Sleep is essential to the learning process. Skip the all-nighter fueled by energy drinks and take a nap instead. Sleep deprivation can reduce your brain’s ability to concentrate, making your body produce higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol – it can even lower your immunity.
During sleep, your mind is hard at work consolidating, organizing, and retaining vital information from the day’s study sessions while your body restores its energy. Make sure you get enough so you wake up feeling revitalized and ready to conquer that midterm!
Eat healthy and snack smart
You already know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. but as stress piles up and time runs out, it’s easy to forget about nutritious meals and reach for the closest edible, sweet thing in the pantry. Instead, try making overnight oats for a quick and healthy breakfast you can grab on the go!
Jog your memory (literally!) by breaking up your study sessions with some physical activity. Give your eyes a rest from the computer screen and take a walk. If you’re in the library, do a few seated stretches or take the stairs to grab a coffee from the campus Starbucks. A little movement can go a long way in helping you power through midterm season.
De-stress with creativity
Whether it’s simply decluttering your room, attending a yoga class, or getting crafty, shifting your focus from your studies to something a little more creative can relieve stress and boost serotonin levels, which can help you feel happier and more relaxed.
Just because you’re in study mode, doesn’t mean you have to shut yourself off from the world! It’s okay to take a night off to hang out with your friends – just maybe not the night before the midterm!