Midterm Madness!

Midterm season is in full swing right about now.  From this point out, it seems like there’s always a paper or a test looming on the horizon.  I’ve learned that the month of November goes by the quickest in college – there’s always something to be done and not even close to enough time to get everything in!  Whether you’re in the midst of midterm madness or if yours has just finished up, here’s some of my tips to handle the chaos.

  1. Make a list of everything you need to get do and schedule in time to handle it.  I feel better seeing everything I need to do laid out in front of me.  Seeing everything organized makes it seem more manageable and checking things off my to-do list makes me see that I really am making progress!  Plan when you’ll get things done – but also schedule in time for yourself!  I find that working in blocks of two or three hours is the most effective for me.  Give yourself personal time to refocus, whatever that may be.  You’ll never be able to give your assignments your best if you don’t have time to have some fun as well!
  2. Keep things in perspective.  Is studying those three extra hours more important than three vital hours of sleep?  Are the details you’re focusing on in ECON really going to end up on the test?  What’s the worst that will happen if you don’t do well on this test?  Keep stress at a minimum by realizing that whatever the issue, it’s not going to be the end of the world.  Life goes on!
  3. Study with friends.  Make friends in your classes and form study groups!  I’ve found that talking about a subject helps me remember it better.  Plus, if you have a question about something, you’ll have someone to talk it over with.  But, if your study partners are hurting more than helping, don’t be afraid to go it alone as well.
  4. Take advantage of study sessions and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  For a lot of classes, professors or teaching assistants will hold study sessions beforehand to review.  Don’t skip out on these!  You can get valuable information about what will be on the test and at the very least, hearing information for a second or a third time will help you in remembering it.
  5. Make studying fun.  I keep my Pandora or iTunes on constantly when I’m studying.  Having something in the background keeps me focused and brightens up studying a subject I don’t enjoy.  If you can’t focus with music in the background, find something else to make studying more enjoyable, whether it’s fun highlighter colors or singing your notes!  For the many long nights in the library ahead, here’s my playlist of what I’m listening to now, to make studying geology just a little bit less horrible.

Click to download the songs from iTunes.

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