Midterms, Quizzes, Exams, Oh My!

Every college around the United States is getting ready for “midterm week” soon enough, or, as I like to call it, “stress week”. If you’re not in college quite yet, then let me explain what this week means to most college kids. It’s usually the week where most of your teachers schedule their mid-semester exams all in, or around, the same week. Usually it’s around this time that students decide if they’re going to drop the class or not depending on how well they do on these exams. This time of the year can be extremely stressful; however, there are ways to keep the stress low and keep cool during this time:

  •  Start early in the week! DO NOT wait until the day before the test to study! Not only will you be cramming a lot of information in a short period of time, but you’re not as likely to memorize that information and staying up all night will cause you to be tired the next day. Especially if you have an early morning class, this will not help you pass the exam AT ALL.
  • Take breaks! Doing everything all at once can make you mentally exhausted and overwhelmed. In between subjects or chapters, go with your friends to get something to eat or go for a jog. Do anything to give your mind a rest from school work. However, the most important thing is to NOT GET DISTRACTED and make sure to continue and head back to your study area!
  • Don’t wait until all of your classes are done for the day to study. Study in-between classes, at lunch, or with tutors that work during the school day. This will keep your mind working throughout the day and not limit you to only studying at night and having to stay up super late.
  • Stay healthy! Stress will build and build when you’re extremely tired and relying on caffeine to get you through the day. Also, eating good food and full meals will keep you energized and feeling good.
  • Take a jog! Okay maybe not a jog, but exercising definitely takes the stress off even if you can only commit to an hour or, even, a half hour out of your day. Not only is exercising good for you, but it’ll keep you feeling good too.

You may be thinking that this is common sense and everyone knows this. However, not everyone uses these tips as much as they know it’s good for them. Keep in mind how busy you can get and, sometimes, you tend to forget about all of the important things you should be doing. I hope these tips are helpful and that you use them to your advantage!

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