Midterms 101: How to Stay Sane
Midterms are upon us, and with that comes a whole lot of stress. Don’t let the midterm season get you down, here are some time-tried ways to keep your cool, get the grades, and still have time for a little break here and there.
• Start Early- Most people wait until the weekend before their big exam to do their major studying. If you do that, you will more than likely be overwhelmed and have to put all of your other work aside to study. It sounds a lot easier said than done, but taking 30 minutes a day to study for an exam even just a week before you would normally start will put you in good stead before the weekend comes.
• Take Breaks- Even with a perfect attention span, your brain gets tired sometimes. Put in a good hour of studying without interruptions, and then take a ten-minute break. During that break, do not do anything related to school. Read a leisure book, a magazine, anything. Grab a snack, call a friend, but whatever it is, take a break.
• Get Help- If you’re struggling with a certain subject area or some material that you know will be on your upcoming exam, don’t panic. There are many resources on campus including tutoring at the Learning Den, contacting your professors via. email, Office Hours or Blackboard. If you start studying early, you won’t get stuck in the rush of last minute questions!
• Be Okay- We all want to do well. Sometimes, though, it’s not necessarily possible to get an A+ on an exam without driving yourself over the brink. In situations like these, do your best to just be okay with whatever happens. Let it be. One grade is not worth emotional suffering.
• Sleep- We all know that eight hours of sleep is the recommended amount for each night. If you can’t get that much, it is vital to get at least six hours a night. More than that, sleep helps your brain to ingrain information and process it. So when you’re studying, start early, don’t sacrifice your shut-eye!
This midterm season, be balanced. Take a break to go for a run at the Rec Center. Eat healthy. Get the sleep you need. Support your friends; they’ll support you too. Have a successful midterm season!
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