Midterms Season. It creeps up on you, and you suddenly find yourself sitting on your bed in your room trying to figure out where to start while simultaneously thinking about all the other things that you probably shouldn’t do like binge watch that one Netflix series.
Over the past 3 years I’ve learned that one of the biggest success factor for surviving midterms is...time management, but more importantly time allotment. When midterms season comes around, chances are you’ll have all of your test falling extremely close to one another, if not all in the same week. This means that you must know how to divide up your time. I’ve found that creating a schedule on a calendar helps best. In order to divide up my time accordingly, I always prioritize my classes. For some, the number one priority is the first midterm coming up, for others it’s the class that they have the most trouble in. After prioritizing, you can now allocate an hour or two of studying a day, adding on time the closer the test approaches. I do recommend taking breaks in between study sessions, give your mind a rest and go get some fresh air or grab something to eat. Personally, I enjoy studying outside rather than in the library. The fresh air keeps me up and I enjoy having a little bit of noise in the background. Everyone has different study habits, so it’s best to do what works for you, whether that’s flashcards or re-reading the textbook.
Another big success factor would be to not wait until the last minute! It always help to review your notes as you take them. I often take weekends to go over the class content that was covered this week. This will help you avoid that "when did we go over this?!" feeling that often comes with waiting until the day before the test to study. Taking 30 minutes to look over notes every weekend pays off in the end!
Midterms season isn't bad if you approach it the right way. Time management will help you avoid all the stress that often comes with holding off until the very end. Always make sure to take a breather and get some fresh air at the end of the day, and most importantly get some sleep! If you follow the tips above, you can avoid pulling that dreaded all nighter!