Tips for Midterms


Bridget Gedeon

Midterms are next week, and with all the exams in different subjects, it can be stressful to handle both studying ahead and other commitments.  To minimize stress, here are some tips for productive studying for exams, whether they are AP, conceptual, or everything in between:


1. Start early.  If you start studying early, you won’t have to cram right before the midterm.  Also, starting ahead of time is likely to help you perform better on the exam!
2. Study with friends.  Depending on your learning style, it can sometimes be more helpful to study in groups than alone.  Studying with friends can also aid memory on an exam if you remembered discussing a specific concept with them.
3. Take breaks.  It’s impossible to memorize or comprehend all the material for the exam all at the same time.  After focusing on studying for around 50 minutes, take a break for 5 to 10 minutes, but don’t let your break turn into almost an hour as it may distract you!
4. Get sleep. If you get at least 8 hours of sleep every night during midterm week, it can help you be more focused and alert while taking the exams.
5. Visualize concepts.  If you’re a visual learner, making mind maps or diagrams can help you understand how your learned concepts relate to each other.  This is also helpful when studying concepts that build on others.
6. Make and follow your own study schedule.  If you split up your study material into manageable chunks, you can keep track of what you’ve covered instead of getting overwhelmed.
7. Prioritize your study time for different exams.  Some subject areas may be more difficult than others, and some of the exams might take up a bigger portion of your grade than others.  Make sure to consider these different factors to aid in your studying.
8. Make study guides and Quizlets.  If a teacher has given a study guide, try making a more in-depth version of them.  Also, making Quizlets and studying off of them repeatedly can also help with your long-term memory for concepts and information!
9. Rotate your subjects for studying.  Alternating what you’re studying for, such as reviewing algebra for 1 hour, studying 1 hour for chemistry, and alternating between the two can help you learn everything for your tests while also preventing burnout on a singular topic.  Switching up your topics can help you maintain your focus for longer periods of time.
10. Make sure to eat before your exam.  If you’ve had something to eat in the morning, it can help you stay more alert while taking your test and prevent you from being distracted during it.  Eating something with protein in it is especially beneficial!


Good luck with midterms starting next Tuesday!