How To Survive Midterms Week…
If there is a time you will see me in a messy bun and yoga pants . . . and let’s not forget the large hoodie you can probably bet it is going to be during midterms and finals week.
As someone who went to a community college and took 18 units her last semester . . . my time at a four-year college as a transfer student has been way more stressful. This semester I am enrolled in 12 units and almost all of my classes have some type of fieldwork or qualification that I need to receive before the semester ends. My anxiety is literally building as I’m typing this post thinking about everything I have to do; however, here are some ways I maintain my sanity:
You need some sort of planner.
This is probably the most obvious way to keep yourself organized. Last semester I had a planner that I bought from Target and it broke my day down hour by hour. I found myself not really using it after a while because my 9 a.m slot could only hold a one-liner and it would get full (we all know college is more than having one assignment due at a time). I reverted back to a traditional planner. This year I went with a Vera Bradley one that I found on sale at TJ-Max it even came with cute stickers.
Write Down All Exam Dates
If you take anything away from this post let it be this key point write down all your midterm-final dates and time.
Sadly, I tell you I had to learn this the hard way. Last semester I had a Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m-10:45 a.m class. Somehow I overlooked the syllabus and didn’t realize that the final was scheduled for Friday morning. I panicked because I had been scheduled to work and unfortunately I had to miss my exam. I was afraid to look at my grade for weeks because I thought I must have surely failed to my surprise I ended up passing the class with a “B”. Phew! definitely a close call.
20 Minutes on 5 Minutes Off Rule
This one might sound a bit off and you’re probably asking yourself what is this rule? This is just a guideline that some of my friends and I like to abide by. Typically when I study I like to go to a coffee shop and have some friends meet me there. We work for twenty minutes alone and in silence and when the twenty minutes are up we take five minutes to just talk. I have seen variations of this and you can adjust it to your own needs. Some people like to study for 30 minutes and then take ten minutes off whatever works for you is the goal here.
Pick Your Place – Pick Your Poison
As I stated above I love to go to coffee shops to get some work done. I often times would prefer to stay home in the comfort of my own bed but if you’re trying to survive midterms and finals . . . your bed is probably not the best idea. Find a spot where you can lay out all your materials and a nice flat surface to work on. My friends and I like to grab two tables at a coffee shop and place them together in order to have more space to sprawl all our stuff across. Honestly, If you have been on a college campus during midterms and finals week you will see that everyone has their own place staked out and have claimed ownership. During midterms and finals week my campus library is opened 24 hours and they often times distribute free Starbucks. Grab a drink whether it be tea or coffee to give you a little bit of that boost you will need to power through. I personally love coffee, in fact, I love it so much so that one time I was studying for midterms and my friend’s mother-in-law took a picture of me to send to my best friend that she had run into me.
Surviving Midterms and Finals
Surviving midterms and finals means PASSING. In order to pass you actually have to study. I learn best by re-writing notes and highlighting. If I use a computer during class to take notes I will print out hard copies and highlight those. I don’t tend to pull all-nighters instead I start studying a few days before and when I’m tired I go to bed. I will set alarms to wake me up an hour or two earlier than I would typically wake up to study and refresh my memory some more. I will study anywhere when it comes to midterms week. If I am in line at the coffee shop I am repeating terms and trying to recall definitions just make sure you are still aware of your surroundings but take advantage of any time you might have before the test.
If you guys have any tips on how to study for midterms/finals week leave me a comment down below 🙂
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