Simple tips for conquering midterms while maintaining your sanity!
By: Ashton Darnell
If you’re a student, then you are well aware that midterm season has reared it’s ugly head. While this time can be a stressful one, it is important to remember that it is only temporary. Take a break from your studies to read through some of our helpful stress-management tips and incorporate them into your rigorous studies, your grades and your mind will thank you!
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Take a Break
While it might not seem beneficial to take a break from hitting the books, a little separation from your studies might be just what the doctor ordered! We are not recommending that you blow off your studies for a day of frolic and play, but we do recommend taking a break every now and then to let your mind relax. Not only will this help to reduce your stress levels, but you may find that a concept you could not seem to fully grasp finally makes some sense.
Why so serious? We know that the pressure of deadlines and tests can be overwhelming, but being overwhelmed can lead to higher levels of stress. This is why it is important to take some time to laugh a little. Laughing makes us feel good, which can help reduce stress levels. So take some time to laugh with friends, or watch a silly YouTube video!
Don’t wait until the last minute! One of the biggest causes of stress during peak exam seasons is the lack of preparation before studying, or even taking an exam. To avoid added stress, take enough time before exam week to go over notes, organize your thoughts and ask your teachers for help with any concepts you do not fully understand. Preparation is key to a productive study session, high test scores and minimal stress.
Make a List
Typically midterms consist of multiple exams and possibly even a paper or two. This is where making a list comes in handy. First, write down everything you have to accomplish or study. Once you have everything in front of you, take some time to make a priority list. What on your list is top priority? What is going to take the most time? What is going to take the least? These are all important questions to ask yourself in order to manage your time in the most productive way possible. Plus, crossing off tasks on a list can give you a sense of accomplishment!
Now get back to studying!
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