Midterms:Tips for Exams and Tests

Midterms, the horror of students. No wonder they are around this time of year considering today is Halloween. To pass or to not pass, to study or wing it. Mid-terms and their exams put a panic in all of us and reminds us that the semester is almost over. Here are some tips for midterms and future exams and tests:

Stay on top of things:

Throughout the whole semester it’s a good idea to stay on top of your classes and material that is being covered. A way to do this is after the lecture ends try to review your notes as soon as possible. The more time the material is not reviewed the less likely you are to absorb and understand as much information as possible. This will give a higher possibility of passing the exam.

Don’t wait till the last moment:

This is similar to the point above. Studying the night before an exam is not the most efficient way to study for an exam. If you combine these two points together then only a small portion of time will be needed to be spent studying for a test and the material will be learned and later on applied. With less time required to study for the exam, the time can be used for other classes that may also have an exam.

Sleep:

I know how midterms and finals delay our sleep. It may be because of nerves or staying up to studying, but a fresh mind is a more functional mind. Try to get sleep throughout the semester, not just the night before the exam. For me personally, I am more tired if I change my sleeping pattern. If I got 6 hours of sleep on the daily, then I would not change 6 to 8 hours of sleep for the next day. My body does not adapt that quickly, therefore I would be more tired. Try to keep the same schedule, food and sleep wise.

Starting the new school year

Fall is coming up and we all know what that means, school. Even though it’s coming up in a couple of weeks it’s still on our minds and we just can’t wrap our minds around it. Here are some things to try to get the school year started.

Tips & Tricks:

  • If you are new to the campus / school, take a tour to get familiar where the buildings are. This will help save time.
  • Print your schedule ahead of time to not worry about any servers shutting down.
  • Buy a parking passes. Not only is it more convenient, it’s cheaper.
  • Buy your textbooks before hand. Some website that are great for comparing different prices are http://www.bigwords.com/, http://b-ok.org/http://www.slugbooks.com/
  • Be prepared the first day. You never know what to expect. Have some notebooks/loose leaf paper and a writing utensil.

Over all be open to meeting new people and new experiences!