can you believe it, november is almost over. it’s one of those months that just flies right past you. i feel like i was just flipping over the calendar to a new month and suddenly it is thanksgiving break! with the month wrapping up, that time of year is fast approaching… midterms, sigh. although, i hate to say (or type) it, it is the reality i am forced to face.
here are a few tricks of the trade on how to survive the season of testing:
first off, get excited. that might sound strange, but really do try. glance at your notes and tests to really appreciate how far you have come. get inspired by looking on pinterest (who doesn’t fantasize about frame worthy notes?).
secondly, get motivated. buy some pens & highlighters to add an extra sparkle to your studying. it doesn’t hurt to have a little fun during this chaotic time. make a playlist to stay in the zone. personally, i can’t study with music that has lyrics playing, so i listen to a playlist without words. make a little study nook. create an atmosphere where you can comfortably study and not feel tortured by the process.
thirdly, make sure to stay organized throughout the exams. the last thing anyone would want is having papers all over the floor or not being able to find the notes on glycolysis. prevent any excess stress by staying organized. this means having a planner with all of the dates of the exams. i also mark down when to begin studying for certain areas. it is important to pull aside any tests, notes, slides, or study guides that might be useful in studying and put them in a designated midterms binder or folder.
fourthly, go over the basics to see what you remember. highlight (or write down) what you don’t know or kind of sort of remember, so you can later go back and study more in depth. if you don’t understand a concept or can’t connect the dots ASK FOR HELP. don’t be afraid to seek out assistance. ask a friend (or multiple) or ask a teacher, what ever floats your boat.
lastly, try not to freak yourself out. if you prepare & study hard, there should be nothing to worry about. remember to take a deep breath, because YOU’VE GOT THIS!