I’m looking at my school schedule for this upcoming week, and I honestly don’t think I’m going to survive. I have two midterms on Tuesday (back to back of course), a 15 page paper due Wednesday, and then a lab report due Thursday afternoon. The length of the lab report? In the words of my professor, “whatever you deem appropriate.” I’m all for hands-off learning but come on, some direction would be nice.
How do I get by you ask.
Here are my top 3 tips to make sure you ace your midterms:
1) Make a study guide outlining important themes in the class.
Memorizing dates, places, and people may seem important but having a good understanding of the major themes of the class is incredibly important to doing well on midterms. This is especially true for classes that are essay based or emphasize a lot of readings, since important themes or concepts are often spread out over multiple readings. Linking themes with evidence shows the professor that you understand the material.
2) Eat breakfast and get a full night of sleep.
It’s especially important when you have early morning exams to eat breakfast and get plenty of rest so the you are alert and fully awake by test time. Just think it’s so much easier to concentrate when I don’t have to worry about other students giving me the death stare because my stomach is growling loudly.
3) Re-write old lectures notes or say them out loud as you read over them
I’ve found that repetition is extremely important when I’m studying for a test that deals with a lot of memorization. I always think about muscle memory in sports; by doing the same thing over and over, I’m cementing that action into stone. It’s the same with tests. Re-writing old lecture notes into a more organized fashion will also help you better understand important concepts of the test.
So here you have it, my top 3 tips for getting an A on your upcoming midterm or assignment. Have another tip? I can use all the advice I can get to make sure I survive the upcoming week.
Good luck on your tests.
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