October is the time for falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and midterms. If you are freaking out about all the exams you have, remember to keep calm and study on.
I am a terrible test taker, but the following tips get me through many stress-induced freak-outs.
If you are a procrastinator like me, stop what you are doing and study.
Before you know it, it will be the day before the exam and you still won’t be in the mood to study and won’t know the material. Studying early will help lessen your stress before the exam.
We can use anything as an excuse to avoid studying, so don’t put yourself in a situation to get distracted. Remove yourself from distractions by studying in a quiet place.
Use mnemonic devices to help you remember the material by making it more fun. Draw mind maps or create pictures to help you visualize the material you find boring.
Learn the simple stuff first
Remember that it is always best to get the easiest points first. You may find that starting at the end and working backwards is better for you.
Form a reliable study group, but be careful studying with your best friends. It’s fun to study with your friends, but make sure you actually get work done.
Review old tests, quizzes and study guides, and identify the format of the exam. The scariest part of the exam is not knowing the layout. Once you know it, you can vary your study techniques according to the exam type. Also, look in the textbook and see if it offers any study aids.
Take breaks while studying so you don’t get overwhelmed. For every 30 minutes you study, take a 10-minute break to recuperate. Take leisurely strolls or other relaxing activities that give your brain time to revitalize.
Stay healthy and focused
Fuel your body with brain food the night before your exam.
Sleep also has a big impact on memory.
If you force yourself to stay awake studying, your mind is going to shut down, and you won’t remember the material when it matters. Don’t change your routine by staying up later than usual.
Midterms can be long, so don’t let hunger or fatigue end your exam before you are truly finished.
Keep your energy levels high and your stress levels low.
Pace yourself and take your time on the exam.
Hopefully these tips will help you with your midterm exams. The most important thing is to never give up, don’t get discouraged. Instead, stay calm and ace your midterms.