It’s officially midterm week, but some students are finished with midterms while others are in the middle of a three-week midterm season.
Whether your midterms are all in a single day or spread out during an entire month, you feel the stress of exams and projects.
There are benefits to professors spreading exams out for several weeks, such as allowing students to study for one exam at a time before turning their attention to another exam.
But while these professors prepare for exams, their colleagues still expect us to complete and turn in regular assignments.
If professors spread their exams out, then by the end, we are exhausted from constantly being in “exam mode.”
There also are benefits to having all of our exams in the same week. We can prepare for that one week during the course of several weeks. This way students are only in “exam mode” for a week and are less likely to burn out before the end.
Administrators should require professors to schedule their midterm exams during the allotted week, turning it from a “midterm season” into an actual week.
While stressing for midterms and finals is inevitable, if professors can at least compress it into one week they can lower the amount of stress that the students endure.
There is no perfect solution to eliminate midterm stress. But many students say they prefer finals to midterms because, at the end of the semester, the entire campus understands exam season.
While there is no definite answer on reducing stress in college life, being better prepared for midterms would improve stress levels of students, staff and faculty.