It’s midterm week here at Southwestern College. That means campus is full of zombie-like students walking to and from classes. Let’s face it, with all of the studying and last minute cramming, sleep is at a minimum. Passing midterms is so important and with the excitement of fall break right around the corner, it can be tough to concentrate at times. Over the past few months I have discovered some studying techniques and tricks that are new to me and could be very useful for many students. So, I have decided it is time to share them!
My most desired and proud studying technique discovery is one that every sweets lover will appreciate. I have a lot of reading to do I needed to find a very effective way to motivate myself. My first step was a quick midnight trip to the store to buy a bag of one of my favorite types of candy, starbursts. I opened up my psychology book and placed a starburst in between each page of the chapters that I was assigned to read. For every page I completed, I rewarded myself with a mouth-watering starburst! It is truly amazing how much more fun studying became once I thought of this trick. Although this method does not promote a healthy lifestyle, doesn’t prevent the freshman fifteen, and certainly won’t win your dentist’s approval, I would say it is okay to splurge during midterm week just for the sake of good grades.
Another important aspect of surviving midterm week is getting enough sleep. Unfortunately for the avid sleep lovers out there, this does not mean you should nap for 4 hours every afternoon. Instead, spend that time reviewing, reading, and studying your materials. Doing so, you will be able to get an adequate amount of sleep during the night. I noticed that when I didn’t get a full night’s rest I remembered less of what I studied the night before, was not as focused, and most importantly (for everyone else’s sake) I looked dead. I found out that midterm week can really take its toll on the body and it does so in such a sneaky manner.
My last tip for surviving midterm week is to relax. Stress can really cause a lot of frustration during midterm week. However, I learned that I felt so much more confident about my exams when I put my mind and body to ease while studying. I set aside 15 to 30 minutes (depending on how much I had to study that day) to pamper myself, whether it was by painting my nails, fixing my hair, or getting a massage. Doing so gave my mind a break and helped relax my body.
Although my survival guide may give the impression that midterm week is terrifying, it really is not nearly as tough as it seems. The main idea to remember is that it is so important to prioritize, plan, study, eat, and rest. With these tricks, you will have a much higher chance at being successful on your midterm exams.