How To Survive Midterms in Ten Steps

1. Make sure you are well prepared. Cramming will just stress you out.


Make sure you are doing everything in your power to stay on top of things. Save everything that could potentially be study material, and study with it every once in a while. Study with flashcards, and if you don’t want to spend the $2 for actual flash cards, there are so many free websites that allow you to make as many E-Flash Cards as you like. To be honest, if you don’t know the materials that are going to be on the test the night before it happens, an all nighter won’t help you much.

2. Make sure you ask questions to make sure you aren’t surprised at anything on the midterm.


“We had to memorize the entire 14 chapters we learned in the past 8 weeks?!”

3. Make sure you get a good nights sleep before your test. 


Not only will you feel well rested, but staying up all night cramming will do more harm than good. If you don’t know the materials before hand, again, chances are an all nighter isn’t going to do you any good anyway.


Stay away

Cold and flu season is upon us my friends. The last thing you need is to feel even worse going into an exam. Make sure to keep up to date with vaccinations and keep washing your hands.

5. If your class is getting together for a study session.. GO!


Even if you can’t stand the people in your class, sometimes it’s better to study in a group. Make flash cards and figure out ways to make studying more enjoyable.

6. Or if you truly enjoy studying alone.. Find a nice quiet spot away from any distractions. There are a million other places on campus at Stout to study than the library. 


I know…Shocking.


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FUEL UP! Get a good meal in before the test. Either make yourself something at home, or grab something from the Commons. Even a granola bar and yogurt will be just fine. Just make sure to put something in your stomach.

8. If you don’t have a test to study for but have some sort of midterm project, DO NOT leave it until the last second.


Learn from my mistakes, because I promise you that you won’t be happy with the final result. Make sure you use your time wisely for big projects. You and your grades will appreciate it in the long run.

9. Once you walk out of the room, just remember the test is over and you did your best.


Once you leave the test room, it’s over. So there is no sense stressing out about it. So walk yourself back to the dorms, cry it out if you have to, and just know you have 8 more weeks to make it up if you do terribly.

10. Finally, just try to keep calm. Stressing yourself out won’t make the midterm easier.


Good luck with Midterms everyone!



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