One of the most stressful times of the semester is approaching: midterm exams. Everyone is worried as to whether or not they will be able to pass and or if their study methods are effective enough to give them a fighting chance. There is such a thing as overreacting to the point where one stresses themselves out and fails the test. Here are a few tips that should help aid performance on those midterms.
1. Study in Increments
A common mistake when studying for exams is studying too much in one long period of time. It is always best to study in 25 to 45 minute increments. Between those study increments you should take a 5 to 10 minute break to eat, drink, use the restroom, stretch, and check Facebook and Twitter. You will retain more information through this method. Attempting to cram a vast amount of information into your head the night before a test will cause you to forget more than you will remember. To make this technique effective, you must practice it over the course of a week or two before your exam, not the day before.
2. Have More Than One Study Area
Most people have a certain area on campus where they enjoy studying the most. The library and many lobbies in the dorms are great places to study. It is key to have more than one place on campus where you can go to study. You never know when one of your preferred areas could be occupied by a social event or just a gathering of students. Both cases can be very distracting to your study time. It’s better to study in quiet areas or areas with soft music playing.
3. Create A Study Group
If you are a person who is not easily motivated to study, then you may want to form a group of people who will motivate you to get started. Having a set place to meet a group of people to study will add more responsibility to your study routine. You personally should not want to let your study group down, therefore you will show up and study. Another positive effect of studying with a group of people is having different levels of understanding of the information. It is better to have other opinions and knowledge compared to being alone and having to figure everything out alone.
4. Alter Your Study Approach for Different Classes
Every student will agree that the way you practice math is completely different from the way you would study for a literature exam. You must approach your classes in the right way. You definitely don’t want to study the same way for every class. Every professor is different, and so is the way they present their exams. By the time midterms come around, you may have already taken 1 to 3 different chapter tests, and you should have a familiarity with what your professor expects on examinations. The most important thing to remember is to study according to the way your class is set up.
5. Build On What You Know
No matter how much you think you don’t know about a subject, you do know something. While you are studying, remember the important concepts you retained from class. Add on to the information that you have already learned. If you are aware of something that is going to be on your midterm, be sure to study it along with what you already know.
These 5 ways to pass your midterm exams are very effective. If you are nervous about passing your exams, put these techniques to use to improve your study habits. In order to ace your midterms it is key to build on what you already know, find a great study area, study according to the class, study in increments, and form study groups.