It’s that time of year, folks! Textbooks are cracked open, study notes are flying around, and the library is a little more packed than it usually is. It’s time for our first midterms of university, worth about 15% of our marks! Let’s go through some important things to help you ace those midterms:
- You need to actually STUDY before you get a study break
The need to study may be obvious, but we also have to remember that studying 5% of the time and taking “study breaks” 95% of the time, doesn’t cut it. Try to actually be productive and make the most of your studying time. Studies show that the human brain can concentrate on one thing for 40 – 45 minutes before losing concentration. So, definitely take study breaks, but make sure to properly balance between both studying and study breaks.
- Create a study schedule
Schedules really help people stay on task. By creating a study schedule for the 2 week period before your midterms, you’ll be able to make sure that you study for all of your courses equally. You’ll also avoid cramming information in at the last minute, or pulling hopeless all-nighters.
- Catch some Z’s
Referring back to #2, make sure you get enough sleep! Pulling an all-nighter the night before a midterm won’t help at all. An exhausted mind is a scattered mind, which is the last thing that you need when you’re studying. You need a fully rested mind, able to retain all the information that you’re taking in! Also, it’s impossible to look decent after pulling an all-nighter, so it’s really a lose-lose situation that you should just avoid completely.
- Make sure you have some (insert your name here) – time
You need “you”-time. Make sure you add “watch a movie” or “go for a run” on your to-do list, because after all that studying, you deserve to treat yourself too. Don’t overwork yourself! If you were productive during your study time, you shouldn’t feel guilty about treating yourself later.
Good luck on your midterms!!