It may seem like you just moved into your dorm room, met your roommate, unpacked everything and attended your first class. But, guess what? You’re already almost halfway through this term of classes, and that can only mean one thing: midterms.
I have learned from experience that you shall study or you shall not pass. This concept of studying is unknown to quite a few people and has been known to drive some insane, but rest assured that you can survive these daunting exams. You may even ace them without even knowing it. Just follow these study tips and you’ll breeze through midterm week.
Skimming is Your Friend
The night before your midterm, when you know you have to ace this test and you are already freaking out, so you may be tempted to just open up your book and read line for line, word for word of every chapter. This is a waste of time.
You won’t have time to read all of that information and, honestly, you will forget more than you will retain. Instead, focus on the chapter headings, keywords, footnotes, the syllabus and study questions. If the teachers give you reviews to study from, those are must-use documents. Be smart with your time and it will make your life a whole lot easier.
Don’t procrastinate and wait until the night before your exam to begin studying for it. Instead, begin preparing now!
Set aside study time so that you can review notes from class and plan early to help you feel prepared. Cramming the night before will do you little good because you will retain little to no information.
Study Groups and Review Sessions Are a Must
Skipping out on that study group or review session could be a huge mistake. These study sessions are the key to helping you do well on your exams. Study sessions cover the main topics and questions that will be on your exam. Sometimes they even tell you answers that will be on the test. So be sure to look into one of these and don’t miss out. Your grade depends on it.
If you are one of those people who doesn’t like studying in groups and prefers to be alone, then find somewhere quiet and disconnect.
Facebook, Twitter and email — really all communication technology — are unnecessary distractions that won’t help you. So while studying, disconnect and unplug for a few hours. You will be surprised how much you can actually accomplish when you aren’t distracted by technology.
Listen in Class
One last thing is to pay attention in class and you might be able to figure out what will be on the exam. Pay close attention to your professor. He or she may drop hints about what will be on the exam.
If you have to, you can even meet with your professor during office hours and discuss concepts or material that you don’t understand. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You may be surprised at how much help your professor will offer and how much information they are willing to share.