10 Ways to Prepare for Midterms

The MSU Spokesman

IMG_0061Midterms mark the halfway point of the semester, a time when students really start to buckle down. While study tactics aren’t subjective, certain methods have proven most effective.

  1. Get adequate sleep. Sleep aids in retaining information and also plays a part in concentration and alertness. Studies show that students who get an adequate amount of sleep have a superior academic performance. Adversely, sleep deprivation can have negative effects lasting for days.  Developing a sleep regimen is advised.

  1. Cramming is the enemy! Information is not being retained. Additionally, cramming for midterms may present future problems. It is possible that the information will not be remembered for the final exam.

  1. Eat brain food. Healthy snacks such as fruit, yogurt and nuts are encouraged. Carbs, proteins and sea food are proven to bolster memory, positively affect mood and aid in keeping an active mind.

  1. Exercise before testing. Mental processing is increased and chemicals are released that sharpen learning ability. The exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous; 10 to 15 minutes will suffice.

  1. Schedule study time. Many students find themselves putting off studying because they feel overwhelmed. Setting aside a time to study insures that you won’t procrastinate and end up cramming

  1. No distractions! Instead of using the TV for background noise, turn on music. Social networks and internet surfing should also be avoided.

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If stumped, go to your professor’s office. Professors remember students who seek extra help. It can be the difference between an A and a B. Forming study groups and going to tutors can also be beneficial.

  1. Stay positive. Stress and negative self-talk can only hinder you on exam day. Stress can affect memory and functionality

  1. Keep all your past work. Exams are an accumulation of all the tests, quizzes and notes that were taken. Studying from old work and correcting your errors is a good idea. Most professors give you a heads up on what will be on the exam. Pay special attention to those things.

  1. Revert back to your syllabus. It will tell you the effect the midterm will have on your grade as well as give you a general idea of what you’ll see on the midterm.