Midterm season during the fall is one of the scariest parts of college, and can be easily overwhelming to anybody. While at the end of the day, what you get on your midterms is attributed to how much you know, there are many steps you can take to get the best possible mark. That being said, here are all the tips you need to follow to absolute ace your fall midterms!
Give Yourself Enough Time To Study
This is undoubtedly the best advice anyone can give you. Quite frankly, there is no shortcut or magic trick when it comes to getting an amazing mark on your midterms. You should avoid giving yourself a day or two to study for a heavy midterm test and expect to get a good mark.
The amount you study will directly reflect on what you get on your fall midterms, so it’s best to make a schedule on what you are going to cover on what day (to maximize your time). The last thing you want to do is burn yourself out due to procrastination.
Take Advantage Of Professor/TA After Hours
This is one of the most underused aspects of college. Whenever you have questions about the class or are just confused on a topic, go to your professor or teaching assistant!
They have after hours for a reason, and it’s such a blessing to be able to have them help you one on one (they can go into much more detail, entertain more questions, and you feel much more comfortable this way than in class).
During midterms, their schedules would probably be packed, so make sure to ask them in advance when you want to talk to them!
Cover More Than What’s On The Review
A common misconception is that the test reviews for fall midterms cover all will be on the test. While a review is there to help you, you should most definitely study other aspects of what you learnt in class (unless explicitly stated by your professor).
It’s much better to be safe than sorry on a midterm, and you’ll thank me when you see that short answer question whose topic was not on the review.
Make Quizlets/Flash Cards Your Best Friend
Quizlet and flash cards make your studying life so much easier it’s insane. Terms you were worrying about forgetting, or concepts you’re scared you don’t understand, will be made much more clear as you do multiple quizzes and memorize the content.
The beauty with it is you can use them by yourself, or use the flash cards to make studying with others much easier. When done properly, have no fear about how your midterm will go.
Try Not To Stress
I get it, stressing out is a completely normal reaction while you study/before you take your midterm. However, don’t only think about what you might get on the test, as then it will not allow you to study as efficiently as you can.
Cover as much as you possibly can, and knowing that you’ve done the best you can should relieve you of that extra stress that comes with writing a test.
This is the last, yet one of the most important tips anyone can offer you. You need to ooze confidence going into the midterm, with the assumption that you’re going to ace it. If you go into a test believing you are going to fail, you’re more than likely going to do so.
You have worked hard, studied, learnt and mastered the topics by this time, so all that’s left is to go and absolutely crush the midterms.