Prepare for midterms

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Midterms are coming up—or for some, may already be underway—and mid-semester grades are due by Monday, March 22. Check out some helpful tips from Academic Resources to help you study and prepare for your midterms.

Organize

  • Assess how well you are handling the material. About a week before the exam, decide if you need to speak with your professor, teaching assistant or tutor for a review session.
  • Create a special study schedule to make sure that you cover all the material. Post this schedule above your desk and refer to it daily.
  • Organize your study materials into a set of exam notes. For engineering, math and science classes, create a formula sheet.
  • Create a study group if you don't already have one.
  • Find some quiet, pleasant places to study. If you are facing a long week of test preparation, select a special place to study for each exam.

Practice

  • Use a practice exam to assess what you know and what you need to review.
  • Don't underestimate the difficulty level of a multiple choice exam. Make sure you really know the information and are able to utilize it on application-based questions.

Reward

  • Reward yourself at the end of each study day and after an exam. Rewards can be as simple as talking with a friend or a fun treat.

Review

  • When exams are returned, don't just pay attention to the grade. Set up an appointment with your professor to go over the exam.
  • Evaluate how much time you really did study for the exam.
  • Were you anxious when you took the exam? Arrange to see a staff member in Academic Resources or University Health and Counseling Services to learn some strategies for handling stress in and out of the classroom.
  • Review your exam with an Academic Resources staff member.