Welcome Back Bears
Everything is starting to get back into a routine after Fall Break weekend but that means that classes are back in session. I don’t know about you but for me, midterms and class assignments are still rolling in hot. This is my fifth year at Missouri State and believe it or not exams, quizzes, or anything standardized really make me nervous but I’ve learned quite a few things to help myself out. Things like finals, quizzes, and exams are all a part of the college experience but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t appreciate some good tactics. For my blog post this week I wanted to give you some effective study tactics to survive midterms or any exam for that matter.
Effective Study Tactics: Surviving Midterms
Check-in with yourself
Studying while you’re trying to maintain your other classes and your personal well-being can be hard, so check in with yourself. That means that you are taking time to assess how you’re doing emotionally and physically. Carve out time to eat, take care of your personal hygiene or do the things you like to keep yourself moving forward.
Plan effective times to study
College courses really differ from each other so you’re constantly altering how to study for each of your classes. It definitely works to plan out when you study in preparation for an exam, especially if there is a lot of material to cover. Cramming doesn’t work for everyone, and you want to be able to alleviate some of that stress early on. Planning effective study times also keeps you prepared and ready for the questions you’ll be answering
Teach an imaginary lecture
While you’re studying it’s important to remember that there is a mixture of memorization and repetition going on. It helps to imagine that you are teaching someone else or a group of people the material that you are studying. During an exam, you could recall your imaginary lecture when you are stuck figuring out the answer to specific questions.
Don’t be overwhelmed with material
When you get overwhelmed with everything, you’re attempting to study you can potentially forget things that you know or even want to give up on the entire studying process. Make sure you’re taking breaks and breaking the material up in order not to feel like you’re studying everything at once
Study in comfortable environments
Personally, I like to study in a quiet environment with a large table where I can spread my study materials. Find study environments where you can comfortably study and not be interrupted by outside factors. You’ll be able to retain more information, be able to interpret information and of course, focus.
You can check out some of my other tips that can help you during the exam period for relieving stress and studying in my Tips and Tricks for Relieving Stress and Studying post.
Midterms or any college exam can be really scary because you want to do your best while maintaining your ideal grade. However, it’s always good to remember that it helps to have different strategies. You want to get through midterms and exams unscathed, but you also want to learn your dos and don’ts for studying as time passes. I’m going to be wishing you all luck on your future exams in the hopes that my tactics can help you out in some capacity. This week I’ll leave you with a quote by Colin Powell,
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure”.
(Bio: I’m the middle child of seven kids in my immediate family. I’m currently a sophomore business major at Missouri State University.)