Midterm Exams & Finals: Study Tips & Tricks

Wondering how to get the most out of your study sessions in preparation for midterms, or finals? We’re here to help! With a little bit of planning and a few of our helpful tips, you’ll feel ready to ace them when the time comes.

  1. Prioritize 

This tip is something that is often overlooked. Prepare a quick audit of all of your upcoming tests, and identify which exams carry the most weight on your grade. Additionally, consider which subject you think you might need a little extra time on. For  example, if you are better at Math compared to Science, plan to spend a little extra time studying for your Science exams. 

You might also consider preparing an agenda, or schedule to stick to leading up to your exam dates. You can use the calendar app on your phone to block out allotted days and times to study for your different subjects. Don’t forget to include breaks 🙂 

  1. Don’t Cram

Don’t wait until the last minute to start studying! Studies have shown that cramming actually causes anxiety, and hinders your ability to retain information. We recommend setting aside adequate time, and studying in intervals, typically between 20-50 minutes with quick breaks in between. This will not only help with your stress levels, but can also improve information retention. 

Pro Tip: If you haven’t already done so, check out the Pomodoro Method! This is a great process for managing time and avoiding stress. 

  1. Environment 

Because of Covid-19, a lot of students have had to adapt to studying at home, instead of at school in the library. That means, there are a lot of new distractions! Make sure you have a quiet place to sit, and avoid areas with excessive noise and clutter. If you feel you are losing focus, it might be beneficial to try to work outside, or at a park close to your home. In fact, a New York Times article found that studying in different places helped students with retention! 

Pro Tip: If you haven’t already given it a try, it might be helpful to add an essential oil diffuser to your study space! Studies have shown that essential oils may help improve focus and decrease anxiety. 

  1. Nutrition and Movement 

We really can’t stress these two tips enough! Make sure you are eating brain boosting foods during your study sessions, and take breaks to move your body. Foods like eggs, berries and avocados are all great options. Additionally, breaking up your study sessions with a quick walk, or a few stretches will help alleviate stress and increase your focus. 

Pro Tip: Take a quick Tree Pose between study sessions! This yoga pose will help calm your mind and improve concentration! 

  1. Study With Friends! 

You may feel isolated during these times, but it’s important to try to maintain a sense of normalcy! If you are used to studying with a friend, try to schedule a Zoom study session, or even a socially distanced meet up.

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