Thursday quote: “One of the most important keys to success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.” – Todd Smith –
MIDTERMS!!! That dreaded word everyone around campus has been hearing and it is just around the corner.
I went around and asked a few students what the first thing was that popped into their mind when I said MIDTERM and I’m sure you can relate to one or all of them.
Lack of sleep?
Teachers grading tests?
Having to take the test?
You are always hungry?
And so many more.
I don’t know about you but I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with classes, assignments, quizzes and extra curricular activities filling up my week. I am good with getting all my work done on time and I have never been late handing in assignments, but for some reason I have been experiencing that ugly word we all know: PROCRASTINATION. The funny thing is that it has only been happening for one of my classes. Folks who are taking or have taken ENG 102 might agree with me on this. It is doing research after research, finding source after source. I’m so grateful that I can use the MC library for the majority of my research, but it doesn’t want to make me do it any less. Whether you are procrastinating in one subject or all of them, we sometimes just don’t know how to get our head in the game and finish our projects or study for tests.
So to help you out, I’ve put together a few tips to get you through your MIDTERMS:
- Organise yourself. Print out a calendar or use a journal and plan out what day you want to study for what subject and how many hours you are going to spend studying.
- This one links with the first tip: remember to take breaks. My favorite way to do that is to study for 45 minutes, take a 15 minute break and then you do the same time again and again.
- We all get the munchies when we study, so to help yourself from eating junk food the whole time. Get yourself some healthier choices like carrots or grapes or clementines.
- Make flashcards for yourself.
- Read your work out loud so you can hear it back at you.
- Go through the notes you made in class and if you didn’t make any notes, ask a class mate if they can share theirs.
- Take a walk and get some fresh air.
- GET ENOUGH SLEEP.
- Don’t try to cram all the work the night before because you are just going to end up feeling tired and your brain will not absorb anything you try to push in there.
- Go ask your professors to explain something you didn’t understand; that’s why they have office hours.
- And lastly but surely the devil of them all NETFLIX. Try to stay away from Netflix, Hulu or any other device you use to watch your shows. Every time you want to open up the app and watch an episode, pick up a book instead or go through your flashcards again. Midterm is only a week and you will have time to catch up on the episodes you missed, you won’t however have the opportunity to do the same with your score.
And just to give you that push, here is a little motivation:
I know studying takes a lot out of you but enjoy it. College is fun and you are so blessed to be able to study so don’t let something like MIDTERMS get in your way.