Monday, December 14, 2015

4 Simple Tips to Help You Survive Midterms

The week we've all been dreading is here... finals week. (Or midterms, or semester exams... whatever you call it, it's here.) I'm taking my finals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and I know a lot of y'all are too, so I thought this would be the perfect time to write a sequel to my #BloggersBTS post on study tips! When I have a big test or project, I find watching videos and reading posts on study tips and hacks extremely helpful, and I hope you do too!


Study Tips For Midterms | Live The Prep Life


O N E // Take Care of Yourself
During finals week, it's so easy to forget to take care of yourself. You find yourself desperately needing to pull all-nighters while chugging a can of Red Bull to stay awake. Yeah, no. Don't do that. As much studyin you may need to do, it's so critical to go to bed at a reasonable hour so your brain can function the next morning. And while drinks loaded with caffine may keep you awake, they're definitely not the best fuel to put in your body. Stick to healthier foods that have vidamins and antioxidants so you don't feel sick and your brain is focused. (Bonus tip: studies have shown that students who drink water while taking a test have a 5% higher score than students who don't.) Also, make sure you wear comfortable clothes while taking your final. Messy bun, leggings, and UGGS all the way.


T W O // Figure Out How You Learn
Do you learn best when you see it on paper? Or does it work better for you to hear it? Or do you just need to do it yourself? After you've figured out how you learn best, check out these tips (here and here) that specifically address each learning style. Spoiler alert: I'm a visual learner. I live by highlighters and flash cards, so if you're visual too I definitely recommend using both of those.

T H R E E // Break it Down
You're not Superman. You can't do it all at once. Make a plan as to how you're going to divide your studying - work for a certain amount of time on one subject, then take a short break and move onto the next one. For a great method for making a schedule, check out this post Sara did earlier this year. Speaking of breaks - make sure you take them. You deserve it, and you don't want your brain to get too wired. In between subjects, take about ten minutes to reward yourself. Get up and walk around to get your blood flowing, check Instagram, whatever you have to do to alert your brain again.


F O U R // Know Your Exam
Well, obviously you can't know what the exact exam looks like (I wish!) but you can have a general idea. A lot of teachers will give you a study guide that has the information you need to know, as well as the exam format. And if you don't have a study guide? Just ask! Your teacher will probably be willing to explain a little bit, like if it's multiple choice, sort-answer, essay, etc. If you do have a study guide, use it! If it's full of questions, answer them, and if it just tells you the information the exam will cover, make sure you know it all. Your teacher gave you the review for a reason - don't let it go to waste.

I hope you found these tips helpful, and I wish you good luck on all of your exams this week!

What are your most helpful exam tips?


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