Finding Your Balance from A to Chi: Tackling Midterms

College is supposed to be the best four years of your life, so why not love every minute of it?

Even though it may feel like the school year has just begun, the semester is almost halfway through. Scary, right? And unfortunately the halfway mark means midterms are looming in the near future. While your midterm schedule may appear overwhelming and unbearable, there are many ways you can get through this stressful time.

Not to sound like a broken record, but the key to studying efficiently is to budget your time. Nothing is worse than studying for a test when you have a million other things on your plate. Have a midterm coming up in a week? Start studying now by creating a review guide, making flash cards, or going over your notes. By going through information early, you will completely avoid cram sessions the night before the test. Also, prioritize! Designate times for studying for different classes in order of their importance and proximity. By prioritizing, you will not get caught up on minor tasks that you can complete later on.

When studying for a test, think quality over quantity. While you may think that studying for ten hours straight will help you learn all of the information, think again. The most efficient way to study is by allowing yourself to take periodic breaks every couple of hours. If you do not permit yourself to take breaks, you will find yourself losing focus and unable to take in the material as easily. De-stress by going for a walk, calling a friend, or going on Facebook – anything that will allow you to relax! By mentally recharging, you will not only focus better, but you will also help minimize your stress levels, inevitably avoiding mental block-outs during your exams.

The midterm season becomes stressful only when you allow it to become stressful. By preparing early and managing your time efficiently, you will be able to successfully tackle the strenuous weeks of exams, papers, and projects. And trust me, you will see the pay-off when you receive your grades later on!

By Eva Zymaris