Midterm Study Tips

Akhil Medarametla '20

Around this time of year, when the cold starts to set in, you’re forced to stay inside and find a way to entertain yourself. You desperately search around the house, looking for anything interesting after having exhausted all of the shows on Netflix. As time passes, you realize that you accomplished nothing and yet another boring, snowy cold day has gone by.

Fear not, as there is only one perfect solution to the boredom crisis: it’s called midterm prep! It is never too early to start the daunting task of preparing for the end of semester exams. During this time of year, teachers begin to assign less schoolwork, leaving plenty of time in the evening to organize and plan out an exam schedule. There is, however, the dilemma of actually studying, which makes many students get worried and confused. Fortunately, some of the most effective study tips are laid out in this article to give you a few ideas about reviewing and getting ready for exams.

The first tip to follow would be to organize your schoolwork. Get together all the tests, quizzes, homework assignments, study guides, and any other materials that could be on the midterm, and organize them into separate sections for each subject you take. This makes life a lot easier when covering a vast number of chapters and sections.

Another helpful idea would be to consult your teacher immediately when an issue arises while studying. As long as it is not immediately before your midterm, your teacher will be willing to answer any question you may present!

Redoing past quizzes and tests may also be more beneficial than it seems. Start by going through each assessment and redoing the problems which you missed. Write them on another sheet of paper, and work through the questions again. Then go back and redo even the problems you may have gotten correct on the test, for extra practice.

Flashcards have also been quite a reliable source for many students to study terms for vocabulary-based classes. You can make paper flashcards or go to Quizlet and make some sets. It would help with courses like history and language class, where dates, terminology, and vocabulary would pile up as time goes on in the school year and they become cluttered in your folder. Organizing seemingly small aspects of the class could make or break a challenging midterm.

Finally, a small but helpful tip would be to rewrite notes and read them out loud to yourself. Unsurprisingly, writing content over and over again helps you commit it to memory, and reading notes out loud can help process ideas and events chronologically.

Remember that these are only a few of the more effective study tips that can help not only with midterms but also on final exams! Try out some of your own methods, see what’s best for you, and you will be successful. Good luck!