Midterms are here, start the panic!
So far I have taken 6 exams and have 3 more to go before finals week. It has been busy but I am enjoying every minute of it. Being out of school since 2011, I had to relearn how to study. I don’t think cramming will be enough this time around.
Here are some of my tips on how to survive midterms:
Stay on top with the material and try to make sure you understand everything. I try to read my notes at the end of every week, and sometimes rewrite key points that I tend to forget.
Watch videos on Youtube
I don’t mean those cute kitten videos or addictive chiropractic cracking videos that I myself enjoy watching. Youtube is a great resource for learning material, it has videos on everything. I find it helpful when the material is explained in a different way. Sometimes it helps fill in some gaps that you didn’t understand and other times it is just to reinforce what you already know.
This is my new love, where was this 5 years ago?! It is essentially making flashcards on the computer. You can even download the app so you can carry your flashcards on your phone. Best part is that you can share with your classmates and they can share their flashcards with you. You can even search for flashcards made by other students from different school. If you are interested have a look here: https://quizlet.com/
Sometimes I record lectures and if I don’t understand something I go back and listen to it again. I also record myself on things that I want to memorize and play it over and over again in my car on the way to school.
Buy a whiteboard
If you can’t remember words or meanings, write it over and over again. A whiteboard is great, I was killing so many trees by using up so much paper, at least I recycle after I was finished! I also print out diagrams from my notes, stick it on my whiteboard and see if I can write what each structure is off by heart.
Study with friends
Teach your friends what you have learned, and have them teach you. Ask each other questions. Teaching each other will help you remember and helps you realize what you know and what you don’t know.
Google Documents with friends
My classmate introduced me to this. We write learning objective on google doc and sharing them. Everyone pitches in on writing what they find important under each objective, this is a great study tool and saves on time (we all know how important time is).
Use the resources provided
Some of the teachers post podcasts, crosswords or practice quizzes/questions, use them! They are super helpful. The teachers are all there to help you succeed.
Most importantly take breaks and remember you have a great support systems, your friends, teachers and family. Get lots of sleep. Good Luck and Happy Studying! If you have any study tips that you find useful for studying midterms share below, I’d love to hear them.