A Guide to Surviving Midterms

Although it’s only October, midterm season is upon us college students and most of us have no idea how to survive the next few weeks. Between the multiple breakdowns, 20 gallons of coffee, phone calls to mom letting her know you’re dropping out (for the 50th time), and the sleepless night, there are ways to get through it all. I am by no means an expert at surviving this stressful time period, however, between the crying and screaming I’ve learned a few things to help me.

1. PLAN
You need to plan your time wisely during the few weeks that your midterms are taking place. Take out your agenda, see what you have to get done and plan study times around that.  Don’t forget to add in meetings, school events, workouts, and sleep.

2. MAKE STUDY GUIDES
My least favorite thing to do is to make study guides but they really help. I like to highlight and color code mine not only to help things stand out but it also helps me remember where it was on the page and jogs my memory.

3. TAKE BREAKS
Studying for hours on end will not get you anywhere. It drains you and it becomes harder to retain information. I like to study for an hour and then take a break. I usually watch a few YouTube videos or an episode of a show on Netflix as my breaks but you could take a power nap, exercise, paint your nails, call a friend, the possibilities are endless during that wonderful break!

4. USE QUIZLET.COM
I’m new to this website/app but I’m already obsessed and will be using it forever. When you create an account, you can make flash cards with all of the information on your study guides. Once you do that they give you the opportunity to play games with them, learn them, and it even creates quizzes for you with the information on your flash cards! Not only that, but you can search and find other flashcards created by others! It’s extremely useful. I even downloaded the app onto my phone and use it when I have a break in between classes to study! (Also useful if you want to lay in bed and study).

5. SLEEP
Sleep is so essential for our brains to recover and to retain information we’ve learned throughout the day. Try not to pull all-nighters and get at least 6 hours of sleep (never happens for me, but I try). If you plan wisely, you should be able to get enough sleep at night.

6. LIMIT DISTRACTIONS
Social media is my weakness. I’m so drawn to it (clearly) and I check it more than I probably should. When it’s time to study, it’s usually really hard for me to sign off of twitter and get into it. I’ve come to realize if I put my phone far from my desk I wont want to get up to check it as often #lazy. I’ve also noticed that if I don’t check my phone for 10 minutes the urge goes away. On macbooks there is an app called Self-Control that lets you block whatever websites you want for a certain time period. I usually set it for hour increments and I block Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Netflix (I have a problem). Once that hour is up, start your break, do whatever you please, and then set it for an hour again!

Let me know some of your favorite ways to survive finals and any study tips you have! Good luck to everyone suffering out there and let the odds be ever in your favor!

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