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How to Successfully Prepare for Midterms

Preparing for midterms is extremely important if you hope to ace this year of college.  Read the suggested steps to successfully prepare for midterms below.

1. Re-read your assigned chapters form your textbooks and notes.

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You might have forgotten some details or did not understand the material the first time around. It is a good idea to refresh your memory. The importance of refreshing is studying 101.

2. Study in groups.

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You can help out your classmates by sharing ideas about the subject and they can help you understand something that was possibly unclear in class. You can also be more motivated to study with others because they can push you to show up and stay focused. The benefits of group study are plenty.

3. Do not procrastinate. 

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You have heard this before and it could not be more true. Give yourself enough time to take in the material and do NOT leave studying to the last minute because you will most likely not remember when you need to know for your exams. You do not want to be rushing while studying and pulling an all-nighter since you want to get enough sleep. Studies have shown that all-nighters can be detrimental to your performance and health.

HOW TO: Study Groups

studygroups1Utilizing the “study group” can make or break your semester grades. Although generally college students aren’t a fan of “group” stuff (such as work, projects or presentations), the “study group” is the unique situation in which students, like yourself, may actually find more helpful than harmful.

Step 1: Find a Study Group – if you can’t find one, make one. Email the people in your class (who you can find on a class website or in class). Find people who can work with a similar schedule to your own and then schedule.

Step 2: Meet up – Find a place to meet that is central or well known. Also, if you are expecting a lot of people, make sure you meet in a place that has the capacity for that amount of people (don’t meet up in the library if you are expecting 20 people to show up)!

Step 3: Get people’s names and emails – Make a list, with people’s names, emails and numbers so that they can be contacted. A good way to do this is to use Google forms and send it out asking for this information.

Step 4: Get Studying! – Once you have a list of people’s names and numbers, rather than complaining about the class, or discussing how much you hated what the dining hall served for dinner you should get down to business. People have lots of work to do and other classes so try to be as productive and efficient as you can.

Step 5: Get Notes – If you’ve missed class or don’t understand something a study group is the PERFECT time to get this information. Your classmates might understand better than you did and you will be able to discuss information until you do understand it.

Step 6: Wrap Up – Don’t spend longer than 2 hours (unless studying for a test or midterm, in which case take a break after 2 hours) in a study group. 2 hours is a good block of time that you can get through information, but with reasonable amount of other time so that people can hope to get to there other homework as well.

Study groups are a good place to discuss, understand, and organize information from class and lecture. If you bounce information off other students in the class, you’ll likely do better in the class yourself!