We know this time of year is always crazy. It never fails that every semester all your tests, projects, and presentations are all do at the same time. Many UNCW students handle this with a lot of cramming, multitasking, and drinking endless amounts of Port City Java. Here are some tips on how to survive midterms!
Make a Study Schedule
Make a list of everything you need to do. Then make a plan on when you will study, what you will study and for how long you will study. Spread it out over the course of about a week, if possible. This way you will be able to avoid a last minute cramming session. A little a day goes a long way!
Cut Out Distractions
I had a friend who would give a trusted person the password to her Facebook and make them change it so she absolutely could not access it until after her exam. By cutting out the biggest distractions, you’ll be able to stay on task for a longer period of time. I’m not saying you should give up your passwords too, but definitely do whatever is necessary to stay focused. (Multi-tasking isn’t a real thing!)
It is important to take breaks because your mind can tire out. Think of it as a car, you could drive your car for a while, but eventually you will run out of gas. Your mind operates the same way. If you do not rest and refuel the mind will stop working. Breaks allow for the brain to move memory from working memory to long-term memory. The more information stored in your long-term memory the more you will remember for your test. (Also, don’t be a Spongebob)
Setting goals allows you to track your progress during your studying. You will know if you do not complete a goal at a certain time if you set them. This makes the student more aware of their study habits. Set goals for what you want to have done by the day and do it! “Ain’t nothing to it, but to do it.”
Plan a reward for yourself for once you’ve accomplished a goal. It might sound silly, but you have to find that motivation somewhere, right? They don’t have to be large goals. Consider making small study goals for yourself throughout your midterm week with a treat for yourself waiting on the other end of that goal. Maybe, ban yourself from Netflix until after you’ve finished a goal for the day or treat yourself to ice cream after you finish a midterm.
Catch some Zzzz’s
All-nighters might be necessary occasionally but they certainly aren’t ideal. You feel drained and exhausted before the next day has even begun! This is made even worse if you have a long day of more exams and studying ahead of you. Aim for a consistent 7 hours minimum of sleep so your brain is working at maximum capacity! (See tip for Taking Breaks)
If these tips helped you or if you have any of your own study habits that you would like to share then post in the comments!
-Austin, Jonathan, & Kaela