It’s hard to believe that we’re already completing the sixth week of classes! I’m sure many students are starting to get excited for the upcoming Spring Break (I know I am!). But as we all know, there’s a formidable week just before vacation: Midterms Week.
The number of midterms I’ve taken varies from semester to semester; sometimes I have almost none at all, whereas at other times (like this one) I have three or more.
Preparing for Midterms can be tricky. They’re usually not quite as daunting as finals, but they generally require a bit more prep time than a run-of-the-mill test.
The first step, of course, is to know the assignment—when is it, and how much material does it cover?
Once that’s established, I like to organize all the materials I’m going to use for studying…my notes (on both the textbook and from the class) and the teacher’s powerpoints…and make sure that I’m not missing anything.
If the teacher gives a review session, that’s certainly helpful, but even without one I do my best to prioritize and figure out what is likely to be included on the test. I’ve found that it’s especially helpful to look over old tests and homework as teachers like to build exams from those.
When I have assembled my study materials, I employ my usual studying techniques—rereading, rewriting, pairing up with a study partner to trade terms back and forth.
That way, even if I have a few midterms in a short space of time, I know I’ll be ready.2014-02-28
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