Fall break is so close we can almost but first we all have to climb that obstacle wall known as midterms. Yes, even faculty.
You can feel the tension as you walk around campus and see students red-eyed from fatigue. It’s bad enough to have to study for tests or turn in projects in most courses but then you still have to go to class. In that sense, midterms are worse than finals.
Couple of survival tips;
•Don’t study all night and risk getting so tired that you blank out during a test or worse still, oversleep an early exam. Sleep deprivation also increases the risk of getting sick when you can least afford it.
•Exercise to gain energy rather than getting over-caffeinated.
•Ask your professor for as much specific information as possible about your midterm and think what he or she has emphasized in class. Focus on the major ideas and concepts in addition to obsessing over details so you can make more informed guesses.
Lots of students do poorly on midterms, especially if they haven’t had an exam from the professor. After you return from fall break, ask professors in classes where you are struggling for extra help.
And don’t be too discouraged if your midterm grades aren’t what you are hoping for. Many professors use them as a wake up call for improvement. Ask your professor what you need to do to raise your final grade then follow the advice. If you do well, rejoice! You’re on a great trajectory for the second half of the semester.
And freshmen, think of what an enormous adjustment you’ve made in just a few weeks and how different you already are than when you arrived. That’s a huge accomplishment. Most students raise their grades as they move through college and become more accustomed to the demands. You’ll be fine.