It’s that time of the year: Midterms. Students all around campus are biting their nails, pulling out their hair, and struggling to hold their nodding heads up as they cram for their exams. Many assert that the best way to handle midterms is to cram. Many even sanction their cramming by saying that working under pressure helps their final product. Although this is practical, it is far from universal. Many students claim they can manage their time well and learn the opposite during midterms: A recipe for academic disaster. If you’re stressing about midterms, take a breath, relax and check out a few tips to help you make it through!
Create a healthy diet plan.
Scientists at the Center for Disease Control published a 12 page article embellishing the relationship between healthy eating habits and academic achievement. They concluded that there was clear evidence that linked healthy eating and physical activity with higher academic standing. Eating a healthy breakfast increases one’s ability to utilize knowledge that one has acquired and stored over time (also known as cognitive performance) and translate them into clear, educational thoughts that earn higher scores on standardized tests.
Avoid that morning shot of espresso. Coffee has high contents of caffeine, a psychoactive drug that acts as a stimulant. A good replacement for coffee is tea. Ginger, green, and chamomile are of the top tier coffee replacements. Tea is comprised of antioxidants that make the body not only feel good, but function efficiently. And everyone knows efficiency is a prerequisite to success, in any field that you go into.
Study! Study! Study!
There’s no way to pass an examination without studying. Cramming gets you nowhere. According to scientist Sean Kang of the University of California at San Diego says that, “In general, the more time that a student devotes to studying for an exam, the better prepared he or she will be.” Therefore, studying subject material slowly, dynamically, and repeatedly, provides for a better chance of getting a higher grade.
Listen to music and chew gum while you study. During your study breaks, try to avoid the use of social media. It is quite easy to lose track of time while scrolling down your timeline and during Midterms week, time is of the essence.
Reserve time for yourself.
Many think midterms week involves a 24 hour period of harcore studying; But realistically thats impossible! If you have something you enjoy doing on your spare time, reserve an hour out of your day to do it. If you don’t have a hobby, GET ACTIVE! An hour of exercise wakes up the body and gets the blood flowing! Don’t get too tired though- you might have to pull an all-nighter.
Midterms and finals week are stressful, we all know that. But these tools, can make it a little more bearable and not so daunting. By following these easy steps, you’ll be sure to have a successful semester. If you have any other tips that help you, be sure to let us know!