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How to Survive Midterms in High School

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Keep-CalmIt’s one of the most dreaded times of the year- MIDTERMS. As if you need more stress on top of finishing college applications or waiting to hear back for early decision. Not to mention all that holiday shopping that you haven’t done yet (whoops). We’ve got you covered with some of the best tips to help get you through these treacherous times.

1. Get in the right mind set

Midterms are a good time to try to boost your GPA (yes, it still matters even if you have been accepted to college). If you don’t act like they matter, it could hurt you in the long run.

2. Plan ahead

Try to get the smaller tasks out of the way in the weeks leading up to exams. This way you can focus primarily on studying.

3. Don’t stress

High levels of stress and anxiety can cause you to do worse on your exams. Take things one step at a time and don’t overwhelm yourself. Try exercise to release some of the stress. Midterms are not the end all be all of your life.

4. Collect the right materials

Some people remember things better through flashcards, others are more visual and need to look at pictures. Whichever works best for you, go with that. You’ll be able to absorb the material better.

5. Find a study buddy

The saying two heads are better than one can really help when studying for midterms. Pair up with someone in the same class, especially one you are having difficulty with. Quiz each other to help memorize the material.

6. Don’t take your work to bed

Studying in your bed can be detrimental. You will not be in the right state of mind to study in this environment because this is where you associate sleeping. Set yourself up at a desk or dining table in your house, or if you thrive better in a more social atmosphere, head to the local coffee shop and throw your headphones in.

7. Eat right

Skipping meals is bad for your body in general. But depriving your body of nutrients before an exam is definitely not the way to go. Be sure to eat breakfast and carry snacks such as granola bars or fruit so that you don’t have an excuse to skip.

8. Know when to take a break

Don’t burn yourself out. Once you’ve hit a wall and cannot retain anymore info, take a break.

9. Be confident

If you studied hard and took care of yourself mentally and physically then you have nothing to worry about.

Courtesy of: College Lifestyles