Analia Sou, Freshman
With midterms just around the corner, sometimes we need to be reminded of tips and study habits to get our minds back into shape...
Choosing what environment surrounds you is important while studying. Some prefer to be in a quiet less distracting area, while some prefer to have music blasting with much more crowded areas. I would recommend going to Panera, Starbucks, or the library, since family can be a little crazy and loud. Have study dates with friends, because if you don’t understand a concept they might be able to explain it to you and vice versa.
Narrowing Down What's Important
Knowing what information you need to review also helps prepare you. Some teachers like to give out informational packets that include important information you were taught all throughout the year so far. Reviewing notes and study guides you received is also very helpful. If your teacher doesn’t give you a condensed version of your notes, then try to focus on finding out what topics were huge during the year.
Flashcards are a good way to learn and study terms and dates. Quizlet also provides small quizzes and games that help you further understand what you are studying for. Creating your own crossword puzzles and study guides also is a good way to study information. Watching videos helps learn information from a different view. I would recommend Khan Academy. Making hierarchies helps connect concepts in your brain, which will then help you better remember the information. The best way to study is probably to avoid cramming everything the night before. Studying a little every night will help reinforce the information.
Having a good breakfast and enough sleep will improve your mindset and mood towards midterms!