How to survive midterm exams

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By: Benjamin Ward


Midterms are upon us, and The Preface would like to provide students with some helpful tips.

Tip 1: Keep track of sleep. During midterms it is important to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep each night. We all know how challenging that can be as we prepare last minute for our exams, but the rewards outweigh the risks. If you are having trouble sleeping due to stress or any other reason, try drinking tea, taking a warm shower or reading a book instead of looking at your phone. Also, learning about sleep cycles may amaze you with what you will discover.

Tip 2: Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water will help you in a variety of ways. You will feel great, make better choices and manage stress far better. Water is also a huge force for memory. You will get the most out of your studying if you are running on clean energy. Water is the best energy drink for students.

Tip 3: Do not stress. Though taking exams can be a terrifying experience, it is valuable to remain as calm as possible as you approach them. Whenever we get stressed, we can quickly rely more on our fight or flight response sooner than our memory. We can rush through answering and can forget everything we have learned. So, stay calm as you study and throughout your exams. 

Tip 4: Hack your memory. There are so many ways that science has proven our brain is susceptible to hacks. For example, if you chew the same flavor of gum while you take your exam and while you prepare for it, your brain associates the flavor and what you are studying. 

Tip 5: Use your resources. Connect with your classmates who are studying the same topics and schedule a time to go over notes. As you study, do not forget the study guide. Sometimes they can feel obsolete, but for the majority of the time the study guides allow an easy method to approach studying. Don’t rule out tutoring; check out IU South Bend’s plethora of exam preparation resources. Visit academic-centers-for-excellence/index.html.

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