You’re Halfway There: 5 Tips for Getting Through Midterms

Published on August 18, 2014 by arothstein

Midterms are a difficult time for some students. For many of you, it’s when you suddenly realize how quickly time has gone. All those study sessions you meant to have may not have happened. So what do you do? I went to the experts to find out. Here are some tips on succeeding at midterms from some of the best at Broadview University-Layton campus.

Nikki McCutcheon

1. “Always make time for yourself. You should have, at least, one half hour of ‘me’ time a day. This is not time that you spend with your family or running errands or making lists of things you still have to do. This is time that you focus on yourself. You can spend the time meditating, doing yoga, watching a television show, catching up on some recreational reading, completing a crossword puzzle or any other activity that is driven by your own personal interests. It gives your brain and body a chance to recharge and refresh.” — Nikki McCutcheon, director of career services.

Scott Hill

2. “When taking an ‘open book’ test, open the book in Mobile Blackboard or an unused computer lab computer. The native PC environment has a much better search engine than the iPad app. Some questions on an open book test are word-for-word out of the text. These are easy to search. Other times, you will need to be creative to find the appropriate source in the text. Start with only one or two words from the question and expand if results are too numerous. End of chapter reviews are a great source for questions as are glossaries of terms. “ — Scott Hill, information technology executive program chair

Clint Urvand

3. “Just keep swimming. There are times when it seems like your term will never end and that you are just treading water. Remember that if you ‘just keep swimming,’ you will eventually make it to your destination. Sometimes you feel like you are drowning in the amount of work and responsibilities that you have been given. Just remember to do one thing at a time and you can succeed.” — Clint Urvand, director of financial aid

Kelley Sloan

4. “Good notes equal better grades. Keep notes from the same class together, along with any handouts. Go over your notes after class or after school while the lecture is still fresh on your mind. Add information that will help you comprehend the material.” — Kelley Sloan, massage therapy executive program chair

Lori Draper

5. “Ask questions. If you don’t understand a certain concept, be sure to ask your instructor. If you don’t know how to do an assignment, ask. If you are not sure what concepts will be on a test, ask. Sometimes teachers will tell you to study everything that has been covered. Other times, your teacher will be more than happy to give you specifics on what to study. So, when you’re not sure, ask.” — Lori Draper, librarian

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