Preparing for Midterms

Preparing for Midterms

By Emma Acomb

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But right before we are visited by Santa, it seems we have to deal with Krampus, aka exams, first. So, instead of beginning to study for my midterm exams, I decided to extensively research and compile a list of effective exam studying methods and random facts to help you survive. Enjoy!

  1. Studies show listening to music with 50 to 80 beats per minute can calm the part of our brain related to logical thinking and help us remember facts. One example given was Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop.”
  2. Listen to upbeat pop songs, which can stimulate the right, creative side of our brain. This can help with countless midterm essays.
  3. Studies show tight hair bands can pull on connective tissue in our head and lead to painful headaches, so I recommend wearing a less painful hairstyle during exams.
  4. Make sure to get a full eight hours of sleep every night, especially during exams. Sleep deprivation can also lead to serious medical conditions like heart disease, and God forbid, terrible acne.
  5. Researchers have proved that quick a 20-30 minute workout before an exam can stimulate the brain and make it easier to recall information.
  6. Eating oatmeal for breakfast leaves you feeling fuller for a longer amount of time and helps you focus on the exam rather than on attempting to conceal your growling.
  7. Try writing out your exam material. This study method makes information easier to understand rather than unconsciously reading through the material. Hint: writing is not the same thing as typing.
  8. Creating a practice test for yourself can help you deeply analyze the information and think about possible test questions. Creating a study guide can also help you to think about possible topics that will be included on the exam. Don’t forget to ask your teachers for advice!
  9. Making written flashcards also has the same effect as writing out notes. However, these little flashcards are easy to take on the go and can be studied anywhere. Also, different websites like Quizlet gives the ability to make online flashcards.
  10. Take breaks. Studying with short, frequent breaks allows your brain to retain more information.


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