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Study Tip: Midterms

Midterms are creeping towards us, so tests and assignments are starting to pile up … it’s time to put your game face on.  The tip this week is about prioritizing your academic goals to fit in the limited time you have available.

The first step of surviving the next few weeks is to accept that there is only so much time in the day.

Every morning make a to-do list of all the things that you need to accomplish that day like completing assignments, studying for big tests, finishing your research paper, etc.  Rank the items based off of difficulty and how important they are, for example, if you need to get an A on your physics midterm and could skate by with a C in something else then make sure that studying for physics is at the top of your list.

Since it’s human nature to get tired after doing something for awhile, start with the most difficult item on the list while you are feeling energized and enthusiastic.  Give the items that are most important to you the most of your time so that you can earn that A you need.

Always remember that while you are working through this busy week make sure not to forget the basics—eating well, getting enough sleep, and exercise breaks are the keys to staying healthy and keeping your mind alert come test-time.