It happens every semester. It catches us off-guard like a mid-summer cold. We're never fully ready for it. It's midterm season, folks. Five midterm exams, four assignments, three papers, and a project proposal all due within mere days of each other. This is a stressful time of the semester for students, so here are a few tips to help you survive this midterm season!
Start with an appropriate study space.
If you are working alone, find a space that is quiet and has lots of light. As enjoyable as working in bed might sound, you will be more productive sitting at a desk. Here are some spots you might want to check out:
- CBY basement, C08 and C010 for individual and group study
- MRT library 24/7 study space
- MNT 24/7 computer labs
- CRX’s second and fifth floors boast open study spaces, as well as many study rooms.
Make a proper study schedule. Start early and divide your workload throughout the week before your exam. Working a little bit a day is more manageable than cramming everything the night before. This will help you manage your time and avoid staying up all night.
Make use of the available resources. BEFORE your midterm, make use of all available resources to clarify any concepts shown in class such as your professor’s office hours, your TA, and the various on-campus help centres (math, physics, and chemistry) including our very own Workshop Engineering and Computer Science Mentorship Centre.
Understand how to study for your courses. Generally, the best way to study for math and science courses is to complete practice problems. Make sure you do plenty of problems before your exam, as they will be the best indicator of what your exam will cover. Entering an exam will be less stressful since it won’t be the first time you are using the material you learned.
Take frequent, short breaks. Take some time away from the screen or textbook and relax your mind. Go for a walk, stretch and snack on some healthy food that will give you brainpower. For every 75 minutes of studying, take a 15-minute break to recharge.
Get adequate rest. Stay on top of your course work while allowing for adequate rest.
Make early connections with other students in your program. They can help with study groups and course material.
Don't forget there are study groups available at The Workshop - Engineering and Computer Science Mentoring Centre.
Midterms are stressful, but they are not impossible! Don’t be afraid to join a study group and ask for help.