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Study Tips

Despite efforts to try and avoid it, midterm season is upon us. It is important to prepare now and take care of yourself to avoid cramming and unnecessary stress. So, by organizing materials, studying in short increments, and prioritizing hydration and sleep, you will be in a strong position to face your midterms head first! Here are some helpful tips from different teachers in varying positions in our community who have our well being in mind. 

 

Mrs. Mazur’s tips: 

  • Meditating (I recommend the Calm app), staying hydrated, and sleeping can help our bodies stay in a healthy condition that helps to reduce the stress response. In addition, these steps help to improve memory and cognitive performance. 

 

  • As you prepare for exams, make sure you make time for exercise. Even a brisk 30-minute walk can help reduce stress. 

 

Ms. Sellon’s tips:

 

  • Collect old tests and quizzes and order them chronologically or by topic, then identify which subjects were most difficult for you in order to pay extra attention to them. 

  • It is best to study in 20-30 minute increments over multiple days. 

  • Create study guides for a simple way to see everything that you will need to review.

  • On the day of exams, get to school early so you are not scrambling to get your test materials together. 

  • When you are given your test, look over the whole thing first to assess how you should spend your time. Consider leaving more time for an essay and maybe less for multiple choice. 

  • If you get stuck on a question, do not spend too much time on it, circle it, move on, and come back to it. 

  • Make sure to review your work if you finish early! 


 

Mrs. Harrison’s tips: 

  • Exams are one part of your grade, but it is important to remember that at the end of the year there will be one grade on your transcript made up of all of your hard work leading up to it. So, if you don’t do as well as you like on exams, remember that it is NOT the end of the world and there are many other components factoring into your end-of-year grade.

  • Studying in groups can be very beneficial to students - it gives you the opportunity to have a social experience while also interactively learning.  You can quiz each other instead of just testing yourself. 

  • Remember to eat food to fuel your body, take study breaks, try to do physical activity, and get plenty of sleep!

  • Try to prepare as much as you can in advance to avoid cramming the night before, which should be a time for lower-stress review of material.

  • Try to not feel alone in your stress! No matter what kind of student you are everyone is trying their hardest to study and everyone is struggling with something regardless of how big or small. 

  • Recognize that stress is a part of life, and you will get through it, but make sure to reach out to adults or peers when you need help.