The past three years at Staples have left me in a complete and utter frenzy on the night before midterms. Twenty-page study guides, mangled notes scrawled all over Post-Its and forged sleep were just a few of the characteristics to describe my uneasy feelings. From the perspective of a survivor of six exam weeks, I have found a list of five things to do the night before exams start in order to feel both prepared and calm.
#1: Divide up time for review with a timer
According to US News, students spend up to 17.5 hours on homework per week, however the night before midterms should be an hour at most of reviewing each subject, and I have found that 20 minute intervals work the best. Sometimes it is easy to get off track, however, setting a timer with breaks included is an effective way to use time in the most efficient manner.
#2: Make a consolidated info sheet
In my experience I consistently have my notes in random places or in a long format. Therefore, making a condensed note sheet is an effective tool to have to review right before the test. That way, you are able to refresh yourself with appropriate information, without getting bogged down by musculinus or unimportant notes.
#3: Don’t be afraid to ask peers for help
Usually the night before an exam I have questions on certain topics, however I have found that reaching out to my peers to explain is always a good idea. Obviously the best-case scenario is asking a teacher for help, however the last burning questions will usually be too late for an email the night before. Therefore, asking peers in your class is a great tool to answer some of your questions.
#4: Make a daily schedule
Remembering the special midterm schedule can be confusing. So, utilizing a planner which clearly outlines the schedule and times is essential for success.
#5: Meditate and Sleep
According to The National Sleep Foundation, the recommended amount of sleep is 9 hours for teenagers, despite only 15 percent of teenagers receiving it. Further, in an article from TIME magazine, it was found that study behavior and academic achievements are significantly raised by clocking more sleep. With that in mind, sleeping 8-10 hours before an exam truly has the power to bump your grade up. I have found that using meditation apps such as “Stop, Breathe & Think” work well to unwind during times of stress. Outside Magazine deemed the app “Intuitively designed and supremely accessible.”