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by James Gilmer on 2022-10-04T09:00:00-04:00 in Resource Tutorials, Student Success, Tech Tips, Writing | 0 Comments

Essential Tips for Midterm Exams

Start Early

  • By starting early you can avoid running out of time or cramming the day before

  • Students can prepare for midterms as early as their first class! Review every day by reading over your notes, begin to create flashcards of key terms, and look over your syllabus. Use the materials that your professor gives you.

Take Notes

  • Review our blog from week two of how to take great notes!

  • Taking good notes represents a key part of studying for midterms. Many professors will give you hints of what will be in your midterms or will write out in the syllabus of the exact chapters that will be covered.

Ask Questions

  • Every professor is different when it comes to midterms. Some professors will do an in-class exam; others prefer a take-home exam. Assessment types may include short answers, multiple choice formats, true or false questions. Never be afraid to ask your professor about the format of the midterm exam; many professors will tell you to give you a heads up on what to look for. 

  • You are able to study smarter by figuring out what your professors want in the midterm. Some professors will give you midterm review documents or go over them in class. Be sure to ask questions and gather as much information as possible to ensure that you are studying the right material.

Create A Study Schedule

  • As always, start studying as early as possible just to begin reviewing the material! Start to take practice tests or create online quizzes like Quizlet, which has flashcards to learn, quiz, and even test you all in one! Testing your knowledge will improve your retention and make you a master of the concepts before you even walk in the door on exam day. 

Form A Study Group

  • For some, studying with a group of classmates pays off. Study groups can help students break down complex concepts and help one another review materials. Once you have formed a study group for midterms you could consider meeting after the test and using the same strategies for your final exam.

Prioritize Rest and Mental Health

  • During midterms it can be quite stressful, this can make it difficult to perform well. By taking care of your mental and physical health, you can improve your grades. 

  • Get a good night's rest! Studies have shown that sleep measures accounted for nearly 25% increase in academic performance. 

  • Similarly, taking mental health breaks like getting fresh air, going for a walk, or watching a movie. A break between long study sessions can help students on their midterm exams. 

  • Also keep an eye out on your Tiffin University emails as CAB or TU Engage will be having events during this time and also at the Murphy Academic Center and Pfeiffer Library as well! 



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