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Midterms are just around the corner but that doesn’t mean you should let them stress you it. There is no need to cry, be angry or stuff your face with chocolate out of frustration if you know how to use your time wisely and effectively. That being said, these 5 tips helped me avoid midterm meltdowns, especially during my bio midterm last week.

1. Don’t stress out, take a deep breath and relax.


Don’t be like Josh and cry your way through studying, That obviously won’t help you and it is much more effective to relax and not make midterms bigger than they need to be. Remember, midterms are a small part of your grade and a very small part of your life in general.

2. But, don’t procrastinate either.

Like stressing out, procrastination won’t help you either. Obviously you won’t get anything done and cramming is not the answer. Rather than cramming, split the studying up in small increments so that it is more mangeable. 

3. Get a good night’s sleep.

Science suggests that you need at least 4 hours of sleep in order to perform well on an exam. And may I say that sleep should be in a bed and NOT at your desk. Don’t study until you can’t keep your eyes open becuase you won’t retain any info. That’s not a smart decision and you won’t be any smarter after late night studying.

4. Eat a well balanced breakfast on midterm day.

I’m a big stickler on eating healthy and especially eating breakfast in the mornong. It is absoultely crucial that you eat a well-balanced breakfast the morning of your exam. It will fuel you for the day and you don’t want to be sitting there taking your midterm with your stomach growling anyways.

5. Be confident. 

Be confident like Bair Waldorf. You studied hard and know that you’ll ace your midterm! Now the only thing left to do is take a deep breath and ace it!

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Allie Stern

C of C '19

Allie is a young public health professional, Guns N Roses enthusiast, cannabis educator, and Home Goods #1 customer. She is an up-and-coming entrepreneur who is passionate about women's empowerment and leadership. When she's not planning out her future on her white board, she can be found playing video games or watching Marvel movies with her boyfriend Amal.
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