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How to Handle Midterms

It’s that time of year again: midterms. Not as stressful as finals, but still more important than a regular quiz. Do you ever really know how to prepare for them? Don’t pull your hair out just yet! Here are four tips to get you through this hectic week.

1. Separate Your Work

Don’t try to cram everything in all in one day at the same time! Make sure to take breaks and don’t rush. It’s better to study over time because you’ll remember more. Trying to cram information for four different classes all at once won’t help you. Set out specific times to study for different classes. Know that a certain class will be harder than the rest? Start there and work on what you think you will need more help with. If there’s one that is either earlier or later than the others, prioritize accordingly.

2. Eat Brain Food

We used to joke about this stuff when we were younger, but certain foods help fuel your brain when you need it the most! Blueberries help protect your brain from stress, nuts and seeds are a great source of Vitamin E and even dark chocolate can help improve concentration. Plus, they’re great snacks that you can keep at your desk!

3. Sleep! (It’s Not for the Weak)

So you’ve heard about all-nighters in college. It actually doesn’t happen as often as you think. If you manage your time and don’t wait until 10 PM to start studying or writing that 12 page paper, you’ll go to bed at a decent hour and be prepared for your test! Getting a full eight hours is better for your brain and helps with concentration and memory. Have a big test? Study all day and sleep all night. Maybe you won’t sleep through it.

4. Have Some Self Control

Turn off your phone. Hide it. Maybe even ask your friend to change your passwords for Facebook and Instagram. Still can’t control yourself? Find an app that will block all of your procrastinating websites. Taking breaks is good for you, but taking a break after two minutes isn’t getting you anywhere. Set a timer for yourself: work for an hour and take a 15 minute break.

You can do this! Follow these tips and you’ll have midterm success.

Katelyn is a senior studying Marketing Communications and Journalism at Emerson College. She is involved with various marketing groups on campus and hopes to work in the entertainment or sports marketing industry. She spent a semester in Valencia, Spain and can be found at a Red Sox or Bruins game more often than not. You can find Katelyn on Twitter at @katelyngearan or @katelyn_gearan.