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How to Get out of the Midterm Slump

Midterms have come and gone… thank goodness! However, typically after midterms, it is easy to lose momentum and get behind on schoolwork. Here are some easy ways to get back to the grind and stay on top of your game for the rest of the semester.

  1. Clean out your backpack – Random papers have gotten buried to the bottom of your backpack, your protein bar wrapper from a month ago is gathering dust in your outside pocket, and there are unnecessary books weighing down your backpack. Getting rid of all the waste in your backpack will make your backpack lighter, but also organized which will help you keep your notebooks and folders organized. Consider it a spring cleaning of your backpack.
  2. Check back in with your syllabus – See what you have left in the semester so you can start mentally preparing for the rest of the year. Write down all of the due dates in your plan book, so you are ready to tackle them.
  3. Take some time for yourself – So often we forget to take time for ourselves. You can meditate, read a book, journal, or just watch your favorite Netflix. After midterms, your brain is fried and needs a break, so take a mental vacation.
  4. Meet with your professors – Was the midterm hard? Do you feel behind in the class? Check-in with your professor to ask questions about concepts you don’t understand. It shows that you are taking the class seriously and it will help you the rest of the semester.
  5. Spend time with your friends – After spending late nights in the library and using all your free-time to study, you probably did not see much of your friends. Reach out to them! Now that your schedule has opened up (a little), you can fit some time for them. Have a spa night with them or hit the town.
  6. Don’t stress – Easier said than done, but when you get your grades back, don’t beat yourself up. You tried your hardest and you are still smart. Grades do not define who you are.
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Mary Carroll

Miami (OH)

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