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Study Tips for Midterms

Midterms are approaching and an important key to success is having effective study habits. I’ve compiled a list of some tips and tricks for you to combat this midterm season and come out alive and happy with the outcome.


1. Start studying early

I’ve found that a great way to study is to not just start studying a couple days or a week before the exam. Look over your notes you take every day after class from the very beginning, so that when you’re studying for an exam, it’s just review and you don’t have to relearn everything you forgot from earlier in the semester.



2. Time Management

Make sure to leave plenty of time to study. Make a study schedule so that you can do a little bit each day and you aren’t cramming on the day before the exam. Know that the exam is coming up and plan how you’re going to manage your other work around that.



3. Take Breaks

In conjunction with the previous one, it is also important to take breaks within your study schedule. Studies have shown that your brain no longer retains information after an hour of studying, so take a 5 to 10 minute break every hour so you can feel refreshed and ready to tackle more of the information.


4. Eat and Drink Well

Try to eat healthily as midterms get closer. Make sure to get all the essential nutrients, especially certain vitamins and proteins. Avoid junk food because that’s just going to slow you down and make you more tired. Eat foods that will give you lots of energy, like fruits and vegetables, nuts, and healthy grains. Drink water! Stay hydrated as you study and try to not rely too much on caffeinated beverages.


5. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep for at least 8 hours every night and go to bed at a decent time. Your body needs rest so that you have the energy and ability to get the work done. I know from personal experience that it’s difficult to focus when I’m exhausted from not getting enough sleep. Make this your main priority.



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I hope these study tips are helpful for you as you tackle midterms. You all are amazing and you can do it!


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Elle Provolo

Mt Holyoke '22

I’m a sophomore at Mt. Holyoke. I am an environmental studies major. I love running and baking.
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