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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Spelman chapter.

The most dreaded time of the year, the period between the start of the second semester and spring break…midterms…gross. No matter how much you studied and no matter how many all-nighters you pull you just can’t master these wretched exams. Well, fear no more I have composed a list of my top six tips for acing your midterms while not stressing yourself out.


  1. Speak UP, girl!

Now this one is a little unusual when it comes to tips, but it is just as effective. Speaking up and asking (any) question when you don’t understand something can be the difference between an A and B on your midterms. It is crucial to understand exactly what it is you’re learning before you even begin studying. 


  1. Form a Study Group

People learn in many different ways and a lot of us prefer to study alone, like me. However, sometimes studying in-group is a win-win. You learn the material perspectives which could help you learn the material even better.


  1. U. N. P. L. U. G.

Put the phone on silent, lock it away in a box, and put the box deep in your closet. Phones and other unnecessary screens are the number one distraction when it comes to studying and it can become a habit to check our devices especially when we don’t have the desire to study. Even just shutting your phone off for an hour will help you accomplish A LOT.


  1. Take a Break 

Another reason a lot of people don’t do well on their exams is because they overwork themselves to the point of exhaustion which defeats the purpose of studying. It is important to spend ample time studying but remember to take a 10-15-minute break every couple of hours to give your mind a break.


  1. Get Some Rest. Period.

What is a mind if it’s not well-rested? Mush. I know in college a good night’s sleep is foreign to many of us but at least getting a good rest the day before the exam will be more beneficial for you in the long run. Six to eight hours will do the trick!


  1. Positivity is Key

The power of the tongue is strong. If you think or say negative things, then bad things will inevitably happen but if you speak positivity into your life then only good things will happen. So, speak highly of your self and give yourself daily affirmations that can and will achieve. You’ll start to see a difference in the world around you. 

Akira Allen

Spelman '22

Hey! My name is Akira Allen and I am a sophomore biology major on the pre-med track at the illustrious Spelman College. I am originally from Washington D.C. but currently reside in Warner Robins, Georgia. From the time I was about 4 I knew I wanted to help people, and I loved science. I mean the first big word I spelled was photosynthesis. So, being a doctor just felt right. I believe being a surgeon will allow me to combine my two passions. In the last 4 years or so I have become very passionate about advocacy and activism. Coming to a place like Spelman has helped me to expand this passion further. I am so excited to be apart of the HerCampus Spelman team as a content writer! I believe we are going to achieve great and meaningful things.
Kimani Leftridge is currently an Anthropology and Sociology major at Spelman College. Kimani loves writing and talking about politics, they have aspirations of becoming a college professor and continuing to work in the field of journalism. If they are not writing, they can be found organizing, involved in political discourse, reading or painting. In addition to being a writer, Kimani is also a visual artist who's pieces often have the same subject matter as their writings. You can follow them on Instagram @angstyblkartist.