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Time’s up! Midterm season is finally upon us, so bust out those heavy textbooks you probably haven’t opened since you purchased them.

Studying for midterms is always a stressful time, especially if you’re hardly passing the class.

Your professor just told you the midterm is in-class and they barely gave you a study guide.

Well, I have a few study tips that can help you stay focused and pass with ease.



Like most college students, Quizlet has been my knight in shining armour.

For my entire college experience, I have used Quizlet and it has sufficiently helped me get good grades on all my exams.

I insert my own definitions into the Quizlet app or desktop versions and use the “learn” mode.

I use this for about an hour each day until my exam approaches.


Write it out!

Re-writing your work also helps you remember it better.

I like to re-write definitions and/or math problems to help me remember my work better.


Do  not pull all-nighters

Statistics show that all-nighters are not an effective study method.

Your brain needs time to relax and re-energize itself. It is not good to strain your brain for consecutive long hours, you will see no results.


Eat  brain  food

Studying for hours can result in junk food cravings.

Most people assume that junk food  will help them stay awake due to the excessive amount of sugar.

This is false, as sugar actually slows your brain down, which will result in  you getting tired and not remaining focused on the task at hand.

Eat more brain foods like fruits and nuts. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.


Avoid the Parties

Parties become a distraction and will allow you to continue procrastinating.

The party isn’t going anywhere and there will be plenty more to come, your grades are much more important!

I’ve been dedicating my time before exams to following these tips.

They allow me to keep my study sessions stress-free, with minimal tension on my brain.

Take some time out of your day and try to study for at least two  hours between activities and classes.

This way you’ll be fitting  a mini study session into your schedule but in a way that is healthy and feasible.


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