There is one a dreaded time aside from finals that manages to give students all over the country the same sense of stressful dread: midterms. There are a few reasons as to why this is. Either you’re the type of person who gets nervous about all tests in general or you’re the type of person who hasn't done any of the readings and has since decided that your only option is to cram as much of the material into your head in whatever short amount of time you have left. If you fall into either of these categories, don’t worry! Here are a few easy steps that you can take to not only ease your mind, but to prepare it for the onslaught of information you’re going to expose it to!1. Just BreatheThis is the step that requires you to just relax and take a step back. Often times, just looking at your workload is enough to make you want to give up altogether. However, if you actually manage to distance yourself from your negative thoughts, you will not only be able to prioritize what needs to be done first, but the best order in which to get them done.
2. Make A ChecklistThis is self explanatory! Once you’ve managed to get yourself into the best mental state, try and actually prioritize your list of tasks. What is the most important thing for you to get done at that exact moment? Reading? Writing papers? Studying terms? Figure out what you need to probably spend the most amount of time on and be ready to get down to business!
3. Create A Safe Study SpaceMake sure that your study environment is formatted in a way to encourage your overall productivity as opposed to triggering any distraction for you. If you get easily distracted by any form of media, then isolating yourself during your study time might be necessary. Find an area that is quiet and gives you more of a focused environment!