10 Effective Studying Hacks to Get You Through Midterm // survey + I need validation

So. Sadly midterm season is a real thing.

It’s almost the end of term 2, and with all the tests (yuck), assignments, quizzes, pop quizzes *faints*… any student would stress out during this nerve wracking time period. Personally, I love learning and going to school, but midterm season just makes everything I do…. unmotivated WHY

As students, we have to (sadly) face midterms, and on top of that is our daily homework. Like, please stop torturing us?!

Since I feel like we all need a shoulder to lean on to right now to get through this crazy time of the year, why not convey some advice in the process?? Because what’s worse than feeling all alone like an iceberg in the middle of the Arctic. Seriously since that’s really bad, no joke.

Today, I’m sharing my top 10 studying tips to get on top of your homework during the midterm season, because… I need validation that it works?!?! Also, since I need MORE validation, here I present a short survey for you aka I’m a hard worker and I take advice and suggestions.

Let’s dive right in, shall we? *hup*

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The Prep

01. Set up a plan

Midterm season = more anxiety. So what helps?? Set up a plan! Before you start your homework after school, make a reasonable checklist, and ask yourself, “what do I want to complete today?” It may be finishing that *cough* math homework, or studying for that English quiz on Friday, make a plan, and go for it!! Seeing progress will reduce your anxiety and help you feel like you are in control of yourself.

02. Organize

Gather all the materials you need to you study space!! This will result in less clutter, which as the old saying goes, less clutter = less anxiety. Put your checklist near, so you can keep track of your progress.


The Progress

03. Study in a distraction free zone

This is totally cliché but not?! Everyone has different things that distracts them. For some, it may be their phone, or like for me, it may be high pitched sounds (ft. old lightbulbs). Make your study area a distraction free area. If you’re phone takes your focus away, then put it out of your reach; we are naturally lazy potatoes. During your break, you can take it back, but after, put it somewhere that isn’t as accessible.

04. Have breaks

This. Is. So. Important. I used to think that I can just keep on studying, but actually, not taking a break results in a poorer result? We need time to refresh, because like everything else, we need that time to process. Going back to #1, incorporate 10 minute breaks between 30 minutes of studying for example.

05. Flashcards

Either physical flashcards or Quizlet, they are proven to be lifesavers 😅 Since you can install the Quizlet app on your phone, or just carry your flashcards around, you can study anywhere, any time!! On the bus, waiting for food at a restaurant (aka torture)…

06. Ask questionsssss

I don’t know why I put extra s’sssssssss. Onward: it’s one of the most frustrating things as a student; the teacher has the lecture done but no one understands anything. At all. Let’s use math as a example, shall we? Okay honestly, I am not strong in math. And again, surprise surprise, fun fact: the only math unit that’s more easy for me is algebra, and the rest is alien. So thank goodness my mom is amazing in math, so there you go 24/7 tutor. Google is always a option, though it’s not necessarily accurate, but DM your friends!! Most of the time it should work tho

If you have a question, ask! If you need clarification, ask! What’s worse than living in doubt about the topic you’re going to test next next day? Prevent that extra anxiety 🙂

07. Focus on what your goal, not others’

We often compare ourselves to others, because I’m quite sure that if you’re reading this, you’re human. It’s natural that we want to be better in our own aspects. Before you start studying for that test next week, think about an attainable goal for YOU. What is it that you want to excel? What parts do you need extra practise? What others may find easy may not be for you, but it goes the other way around too; what you may find simple may be a complicated mess for others.

The name you’re going to put on the test is yours, not some other person’s, right? You are writing the test for yourself, so focus on YOU.


The After

08. Don’t pull an all nighter

Am I just going back to each point, each time?? Surprise surprise from the awkward person yours truly is. I know that most people my age sleep at what, 12am each night, and me over here… sleeps at 9:30 -10:00. I always vent to my friends like HOW ARE YOU STILL ALIVE.

You have probably heard this a million times, but I just can’t stress this enough – sleeping and waking up earlier helps with your health, as well as studying! Your brain can’t function properly when it’s about to doze off, so why not just call it a night, and wake up a tad bit earlier? I seriously don’t see any negatives; more sleep = more energy in the day = effective studying. Give it a try! SLEEP IS GOLD

09. Reward yourself

Is it a piece of cake I see? Or is it finishing the 637 episode of Detective Conan (my mild serious obsession)? You studied hard, and now you deserve a good ol’ relaxing break. Work hard, relax… not hard that makes NO sense.. got it: just relax, ‘kay?

10. Study smart

This is probably the most important one of all. Like the old saying goes, #qualityoverquantity. Make your plans achievable. Be realistic. Study the main points. Find tricks to memorize the first 20 elements of the periodic table. If option A doesn’t work for you, go to option B. If option B isn’t going well, go to option C. There’s always an option; don’t limit yourself – do what’s best for YOU, not for others 🙂

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The Survey

I was originally going to do a q & a in light of my 1 year blogiversary, but I changed my mind after I found out how to use Google Forms (#indecisive). So since, as I said, I need validation, here I present my survey!! Questions, comments… anything, but please keep it G-rated.

Muchly appreciated ❤ 🙂 (is muchly even a word)

let's take flight, shall we

Is it midterms for you? Did some of these tips help? Any tips of your own? Thoughts of midterms (it’s a disgrace)? Did you fill out the survey? It’s true tho I need validation XD Good luck on surviving midterm season!! You can do it 🙂

forever yours, kimberly

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