Conquering Midterms: A Survivor’s Guide

Meet Paige LeBlanc, Graduate Assistant for Parent & Family Programs. Paige is a native of Madison, MS and a recent alumna of the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs at LSU.

It’s that time of year again. The leaves change colors; the air grows cooler; and the tests grow more frequent. It’s midterm week! As someone who has survived 8 semesters of midterms and lived to tell the tale, I have some sage advice to share that you might want to pass along to your students:

1. Sleep.

Studying is important, but if you stay up cramming all night, you won’t be in tip-top shape for the day of your exam! Be sure to study in increments, and don’t save it all up for the night before your test. If you happen to be one of those people who is reading this as you study for an exam that is 12 (or maybe fewer) hours away, at least try to fit in some quality sleep in between chapters by using the Calculator.

2. Eat.

I am a stress eater, so this has never been a problem for me, but if you are one of those people who skips meals when they are busy, DON’T DO IT! For your brain to work properly and for you to survive, you must have sustenance (and that means something besides coffee). Try to pack some healthy snacks like granola, yogurt, or nuts for an energy boost while studying!

3. Keep calm and study on.

Manage your time wisely. Make outlines, flashcards, graphs, pictures, whatever it is that works for you. Don’t be afraid to say no to group study sessions if they aren’t beneficial for you, but also don’t be afraid to invite classmates to study if you learn better that way! Go to class. Take notes. Read the assigned text. Reach out to your professors if you have questions or concerns. If you do these things, midterms will be a breeze!

Luckily, midterms only happen once a semester!  And even better, LSU has many resources to help get you through the week (and beyond): Center for Academic Success, First Year Experience, Student Support Services, Libraries, and many more!

Parents, send your student some encouragement over the next few weeks as they are conquering their midterm tests. You’ll be glad you did!


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