We are only four weeks in the year and it is already midterms season! How is that possible? Where did all the time go? A month ago we were still lazily enjoying the sun outside and now we have to start reviewing all our notes snuggled up in an oversized hoodie with a pack of kleenex in close reach. Midterms come so fast it is easy to panic, but please don’t! As a grade twelve student, I was able to accumulate some tips and tricks on how to pass your midterms with success, without breaking a sweat (or almost).
- BE GRATEFUL
We are four weeks in the quarter and those midterms are coming too fast for your liking. Remember this: you are only reviewing four weeks of material. Imagine if you had to remember some weird formula you learned over two months ago? That’s right, it would for sure be harder.
- PLAN AHEAD
Okay, so your midterm is on Friday and it is already Tuesday. You should have probably started studying a week ago but now you don’t have time to reminisce on the past. Take out your planner. You have four chapters to study and only three nights? Study two chapters a night and keep the last day to review all the material. Make a to-do list if you need to. Personally, crossing out things I accomplished motivates me to work. Write down everything: what you have to study, the review package, the concepts you don’t really get and all your extra homework on the side. Now don’t forget to stick to your schedule and do not leave anything to the last minute.
- KKNOW YOURSELF
As a high school student, you’ve already taken too many tests. But, do you know how to you remember the information? How does it “pop” in your head while answering a question? I am a visual and auditory learner. I could tell you where I wrote down the information in my notes or better yet, I can remember the teacher’s joke before she talked about quadratic equations. Associations are one of my main tricks to retain difficult knowledge. Anything works to remember. Learn best how you retain your notes and apply it. If studying in groups is your thing, don’t hesitate to call some friends and meet up after school to study. It can be quite fun and your friend may be able to help you understand concepts you didn’t quite get.
- FLEX TIME
Our long lunch isn’t only there to be able to go to the west side and still have time to stop at Starbucks to get your pumpkin spice latte. It is very valuable time to study, or have your little study session with some friends. That hour break can also be used to ask your teacher some questions on the material you reviewed the night before and don’t quite fully understand yet. You may even be guided in your studying as he or she may say “don’t worry, it’s not important”. It is by far my most valuable tip. Use that flex time efficiently.
- BE MENTALLY SERENE
Remember that it is only a midterm. It is the perfect time to see what you know and what you don’t know before the scary real deal: the final. Do not worry. You prepared yourself and you are ready. The night before your exam, review once more all your notes and after that, go pamper yourself. Watch a movie, drink hot tea, play video games, read a book, take a bath, or simply go to bed extra early. No matter what, you shouldn’t go to bed late even if it is to study longer. You will only be extra stressed out and it is more likely that you will forget some information.
Go hit your books tonight. A little bit every night makes a big difference! I tried every method. Another tip before I leave you to your textbooks, is to study at least five times a week. Even if it is for fifteen minutes and there is no big exam in sight. This makes the difference between the good student and the excellent one. It also helps you cope with stress and unexpected events.
Charlène Golsteyn is a grade twelve student at CCH. She enjoys overbooking her schedule with the many clubs, events, and sports offered at CCH. If she is not doing something with the school, you might find her drawing portraits of her (kinda) cool friends, playing around with E. Coli, or simply talking to her best friend while on the floor eating Nutella by the spoon. Her goal this year is to accomplish everything on her top secret bucket list and leave behind a legacy.