With both midterms and spring break quickly approaching, I thought it might be a good idea to reflect on the semester so far. When looking back across half a semester to study for one exam there are a loot of things to consider. If you have been taking lecture notes during the semester, then that is the best place to start. Review everything that you thought was important enough to write down in class. If your professor said something multiple times, chances are that it is important to know. Making a study guide with an emphasis on test material is always helpful. By attempting to filter the large amount of information into a single document, you will be able to help yourself remember most of the information. Midterms may seem really daunting, but there a few things to remember. Not every class you are taking will have a midterm exam. Also once you survive midterms, you can say with certainty that you are more that half way done with the semester. In my experience, a midterm exam is only a big name for a test with some cumulative information but is mostly made up of the most recent class material that has not been tested yet.
Buckling down for a few days will be a greatly rewarded with spring break. Use the idea of having a whole week away from school as an incentive to do your best on your exams. Make the last few days before break really count then you can take the whole week off. By working really hard before break, you won’t be able to feel guilty for focusing on relaxing all week. Lastly I would like to suggest that you really take full advantage of break. Spend some time with your family, relax, get some sleep, see some home friends, or do what ever makes you happy.