As midterms are nearly a week away, students may begin stressing over the topics that they already forgot since September. It is important to remember that midterms are worth two test grades in the second quarter and they will be the last scores for grades. For upperclassmen, midterms are nothing new. It may become grueling to study for, but the level of difficulty is expected before taking the exams. For the freshman, midterms are most likely a new thing since many never took these exams in middle schools. Do not worry because, here are some helpful tips to help you get through it.
Tip 1: Study in Advance
Although this may be hard to do, especially for those who like to study last minute, it is highly recommended to study at least a week in advance. A lot of topics need to be covered and doing some studying every night can really benefit the grade. Studying in advance will not only help someone cover the subject in more depth, but it also allow them to have more time practicing. It is suggested that students review the information in September first and work their way to the units they are covering now. As they are going through their notes, mark off topics that need to be reviewed more in depth. It is best to go more in depth in the topics that were harder to ace the midterm. Tip 2: Know How to Approach each Subject
Each subject needs to be approached in different ways. Studying for math is different than studying for Spanish. For those taking either World History or United States History, old regent problems are great ways to practice multiple-choice questions. Figure out some possible essay topics and put some events under each topic. In math and science, going over problems that was in homework and break assignments are great ways to practice. Also, review notes and take old regents. For English, review notes and read chapter summaries on Sparknotes for books that are on the test. In the language departments, make flashcards of vocabulary words and different verb tenses.
Tip 3: Establish Study Groups Although it might not be the best idea to do study groups all of the time, midterms are the one exception to this rule. Everyone has those friends who are extremely smart in one subject or in every subject. It would be a great idea to ask them. Study groups will benefit both the person who is struggling and the person that is teaching the subject.
Tip 4: Take Advantage of Resources and Extra Help
Resources are made for a reason, so it is a great idea to use them. Although students find that their resources do not match their actual teacher’s resources, other teachers in that department are knowledgeable in the given subjects. It also might be helpful to know that many language arts teachers speak multiple languages. In the math department, extra help is given every morning in the cafeteria and every afternoon from Monday through Thursday. Science help is given Mondays through Thursdays in rooms 421 or 422 and teachers in this department come on different days of the week. Teachers want students to do well, so take advantage of resources and extra help that is provided. One idea is to go to these help sessions with questions or topics that need to be reviewed.