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It's Midterm Season!

It’s hard to believe that the semester is already halfway over. This has been the fastest semester of my life to date, but it has also been the busiest. Midterm season came faster than I thought it would. With clinic and all of my classes, as well as balancing a job and making time for myself so I don’t collapse, finding time to study seems impossible.

Misericordia students in classroom

Prioritizing plays a large part in achieving success in college, especially in grad school.

In my personal opinion, midterms are worse than finals. For most of my classes, this is the first time I’ve ever had these professors. I’m still trying to find out what kind of tests they give and what they’re looking for on an exam. Getting through the first test gives me a good example of the kind of test each professor gives and how in depth my answers need to be for each. During finals week, there are no classes or work study so I can completely devote myself to studying. The library extends its hours and even offers snacks during finals week. With midterms, I still have classes and work every day, so it’s difficult to find time to study.

The only highlight of midterm season is that I usually don’t have six tests in one week. I’ve been lucky enough to have a midterm once a week, so I can focus on one test at a time.

My advice when it comes to midterms is to study early. The earlier you study, the less you’ll have to worry when it comes down to crunch time. Take things day by day and ask questions before it’s too late. Contrary to popular belief, your professors are actually here to help you. Take advantage of all that Misericordia offers. It’s okay to put your pride on the Bevevino Library Study Roomshelf and get tutoring. The Student Success Center is a great resource to fall back on. Not only do they offer tutoring, but they have workshops periodically on study tips and the writing center is the perfect resource for a person who isn’t the strongest writer. The most important piece of advice I can give you is to find what works best for you. If you can’t study alone, find a group of friends to form a study group. If you can’t stay on topic in a group, book a study room in the library and get to work. Everyone learns differently, and everyone studies differently. It’s okay to prioritize yourself and do what works best for you.

I find that studying to music helps me to study. I feel like an old lady when I listen to classical music and read my fluency textbook at the same time.

There is no need to stress too much about midterms. With a clear plan, midterm season will be a piece of cake. If you can make it through midterm season, you can make it to finals. Of course, finals are a completely different beast that you have to worry about; but don’t think about that too soon. Focus on the now and prioritize what comes first. It’s okay to take things day by day. Just remember that you’re halfway done and the end is in sight!


About the Author

Rachel Miroslaw

 

Rachel Miroslaw, Class of 2021, is a Speech-Language Pathology major at Misericordia University and played field hockey for the Cougars. Rachel is from Tunkhannock and enjoys reading and writing.

 


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