Preparing for Midterms

I hope everyone’s pre-spring is going well, here in Socorro it’s finally warming up. We have one more week of midterms to get through before we get a slight break until the end of the semester comes up. Due to the current circumstances, I would like to talk about good habits for being a studious student.

One good practice is to review the chapter or lecture notes before the lecture. This will help prime you for whatever questions you may have over the material and will be able to have them resolved in the lecture itself. I would also recommend you use a digital note taking software, this allows you to take notes on the lecture slides so you can focus on adding any new information that is not included on the slides. After the lecture you change your notes into your own words after the class and organize them by concept.

Another helpful method I’ve been using is the Pomodoro Technique. In it you identify what tasks you need to do for the day and only work on it for 25 minutes at a time before taking a break. This has been very helpful for breaking my bad habit of waiting until the last minute before starting a project. It is a lot easier to get yourself to commit yourself to smaller chunks of labor instead of the total sum, which is a little discouraging.

These have been a few ways that I’ve been coping with midterms. I will let you all know next time if I survived this set. I hope that you all have a good March.

~ Matthew

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