Tips for sur­viv­ing midterms


The hol­i­days are long over and it’s time for kids to hunker down and study for midterms. This can be over­whelm­ing for some stu­dents, es­pe­cially if they are strug­gling in a par­tic­u­lar course. Whether you have an A stu­dent or av­er­age, it’s equally im­por­tant to be pre­pared. Here are some tips to stay fo­cused and make the most of prep time and (hope­fully) per­for­mance.

First and fore­most, do NOT let your child pro­cras­ti­nate. There’s only so much in­for­ma­tion he or she can re­call on short no­tice, so be sure to al­low am­ple time prior to the test.

Find a dis­trac­tion-free space for study­ing. Clear away the clut­ter and or­ga­nize books and re­lated ma­te­ri­als to help your child fo­cus.

Ask your child to ex­plain the sub­ject mat­ter to you. If they take time to process the in­for­ma­tion and put it into their own words, they will have im­proved com­pre­hen­sion and mem­ory.

Make sure kids are prop­erly hy­drated and well fed. The proper fuel, in­clud­ing plenty of wa­ter and healthy snacks, will keep the brain mov­ing and the child alert.

When­ever pos­si­ble, take prac­tice tests. If the teacher hasn’t pro­vided any, look on­line to see if you can find one. This is es­pe­cially help­ful with math­e­mat­ics.

In­clude a lit­tle play time with the study time. It’s im­por­tant to take reg­u­lar breaks and en­cour­age your child to get up and move around and stim­u­late the body.

En­cour­age kids to get their stuff ready the night be­fore, in­clud­ing cloth­ing, school sup­plies and any­thing else needed on test day. Charge cal­cu­la­tors if nec­es­sary and set the alarm a lit­tle bit ear­lier to be pre­pared for any sur­prises.

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