Midterms Approaching? Study These Tips For Success

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Studying for midterms is no different than everyday studying. Photo Credit: Flickr user Leaf Languages

FAIRFIFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Do you have a question about your middle or high school student’s studying practices? S4 Study Skills, an area leader in providing evidence-based study skills and test preparation workshops for students, will answer questions from Daily Voice readers. If you have a question, please submit it here or email anne@s4studyskills.com.

Q. What’s the best way to study for midterms?
Ryan C., Fairfield

A. We’ll let you in on a secret: Studying for midterms is no different from everyday studying, as long as you have a regular study practice that you keep up with. If you have been keeping up with assignments and reviewing notes, that’s good news: Just keep going! However, if you have not been diligent about keeping up with your studies, and if your notes are in disarray, don’t fret. Start by making a plan. First, complete all outstanding assignments. Then, organize your notes in a way that makes sense to you. Highlight terms and concepts that your teacher has reiterated. Review all of your quizzes and tests; chances are your midterm will be asking similar questions.

Do your teachers have study guides for the upcoming midterms? Rewrite the study guides in your own note-taking system. See your teacher for any points you don’t understand.

Most importantly, set aside time each day to study. Mark out that time in your planner, and set a goal for each study session: Review Spanish vocabulary; practice geometry proofs. Stick to your daily plan, even if you feel like you’re reviewing material you already know. By the time midterms roll around in January, you’ll be ready.

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