Midterms coming up? Here’s How to Survive and Thrive During Exam Week | News from the FIU


What strategies or approaches can help students during exams?

When I think of midterms, I often think of freshmen and sophomores. It’s unlike anything they’ve known before. Class pace is faster than usual, exam format may be different.

There are a few things they can do, with all students, to adjust to college exams or help smooth out exam week no matter how long they’ve been in college.

When you study, perspective is important. Reverse the perspective and ask yourself, “What has the teacher been emphasizing all the time?” What are their main lessons, what do they think is important? »Check the program and see what the learning objectives and outcomes are. There is a purpose behind these objectives. It is meant to show what teachers want you to learn in the classroom.

A great way to study is to ask yourself, “What if I were the teacher and I wrote the exam?” What content would you cover and how would you phrase the question? If you are in a study group, divide the content chapters and have each group member create questions for their chapters. You can work on responding to them and discuss the content among yourselves.

You will find that you are learning in a way that you have never learned before. By explaining the content to your group mates, you will further strengthen the concept.

In what ways can students deal with the stress and anxiety that often accompanies exam preparation?

You can approach anxiety from different angles. The first is the dressing option. The question here is, “What can you do to help reduce anxiety levels now?” You can go to the gym, connect with friends, eliminate that anxiety. This is also when you can see what relaxation and wellness related events are being hosted by the Healthy Living Program or what events student groups are hosting (check on Panther Connect).

If you want to talk to someone about everything you’re feeling, or want to learn more about ways to deal with stress, check out counseling and psychology services (often referred to as CAPS), which offers a range of free services. to currently enrolled students.

The other perspective on managing exam stress delves deeper into academics. The cause of anxiety is usually how you feel prepared for the exam. So, devote time to your studies. But also remember that you need to make time for yourself to relax. One of the things I have said to students who come in anxious or who don’t know how to study well is to save time. Study the content for a reasonable amount of time, then take a five to ten minute break. During the break, do not go to your phone. This break is to de-stress you.

I ask the students, “What is your favorite song and what makes it your favorite song?” Play this song. Listen to the loud music you love. Reward yourself, dance like a maniac, or do a seated dance if you wear headphones while sitting in the library.

Just make sure it breaks the monotony of sitting down, studying, and gives you an energy boost. You reprogram yourself. When you do this, you say to yourself, “I have the energy to keep going. “

How can students stay focused and motivated even if they start to doubt their exam success?

It is important to discern the clutter. Negative autosuggestion has no place in our minds. If you know you have to do well on this exam, you may say to yourself once, “I have to try to do well. So don’t think about it anymore. Just do it. The next step is: “I have a plan to study, a plan to do the best I can in my current situation”.

If you’re having trouble at home or at work, or if you’re going through a particularly stressful time, be kind to yourself. Or if you know you’ve dropped the ball and have a lot of ground to catch up in your class, keep going. Do not worry. It’s completely unrealistic to learn an entire semester in a week.

If you find yourself in this situation, number one guess, how did you get there? Why did you come here? Did you not like the content? Haven’t you managed your time well? Have you bailed out? Don’t you like the major? Every time we have a little success or failure, we learn what works and what doesn’t. Always keep this in mind.

“Negative self-talk has no place in our minds. If you know you have to do well on this exam, you may say to yourself once, “I have to try to do well”. that more. Just do it. The next step is: ‘I have a plan for studying, a plan for doing my best.’ ”

-Alina Dominguez, Head of Academic Advisory Services at the College of Arts, Sciences and Education


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