How to Deal with Midtermz on Midtermz

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

My physics professor likes to use memes in class

It’s week 6 (!?) already which means it is the beginning of midterm season. At USC, we are in the semester system. This means that we have classes for a 15 week period and usually have 1-2 midterms and then a final in that time span. Midterms creep up on you in school, so I’m here to give you a few tips on how to survive them, and possibly keep your sanity.

1. Check on your calendar every day and look at when your tests are in advance! As of a few weeks ago I knew that I would have two midterms on the same day, Calculus 3 and Physics, so I knew to start studying waaaay in advance to get it all done

2. Make sure you’re understanding lecture and homework throughout the semester so that when it comes time for the test, you don’t have to cram as much. If you know you’re having a hard time keeping up, go to your professor’s office hours or go to Supplemental Instruction (SI) with your peer teacher.

I take care of myself on midterm weeks by buying myself pupusas from the weekly farmers market on campus

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3. When the week of the test comes, make sure you’re caring for yourself! I know tests come with late nights studying, but make sure you stay hydrated, eat food with nutritional value, and try not to caffeinate yourself too much (I am definitely not good at sticking to this one).

4. Work hard, but know that what you get on these tests doesn’t mean everything. Most midterms in STEM classes get a generous curve, and your professors are always looking for you to do your best so they will usually help you out with your final grade if they see you working hard.

So there are a few of my tips on midterms. They’re rough, but as engineers we push through! Remember that grades don’t mean everything, and don’t forget to take care of yourself above all. Good luck on all of your tests!

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