It’s hard to
believe that we’re nearing the beginning of October! Along with cooler weather,
football, pumpkins and spiced cider, it’ll soon be time for midterm exams.
Don’t fret—this week’s blog post focuses on strategies for success with key
points designed to help you ace your midterms.
your class material:
collecting notes and printing handouts since day one. Where is it all? It’s
time to get organized so you can methodically review what you’ve been learning
during the first half of this semester. Dig out your syllabus, read through
your notes, and make a list of questions for
your instructor if you need help. Your notes will make the best study
guide—provided you’ve been taking notes! Remember those quizzes you’ve
submitted? Print a hard copy and correct any errors—those make great study
guides too, as well as the homework assignments you’ve completed so far. Your
instructor’s lesson plans were thought out and progressive, as should be your
notes, handouts, quizzes, etc., as a roadmap for the semester.
notes or class material is the best way to keep the subject matter fresh in
your mind. As an adult learner, you know the importance of not falling
behind—which can lead to the downward spiral you want to avoid. If you’ve taken
tips from our prior blogs,
you’ve likely worked out a great balance of home, work and school, so making
time for homework and studying should already be part of your week. This is
just a reminder to stay on top of things. Since you know that online learning
takes discipline, hopefully you’ve found success in maintaining an even
workflow and balance. If you haven’t, it’s not too late!
your notes by topic
instructor moves from one topic to another, be sure to take a few minutes and
jot down a quick summary or bullet point main ideas by topic. This handy way of
creating your own version of “cliff notes” will enable you to breeze through
the important information that will help you recall key points and aid in
midterm study prep (and then finals!).
been working at a steady pace so far, there should be no need to cram info into
your brain the week leading up to your midterms. This is a tip to prep for
quizzes, too. Slow and steady wins the race!
worked? What didn’t?
midterms are over, reflect briefly on your journey. Did you do well on your
exams? If not, what could you do differently next time to help yourself? If you
assess your progress piece by piece, you’ll better be able to identify where
you hit the mark and where you may have missed. This will enable you to get a
pulse on what needs to change and what you should do the same as you approach
your next big test—your finals!
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