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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Five Secrets to Helping Students Ace Midterm Exams

Many students are coming back in the new year to face midterms in mid to late January. After the holiday break, it can be difficult for many students to hit the ground running and properly prepare for these looming exams.  

What are the Five Secrets to Acing Midterms?
  1. A few weeks before exams, plan a study schedule.  This includes:
    1. Estimating the amount of time it will take to prepare for midterms for each class.
    2. Filling in a blank calendar with all the study times allocated.
    3. Creating a study plan for each course.  This might include putting information on index cards, creating study sheets, predicting essay questions, entering exam content into sites like Quizlet, planning out appointments with teachers, or creating study groups.
  2. Review and Organize Materials: This includes past tests, assignments, notes, readings, labs, and handouts.
  3. Create a Daily Routine: Make a conscious effort to avoid distractions such as email, social media and television, decide on the best time to study each day, and stick to your study schedule. 
  4. Utilize memory strategies:  Memory strategies help learners organize information before they store content in long term memory and quickly retrieve the needed information upon command.  If you would like to read about memory strategies and download a handout, come on over to my blog post: 12 Memory Strategies That Maximize Learning
  5. Prepare the mind and body: Stress, lack of sleep, and a poor diet can all wreak havoc on the brain’s ability to recall information.  Get enough sleep before exam days.
    1. Eat a healthy meal and avoid sugar and processed foods the day of the exam.
    2. Calm your mind by visualizing the grade you hope to achieve and make sure to make a conscious effort to relax your body and breathe.  

If you would like to learn more about managing test anxiety, come read my blog post: 12 Strategies for Overcoming Test Anxiety.

If you would like to learn about my ready made materials that help students with test taking as well as planning, time management and organization, Click here  
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to http://www.learningspecialistcourses.com/, https://godyslexia.com/, www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
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