This week, the Curious ‘Cat asks Villanova students, “What midterm-week strategies or tips have you have found effective/helpful?”
Branden Garrett—“When it comes to reading just for general texts, I usually divide up my time in specific ways. [With a textbook,] I read for 30 minutes, and then I take a 30 minute break. And then I repeat that [going over the same information]. But then the next round, which is like the third wave, I do an hour break so I can digest that information without tiring out myself. So you really need to have a lot of [time] in order to study a piece of text, especially for chemistry ‘cause there’s a lot to take in. That’s how I do it.”
Atman Gondhi—“I like making charts to organize my work. I basically put everything on a piece of paper, I dictate how much time I’m going to spend on it, and then inevitably I probably will end up falling through on the amount of time—spending more or less time on certain areas. But I always set aside extra time for each section so I can study more at different times. And I like to space out my studying so that more material gets through my head.”
Daniella Reimann—“[I] definitely take some time to exercise in the middle of the day so that I don’t feel overwhelmed with a lot of work, [to] break up [my work], and to always get some sleep. That has to be one of the biggest ones.”
Josh Seong—“Know when your midterm is—keep that date in mind; write it down. Study in advance; make sure you review every time. Once it’s midterm week, you can just study and focus on the sections you have trouble with … If you’ve been studying a lot beforehand, it will be much easier for you.”
Molly Flaherty—“Getting enough sleep and making sure to wake up in time to eat a good breakfast before your tests and not rush into it.”
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