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Your Midterm Survival Guide

By Nuriya Saifulina

October 19, 2017

Most schools are approaching the season of midterms, so we have compiled our best midterm survival tips for acing your exams and keeping your sanity in the process.

Switch up your study spots

Please leave that armchair you’ve been glued to for the past 2 days - your regular spot in the library is not going anywhere. Studying in the same spot not only makes you feel drained and burnt out but also decreases your information retention.

So get up, bring your work with you and find a new coffee shop or grad school library to work at. Or even better, get off campus for a while and explore the town public library.

Try to be healthy

As boring and condescending this may sound, try to sleep sometimes, eat a vegetable or two and drink plenty of water. It’s as simple as this: you cannot ace your exams on vending machine fare and library futon naps alone.

Take unconventional study breaks

Instead of binging The Office for the billionth time, maybe do something actually relaxing and fun for a change. Take a long walk through the park, visit campus health services’ therapy dogs or channel your Bob Ross with a coloring book. Trust us - you will feel refreshed and ready for another 1.5x speed lecture video in no time.

Remember personal hygiene

Please shower. Seriously. Even if you are feeling exhausted, rally to take care of yourself. It’ll give you a break and a boost of energy, not to mention make you feel like a human again.

Get the help you need

You don’t have to fight this battle alone - tap into your college’s resources, like office hours, or tutoring groups to survive the academic onslaught. You can also form a study group or ask a friend to explain the material to you.

So, don’t forget to study hard and take care of yourself too, so that you have enough energy left for final exams in the end of the semester.

Nuriya Saifulina is a rising sophomore at Harvard College who is concentrating in Economics and Psychology. In her spare time she writes for the college newspaper, volunteers with immigrant communities in Boston, and dabbles in costume design for the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club.

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