Tips and tricks for preparing for midterms

Midterms can be tough on your mind and body, and you probably don’t even want to think about them, but they are coming up and you should be ready for them.

We at peerTransfer have put together some helpful tips and tricks that can help international students prepare for your exams while getting everything else done as well.

Midterm studyingStart early

Don’t leave it until the last minute. Cramming the night before is proven to be ineffective, because you’re taking in so much information at once which is impossible to memorize all of it— in fact, you probably hardly retain anything.


Make yourself a calendar outlining a daily schedule of topics for review. Cover a small amount of material for each class each day. Every time you complete a topic, give yourself a mini review.



Once you have decided your study topics and how much time you need to spend studying, it is time to actually study. One of the best ways is to make succinct outlines. As you read over your textbook and class notes, write a brief summary for each topic. Highlight the areas in your outline that were most troublesome. When you have finished with all the material, you will have an outline you can review.


Get together with friends for a study session. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. As long as you make sure you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, this can be one of the most effective ways to challenge yourself.

Studying for midterms in groups

Take care of yourself

Sleep and nutrition are important factors in keeping your mind and body alert. Avoid things like junk food, cigarettes, and caffeine in the days prior to the test day. These things take a physical toll on your stamina. Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries.


Do not panic at the exam. Even if at first glance the test is overwhelming, remember to breathe. If a question seems too hard, answer all the questions you know, then return to the ones you left blank. Remind yourself that you are prepared.

If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and tricks please do so in the comments below!


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