Tip #1: Start Early!
This goes without saying, but start preparing for midterms/projects as early as you can. You know those days where you suspiciously have nothing to do? Those are the days that you want to start early on bigger projects, assignments and midterms. The earlier you start, the more relaxed and well prepared you will be. And trust me, there’s no worse feeling than having your midterm tomorrow, and having about 10 lecture sets that you still have to learn…. (Sadly, I’m writing from experience. #neveragain).
Tip #2: Prioritize!!!
Would you rather spend more time on something worth 20% or 5% of your mark? In university, the phrase “pick your battles” is so much more applicable. So, put more of your time and energy into something that will have a greater impact on your overall mark.
Tip #3: Don’t forget about your mental health!
No matter where you are on your academic journey, it’s never worth it to sacrifice your mental health. Of course, you should work hard and not slack off, but stay in touch with how overwhelmed/anxious you might be feeling. Take an hour break and relax by watching your favourite show, listening to some music or grabbing some comfort food with friends.
Tip #4: Study smart!
Every course and its professor are different. Make sure you know what the expectation are for a specific course and study appropriately. For example: if you know that your test will mostly short answer questions, you should be studying more to understand the topic and its applications rather than just memorizing facts.
Tip #5: Make the most of your resources!
If your professor gives out practice midterms or if your course’s exams are posted on the exam reserves at the library site (http://exams.library.brocku.ca.proxy.library.brocku.ca/), make sure you check them out and actually test yourself!