By Alaina Vacante, GMM Reporter

It’s that time of year again — Midterm season. You may be stuck in a mid-semester slump but now is when you can turn things around. Here are some tips and tricks to acing that exam!

Number one: Find a quiet place. Make sure you feel comfortable and are willing to spend the next couple hours in this spot. It makes it harder to concentrate on the material if there is a lot of background noise. I know I have a horrible habit of paying more attention to the drama that’s happening between Becky and her boyfriend sitting next to me than the whatever textbook I’m trying to read. Also, if you’re in a quiet space you will be less inclined to try and talk with other or partake in other types of distractions— which brings me to my next tip.

Number two: Put away your phone. By saying this I know there’s a risk of sounding like your mother, but it had to be done. It is a must to remove any possible distractions to study properly and something tells me that the biggest one is the rectangle in your hand right now. Make sure to put your phone away as soon as you set your stuff down to begin studying. Do your best to refrain from checking social media or if that guy you met at Fieldhouse has taken the time to text you back.

Number three: Make a list of everything you need to do. Line by line figure out everything that needs to be done for you to feel you will successfully complete this exam. Creating this checklist will serve as a guide for your time studying. Each time you cross something off this list you can experience a small moment of accomplishment! While this may be fleeting, it’s better than nothing, and the list will only grow shorter!

Number four: Start studying! Personally, I suggest getting all the reading you were supposed to finish over the past month. A good way to start this is by splitting it up. Let’s say you’re lucky and only have to read one chapter, figure out how many pages are in this chapter and then divide that number by 5. In the case let’s say the chapter is 20 pages, so every four pages put a tab. When you start only read to the first tab. After this work on something else, like your study guide for 10 minutes, then go back to reading and stop at the next tab and continue this process until you’ve finished the chapter. By splitting up your reading it can help to make the experience less tedious and make you feel more accomplished once you’ve gotten through it because you’ve already begun working on your next task.

Something else I find helpful is retyping my notes from the class. By going back through and typing your notes you’re rereading the material, all the while paying more attention to the content as you go through, and when it’s all said and done you have an organized packet of information for your exam.

Creating a Quizlet can be beneficial too but make sure they’re not excessively long. It’s better to create a separate Quizlet for each unit so the flash card decks are manageable and can actually be studied. If you have too many cards the possibility of you going through them multiple times, and managing to learn them all in the process, is going to be small. Break the information down into manageable pieces.

Number Five: DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE TO START STUDYING! This should be your golden rule. Give yourself at the very least 4 days to review before your exam. By following these steps, and using these tips, you’ll get the grade you need to change that borderline B to a borderline A!