If you’re a college student, congrats, you’ve made it through half of the semester. However, this also means that midterms are among you. When professors pile on exams and projects all at once, it can get to be extremely overwhelming.

Here are five ways to tackle midterms this semester.

1. Plan a schedule

Take about 10 minutes to get out your planner and plan every minute of your day. This may sound excessive, but it can be extremely easy to get off track during midterm weeks. If you don’t have a schedule, you’ll keep pushing your to-do list off until it’s too late. Dedicate time slots during your day for different classes and write down what you want to accomplish in that amount of time.

2. Getting enough sleep

When we become overwhelmed with work, we may forget to take care of ourselves. Force yourself to get as much sleep as possible, even if you think you “don’t have time.” According to the The National Center for Biotechnology Information, sleep deprivation massively negatively impacts an individual’s cognitive performance. You may think you’re saving time by skipping out on sleep, but overall, you’re only hurting yourself.

3. Take breaks

Among the hours cramming information into your brain, remind yourself that it’s healthy to take breaks. Take the time to get coffee with a friend, walk around campus, or take a short nap. This will allow you to recharge and refocus on what needs to get done.

4. One thing at a time

I have the problem of trying to do all of my assignments at one time. This causes me stress and in the end, only decreases overall productivity. Force yourself to focus on one thing and stick to it for a specific amount of time.

5. Find your preferred method of study

Do you prefer flashcards, a single study guide, or writing out your own test questions? Try a little bit of everything until you find what works best for you. You will be able to focus much easier when you find your study niche.

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6. Keep calm

Stressing yourself out will not accomplish anything. Remind yourself that the best way to prepare is to calmly study and contain as much information as possible. These midterms will pass and life will go on. But until then, study as hard as possible.

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