A Totally Achievable, Step-By-Step Process For Surviving Midterms

A Totally Achievable, Step-By-Step Process For Surviving Midterms

Midterms is the second most-dreaded week of the semester.

Whether it is your freshman year or senior, midterms are the second most-dreaded week of the semester (right after finals). Sometimes you get lucky and a class does not have a midterm. Or sometimes they are take-home exams. Who does not love an open book exam? Either way, it is a week where you need to survive, but also thrive. This is what you are going to need, and the sooner you start, the better. Also, feel free the always pull this back up, you have enough, other information to memorize.

1. Caffeinated beverage of choice

Coffee, tea, iced coffee, Frapp, Coke, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, or anything of that source.

2. Quizlet or Flashcards

Flashcards can help you breeze through information. Quizlet can help you study. Fun fact, you might be able to find your class on there, or get everyone in the class together to make a large one for everyone to study. Either way, both are great ways to help you study!

3. Highlighters and/or colored ink pens

Marking down information to study or doing a study guide can suck, we all know it, but they are also life savers. Or even the notecards that your professors let you have. Add a pop of color, or just write in your favorite color.


I use an app called "Tide" to track my concentration. My goal: Don’t look at my phone until it goes off, or my mother or husband texts. It will play a light relaxing noise during your set time to if you want that. There are multiple apps that are of this sort, they are definitely worth checking out.

5. Refill your #1

Multiple times.

6. Set aside time to chill

Break times are not bad. You have to relax a little. Set an hour, 20 minutes, or however long your favorite show is. During this time, eat a meal, or just relax. You need it.

7. Make a study group

Studying in a group works for some people. If you are one of those people, make it happen, you will do better. You might even pick up on information that you missed in class.

8. Your favorite snack

Your favorite snack is your favorite because it makes you feel better, so go stock up.

9. Go to bed before midnight

Sleep helps you! I promise. The week prior, you should start practicing it. You will do better with a good night’s rest.

10. Lucky pen or pencil?

USE IT! Use your favorite pen or pencil. Even if you do bad, you enjoyed it.

11. Check batteries and bring chargers!

If you get to use a calculator check the batteries. Make sure it is not going to die in the middle of the exam. Same if you get to use your computer or tablet. Pick up your charger too! It is better to be safe than sorry!

12. If you haven't already, plan out your time with a calendar or agenda book, or whatever works best for you!

Set certain times to do things. If you have class from 9:00 to 10:30, plan your travel time, then plan your study time. You will feel less crammed.

13. Did I mention, refill your caffeinated beverage of choice?

Might as well.

14. The library is a great place

Use it to study, look up information, form a study group, really the options are endless. And if you are a study group person, it makes the perfect place to meet.

15. Make a to-do list.

I use Post–its, one for each class, and I also color code my agenda. Even a sheet of paper with everything spelled out. This is a way to make sure you get everything done that you needed to. Even throw on the other things you have to do, like laundry or grocery shopping.

16. If you haven’t done it yet, READ THE BOOK!

This should be something that you seriously do the whole time, but if you haven’t don’t it yet, better do it. Next time, don’t let it happen.


See explanation above.

18. Alarms!

Set alarms. If you need, set multiple. Get up early. Grab your caffeinated beverage of choice. And be there early. If you aren’t rushing, you won’t be as stressed.

19. Cookies from Insomnia

This one I have never tried, but it was recommended to me (go Taylor Helton!). Seriously, it is never a bad idea for some good treat food. She even mentioned delivery, so it's worth checking out! Who doesn't love cookies?

20. RELAX!

You will be better if you are not completely stressed out. As soon as your last exam is over; nap, binge watch some Netflix, eat, whatever you want! You made it through!

You'll make it!

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How Can We Be More Clutch?

Look back on past events in your life where you were resilient, where you did succeed in high pressure and high stakes situations. What did you do then? What can you learn from it now?


Each of us, deep in our souls, has the gift of clutch. Look no further than the last time you had a paper due in less than an hour with more than two pages to write, and you were able to finish the paper (surely with phenomenal outcomes). That's what you were in that moment: clutch. Clutch as an adjective is defined as being "dependable in critical situations."

Jeff Wise, the author of Extreme Fear , a book about performance in moments of high pressure and danger, said that "there's no question that when pressure is intense, skilled performance are able to tap abilities that are otherwise kept in reserve." I'm sure myself and many of my peers, with final exams and papers on the near horizon, would like to tap into our deep-seated reserves of clutch to lift our grades.

Some believe that the idea of being clutch is a myth, that it is just a statistical anomaly that perhaps we notice it more when people succeed seemingly impossibly in high-pressure situations. According to Wise, to some extent, clutch is a myth - but it is only a myth for those that are not experts in their fields. Professional athletes are the best of the best in their respective sports, and in that context, clutch is not a myth. The truth behind clutch performances is that those we see as "clutch performers" have " a rich store of past experience, organized into a deep intuitive understanding.'

In Dr. Mark Otten's sports psychology lab, the researchers concluded that we can all be clutch, "provided [we're] in the right mental state." Those in high-pressure situations need to feel like they're in control, as those who felt like they were in control were the most likely to succeed under pressure. Obviously, confidence also helps. So those who feel confident and in control are the most likely to succeed in clutch situations.

I do not, however, find the psychological explanations of clutch performance satisfying. To me, clutch performance is not just a psychological phenomenon, but an art, and to me, an art is something that can never be adequately explained, but instead interpreted. There is no one-size-fit-all explanation, and so I will interpret the two most clutch plays in my favorite professional sport, the NBA. Both these plays took place in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

The two plays are as follows: Lebron James's game-saving block on Andre Iguodala's open layup out of nowhere, and Kyrie Irving's game-winning three pointer.

One thing is clear: the last two minutes of the game were absolute chaos. By this point in the series, both teams had been worn out and absolutely exhausted. The plays were nothing short of miraculous, as Lebron James was located at half-court while Iguodala was at the free throw line, and Irving's shot was heavily contested. When the stakes were highest, the two players succeeded and thrived. While neither team had scored in more than five minutes, the two players pulled through and won a championship for their team, on the road.

Clutch, for the, constituted not cracking under pressure, but thriving under it. The two of them have faces of laser focus indicating their confidence and sense of control in their situations. That is clutch. The game comes naturally to them, and it seems like they stop thinking as hard and just let it come. The two players slow down, and don't freak out. However, I don't know what is actually going on. in their heads. I am merely speculating, and I will never know unless I'm able to sit down and talk to Kyrie and LeBron one day.

I want to take a lesson from LeBron and Kyrie, too, and learn how I can become more clutch in a phase of high-pressure exams and papers. I want to be more clutch in job interviews, in times I'm usually afflicted with overwhelming anxiety, or in social situations that are incredibly awkward.

So to be clutch in our own lives, the formula in high-pressure seems to be this: feel more confident and in control. Slow down and let things come naturally. I have been able to reach these phases using a mantra that taught me to allow life to come naturally: "no surge." I am not saying the formula or even the mantra works for everyone, but it is a mantra that has worked for me given its emotional and historical significance in my life.

Approaching finals, deadlines at work, or difficult life events, find what works for you. Find out how to be clutch your own way, which is much easier said than done, but I don't need to be telling you how to do things you know best yourself. Look back on past events in your life where you were resilient, where you did succeed in high pressure and high stakes situations. What did you do then? What can you learn from it now?

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