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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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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