Midterms midterms everywhere! (aka “Five Tips to Survive Midterms”)

For many of us, by the time we enter our MBA program, it’s been at least a few years since we’ve been required to take a midterm.  So, this week, a short post on some of my observations about taking midterms.

  1. Keep up with the work in class – don’t let the homework slide at the beginning thinking that you’ll catch up later.  It will be exhausting to try to study for midterms while you’re learning things for the first time. (This especially applies in accounting!)
  2. Study with friends – they may have the same questions you do and that will help you figure out the problem together.  Or they may have thought of a question you didn’t.  Either way, it helps to mingle solo-study with group-study.
  3. Spread it out – haven’t our mothers been trying to teach us this lesson since elementary school?  You get the syllabus at the beginning of the quarter.  Plan accordingly.
  4. Take breaks – I call them brain breaks.  Run and get food, watch an episode of your favorite show, or go out with friends and let off some steam.
  5. Enjoy yourself – stress can have a negative affect on your grade.  Find the appropriate balance between sense of urgency and enjoyment.

Good luck!