Decreasing The Fears of Midterms

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Decreasing The Fears of Midterms

Midterms are nothing new, but that does not decrease the stress that is often associated with them. In times like these, it is easy to find ourselves succumbing to the pressure; wondering if we have truly mastered the content and constantly calculating the lowest grade we can get to obtain the grade we desire. Sometimes, we go as far as attaching our worth to our grades. In the academically rigorous environment that The Meadows cultivates, our main mission is to uplift students as we challenge them to be their personal best. Here are some ways to do so without the added stress.

Study. This concept has been instilled in us from day one of our primary education. You will not be academically successful if you bypass this critical step. While studying can be tedious, there are ways to work smarter rather than harder. Set aside a specific time for each subject and do not try to cram every subject in one sitting. Matter of fact, let’s avoid cramming and the infamous “all-nighters” altogether. You want to pace yourself, giving a specified amount of time to each subject. Some subjects may require more or less time, depending on your knowledge of the content, and never hesitate to reach out for help.

This brings us to our next point, seek support. None of us are an island. We are responsible for our academic success which includes asking for help when we know we are in need. There is nothing wrong with utilizing your resources, especially when that is the purpose of them. Help is always available. In addition to your instructors, we have our Student Support Services team and tutoring available through the National Honor Society. There is no shame in attaining support and no such thing as a “stupid question”. Ask away!

Be confident. Confidence is key and is not a synonym for arrogance. It is simply knowing that you possess the knowledge and skill to be successful as it pertains to midterms. Did you study productively? Have you taken advantage of the resources provided? Are you doing your personal best, rather than comparing yourself to others? If the answers to these questions are yes, then you are indeed confident. Confidence takes time to build so do not expect it to be constructed overnight. Focus on building a solid foundation.

Other study tips include: eating, resting, and maybe listening to instrumental music if it increases your focus. What works for you may or may not work for someone else, that is the power of individuality, and do not be fearful of adjusting. Something that may have worked for you last year during midterms may not work for you this year. That is totally fine! This demonstrates growth, an integral factor of our lives. Be comfortable with change as life consists of flexibility and adaptability. 

As we prepare for the inevitable (midterms), know that you are more than capable of excellence, just avoid letting others define what that is for you. Happy holidays.

Grayson Bell
Upper School Academic Coach