I will be the first person to admit that there have been some midterms that have gotten the best of me. From deadlines feeling like they simply popped up out of nowhere, to that inevitable moment where I threw up my hands and said, “Jesus take the wheel,” as I drowned myself in high lighted note cards and over studied study guides.
But as I’ve gone through my college career, I have definitely learned a thing or two about how to stay motivated during the stressful times of midterms. Here are my favorite and personally helpful tips!
Farfetched? Nope! Though you might not be graduating for another year or so, this tip really does help you kick yourself in the ass. Start looking at job qualifications on Linkedin of your dream job(s). 100% positive that within the description of the job, under qualifications, your degree is a must. Nothing screams, “you better pass this midterm” when you set a clear vision for yourself and what you will need to accomplish to reach your own dreams.
Make a Vision Board
Like I said above, having a clear vision of what you want out of your future is one of the most helpful ways to kick start motivation. Think long term, not short term goals for yourself. Though midterms are right in front of you, they play a bigger role in the grand scheme of things a.k.a your final grade. For example one of your midterms is a huge project ultimately part of your portfolio. Approach it as, this is something you want to be proud of, this is a project you want future employers to be amazed with. Impress them with the fact that you created this piece in your undergrad. The first step is setting goals.
Talk about goals with your friends
Hearing your goals is just as important as seeing your goals. Talk to your friends or other loved ones about your midterm hopes and dreams. You want to get at least a B on your bio exam or you want to ace this creative writing paper? Let people around you know. Talking it out with others not only makes you more aware of what you really want for yourself, but also allows you to push yourself to accomplishing your goals and do what you say you're going to do.
Plan fun and unique study dates
Ditch the library or desk in the corner of your room. Get out of your study slump and make midterms less “ugh.” Plan on studying at your favorite coffee shop, order a double shot and hit the books there. Step outside and enjoy the weather while you attack your study guide or invite some friends over to make dinner, open a bottle of wine and knock out creating those 50 study note cards. Taking yourself out of your same old same old routine can actually make you excited to study, or at the very least, less painful.
Reward yourself for your hard work! Nothing pushes yourself more when you're feeling worn out about finishing that 18 page paper then making a deal with yourself. You aced 3 out of 4 of your midterm exams? Get yourself that new phone case or that jacket you’ve had in your online shopping cart for two weeks. Setting yourself up for success can go along way. Putting things at the end of the tunnel of each exam can help you not only see the light, but it’s like your own personal pat on the back or fire under your ass to get shit done.
Everyone is different when it comes to their own personal studying habits. Personally the above ones worked for when I was feeling a little study lazy. Have any Midterm advice for our readers? Let me know and comment blow. Thanks for reading, come back next Thursday!