A Memo on Managing Midterm Madness

For the majority of high school students, midterm reports have just been sent out. They’re indicators of how well you’re progressing in your courses thus far, and show what you can improve on.

However, midterms also mean madness. You’re halfway through the semester, so chances are, you’ve got assignments upon assignments piling up as teachers try to cram in content before the first round of exams. There are ways to combat this, or at least come out alive. So, since I’m drowning in work as much as the rest of you, here are some random important tips to keep in mind while getting on the grind.

  1. Organization is key. It can be really difficult to stay organized, especially when things are coming at you faster than you can handle them. It’s important to take a breath and consider your schedule, and try and plan out how your week is going to go beforehand. This can be really helpful as you know what to expect, and how much work you can handle.

  2. It’s OK to not do EVERYTHING. Missing a day of an extracurricular sparingly is not the end of the world, if that time is used to complete work or assignments. This isn’t to say that you should skip everything you have that isn’t work related, but that one missed rehearsal may benefit your school life.

  3. The difference between giving yourself short breaks and working nonstop can really make or break the quality of your work. Breaks are useful in moderation, and can give your brain time to refresh and get new ideas. Try it sometime! If you’re just grabbing a snack or maybe taking a 15 minute walk, your brain can be completely refreshed and you may feel more alert and ready to go.

  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you ask for an extension on a deadline in advance because you know your schedule will be crazy, teachers appreciate that a lot more than a late submission without any notice. This isn’t to say that you should constantly be late for everything, but that your teachers are people too, and they will understand (most likely)!

  5. Split things into bite-size chunks. Don’t try and consume all of the information you need for a unit test the night before, rather, study by unit or subtopic, so that you gain a better understanding of the content. As well, studying over the course of time can better ingrain the material in your memory.

So, I hope you enjoyed those random tips. Implementing things here and there can really make the balancing act that is highschool more manageable, and can help you power through it. After all, in the end, it’ll feel amazing to have so much work finished.