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Advice from George: Midterm Prep

Today George is sharing some advice about preparing for midterms. George is a fourth year student and has had several years of experience preparing for midterms. What do you think of his suggestions? Do you follow a similar approach?

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Hello!

I think your midterms are coming up soon. If you are new to university, you may feel stressful about that. You have less time to study compared to finals. In the midterm season, you not only need to save time to prepare your midterms for certain courses but you also need to write assignments for other courses.

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To keep my advice about midterm preparation short, I would like to just mention two points here. First, most of your effort should be spent on reviewing lecture notes. After you have read your lecture notes, review your assignments. Do not waste much time on the textbook since reading textbooks is very time-consuming for the purpose of review. You should have read your textbook before the midterm exam period. Midterms are usually straightforward. Usually your professors will cover all the material in class for midterms. If you do not have lecture notes, you should try your best to borrow them. Try to get complete lecture notes. I guarantee it is more efficient than looking for every detail in the textbook.

Second, do not skip classes for preparing midterms. When I was in first year, I skipped every class before my midterms to study. It turned out that I was totally lost after midterms. It will be such a painful experience if you need to catch up all on the material for finals. Furthermore, final exams have heavier weight than midterms. Just doing well in midterms will not guarantee you will get a good mark at the end of the semester. Learning is a continuous process so you should study for every class.

Finally, I wish you good luck in your midterms!

George

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