To prep or not to prep for midterms

FAMU Student De’ja Stokes studying for a class. Photo by Skylar Boone

Midterms are usually a time for study sessions in the library, creating Quizlets and for some, it is even a time of stress. 

So how can we prep? Get ready for advice from Florida A&M University faculty and students to help you succeed.

Tip one: Discover your learning style.

According to, there are seven different learning styles including Visual, Aural, Verbal, Physical, Logical, Social and Solitary. Students can go online and take tests to discover their learning style and customize their studying techniques to what works best for them.

Preparation is the key to success when getting ready for midterms. Students prepare for midterms in many different ways with numerous study methods. For some, it’s flashcards and study guides and for others its rewriting notes and highlighting as they go.

Tip two: Use all of your resources.

School of Journalism and Graphic Communications Academic Advisor Regina McQueen discussed the many resources students have access to on campus.

“Students can utilize the math tutoring centers in Jackson Davis and the Writing centers on campus as well to help with term papers,” McQueen said. “Students should utilize the study tools given to them by the teacher and the university.”

McQueen also suggests that students get with a group of friends and review the materials from the course if you can. She believes that getting together with other people will help to stimulate ideas and options for answers on tests that you may not have thought of on your own.

Tip three: Start from the beginning of the semester.

Freshman Maya Solomon believes that preparation starts on the first day of the course.

 “Students should prepare for midterms from the start of the semester by studying notes and meeting with your professors,” Solomon said.

Solomon also suggests that a few days before midterms you should start reviewing your notes and asking your professor any questions to help clarify any confusion that you may have.

Tip four: Find what works for you.

After being in school for awhile students begin to learn tricks and tips to make the preparation for midterms easy and less stressful. Senior Jamesia Strawter shares her methods for success.

“I am a firm believer that what is meant to be will be so I don’t stress myself out with what is out of my control and I firmly believe in my capabilities and intelligence,” Strawter said.

However not stressing does not include not studying for Strawter. She prepares by studying notes, powerpoints and study guides. If she could give advice to underclassmen on how to prepare for midterms Strawter said she would tell them don’t wait until the last minute to start studying.

“Try to grasp the concept being taught early on so you are not struggling with it at midterms or even the final,” Strawter said.

Tip five: Get a good night’s rest the night before your test.
Studies show that sleep deprivation can affect student performance on academics. Getting a full night’s rest can improve a student’s anxiety and overall performance on tests.

Preparing for midterms comes down to the student understanding what works for them. Find your learning style and go from there.