As a third year who is currently facing her 6th midterm season, I must admit that things haven’t always gone to plan this time of the semester, and although I’m no expert, I’d like to share some thoughts on what not to do to survive these next few weeks of midterms.
- Don’t freak out
If you’re like most other students, you have probably just realised you are in for some long days (and nights) studying stuff you might or might not have seen before in your life. Don’t freak out! You can do this. You are built for this. You voluntarily signed up for this, and you’ll live through it. Try to not spend too much time worrying.
- Don’t take time for granted
Time is scarce, but your greatest weapon. Use it to your strength. This means cutting down on many things that are usually part of your lifestyle, including hanging out with friends, watching (and re-watching) TV shows and movies, aimlessly browsing the internet and tagging your friends in all those dank memes. Basically, the procrastination needs to be put to a hold. Harder said than done, I know, but when you catch up with all those missed episodes and friends after midterms, it’s a sweet feeling.Use your time wisely. Have daily study goals, push to get them done. Always have some time for yourself to relax and move your muscles.
- Don’t get distracted
Focus on your work. Ignore that buzzing phone, that notification from Facebook, or the fascinating pattern of the wall in front of you. If you listen to music while studying, make sure it’s not too loud/catchy. Research suggests classical music to increase productivity.
- Don’t neglect yourself
Don’t forget to nourish yourself and keep yourself hydrated. Keep a cap on those coffees and Red Bulls. Always carry a water bottle to study. Get a decent amount of sleep.
While you probably don’t need to go all out on elaborate homemade meals, keep track of what you’re eating. Efficient cooking is must, but if you eat out, make sure you eat the right food that actually makes your brain function. You need to be mentally as well as physically on top of your game.
Good luck, my fellow midterm fighters. May the grades be ever in your favour.
Writer: Riddhi SUKHIA (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
- 不要忽略了自己在溫習的同時也不要忙了滋潤一下自己，一杯咖啡或能量飲品定必能幫上忙，也不忘上帶上適量的水。充足的睡眠也可以令你的溫習更有效率!食物亦是重要的一環! 要時刻留意著自己的餐單，而且需要高效率的煮食。如果外出用饍，最好選擇一些可以幫助腦部運作的食物。除了身體，腦部亦需要時刻備戰，去迎接接踵而來的mid-term。