Midterm Study Tips and Mental Health Resources on Campus

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Hey Eagles! As we approach the midpoint of the semester, assignments, quizzes, and exams tend to pile up. As students, we tend to get overwhelmed by the responsibilities that come with being in college. If you’re stressed out of your mind and don’t know what to do, this blog is for you! From mental health services to academic tutoring, many campus resources are available to help you succeed.

Here are a few suggestions for studying for midterm exams:

  1. Review content in Canvas (especially in the modules and assignments sections). You would be surprised how beneficial it is to review previous lecture notes, discussions, and homework assignments. 
  2. Use repetition! If you are having trouble with remembering important information or just need to memorize content in general, try to repeat the facts over and over again until you know them.
  3. Try homework parties! If you have friends or a group of colleagues who will keep you accountable, try organizing study sessions. They should be held in an environment where you can remain as focused as possible. 
  4. Take breaks–it’s just as important as studying. Remember to give yourself grace when preparing for midterms. It’s okay to take a step back from the process of learning and reviewing material. Sometimes, taking a break and allowing yourself to recuperate both physically and mentally can be the push you need to be successful during this stressful time of year. 
  5. Check out EMU’s Holman Success Center!

Eastern Michigan University’s Holman Success Center offers a variety of resources designed to assist students who are struggling academically.

However, if you aren’t in dire need of assistance and want to expand your knowledge in certain areas, you can benefit from the resources they provide. If you need tutoring, success coaching, supplemental instruction, or peer academic coaching, the Holman Success Center is the place to be.

The most important step to being successful during midterms is to take care of yourself. Eastern Michigan’s Counseling and Psychological Services has staff members who are experienced in addressing mental health concerns. They offer free mental health screening and are there to ensure that you have access to professional counseling.

Of course, there are many ways to prepare for midterm exams and this process tends to look different for everyone. Remember, that while it is important to study, you still need to make sure that you are resting properly and giving yourself enough time to recover. No grade should come at the expense of your well-being.

About the Writer

Hello! My name is Dom Brooks and I am what we call a “super senior!” This is my final semester at EMU, and I am elated to be graduating in December 2021!!! Aside from being a full-time student, I am a freelance vocalist and trumpet player. I perform at venues across Metro Detroit.