It’s here. Midterm season is upon us. And while it doesn’t exactly instill the same fear in students as finals week, its implications are more critical than the one-and-doneness of a final exam. Here’s why:
It’s a safety net Taking the first exam lightly because you feel comfortable in your ability to “recover later” is one of the worst kinds of procrastination. How you do on the first test determines whether or not you’ll be digging yourself out of a whole come finals time.
It’s a sign of things to come The first test is also a good indicator of your professor’s testing style. You can use it to gauge how well your lecture notes line up with his or her examinations and improve them so that your final takes less preparation and note supplementing.
It’s your benchmark By treating the first exam like a final, you’ll show yourself what you’re capable of and come to expect nothing less when later tests roll around.
It establishes your place in class the first test is a measure of your knowledge to both your teacher and your classmates. This test can boost your standing to your professor and also make you an asset to peers in study groups and sessions.
It’s a study guide Professors design their curriculums to increase in difficulty. Master the material of the first weeks and you’ll have an easier time learning the complexities of later classes and you’ll have a study guide for those dreaded cumulative finals.