Last-minute tips for acing your midterms

1. Get good sleep

Your memory recall and ability to maintain concentration are much improved when you are rested. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before your exam.

2. Go for a run/walk

Exercise increases the flow of blood to the brain. That makes it easier to focus, remember, and even think critically. Another perk? If you’re feeling lethargic or depressed, exercise will release endorphins—the sweet endogenous opioid neuropeptides that combat depression and stress. Here are 4 apps to help you get started.

3. Rewrite your notes

Note taking is a fast-paced process. You’re concentrating on what’s going on during class and trying to capture bits of information. After class, it can be difficult to make sense of everything you wrote down. When you rewrite your notes, you have the chance to clean up all the information you have and organize it into something useful. Try finding similar pieces of information and concepts in your notes and then group them together for easier reference. Rewriting your class notes also reinforces the information so that you will remember it better.

4. Eat healthy food

A balanced diet will keep you energized and will keep your brain in shape. When you’re studying for midterms, stick with high protein, all natural, and whole grain. Here are 10 of our favorite study snacks.

5. Find a quiet place to study

Find a quiet place where you can stay focused and uninterrupted. Make sure that your study space is conducive to your method of learning, allows you to concentrate, and is free of distractions.