8 Essentials for a Successful Midterm Study Session

Midterms are quickly approaching and everyone knows that means living in the library for at least 4-5 days. When we are forced to bury ourselves into our books there are a few essentials we should always have on hand. These things range from snacks, to those special pens you love to write with. Make sure to be comfortable because if you’re like me, and your studying situation doesn’t leave you completely comfy and content, you will not get ANY work done.

Here are my list of essentials for studying for midterms!

1. Laptop: I know there are a bunch of people that don’t like studying with a laptop because they get distracted, I understand that, but you need a laptop when you’re studying! Whether you use it to check facts, look something up or shoot an email to a professor or classmate, it’s a must have!

2. Headphones: Always bring your headphones with you, whether its to listen to music while you work, or watch a video for class, they are essential. Also no one like an obnoxious person in the library so keep the volume down so only you can hear what you’re listening to.

3. Pens and Highlighters: Make sure you bring all of your proper writing utensils! Bring your pens, pencils, highlighters, and sharpies. Make sure you have everything all packed and ready to go so that once you sit down you won’t have to run back to your dorm or even worse off campus apartment to grab something you forgot.

4. A Plan: Now this might just be me, but I like to plan things out a bit before I go to the library. I like knowing exactly what I need to do and what order it needs to be done in. Having a little outline will not only ensure that you get everything you need done, but it will help a lot with the flow of things. Basically it helps because you don’t spend ten minutes sitting there trying to decide what to do.

5. Netflix Account: Borrow a username and password from a friend, or use your own account but this is a must! After 3 hours of studying Anthropology I start going a little crazy so when I need to take a break, I kick back in my cubicle or study room and watch an episode of The Office. Episodes are about 25 mins long so you’re not losing a lot of time, and there is nothing like a little Michael Scott to help you through your study session.

6. Snacks!: Now this is important, most people would probably pack gummi bears, or chips, or something else completely unhealthy, but it is essential to pack something healthy! You know that food coma you go into after you’ve had too much junk food? Yea, well that is exactly what you want to avoid when you’re studying. I say pack something to bring to the library, a sandwich, some pita chips, and an apple would be great. They will keep you satisfied and alert, rather than all the junk they sell in vending machines that will leave you drowsy and ten pounds heavier. Plus you’ll save a few bucks if you brown bag it, so what do you have to lose?

7. Chargers: Nothing is worse than being 7 pages into a review sheet, with only 2 pages to go and your laptop suddenly dies. It sucks, and it has happened to the best of us. Make sure you pack a charger for any electronics you bring with you. Yeah, it may be fully charged, but it seems that libraries have a way of sucking battery life out of every essential you bring. So its better to be safe than sorry.

8. Outfit: Now this may be a bit strange. ¬†You must be wondering, what does my outfit have to do with studying? Well I’ll tell you, it has everything to do with the library and studying! I personally can’t leave my house and be in public (unless I’m running to the corner for the paper or something) without being dressed, I think it has a lot to do with my mother and the rules she placed when I was a child…I digress. Anyway being comfortable is really important when it comes to studying, because if your jeans are too tight, or your shoes pinch you in a weird way, you won’t be able to focus. So what I tend to do, is dress accordingly for the day because it’s doubtful that the library is my only stop, and I pack leggings and hoodie in my bag for later on. So when I get the library and I feel like getting comfy and settling in for the long haul, I just go to the bathroom do a quick wardrobe change and get back to work.

Those are my eight essentials for studying for midterms, now let me know if you have any suggestions! I’d love some more tips, maybe they’ll help me stay in the library longer.

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