Marist Midterms Survival Guide

It’s that beautiful time of the year again when the sun has returned from her long winter vacay, and all you want to do is lay out with your friends on the campus green. It’s the perfect week for five two-hour exams, right? Here’s how to manage your midterm mayhem during spring fever.

Find A Quiet Study Spot

With everyone out and about, you may worry the only distraction-free spot is in your dorm. Don’t worry– Marist has no shortage of gorgeous study spots. If you’re looking for somewhere other than the main campus green, I recommend the shady benches near Dyson, or the picnic tables near the tennis courts.

May 2, 2018 – Spring at Marist College. Photo by Carlo de Jesus/Marist College

Write Out Your Schedule

There are times when life can feel overwhelming. Midterms week is one of those times. How am I possibly supposed to juggle studying and my Love Is Blind binge? I find that sitting down and taking five minutes to write out your schedule works wonders for a weary mind. Figure out which blocks of time you’ll use to study, and which you’ll use to rewatch your fave Netflix series.

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Contact Your Professor

Believe it or not, your professors are there to help you. Look at the syllabus and see if it outlines the format of the midterm. Take advantage of your professor’s office hours– they’re more likely to give you one-on-one advice! If you feel totally lost, try writing down your main questions and write an email to your professor. Having trouble composing a persuasive email? If only there were free writing tutors somewhere on campus…

Visit the Writing Center

Whether you’re working on a literary analysis or a business proposal, the Writing Center has the tools to help you out. Home to tutors of a variety of majors and backgrounds, you can bring in projects from any field. Whether you’re looking for formatting corrections or help developing your content, the Writing Center provides valuable feedback for your work from both students and faculty. Visit the third floor of the James A. Cannivo at LIB 334 for free midterm advice.

August 1, 2019 – Jean Theobald, Director of Advising & Student Services, School of Management. Photo by Carlo de Jesus/Marist College

Take Care of Yourself!

Chances are between test-taking, studying, calling your mom, and possibly crying, you haven’t had much time to take care of yourself. Take twenty minutes out of your day to walk around the sunny campus. Eat something that isn’t solid sugar (or go straight for the Ben & Jerry’s. You do you.) Do a facemask and take a nap for an hour. Self care, people!

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About Marist

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy branch campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 384 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (8th Best Regional University/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.

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