Midterms: Expectations vs. Reality

I just had my last of my first round of midterms for the semester on Friday, and I am so happy that I’m finished with them! Now that they’re over, though, I can say for sure that they were not at all what I expected them to be, especially because I really didn’t have midterms in high school. Here are some of my midterm expectations and realities.

EXPECTATION: All of my midterms will be during class.
REALITY: They can honestly be anytime. In the morning, late at night, even on the weekends. Two of mine were actually during class time, which was nice. One of mine was on a Monday night from 9:40 to 11:00 PM, and I was a sick and had a headache, which was a very unpleasant way to take an exam. I wish I could have just taken it during class earlier in the day, but hey, I don’t make the rules, I just follow them. My last exam was a take-home exam, so I completed it from my dorm room at my own convenience, which if you ask me, is the best way to take an exam. Some of my friends had exams on the weekends, which, thankfully, I didn’t. Moral of the story, don’t be surprised if your exams are at weird times. Or in weird places.

EXPECTATION: All of my midterms will be in one week, just like finals were in high school.
REALITY: Definitely, definitely not the case. Three of my midterms were during the second week of October, but the last one was this past Friday, two weeks later. Not all classes have their midterms during the same week. It really depends on whether the class has more than one midterm, and how far your class has gotten through the syllabus.

EXPECTATION: Midterms are impossible.
REALITY: Surprisingly, none of them were that difficult! Granted, none of my classes have been that difficult at all in general, which I’m really happy about. But I honestly didn’t have to study nearly as much as I expected to. Midterms aren’t as scary as people make them sound, at least not for the classes I’m taking. Just relax. They seem intimidating, but you will make it through. Don’t worry.

I’ll end this post with some general midterm tips. Make sure you get enough sleep; staying up all night studying is not worth it if you can’t get through the exam in the morning. On that note, make sure you start studying earlier than the night before. And make sure you know when and where your midterms are. This may seem obvious, but it’s important to make sure just in case. If you have midterms still to go, I wish you the best of luck : )