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Preparing for Midterms and Creating an Effective Study Space

This semester is flying by, so you know what that means…midterms! I know you might be dreading your midterms but I’m here to give you some tips on how to prepare for midterms.

by Bailey Ly

Make a List

Before you start studying, write down everything you need to do for that day or week in order to make sure you get all your work done. Be accountable for what’s on your to-do lists. Take frequent breaks; it’ll help you stay productive and retain information better. Maybe set a timer for one hour of hard work, then give yourself a 10-minute break. Try taking a walk or tidying up your space. And don’t forget to eat a snack and drink water. Food is power for your brain! 

Create an Effective Study Space

Having an effective study space is the key to great studying. First things first, get rid of all distractions. I know you’ve probably heard it before, but there’s no need for your phone while studying, so turn it to  “do not disturb” and put it away in your backpack or in another room. I also love to have a big workspace to lay out my notes, laptop, snacks, and anything else I need so be sure to have some space around you! 

Study Spots on Campus

We asked our Instagram audience where their favorite study spot was on campus and you all gave us the best spots! If you’re looking for a place to set up your hammock and eno to review some notes, check out the hammock stands in circle park and between the trees outside of HSS. If you want to enjoy the outside on some nice green grass, check out HSS Amphitheater or MagDog courtyard. 

One student says, “The grass area of HSS is so peaceful and I get to see so many puppies trotting along enjoying life.” There are also great areas to enjoy outside that have tables like under the HSS bridge, on Haslam terrace, Hess courtyard, under Stokely Management Center, and outside of Strong Hall, the Student Union, and Einstein’s Bagels. If you’re a person that needs little distractions around you check out Strong’s second floor, empty rooms in Haslam, study rooms in Brown, Hodges quiet room, and first, fifth, & sixth floors. Lastly, don’t forget about coffee spots: Uperk Starbucks on the strip, and Golden Roast. Here are a few more to keep in mind: 

  • Tutorial rooms in Frieson Black Cultural Center 
  • Outside of Clarence Brown Theater 
  • The International House 
  • A+A atrium 
  • The Hill 
  • PCB

So put your favorite work playlists on and get to studying! You’re going to ace these midterms.



Bailey Ly is a junior majoring in public relations with a minor in business administration. She is the undergraduate public relations intern for Student Life  Communications. She loves cooking and learning about new cultures.