Thursday, October 30, 2014

Midterms: Sana A.

Despite midterms, our student bloggers still managed to find time to write for us this week.  Today we have a student blog post by Sana A.  Enjoy!

Tell us about midterms!
It is amazing to me how time is going by. SAISers are finding themselves in the midst of midterm season: coffees are being consumed, sleep is being deprived and study rooms are being booked. I have a few study tips that I believe will help position students do their best in this chaotic time:
  1. Be Organized! Create a study timetable two weeks before the exam. This allows you to set goals on a schedule when you can easily study. Doing this helps keep away from last minute cramming.
  2. Know the Prompt! ­Spend time thinking about the exam’s format. For my econ exams, I’ve reviewed previous problem sets with a study group, which has always been very helpful. If you are in an IR course and writing a paper for the midterm, then understanding the nuance of the question is the key. That will demonstrate your expertise on the subject and how the factors you are discussing are interconnected. Have someone proofread and edit your essay!
  3. Day of the Exam! Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before, and have breakfast, even if it’s something small. Relax as much as you can, and think positive thoughts.
Things suddenly go from busy to very, very busy. Once the exams are over and classes return to their normal pace, SAISers adjust their time and energy accordingly, and have to incorporate their internships, jobs, research, volunteer work, travel, etc. For just a few more weeks, anyway, before finals sneak up.
–Sana A., SAIS Admissions Student Blogger