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Sunday, Apr 2, 2023

How to Bounce Back After Midterms

Graphic designed by Fuller Tice.
Graphic designed by Fuller Tice.

So midterms didn’t turn out how you planned. First things first, know that it is going to be okay and you will make it through. Second, midterms are not the end, and you still have time to get yourself together before the end of the semester. So, here are five ways to bounce back after midterms.

1. Relax

It is so easy to get caught up in the stress of midterms that you might not take time to breathe. Take some time to clear your head and step away from the issue at hand. Take a break to focus on something non-academic, so when you look back at your problem you have a steady head on your shoulders, and you can tackle it in the best way possible.

2. Talk with Your Professor

Many times your professor will have some insight into where you might have gone wrong with your midterm. There is nothing wrong with going to see them to have a chat about how to get yourself back on track. They are the experts after all. Go to their office hours and let them help you work your way through the issue.

3. Change It Up

Your midterm funk may be because your system of studying or time management is not working out. So change it up! Try some new habits and maybe even a new study location. Sometimes trying something new will give you the feeling of a fresh start after midterms. You will feel like new things are possible and like your life is getting back to normal.

4. Set Realistic Goals

All is not lost, but you should be thinking about what you can and can’t do grade-wise after midterms. Sit with yourself and calculate out what you need to do to come out of the semester with the grades you need. Make a realistic goal and stick to it. Write a list of all the things you need to do to make sure you reach your goals. If you see it, you can do it!

5. You are More Than A Number

Grades are so important, and they define so much of our college lives. However, it is good to remember that they don’t define who you are. After midterms, you may feel pretty bad about yourself, but you shouldn’t. There are so many good and wonderful things about you. If midterms didn’t turn out the way you wanted, remind yourself that it is just one test out of many. You will pull through!

Bouncing back from midterms can be difficult. There is a lot of self-doubt and stress in the air. But it is important to remember that you are capable and there is always a solution to your problem. Relax, believe in yourself and make the rest of your semester count.


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