Monday, October 6, 2014

Midterm Season is Here


Fellow UTSCers, midterm season has begun!  I’m pretty sure many of you are extremely stressed out trying to complete last minute assignments and study for midterms at the same time.  If that is the case with you, not to worry as you are probably not the only one.   At a time of academic chaos, how can a student succeed?  Have no fear, follow the tips listed below, and I guarantee that you will be able to get through this midterm season with minimal confusion!

Organize your time:
Before you begin to study, be sure to write down a list of all the assignments that need to be completed, and exams that you need to study for.  After you have written a list, prioritize your list and make a schedule, allocating different times to the different tasks on your list.  By making a list and schedule, you will avoid forgetting any tasks and you will be able to use your time more wisely.

Find your study style:

Everyone has a different style of studying.  Some students prefer to study individually, and other students prefer to study in a group setting.  If you are the student who prefers to study on your own, you should definitely take advantage of the UTSC Library;  moreover the UTSC Library has 2 Silent Study Rooms for you to utilize.  On the other hand, if you are the student who prefers to study in a group setting, the UTSC Library also has Group Study Rooms which you can book in advance through the Intranet.  Whatever your style may be, ensure that you are studying most productively.

Get help if you need it:

At first, asking questions can be an extremely intimidating experience for students.  Believe me, I've been there.  Once you have the courage to ask questions, you will soon realize that the end result is very rewarding.  Often times, you are not the only one with the same questions, so don't hesitate!  Your grades are very important.  If you do not feel comfortable asking questions in class in front of your peers, be sure to find your professor and TA office hours, and pay them a visit when you have questions or need clarifications.  Your professors and TAs are there to help you!

There are also other ways to get help on campus aside from your Professors and TAs.  If you would like help with writing, feel free to visit the Writing Centre!  The Writing Centre offers a wide range of services from One-on-one Consultations, Workshops, On-line Writing Handouts, Writing Clinics, and Drop-in Hours. The Math and Statistics Learning Centre is also available for students who would like some extra help in various mathematics and statistics subjects.  For more information about the Writing Centre, or the Math and Statistics Learning Centre,  visit  

Take care of yourself:

Midterm season can be very stressful, however it is extremely important to stay healthy both physically and mentally.  After a productive study session, feel free to reward yourself with a study break; perhaps a short television break or chat with a friend for a few minutes.  Be sure to eat healthy and exercise as well.  While taking breaks, just ensure that you do not get carried away. 

I hope you found the above mentioned tips helpful.  Be sure to study smart this midterm season! 

Good Luck,

PS:  Feel free to visit the AA&CC website for more Academic and Study Skills Tip Sheets.  Also, visit to sign up for Academic & Study Skills Workshops held by AA&CC!  Don't miss out!

You are always welcome to come by the AA&CC office located at AC213 if you have any further questions or wish to schedule an appointment. 



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