It’s hard to believe I’ve finished my last set of midterms at Linfield. I can remember as a freshman being so worried about them but I think that mostly came from my uncertainty of how to handle them. As time has gone by, however, I’ve become more confident in my strategies and I’ve learned how to adjust my study habits to best fit my situation. For example, as a freshman I shared a space with roommates so I would often study late in the evening when things got quieter. This has since changed. I now study in the afternoons as I have a room to myself and my ability to retain information seems to decrease as the day progresses. A sign of my evolving years I’m sure. Looking back I can also remember studying only the material I had learned for that particular class but this strategy no longer applies. As you get deeper into your major you discover you are consistently referencing material from previous classes and concepts from outside disciplines.
I think an important tip to remember then is to find a study pattern that fits your particular work load for that specific semester but then be ready to adjust it as time goes on. Factors such as course levels, extracurricular activities, roommate situations and number of credits all play a role in finding the best tactics. Flexibility is essential to achievement. After midterms many of us will celebrate with some downtime, spring break! This year I will be returning home to Gresham for the week. This is the typical destination for my breaks over the years and I’ve always looked forward to the time with family. However, being my senior year, I find myself torn. I am happy to have a break but knowing I have limited time with my friends makes being away from Linfield difficult. That said I also know I need the time of relaxation and reflection on top of wanting to see my family so I’m just a little divided. Time is quickly moving and graduation is getting so close!