It’s that time of year again! No, not Christmas. No, not April break. We’ve come to the halfway point in the WHS year, and that arrival is marked with one thing: midterms.

With just one week until the tests, my peers and I are making frequent trips to the library, our heavy backpacks stuffed with textbooks and laptops. We’re stressed to the max, frantically scribbling last-minute notes and asking ourselves why we thought it was a good idea to go on a Netflix binge last Saturday. As I trek through the hallway, I’ve often wondered how will I survive four straight days of testing. Well, my friends, I’m back with another list to help make it through this hectic period! This time, I’ve got some helpful tips on how to study for midterms.

First things first, It’s important to stay hydrated during testing week. It’s smart to start off your day with a cup of coffee. Followed by an espresso, a latte, a flat white, and six other caffeinated drinks. Cap everything off with a Red Bull.

Sleep is essential. I’m not sure why, because nobody I know gets any.

Nutrition is also important. They say fish is brain food, but fish is gross. I prefer pizza. It has the four food groups: cheese, bread, pepperoni, and delivery. For those few who like pizza with anchovies, you get the best of both worlds.

As you set your study plans, ask yourself: will I study alone, or in a group? Each has distinct advantages. When studying alone, you can cry and no one will hear you. You can eat an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s Brownie Batter and no one will judge you. On the other hand, when you study alone, there’s no one to whine to. Group study has its advantages, namely, there will likely be someone smarter than you who will take pity on you and help. Also, they may have ice cream and potato chips, doubling your study snack potential. But, there’s a distinct probability that everyone in your study group was checking Instagram during class. Oops.

Consider different study techniques. One of the most popular is mnemonics, from the Latin “manamana” meaning, “to forget.” Another is “cramming,” which involves lying to your parents about having studied all semester. My favorite is “procrastination,” but I’ll tell you more about that in my next column.

If you’re desperate (see: “cramming”) you might try Sparknotes, which can translate Shakespeare readily. For example:

Shakespeare: Juliet: “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?”

Sparknotes: Juliet: “Romeo, dude — where are you?!”

On the day of your exam make sure you have the following:

  • A healthy breakfast.
  • A sharpened pencil.
  • A will to live.

As next week looms on the horizon, I want to wish my fellow students the best of luck on their tests. We’re all in the same boat — the Titanic, apparently. But, my friends, as the band plays, we will all power through to the second semester so that we can face something even more fun: our finals.


Maggie Cummins is a senior at Wilton High School. She shares this column with five classmates.