How freshmen deal with midterms


Midterm season is in full swing, and for a newcomer to college it can be a very daunting time. To help you out, The Blognonian has compiled a few tips that freshmen are using to deal with all of their tests and essays.


  1. Go to TA and professor office hours.

At Brown—much more so than some other places—professors are here because they want to be helping students and they enjoy working one on one. Even though it might seem intimidating to ask a Noble Prize winner a simple question, going in to ask that question will not only help your understanding of the content but also show the professor that you care about their class.

  1. Get rid of distractions.

You simply won’t be able to focus on studying for your midterms as well if there are other things going on around you. This could be anything from your friends screaming in your (supposedly) private room in The Rock to just wondering whether your egg has hatched in whatever new addicting Facebook messenger game you’ve been playing. Despite popular belief, humans are really bad at multitasking; so make sure you focus 100% of your energy on the content of the test.

  1. Don’t procrastinate.

Even though your friends might not have any midterms on the same day that you do, this definitely doesn’t mean you should be going out with them on the nights before your test. Because procrastination worked fine for plenty of first-years while they were in high school, many are unprepared for how the craziness of college life (and the more difficult workload) can make starting that essay at 11:15 when it’s due at midnight kind of difficult.

  1. Bribe the professor.

If all else fails, you can always go ahead and bring a large platter of Insomnia Cookies (with an optional side of $500,000) to your professor and just ask them to just give you an A on the midterm. This is by far the easiest method to doing well at Brown. Worst case scenario you get expelled.


If there are any other tips you’ve used, or ones you wish you had known when you were a first year, be sure to let us know in the comments below!


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