It's important to start planning in advance in case you have midterms coming up -- and who doesn't, really? It probably isn't the best way to go because even though you technically can just pull an all-nighter and hope for the best. You can set yourself up for success by using these 10 easy steps, fortunately, with a little advanced planning and a little work. 1. Have a study plan in place at least one week in advance. Can you technically stay up all night cramming the night before your exam? Of course. Is that a good idea? Probably not. Studying a little bit each day in advance of your exam will help you perform better and be better prepared in addition to helping you retain the information better. Give yourself an hour or two each day to study, beginning at least one week before your midterm date. Ideally, you'll have mastered the material and prepared yourself so that any last-minute cramming (or worrying!) isn't necessary. Study in small doses. Alright, so you want to study in advance. Planning to study for, say, six hours on Saturday will not only kill your fun Saturday plans, but it also might lead to your mentally burning out after only an hour or two.

How to prepare for a midterm

Divide your study time up into small, manageable fragments so that you can focus on the material, do your best to understand and retain it, and then give your brain a break. Go to office hours and talk to your professor. Head to office hours and talk to your professor in case you aren't completely clear on what's going to be covered during the exam, what key concepts you should focus on, or even what the exam will look like. Head to office hours anyway and confirm it even if you think you are completely confident about what the test will look like. Your professor is there to help, and one great way to make sure you do well on your midterm is to check in with your professor to ensure your studying is on the right path. Form a study group. Study groups help in all kinds of ways: they help you better understand the material, they can help you break down the workload, and they can also help hold you accountable. Form a study group to help each other prepare for your midterm -- and any other upcoming major assignments or exams for the course in case you can find several classmates with a similar work ethic and dedication. Get some sleep! Of course it can be challenging to try to get the sleep you need and it becomes especially challenging during high-intensity times, like midterms week. These are also the times when your sleep matters the most, however. Do your best to get in the sleep you need so that your brain can operate at its best. Have what you'll physically need for the exam. There's no better way to sabotage your study efforts than to come unprepared, logistically speaking, to a test.