Cheyenne Machovsky, Journalist

   No one loves midterms right? It’s stressful, difficult, depressing and exhausting. You should always be prepared, so you can perform better on the midterms. 

   First things first: flashcards make everything easier. Using highlights, writing down the important information or anything you want to write down to be sure you covered all the topics. 

   Review and continue to do so until you have the basis of the information locked into your head. I always type some information on Google Docs, using bullet points to put down some really good information and print it out, and then I read over it all the time to be sure I am fully sure I have it. 

   I know it is kind of silly to think your sleep, and eating schedule would affect you more around testing, but it is true. Most teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Putting your device down an hour before bed also helps for a better restful sleep. 

   Getting a good night’s rest before a huge test, even for games for sports, increases the brain functions later on. In order to be able to get a good enough sleep, set your alarm, place your clothes out; you need to be well rested and ready to start your day. 

   People have seen a greater increase in their work, schooling, and even having better days when they get full rest. So do not say up all night, pulling all-nighters to study and not sleeping. Plan out a schedule when to study.

   We teenagers need to definitely cut a lot out of our foods we eat now, for more healthier and better varieties. We need to cut out all energy drinks, sugar, coffee, etc. Our bodies need extra nutrients to support our bone growth, hormonal changes, organ and tissue development, including the brain. The foods we need to eat more: fruits and vegetables, potatoes, bread, rice, pasta, and other starchy foods, beans, fish, eggs and protein as well as dairy and alternatives. 

    A diet high in refined sugar and saturated fat not only contribute to weight gain and associated health issues, but also have a profoundly detrimental impact on the brain. 

   Would you believe me if I told you an average teen consumes 28.3 teaspoons of added sugar a day? Just cut back on sugary drinks, consume more water like Vitamin Water, and watch what you’re drinking and how much sugar is on the labels. 

   Do not skip lunch or dinner. Make sure to have breakfast, since it is the most important meal of the day. You’re less likely to snack on junk food throughout the day if you have a good sized breakfast. 

   Teenagers should be physically active 60 minutes a day: playing sports, running, walking, jogging, outside work, swimming, anything, even stretching. 

   Phaedra Johnson, PVHS Senior, said, “The importance of midterms to me is to make sure I pass.” She added, “I like to shorten answers to help me remember them, and re-reading things/small quizzes to help me study for midterms.”

   Maryjane DeValle, PVHS Senior said, “I think I will do good. I’m just nervous because it is my senior year.” 

   Gia I’Aulualo PVHS Senior, said the importance of midterms, “shows an update on what I can, and cannot do, (or so struggle with).” She added, “Make breaks longer.” Midterms are so close to the first day of winter break. Here is the tentative finals schedule:

Tuesday the 17th: Period one and period five.

Wednesday the 18th: Period two and period six. 

Thursday the 19th: Period three and period seven.

Friday the 20th: Period four, and a half day. 

   If you have any concerns or want more information on a subject, you have doubts, I would go to that teacher before or after school to talk further about it and take as many notes to help you succeed in the end.

    Another good idea is you could get a group of friends to stay after school with, to create a huge study group among you guys to help each other out. You could learn new techniques, and new ways to study joining others. I wouldn’t be stressed out over midterms. It’s easy to say and do, right? 

   Just focus, do your best, get sleep, eat well, and study your hearts out to rock them! Always keep a positive mindset to boost your confidence for the testing. You will do just fine: be patient, take your time, for it’ll be okay, and breathe. Good luck, everyone!