Midterm Message

As all students at the University of Illinois know, it’s time for midterm exams. I personally have two this week and had one the previous week. Upon transferring to the university, I was worried about how different the difficulty and environment of the test taking would be, and thankfully, I was wrong.

After taking my first midterm in Math 415 and studying previous midterms given in my other classes, I have come to realize the testing here is the same, if not easier than what I experienced at the College of DuPage. This is not a bad thing, either, as it means that the teaching is better or the emphasis is less on memorization and more on understanding, which appeals to students like me whom apply better than memorize. Also, it seems most tests are taken in the afternoon, which allows for last minute touch-ups or glances at difficult material.


The midterms also usually cover the material the teacher stresses or uses in PowerPoints, which makes what you read in the book extra enrichment in mastering the core material. With that said, you are overly prepared to take most midterms if you complete all of the work, but sometimes if you need to bridge a gap, all you should do is see the teacher’s assistants or the teacher. Therefore, when a midterm comes up at the University of Illinois, you should not worry because there are not tricks or stretches in the information given on the tests, only lectured information that is intended to be used with ingenuity.


With that said, I would like to conclude that no one should be intimidated by the midterms at the University of Illinois as a current student or transfer. The purpose of tests, in my mind, is to see that you can apply and manage what you have learned in a class and not purely memorize material. The University of Illinois and I certainly agree in that regard, which makes testing less frightening for someone with an imperfect memory, as we all have, and that person still capable of succeeding on exams.



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tamaramccleary.com, play.google.com, wtax.com, and me


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