Winter is fading into spring, which means midterms are right around the corner at VIU. Here are a few quick tips to help you get through and ace your midterms.

  1. Find a good study space. The VIU Library has study rooms which students can reserve to ensure a quiet space with little distraction. To reserve your space simply:
    • Go to (the library’s main page) to reserve a study room. Click on the “Reserve A Study Room” link to fill out an e-form.
    •  You can also come to the library in person and make a reservation at the front desk, or send an email to
    • Study rooms can be reserved for several hours.
  2. Use your resources wisely! Can’t find exactly what you are looking for? The VIU librarians can help you!
    • Ask a librarian questions via the chat service; call on the phone; or email. You can even ask a librarian at the front library desk.
    • Need an article or book that the library doesn’t own? Send us an interlibrary loan request. The Library will get the item for you from another library for free. Visit the library webpage or If you’re searching in library databases, look for a “Request this item” link below the title of the item you want.
  3. Take care of yourself! During midterms students are often concerned more about getting the best grade, but taking care of yourself helps you do the best you can. Make sure to get enough sleep, especially prior to large exams; eat regularly and exercise. Taking care of yourself will ensure that you show up on exam day ready to conquer the task ahead.
  4. Disconnect from social media. Today, students spend upwards of 2-3 hours on social media sites every day. Take a few days off from social media to ensure that you are focusing on the midterms instead of how many likes your last post received.
  5. Join a study group! Study groups are a great way to meet new people in your class and also provides students with an additional learning skill. Being able to discuss difficult topics will help students create a clearer understanding of the material at hand.
  6. Don’t cram! Spread out studying over several days. Cramming for exams can often lead to reduced understanding- being able to recognize material is not the same as understanding the material.

Good Luck!