I grew up in the Chicago Area and when I was in high school, midterm exams were INTENSE. Looking back, they were equivalent to the level of challenge as my college exams. I studied and studied and studied. My dad used to have to suggest that I take a break and go get ice cream just to get my nose out of a book for a few minutes.
The most difficult part about studying for these exams was the fact that they usually occurred on about January 10th. This meant that my winter break was not a real break. I always had those upcoming tests in the back of my mind.
My teachers often seemed to overlook the fact that we had these exams coming up. It seemed like they were more ready for the break than we were. (Now I know: They were.) Because of this, teachers often did very little to help guide us on how to prepare for their exams during the break. I guess they figured that no one would really start studying.
As a teacher, I am determined that my students come back from their break feeling ready for my exam:’