I’m not sure if I was able to get much sleep during last week – Week 8’s midterm week – as there were butterflies in my stomach leading into each day of the exams. Midterm consisted of 3 days — day 1 is a written exam; day 2 is the school’s practical exam, and day 3 is the ITA’s practical exam. The midterms also marked the first time were we were judged and marked on the food we prepared in the kitchen. I know I’ve walked into each exam fully prepared (as much as I could), and the butterflies settled as soon as I put my knife to my steel. We were given a lot of time to prepare for the midterms in the weeks leading up to it. I’ve been making omelettes, gnocchi and creme brulee at home; on Monday, the entire class in teams of 2 practiced going through the midterm; on Tuesday after the written exam, some of us stayed to practice the recipes; and there were also a lot of mental walk-throughs in my head. Overall, I’m happy with my results knowing that they were strong marks and it was a fair reflection of where I am with my skills so far. I am (nervously) looking forward to the finals and restaurant days where my goal is to ace them. 😉
Here are my tips to prepare for the midterms:
- Practice, practice and practice. There isn’t any substitution for actual hands-on practice, but it also helps to do mental walk-throughs to go through the steps in your task list and to anticipate each actions.
- Prepare a good task list.
- Get a good night’s rest (as much as possible).
- Don’t drink any caffeinated drinks before the exam. You don’t want to be running to the bathroom or getting shaky hands, especially for the practicals.
- Taste. Don’t send anything up without first tasting it yourself.