So nervous – Midterm tomorrow

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 2
1377 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Ryansgirl:  I always find that it helps if I make a plan for myself, that can be broken down into chunks to concentrate on. Looking at the whole thing is intimidating! But looking at part A is much easier to swallow. 

I usually have this format for studying (not sure how applicable it is to you):

  • Start with reviewing all notes, reviewing all readings/notes on readings, reviewing all labs
  • Make condensed notes based on those notes – summarize! 
  • Make flashcards with the summarized notes
  • Take any practice test questions (with a timer) to see how well I can expect myself to do
  • Review any last concepts that are still troublesome

I also take snack breaks. I love me some snacks, and it’s a reward for getting through another 50 pages of notes. I also usually start a week or two ahead…. 

For calming – review what you know. Review what you don’t know. Chances are, what you know is a lot more than what you think you know. 


Good luck! 

Post # 4
328 posts
Helper bee

Personally, I take the day off before a big test. If I don’t, I end up pysching myself out to a degree and stay stressed throughout taking the exam. Meaning I don’t do as well as I would have if I had stayed calm. I started taking the day off after my grandma told me the story of when she and her friends were taking their nursing exam – she basically told them “Hey, by this point we know what we know, let’s go see a movie!” and see a movie they did along with a shortened version of a girl’s night. And lo and behold everyone in her class passed (for the first time in the school’s history!).

But one of my roommates in college would pull an all-nighter before every exam since, for her, it was the only way that she’d be able to walk out the exam saying “at least I did all I could”. If you’re panicky, though, maybe do a combo of the two? Take some time off to watch a movie/eat some dinner/whatever to decompress and then spend a couple of hours doing a more casual (ie, not super in-depth) review of your notes and/or your problem areas?

I’m sure you’ve been studying up until this point anyways, so have confidence in your abilities and good luck! 

Post # 5
784 posts
Busy bee

While taking the exam I always double and triple check. The first time through I am so nervous that I will mark a problem/question I can’t think of something right away, or else I’ll freak myself out for the rest of the exam. So I end up flipping through a million times before I’m all done and ready.

I always try to go to bed at a normal time, too. When I wake up and am nervous I didn’t get enough sleep that sets off the nervousness too! And trying to drink an energy drink or too much coffee before an exam to keep you up – bad idea!

Good luck!!

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