Post # 1
It’s not college, but it was the closest topic I could post to 🙂 I’m writing my first mid-term tomorrow for my real estate exam.
I have been out of school for several years and am having a hard time calming myself down and staying positive.
Post # 2
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.
Post # 3
gillykat824: Thank you so much! Those are some great tips. I’ve never been good at studying, so I’m feeling much more panicky than I probably should be.
Post # 4
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
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!