(Closed) Student bees! Test taking anxiety??

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t get text anxiety personally, but I have several friends that do. One of them just closes her eyes and sits back from the screen for a few minutes, trying not to think about the exam, before looking at it again. I am not sure how fast of a test taker you are, and so that might not be practical to do while you are working through Step 1, but it might help?

I am just an MSI, but our tests are in the same computer format as USMLE exams. I try to make a single pass through and mark all of the questions I am not sure of, to think about at the end. Sometimes other questions jog my memory, but if I save them for the end, it does not get me in a funk that throws off the rest of the exam.

I hope you find something that work.! Good luck, I have heard Step 1 is a beast, but it will be nice to get through it!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@minipenguin:  MSI = 1st year med student in the US. Sorry, I saw USMLE and started abbreviating lol. I am getting married the summer after 2nd year, so part of me cannot wait for it to get here, but another (big) part is dreading Step 1…

Good luck with studying!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@minipenguin:  No, my Fiance works in IT, which I love – he can fix my computer when I break it, but now thinks I can diagnose him… Keep telling him I know next to nothing at this point lol

Good luck with Step 1! Review sounds like a great idea, I already feel like I have brain dumped most of first year ๐Ÿ™

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@minipenguin:  

I have horrible test anxiety! And I’ve developed a couple of coping techniques. For me it is more of a ritual at this point.

 

1)      Do not look at any test material during the half hour before the test. At that point you know what you know and should taking that time to try to calm down. (Walking into a test already stung out doesn’t seem to help.)

 

2)      Right before your test starts play your “testing song”. For me its this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzDjsNQFCy0 . Make sure it’s a song that puts you in a good mood. Consider it a little pick me up right before the test.

 

3)      When you get stuck take a sip of water, close your eyes, count to 5, and look at your test again. If you don’t know the answer at this point, mark it (I’m used to paper tests so I’m not sure how one does this electronically), move on, and revisit it later.

 

4)      Once you have finished going through the test the first time repeat step 3 before returning to any previous problem.

 

5)      When you go back to answer questions start from the beginning of the test. You have had those questions in the back of your mind the whole time so you are more likely to have figured them out than the later questions.

 

That said I’m in engineering not medicine so I expect your tests are more about knowing the answer and mine are about applying the right concept to get to the answer. 

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