Keeping your cool during finals
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I used to be the same and have complete panic attacks before exams. I’ve even fainted before. Now, I just learn to recognise the nerves and breathe. Completely focus on my breathing until I’m calm again then start rationalizing with myself, convincing myself I don’t care what I get and all I need to do is scrape a pass. Yeah, I’m lying to myself and yes, it doesn’t seem very motivated to do well but I do far better being laid back and uncaring about the exam than irrationally nervous. It’s almost like forcing myself to be the opposite of one extreme in an attempt to reach equilibrium!
Usually I consume a few heavily caffeinated beverages, especially energy drinks with a lot of b vitamin, about an hour and a half before the test. Of course, this won’t make you calm down, actually I’m usually very jittery, but I also feel extremely capable and ready. I would say it improves my grade by ~.5 a point because I’m so focused and mentally energized.
Adderall would probably work for this too, but I’ve never tried it.
@albinomongoose, I tried this last night in attempt to stay up as long as possible in the library… ended up with the shakes, a twitch in my left arm, and couldn’t sit still so couldn’t concentrate at all nor hold my pen steady enough for legible writing. Had to go walk about campus until I calmed down!
Thanks everyone. Aderol really works wonders if you can get your hands on it. However, it all stays in your short term memory…. And you just feel cracked out after. -_-
Does anyone else hate school as much as I do right now?
If any of you have finals this week or next, GOOD LUCK!
@ijesuschrist, Good thing to keep in mind. :)
@indiwouldgo, and hell worst case scenario could be the best case scenario – lets say you fail every final and you fail out of college.
Now there is NOTHING stopping you from travelling the world, starting your dream-company, building and creating huge works of art.
Pick up a side job, save some money, do anything you want.
It really ain’t that bad, with any outcome ;). Thats how I got through it (lol). Sometimes I’d fantasize about it so much I’d get a bit too serious with the “fuck it” and not study… (don’t do that).
@ijesuschrist, I’m going through the ”fuck it” phase right now. Going into an exam tonight with a 60 and honestly don’t give a shit whether the grade goes up or down. I’d much rather be traveling with a volunteer organization right now than be studying in order to get a piece of paper that will hang on my wall while I sit in an office working.
I’m sitting in the library right now somewhat studying/dicking around on the net and NO ONE is having a good time, at all. Everyone is stressed the fuck out, kinda makes you wonder why we even submit ourselves to this shit.
@shivvy, Think Positive man. I know it may seem like that but its not. A degree is something that stays with you al of your life, and even if it seems like you do not need one, it shows that you are better and more of a complete person then the people who don’t get one. It is a statement of responsibility and it shows people that you are a very smart person. Obviously you know that it teaches you more life lessons and skills and traits that you can use in the world. Coming from a college student who is about to finish I have had similar thoughts and I just urge you to stay positive because when all is said and done it will be worth it.
@indiwouldgo, trick your mind into thinking what you are studying is a hobby or a passion of yours. Make yourself believe that studying is fun for you, and what you are learning is amazing. Google some fun memorizing tools and tips. Study and do practice tests until every question is too easy. And most important, take plenty of breaks while studying. My favorite teacher once told me the human brain can only concentrate for 24 minutes straight uninturupted. Always take breaks every 24 minutes to keep your brain fresh. Dont take a break with garbage like Facebook etc. Rather have a book and read 2-3 pages during this break, do some excercice, or do a puzzle of some sorts. Something that is fun for you. Eat a lot of healthy fruits and veggies throughout your studying, and drink a lot of coffee.
Follow these tips and you while never stress, and will ace every exam. Remember to keep telling yourself during studying, that this is your goal or dream and no one else will achieve it for you. Keep motivating yourself in any way possible.
@znipsauce, This is just my opinion, but if you think that college will teach you more life lessons than actually being out there living life you’re delusional. I’m in 4th year of university, studying history and french (originally planned to be a teacher) and I most likely would not pass my old exams because you simply cannot retain all the information they trow at you. You simply memorize, vomit it during the exam, and then start cramming new stuff in for the next exam, forgetting the old stuff.
I don’t think it shows you’re better either. Look around you; almost everyone has a degree in something nowadays. It’s pretty easy to get one lol. Employers now are looking more at the personality of the potential employee than the degree he/she earned. I’ve met some construction laborers who are far more intelligent than some of the college graduates because they educate themselves in what they’re passionate about; they don’t mindlessly sit in classes they’re forced to go to for that piece of paper.
I came off harsh at the beginning, I didn’t mean to call you delusional particularly, I meant to say that thinking college necessarily makes you better is delusional. I thought that way in first year, but then I noticed the only thing people like about college is the social scene. No one enjoys cramming material you’re mostly not interested in only to vomit it out during an exam. School has been more stressful for me than working 60 hour work weeks on jobsites.
This was in no way an attack directed towards you, just voicing an opinion :D
@shivvy, “kinda makes you wonder why we even submit ourselves to this shit.”
Because this is YOUR dream, not someone elses. No one is going to put in the work for you. You chose to be studying what you are. If you are studying something you arent willing to put forth the effort for, you shouldnt be studying it. Change your major while you still have the chance. No one is forcing you to do anything, everything you are doing is be free will. If you think the rules of college and tests arent fair, do the research and find an alternative to reach your dream career.
@yoinkie, Heh, I’m still studying something I enjoy, I’m saying that the system is messed up. I still want to teach, but the idea of having, without question, to study some subjects I don’t want to (lets be honest we all have classes we hate that we have to take in our programs) is kind of stupid.
Okay I don’t understand stressing over taking an exam. That is the easy part, all you have to do is show up fill out some bubbles or something. The hard part is the studying, which takes effort and motivation. Like motivation to avoid a stressful situation in crunch time. Just relax and know that all you can do is your best.
Always stay positive and relaxed. When you feel overwhelmed stop what you are doing and take a minute or two to concentrate on your breathinhg to clear your mind.
Going into take the test continue to stay positive and tell yourself that you have studyed as much as you could and what happens, happens. No point in getting stressed out and upset with yourself if there isn’t anything you can do about it.
Before going to an oral exam, I usually picture my going out of there with the highest grade, just before going in. I live myself into every single feeling of happiness and I picture the great feeling it would be to tell my parents and how it is a great thing for my future.
This gives your body a very relaxing feeling, and it prepares your mind to be as functional as possible. It really helps me, and I have straits A’s this far in oral exams ;)
@indiwouldgo, I don’t know about you, but I get anxiety because I work out far less during school. I recommend going to the gym and lifting as heavy weights as you comfortably can.
Humans are neurotic, some more than others. I can feel the energy building up inside me if I have not had a good workout in a couple days. I start to get that bullshit restless leg syndrome, my attention span shrinks to nothing, and I cannot sit still in my chair. I can almost guarantee I would be a perfect candidate for ADD medicine, however exercise fixes these neurotic holding patterns far better.
When I am in semester I shrink my workouts to a daily 30 min, but I lift the heaviest weights I can for about 5 sets of 5. I know there is a stigma attached to women who lift heavy weights, but you have found this website for a reason =)
I also recommend meditation. When I am on break I do 30 min meditation sessions, when I am in semester I do 10 min. It is a nice break. I think one should do these throughout the term and not just wait til finals.
Finally, fuck aderol. If one wants to go through life using crutches, then whatever floats their boat. I don’t like half-assing anything, and I do not think subjecting my brain to a stimulant like that is a good idea.