In: Clarissa Alberg2 Apr 2012
For most of us our exams have already passed or are nearing the end. This is phase in which we check our SIN-online daily in order to see whether the lecturer already posted either grades or mc answers.
But in my years I have learned to take care of my post-exam stress, because I felt like this was worse than the pre-exam stress. In the post phase you have no control of the outcome anymore. In a nutshell: the damage has been done; re-reading your summary will not change your grade and will only make you slap yourself silly for giving bad answers.
There is an answer to your worries. And this answer is TEAMWORK. The very first step however is to know your fellow students. Start communicating. You do not have to know everyone’s name, but make short SWOT-analysis of whom you know in your head.
Get yourself a team that works. Know your fellow students and ‘nickname’ them accordingly.
For those of you who do not know how to name them. I made a short list:
This is the person who worries more than you before an exam. This person will look very stressed and will have any type of summary and/or book on him or her at any time, starting at 2/3 weeks prior to the exam.
This person is needed in order to set your stress-level. You do not in any way want to stress more than them, because that is over-doing it. This person also comes in handy for your time-management purposes. It is when you see that he or she is carrying all this extra stuff despite the day, that you should at least attempt to see what you need to study for the exam.
This person however is most likely to study under time pressure. Thus meaning that even though they do carry everything, they may not get further than the first page for a week.
Not to be confused with the worrier. This person might also carry all books and summaries on them, but they will actually look at it, at any opportunity they have. Whether it being the tram, that family dinner or during classes. This person might also be found in the library and cafeterias and is most likely to pass.
You might want to try to copy this persons work-ethic, because they are usually honor students and pass all their exams with above average grades.
Make sure to be nice to this person, because he or she makes a summary of the entire book and usually doesn’t share.
You know that you need this person, because nowadays no-one really buys books, since a summary gets you just as far.
You can always try to help them make a summary, since this is a sure in, in the final project.
This person is very important one day before the exam. Since this is the day on which you know your chances. The Calculator will be able to tell you exactly how many questions you will need to answer correctly in order to pass the exam.
The professional ones will also be able to tell you what grade you need in order to pass the entire course, just by telling them your other grades. But this level of professionalism comes rarely.
However no one wants to admit to cheat, we have all done this. And we have perfected our skills during the years. This perfection wasn’t always a must but rather a want. With all the convergence nowadays, a smartphone will do the right trick.
The cheater however, is the person who usually studies the ways of the supervisor and knows their every move, and how they part the exam. Thus meaning that this person will have the best seat during the exam and will arrange its alliances accordingly whether it is right next to them or a couple of seats apart.
This person works very well with the Warrior and the Summary-ator, due to the fact the way a cheater is studying is not always done in the right way.
We all know that person in class that has the most jokes. Keep this person close to you, because he or she will make you laugh despite of the amount of stress. And this person will also laugh after the exam. The harder the exam the harder this person will laugh afterwards. If it was a fairly easy exam, this person is most likely to be calm and go home. If this person is calm and you are stressing after the exam… This is a bad sign.
I consider myself to be the joker, and have created my team of experts.
It is 2012: the time of being a loner ended along with the internet.
So start sharing and lets all pass our next exams!!!
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