October 17, 2006 10:04 PM
Coping with Midterms
So you got your midterms back and they weren’t as great as you thought? Don’t panic—many others are going through the same disappointment as well. I certainly experienced lows throughout the two years I’ve been at Cal. How do you cope? There is no exact answer…but I suggest going over your exam to see what you did wrong. I know you don’t want to even be reminded of your potential low score, but finding out why you got the grade you did—whether it was because you didn’t study the most recent material as much as you should have, or if you misread the question—is very helpful for future midterms and finals.
Also, if you’re a freshman, give yourself more credit. It was your first round of college-level exams, and you are going to learn that each professor has a different style to writing his questions. I also suggest going to office hours. You will find that the professor or GSI, whomever you choose, is very willing to go over any problems you still don’t understand. Also, it is a good habit to go regularly to office hours. Not only will you get to know your instructor better, but it will make the material less painful to learn and approach. So go to office hours! You may have heard this before too, but forming study groups is very helpful. There are some individuals who prefer to study alone, but just try it out to see if it works for you. I studied alone for my first two years here, and only now did I figure out that yes, it does help a lot! So shoot an email to your classmates and arrange a study schedule. And if you’re very stressed, I recommend going to the Address Your Stress Festival next Tuesday at MLK (free massages and free phone cards!). There will also be depression screenings as well.
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