March 9, 2010 12:31 PM
Midterms are not pleasant for anyone, but they are particularly unpleasant if they don't go as well as you would like. We have all been there getting your test back and your stomach sinks with realization that maybe you didn't quite study as much as you should have. The most important thing if a midterm goes badly is not to give up. All too often students have a bad grade on the first test and then stop going to class and section, and give up on trying to catch up on reading. The best thing you can do is to go to section MORE talk to your GSI about how things are going and what you can do to improve on the next test. Go through your test, even if it's painful, and understand each problem and why the answers are correct. There are also tutors available at the SLC for many larger classes, which can help you to get a better understanding of the material. If you know other people in the class take the initiative and start a study group, which will benefit everyone. The CNR resource center is also a good place to study where you can even have a cup of coffee with you, and sit on a comfy couch, so no usual library avoiding excuses! Remember that a rocky start is a challenge to work harder and finish out the best that you can.
If you did outstanding on your first exam, Congratulations! However don't start neglecting classes just because you are off to a great start. Keep up the good work and keep going to section and lecture :D
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