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feefiefofemme
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So I have finals next week for the first time (I'm a Freshman), and I'm pretty nervous. I've actually been feeling physically ill since a few days ago, since I'm so nervous. The homeopathic doctor my mum and I see (and have been seeing for as long as I can remember) has giving me pills to take to help me deal with anxiety. (She actually perscribed them quite a while ago, when I was feeling extreme anxiety about being sick and missing school - so much so that I was making myself sick. She says I can also use them for test anxiety and claustrophobia.)

I have a study plan/schedule, and I generally feel like I'm doing the right things as far as preparing goes, but that doesn't change the fact that I'm terrified! I guess I'm just looking for comfort and/or coping mechanisms (that don't involve taking pills, cause I'd really rather not have to take them too frequently).

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When I was going through finals for the first time, one thing I found out that helped was studying in small chunks instead of huge rushes. 30 minutes on, 10 off, that kind of thing. Having some time to do something else helps you from stressing too much under the work load!

For me, though, what calmed me down the most was calculating out what grade I needed to get on the final to get the desired grade in the class. When I realized I only needed a 67 on my Spanish final (the one I was dreading) to make an A in the class, I stopped panicking. [Smile] Might help out if you've kept track of everything!

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It is right around this time that some of the seniors I know are taking midterms as well.

Alea gave some excellent advice. If you are doing well in your classes, do a rough estimate to see what the minimum score is that you need to pass the class. That can take a lot of the pressure off.

Other than that, DO spread your studying out, and DON'T cram. You are less likely to remember things if you cram. The more starts and stops you have, the better your brain will be at grasping ideas and facts.

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feefiefofemme
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Thanks for the response!

My math teacher did tell us how to calculate what grade we need to get on the final to get the grade we want, but I don't exactly understand how to do it. In most of my classes (except for Latin and English), my grades are borderline between an A- and a B+. In History, especially, I have a very high B+, but I really want to bump it up to an A-. I only need to raise my grade 1.6% to achieve that, but I'm just not very good at History, and haven't done so well on tests in that class in the past.

I've been studying more or less in two-hour sessions, so I suppose I could break that up more. I'm working very hard to keep myself motivated and not procrastinate, and am doing a fairly good job of it, but it's hard. :(

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Heres something that is totally weird but it happens to help me alot. I chew mint gum when I study, and when I'm about to take the exam I eat another peice of the same mint gum. I think what happens is that the taste triggers something in your brain that helps you remember what you were focusing on at the other time you were chewing gum. funny huh?

and what Alea said is exactly right, shorter more spread out study periods are most effective.

One last note, sleep is the best consolidator so dont forget to catch some z's.

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Heh. Sleep. I guess that means I should be getting to bed right about now, eh?

As far as the taste-triggered memory stuff goes, that seems like it might actually make sense. Though, I'm not a huge fan of gum. Or, really, any other candy you chew but don't swallow or dissolve in your mouth. Except for those butterscotch hard candies. But I'd have to go out and buy those, and I don't know that I can be bothered. *shrug* But I'll see.

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