Surviving The First Test
There is always that crucial moment at the beginning of the semester when you know if you’ll make it or break it in a class. It’s typically known as the “First Test.”
For a lot of people, a course’s first test is what lets you know how the semester will go. It’s the first chance you get to see how professors phrase their questions and what they expect you to know. This can be a pretty stressful time for some students, but it’s important to not let test anxiety get the best of you. Here are some tips on handling the first test.
For most courses, the first quiz or test isn’t worth a major part of your average, so one bad grade isn’t reason to get discouraged.
Instead, use it to measure yourself and aim to always score higher. Now that you know what to expect, you can learn to study more efficiently.
Take this opportunity to meet with your professor. By meeting with them you will show that you care and you will be able to prepare more efficiently next time.
And if you didn’t understand part of the material, now is the time to ask instead of waiting till the last minute. If you get behind now, it will be a lot harder to catch up later.
Find a Study Partner
If you know others received a disappointing grade or is struggling with the material as well, ask if they want to study together. They are having the same issues as you, and together you all may be able to find a better way to study.
Try New Things
Learn to recognize which study methods work and which ones don’t. If something didn’t work the first time, maybe it’s time to try something new. It may be that your technique isn’t the best for a certain subject. And if you are studying on campus, you should definitely check out the Tutoring Center. They have awesome tutors who are here to help you do better.
This may seem cliché, but it’s true. Anytime you take a test, you should try to stay positive. Your attitude can really influence what you are trying to accomplish.
It Happens To Everyone
All of this, of course, is a lot easier said than done, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. We all suffer from text anxiety in some way or form. The key is to not let it get the best of you. Use this as a learning experience and challenge yourself to do better in everything that you do.
As someone who regularly spends a lot of time worrying about tests, I can tell you it has never helped. Worrying and stressing haven’t helped me become a better student, but studying and giving my best effort has.