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Exam time

December 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #MommyScholar

I have finished writing all my assignments. I hand in the last essay tonight. I don’t have all my marks back, but classes are winding down. I have two weeks to study for my three exams.

Aye, there’s the rub.

Three exams in the field house – a giant room, almost a greenhouse, where a few hundred people will be writing exams at the same time. You can feel the stress.

So far I have been doing alright. I wrote some essays that I’m very proud of, I’ve been taking part in great class discussions and raising my hand to ask the questions I need to ask, I’ve been doing my readings as I go along, though I have some catching up to do. But now…

Now I have to remember how to study. How do I pack stuff into my head so that I remember it when it comes time to sit down in that stress-filled room and fill out those exam booklets?

Books open

Books open

I was just talking to my sister about this over the weekend. (Half sister). Her daughter is 16 and just getting to the point in high school where she has to start really studying instead of just learning. It seems that study skills are something they really should teach.

In the past I have tried cue cards – writing out key terms, bullet points, different colours. It’s okay. I have tried writing things over and over again, which helps my memory for sure. I have tried typing things up and printing them out and just reading and re-reading. I have considered putting together a bunch of notes and then having Joe record them so I can listen to them on my phone. Joe has a nice speaking voice.

Essay questions I can deal with, it’s the multiple choice and term definitions that get me. Especially with three exams in five days. I have to cram all that information into my head and then let it out so I can get the next stuff in overnight.

Right now my main problem is getting over this feeling of being ‘done’ and get back into my books, figuring out the differences between realism and neo-liberalism.

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