SO! I have established that reading blogs of UBC students has OFFICIALLY freaked me out. Especially those that just finished first year..it feels like they all pretty much say the same stuff. Midterms make you cry, and finals just suck…and study methods need to be changed. First and foremost, I do NOT test well(never really have I been good at them)…I am a horrible exam taker..and I really REEALLLYY need to fix that ASAP. HOW I’m going to fix that…I’m not sure yet..but I better get on it. Well, let me ‘rephrase’ that.. I can do unit tests and stuff…but when it comes to FINAL exams, the ones where you have to retain a bucketload of information..I suck at those. I always tend to doubt myself and change the answers, which end up as a negative point for me..usually I get them right the first time..then when I change it, I get it wrong…and that costs me quite a few percentage off of my overall mark. So I really need to find a good study habit that works for me..so if ANYBODY has ANY suggestions..please inform me.
My past high school study method (well my main one)……..writing notes..and colour coding them..yeah that takes time…and you have to be efficient or else it doesn’t work..like for small tests..it works fine..but for finals, NOT SO MUCH. And when I take notes, I practically REWRITE THE TEXTBOOK(bad habit), ‘cuz I feel like 95% of the stuff is important..but clearly it’s not..I don’t plan on taking a whole semester to figure out what study method(s) work best for me..’cuz I don’t have that much time to waste away! And I know everyone says to expect your marks to drop 10-20% from your high school mark..YIKES!
All in all, I am just scared that I am going to fail miserably and not study the ‘right’ way…and helpful tips would be awesome..just something that’s not too time consuming but EFFICIENT. EFFICIENCY IS WHAT I AM ABOUT!