Final Jitters

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby saigorijavolu2k » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:23 pm

Sleep!!!

Throughout the week review all the material and the day before just do practice and make sure you are eating and sleeping

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Areli C 1L » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:53 pm

Exactly! Stressing out or cramming at the last minute is never a good idea. It'll only increase anxiety ;(
-I know it does for me.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Dan M -3E » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:30 pm

The biggest thing I try to think that helps to stay calm during tests like the final is just to convince myself right before the test that if I come across a problem that I don't immediately know how to solve, that I am smart enough to solve any problem that could be on the test. We are all smart enough to have gotten into UCLA, and are all smart enough to have gotten through 14a and still be here. I just know that as soon as the test ends, there is nothing more I can do, so while I'm in that room, I'm going to do everything I can and that I can solve every problem if I try

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Ryan_K_1K » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:18 pm

I usually focus on anxiety-preventive behaviors before my anxiety has the opportunity to come at me full force. I study early on to prevent cramming and take frequent breaks during long study sessions. Also, calling a trustworthy friend or a family member is a good way to calm down. Hope this helps anyone reading and good luck studying!!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Amy Xiao 1I » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:25 pm

I think one should cram (if you must cram) the full day/night two days before the final and then take it easy the day before; sleep and have a good meal and just review lightly in the 24 hours before the final!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Maika Ngoie 1B » Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:52 pm

For me, something that always helps is to get to the test location early. Just helps calm my nerves about familiarizing and getting comfortable with the area. Also, when the testing begins, try not to focus too much on what everyone else is doing, and tune out anything that may be happening in the testing room.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Jade Hinds 2B » Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:00 pm

these are all great suggestions. but now i'm feeling very nervous about the undecided plans for our final exam now that classes are cancelled. Who thinks it will still go as scheduled for Sunday?

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Maika Ngoie 1B » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:13 pm

I always try to get there a bit earlier to calm my nerves, just helps familiarize myself with the testing area.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby EMurphy_2L » Wed Mar 11, 2020 4:41 pm

hopefully now, having the test environment removed from the situation helps!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Mariah » Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:41 am

Julieta Serobyan4D wrote:I usually listen to music before the exam and try not to think about it. Also, if I know the material well, I am not that nervous. So, yeah practising does help.


Now you can listen to music during!!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Reina Robles 2B » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:21 pm

So I know that the format for the final has changed so it's a lot easier, but this topic is still super helpful to me. Thank you to everyone who posted here!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Leyna Dang 2H » Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:49 pm

maybe focus on your breathing and trying to relax? listening to music could also help you calm down a bit

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Jose Robles 1D » Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:45 pm

Online test has me a bit nervous, should I be worried even if it's open book?

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby JesseAuLec1Dis1G » Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:55 pm

I just like to practice a lot. At the end of the day it's just one test one quarter out of one year here. At the end of the day, everything will work out fine. You've done your best.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby JosephineF » Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:54 pm

Treat it like the SAT. Every question is weighted roughly the same so do a once over where you answer everything you know off the top of your head. Then go back over and spend some time with the ones you skipped. Then go over it one last time to check that you did them all correctly and didn't make any silly algebra mistakes. Good luck to everyone!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Brian J Cheng 1I » Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:55 pm

Drinking a nice warm beverage and getting adequate sleep would help greatly. I've found that to be very helpful on occasion.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Adriana_4F » Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:01 pm

Believe in yourself everyone! We can do this! Take a deep breath for 3 seconds and exhale for 4. Think positively! A positive mind starts the grind! Also, superhero pose really works haha

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Ivan Tadeja 1G » Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:55 am

To be honest the only thing keeping me sane is the 50% policy to pass this course. With chem being my weakest subject, that's the only reason I'm able to pass this course.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 805383532 » Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:46 pm

I hope all of this advice helped! :)

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Alexandra Salata 1J » Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:43 am

what I find most useful is when I relax a bit the night before. instead of cramming through the night you should try and get a good night of sleep. then in the morning, you should look through topics that you are the least confident in or compile some quick exam questions just to go through to boost your confidence. hope this helps :)

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Callan Howard » Sat Oct 10, 2020 8:27 pm

Hi Marina,

If you try all of the wonderful tips my classmates have posted and still feel that your anxiety is affecting your performance during exams I recommend talking to someone at UCLA’s CAE. One of the accommodations they offer is extended time, which can really help test anxiety, just knowing that you aren’t going to run out of time.

Hope this helps :)

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby BaileyB1F » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:31 pm

I try to take a couple deep breaths, close my eyes and tell myself some words of encouragement (You got this, try your best, take your time), and removing anything that could distract me.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Thomas Gimeno » Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:43 am

It helps to take practice tests. Either ones you find online or one you make yourself, they give you confidence and help you to know what to expect out of the test. Its a lot less scary to do something for the 5th time than to do it for the first time.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Bella Bursulaya 1F » Sun Oct 11, 2020 10:52 am

I struggle with the same problem! I often find that letting yourself be a little nervous right before the exam is ok, but as soon as you start, try to focus. Your nerves will go away as you start taking the exam. You're only nervous because you don't know what types of questions will be asked and are afraid you won't know the answers, at least that is the way for me. As you see you're able to solve the problems your nerves should decrease! Also, I find it helps my nerves, for some reason, to start flipping through the test and start where ever I want. I don't know why, but it helps me personally, maybe it'll help you too!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 305392242 » Sun Oct 11, 2020 11:04 am

I allocate a set time to review my notes and perhaps for practice problems, but not too much time at once. If I overspend my time all at once for studying I am overwhelmed. So, maybe 30 min of skimming over my notes, and then 20 minutes doing some problems. That is one session. Then, I take breaks to do self-care (working out, creativity, walking,)! After my break, I return to my review.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Emily_Stenzler_3H » Sun Oct 11, 2020 8:36 pm

Marina Gollas 1A wrote:Does anyone know how to calm down your anxieties before you take this final? Since having test anxiety can be very distracting while you're trying to study or even while you're taking the test itself. Open to any tips:)

This may not be as applicable in quarantine, but going to the CAE with your concerns may prove to be very beneficial! There are a number of resources provided by the CAE to accommodate stressful test taking if you qualify to enroll with the center. Best of luck!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Megan ODonnell 1K » Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:40 pm

I always just try not to wake up right before the test starts, but rather give myself enough time in the morning to have a routine to make food, brush my teeth, etc. I also find it helpful to do some last minute review or practice problems to get my brain warmed up. Hope this helps!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby joshtully » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:46 pm

I try to get a good night of sleep before big exams, and I wake up early and give myself enough time to get prepared.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Claudia_Danysh_2C » Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:22 pm

Hi Marina! First, I want to say that everybody is also nervous to some extent and that you're not alone! :) One of the main things that helps me to not be so nervous is honestly to just study the material until I feel comfortable with it. One of the reasons why I get anxiety about school is that I feel unprepared and so preparing even more helps me significantly! I also love to go on a run or walk my dogs or anything that can get me out of the house and exercising; it helps me get rid of a lot of my nerves. Hope this helps!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Kyle Dizon 1A » Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:54 pm

Often, I try to relax by changing the scenery where I am and surrounding myself with sounds that calm me down such as songs. Personally, I try to listen to my body and my mind in order to avoid over stressing and preventing anxiety attacks. Try to spread out your studying time as well.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby LeahSWM » Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:30 pm

If you feel you have studied your best, there's no need to overthink it. Meditate, eat a good breakfast, and remember you're more than capable!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 305614361 » Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:31 pm

I usually use a stress ball and it really helps calm me down

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Edward Castro » Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:33 pm

During the day of the test, take the time to clear your mental health. At this point its either you know it or you don't. It is good to have a clear mind in order to do your best during the test.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby alebenavides » Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:11 am

I also get really anxious before exams. something I try to do to clam down is go for a walk or run to calm my mind down. its relaxing

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Kevin Pilcher 3E » Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:57 pm

BREATHING EXERCISES AND HOT TEA. An hour before my final I did some breathing techniques and drank some hot tea, it helped SO MUCH.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby almost_ethan » Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:34 pm

Yes, I would definitely suggest doing something, other than studying, the hour prior to the exam (midterm or final). Something to put your mind at ease, like going on TikTok for a bit.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby ShinwooKim_3E » Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:37 pm

Marina Gollas 1A wrote:Does anyone know how to calm down your anxieties before you take this final? Since having test anxiety can be very distracting while you're trying to study or even while you're taking the test itself. Open to any tips:)

If I can go back, I would definitely not sleep for two hours, because by the end of the test I had no idea what I was reading :(

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Siwa Hwang 3G » Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:38 pm

I like to stretch for 5 minutes especially my neck and shoulders before taking a test :)

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Kiara Phillips 1L » Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:51 am

Recently I found that having cup of tea or water by my side helps me. I suggest tea because the smell might calm you even if you do not stop for a drink.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 605291562 » Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:48 pm

Hi! I've also had increased jitters when it comes to taking exams online! Some things that I have found helpful include scheduling in breaks for myself, waking up early that day after getting a good nights sleep and getting lots of exercise and time outside so I can get a little time away from screens. All of the tips shared above have been greAat as well!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Valerie Tran 2I » Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:51 pm

Make sure you're as prepared as possible and not just with the material but also your workspace. Especially with online testing, making sure you have a good connection, a quiet place, all your materials, etc. Knowing that you're prepared can help ease a lot of anxiety. Don't try to last-minute cram the day of a test, it won't benefit you and can make you more nervous. Instead, eat a good meal, listen to some music and just try to relax the day of. During the test, just focus on the problem, don't think too much about the what if's.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Juwan_Madaki_2B » Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:03 pm

Another technique that I find best for myself is by being confident and giving myself positive affirmations. If I come into an exam convinced I'm going to perform badly, then I most likely will. Avoid worrying about worst-case scenarios and remain optimistic!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Austin Aldujaili 2E » Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:16 pm

Over time, developing test taking strategies as well as an understanding of what a professor wants during an exam or what he/she focuses on is very helpful. I also believe in the idea of studying very lightly before the final (given you have a solid understanding of everything before).

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby MichaelMendozaD1F » Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:31 pm

essential oil on the neck and temples helps

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Brenda Silva 2L » Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:57 pm

Continue to study and just know that you have been studying for it the whole quarter. Take breaks when you need them and do breathing exercises before the exam to go in a bit more calm.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Shana Patel 1C » Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:35 pm

Right before the final, I feel like it is important to take a few minutes to relax and not stress about anything. You need a clear mind before focusing.
Also, I would recommend reading ahead of time, before finals week, because there is so much to do and it will be overwhelming to finish everything within a few days. Make short notes and write down key points that will help you remember lectures. This way you can refresh your knowledge faster later on.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Michelle Nguyen 2C » Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:57 pm

Before finals, I would just take a deep breath in and out to calm down! It's already a big accomplishment to make it this far into the quarter, let alone take the test. :) If you need to study at the last minute, I suggest studying the second to last night before the test. Cram during that time, and you can get sleep during the night before the test.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Lizbeth Garcia 1F » Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:07 am

I tend to listen to some classical music and drink tea to calm my jitters while studying. Before taking tests, I tend to do breathing excercises.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Julianna Shimabukuro 1C » Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:16 am

I also get testing anxiety, but try to be confident in yourself. Having self doubt will only increase the possibility of you forgetting the information or doing it wrong. Also, do something you enjoy before the test to take your mind off of it such as playing with your pets, playing a video game, or watching your favorite television show. Otherwise, you will hyper-focus on the test and end up stressing yourself even more. Also, surround yourself with those who are optimistic and can encourage you that you will be fine so that you will have the right mindset going in.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 805377003 » Sun Nov 08, 2020 4:40 pm

Spacing my studying out over time always helps the most.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby keely_bales_2a » Sun Nov 08, 2020 4:48 pm

This year I have been taking a meditation course that has been helping me with my anxiety. Just taking a few minutes out of your day to focus on your breathing has been a big help for me personally. However, if you have more final jitters regarding content, making a study guide and a study group would be extremely helpful. Doing all the textbook problems and reading the textbook would not hurt as well. However, if you are just stressed out in general, physical activity and meditating is helpful for many people.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Moura Girgis 1D » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:46 am

I always eat a good, healthy, meal the day before my test and something light light a nutrition bar the morning of. That usually keeps me energized helps me think better when taking the test.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Simi Kapila_2L » Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:49 am

Feeling really prepared helps me. Usually doing as many practice problems as you can, so you feel like there is nothing you haven't seen. But besides that, you could try going for a quick walk before the test, or doing some deep breathing to help calm your nerves.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby ShinwooKim_3E » Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:52 pm

I have anxiety also waiting for test results :')

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Helena Hu 3E » Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:15 pm

I try not to study the day of because I don't want to stress myself out. I just trust that I did my best with my studying, eat a good breakfast before, get a good nights sleep and believe that you can do it! Good luck!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Truman Chong Dis 1K » Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:45 pm

I find that listening to some up-beat pop music always helps to relax me. But honestly, any music that you like would probably help you relax and ease your anxiety slightly.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Annie Tong 2G » Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:31 pm

For me I usually watch a video that's not related to the exam to distract myself from nerves right before taking it. Exercising or even just taking a walk around the neighborhood might also help if you've got the time.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Hana Sigsbee 3A » Sun Nov 22, 2020 4:39 pm

I try to not stay up too late the night before studying, and if anything do maybe a quick review of the topics you feel you need it in the most. The night before I like to meditate or do yoga before bed and make sure I get a good night's sleep. I have my discussion early in the morning but I try to wake up at least an hour before the test is set to start so I don't feel rushed and I make sure I have my testing area set up the night before. Just take a few deep breaths before you start the test and just be confident in what you know.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Seraphina Joseph 1C » Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:09 pm

Remember that you did all the preparations so whatever happens happens

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Mrudula Akkinepally » Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:12 pm

The night before the exam do something that calms you down. For example, I like to do a face mask and watch my favorite show while not worrying about anything else. And then don’t study the day of the test!! I know it can be difficult but you’ll psych yourself out. Just prep leading up to it but relax the night before and the day of!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 805377003 » Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:24 pm

I always find it helpful to do some self care before an exam.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Victoria_Sauceda_1B » Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:34 pm

I think a good way to calm down are to practice breathing and to keep yourself from procrastinating. Try to keep yourself on track these last 3 weeks and finish strong.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby AdilaAhmed2L » Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:40 pm

Marina Gollas 1A wrote:Does anyone know how to calm down your anxieties before you take this final? Since having test anxiety can be very distracting while you're trying to study or even while you're taking the test itself. Open to any tips:)


Honestly, one thing that might cause you more anxiety is if you keep trying to cram right before the test (like the hour prior) or try to study something new. You most likely will not retain it and will just cause yourself more anxiety. My studying strategy has been do the sapling and look over their explanation if I missed something, go through my lecture notes and if I don't understand something to either watch a video about it or look it up in the textbook (not my preferred one but still works), do some textbook problems to make sure I grasped the material and do the UA worksheets. The hour prior to the test, I just relax and watch youtube or do something else because I want to go into the test feeling calm. I totally get the jitters and anxiety and it was something that I've been dealing with since high school but finding like a routine for studying has been my biggest help in calming down the jitters.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 705324760 » Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:45 pm

if you study a lot, you will do well. be confident!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Madeline Marron 1I » Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:54 pm

I think someone also said this but i ran Cross Country in high school so I would get mad anxiety before my races and what helped me was just realizing that I had put in the work and worrying about it was only making myself go through unnecessary pain(obviously just telling yourself you are fine wont fix it lol, but over time it helps build confidence). I use to meditate when I was alone but when I'm around others I found forcing myself to socialize and make jokes to make myself laugh would make me feel better.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Jack Kettering 2H » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:11 pm

I just take deep breaths and remind myself of how much I am well prepared to make myself more confident going into big tests like the final :)

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Jessica Hu 3L » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:18 pm

While studying, don't be afraid to take breaks. If you overload too much, it can cause mental strain. Additionally, during the exam itself don't think about how fast or slow you're going as that can also stress you out.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Nick P 3D » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:36 pm

Try chewing a specific type of gum or flavor of gum while you study, and then chewing the same gum when you take the test. This can help you recall the same information from when you were studying and also give you a little peace of mind that reminds you of the preparation you put in.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 805421690 » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:12 pm

Marina Gollas 1A wrote:Does anyone know how to calm down your anxieties before you take this final? Since having test anxiety can be very distracting while you're trying to study or even while you're taking the test itself. Open to any tips:)

I find it very helpful to put on meditation music or just nature recordings of rain or waterfalls, and then just closing my eyes and meditating! I hope this helps goodluck!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 805421690 » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:14 pm

Remember to get enough sleep, I know a lot of us try to do cram-studying the night before, but this should be the night you go to bed early! Also hydrate and eat a good meal before taking the test, it may seem small but it goes a long way! Good luck everyone!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Sheryl Ocampo 1D » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:15 pm

I think it helps to start preparing far in advanced. If I feel like I've practiced and know the material well, I experience less test anxiety. For studying, I find it also helps to study in a place where you're comfortable and to practice self-care

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Eve Gross-Sable 2B » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:23 pm

For me, it helps to look at the outlines and check off what I know and what I need to work on. Once I know that I develop the knowledge by doing the practice problems/watching videos if I must. It also helps that you can always post questions on here!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby almost_ethan » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:15 am

The Organic Chemistry Tutor! One of the most effective ways I study is by going over the questions from both the hw and the textbook--for the concepts I don't really understand, I watch the Organic Chemistry Tutor's YouTube videos.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Margaret Wang 2A » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:17 am

I do a loooooot of practice problems to the point where I know that there's literally nothing more I could have done to prepare so there's no point in being nervous because I have already tried my best.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Charisma Arreola 2L » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:35 pm

I highly recommend setting aside a few hours to do absolutely nothing but watch your favorite movie or show, and either have an herbal tea or a feel-good snack you may not always have.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Charisma Arreola 2L » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:37 pm

Also, to study and feel like you have a firm idea of the concept, rewrite some of the facts/problems that are harder for you so that you remember them better and are able to feel more comfortable with those topics.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Jaclyn Dang 3A » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:44 pm

Relax and breathe before taking the exam. Sit at your desk a little earlier than the final time so that you can mentally prepare yourself. I like to mentally tell myself "I can do this, imma get an A" lol it seems to kinda work.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Mahnoor_Wani_2F » Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:18 pm

I always have test anxiety right before any test. The best thing to do in my opinion is finding a study routine that works best for you (aka not procasinate and divide things up for study) and clearing your mind by doing what you like the most (watching movies, talking a walk, or sleeping)

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Mariah Disc 1D » Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:24 pm

For the final I am going to try and prepare as early as possible to alleviate stress from cramming.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Angela Marie Guevarra Dis3F » Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:12 pm

Reading everyone's responses has been really helpful! Ideally, I get a good amount of sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast to take care of my body before tests. Unless I have something else going on before the test, I'll distract myself with music or videos to get me in a good mood, or I'll journal. I try not to psyche myself out too much so I'll have a good mindset going into the actual exam. But at the same time, it's completely normal and valid to feel nervous before our chemistry exams. Take it easy and do what you need to do for yourself to feel confident the day of the final.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby James Patanian 2C » Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:17 pm

I like what everyone is saying and when it comes to cramming at the last minute, cramming material does more harm than good but I've found that going over the format of the test before it starts can be pretty therapeutic. In this case though, we know that it's going to be x amount of multiple choice questions within a reasonable time frame, so we can keep that in mind when studying!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 105405231 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:16 pm

There are a lot of great tips that have been posted on here! Remember--since this quarter has been online to take rest breaks that include taking a break from electronics so that you don't strain your eyes or feel overwhelmed from staring at a screen all day. Good-luck everyone!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Lillian » Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:37 pm

Make sure you stand up and stretch every 20-30 minutes when you study! Give yourself enough breaks so that your brain has time to process the information as you pick it up. It's really good for both physically and mentally (we need as much of that during this pandemic lol).

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Darren1e » Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:09 pm

I usually set a time the day before a test to STOP studying and start relaxing. Theres a trade off between studying and de stressing, and if you cram too much the day before, the balance will get disrupted. You should do all the textbook problems that you can, and go to as many workshop, US, step up sessions as well. Ask any, any questions you have. But please, like Dr. Lavelle said, try to do some physical exercise and remember a number doesn't define you!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Lily Anne Garcia 1H » Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:11 pm

Its important to get a lot o frest the night before. I also remind myself that at that moment, it is the most prepared i can be. stressing only creates anxiety for taking the test. just breathe :)

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby almost_ethan » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:06 pm

Honestly, I would just plan accordingly. You're going to be stressed out regardless--whether you know the material or not--so I think the best thing would be to create a study schedule, to ease most of the worry. Find your weak areas and work to strengthen them, please do not procrastinate!!

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Aliya Roserie 3I » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:08 pm

I think what helps is not studying the day of the exam because we can often overthink our own self confidence.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby 805377003 » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:08 pm

The night before take some time to relax. There is no point trying to cram information in the last minute. I recommend taking this time to give your brain a rest and do something you enjoy and then get a good nights rest.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Nathaly Cruz 2D » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:12 pm

I think being well rested and having eaten something before an exam improves your performance. I've noticed that when I am tired or hungry, I perform worse on my exams than when I have slept well and eaten.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby Rayna Irving 3H » Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:18 pm

I usually take a few breaths during the test and plan out how much time I have for each question so I don't feel so rushed. I also make sure I've done practice problems before and stop studying at least 10 minutes before the test so I have time to get everything together and calm down.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby AmyHo2E » Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:42 am

I get really bad test anxiety too and I found that doing jumping jacks helps a little with getting rid of the jitters.

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Re: Final Jitters

Postby miguel zatarain 2B » Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:30 pm

I also have pretty bad test anxiety but what I usually do is relax the day before I take the test in order to calm my nerves down.


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