Final Jitters

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saigorijavolu2k
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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

Areli C 1L
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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.

Dan M -3E
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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

Ryan_K_1K
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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!!

Amy Xiao 1I
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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!

Maika Ngoie 1B
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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.

Jade Hinds 2B
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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?

Maika Ngoie 1B
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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!

Mariah
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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!!

Reina Robles 2B
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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!

Leyna Dang 2H
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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

Jose Robles 1D
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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?

JesseAuLec1Dis1G
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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!

JosephineF
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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!

Brian J Cheng 1I
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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.

Adriana_4F
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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

Ivan Tadeja 1G
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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! :)

Alexandra Salata 1J
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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 :)

Callan Howard
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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 :)

BaileyB1F
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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.

Thomas Gimeno
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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.

Bella Bursulaya 1F
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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.

Emily_Stenzler_3H
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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!

Megan ODonnell 1K
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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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