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Final Jitters

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:17 pm
by Marina Gollas 1A
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:)

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:30 pm
by whitney_2C
I also have test anxiety, it's not fun. Usually just forcing myself to do lots of practice problems and having a routine (eating breakfast, sitting in the front, having a certain pen/calculator, etc whatever works for you) helps give me some comfort so I can relax some at least. Good luck and know you're not alone

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:02 pm
by Rehan Chinoy 1K
Don't study ten minutes before the final because psychologically you're telling yourself that you don't know the material well enough. Be prepared and be confident in your preparation. Some deep breaths before you enter the exam room helps too.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:10 pm
by He whose name cannot be spoken
On the day of the final don't study. Take some time (not much, I imagine, since it's in the morning) to just relax. Don't think about chem until it's in front of you.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:25 pm
by Chem_Mod
These are some great tips!

Some things I would add:

1) If you ever run into a question you have no idea how to tackle, think about the concept it's trying to test. Try to note anything that you remember about that concept. Usually that tells yourself that you do know something. It just may take some time for you to figure out what to do.
2) If you ever feel the jitters, take a break for a couple minutes and do something you absolutely love, like listening to your favorite song. If during the test, skip the question, and come back to it later. Whenever I take exams and I'm not sure what the answer is to a question, I put down my best guess, mark it, and move on.
3) Meditation is great. It helps calm the nerves and reminds the self that we are all human, and no matter what happens, we will still survive and live on. Although exams are important, if we look back 10-20 years later, I doubt we will remember these exams and the dread that came with them.
4) Call your friends or family members before the exam. Tell them you're nervous, and hopefully, they will provide you some reassuring words/boost your confidence.
5) More academic related things...practice does make perfect. And, just as Whitney mentioned, having a routine does help with the nerves, as you get used to tackling chemistry concepts in a structured manner.

Good luck, all!

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:40 pm
by Cienna Henry 1J
Something as simple as focusing on each breath slowly going in and out works wonders

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:31 pm
by Henry Dudley 1G
One tip I have is to not talk about the material and what you do and don't know right before the test. You're not going to learn anything in just five minutes but you can psych yourself out.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:21 pm
by GEOVANNAO_3F
Rehan Chinoy 1K wrote:Don't study ten minutes before the final because psychologically you're telling yourself that you don't know the material well enough. Be prepared and be confident in your preparation. Some deep breaths before you enter the exam room helps too.


I've always been someone who studies to the very end and reading that kind of made me realize that I subconsciously stress myself more for the exams. Even for test I know i'm prepared for I can't help but worry a little about them. However, I do have some ways that help me ease the stress and that is giving myself 1-2 hours of relaxation or doing something that helps me relax (ex.swimming) before I do some studying. That then helps ease and put me in the right mind space to do some studying.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:39 pm
by Julieta Serobyan4D
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.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:37 am
by SMIYAZAKI_1G
I used to be on Cross Country team back in my high school years, so I will tell you what I used to do back in my high school days. For me, the best way to calm myself down is to really think about all of the practice problems I have done and all of the preparations I have done. I tend to think, "If, I have done all of these works, I am sure I can do this just fine." Of course, I understand that this always does not work, so at times, I do what I enjoy a lot. I sing at times really loudly, I play video games to change the mood up a bit, it all depends on the person. Overall, there are many ways, but at the end of the day, worrying about a test at 1 AM will not help you. If you studied, I am confident that you can take any test and do really well on it. I totally understand that all of the pressures and stress really does come at the last minute, but I hope you know that you can always believe in your work and effort!

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 12:28 pm
by annikaying
Doing practice problems usually helps me for tests. I will also say that jitters before the first test are definitely worse than following tests as you have less of an idea of what to expect. I would just prepare as best as you can and use your experience with the first test to help you study for following exams.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:55 pm
by Robert Cross 1A
I've always been one to take walks as a part of my studying process. I find it can be helpful in relaxing me, especially when I've been studying for hours at a time. There have been plenty of studies which have revealed the mental and physical benefits of even just a twenty minute stroll. Walking increases blood-flow in the brain, boosts mood, and has been shown to help reduce anxiety. In my experience, walking calms me and allows me to better put everything in perspective. At times, especially around finals, I find that my work feels 'all-consuming', but a walk always helps me to reset and realize that, although exams are important, it often doesn't have as much importance as I often find myself thinking it does. There's more to life than the next test. At the end of the day, all you can do is your best, and walks allow me to reset a bit and get back to my studies more clear-headed than before.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:42 pm
by Maddie
I find a few things helpful when it comes to easing some test anxieties. Getting exercise in any form whether it be doing a quick set of jumping jacks or going on a run is usually really helpful in calming me down. I also like to rewrite my notes and make sure I understand everything very clearly as It gives me another opportunity to process the information.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:27 pm
by kevinolvera1j
Definitely make sure to get enough sleep the night before. Lack of sleep could lead to even more stress as you're too tired to perform at your best during the test leading to more test anxiety.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:06 pm
by TimVintsDis3C
Personally, I just think of the test on the grand scheme of things. If I know the topic, then I will pass. If I don't , then it is on me to study for the test more rather than worry.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:21 pm
by Leslie Magana 4C
I struggle a lot with anxiety before a test so I'll definitely be trying out some of these tips!

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:33 pm
by bellaha3L
Anxiety is something I struggle with too! I like to reread and practice problems during the week to make sure I am prepared for the test!

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:30 am
by Amanda 3H
Study, then realize that you've been preparing for this day all quarter, you've got this! Remember to breathe and take care of yourself.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:16 am
by Jose Robles 1D
Honestly the advice that an upperclassman gave me, doing a few problems a night(like 5-10, or build up to it), keeps me the loop during discussion and lecture. Simply start applying now so that the test seems less intimidating and you understand the lecture more when new material presents itself.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:43 am
by eduardomorales5
Make sure you study repeatedly over a long period of time. Don't cram the night before or that will contribute to your anxieties. Sleep and eat well, and take deep breathes to calm yourself down. Before the test, it is best not to think about it at all to avoid starting up any unnecessary anxiety. When studying, keep it calm without any music or distractions to help create the memory of calmness when taking the test in the future.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:35 am
by Drake Choi_1I
When studying, is there a schedule anyone here has for breaks? I cannot focus as long as I used to lol and can't figure how long I should study for, when to take breaks, and for how long. Does anyone have tips on how to manage time better while studying?

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:40 pm
by Tiffany Dong_4e
I think many people experience test anxiety and that's okay! I usually cope by doing something I enjoy before a test such as playing piano or reading a book. I'm still a first year though so my experience is also limited. I think the best strategy is to simply be prepared. If you feel ready, that should help calm your nerves.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:26 pm
by Anvi Brahmbhatt 4A
Definitely start studying a while before the exams, and do as many practice problems as you can! Working out problems really helps solidify concepts and makes you prepared. Do not try cramming the night before; it never helps.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:34 pm
by Kennya Ramos 1E
I usually take a bath, a nap, or listen to music. I don't overwhelm myself with studying because instead of learning or reviewing, all I'm doing is stressing myself. However, everyone is different and this may not work for you. Try it out though and see what happens.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:12 pm
by MBouwman_4A
I recommend not studying right before the test starts because it will make you more nervous and also psych you out on the material. I always tell myself that I’ve studied the material well and it helps me feel prepared.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:29 pm
by Keerthana Sivathasan 4G
I personally feel the same way, but I have found several ways to help lessen my anxiety before finals. I always make sure to take breaks in between topics so my mind won't feel so crammed with information, and I like to start studying a little bit in advance to spread out the work. I also make sure to not do cram review sessions the day of the test so I don't freak out and forget something. I usually take time that day before the test to socialize, exercise, eat, and just give myself some calmness.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:56 pm
by Lauren Stack 4B
As many of us do, I also struggle with stress/jitters before a large exam. Some of the strategies to cope with it that I have found useful are:
1. Take a break from the material and do something active. I personally like going to the gym or running. It helps me get my mind off of the problems at hand and channel my nervous energy into something productive.
2. Make a review card of just the main few concepts and takeaways from each section. Having a section of the class narrowed down to one notecard allows me to focus on the big concepts, rather than the minute details, which are far more numerous. I only review these few overarching concepts the day of the exam.
3. Listen to calming music while reviewing the material. I often find myself working myself up into a panic about the exam material but having a rhythm helps me remained focused on the material at hand, rather than the quantity of it.
4. Lastly, I always tell myself before I walk into an exam that I have been working hard all term, doing all of the work along the way. This makes me feel more confident in what I know and that I will be able to perform to the best of my ability, whatever that is.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:19 pm
by Lauren Tindall
I also struggle with nerves before a big exam, some of the things I do to prepare include:
1.Getting a good night's sleep before the day of!
2. Having a healthy breakfast
3. Read the material right before class so it is fresh in my mind (and obviously study lots beforehand).
4. Tell myself how I have worked hard all quarter, ect to get to this point and I will do great! Maintain your confidence.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:44 pm
by Alexis F 3L
Hi, I have problems with severe test anxiety. What I've found that helps me is taking a beta blocker known as propanolol. It's really good for physical anxiety symptoms. Like for me personally, I get really shaky and I have trouble concentrating to the point where I have to keep re-reading the question because I'm so freaked out that I can't even read the question. It's prescription only though, my doctor prescribed it to me (also I'm not a doctor yet, this is just my personal experience. ask your doctor first). It's made a world of a difference for me. I can actually focus on the exam now!

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:13 pm
by Kaylee Sepulveda 3C
Before the test, you definitely want to make sure you are in the right head space. If you know you have an exam coming up, make an effort to get sleep and eat a good breakfast. Give yourself adequate time to study in advance so you do not feel like you are cramming the night before. Some light review is fine, but you should be familiar with the content the night before the exam.

During the test, if you find yourself struggling, do not dwell on the concept you don't understand. Take a breath, move on, and revisit the idea later. Usually this helps me, because after working through all the problems you do understand, the one you weren't getting will usually click easier.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:51 pm
by Merin Padayatty 3G
One of the most helpful things I've learned over the past couple years on how to ease jitters before exams is to not discuss the content or try to cram in last minute material right before taking the test. Instead, I like to take deep breathes in order to calm myself down and get myself in the right headspace.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:54 pm
by JohannaPerezH3D
Usually to calm myself, I like to do something that is fun for me. Either that be I watch a show or go to the gym just to get a breather and forget about all the anxieties. Goodluck

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:58 pm
by Alan Cornejo 1a
I think the best way to relax and get rid of the nerves is to just close your eyes and breathe, just focus on good and positive memories and experiences will enhance your mood making you happier, the happier you are the more willing you are to focus and do something, it will also help clear your mind of any negative thoughts pertaining to your current situation and anxiety.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:48 am
by Adelpha Chan 1B
Something that helps me calm down is to make sure I am prepared well in advance. It helps to space out studying throughout the week, or even two weeks, before the test. This allows you to go at a slower and more comfortable pace without any, or at least reduced, time pressure.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:38 pm
by Angela Prince 3B
What works for me is to study the concepts that I struggle with, just look over the ones I know just to make sure I have them down, but not to psych myself out studying until the last minute. I tend to overstudy, and I've learned over the years that if I take the time just before a test to just relax and not look over the material, I do much better on my tests. When it comes to actually taking the test, just take your time and read the questions slowly and carefully which will allow you to process it better and help you figure out how to go about solving it. If you can't solve a question, just make your best guess, move on, and come back to it if you have time. Just relax, I know you will be fine!! :)

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:53 pm
by Mitchell Koss 4G
If you are nervous for any test/quiz/final, whatever it may be, just stay calm. If you pay attention in class, the problems are likely not much different. They may seem different or like you’ve seen them for the first time, but the professor gave you all the skills needed to solve the problem. Trust your gut and you can problem solve. You’ve got this!

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:49 am
by Chetas Holagunda 3H
I would recommend going over problems that have gave you some difficulty and try to understand why those steps are being done. This will let yourself know that you not only know how to solve it, but also why. I would also recommend taking some time off from the books and trying to do something else that you enjoy.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:41 pm
by 505106414
Getting a good night's sleep is huge! If you've been studying for hours, just go to bed!! Give your brain some time to process everything in the meantime.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:51 pm
by erica thompson 4I
Definitely get a lot of sleep! If you are staying up late studying, you are losing sleep and are most likely not really taking in all the information in the later hours anyways. Also remember to sit back and take a deep breath any time you're feeling overwhelmed.

Also, most importantly, put it all in perspective! I literally just failed Test 1 an hour ago and although it sucks, LIFE GOES ON.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:32 pm
by KBELTRAMI_4I
I have this issue and it happened today for a quiz. Honestly just think of it of an assessment of how much you know and try not to anticipate questions having the purpose of confusing you. If you know things, you have the opportunity to demonstrate it. I wish I would have thought of it this way.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:22 pm
by Amy Xiao 1H
I took Quiz 1 after running into the room 3 minutes late and I was panicking, but I calmed down and thought out my answers. I would say that the best thing to do is review everything that you need on the syllabus: pen, non-graphing calculator, etc. If something will be given, don't try to remember exactly what the formulas were. Don't try to remember unnecessary information is what I try to do.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:11 pm
by abby_hagen
The best thing to do is just prepare as much as you can, and remind yourself that you've done your best. Testing anxiety is the worst, so whenever I get too stressed about it, I just give myself a couple of seconds to stress, and then limit the amount of time I spend worrying over each problem, so that way I don't get bogged down by one.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:02 pm
by madeleine_dis1E
When I have testing anxiety I try to breathe and bask in the hours of studying and dedication I have put into that test then I try and think about how I will still be myself after the test.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:14 pm
by Jacob Villar 3K
I like to let out a big breath before taking the test to help clear my system of anxiety, and often times I'll chew gum because it helps me focus on the material rather than other small things going around in the room, which also saves time for more work on problems.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:14 pm
by Jaklin Astvatsatryan
Even though we're only required to submit 5 problems from the book as homework, I recommend doing a few more because the concepts we learn can be applied in different contexts and you want to be prepared for any type of question. Also to help with the anxiety, I chew gum while I take a test, idk why but it helps me focus.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:33 pm
by Aman Sankineni 3E
Getting a good night's sleep is important and helps me with anxiety before tests.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:55 pm
by LeAirraBullingor3k
What eases my anxiety is going through practice problems multiple times to ensure that I fully understand each step and concept. It also helps to take 10-minute study breaks in between to make sure you are not overwhelming yourself with tons of information from the quarter.
Finally, a good thing to remember is that test scores do not equal your value. We are all here to learn and grow as students!

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:35 pm
by RichBollini3C
Thank you all, this all really helped.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:23 pm
by Parsamokhtar
I usually meditate, and work out. and get a lot of sleep.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:30 pm
by Milisuryani Santoso 1L
Personally, I like to take a step back from everything and just breathe. On any test, just do your best and even though you don't get the results you wanted, it's not the end of the world and numbers don't define you. All you need to do is see what you can improve on and try again next time!

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:40 pm
by Areli C 3L
I try to prepare myself as much as possible, and try to get some sleep! Sleep is super important, or try to get little naps here and there so you don't feel like you're lacking.
(lord knows anxiety is a sleep killer).

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:49 pm
by Elizabeth Harty 3A
Its always helpful to get out of studying and do something else for a little like have a snack or go exercise!

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:39 pm
by Mitchell Koss 4G
Most effective studying is done over many weeks, not pulling an all night session

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:26 pm
by Sara Richmond 1D
I find it useful to take a nap before a midterm or final. especially when they are night midterms. To be honest after studying for weeks (like I do for chemistry exams), I can be really distracted and nervous before an exam. By taking a nap, I recharge my brain. But really you will need to find what works for you, remember at the end of the day it is just a grade and it is not reflective of your future success.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:19 pm
by Cassandra_1K
I'm late at responding to this, but I know for this midterm I told myself I knew all the material before going in. I was able to successfully complete a practice exam prior to the official exam. Do some easy problems and just boost that confidence. Controlling your breaths also helps control jitters.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:23 pm
by KatherineValdez_4B
Chem_Mod wrote:These are some great tips!

Some things I would add:

1) If you ever run into a question you have no idea how to tackle, think about the concept it's trying to test. Try to note anything that you remember about that concept. Usually that tells yourself that you do know something. It just may take some time for you to figure out what to do.
2) If you ever feel the jitters, take a break for a couple minutes and do something you absolutely love, like listening to your favorite song. If during the test, skip the question, and come back to it later. Whenever I take exams and I'm not sure what the answer is to a question, I put down my best guess, mark it, and move on.
3) Meditation is great. It helps calm the nerves and reminds the self that we are all human, and no matter what happens, we will still survive and live on. Although exams are important, if we look back 10-20 years later, I doubt we will remember these exams and the dread that came with them.
4) Call your friends or family members before the exam. Tell them you're nervous, and hopefully, they will provide you some reassuring words/boost your confidence.
5) More academic related things...practice does make perfect. And, just as Whitney mentioned, having a routine does help with the nerves, as you get used to tackling chemistry concepts in a structured manner.

Good luck, all!

thanks, I need to do this next time.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:28 pm
by pJimenez3F
I like to think of doing tests as doing hw in my room

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:54 pm
by Patricia Cardenas
I would say to just talk yourself through a process that calms you down step by step. Make sure you are prepared with your materials beforehand to alleviate stress.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:55 pm
by Patricia Cardenas
abby_hagen wrote:The best thing to do is just prepare as much as you can, and remind yourself that you've done your best. Testing anxiety is the worst, so whenever I get too stressed about it, I just give myself a couple of seconds to stress, and then limit the amount of time I spend worrying over each problem, so that way I don't get bogged down by one.


This was very helpful, thank you.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:21 pm
by Jose Robles 1D
I wish to study the midterm for the final, does anyone know if we get it back? Or do we need to meet with our tutor to see it temporarily?

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:25 pm
by Kendall 3H
I am sure Lavelle and our TA's will cover this in class next week; however, as far as I know, we will get our midterms back before the final and be able to study them without a tutor.

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:29 pm
by Liliana Aguas 3G
I always get really bad anxiety during test week to the point where I get sick and throw up or am constantly nauseous. Anyone have ideas for how to help while also being able to study?

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:33 pm
by Jessica Tejero 3L
Personally I like to meditate and go over breathing exercises to get myself focused on something else

Re: Final Jitters

Posted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:35 pm
by 505106414
Liliana Aguas 3G wrote:I always get really bad anxiety during test week to the point where I get sick and throw up or am constantly nauseous. Anyone have ideas for how to help while also being able to study?

You could try meditating and planning little study breaks to look forward to. Also, try to think about tests in the past that you have really stressed about and how little they affected any aspect of your life in the grand scheme of things.