exam mistakes

Remember how Ron Weasley sat with Harry on the Hogwarts Express his first day of Hogwarts not only because it was the only place, but because he saw that Harry was sitting alone? 

Remember that time when Ron Weasley wrote home to his mother that Harry wasn’t expecting any Christmas presents so that she could send him something?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley told Neville Longbottom that he was worth 12 of Malfoy?

Remember when “Ron was the only one who stood by him”? 

Remember when 12 year old Ron Weasley sacrificed himself to a chess game so that Harry could move ahead to stop Snape (Quirrell) from getting the Philosopher’s Stone?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley fiercely defended Hermione when Malfoy called her a mudblood?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley was terrified of spiders but went following them into the forest anyways for his friend?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley turned up at Harry’s house in the middle of the night to rescue him because he was worried that Harry wasn’t answering his letters?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley stayed at Hogwarts over Christmas because he didn’t want his best friend to be lonely?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley completely took over the studying for Buckbeak’s trial?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley stood on a broken leg in front of his best friend and told the man they thought was a mass murderer that if he wanted to kill Harry he would have to kill him as well?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley was personally insulted and guilty about the fact that he had been keeping the man who had betrayed his best friend’s parents as a pet?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley told Harry that they were coming to get him whether or not his aunt and uncle liked it?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley was the thing that Harry would miss most, even after he had fought with him just earlier that year?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley gave up time he could have been studying for his exams to help Harry prepare for the third task?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley used his powers as a prefect to defend Harry to the students who thought that Harry was lying about You-Know-Who?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley kept standing by his best friend all year even though it labelled him as a liar as well?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley fully supported the idea of Harry teaching them Defence Against the Dark Arts and stood up for him to Zacharias Smith who was being extremely rude to Harry?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley was absolutely furious about what Umbridge was doing to Harry in his detentions?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley removed the junk from on top of the knitting that Hermione put out to free the house elves because he knew it would be insulting and rude for them to pick it up without realizing it?

Rember that time when Ron Weasley supported Harry’s decision to talk to Sirius telling Hermione that Harry could “make his own decisions”?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley immediately agreed to go and save Sirius from the ministry?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley stood by Harry even after hearing about the prophecy which said that his best friend would either be killed by Voldemort or kill Voldemort?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley helped Harry find out what horcruxes were and get the memory from Slughorn? 

Remember that time when Ron Weasley told Hermione to lay off on Harry about the Potions book and cursing Malfoy, because obviously Harry never wanted to hurt anybody?

Remember when Ron Weasley supported his best friend even though he was dating his little sister?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley stayed and defended Hogwarts when Death Eaters broke into the castle, even though he could have stayed safe by staying away?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley agreed to leave school to help his best friend destroy the horcruxes and told him that they would be there whatever happened?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley risked his life by taking the form of Harry to help him get safely away from Privet Drive?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley was a source of comfort to Hermione when she was upset about the fact that her parents didn’t remember who she was?

Remember that time when Ron was the source of all of the important information on the ministry when Harry, Ron, and Hermione needed to break in to get the horcrux?

Remember how Ron kept wearing the horcrux even though it was affecting him in a way much stronger than it did Harry and Hermione? Remember how he did that without complaint, accepting that it was all of their jobs to wear it?

Remember how Ron Weasley regretted leaving the moment he did?

Remember how he came back and saved Harry’s life?

Remember how Ron Weasley knew there was no excuse for him, but came back anyways, not expecting his friends to forgive him, but because he had promised he would be there?

Remember how Ron became the driving force of the trio after he came back, keeping them moving and on track, trying to make up for his mistake, still not expecting to be forgiven or even feeling like he deserved it?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley flat out refused to hand over Harry to Xeno Lovegood in exchange for Luna?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley screamed for him to be tortured instead of Hermione at Malfoy Manor? Remember how he ran around screaming her name and sobbing, wishing it was him instead of her?

Remember when Ron Weasley discovered a way to destroy the cup and made sure to get it destroyed?

Remember that time when Ron Weasley defended the House Elves saying that they couldn’t order them all to die for them?

Remember how Ron Weasley screamed out in defiance against Voldemort after they believed Harry to be dead? Remember how he continued to fight even though he knew what would happen if they lost?

Remember when Ron was the very best friend that someone could ever even ask for and how he was so loyal, kind, brave, and just an all around great guy?

Remember how Ron Weasley was a teenage boy who made mistakes but always acknowledged them and apologized, and never tried to make it seem like he didn’t do anything wrong? Remember how when he messed up he always worked hard to make his relationships stronger afterwards?

Ron Weasley is a great friend. Anyone who disagrees can fight me.

exam mistakes and advice (from experience)

Reassuring things I wish someone would’ve told me a couple of years ago! hope this helps someone!! ♡

  • Revising the morning before the exam is fine but pick beforehand what you are going to read through (first the big map concepts, then those details or mnemonics you keep forgeting). Don’t freak out and make it a chill short study session.
  • DO NOT take sleep pills you aren’t used to take the nights before.
  • Only eat safe foods you are used to the days before.
  • Practice on past exams on the same hour the real exam is.
  • In the 2 weeks leading up to the exam wake and go to sleep so you feel energized at the hour the exam is going to be (wake ~3 hours before the hour of the test and sleep 8/9 hours each day). I know it’s hard but it’s necessary to not get foggy and lazy.
  • ALWAYS have a back up wake up alarm if the exam is in the morning.
  • Check traffic if you’re going by car/bus/train. Try to walk to the place if possible.
  • Bring the safest clothes you can think of that are appropriate to weather and comfortable, both physically and mentally.
  • Don’t bring those super tight jeans or that itchy sweater.
  • Bring dark chocolate. Eat a bite right before and after. It’s not too sweet and gives a good boost.
  • That thing about getting there early… it works. It will calm you down talking to the teachers, having everything ready and getting to your spot slowly. 15-30 minutes is fine.
  • If your exam is long don’t drink too much water the night and the morning before. Pee right before the exam (even if you have to ask) and only take small sips of water during the test. You should hydrate the week before.
  • If you still have to, and if it’s actually distracting you from the test, then just ask to go to the bathroom, I know it’s the worst thing and you’ll probably waste 5 minutes but it’s better than spending the next 2 hours and a half in pure agony.
  • Yes you will be very nervous, you won’t be different from everyone else, but it’s ok, the best students get nervous, don’t let it stop you when it comes to answering the questions.
  • During the test don’t look at other people or at the window.
  • Correct your posture when you remember so you don’t get back pain.
  • If you are given extra time, ALWAYS use it. Don’t leave early: revise.
  • Check if you are allowed to eat gum.
  • Bring the extra required material like rulers and compass.
  • Don’t cheat or break the safety rules, it’s not worth getting caught.
  • If it doesn’t help you talking to other people after the exam about the exam, don’t start conversation and leave, no one will be offended.
  • Everyone will always ask ‘how was it?’ 'Was it easy?’ 'Did you do well?’ and obviously you will never know what to answer. Saying 'I don’t know’ won’t create any expectations. Don’t explain any further if you get stressed about it. 
Signs making dire exam mistakes

Checks through the paper thrice but only realises they’ve left a whole page blank at the last minute: Taurus, Pisces, Libra

Skipping difficult questions for later and forgetting them later on: Cancer, Sagittarius, Aries

Revised everything but the exam tested things that they thought weren’t gonna be tested: Scorpio, Gemini, Aquarius

Screwed up their time management and spent too much time on the front part of the paper: Leo, Virgo, Capricorn

Why does the snake mascot of Slytherin house mean Slytherins are sly and murderous
have you actually met a snake
my friend’s python is literally what you’d get if you took a fat spaghetti noodle, made it come to life, and gave it social anxiety
snakes are fat spaghetti noodles with social anxiety that flop on warm things, hide in themselves when threatened, lick things they’re not supposed to lick because curiosity, and accidentally get sucked into couches
THATs the dangerous clever and deadly mascot of Slytherin house

mawaddahar said to collegerefs: how to get straight As in exams. im craving to get it! help me.

1. Start the semester strong by developing good notetaking methods

A big mistake some people make is by being too relaxed at the beginning of the semester. They’ll take it easy, take some mediocre notes, then start to panic when the midterm comes around. You need to find a good notetaking method ASAP and follow it consistently. Taking good notes is essential to good studying habits. 

2. Study frequently

I say this all the time, but studying every day or every week is so much more effective than waiting until the day before the exam to start studying. Study often and you won’t have to cram at the end of the semester. It doesn’t have to be long, intense study sessions; just study for 20 minutes every day and you’ll start to memorize and retain so much more information than if you’d just waited until the night before the final.

3. Create practice tests

Sites like quizlet can help you develop your own practice tests for classes. Practice tests are a great studying tool because they will help you identify the material with which you’re having issues, so you know what you really need to study and what you already know pretty well. 

4. Attend study sessions

If you’re lucky enough to have a professor or TA who holds a study session, go to it. They know what’s on the exam and they’ll definitely give hints about what you will need to know. This is also a great opportunity to ask questions about material you don’t understand. 

5. Engage during class

I learn so much more when I’m actively talking to my professor and answering questions. Just sitting in class while mindlessly copying down notes won’t help you retain nearly as much as actually participating will. 

6. Pretend to teach someone else the material

This is a great studying method because if you can effectively teach someone else something, then you know the material very well. One way that I do this is by summarizing my notes into a concise paragraph that would be able to teach someone the gist of the lesson. 

7. Use all the time you are given for an exam

Don’t be the kid who leaves 20 minutes early during an exam. Double check your test. Triple check your test. Make sure you read each question carefully and you didn’t miss any “ands” or “buts.” Give yourself time to try to remember terms that you think you’ve forgotten. Test anxiety is a very real thing and if you take the full time to check over your exam, you’ll catch mistakes you made when you were frantically trying to complete the test.


Something I’ve learned about University is that it is a place full of choices, and often times, I make the wrong ones. 

Right now is one of those times. And in the interest of being a completely honest studyblr, I’m going to share this major fuck up with you today. 

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So you want to be a teacher/professor

Here’s some hot tipz from my 4 years of teaching statistics, research methods, social psychology, psychology lab, and stress/health at the undergraduate level, at three different institutions, for undergrads, grads, and continuing ed students:

  • -Slow down. Don’t speak so fast. 
  • Do not speak continuously. Be comfortable with silence. 
  • Let your eyes drift across the room, and touch briefly on every face. See how people are reacting to you. Are they bored? Alert? Do they have headphones in? 
  • At the same time, do not place too much significance on how student’s faces look. Most will be sleepy-bored looking some or most of the time. This does not mean they are not listening. 
  • Smiles and nods are good and usually a good sign, but do not assume that the student who is the most emotive is the one who grasps the content best.
  • When asking a question, be prepared to wait. Cast slow glances about the room. Remember, your students didn’t know they were about to be asked something. Give them long enough to think and hem and haw that it feels slightly uncomfortable. 
  • You will feel uncomfortable. Pace, sway, fidget, sip water. It’s okay. Smile. Shrug. Don’t rush through material just because you are nervous. 
  • If you ask for opinions or examples or anything were there is no one “right” answer, model contemplation by saying “I wonder what some other examples of X are…” or “Hm…what are some real life examples of this.”
  • You always need more examples than you realize.
  • Videos. Lots of tiny illustrative Youtube videos. Funny ones. Fun ones. They’d don’t have to be perfect. Just find a way to break up the lecture, rest your voice, and show another perspective.
  • Even if you hated group work as a student, I guarantee you learned an immense lot from it, and that it gave you an open space to explore your ideas and test your own comprehension of a topic. Use it now, and watch your students blossom, help one another, and grow.
  • Provide alternate modes of participation that do not involve speaking in front of the class. Writing on a white board, small group work, group competitions, online forums, and reflection papers are all good options.
  • Give feedback and grades back quickly. Let your students comb through their exams. You will make mistakes. Be generous in giving back points.
  • If everyone gets a question wrong, it was either material you taught poorly or a poorly written question. Give everyone the point. 
  • Do not be so devoted to student approval that you compromise your teaching, your integrity, or their learning. 
  • Remember being a student.
  • Remember that the average student is not as “good” a student as you were, if you’re in this line of work.
  • Handouts. Markers. Big sheets of paper. Other physical materials. Yes it’s a pain to get. Get it. It helps.
  • Breaks. Or activities that get people moving. Never lecture for more than 30 min straight. 
  • Make participation or attendance part of the grade. It will help most in the long run. But, don’t be overly punitive. Respect illness, car crashes, shift scheduling problems, etc. 
  • Do not use another teacher’s lecture material. Write your own. Decide for yourself what is important, what’s interesting, what ought to be taught. 
  • Use an old textbook if you use one at all. Let your students buy used. Give out supplemental readings online.
  • Listen. Say “that’s interesting”. Be actually interested. Expand on student’s comments. Ask them “can you unpack that?” or “Can you explain?” or “Do you have an example?” say “Huh!”. Think. Thank them for sharing. Almost no comment is useless or negative. Almost all are well intentioned.
  • Respect and authority are best if freely recognized. Do not be insecure in your demands for recognition. You are valid. Your students are too. You are not fully in charge, and neither are they. This is an extemporaneous speech, an improvisation, a big square dance. Go with it, find the rhythm, feel the sway of the crowd, move, let everyone take shape.
signs making dire exam mistakes
  • checks through the paper thrice but only realizes they left a whole page blank at the last minute: Taurus, Pisces, Libra
  • skipping difficult questions for later and forgetting them later on: Cancer Sagittarius, Aries
  • revised everything but the exam tested things that they thought weren't gonna be tested: Scorpio, Gemini, Aquarius
  • screwed up their time management and spent too much time on the front part of the paper: Leo, Virgo, Capricorn

Felicity Smoak, MIT class of ‘09.