FUCK YOUR EXAMS! Flip the fucking desks, throw away your pencils and pens, rip apart the fascicles of meaningless tests and endless prompts and piles upon piles of blue books! Fail them all! Scream at your teachers! Columbia doesn’t fucking want you! Your school doesn’t want you! Your advisor and friends and partner all don’t want you! Ruin it all, let it all flow down the drain, nothing matters anymore - you don’t matter -
20/01/17 || How is it the 20th of January already? Is this year gonna go by as fast as 2016 has gone by? It seems like since my 18th birthday (which was nearly three years ago? Like what?) the time is going by so fast 😱. Anyway aside from my thoughts on the time, my exam is in exactly a week time and I’m kind of freaking out. I still have time to do everything and I’m on top of my schedule so I should be able to do everything on time but what if I don’t? It seems like today’s topic is time lol.
Okay, so it's exam season at university and I'm really struggling to revise and to remember anything! Do you have any tips on how to remember things or on how to create a mind palace or something? I'm having a crisis!
First: calm down. You might apparently not remember things now, but when you read a question and see specific words and phrases, you’ll remember. You don’t need to come up with everything from zero. The exam itself will bring back memories. There are many different strategies of how to remember things and it is possible to built a mind palace, but all these methods require time and practice. Since your exams are already happening, you should rather spend your time reviewing and studying than trying to create a desperate mind palace.
Why don’t you try calmly creating one for you after all the exams end? I already replied to a question about the mind palace basics. I’m currently working on a page for the topic, but it is not ready yet. All I can do is to give you some reviewing hints. Things that will make your mind organize itself and calm you down.
Take an agenda and write all the main topics you’ll need to know.
Check with a green pen/pencil/ all the main topics that you already know or have a good knowledge about.
Check with a red pencil the main topics you absolutely don’t know about, that you barely studied, that you’re afraid of.
Check the rest with yellow.
Now, to start and calm your brain down, take the green topics and review them. By checking the exercises you solved, by reading your notes, by searching Youtube online classes, essays online, it could be anything. Choose the method you like the most, just make sure to use a trustful source.
It will be fast. Be objective. It is a review. Once you’re done with the green ones, move to the yellow ones. Do the same. You’ll see you know more than you think. Many times just a quick read is enough to bring back the memory of a whole chapter.
If you studied normally, the amount of green topics plus the amount of yellow topics will be over 75% of the content of a well balanced exam. Give them priority. It is easier to miss something you know than to get right something you don’t know, so protect and review the topics you know something about.
Once you review those, move to the red topics. Do the same. Search for videos, brief texts, examples of how to solve related exercises…
The fundamental points you need to know are: Definition, how it works, where do I apply and explanation. In Math, the “how it works” and “where do I apply” will be stronger while in other subjects, the attributes change.
These were some review hints. I hope they’ll be of good use. Remember to sleep well, eat well and have a bit of fun. Don’t accumulate stress and make sure to sleep for about 8 hours the night before the exam. Our brain transfers our short memory information to our medium and long memory brain areas as we sleep, so make sure to sleep well to make sure you learn what you studied.
I apologize for possible typos and/or wrong choice of words. I’m very sleepy at the moment.
If you do well in those exams, make sure to tell me so we can celebrate.
Look at you guys being all successful, doing your exams, doing your tests. We’re so proud of you. Congratulations to everybody here that has braved through life, made it ‘til the end of the year and has just finished a bunch of tests or exams. You deserve to have a tea, have a rest, watch your favourite thing and just enjoy sinking into a fandom of some kind.
1. If you’re procrastinating because you’re feeling stuck (eg, if you don’t really understand a school assignment, or you don’t know what’s expected, or you don’t know where to start) then pluck up the courage to ask for some help. When you know what you’re doing, it’s easier to work.
2. Remind yourself that most decisions aren’t major. If you get it wrong, you can start over again … or change your direction … or have another try.
3. If the task seems overwhelming, just take a baby step. That, at least, will get you moving – so the next step’s easier.
4. Tell yourself that you can suffer for up to twenty minutes – and then you’ll return to doing things you want to do. You’ll be surprised to discover that “suffering’s” not that bad.
5. Decide to do the task as soon as you get up – as the more you put it off, the worse it’s going to seem!
6. Don’t pretend that other work counts just as much as what you’re leaving. Simply acting like you’re busy won’t make it go away. Be honest with yourself … and do what’s most important first.
Sorry for not posting anything for a while, I was down with a flu 😷 but anyways today’s the start of my exam week, wish me luck. Just doing a quick revision before heading to to school 🌞All the best to those taking their CTs this week!!! Push on !!! Positivity brings about positive things ~