Last night I had my first test....
...and I don't think it could have gone better.
If you have been a reader for awhile now you know that I get terrible test anxiety. I am NOT a good test taker. I have to study very hard to do well on tests. I can really know the information and for some reason I just kind of... bomb the test. I tend to get distracted by noises around me, distracted by other students finishing first and almost always debate b/w multiple choice answers.
This was absolutely the case in undergraduate school and high school, and even though I ended up with great grade point averages I had to work very hard to do so. In fact, my first semester of my freshman year of college I did so bad (mostly due to
partying adjusting to living on my own) that I was on academic probation in my sorority. Luckily, I think it was the slap in the face that I really needed. At the time I was devastated and embarrassed but looking back now I know I needed it.
The past few days I have been squeezing in studying whenever I could. I didn't see Nick from Saturday night until after my test last night and I'm pretty sure he was getting nervous that I was tired of him! (Which I'm not by the way!)
The test was in Educational Psychology, which so far has been extremely interesting to me and I love the prof! She's also my advisor and I'm loving her more and more each time class meets. Now, I love psychology but I do not love comparing and contrasting theorists. I don't know why but it just bores me to tears. We spent about an hour of classtime on Piaget and Vygotsky and I was so worried an essay question was going to be on them. I'm sure I could have bull-sh****d my way through it and answered the question correctly considering the time I spent comparing the two, but I was very glad to see that questions on them were all multiple choice and T/F. Whew!
I hope I'm not jinxing myself here, but I honestly think that test was pretty easy. I don't know if it's because I'm older and taking studying more seriously or what, but I'm very grateful! I can't wait to find out what I actually got on it, hopefully it's an A! It's 10% of my final grade in the class and I need a minimum of a C to qualify for my teaching degree by Iowa standards.
Are you a good test taker or do you have to study really hard to make a good grade? What are your favorite ways to prepare for a test?