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Originally posted by Frankidealist35
I appreciate your first suggestion, with not doubting yourself. I often doubted for the first college class I took the legitimacy of my good grades on tests because I felt like they were too easy. I can see that this isn’t a good mindset to have.
I don’t think people should cram. Don’t you think it would be better to be constantly preparing for the exams during the duration of the class? As long as you know what to study—would this work—if I just studied the material that I am given in class every day—in preparation for the exam so I don’t forget stuff?
If it's any consolation, it's pretty typical. I'm something of a career student (graduated from undergrad in 1995, did a couple years of graduate school, then out in the real world for a while, then back to undergrad to study something different last year). I always doubt myself, and whether or not I'm deserving of good grades.
But you're right – it's not a productive mindset. I'm getting much better at trusting that I deserve what I get.
Exactly, that's what I was trying to say. The more comfortable you are with the material throughout the term, the less you will panic at exam time. Keep in mind that professors do not design exams to try to trick you or find the one piece of information you've forgotten. They design exams to get an overall sense of how well the class has learned the material, and how well you have learned the material. A lot of students take the view that it's the professor against them – it's really not.
It's good to hear that you were able to use strategy on your most recent exam. It will get easier with time