By Tán | September 29, 2010
It has been almost a month since school has started and classes go by pretty fast. I like all my teachers and classes are very comfortable, and by comfortable I mean small and personable. You’re known by name (mostly) and you can get help right in class.
However, after a plethora of hours of studying and homework and quizzes, the first exam came: biology. I really thought I was going to do good on it when I left the room feeling relieved but that did not come to fruition. I got a 53% on my first exam and it kind of dampers your feelings when you know you tried your hardest. I’m not going to mull over my grade but I know I have to manage my time a whole lot better as well picking better study habits. You can’t go into class with information you crammed into your head 5 minutes before. Studying the night before does not help either, you have to keep working at it up until the day of your exam. You have to study daily and actually do work, maybe go above and beyond and do the practice problems in your textbooks and head to the tutoring center (which I highly recommend). Again, it all comes down to time management: when people tell you that this is the most important aspect of your college career, listen to them because they are right.
Instead of moping over your grade, you can accept it and move on, with the ambition that you will try even harder than you ever have before. Stressing over one grade can really mess with your head and cause you to do even worse in the future. Get extra help, see a tutor, work with a friend, whatever you need to do to step your game up. This made me realize early in college that I myself need to do all the above as well. Don’t be discouraged as we all learn from our mistakes and failing an exam is one.