You already know the material so you study just a little bit before your exam. After all it’s pointless since you already learned most of it in high school. You aren’t worried in the slightest.
Enter the exam.
You nervously look over at the clock as you try and pace yourself. You begin to feel pangs of regret. The time wasted burns in the back of your mind, distracting you. It adds to your anxiety. Your throat closes up, as you desperately force yourself to remember any relevant information.
Time is up.
You have no choice. You reluctantly turn it in. Within a couple of days, the results come out.
It is far worse than you feared.
You completely bombed your exam.
You shudder. Reality sets in, having smacked you straight across your overconfidence. This is college. It is far different from high school. They were right. Everyone was right “I should have taken it more seriously.” You begin to imagine switching majors, dropping out, and giving up. What’s the point? There’s no way you can possible bring your grade up.
You’re just not cut out for college, you’re not smart. You want to fade into nothingness. Gather up your dignity and retreat into your hole of shame.
Well stop feeling this way. No one is going to help you if you don’t help yourself.
Here are some tips on how to remedy this situation:
1. Right off the bat you should gain an understanding of every question you got wrong. Most classes are cumulative, meaning that the information builds. If you don’t understand the basics, you definitely won’t be able to keep up when things get more complex.
2. Try changing your study methods. Perhaps your method was suited for high school, but not for college. It is recommended that you study at least two hours per lecture, and review the material every day. Doing so will ensure that you know the material long term.
3. Don’t lose hope. Remember those times you flunked in high school without batting an eye? Well these early exams can easily be made up for as well.
4. It’s smarter to study alone, however study groups and tutoring are excellent forms of review and reinforcement.
5. The most important motivational factor is not only the fact that your future is at stake, but also the fact that either you yourself or your family is paying a hefty fee for you attend Rutgers. Why would you choose to party and bum around when you could be taking advantage of all the resources available? It’s rather pathetic to give up such a bright future for the pursuit of temporary fun.