5 reasons why midterm exams drive me crazy.

This upcoming week is dedicated to midterm exams at my high school (I’m a senior), and to be honest I’m actually really dreading it. There’s so much studying that I have to get done in the next couple days and so much pressure to get the best grades possible that I don’t even know where to begin. So, I thought I would share with you all five reasons why midterm exams drive me crazy. 

1. Studying… studying… yup, still studying!

At my school midterms always seem to be after a long weekend. This year we have Monday and Tuesday off (Monday because it’s Civil Rights Day, Tuesday because it’s a teacher workshop day), which means that I get to spend four fabulous days studying and reviewing and trying to remember everything that I’ve learned since September. Many teachers use the long weekend as an excuse to not give us a lot of prep time beforehand, since we’re supposed to be able to study so much while we don’t have school. Don’t they realize that studying for 96 hours straight will make us lose our marbles? Or do they just not care? THAT, Shakespeare, is the actual question.

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2. Am I learning, or just memorizing?

I feel as though whenever I study for huge exams I’m really just trying to memorize as much as I possibly can before the bell rings and I have to spit it all back out onto the paper. I think this is a flaw with the education system in general, but it really comes into play for me during exam season. No matter how hard I try to really learn everything I can guarantee you that a portion of it is going to stroll right out of my brain as soon as the bell rings and the test is over. My problem with this is that if it’s just about memorization, then am I being graded on how good my memory is or how much I actually understand? Hopefully the latter, but the former is too often true.

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Benedict Cumberbatch gets me.

 

3. Well, there goes my grade.

My grades are really important to me. As much as I try to tell myself that we are all more than the numbers next to our names, grades really are important where college and university are concerned. At my school midterm exams are weighted so that you have to get at least the grade you have in the class on the test in order to maintain the same grade. For example, if I have a 95% overall in my government class prior to the exam, then I need to get a 95% on the exam itself just so my grade in the class stays the same. But I am a believer that education is (or should be, anyways) about more than numbers and percentages, and therefore it drives me crazy that these cumulative tests are so important.

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4. ALL THE STRESS.

If you’ve ever been a student ever, you know what I mean. Exams are terrible, stressful times- and the worst part? Even though all you want to do when you get home is eat ice cream and watch The Office on Netflix (my current obsession- Jim and Pam forever!!) you have to study all over again for the exams you have the next day. And there’s no clear end to the studying, either. There’s nothing telling you, “Congratulations! You’ve reached your studying quota for the night! Time to go to bed!” It’s a vicious cycle, and I’ll be lucky if I can even think straight by the time this week is done. disorientated

5. That one little factoid that you totally remember reading about but just can’t put your finger on the tiny detail that would help you answer the question on your exam.

Let’s face it- no matter how hard you study, there’s always going to be that one bit of information that slips your mind. It’s absolutely annoying, incredibly irritating, forever frustrating….. *insert endless alliteration here*. watson gif

I apologize that this post has basically been one giant rant, but I needed to get these frustrations off my chest in order to ward off impending insanity. In all seriousness, I do acknowledge the merit and importance that exams have- they allow us to keep standardized checks on education within a school, they prepare us for future exams, they reinforce valuable material, etc. Mostly, I’m just angry that instead of reading Withering Heights and catching up on Doctor Who I now have to spend four days burning the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus into my mind.

Anyways, how do you all feel about midterms or exams in general? How are college exams different from ones in high school? Have any stories about exams you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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19 thoughts on “5 reasons why midterm exams drive me crazy.

  1. I hate how we have so much emphasis on exams. It’s like, you’re not going to taking exams as your job, are you? I’d rather be taught to improve my social or teamwork skills, which frankly suck. (The ironic thing is, I’m actually good at exams. I’m not super clever, but I’m good at exams. It makes it awkward when I rant about them, though I know I’m lucky.)

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    1. I completely agree! My teachers always say that we need tests in order to succeed in the future, but what they really mean is that we need exams in order to succeed in college. But what’s the point of even having them in college if we don’t need them in the “real world”? You’re so lucky you’re good at exams! I’m a horrible test taker- I always overthink my answers, and then I end up getting it wrong because I second-guess myself. Ugh, exams are the worst!
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  2. Completely agree with every point you made. I just had my exams this week and I’m completely exhausted not to mention I had a breakdown several times. I wish you all the luck in the world and hope that you won’t have a breakdown like I did! ❤

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    1. Don’t worry, I’ve already had my fair share of breakdowns concerning these midterms… exams are the most stressful things! 😦 At least there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and everything is better once they’re over!
      As always, thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  3. THANK YOU FOR THIS!
    By pure coincidence (o.O) I also have midterm exams (translation mock exams a.k.a. Exam Week) this week. Gah. The only plus side you have, my dear, is that you have four days. I’m getting all this under my belt in two days…Imma die.
    With History especially I get what you’re saying about taking in everything and vomiting it back onto the paper. Although I love History (I’m soooo intrigued by it) it is one of those memory things instead of actually understanding things. Hopefully studying it at a higher level will do away with regurgitating it back onto the paper! (fingers crossed)

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    1. Only two days?!?! That’s horrible! I think I would just curl up and not get out of bed at that point haha.
      I feel the same way, memorizing things is the worst. Dates, names, places… they all get jumbled around in my brain after hours of studying! Although I do prefer studying for history to studying for math classes. There are so many formulas and methods and procedures to memorize and be able to use that I can’t keep them all straight. UGH, so frustrating!
      Best of luck on your exams!! 🙂

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  4. I completely agree with you! My exams are this week too, and I am really dreading them. Thankfully, a couple of my classes are doing projects instead of tests, which makes me feel a little less nervous because I know how well I’ll do based on the work I put in.

    Good Luck!
    Zoë Grace

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    1. I love when teachers projects instead of tests! It’s such a relief to not have to memorize another class worth of information. Best of luck on your exams! 🙂

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    1. The curved grades thing sounds terrible! I want to go into law school someday as well, so I guess I’ll have that to look forward too, haha. Anyways, thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  5. This perfectly sums up everything about exams! I am lucky {or not so lucky?} to have trimester final periods; less memorizing to do, but it may add up to more studying in the end. I go crazy making study guides and flashcards; it’s my favorite form of studying, but having all of the material in one places gives me a boost of confidence going into the test too. Best of luck on your exams – I’m sure you’ll do great! 🙂

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    1. Oh my gosh, I’m totally with you on making study guides! I remember things best when I rewrite them multiple times, so I always make a million copies of all my notes. It’s definitely not the most efficient way to study, but whatever works, right? Thanks! 🙂

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