I’ve just gotten home from writing my Organizational Behaviour midterm and I’m exhausted. Never before has an exam taken so much out of me. I had three hours to complete the exam and I thought that I would need the full three hours but after two hours, I was done.
I was nervous leading up to this exam. Jenn ensured me that I would do fine on the exam but I wasn’t so sure. I couldn’t study during the days before because I was preoccupied with stuff so everything that I was reading wasn’t sticking. I had to read over everything that I’ve read over and over again. I would spend hours on one chapter and have nothing memorized. It was frustrating that I couldn’t remember anything.
I’ve always had a hard time studying for exams because I need to be in the right environment. I can’t study at home because there are too many distractions. I can’t study at a library because it’s too quiet. I need something with a little bit of background noise but not loud enough to be a distraction. The best place for me was my desk at work. The fan was on so there was enough noise but it was that long. Security would make their way around every now and then so it keeps me alert. I managed to get a few chapters studied at work but not enough to make me feel confident that I would do well on the exam.
On the day of the exam, I was still studying. I left work early in hopes of getting in that last bit. Even minutes before the exam started I was studying. One of my classmates told me to give it up but I told him that the fresher the information is in my head, the better my chances are. I believed it to be true and it was.
As I started the exam, I skipped a few questions because I was trying to answer the question that I knew the answers to. That way, I can worry about the other questions later. Within the first few minutes, I had already gone through the whole exam and answered all of the questions that I knew to be correct. After that, I simply went back and attempted to answer the remaining questions. Multiple choice questions are fairly easy if you have an idea which answer could potentially be correct. After that, it’s a matter of elimination.
The short answer and essay question couldn’t be answer through the process of elimination and it was the cause of most of my worries. I didn’t know how to answer some of them but I think that I managed to do pretty well in it. Before answering those questions, I made sure to have the multiple choice questions completed. My strategy was to use the multiple choice question as a reference for the short answer questions. After flipping back and forth a few times, I managed to find a few multiple choice questions that could help me with the short answer questions.
I was give eight short answer questions but I only had to answer six of them. Luckily, I found the answers to five of them on the previous pages. The last one questions I had to answer by memory. I didn’t answer it fully but I’m hoping to get half of the allot marks for it. At least, that’s better than nothing.
The last section of the exam required me to write an essay. As I think about it now, I don’t think I wrote the answer in essay format. I recall writing down two paragraphs when an essay should have an introductory paragraph, a body and a conclusion. I hope that I wrote enough to cover the major parts of the questions.
I’m relieved that I’m all done with this exam but I still have another one to go, my networking exam. I don’t think I’ll have to worry about a final exam because I have to submit a term paper for the final. I won’t find out the results of the exam for at least a couple of weeks so I’ll be praying that I did well. I forgot how much this exam is worth towards the final mark but I hope that I pass with a decent mark.