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Where should I study for my boards?

I have always been picky about where I study. I might be making this way more complicated than it has to be, but... help me decide where I should study for my boards (USMLE Step 1)! [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Aug 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Let's Take Some Tests!

This FPP on the Putnam math tests made me wonder: what other outside-of-school exams or tests are out there that have some kind of competitive element? And how many of them are open to the public? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Double expresso please

How have significant others helped you while you were under exam pressure ? [more inside]
posted by oink on Sep 29, 2013 - 12 answers

How to commiserate with a fellow student who scored far below the group?

I have just finished exams, and I did quite well. As per my study group's practice, we all emailed each other our results. We all scored between 80 & 90 percent - except one member who scored in the mid sixties. I want to answer his email, but I'm not sure what to say. I was surprised how low he scored, he's pretty smart and was an excellent contributor to the group. What are some words I can use?
posted by Mario Speedwagon on Jul 7, 2013 - 16 answers

minimise syntax errors in secondary school maths exams using Mathematica

In high school maths exams students when use Mathematica to solve problems, a syntax error that costs a lot of time to find can lose a student a lot of marks. What strategies can teachers use to reduce the risk or cost of syntax errors to students sitting high-stakes exams? [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Jun 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me end my careless/avoidable mistakes on exams

After a few semesters of college, I am consistently disappointed each time I receive an exam or quiz back. I constantly find myself making mistakes which I consider careless or avoidable; I know this is a widespread sentiment among students everywhere. What's your advice? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Mar 7, 2013 - 19 answers

What's that coming over the hill, is it a-FINALS!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

Your tips and tricks for overcoming procrastination and revising for essay based exams please! [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Feb 12, 2013 - 4 answers

We are currently experiencing technical writing difficulties.

I seem to have completely forgotten how to write and edit scientific papers. Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by Gneisskate on Feb 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Is it a bad idea to start taking SSRIs right before finals?

Will the immediate, short-term side effects from Zoloft and Klonopin have a serious impact on my ability to study and perform on tests? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 - 13 answers

How to rebound from mediocre grades?

How to rebound from two almost failed midterms? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Nov 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Short Answer Questions for Dummies

Do you totally nail short-answer questions on exams? If so, give me your blow-by-blow method. Inspired by this question. [more inside]
posted by KLF on Jun 23, 2011 - 13 answers

Chemistry 101

Starting Inorganic and General Chemistry at Uni with no prior knowledge! How do i catch up with the rest come exam time? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on May 29, 2011 - 3 answers

Structuring your time before exams

I'd like some diverse ideas on how to "design" a study plan for final examinations. What works for you? What are your theories on the best way to study? (*example scenario inside) [more inside]
posted by KLF on May 23, 2011 - 6 answers

He loves round-bottoms..!

My boyfriend might be failing out of graduate school. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2011 - 14 answers

strict or lenient teaching and testing

Is it better to be strict or lenient in a university teaching/testing situation? [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Oct 26, 2010 - 42 answers

thinking about learning

I am interested in people's exam preparation strategies (especially if you study psychology like me). It has suddenly occurred to me that I'm not very metacognitive about my learning. How do I intuit what are the most important concepts (likely to be on an exam, in short-answer format)? How do you pick up on hints from the lecturers? [more inside]
posted by KLF on Oct 24, 2010 - 9 answers

Advanced and Applied Deep Breathing Taking

What are some quick techniques to mitigate my own (mainly physical) stress response? [more inside]
posted by rumposinc on Aug 2, 2010 - 7 answers

Motivation and expectations.

How do I motivate myself when studying for my college exams, when all I can think about is not disappointing people? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I not go crazy under exam pressure?

I've had to miss two weeks of university lectures due to health reasons and now have a lot of catching up to do before my exams. How do I not go crazy? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn on May 9, 2010 - 5 answers

The laptop just ate my exam.

"Mandatory laptop" in college. How do deal with exams? [more inside]
posted by bluefrog on Mar 14, 2010 - 27 answers

Learning general chemistry in 2-3 weeks.

Help me pass general chemistry the quick-and-dirty way. [more inside]
posted by Ouisch on Dec 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Ladder operators refer to some sort of blue-collared workers, right?

Help me pass a subject I hate. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Nov 19, 2009 - 9 answers

I can remember how to do this question...after I remember how to breathe.

Help me stop freaking out during my exams. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Nov 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Failed to get a PhD, now what?

I just failed my PhD quals for the second time and they're going to kick me out of the program. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2009 - 27 answers

Help me encourage a great future doctor not to lose faith in herself.

I'm out of fresh encouraging perspectives, and the stakes are higher than ever. Please help me figure out how to best be a supportive friend in the 11th hour of my pal's struggles with studying for the med school boards. [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird on Apr 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!

How can I change my habits? I'm a graduate student, and I am taking my PhD qualifying examinations within the next year. I am down to the wire and I need to change my habits, and they are very, very bad. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 - 15 answers

How do I physically write faster?

How do I physically write faster? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Feb 18, 2008 - 21 answers

Comps

I have comprehensive exams in 230 days. Any studying advice? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on Feb 3, 2008 - 11 answers

How to write law school exam answers?

How do I adjust my writing style to fit law school exams? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Feb 2, 2008 - 22 answers

Who will assess me?

Looking to take some AS-levels as an external candidate in the UK. Help! [more inside]
posted by greytape on Dec 12, 2006 - 2 answers

Where can I find literate Francophones to converse with?

I have an exam coming up (in a matter of hours, in fact) in French. I'm in highschool and plan on continuing French well into university. Where can I find literate and well-spoken French-speakers that I can talk to? Failing that, where can I find interactive resources/web-quizzes to test my knowledge of French grammar?
posted by PuGZ on Oct 26, 2005 - 9 answers

Eye test drunkenness

Would it skew the results of an eye exam to show up drunk?
posted by mr_crash_davis on Oct 22, 2005 - 17 answers

Mid-term exam filter - help!

Returning college student ISO mid-term exam study help. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty on Oct 15, 2005 - 9 answers

Take-home tests: Why?

What's the point of a take-home exam? [more inside]
posted by scratch on Sep 29, 2005 - 40 answers

CLEP exam advice?

I'm going to college...about 10 years late. My employer will pay for school, but not for another 6 months, and I want to get started now. My school will accept up to 45 credits through the CLEP exams. Anyone take them? Any advice on studying or strategies for taking them? Helpful books?
posted by horsemuth on Mar 18, 2005 - 8 answers

Civil Service Exams

Civil service exams. Anyone ever taken them? What did you do to prepare? This is in Illinois, if it makes a difference.
posted by sugarfish on Jan 12, 2005 - 5 answers

Need Study Pointers and Moral Support for New York Bar Exam

I'm studying for the New York bar exam (law), using BarBri, and I was wondering if there's anyone out there who's passed the bar and can give me any pointers on scrambling to learn all this material? I feel like a candle burning at both ends and I need some moral support. Thanks!
posted by adrober on Jun 23, 2004 - 9 answers

Memorization tips and tricks?

Exam time. 2 weeks until some massive exams, which mostly consist of memorising and regurgitating code snippets and proofs for maths theorems out. Any tips/hints for last minute revision to round off longer term memorisation?
posted by Mossy on May 26, 2004 - 9 answers

Help me sleep before an exam

Law school final exams are here! The key is analysis and clarity rather than rote memorization, so rest and concentration are ideal. But I'm a complete insomniac. What's the best way to ensure 8 hours of sleep before a 9 AM exam? Chemical solutions (over the counter), while not preferred, are OK unless there is a chance that they will interfere with mental ability the next morning.
posted by PrinceValium on Dec 10, 2003 - 26 answers

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