Well, its exam time. Hurray!
I actually liked my exam periods quite a bit last year, but right now I'm completely petrified. I'm not used to the idea of failing classes (I've never failed a school/university class, and rarely has it been close), but for the first time I'm feeling like I'll probably fail one.
The class is a Modern Physics class (so, part of it is Special Relativity, the other part of it is (old) Quantum Theory), which I took as an elective (I'm an idiot like that... ). Now, I got 55% on the special relativity midterm (which was just under the class average of 60%, so not too bad), but let's just say that the 25% (again a 50-60%-ish average and a "very wide distribution of grade" (I have a pretty nasty feeling that I'm the tip of the tail on that one...)) I got on the Quantum midterm, err, destroyed my confidence? Ya, that might be a good way to put it... Now, its not all lost (I did pretty good on the assignments and my prof is known for "bumping" students above failing grades), however that doesn't change the fact that I'm stressing out...
I actually dreamed about it this morning, which isn't common (I rarely remember my dreams). In my dream, I was visiting my German family (who knew I was related to Germans?) who happened to all be big fans of early 20th century physics (some of them where literally cosplaying...). And while I try to study there, I realize I'm going to miss my exam because the trip to Montreal (ya, I know...) was overlapping with it, which caused a panic attack and a rather sudden awakening.
Also, a two-headed cousin of mine was playing WoW (my dreams are totally not random...).
If it was just the fact that I was stressed, I'd be o.k. with it, however its keeping me from being able to study effectively (because studying makes me even more stressful). I'm already terribly ineffective when I try to study, which means that the stress is compounding my problem. So I'm just wondering how people here cope with prepping for a stressful exam. That, and I'm a bit curious to see if I'm the only one that was ever that paranoid about an exam