Browsing articles in "Test Anxiety"
Sep
23
2013

MCAT Nightmares, But Why?

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What is a MCAT and what does it stand for? The MCAT, Medical College Admissions Test, is a standardized test that college students take for medical school. That sounds hard! But in fact it isn’t! Many students have different beliefs about the exam. Some believe that it is the key to the doors into your medical school and others believe that it is just any regular exam you take in college. To find out what [...]

Aug
21
2012

My Last Day at Riverside: Not Merely a Means to an End

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    I sit here on my last day at UCR and thus, I am compelled to write.   How do I begin to write about an opportunity so life-changing and so dynamic? Or more so, how do I start? I met so many great people here and I have met my life-long friends at UCR. I met friends who supported me throughout my college experience and I met friends who saw me as their [...]

Aug
7
2012

University Experience: 100 Things That I Have Learned

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Here represents a list of the various things that I have learned from my experience at a 4-year college. Some are funny, some are absolutely nerdy, and some are downright serious.   1) Utilize the breaks in between the quarter to get ahead of your studies for next quarter. 2) Stay away from energy drinks. 3) If possible, ask for the syllabus before the course has even started 4) Do not engage in alcohol or [...]

Aug
7
2012

StressBenders Update: My Graduation

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It has been some time since I last wrote an article. However, I assure you that I used my time wisely and engaged in activities that resulted in a significant amount of personal growth. Perhaps it was not that I had run out of things to say, because to be completely honest, I didn’t. It was rather, I had too much to say and I did not know how to begin. But thankfully, I have [...]

Jan
8
2012

10 Tips to Be a Total Bad-Ass Academic

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        Even under stressful situations, 007 always maintains his cool.           1 ) Relieve your stress and bend it before it bends you. 2 ) Take advantage of your time wisely. 3 ) Improve focus by not taking on too many tasks at once. Man has got to know his limitations. 4 ) Get adequate sleep when you must, but also forgo stress when necessary. Let me be contradicting: [...]

Oct
11
2011

Do not fear Failure. Have a Stress-less Examination: Update #1

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It is the time for midterms and other examinations. Even though you study efficiently, you still feel overwhelmed. What can you do? Don’t be stressed. The midterms are a celebration of learning. Once you are able to let go of the fear of failure and the pressure from a numerical score of your performance, then you can truly excel in learning the material and taking in the beauty of knowledge. You only live once. Will [...]

Sep
27
2011

MCAT Scores are Up. Is My Hope up?

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MCAT scores are up. I cannot do anything right now! The anxiety is killer, and my mind is a thriller. I am trying my best to forget it, but why? Well, I fear that if I did not do well, then I would be greatly disappointed. But why? I put so much time and effort into this. That is why. I need to bend my stress, but right now I am having so much difficulty! [...]

Sep
20
2011

How I Plan to Succeed this Quarter and Bend My Stress

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Already, it is going to be the start of a new quarter. The long summer is dying and coming to an end. Boy, was it a hot summer. But as the old saying goes, as something comes to an end, another begins. And for me, it is the beginning of a new quarter. My quarter starts this Thursday, the 22nd. As always, my mind wonders what the new quarter will be like. Will I have [...]

Sep
19
2011

13 Ways to Bend Your Stress: Shaping Your Pre-_________ Mentality

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  “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”  -David Brinkley, American Newscaster (July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003)   For me, even thinking about pharmacy school can get really stressful at times. I am sure that whether it is pharmacy school, medical school, or any other from of graduate school, you are all stressed out too. Friends, bend your stress by taking these [...]

Sep
18
2011

Luck? Can I Really Depend on Luck for an Exam?

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  Clint Eastwood as Detective Harry Callahan. “Do you feel lucky?” (Modified from original quote. Original quote below) It is the night before your big exam. You are stressed beyond words because you have so many concerns. “Do I know this?” “I wish I had more time.” But there is nothing you can do. So what can you do but stress, right? Wrong. The truth is, although you might not want to think about it [...]