So You’ve Had Your First Test…

The word around campus is that the first round of tests has begun.  Perhaps your stress level began to rise a bit when you turned the page of your planner and saw the word TEST staring back at you.  Or maybe you didn’t see it in your planner, but heard it from the mouth of your professor when she reminded you that your first test would take place when you next gathered.

How did it go?  If you’ve had your first test, now is the time to take stock of what you did well to prepare and what areas you might want to improve for next time.  Making appointments to meet with your professors or stopping by during their office hours could be a great way to gain additional ideas about how to improve for next time.

I hope your first test went well, but if it didn’t go as smoothly as you hoped, you still have time to prepare for your next test and now you are armed with experience, which goes a long way in the college exam world.  Do you know about resources available to you?  Academic Support Programs offers a world of opportunities from free tutoring to SI and beyond.  Here are a few links to resources the world of Academic Support Programs offers:

  • Awesome videos to guide you in time management, reading comprehension and study tools.
  • Sessions with an Academic Coach who will work with you one-on-one to reach your goals.
  • Valuable resources for improving your study skills.
  • A list of all the free tutoring resources with subjects, times, and locations.

Please take advantage of these great campus resources available to you.  And if you haven’t taken your first exam, please utilize these opportunities to prepare you the very best.

But here’s the truth of it, if you didn’t make the grade you wanted to on the first test, learn from it.  Take this opportunity to grow and prepare for the next one.  Also, take stock of the material and determine if this is something you want to continue studying during your time in college.  Above all, though it is easy to do, don’t let the results that others around you received affect the way you feel about yourself.  Be affirmed in the way you prepared if you received the results you wanted and learn from your experience and move forward if your results weren’t quite what you hoped.  Remember:

We want you to experience all the fullness and joy life has to offer and we are here to help you continue receiving the results you want and we’re also here when things don’t go the way you planned.

I hope you enjoy a weekend filled with thoughtful preparation for the week ahead and also lots of fun with your fellow Bears.  Sic ‘Em!

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