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22 October 2006 @ 01:51 am
This is the sound of my hair being torn out...  
I have spent the last SEVEN hours studying for my history midterm on Halloween. I have learned NOTHING. I have tried listening to little songs repeatedly, drawing amendments, making up little stories and jokes to remember things, staring at maps, re-transcribing things to help them soak in and I am no closer than I was before.

This is the sound of my hair being torn out.

This is the sound of my books bouncing off the walls after being heartily flung.

This is the sound of me failing 20th Century History and taking it 2-3 more times.
 
 
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: "The President Song" from the Animaniacs
 
 
 
Violet Tigress: Berry sweetviolet_tigress1 on October 22nd, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
I bet you remembber more than you think you do. It usually works that way. If you study reeeeaaally hard & think you've retained nothing, you probanly have but just don't reallize it. Some odd facts will start coming to you when you take the test.
Fritters: Head smashie by rainecloudfritters on October 22nd, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
I hope you're right. I wish I KNEW I knew, though, because then I wouldn't feel the need to do this to myself every day for the next week.
Violet Tigress: rubyslippersviolet_tigress1 on October 22nd, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
I know how frustrating that is. There have been manyy times I felt like I was juust minndlessly reading gibberish, but miraculously remembered things..

What period of American history are you studying?
Fritters: Cat Goes Pbtht by iconfetishfritters on October 22nd, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
The midterm is MAINLY on 1880-1945 or so. But there's also a LOT of presidential memorization and fiddly details on the amendments and the constitution....
thudpucker: Farscape coffee - by Erniemaythudpucker on October 22nd, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)


"I bet you remembber more than you think you do. It usually works that way. If you study reeeeaaally hard & think you've retained nothing, you probanly have but just don't reallize it."

I've been telling here that, but I think she's going to need to actually take the midterm to discover that fact. Which, of course, means that she's going to be bouncing off walls until she does.

*goes off to pad walls*


"Some odd facts will start coming to you when you take the test."

That always happened to me. Unfortunately, the odd facts that came to me generally involved a different teacher, different subject, different semester; sometimes, I think, a different space-time continuum. "Question number thirteen was a multiple choice concerning, I believe, the Battle of Hastings. I find myself curious why you thought the answer would be 'the square root of seven'."


Austin Buelt: Firefly Evil Laugh (Itdead)mearn4d10 on October 22nd, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
Well, with your hair torn out it ought to be easy to place the Neuro-Implant Jack for rapid download...
Fritters: Jay Nodding by Frittersfritters on October 22nd, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
If it would give me the rest of my week free, I'd go shave a spot for it right now...
Austin Bueltmearn4d10 on October 22nd, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
If it'd get me a JOB, the clippers'd be in my hand now...
Fritters: TT SF Giggle by shamanic_nurikofritters on October 22nd, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
you could be a haircutter!
Austin Bueltmearn4d10 on October 22nd, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
These days, it requires damn near a DEGREE. Albiet one you can get in six months to a year...
thudpucker: Farscape coffee - by Erniemaythudpucker on October 22nd, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)


"These days, it requires damn near a DEGREE."

BTA. Bachelor of Tonsorial Arts.


Nikki Fayre: Anita Giving Good Advicenfayre on October 23rd, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
Take a break. If you over study, you start forgetting things and second guessing yourself.

Get thudpucker to quiz you on things. Maybe that'll help?

Why do you want to take 20th Century History in the first place? Medieval History is much more fun. They had swords! And nobody bathed! And there were plagues!

Good luck!
Fritters: Ed Happy BIG by Frittersfritters on October 23rd, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
I actually figured out part of the problem. I kept trying to do everything at once. Now I've broken it into bits... listen to this

Garfield
Cleveland
Harrison
Cleveland
McKinley
Mckinley
Roosevelt
Taft
Wilson
Wilson
Harding
Coolidge
Hoover

That's the presidents from 18something to 1930-something. I'll work on the somethings later. For now that's like HUGE for me....
Nikki Fayre: Animal - Smart Kittynfayre on October 25th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
YES! Bits are good. Focus on one topic/chapter/whatever for an hour or so. Take a break, switch subjects, switch gears for a bit. Don't try to do everything at once. You've got lots of time to prep for the test.

Good luck!
Robyn Goodfellow: booktowerrobyngoodfellow on October 24th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
You're retaining more than you know.
And half the time the things you think are going to be important, aren't.
Fritters: I Got Nothin' by secondversefritters on October 24th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
I realized what my problem was actually. I was trying to absorb it ALL. Now I'm only trying to bother myself with bits, and if I finish those bits, I can try more. I've already got all the presidents from James Garfield to Harry Truman memorized...