It’s the night before an important event: a big exam, a major presentation, your wedding. How do you calm your nerves in preparation for the big day?
It was the night before my Routing exam. I had put the book away and I was trying to relax my nerves. I didn’t even want to think about it. I was stressing out about the time limit. 51 questions in an hour and a half seemed like a lot of time. However, that depended on how many CLI labs and how much subnetting there was involved in the test. CLI labs take time sometimes depending on how much code you have to write. Subnetting involved math. I’m okay at math, bad at remembering the exact formulas under pressure.
Anyway, the night before I relaxed in front of the TV with my family. I only watched Bones though because as much as I was trying to keep my mind off of the Routing final, that was all I could think about. My nerves got the best of me I’m afraid to admit. I dreamed about failing that test all night.
When the next morning came I took my son to school and came home and sat down in front of the computer. I tried to clear my mind of all doubt and just do it. However, I had studied too much in the days leading up and my brain was a jumbled mess of information. The test was as difficult as I had anticipated and the clock was ticking. I would have to read each question twice in some situations and try to filter the information out amongst all the things floating about in my brain. I think there were 3 or 4 CLI labs which usually take me 10 minutes each to type up depending on what I have to do. I knocked them out in good time, but that was time I couldn’t get back. There were a few subnetting questions. I used up all of my hour and a half. In reality I could have used 15 more minutes. I don’t do well when I am being timed. I had such a headache when it was done.
As you know I got a 61%. I think that is the worst I have ever done on a test. Definitely the worst I have ever done on a final. Especially a final that is worth almost 10% of my grade.
I don’t do well under stress. The nerves get the best of me and my brain seizes up like an engine with no oil. This time was no different. The second that test was over and done I remembered some of the answers that I was struggling to find lol. Typical.