Thursday, March 15, 2012


         True or false easy, multiple choice a piece of cake, matching cool, and then I notice there’s an essay part at the end of the test that throws me a curve ball. Have this ever happened to you?  If not, aren’t you lucky. Anyhow, back to my story. I was feeling great about the test, until the essay part. When did my professor sneak in this part? I became tense and lost my focus. For reason, I couldn’t put my answer to the essay question into words. I knew what the topic was, but I couldn’t find the right words to define it. All I could do was give examples. My mind went blank. This had never happened to me before. I don’t know if it was the fact the essay question was unexpected, but I froze. I was extremely disappointed in myself. I am usually at essays.
            Even though I was disappointed in myself and thought I didn’t do a good job on the essay question, the next class I got my test back and there it was; A big, fat “A”.  I got an “A”?  Really?  Well, it turns out that I gave so many examples that the definition ending up being in one of them. I got all the points for my essay. I did great on the rest of the test. I was happy. I’m still happy. 


  1. I have run into this situation multiple times too! I think to myself Oh I don't know this stuff and I'll just guess and write down many answers it could possibly be and when the test comes back it ends up being correct. An "A" is an "A" so I'd be happy too if I wasn't expecting it.

  2. I hate essay questions too, they are the worst. Teachers always seem to sneak them in at the end, so if you're pretty confident about your grade you lose all confidence when you run into the essay section. This also applies to something I learned in a previous class. The tips I learned were effective ways to study; information should not be memorized, but should be relative. This means find ways to relate the information you learn to information you already know.