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Updated on Tuesday, February 25

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QUESTION: Is there anyone else here that didn't go to midterms? I feel really defeated right now. For two of my midterms I studied for at least a week beforehand but as soon as it's the day before or the day of I just completely break down. Any time I look at an equation or a problem my mind stops working and I can't even process what to do, no matter how many similar problems I do beforehand. Something about midterms and exams makes my brain just shut down. For two of my classes I felt so stupid and self-conscious that I just didn't go to the midterm and now I feel even fucking stupider because I'm going to fail. I can't get out of my own head. I need help.

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  1. If you have this bad of a stress response to test-taking, you should be going to the student accessibility office. it' quite possible that they can work with you to help you reduce the stress you feel during tests.

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    1. This is the best course of action. Do this.

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  2. You're not stupid dude! You're just not allowing your brain to feel comfortable with the novel circumstances of a midterm. Talk to your profs or to an advisor or go to the accessibility office like 1 said. Also don't forget that overstudying can sometimes be just as detrimental as understudying.

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  3. Just as reassurance: I have this problem and I'm now doing my PhD for engineering. In the moment, failing a test/class feels like the end of the world, but honestly, it isn't. Show your talents in other ways (projects, jobs, etc) and get some help to bring down the test anxiety, and you'll be just fine.

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  4. Definitely talk to your prof, talk to accessibility services, see a counsellor, etc. Do whatever you need to do to make sure you can actually take midterms/exams. Tons of people use accessibility services for test-related issues, you're not the only one who gets anxiety about this stuff. I know because I'm a TA.

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  5. https://uwaterloo.ca/health-services/
    https://uwaterloo.ca/counselling-services/

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  6. The Student Success Office in the upstairs of SCH would also be helpful - they have Success Coaches there that help students with things like this all the time.

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  7. Listen to everyone here and get assistance; you're definitely not alone in this, and there are people who can support you.

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  8. Thank you to everyone who posted for the advice, I really appreciate it.

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