Good topic, I need a place to vent. I took a Civ Pro final today and I don't even know how to describe the experience. I am not a nervous person, and I usually handle pressure well. I left the test feeling like I had just been jumped. It wasn't that I didn't know the material (I had done lots of hypos and had a good outline). This was my first law school final. Here was what killed me for anyone else who is looking for some exam advice.
1. If this teacher gives time advice for questions, follow it. I must have taken a wrong turn or not ended my analysis at the right spot at a few points because I ended up typing entirely too much for some questions, and then strapping myself for others.
2. If you freak out during the test, I don't think stopping helps. I recommend skipping the question and coming back. Stopping just makes you think about how screwing up will screw up your grade.
3. Keep your outlines short and to the point. Time was my biggest enemy, so the last thing I had time to do was to page through an outline.
Anyone else who had their first exam today, did you make any of the same mistakes that I did?
It sucks because although it is only my first exam, and I don't know what kind of grade I will get, it really crushed my desire to get great grades. Now instead of thinking about what jobs I may get, I am thinking about what kind of jobs I will have to take (I know it is stupid to think about this after the first test).