The week before the annual Lehigh-Lafayette football game is by far the craziest of the year. With so much going on around campus, it’s easy to lose focus on schoolwork and unfortunately there always happens to be an exam that falls on this week. For me, it is Fluid Mechanics which is scheduled for Tuesday, tomorrow. I was planning to study just tonight, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to finish my structures homework early enough. I’ll admit that I wasn’t productive at all over the weekend; on Saturday I traveled to Hershey, PA for the national running club cross country meet (there were schools like Illinois, Minnesota, and Oregon there plus we stopped at Chocolate World afterwards!) though I didn’t race, and I relaxed and watched football all Sunday.
So now I am backed up with work to get done in the midst of the most involved time of the year. Luckily I am not worried about my Fluids exam, I have a recitation later today that will clarify all the material. Not skipping class ever also helps save a lot of studying since you are constantly becoming familiar with the concepts and don’t have to learn anything new right before the exam. I find that for most engineering exams, the difference between doing well and not is a stupid mistake or two. Usually everyone has a firm grasp on how to solve each problem, its just about limiting your mistakes. I think that’s true for almost everything when you get up to a certain level; the sports team or chess player or investor that makes the least errors will come out on top nearly every time. The trick for exams is to be confident with your knowledge and not allow any second-guessing.