The 8 Stages of Writing a Final Exam

Remember that one elective you have that you definitely haven’t been keeping up with? That exam is gonna be an interesting one…

Pre-Exam Anxiety: the panic of “I definitely didn’t study enough for this!”

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Shock: initial paralysis at hearing the bad news

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Denial: trying to avoid the inevitable

 

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Anger: frustrated outpouring of bottled-up emotion

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Bargaining: seeking in vain a way out – ie. calculating the highest possible grade you can get

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Depression: final realization of the inevitable

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Testing: seeking realistic solutions – ie. the sudden urge to pray

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Acceptance: finally finding the way forward – ie. promising yourself that you’ll study more next semester when you may or may not have to retake the class

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Adopted from the Modified Kubler-Ross Model of the 7 Stages of Grief: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/grief/understanding-the-stages-of-grief/

 

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