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Tue, May. 6th, 2008, 10:03 pm
whenshebelieves:

Hi everyone.
I am pretty down in the dumps about school lately. I hope you all don't mind if I vent for a minute or two.
I have always been a pretty decent writer, my speeds did not take long to attain until I started getting very anxious and nervous during testing. I completely freeze when my teacher is dictating tests to us now. I syke myself out the whole time, then get behind and lose it. I have no idea what brought this on except pressure I place on myself when I see other students who started after me passing me in speeds. (& of course people asking me WHEN ARE YOU GRADUATING?) My 2 year mark was up in the beginning of April and ever since then [and a little before] I am in a rut. Our teachers preach 4 hour nightly practice, but never once have I done that.
I am currently at 180 LIT, 200 JURY, and 200 Q&A with one test to go before I am in 225.

I guess I am just looking for any success stories you all have, or any words of advice and wisdom on what I can do to break through this mess and possibly see graduating in my future ;(

Thu, Jul. 3rd, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Hang on

I know what you are going through at this moment. I have had some of those moments myself. As far as the nerves, you should take in a long deep breath right before your test is dictated to you and slowly release while typing. In addition to that,
(and it may sound corny) but put a peppermint under your tongue; it completely takes the focus off of the fact that you need to pass to a higher speed. As far as your graduation date, and that annoying question of when? Just let them sit in front of the machine one time and see how diffcult it can be. They will shut up. I promise. ;0)