Why Do I Do This???

United States
July 5, 2012 4:47pm CST
Okay, so I'm sure I'm not the only one who blanks on certain things as soon as I start taking a test - it's nerves and panic! That's understandable to me... But wha drives me crazy (about myself) is I OFTEN put a wrong answer, when I know that it's not right AND I do know what the right answer is!!! I just did it on my first math test (and I don't think I can be sacrificing easy points). The correct answer is Communative Property, I put Addition Inverse, and realized what I did after I turned in my test and left the classroom. And I did it during my Accounting class last summer semester, in fact I remember doing it at least 3 times (once on 1 quiz/test and twice on another)! Does anyone else have this crazy quirk!?!?!
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@BabyCheetah (1913)
• Australia
5 Jul 12
Yeah not with tests though. But I've thought of saying or answering one thing and then a completely other thing comes out of my mouth! Then I think why the hell did I say that? It's really stupid and I have no idea why I do it either! :o
• United States
6 Jul 12
Oh I do that ALL the time! Just this morning I said something that was...well, not appropriate for saying on here! haha I also sometimes texts things wrong....I'm thinking about one thing, trying to text another, and they get mixed together.
• Australia
6 Jul 12
I know it's so silly isn't it? Sometimes our brains just do the stupedest things HAHA! :)
• United States
6 Jul 12
Oh gosh, you have no idea! My brain is very weird. My sister told me once that if I ever told anyone that wasn't close to me about the dreams I have, they would think I went to sleep on acid....haha! I'm not sure what my brain is thinking, but it is def. active!
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
5 Jul 12
I think I have done that, but it was because it was multiple choice and it was a tie between two answers and it wasn't until I submitted it, that I realize which one it was and of course I choose the wrong one.. I hope you still get a good grade, you are brave taking these summers classes..
• United States
6 Jul 12
I hope I get a good grade too, I really need to pass this class because I can't take the math class that is actually required for my degree until I pass this one. Would hate to have to retake this one, and take the required one a semester late. I blanked on a lot of these problems...
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• United States
6 Jul 12
I hear you, the class I had to withdraw from is one of three I have to take..:( And yes, I probably look this way too-- if not this way--
• United States
5 Jul 12
Well, if you mean put the wrong answer, turn the test in, walk away, and then realize that you put the wrong answer... yup. I've done it before. Sometimes the test anxiety just gets to your head and you blank out on certain questions. I've never put down the wrong answer knowing it was the wrong answer, but I have guessed at an answer just to get the question over with (and highly suspected it was the wrong answer!). If there's no time limit to the test, then I usually try to breath and think. Maybe I can grasp at whatever is eluding me.
• United States
6 Jul 12
No, when I put the wrong answer I'm not just guessing and then later realize I was wrong. For one problem when I got my quiz back and read it (it was a true or false quiz) I thought "why in the world did I circle false when I know without having to check my notes that it is true." another question, on that same quiz, I distinctly remember looking up the question in the book (open book quiz), finding the right answer...but again, apparently I circled the wrong answer!! For this math test today I remember being slightly confused by the question, knowing that it was either addition inverse or communative property. And I remember saying, oh okay, it's communative property. But I didn't write that in right away and moved on through the test. Then I answered that question last, but I wrote in addition inverse (after thinking about it for another minute). So, after deciding what the right answer was, I wrote the wrong one in!!! I get very frustrated with myself...
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• United States
6 Jul 12
Ah, I can see how that would be frustrating! Sometimes we just make mistakes, but I don't think it's any good to beat yourself up about it. You can try to double or triple check all your answers next time and hopefully it won't happen again. But if it does, you know it's just human error. The test anxiety can really get to you.
@ECH107 (108)
• Austria
5 Jul 12
It is all mental. Maybe take some practice tests and visualize yourself in the place of being about to take a test. It is normal to get nervous in the situation. Honestly, from personal experience, I grew out of feeling fear and tension over many situations and am more of a Type B person now. I think if you are prepared and positive, you will do well. Say this to yourself. Realize that there is nothing to feel nervous about.
• United States
6 Jul 12
I actually felt pretty confident before the test. I had studied the night before and the morning of. I had people quiz me and I was getting all the answers right....but as soon as that test gets passed out...I blank!
• United States
6 Jul 12
Awww, that's quite an anxiety attack. Could it be you're studying too much or too hard? I read in one of your responses where you were practicing in the morning before the test too. It almost seems like you didn't have enough time to just relax before the test. Some people meditate or do yoga before these exams because they make the same mistakes like you do because they're actually burned out. I remember freezing up when I was in school but that was a long, long time ago, lol! I hope you do well and get through your class with flying colors.
@lady1993 (19748)
• Philippines
6 Jul 12
yeah, i experienced that a lot.. Like i think too much in answering a problem and the right solution just doesn't come.. and it comes after an hour or so.. and it was so easy.. I just forget things or go blank sometimes, i guess i panic too.
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
5 Jul 12
Sounds like panic to me. I have had my shares of such experiences and it really is annoying. Best thing to avoid this is to review your answer before submitting them in, that's if you still have enough time for that.