delusional wrote:Heartford wrote:delusional wrote:I'm still deathly afraid that someone will answer something I didn't know. Or worse, I'll get called on for something and not know it.
Why? Seriously. Why would this make you "deathly" afraid? It wouldn't matter at all if either situation happened.
The truth is I was being intentionally over the top. But I really do think that it's been pretty hard to start with - I read/briefed about six hours between yesterday and today and I am annoyed because I thought it would get me further than tomorrow's classes. And to make it worse, I don't think it's possible to have an idea what the professor wants us to know from the reading. Sometimes I read something super carefully and make copious notes, and he'll just skip right over it, other times I'll skim something and he'll care only about the tiniest details of that. So after all that work - and even after class, it's not like I even feel like I necessarily know what I'm supposed to.
You don't need to know what you're supposed to do ahead of time- the key to the exam is to focus upon what the professor focuses upon in class. So who cares if you weren't prepared to discuss the obscure paragraph before the case? As long as you absorb the importance of what the professor is saying, and note that you should review it before you take the exam, you're fine.
Stop worrying about what you should learn before class. Class is supposed to be for learning, not a showcase for people who already know everything. Learn stuff, apply it to the exam, get high grades.