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#1 Posted by ItBeStefYo (1007 posts) -

I feel like I have no hope in passing my higher Physics exam, so I've given up on it. Its a pretty saddenning situation but I know I have to face reality.

Anyone else ever done this?

#2 Posted by ThePhantomnaut (6201 posts) -

Hell naw.

#3 Posted by JasonR86 (9742 posts) -
@ItBeStefYo:

Maybe in high school but not in college.
#4 Posted by GunstarRed (5548 posts) -

I never went to my geography exam when I was at school.
#5 Posted by ItBeStefYo (1007 posts) -
@JasonR86: Yeah this is a high school situation. I just hate separating my brain into so many subjects and having two exams on one day doesnt help
#6 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

Study more.

#7 Posted by PenguinDust (12668 posts) -

Absolutely.  I've even just randomly penciled in those little bubbles because not even guessing would offer better results.  Blind chance was just as likely to produce the same test score. 

#8 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6655 posts) -

Just put down random answers if you have to, but NEVER EVER just give up. It makes you more stupid than you already are for not knowing the answers.

#9 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19399 posts) -

I feel like abandoning all hope for my final physics exam as optics are kicking my ass, but I won't. I've never failed a final exam and I'm not about to at the end of secondary school.

#10 Posted by JasonR86 (9742 posts) -
@ItBeStefYo:

I know it kind of sucks and is a lot to handle.  But, it is analogous to what you'll have to do when you work or go to college.  I may have given up on an exam on high school but it was because I didn't have the motivation to care.  Looking back, I was being pretty irresponsible.  I should have looked at it as I look at my college work and exams.  Trying to look at your school exams and work as a job.  Approach it with the same care and dedication you would approach your career.  I've found that by looking at school that way I'm more motivated to do what is necessary to succeed.
#11 Posted by Surkov (990 posts) -
@ItBeStefYo: What kind of physics course is it? I'm taking Electrical & Magnetism (Calculus Based), and I've been hating it all semester. 

To answer the thread topic, I feel like quitting almost every Calc 3 test I take. Somehow always manage a 'C', but nothing better. 
#12 Edited by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

Only on one. Calculus teacher at my college was an absolute asshole. He gave us a study guide for the test saying that if we could do all the problems in the guide we would be adequately prepared for the test. The test was on entirely different subjects that we hadn't even covered yet. I quickly dropped that class.

#13 Posted by CookieMonster (2460 posts) -

Well thats dumb.

#14 Posted by Dedodido (235 posts) -
@ItBeStefYo: Is there a particular area you're finding troublesome? I'm in my fourth year studying physics at university, got my final exam on tuesday, perhaps I can be of some help.
#15 Posted by Aus_azn (2224 posts) -

Better to get a 20 than a 0...

#16 Posted by Izbaadin_Islamabad (71 posts) -

I skipped an exam once to go buy Half-Life when some store got it early.
#17 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

I did like last Thursday. I just can't handle that type of math.

#18 Posted by Danteveli (1217 posts) -

I have never given up on exam. I may come unprepared or not caring about result but I won' let the win by default.

#19 Posted by Beforet (2942 posts) -

No.

#20 Posted by Freezer_Burn (207 posts) -

Nope. Even when I thought there was no hope, I went, tried, and pulled it off somehow.

#21 Posted by Jaserno (242 posts) -

I personally haven't, but a friend of mine last year almost broke down over a GIS and satellite remote sensing exam and eventually walked out. Luckily for him, he passed the module without it.

#22 Posted by FCKSNAP (2299 posts) -

I forgot to take my supplies to an Algebra Finals test in highschool once. I turned in a blank piece of paper with no writing at all (no name etc.). Teacher gave me a B.

#23 Posted by ItBeStefYo (1007 posts) -
@Surkov: @Dedodido:  The topics in my course are, Radiation and matter, Electricity and Electronics, and Mechanics and properties of matter.
There arent really particular areas, I just lack the capacity to remember every detail of how things work like, Capacitators block d.c signals and not a.c signals  and just trip up on things that were designed to be tripped up on
#24 Posted by CSXLoser (582 posts) -

i had to get a 93 on the exam to pass my chemistry class with an A....or get at least 65 to pass with a B


Guess what route i took :)  
#25 Posted by crusader8463 (14433 posts) -

Grade 9 French exam. We had to be able to hold a two paragraph conversation with the teacher and I couldn't even remember the first line. Fuck god dam I hate French so much. If it wasn't forced on us for all of those years I wouldn't have cared, but it was and I do.

#26 Edited by Elbon (368 posts) -

Once during a exam that i knew I need only one question to pass, I nearly stood up and left half way through my 3rd out of 4 question because I knew I passed and was bored

#27 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

I pretty much gave up on the SAT cause I felt like shit during it, I just took the ACT instead.

#28 Posted by ma_rc_01 (366 posts) -

There was this one problem in my third year college math exam that I had absolutely no idea what to do, so I drew a Christmas tree.

#29 Posted by PerryVandell (2110 posts) -

No, it's better to try and fail at something than to not try at all.

#30 Posted by zombie2011 (5105 posts) -

Yeah mid way through my Thermo 2 final i realized i was fucked and just left.

#31 Posted by ckeats (489 posts) -

I went into my high school chemistry exam with a 50% average and knew there was no hope. I did the multiple choice and walked out.

Final marks came out, my average was a 25%.
Never looked back at chemistry.
#32 Posted by Mikemcn (7065 posts) -

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.


I just gave you an answer to something on that exam, see, your not helpless!
#33 Posted by adz117 (136 posts) -

My University recently decided to put my two exams 1 day apart from each other, with only two days revision time. So I picked one to revise for and totally failed the other. 

#34 Posted by Claude (16255 posts) -

I gave up on college 20 years ago. That shit just wasn't for me.

#35 Posted by Monte (229 posts) -
@ItBeStefYo: If you're giving up on a high school physics exam, good luck when you get to college
#36 Posted by James_ex_machina (899 posts) -



Yes. About 15 years ago I was sick of my job working on a printing press and thought about going in the air force to get free education for a new career.
I talked to a recruiter and started my path to enlisting. During the whole experience I learned that I'm NOT the type of person that would like being in the military.
I appreciate those men and women who join and protect us but it's not for me. Anyway. I took the ASVAB test and my recruiter told me that I was one of the 7 out of 53 that scored really high. Then I was told I had to stay another day to take an officers test or advanced test(forgot the name of the test...). I ended up stuck at the local military base for the weekend because you had to bus up with the group. Meanwhile a blizzard had hit central PA and we couldn't leave anyway. While waiting to take the second test and to go home I realized I hated the whole experience. Half way through the advanced test I sort of said f' this and marked ACDC on the test card throughout. I got reamed out by the recruiter on the way home. After a month he called and tried to convince me to give it a second try. I'm glad I didn't. 

#37 Posted by Elbon (368 posts) -
@ma_rc_01: I can top that, A friend of my drew Charmander taking a flaming poo
#38 Posted by cstrang (2381 posts) -

Once, after I got the exam and worked through it, I got to the last question and had no idea how to go about solving the problem (high-level mathematics) and just wrote "Merry Christmas!" with a few smiley faces...

#39 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2031 posts) -
@Elbon: The best I ever did was after seeing the stupid fake tests put up on the internet of people ad-libbing standardized tests, I drew a giraffe on a ScanTron test for U.S. History 9 and demanded bonus points. Bonus points were given, and to this day I have never questioned it. 
#40 Posted by Sjupp (1916 posts) -

Oh shit. Yeah.. There's even a psychological group or something I can identify with. Those of us who've had it incredibly fucking easy up until one point and then suddenly, because you haven't actually learned to study properly, shit started to get fucking hard. I've rarely ever opened a school book up until now. The last term of the last year of high school and finally shit is starting to hit the fan.

I tend to give up easily whenever I face these types of challenges. I have ridiculous standards when trying to write something which makes it even harder. I can never 'just write something', it won't go unto the paper unless I think it sounds perfect in my head.

So yeah.. I've given up on a couple of things lately and now I'm paying for it.
Somehow (to my friends annoyances) my life continues to be a cakewalk. Without my education finished. I'll have landed this sweet ass translating-job earning me somewhere between $2,500 - $3,500 a fucking month!

#41 Posted by Ben_H (3471 posts) -

Absolutely, my Math 110 final last term at uni.  Around 40% of the final had nothing to do with the course (As in we had never learned it, it wasn't covered in our textbook, or seemed like a broken question.  One question gave us one number of which we had to use to calculate 2 others without any formulae given or information to make an equation and the question was worded so complexely, I didn't even try it.  Everything I did I got right, and I ended up with a 65%, which dropped my mark a ton, which made me so mad because I had worked so hard for it.  The class average for that final was below 45% so they had to curve marks.


I had a sociology midterm I gave up trying on (I finished it but didn't do well).  It was one of the worst written tests I had ever seen.  Instead of focusing on things relevant to the course (theories, theorists, ideas and whatnot, which I had studied and could recite on command), they chose to ask bullshit questions like dates (IE: What year did X happen) or numbers that were in the textbook (IE: According to your textbook, how many people did X happen to in the year 1999), or other things unrelated to the course material that happened to be in the textbook (definitions of things unrelated to the course.  I got these right).  Basically the midterm was for people who memorized the textbook without actually learning the material.  I felt so ripped off after that midterm that I almost dropped the class.  Luckily I got a 85% on the term paper (my essay was on Christian Creationism and the harms of it being in the science classroom), and aced the final and I ended up with a fairly decent mark.  When I become a teacher I will make sure to never have crap like that on my tests.

@adz117 said:
My University recently decided to put my two exams 1 day apart from each other, with only two days revision time. So I picked one to revise for and totally failed the other. 
My university did that, but instead of a day apart they were the same day, both on the first day of finals, so I had a weekend to study for them because I had two essays I had due the week prior I had been working on for about a month.  I tried to get it changed but they refused.  I ended up passing but doing terrible on both.  But then again, the one prof marked hard for the sake of marking hard and no one did well in the class.
#42 Posted by Empirepaintball (1397 posts) -
    This close.
#43 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

Never give up, never surrender.


Though I did skip my last Physics 12 exam because the grade I would get would likely put me into failing range, but that was just a wise decision.
#44 Posted by Kyreo (4603 posts) -

Never.  I always try to eliminate dumb answers if I don't know the answer.

#45 Posted by Hawk456 (133 posts) -

Suck it up and push on... life only gets harder.  But seriously, you were smart enough getting into higher physics, don't be lazy abou getting out.
#46 Posted by Sjupp (1916 posts) -

Half of the posters here seem like they would be war-torn military men in a few years with their iron will and hardcore mottos.

#47 Edited by SoldierG654342 (1827 posts) -

Only once; Macro-economics. That shit's pure voodoo. Anyone who says they understand it is lying to you. 

#48 Posted by Slaker117 (4843 posts) -

I've simply not taken tests a few times because my grade was high enough to take the hit. It's always fun to do that.

#49 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

I would rather sit on a question for 30 minutes looking at it before giving up

#50 Posted by Deusx (1911 posts) -

Yes, this has happened to me but not for exams since I do not have them, I do big projects for college and that counts as my exams... believe me... I would rather do 5 exams for each project. But yeah, I've given up many times... Just take a rest and try to do your best man. It is best if you are well rested and know nothing than knowing everything and being tired and shit.